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As I've pretty much given up any hope of finding a physical solution to my skin problems (I'm still getting breakouts despite having been on the Regimen for over a year now and the BP also makes my skin really red) I was just wondering if anyone has any good ways of keeping their thinking positive or increasing their self-esteem? I'm moving into university halls on Sunday and am dreading it because I've just been blessed with yet another horrible breakout. I look like a monster and am running out of ways to stop myself feeling terrible about it all the time but really need to be positive enough to make new friends, throw myself into university work etc. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! smile.png

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Maybe trying to remember that worrying about things sometimes makes people feel worse than actually experiencing some of the things they worry about? And that a lot of the things that people worry about...they don't need to worry about?

Just a thought. Hang in there. =]

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2 things that helped me get clear. Vegetable juice carrot, cucumber,celery, dandelion greens/beet or powdered wheat grass juice. Youtube baba ramdev yoga for skin disease, youth etc. and start doing hardcore yoga. Head stand and shoulder stand yoga 2 times daily will strengthen your hormonal glands and insulin resistance. It will take some time to see results but you should be all clear.

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Lapis lazuli: Yeh I know what you mean, I'm sure I'm guilty of over-reacting and over-obsessing somewhat. It's just really hard to think positive when your skin's such a mess but I know a lot of people manage to go out and socialise and have a normal life despite having acne so I'm sort of just wondering how they manage to get themselves into that kind of mindset while I'm practically a recluse.

Binga: Thanks so much for the suggestions, I'll give them a go! Not sure I'll have enough time/patience to really stick at the yoga though unfortunately but we'll see...

Thanks for the support guys, I really appreciate your replies! :)

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If the Benzyl Peroxide is really irritating your skin I would slowly fade it out of your regimen to be entirely honest. I know extended use of it actually made the tone of my skin worse through time. Look into what it is actually doing for you skin and see if you can 'mimic' the positive effects through a less irritating method.

As far as self-esteem, it's a hard world out there and I'm sure most of us on this form suffer on a daily basis with self-image issues. Just remember, when standing in front of the mirror every morning, you're only looking at yourself skin deep. The world is not a mirror, the world does not see yourself in the same way you see yourself. The world doesn't over-analyze the redness of your skin, your pore size, or that new breakout that is emerging. Does that mean they don't notice specific things? Surely not. But, when you're looking yourself every morning and dreading going out into the world, remembering that you're not accounting for all the things that the mirror simply is unable to reflect into your eyes. People see personality, they see a smiling face, they see confidence, they see humor... keep your chin up, don't hide. Head down the hall with a smile on your face, show people who you are and put your best foot forward and I guaranteeing it will get you further in your newly made relationships than good skin ever could. It can be rough confronting every day; it can be an absolute struggle out there, but give it your all and that will reflect on people.

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I'm sure you do not look like a monster! Remember acne is a very common thing, it's not like something people will gawk at.

Acne sucks, but there are a few things I try to do to make myself feel more positive on my 'bad days':

1. Remember this is not permanent. Although you're dealing with a bad breakout now, it WILL get better with time. Especially if you're taking control and doing things to heal your breakout. You never know where you will be a few months from now - you could be totally clear. Hold onto that hope when you're feeling down.

2. Realize that you are your own worst critic. Like AMINAL said, the world does not scrutinize your skin like you do. Yes, people may notice if you have some pimples, but it's not going to be something that people DEFINE you by. They'll also notice your smile, your eyes, your hair, your clothes, etc. And most of all, they'll notice how you act and your personality. If you let your real personality shine through (and not let your insecurities own you) people will see your INNER beauty shine through too. And I know it sounds cheesy, but the most beautiful people I know are the ones passionate about life, who have real, genuine personalities.

3. Look around and cherish the little things in life. If it's a beautiful day, go for a walk. Meditate. Appreciate everything around you. When you really slow down, you realize how beautiful life is.

4. Talk to someone for support. For me, my biggest support system is my family. Try opening up to someone you can trust. They can really help you if you're having a particularly bad day.

5. Put your all into something. Whether it be sports, studies, a hobby, whatever - just put your passion into it and let it overrun your skin insecurities. By doing this, you'll be making your mind focus on something else other than your skin.

I really hope you feel better, and remember, no one's staring at your skin, criticizing you, or whatever. I can't count the amount of people I see with acne everyday at my uni, and nearly all the time I see them laughing and enjoying life with their friends. If you can overcome your insecurities, which you CAN do, they won't hold power over you anymore. :)

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Positive thinking huh? Well I just tell myself that this acne is just a phase and it will soon fade. Knowing this I throw myself out there and meet new people and enjoy the company of new friends. Those that do judge you on your appearance are not the people you should hang out with, acne can be a great tool in weeding out those nasty people out there. So when your skin clears up you'll have friends that see you for who you are and not what you are. Have fun at uni, enjoy every moment of it but dont slack off too much, the degree is just as important as the experience :)

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