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  1. Funny to stumble across this today! I recently made the decision to go off the pill myself (after being on it for years) in yet another attempt to thwart my adult cystic acne. It's my first week off it. I'll have to report back how it goes. Might look into the fish oil too. I just started taking Niacin again.
  2. I'm going to chime in here with everyone else and say stop beating yourself up. It's not your fault you have acne. Using different products in the past would not have made a difference, nor would your mothers advice to stop eating greasy foods. What you have is cystic acne. Those things that you described as feeling like balls underneath your skin are actual cysts. This is not the same as everyday pimples, therefore everyday pimple medications (like over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic
  3. Keep in mind that just because your acne started when you were a teenager doesn't mean your skin is going to continue to respond to treatments the way it did as a teenager. Your skin changes as you age. It may not seem like it when you're suffering from the same acne problems but the rest of your skin is changing. Case in point, the same medicated products you used when you were younger may be too harsh for your skin now. At 24 you might want to consider using a milder product for your skin. I'm
  4. Not much you can do for a large cyst other then apply a little concealer or foundation to reduce the redness. I would avoid using pressed powder. I used that stuff for years to help take the shine off my oily skin and after reading so many articles about makeup making your skin worse (the irony huh? Since we use it to cover our flaws!) I decided to give my skin a break from it and see what happens. Wow, what a difference! Turns out all that pressed powder was causing my skin to produce even more
  5. I have suffered from those large painful cysts that you're talking about for years. Here is what I've found to help me personally: I stopped using medicated cleansers and started using all natural ones. (The one I'm using now is Avalon Vitamin C face cleanser.) When I get a painful cyst I take Aleve to help reduce the swelling of it a bit faster. I've always used a daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it but recently (because I'm in my late 30's) decided to try one with retinol in it. I've notice
  6. Heehee... this cracked me up... I hear ya sister! I hate 'em too!
  7. Faxing her the bills is a funny idea... but it's also slightly passive-aggressive and she might not even know just what the hell they are. Perhaps you should just be blunt about it. Next time that woman (or anyone else for that matter) says something along the lines of, "When are you going to do something about your face?" Reply with, "What makes you think I haven't already?" Yes, people are incredibly ignorant. There are some who genuinely want to help, like when a commercial comes on for some
  8. I wish I could tell you why, but I don't know. Just know you're not alone. This has happened to me too... many many many times.
  9. Johnson & Johnson's PURPOSE liquid cleanser. Been using it for years. It's oil-free, fragrance-free and soap-free. Very gentle on the skin. I can't use any of the medicated cleansers. They just aggravate my acne even more and cause excessive redness and dryness.
  10. At 35 I'm in the same boat. I have been using a beta-hydroxy moisturizer by Olay at night before bed. It helps with fine lines, keeps my skin soft and doesn't seem to aggravate my acne.
  11. Holy moly... a few months back I was going through a wonderful spell of clear skin and it never occurred to me (until reading this thread) that it might have been due to the fact that I was taking Aleve at the time for some serious ongoing back pain. It was actually the first time in my life I had even tried Aleve. A friend recommended it when I told her that Advil wasn't working for my back pain. Ha! Naturally when the back pain went away I stopped taking the Aleve... and eventually my acne ca
  12. You may not be able to control your acne... but DON'T LET YOUR ACNE CONTROL YOUR LIFE! Get out there and LIVE! Enjoy the things you CAN control! You can breathe, you can walk, you can dance, you can sing... I don't mean to sound preachy here... but you only get one life! Don't waste it by hiding in the shadows feeling bad about yourself. I spent many years of my youth not doing things because of my appearance. It took me till my 30's to realize that I was wasting my life away. No one cares nea
  13. Live your life and be glad you don't have acne anymore. The scars will fade more in time... and may even make you look ruggedly handsome as you get older... (look at Tommy Lee Jones or Ray Liotta!) Just don't let it get you down. SO many people have acne scars... even Brad Pitt has acne scars! (Seriously!)
  14. Sexiness is a state of mind. There will ALWAYS be women out there who you think are more attractive than you. Whether they are taller/shorter/younger/older/curvier/skinnier... whether they have longer hair/shorter hair/bigger breasts/smaller breasts/whiter teeth/straighter teeth/nicer clothes/blah blah blah... it is ALL a matter of opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If someone wants to date you it is because they DO indeed find you physically attractive. That's pretty damn flatterin
  15. JayQ, you're not alone. Lot's of guys ask this same question. I have helped my brother and my boyfriend pick out a concealer to cover up the occasional blemish they both get. There's nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. I personally use REVLON Color Stay Spot Concealer. It can be found at just about any drugstore, Target or Walmart in the makeup section. It comes in different shades so you can pick one that goes best with your skin tone. It also contains 0.5% salicylic acid, so it pro