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About Minerva473

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  1. I know at least two people, in real life, with noticeable scarring (a man and a woman) each in, as far as I can tell, loving marriages with attractive spouses (not each other). Scarring may make you less attractive to people who choose their mates solely based on how closely they resemble models in magazines, but a. many people really don't notice scarring as much as we do b. scarring does not make you less worthy of love and the ones that are worth it will know that
  2. I remember watching some derm on TV saying he has people coming in with severe acne, and some are really depressed and others are just fine. I think skin conditions affect people differently psychologically but we should all remember we do have a choice in how we let it affect us. Regardless of the level of your scarring if you are constantly depressed or anxious about your appearance, I'd definitely recommend counseling / cognitive behavioral therapy. I just know it helped me a lot more th
  3. I think people who don't have scarring just don't think about it as much. I just remember not noticing that someone I saw every day at work had scarring, until I developed my own scars and started analyzing everyone's skin really carefully. It's not that I couldn't see it, I just didn't think about it consciously. I think this picture shows someone whose scarring I wouldn't think about much if I didn't have scarring. I wouldn't consciously think he had great skin either, but I wouldn't thin
  4. I think you'll be okay with your cyst. The whole reason I got referred to a dermatologist was because I had a monster cyst, which cleared up, along with the rest of my acne thanks to Yasmin birth control, around the end of August (leaving a lovely scar, in addition to the smaller ones I have). I had my first dermarolling session in November. But by all means, ask the doctor. I forgot to mention, as far as the facewash and moisturizer, the doctor recommended Cetaphil, which I didn't get as I
  5. I've gotten dermaroller done twice at Hammersmith Hospital on the NHS. I think they do it because it's a very cost-effective treatment, that can have results. I've definitely gotten some results after two treatments. Some scars have not changed at all, on the other hand one in particular has improved 60-70%. I don't know anything about subcision. The dermaroller is basically mass needling.. they go over your scars a few times with the roller so that the scars get enough needling. I don't k
  6. I've had it done too and it is pretty painful but the pain is temporary and it does improve scars (slowly), as gory as it looks.
  7. Thanks for the advice, it's really helpful to hear about other people's experiences!
  8. Thanks, it's good to know that there is hope with dermarolling and I just need to give it time. Sometimes I think I am seeing changes, like today one of my larger small scars seems to look significantly changed (still there though, just different, narrower). But since it's slow it's easy to wonder if it's worthwhile. I look at these photos and I think, oh it's not that bad. But in the evenings it just seems to look so awful - it's the texture, that I can't catch on camera. Argh.
  9. I've definitely been going through a similar situation this year -- feeling uncontrollably obsessed with my skin, to the point where I felt paralyzed from doing the things I wanted to do. For me it was mainly because I realized my skin was scarring (permanently). I'm getting better now, in part because I've treated the acne (though the scars are still there) but also because I've done cognitive behavioral therapy. Having a skin condition is tough and it is normal to be self-conscious about it
  10. I went on Yasmin (my first BCP ever) this year, and it cleared me up in 4 months, pretty much on the dot. Before this I had been on antibiotics for years, which never fully cleared me up, and eventually the antiobiotics stopped working. When I went off them I tried a bunch of topicals and also gave up dairy (don't forget to take calcium supplements if you do this!), which I think helped, but I always broke out right before my period. So that's why I decided to go on Yasmin. The pre-mens
  11. We're evolutionary conditioned to think that very common or usual features are attractive. It's called koinophilia. So if everyone has smooth skin, then our scars stand out as unattractive. I think we look at other people's skin, and their scars, to judge just how normal or not normal we ourselves really are. We're constantly judging our own attractiveness based on the averageness of those around us.
  12. Ditto Same here. Sure it sucks to have acne, but at least you know it's a temporary problem. Scars are lifelong. I wonder if I'll still be depressed about my scars when I'm 40. Acne for me was an annoyance for a long time; it hurt my self-esteem and frustrated me with its persistence, but for the most part I managed to forget about it during the day. When I realized it was scarring it was just a whole new world. Realizing your skin is being permanently damaged is not easy.