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My face :( picked at, irritated, inflamed and seeping (ew)
 
© © Chantal LaRochelle 2007
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My face :( picked at, irritated, inflamed and seeping (ew)

(Written April 19th, 2007)

*deep breath* Okay, here it goes.

I've had acne so long I can't remember every having pretty skin.

I'm prone to depression and have pretty bad anxiety attacks. The condition of my skin just exaserbates them. When I'm stressed or lonely I pick at my blemishes. I compare it to a person who cuts or burns themselves. It's all a form of self injury. Logically I know that it's the worse thing a person with acne can do but it's really difficult to stop. Often my skin looks so horrible that I don't even leave my house for weeks at a time which only exaserbates my stress and loneliness. It's a vicious cycle.

I've been to dermatologist after dermatologist and been prescribed everything from benzoperoxide to accutane. I've bought all the over the counter face cleansers, washes, patches and ointments. I've tried proactive. I've had facials in high end spas and then bought their pricey products. Nothings worked.

The only think I haven't tried is being gentle with my face.

When I read that on this site it was an "ah-ha" moment. Duh! My skin is irritated and I'm only irritating it more. You would think that I could have figured that out without someone having to tell me. I try to live the rest of my life "gently" by using (mostly) natural and organic foods, household cleaners, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and makeup.

So why am I terrorizing my face?!

I wash with the hottest water temperature that I can stand. I scrub and scrub and exfoliate and lather for 5-10 minutes. I only bother to moisturize and medicate my face half the time or I waayy over do it.

No wonder my skin is in such horrible condition!

I already got to my face this morning unfortunately. I scaled and scrubbed and picked and medicated.

Tonight I'm going to try being gentle and hopefully tomorrow will be a little brighter.

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    Are you currently taking accutane now? I am just about to start it, and I am kinda nervous because of the side effects. I too have tried everything for my face and nothing works... i am even too embarressed to put pics of me on here.

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    Are you currently taking accutane now? I am just about to start it, and I am kinda nervous because of the side effects. I too have tried everything for my face and nothing works... i am even too embarressed to put pics of me on here.

    No I'm not taking accutane any longer. The side effects were awful for me! It did clear up my face a bit but it also dried out my skin (everywhere), chapped my lips till they cracked and started to bleed (even with lip balm) and worsened my depression. Hopefully you'll have better results :(

    I was really embarrassed about putting up my pictures but I thought, if I find a miracle regimen then I'd like to have a blog of my history and progress for other people to see and hopefully benefit from. So far I've seen nothing but kindness and understanding from everyone on this site. If you can find the courage to be venerable and put your face out there I would say go for it :ohno: You'll add to the community and help us all figure out what treatments work best.

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    If you have scabs, neosporin might help

    also, clay masks and steaming your face with eucalyptus really helps

    I really hope you find something that works!
     

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