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About mariac32

  • Birthday 01/09/1990

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  1. Thank you bellebear. I appreciate the encouragement. You're totally right about trying to find the root cause of it. It's definitely a response to stress and linked to having OCD, which I am beginning to get treatment for. Hopefully with the right amount of self determination and support, I can break the cycle. Today was day one of this challenge, and I managed to get through it without picking at my face or messing with anything, so I'll call it a success.
  2. I have been under a lot of stress lately. My job and personal life have been unpredictable and hectic. I've had acne since I was 14. I'm 25 now and it has gotten worse, better, worse, better. I have been on antibiotics, birth control, the regimen, proactiv, tazorac, benzaclin, everything. I have been taking 100mg spironolactone for over a month, and my skin is just as bad if not worse than it was before I started. I'm also using retin a .01% and was just prescribed aczone but haven't tried it ye
  3. I'm with you too. I have bad anxiety and I pick when I am stressed too, and then I get more stressed and upset about the damage I inflicted on myself. It makes everything more inflamed, painful, and difficult to heal. I went a little crazy with the picking today and now everything is a mess. Your forehead looks better than mine right now! I think it helps if someone is doing the challenge with you, so I hope you keep posting and we can beat this together. Hopefully by April we will all be doing
  4. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I can relate to everything you wrote. It is awful being consumed by these worries and sometimes it's too hard to handle on your own. There has to be a way through this and I'll be here to talk if you ever need to.
  5. I have been using the regimen for almost three years now. For the most part, it has helped clear my skin and I was able to go long periods without horrible breakouts. The past month, without doing anything differently, I started breaking out in itchy rashes on my face (only in areas where I put the bp) and my eyes were constantly irritated and sometimes swollen. The itchy/bumpy rashes would then get very dry and peel after a few days. I thought it was an allergy to something in the air or in my