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I just treat my skin and wait the healing time,things should/will get better,you will want to look in mirror to see how you improve.
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@totalbeautyaddict i made a post very similar to this a month or two ago. I definitely have days or even weeks like this, honestly, the best thing in my opinion is to avoid looking at yourself in bad lighting's if and when possible. Only look at your reflection or place mirrors in areas that arent as harsh. Remind yourself that there are millions of people who dont even acknowledge it, you are your worst critic. I never cared when i saw someone had acne or scarring before i had it. Now i only stare because its my own obsession lol.And i think forming a plan to improve and actually putting it into motion is important if one cant reach acceptance with how they look.  Personally, I have come to the conclusion i just cant reach acceptance, i have to improve it to feel comfortable and desirable again. So im trying like hell to find the root cause of my acne, that way i can tackle the scarring. I wish i could be more helpful, but you are not alone. Im sorry you have to go through this as well!

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Don't look in the mirror anymore, have someone else apply the treatment you're using.Also stop being shallow and obsessing over your looks, you're only making it worse by thinking about it so much.

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@seattlegal90  Took me forever to figure something that works for me.  What's done it lately for me has been pretty simple.  Might not work for you but figured I'd share.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A291L8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 has been clearing me up like crazy.  No lie have been using it like once or twice a day and I can see the acne getting killed daily.
1- 1000 vitamin C per day (might make you feel a little shitty but this kills acne well from personal experience)
Low sugar/carbs
Lower stress if possible (Tough to do but key)
Low caffiene/alcohol

I've also noticed a correlation between long hard days and clearing up.  The more/longer I work for whatever reason does wonders at times.  I think it has to do with hitting an extremly deep sleep and allowing my body to function/heal naturally.

Might not work for you but I can 100% vouche for that amazon product and the vitamin c.  Pretty basic ingredients but might be worth a shot if other things aren't getting the job done. 

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When you say your mom had the worst acne scars, are you saying that hers was comparable or worse than some of the examples we've seen here?  Maybe the root of your obsession is seeing how your mom suffered from it and you developed a complex.    What does your therapist tell you about your scars?   You admitted that they are mild so your therapist must have leveled with you and told you from an objective point of view.  Honestly, if it really is mild, then the only thing that will help is intense therapy and medication.   
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@thepwhisp Awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to send that! Im definitely going to try it, tea tree oil has always helped with my acne so maybe combined with the peroxide itll make a difference. I think my acne is mostly hormonal. I just went on spironolact and antibiotics my guess is high levels of testosterone but i also need something to clear up all the clogged pores as well. Maybe this will do the job. Glad you figured out what works for you! Thats half the battle. Thanks again!

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I don't think it's the best advice to just ignore mirrors. That ensures that normal everyday things like mirrors and (what I obsess about) bad lighting - become high risk objects which threaten the normalcy of your day. What @totalbeautyaddict is talking about touches on BDD too. While our scars our real, for many of us here our obsession is physical AND mental.

So, you have to adopt a strategy that combats that pit-in-your-stomach feeling. So in my effort to battle the bad days, I just make sure to keep myself sane by sticking to my  daily skin care regimen, and calendaring a plan of action.

For me, that means maintaining a scar treatment action plan. Sometimes I feel better just knowing I have a dr. appointment coming up. This week is my 3rd subcision and what I hope will be my last for a very long time while I focus on maintenance with peels and needling. That makes me feel better. I know for some people it's not that simple, but having a plan, regardless of the severity of your scars, can give you hope. 
 

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Firstly, i am not sure whether you can be sure the cortisone shots were a good idea or a bad idea. Because the risk of not getting these shots is even worse scarring, keep that in mind, therefore please don't dwell on that.

I haven't seen any picture of your scarring, but as far as i can tell from your concerns, you are dealing with non-severe scarring. I'd have to see some pictures to try and put myself in your position, but considering burn survivors and worse, i think we need to appreciate our current conditions.

In my thread i said that my expectations lookwise is possibly much higher than what it should be, and perhaps yours is the same. And i completely agree with your point that dealing with these scars have really given me some perspective and sensibilities in life that i'd probably ignore if i hadn't dealt with them. This doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing, but it's a good thing that i can empathize with people who go through similar stuff. 

I hope for the best. Keep your spirits high, :) be strong, the harder the challenge the more rewarding

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I don't have sunken scars from acne but I do have some small raised ones on my chin (5 of them). Even though mine are different than yours I totally emphasize with u and what you're feeling. When I catch myself in bad lighting it does look bad and the texture bothers me like crazy. I always check if they're noticeable and it brings me down because if I would have just left them alone I know they wouldn't be there. But my husband says they'r not noticeable and people don't notice things like that so Its probably more so us that see them because they're on our face. 

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I stopped thinking about my scars when I did tca cross and see them enlarged enormously :3.It is so horrid I gave up on thinking about it.
 Life is better if you can change your perspective towards scarring.  One may not be a pretty girl but a bad ass girl with character :3.Everyone has smooth skin, nothing special. You have not so smoooth skin and its special because it tells story about you ^^You lived your life, you suffered, you grew.Embrace it.Guys like girls with scarring are guys with special taste :3.

This girl changes my perspective a lot.She's soo pretty even with scarring 

 

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Subjective opinion, and its respected. The day is here, the day is now, we all respect your strength and security - like I said highly admiralble. The flip side is not everyone is like you, some have deep seeded insecure, and psycho - social issues. Not everyone is as strong as you, nor as accepting. That is where good specialist can change lives. Two sides to every story, and each side is respected. 

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@TuongNguyen97 When you asked for advice, multiple people including myself told you to not worry about your scars, and that they were very minimal -- one user even told you as a joke to log out. Hopefully now that you have encountered some unfortunate side effects, you will not take this decision so lightly. Either that, or you're just a troll

As a side note, I've noticed that while folks on here have scarring objectively ranging from mild to severe, so many people tend to exaggerate the severity of their scarring due to non-stop obsession with their faces. This is some form of BDD, and I hope that specialists can also help counsel their patients on realistic expected improvements, and refer them to therapy if the mental problem exceeds the physical.

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It is nothing beautiful about acne scars. You just live with it because of no choice. U suffered in young years then somehow partially accepted scars and then you Age! Aging skin make the scars more obvious, u start to see scars you even have not noticed before. It is always there bothering u, it is also mental pressure because u remember how every scar appeared, how it took time, u either say at home or tried to cover it, then struggled with healing. 

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