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Hello everyone,

Over the past few months I have made some mindset changes that have greatly benefited my quality of life. I have been able to make progress in dealing with some of the self-consciousness and anger that have plagued my life.

However, I have found it extremely difficult to alleviate the feelings of guilt that I, seemingly, experience everyday. Everytime I look at my reflection I see severe (from my perspective atleast) scarring. Moreover, I can't help thinking that if I was more preemptive in my treatment of acne, initially I didn't take it seriously enough, I would not have scarring to the extent that I now do. This is a terrible feeling, as there is nothing I can do. Also, these feelings have hindered my ability to sleep; I find myself wishing I could go back in time and take a more serious appoach to acne from the beggining.

Therefore, first of all, I was wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar? Secondly, do you have any advice to dealing with this kind of guilt?

Thanks in advance!

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I feel you. I also wish I could turn back time, prevented myself from picking which lead me to have permanent scars, took a more serious approach on acne and not have the 'I will grow out of it' mindset. I also wish I ate more healthy and stopped being so self concious about my face which has spoilt many opportunities for me in my years.. However it is never too late - there's always NOW.

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Don't feel guilty, & please, don't give your energy to things that you cant control. I am someone who ALWAYS was loyal to skin care and treatments, literally never not once skipping a night without caring for my skin and STILL got scarring from it. Give yourself a break.smile.png

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I feel guilty for applying 10% BP for so long, without realizing what it was doing to me. My entire face is now tinted with an odd shade of dark brown, in patches and after many years, they still remain. I still haven't forgiven myself for that, especially considering I could have been free from this nightmare by now..

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I definitely feel guilty when I see my indented scars. I know they pigmentation stuff will fade but I'm not sure if any amount of special treatments in the future can help those. So now I just look in the mirror from far away. It may sound ridiculous but it helps me stay positive!

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