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I have scars. On my face. Everything I have done to treat them at the hand of Dr.s - the best I could find in my area - has made my face look 100000x worse. I try to get up, give myself a pep talk, go to work, see friends, take care of myself but every day ends the same. Me crying and depressed because I can't even live a normal life where I feel comfortable with how I look. I can forget about it, for a few hours or even a couple days but - then I look in the mirror and there it is. I have good days and bad ones but lately it seems like more and more of the bad ones. I just want to come home, I don't want to see anyone or do anything anymore and I feel like I just can't take it. I have to put on the happy face to function during the day and it's exhausting. It's weird - before all the scarring - I was happy a lot of the time and ok with my face - I used to think the acne would go away but now I realize the scars are here forever. I honestly don't know how to cope with it - I feel like I have tried everything I can. Thank you for letting me vent - it means a lot to know that a lot of you understand what I'm talking about. Maybe one day there will be a cure.

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I have scars. On my face. Everything I have done to treat them at the hand of Dr.s - the best I could find in my area - has made my face look 100000x worse. I try to get up, give myself a pep talk, go to work, see friends, take care of myself but every day ends the same. Me crying and depressed because I can't even live a normal life where I feel comfortable with how I look. I can forget about it, for a few hours or even a couple days but - then I look in the mirror and there it is. I have good days and bad ones but lately it seems like more and more of the bad ones. I just want to come home, I don't want to see anyone or do anything anymore and I feel like I just can't take it. I have to put on the happy face to function during the day and it's exhausting. It's weird - before all the scarring - I was happy a lot of the time and ok with my face - I used to think the acne would go away but now I realize the scars are here forever. I honestly don't know how to cope with it - I feel like I have tried everything I can. Thank you for letting me vent - it means a lot to know that a lot of you understand what I'm talking about. Maybe one day there will be a cure.

Yeah, I can relate to that. I've learned to deal with it over the years best I can and I get by well but it remains something that I can do without I'll tell you that.

You should find a way to regain some energy. Maybe a holiday? Some way to get yourself out of the routine for a while. I dunno, just a thought.

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I dont wanna sound cliche but it sounds like I wrote this post lol. Alot of people say "o you need self confidence and go talk to people and stop worrying about your face". The only problem is how can you be social when people cant really look at your for long when they are talking to you, due to bad acne scarring? Its hard when no one understands that acne scarring disfigures your face, even though it is not as severe as losing an arm, it is still life altering. Honestly, Ive learned that I cant be friends with everyone because of my scarring. You just gotta head out in the world and with a I dont give a fuck attitude and just do what makes you happy.

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I dont wanna sound cliche but it sounds like I wrote this post lol. Alot of people say "o you need self confidence and go talk to people and stop worrying about your face". The only problem is how can you be social when people cant really look at your for long when they are talking to you, due to bad acne scarring? Its hard when no one understands that acne scarring disfigures your face, even though it is not as severe as losing an arm, it is still life altering. Honestly, Ive learned that I cant be friends with everyone because of my scarring. You just gotta head out in the world and with a I dont give a fuck attitude and just do what makes you happy.

Thank you for your post and everyone who took the time to reply...it is life altering and makes everything about living harder. I am trying to get over this hurdle and accept myself the way I am..but I would like to feel attractive, confident everything that so many around me can take for granted every day. For me those things are a challenge, almost all the time. It's so hard not to just give up and drown in the negativity but some days I want to. But I am going to take your advice and try to do what I can to be happy. I hate that this is running my life!!!!!

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I hate reading shit like this all of these posts are all alike.

PAIN AND SUFFERING. IF I COULD GIVE UP MY SO CALLED LIFE SO NO ONE WOULD EVER FEEL THIS WAY AGAIN I WOULD DO IT TODAY! :evil:

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I have scars. On my face. Everything I have done to treat them at the hand of Dr.s - the best I could find in my area - has made my face look 100000x worse. I try to get up, give myself a pep talk, go to work, see friends, take care of myself but every day ends the same. Me crying and depressed because I can't even live a normal life where I feel comfortable with how I look. I can forget about it, for a few hours or even a couple days but - then I look in the mirror and there it is. I have good days and bad ones but lately it seems like more and more of the bad ones. I just want to come home, I don't want to see anyone or do anything anymore and I feel like I just can't take it. I have to put on the happy face to function during the day and it's exhausting. It's weird - before all the scarring - I was happy a lot of the time and ok with my face - I used to think the acne would go away but now I realize the scars are here forever. I honestly don't know how to cope with it - I feel like I have tried everything I can. Thank you for letting me vent - it means a lot to know that a lot of you understand what I'm talking about. Maybe one day there will be a cure.

FML - I know how you feel. Its been a decade or so of acne. I clear up with purely organics, holistic nutrition, supplements, and then, BAM breakout. Its not like I stopped eating healthy. Still, you look around, see beautiful clear skin, and you break out eating a fucking salad, its very disheartening.

OP: I've prayed, I've did everything I could, meditate, read tons of self help books, "don't jump," and be "positive," but, its a nightmare. I want to wake up to a world without this. I use to hate acne but, even worse is scarring cause, it is permanent. I've used differin for scar treatment. I may use retin-A eventually. Clindoxyl gel has cleared me up 99%. Family, due to financial struggle never got me help, and despite knowing my unhappiness, never bothered to do anything. What frustrates me is even my GP fucked around with getting me help when I stepped up to seek a dermatologist. It was a year and a half, almost two years of calling in, being ducked or dodged. When they finally call, they have no clue what I WANT. "What specialist are you waiting for?" ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING? My taxes pay his wages and this is the kind of disregard I get? When they did call for my specialist, I got told in March whereas, the specialist office said, they have no appointment for said name except for back in January of this year.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CLUE HOW PISSED I AM?

What makes me even more angry is during that 3month span, I had a cystic breakout, cleared with clindoxyl gel + antibiotics but, I am left with a shallow scar that could easily have been helped if I hadn't been neglected. I am not happy my parents never tried to help me. Pissed my doctor who gets paid to help never did take the time to really get me looked after.

OP: What can I say? Read self help, pray, eat healthy, build your confidence, self esteem, date, see friends, live your life, and be happy. I use to gain pleasure in going to the gym, seeing how great I look, how its fun to socialize, meet girls, date, have fun, and now, its a battle to get out. Some where out there, there is someone worst off then us but, in our world, this is a nightmare, and complete disaster. I've battled depression off and on all my life. Nothing worst then it has been now. Always feeling ill, lethargic, hopelessness, and almost wishing for tragedy or a way to escape from this nightmare. I've never tried to take my life nor will I ever. I am too strong for that but, there have been thoughts and the thing is if you go to your dark place, you need to snap out of it and seek help.

Look for inspirational stories out there. It brings peace. I like Seal, the UK R&B artist, born with lupus, scarred terribly worse then you & I + likely everyone on this forum, married model Hedi Klum, has a beautiful family, kids, amazing voice, and is living his dream despite the nightmare he was born with.

We have a choice. I question God, my faith, and everything I believe in. Inevitably, I still want something to believe in. "Seek and you will find." Don't lose hope.

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