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How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Terrible. And it's my birthday tomorrow. :(

Birthday ended up being better than I thought it'd be. I realize when I get out and go do things I feel a lot better. Had a few drinks and a good time overall. :)

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Pre-period breakouts are some of the worst, I think i'm gettin that now. ugh it's awful.

That's what I'm going through, and then some other, different, new kind of breakout for me. My goodness, will it never, ever end?

Yaz, you suck!

Ah I was on Yaz too but the estrogen in them would give me migraines so I went off of that and onto a progesterone only pill, worst thing ever! My acne was cleared up on Yaz and shortly going off it flared up I now have cysts and spots all over my chin and jaw :(

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Happy almost birthday!

Is anyone else like this? ... I seem to break out only on the left side of my face now, my right side is pretty clear. I thought maybe it's just recently but looking at my scars, I have more on the left. How weird!? -- and annoying.

Which side do you sleep on/ what side do you hold your phone up to when you talk? That could be part of the problem, try disinfecting your phone?

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Hm.. I don't use the phone much. When I sleep, I sleep on my stomach so I may be sleeping on some side more. Interesting.

On another note, I looked at some photos from roughly a year ago and my face was sooo broken out, I had no idea. So many bumps and redness - I mean in the moment I did know, but now I guess I forgot - I'm glad it has calmed down. Makes me feel better about my slight breakout.

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Had a really nasty huge pimple right on the border of the top part of my lip. Looks like it shrank a bit today at least. Hurt like hell yesterday. It had like the white top on it, but it hurt so much I didn't dare try to pop it even though it looked bad.

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I feel a bit stressed about a break out on my right cheek as because my skin is starting to clear up, it seems really awful! I know that the regimen is starting to work for me though and it has gotten better overall, so I'm trying to keep stress levels to a minimum. (: Keep smiling & ignoring it is working so far.

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That's the way to go, Jess! :clap:

I find it's always a bit of a rollercoaster really. When my skin is good, I look back and think how my acne wasn't a big deal and how I was getting stressed about nothing, and that if I did break out again, it wouldn't be a big deal at all. So there's this really positive high.

Then when it does break out, I totally withdraw from everything and hate the way I look and feel like it defines me. So then there's a really negative low.

Polar opposites going from one extreme to the other, and my frame of mind does the same. Can't really be a good thing. I suppose the way to go instead is to try and find a happy medium and get into that frame of mind where we think, 'It's just acne, it doesn't have to be a big deal. Sometimes easier said than done, it seems...

Don't give up, Abi! I think I saw a post a few days ago where you had mentioned how things were starting to clear up and you were feeling happier about how things were looking. If you carry on as you were, sure it will start to get better again. It can be pretty disheartening when you feel like you're almost there, then it all kicks off again. Lost count of the number of times I've been there myself over the years - a breakout clears up and the redness goes down, and so on, then just as you think it might give you some peace, the cycle starts up again. Gets really frustrating and you wonder why you bother in the first place, but you will get there. Just like it had a beginning, remember that it will also have an end. :)

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Don't give up, Abi! I think I saw a post a few days ago where you had mentioned how things were starting to clear up and you were feeling happier about how things were looking. If you carry on as you were, sure it will start to get better again. It can be pretty disheartening when you feel like you're almost there, then it all kicks off again. Lost count of the number of times I've been there myself over the years - a breakout clears up and the redness goes down, and so on, then just as you think it might give you some peace, the cycle starts up again. Gets really frustrating and you wonder why you bother in the first place, but you will get there. Just like it had a beginning, remember that it will also have an end. :)

Will it? Every time I think I'm clearing up it starts all over again. I'll look in the mirror and think I'm clearish, then I wash my face and feel all these lumps under my skin. Future spots...

Whilst I love this forum for all the support and information, 95% of the posts are about ongoing acne, some for decades and decades. Whenever I read about someone who has finally beaten it, it's something that I've already tried and failed with, or it's accutane. I think I'm going to have to go down that route now really...

Also I am keeping a skin diary (not all the photos are on here, but some are) and at first I thought it would help to see my progress. But really it's just disheartening to see a constant spattering of acne just moving around my face.

FUCK. So hard to stay positive.

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Will it?

Yes! I never thought I'd get to where I'm at now, but things are going well with my skin. Pity the rest of my life seems to be so messed up at the moment, but you can't have everything... :lol:

Although, my prescription for Lymecycline ran out and my doctor doesn't want to renew it because I've been on it about ten months. So come back to me in a few weeks when it's totally out of my system, and we'll see how positive I am then. ;)

You know, if you honestly feel like you're running out of options and you have given everything you've tried plenty of time to bring results, maybe it is worth considering Accutane. I look at it as a last resort, so if you feel you're at that point, it could be a possibility.

I've always thought it's been great having you around the Org, you seem like you get on with things and generally don't let acne stop you living and enjoying life. I genuinely admire you for that that because it's something I've struggled with for a long time as you know. And I'm sure there are people around you who would have lots of positive things to say, and no doubt they see far beyond any skin problems. I know it doesn't fix the problem itself and it's probably rather clichéd, but it doesn’t define who you are and you don’t have to let it get it get the better of you.

For every story you might read here of someone who has struggled for many years, there are an equal number of accounts from people who have found what works for them and beaten it. Each thing you try brings you closer to the thing which works. And I know from what we've talked about before that you're able to apply yourself, can focus and have a determination to get to wherever you want to be. So keep taking the same approach with your skin and I know you'll get there eventually, whatever method you choose. :)

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I'm feeling pretty good today. My skin is looking nice today. The cyst on my forehead is finally receding, even after I stupidly squeezed it the other day. Hooray. I have nothing coming up under the skin that I can see right now, but I won't hold my breath. My redness has gone down too. I suppose this is probably all down to the N-Lite treatment last week, it usually takes a week or so to really have an effect.

I think my progress has been amazing, over the last few years. Whenever I feel depressed, I look at old photos of myself and examine my progress over the years. Here is a photo of me from... December '09, I think. It's not a great photo, but you can see my acne is pretty bad. It's quite angry looking, and it's much worse up close. Also, I don't really suit a shaved head.

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Here is a much more recent photo of me, taken on Thursday night. I don't really know why I'm pulling that face, but I assure you I'm not dangerous. As you can see, the change in my skin is pretty radical, if I do say so myself. Not as good as the photo shows - I'm in a dark club being photographed with flash, it's a miracle you can make out anything. That's in what... two and a half years? I feel like I'm kind of over caring about my acne much now. The scars and hyperpigmentation I have and will continue to have for the next couple years seem as much part of my personality as anything else. I don't think I'd take completely clear skin if I was offered it right now. Sure, I've had all kinds of crap about my skin before but it's made me into a better person. My skin is a reminder of the experiences I have had, it is a living testament to my own existence. It would be a disservice to myself to pretend, ignore and be ashamed of what has formed and shaped me so extensively.

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Rambling post, but yeah, I'm feeling pretty good about my skin today.

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Yes! I never thought I'd get to where I'm at now, but things are going well with my skin. Pity the rest of my life seems to be so messed up at the moment, but you can't have everything... :lol:

Awesome news about your skin Paul! Hope that the job hunt is going well too?

Although, my prescription for Lymecycline ran out and my doctor doesn't want to renew it because I've been on it about ten months. So come back to me in a few weeks when it's totally out of my system, and we'll see how positive I am then. ;)

Never heard of Lymecycline, what's that? Do you go to a gp or derm for your skin?

You know, if you honestly feel like you're running out of options and you have given everything you've tried plenty of time to bring results, maybe it is worth considering Accutane. I look at it as a last resort, so if you feel you're at that point, it could be a possibility.

I think there are more options out there but I don't want to waste time and money on prescriptions that are a variation of something that I've already tried and failed. Then again it's a drastic decision and I think with all the promo modelling I have coming up I cant risk messing with myself too much...

I've always thought it's been great having you around the Org, you seem like you get on with things and generally don't let acne stop you living and enjoying life. I genuinely admire you for that that because it's something I've struggled with for a long time as you know. And I'm sure there are people around you who would have lots of positive things to say, and no doubt they see far beyond any skin problems. I know it doesn't fix the problem itself and it's probably rather clichéd, but it doesn’t define who you are and you don’t have to let it get it get the better of you.

Aww thank you! I must admit your posts are amongst the ones I follow daily. I think 90% of the time I really do just suck it up and get on with everything. But then I have days when I feel so sad and beaten down by acne that I let depression absorb me for a little while.

I was in Paris over the weekend to see my Aussie best friend. I woke up on Sunday to the worst skin I'd seen on myself in a while. For about an hour I became really withdrawn and sad about it. But then I kinda thought, what's worse, a few spots or the fact that I'm not going to see my best friend again for over 6 months and that I was wasting that time. Because that's all depression is. A non-constructive waste of time.

For every story you might read here of someone who has struggled for many years, there are an equal number of accounts from people who have found what works for them and beaten it. Each thing you try brings you closer to the thing which works. And I know from what we've talked about before that you're able to apply yourself, can focus and have a determination to get to wherever you want to be. So keep taking the same approach with your skin and I know you'll get there eventually, whatever method you choose. :)

Haha thank you for reminding me Paul! You're right, when I really want something I just make it happen. I think that's why acne gets me down because I WANT to have clear skin and I go out and TRY to make it happen but it's something that I actually have no control over.

Deep breaths. Keep smiling. There are so many good things in my life that eclipse acne all together!

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@Abigail Wheeler I know exactly how you feel, I just encountered the identical problem, its like the minute one part of your face clears up (forehead) another one starts up, this makes me feel depressed...

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@Abigail Wheeler I know exactly how you feel, I just encountered the identical problem, its like the minute one part of your face clears up (forehead) another one starts up, this makes me feel depressed...

Isn't it so disheartening?! It makes it very very hard to stay positive. I feel for you xx

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Hope that the job hunt is going well too?

Meh, not really. Then again, I haven't really applied myself to it yet. I think with the way things finished with my last employer, I hardly knew which way was up or down and needed to take a few days to get my head around thing. Those few days have turned into a week. Need to get on with it really because it'll get harder to pick myself up otherwise. So starting tomorrow, I'll sort myself a plan and thing about what I want to do right now, see if there anything I can set myself as far as long term goals are concerned... just get a bit of focus on it really and start doing something positive to fix things. And of course, I don't want to be on the dole for ages, want to work and be able to pay my way, make a contribution and be involved in something. Missing that at the moment, but I do feel better that I no longer work where I did because that place was literally doing my head in. Wish things had turned out differently, but I'm sure it'll all come together in the end.

I did go for one job last week which I thought was for a photographers assistant, which would have been perfect, but it ended up being a bit of a con. Turned out that half the job involved going out in town doing promo, getting people to sign up for portrait packages and stuff. The person who got the most names and numbers out of the group would get the actual interview. Win-win for the company because they're getting new clients for free either way. I wasn't much good and only got two numbers so they sent me on my way. Felt a bit stupid really because it was as if I got suck in by it, and I was disappointed that it wasn't what I thought it was. Plus they weren't interested in my photography, of course, even though I have some good stuff. Just have to put it down to experience and move on.

There are plenty of other issues I'd like to deal in terms of confidence and stuff, but I may well be able to combine that with new work. A lot of my reservations have been about how people see me and my skin, but if I'm able to throw myself into new work, that'll be a good distraction.

If I can find something which is more sociable, it'll be bring me out of my shell and allow me to get to know new people. In turn, that may well help me shake off this depression or whatever the hell it is.

My old GP would listen to me but he would just essentially tell me to get on with things, which is not always a bad thing if you need a kick, but it doesn't really help in terms of finding a coping mechanism. And that applies to depression, how I feel about myself in general, and how I deal with my skin going forward. So I changed GP's and asked if I could speak to a woman. My new GP sat and listened for a while and was really nice and understanding. She gave me a variety of options for counselling and things but the NHS waiting lists and huge and I can't afford to pay so I guess I'm going to have to fix it myself. There are a good number of resources online so I'll have to get stuck into those and see what happens.

Never heard of Lymecycline, what's that? Do you go to a gp or derm for your skin?

Lymecycline is a variation of Tetracycline, I think. Or it's derived from that or something. Over the years I've taken Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline and now Lymecycline. They're all along the same lines, and I guess you'll already have been there? In all instances my GP at the time made out like these were pretty much the only options available. They're probably just the cheapest for the NHS.

My prescription was due to end so I asked me new GP what I should do next. We talked about my skin for a while and she suggested I give the Lymecycline a break and see how I go. I'll still be using Isotretinoin gel as a topical if I need it, but I'm hoping my regimen, the changes I made to my diet and my intake of supplements are enough to keep my skin roughly as it is. Can't help but wonder if it will slowly but surely revert back to how it used to be, undoing all the work I've put in over the last year or so. I really don't want that.

The new GP saw on my notes that I'd previously mentioned in an appointment that I was kind of preoccupied with how I believed people perceived me in a negative way because of my skin, and how I seem to put too much negative attention on it and bring myself down, so she asked me about that as well. It was kind of interlinked to the work stuff and why I lost my job, so I told her all about it. Talking about it did make me realise that I don't feel the way I did back at the start of the year when the perception thing began to get the better of me. That anxiety has reduced a lot. No doubt it's been helped by the fact my skin has improved, I think the two go hand in hand. Less stress means less acne, less acne means less stress, and so on. Now I just need to capitalise on that and get myself out there. I did exactly that at the start of the year and it didn't really go to plan, then I happened to meet a couple of girls and in both cases I wasn't really given a second thought when they decided they weren't all that interested after all, so I kind of withdrew again. Need to give it all another go.

Aww thank you! I must admit your posts are amongst the ones I follow daily. I think 90% of the time I really do just suck it up and get on with everything. But then I have days when I feel so sad and beaten down by acne that I let depression absorb me for a little while.

It's only natural that we slip and it gets the better of us sometimes. The only way we'd ever manage to walk around thinking everything is amazing is if we were totally oblivious to reality. I suppose it's a question of finding that balance and putting the right kind of focus on certain things. For example, I spent so many years letting my skin consume me because I was being negative about it, when I could have been working on it and making it better. Sure, the process of making it better hasn't always gone to plan and there have been plenty of times when I wondered what the point of it was. But I came back here and people kept saying, "Stick with it and you'll figure it out eventually", and I guess they were right. And it wasn't like it was some big sort of 'Eureka!' moment and I certainly didn't get all detailed and scientific about it because I'm simply not that smart. I just started to wonder if my skin was essentially abusing me in return for all the abuse I had given it with all the crazy products over the years. So I started to treat it better and look after it and, as daft as it may sound, it's as if it's beginning to respond in kind.

I'm starting to think I could take the same approach with my mental well-being. If I carried on with the negative thinking, my mind would do as I told it and it would bring me down. Just in the same way I was constantly thinking about my skin getting bad, I was sending the signals for things to just carry on as they were. I think you're right in saying that depression is a waste of time, but only if you don't respond to it. It's a warning, a way for your mind to tell you that something isn't right. When I realised what was going on, I took steps to address it and am now paying attention to it. In that respect, the depression becomes constructive because I'm then taking steps to fix it and become better, happier person.

Haha thank you for reminding me Paul! You're right, when I really want something I just make it happen. I think that's why acne gets me down because I WANT to have clear skin and I go out and TRY to make it happen but it's something that I actually have no control over.

Deep breaths. Keep smiling. There are so many good things in my life that eclipse acne all together!

You're welcome! ;) It's all too easy too forget sometimes because we can't really see beyond whatever's looking back at us in the mirror. And although you might not feel you have total control over it, you can influence it. You proved that to yourself when things started to get better on your regimen, so there's no reason it can't get back to that point and indeed improve further. And if you have all those good things going on in your life, embrace them and be thankful for them, and allow those things to be what gets you through to the point where you become happy with your skin.

:)

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I'm feeling really happy with my skin today! I'm to the point were I'm having clear skin continully. So far I've had about 7 days straight with no acne. I hope this keeps going. It's the beginning of a new chapter in my life where I don't have to wake up and see a spot on my face.

I'm working on my scars now. That of course will take time, but I'm very pleased.

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So very happy. :) Erythromycin Gel has done WONDERS for me. Scars and redness fading, zits dying. Breaking out less (and its THAT time of the month, and i only got one tiny red dot...YESH!) I'm so happy. No, my skins not perfect right now. A teeny bit more. :rolleyes:

Its coverable with makeup, and no one has noticed it when IVe gone out. And when I look around, all these other girls have it to. Yeah, theyre still fine looking. But Im not alone. I'm really happy. I wanted to be clear, or alto clearer by my mothers wedding (this Saturday) and it cmae true. Im a physced for going to school with my face back. I always had light light acne, until June when it got bad. And now that its going away....its a dream come true. I realize Im extremely lucky that I only delaed with the bad shit for a month or two. Once I stopped putting senseless crap on my face, left it alone, went to the doctor and followed a regimen and found what worked....................thank god. The only thing that saddens me is when the Erythrmycin wears off......well, no need to worry about a future I cannot change. Ive got atleast a few months on it anyways. Well, good luck to you guys. Keep hope. I know my stories not incredibly inspirational and relatabel....but its still the same general feelnig. Smile, becuase acne doesnt make you. You maek you.

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Not feeling too good tbbh... im on holida in jamaica.. really good and active, but hot and sweaty... so this means a bit of trouble for things such as my acne.... plus run out of my prescription and another 2 weeks so only going to get worse :)

And somebody who makes me laugh and feel good has left me now :( So yeah.... but still happy on holiday apart form acne

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Feeling bad again :( I think it's just a general lowness and I've got tonsillitis so I in general feel like I'm dying and my skin, which I know shouldn't be even on my mind right now, looks so terrible and I know it's due to lack of sleep and what not but how can it change so quickly in just two days?! :/ urgh.

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