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Everything posted by Minerva473

  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.
  13. I've done recruitment for my office and from my experience candidates being interviewed are never similar enough for a decision to be made based on the quality of someone's skin. Even when the interview panel was torn between two similarly skilled candidates, they were still very different personality-wise and it was about deciding who would work best with the team. Ultimately people want to hire people they will work well with. I find it much more likely for an interview panel to be put of
  14. I think they do dermarolling at Hammersmith Hospital in London -- so if you got yourself referred to a derm there you could potentially get that treatment.
  15. Our perceptions of physical beauty are determined by both popular culture (what we see in magazines, TV) and an evolutionary drive to seek mates with common characteristics. It's the second one I find really interesting -- it's called koinophilia and it means we find the most average features attractive. So if most people have small noses, we consider small noses to be attractive, because it means that this trait has been successful on an evolutionary level (it's been passed on more). So when
  16. Aw well I have good days and bad days. It's a lot better now that I've stopped getting inflammed acne. I used to just be anxious all the time. Now I feel sad about my scars sometimes and other times I just don't care.

    1. I think the GPs generally try to treat acne with antibiotics before sending patients to specialists, to save money / avoid overloading the specialists. Which is probably what your GP was trying to do. What you need to do is tell them that the antibiotics aren't working and that you'd like to see a dermatologist. Look up the different hospitals in your area before seeing the GP, look up their dermatology department (one of them might specialize in acne). If they do refer you they might give y
    2. It doesn't sound silly. Yes, the world would be a wonderful place if we could all just judge each other based on our inner beauty and not worry at all about what we look like on the outside. And there are many people with disfiguring conditions / injuries who lead happy lives, because yes, in the end it is the inside that counts. But it is not easy, and this does not mean that you should resign yourself to living with a treatable skin condition. Particularly as the cysts could in the future
    3. I don't have before/afters or any experience with acne scar treatments... just a lot of experience reading these boards, as I'm still resolving my acne. I don't have dark skin either so definitely take what I say with a grain of salt, and do plenty of your own research... but have you looked into dermarolling at all? I think that may be the safest treatment I've read about, don't know anything about how it would affect darker skin tones. If you search for the thread titled "Okay guys..." by L
    4. Hey thanks for the advice -- I think you're right and it's what I've been leaning towards. At the end of the day I can easily spend £70 on other products... might as well try this!
    5. As a late bloomer myself I've been really surprised at how little looks matter. I like the way I look (apart from my skin... which is slowly improving), but my looks are not the standard classic beauty you see in magazines. I have a fairly big nose for a girl and my face is noticeably assymetrical which of course we're all told is considered unattractive by many people. So I don't expect a lot of attention from guys and I'm a bit of a nerd, I tend to walk around a little disheveled so I don't