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I just need to vent.. I'm feeling really down today and I'm so sick of this feeling, one minute I feel all happy and positive about my skin the next I can just feel absolutely crap. It's messing with my head so much and I don't know what to do anymore..

I'm 21 and my acne has just recently became bad in February this year, It was always mild back then a pimple here and there nothing to really worry about. But I went on a holiday to Vietnam and when I came back I used this lotion for a week and broke out horribly and my face hasnt recovered since then. To be honest I don't even know if the lotion was all the cause of my acne, if it was my face should have recovered by now. I'm trying to treat my acne naturally by using less chemicals and looking into diet, juicing and supplements.

I have seen results since I dont eat Wheat, gluten dairy AND ALL JUNK FOOD etc but seriously dieting is so confusing.. It causes me so much stress when I eat. I'm always thinking this will break me out.. Sometimes I wish I haven't read about all the diet and nutrition about acne. It's just so confusing and it frustrates me so much. It seems like EVERYTHING breaks you out! I miss my childhood so much when I could eat anything I want, sleep any time I want and not worry about a thing. Now I just feel so trapped..

My face was mainly breaking out on my lower cheeks and chin but now that has calmed down (still left with red marks though) my forehead and temple has decided to break out which back then this area was never a problem for me. I'm not sure what caused this but it could be all the stress? Idk..

Recently my family has been having some financial difficulty so I really wanted to help my parents out.. I wanted to start working despite having acne and I was really worried about what people would think about my face.. I applied everywhere and finally I got my dream job working in a bank. I've always wanted to be a banker and I wasnt gonna let acne get in my way when the opportunity came. But maybe the job has caused me alot of stress and it might be the reason im breaking out?

I have a lovely girlfriend who I have been together with for 5 years and she's very supportive, she use to have pretty bad acne when my skin was flawless lol but birth control pills and pro active helped her. She knows I've been feeling down about my acne alot and she doesnt mind hearing me complain and being negative almost every single day.

Idk what the point of this post was.. but I guess I just wanted someone to tell me in order to achieve clear skin I have to believe I can clear skin and be positive throughout the journey. I know I would never give up but my emotions has just taken its toll today. I'm sorry for the rant guys I just needed to get this off my chest.

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I just need to vent.. I'm feeling really down today and I'm so sick of this feeling, one minute I feel all happy and positive about my skin the next I can just feel absolutely crap. It's messing with my head so much and I don't know what to do anymore..

I'm 21 and my acne has just recently became bad in February this year, It was always mild back then a pimple here and there nothing to really worry about. But I went on a holiday to Vietnam and when I came back I used this lotion for a week and broke out horribly and my face hasnt recovered since then. To be honest I don't even know if the lotion was all the cause of my acne, if it was my face should have recovered by now. I'm trying to treat my acne naturally by using less chemicals and looking into diet, juicing and supplements.

I have seen results since I dont eat Wheat, gluten dairy AND ALL JUNK FOOD etc but seriously dieting is so confusing.. It causes me so much stress when I eat. I'm always thinking this will break me out.. Sometimes I wish I haven't read about all the diet and nutrition about acne. It's just so confusing and it frustrates me so much. It seems like EVERYTHING breaks you out! I miss my childhood so much when I could eat anything I want, sleep any time I want and not worry about a thing. Now I just feel so trapped..

My face was mainly breaking out on my lower cheeks and chin but now that has calmed down (still left with red marks though) my forehead and temple has decided to break out which back then this area was never a problem for me. I'm not sure what caused this but it could be all the stress? Idk..

Recently my family has been having some financial difficulty so I really wanted to help my parents out.. I wanted to start working despite having acne and I was really worried about what people would think about my face.. I applied everywhere and finally I got my dream job working in a bank. I've always wanted to be a banker and I wasnt gonna let acne get in my way when the opportunity came. But maybe the job has caused me alot of stress and it might be the reason im breaking out?

I have a lovely girlfriend who I have been together with for 5 years and she's very supportive, she use to have pretty bad acne when my skin was flawless lol but birth control pills and pro active helped her. She knows I've been feeling down about my acne alot and she doesnt mind hearing me complain and being negative almost every single day.

Idk what the point of this post was.. but I guess I just wanted someone to tell me in order to achieve clear skin I have to believe I can clear skin and be positive throughout the journey. I know I would never give up but my emotions has just taken its toll today. I'm sorry for the rant guys I just needed to get this off my chest.

I know this exact feeling only too well.

I think the thing to remember with diet is that, with the exception of dairy and sugar, there is no link to certain foods causing acne. If anything what's more important is being happy, not stressing, that's what will help your acne out. So eat what you want within reason, try to stay calm and happy, and that'll do your skin a world of good.

I tried everything. Lotions, Antibiotics, Retinoid Creams, and the only thing which has worked for me is Accutane.

It's a miracle drug that gets a bad rep.

But the confidence and happiness it has given me through clear skin is priceless, worth any side effect and more.

Try to stay positive, you only have one life so you might as well enjoy it.

I always found on days I was feeling sorry for myself, it helps to think about those who are worse off. Burns victims, the permanently disabled, those who are blind or deaf or who have real life-debilitating diseases. When I'd think about those, I'd look at myself in the mirror and think I was very lucky that acne was my only health problem.

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Hey Tony.

I'm sorry to hear you're feeling down today, I completely empathise with you though. I am not sure about the links between stress and acne, though I assume they feed into each other in some way. Have you been to a doctor/dermatologist? Once you get the ball rolling you may feel a lot better knowing you're on your way to a cure.

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Everyone needs to vent and has bad days sometime, look at the things you have got going for you: dream job, helping your parents out, understanding girlfriend and you are young. Sounds good to me! Keep your chin up

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I feel you with the dietary restrictions thing. I'm vegan and I had cut out gluten, soy, caffeine, and added sweeteners for a very long time. I'm still vegan but I've lightened up on my strictness with the other things. Sometimes I feel like I have read too much as well. Honestly, having a more balanced diet can be a good thing. When I had cut out so many things, I was relying more on other things such as nuts which also can start to have a negative affect.

It's good to vent because it helps get the negative energy out. It can be hard to stay positive 24/7. I try to remind myself that any progress is considered moving forward!

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