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  1. It's unlikely that everything was causing your acne, so what I would do now it gradually reintroduce things. Start a bit at a time, see if you get any acne, and if you do, cut it out again. You'll have to do this gradually though, otherwise it won't be clear. The problem with dairy is meant to be IGF-1 which is barely in yoghurt and butter, so if I were you I'd start eating those again which should start adding a little variety to your diet right away. You should also be able to experiment with
  2. You know what? It could actually help. My acne has improved since I gave up medicated topical treatments, I think they were just too harsh and it was just aggravating everything. My acne is still very bad, but it's slightly better than it was. Hope yours improves soon. xx
  3. Only if you let it. It's entirely your fault if you let your acne hold you back. As I said, I have terrible acne, I've been told I look like I have leprosy, yet I'm very successful, I have a rewarding career, loads of friends, a boyfriend who I met while my acne was at it's most severe and who I promise you is really good looking himself. If you let it hold you back, it will. If you want a good life, go out and have one - your acne can't stop you. If you think your life will automatically be ama
  4. Not hiring someone based on a facial feature is discriminatory and illegal. If that has happened, you need to be reporting them to the fair work ombudsman in your country. And confidence comes from within, not without.
  5. Only if you let it. It's entirely your fault if you let your acne hold you back. As I said, I have terrible acne, I've been told I look like I have leprosy, yet I'm very successful, I have a rewarding career, loads of friends, a boyfriend who I met while my acne was at it's most severe and who I promise you is really good looking himself. If you let it hold you back, it will. If you want a good life, go out and have one - your acne can't stop you. If you think your life will automatically be ama
  6. I might take some more photos tonight, I have previously posted a few but didn't take any this morning. I actually think it's the vaseline that has helped, but I can't be sure. I have no idea why it's worked aside from the idea of suffocating the nasties which might be ridiculous, but it seems to be doing it. I've been keeping it on my face all day. The only problem now is I'm going on a date and I feel like I should keep it on my face to keep the effect up, but I don't want to do that i
  7. I recently learned to use a simple photo editor!! Haha. It's just a simple one my phone came pre-loaded with - Pixlr Express - but it is supeer easy to use and has a good tool for zapping zits and giving you perfectly clear skin - at least in the photograph... lol
  8. Guys, thank you. Every single one of you. This thread has made my morning. Here are a few of my own. "Oh, you don't need to worry about that." Said by an acquaintance who demanded to know why I ordered a soy latte. Um, excuse me, no. You don't get to decide whether I want to try to repair my skin or not - and it was especially hurtful as I had been receiving comments about how bad it was the day before. "There's a doctor at x hospital who specialises in treating leprosy, perhaps you
  9. martino123, you're so right. Acne sucks, but compared to what we could be going through, it's nothing. Acne doesn't prevent you from achieving anything. While suffering the most severe acne of my life right now, I've started a new job, made a bunch of new friends, been to some amazing places, started dating a really cute guy, and have just generally been having a blast. Yes I hate my acne, yes I wish my face was smooth and beautiful. But having acne doesn't stop me from doing anything, and I
  10. My only advice is keep reading, and keep trying. The frustrating thing about acne is that because it is so closely linked to hormones, the actual direct cause is different for everyone, and so different things work different for everyone. Even more frustratingly, different things will work differently for you at different stages of your life, because your hormones are constantly changing. Some people get good results from medicated topical treatments, some swear by diet changes and supp
  11. My acne is about 50% better this morning. Overnight. I've never seen anything like this... What did I do? Well I've been reading a bunch of threads on here and I saw talking about pityrosporum folliculitis, which I had never heard of. I googled it - essentially it looks more or less like acne but is fungal/yeast based rather than bacterial. And google images showed a whole lot of pictures that look a lot like what I have. Two of its main characteristics are that it doesn't respo
  12. I suspect stress of being a big factor in my current outbreak, since I was crazy stressed (ie going through trauma) when my outbreak started a few months back. I've done some reading on it, and apparently cortisol (the stress hormone) can have an effect on insulin and androgen, which are responsible for acne. The frustrating thing is, I'm no longer crazy stressed, but my acne seems to be here to stay... So my theory is stress can cause acne, but destressing doesn't necessarily cure it...
  13. Hey, try not to stress too much about the doxy, ok? The internet is like that - you can find horror stories about EVERYTHING and really freak yourself out. I've been on doxy quite a few times, it's a pretty standard antibiotic and is used for all sorts of things other than acne. I've been on it for acne as well as as an anti-malarial when I was on a high dose for nearly three months. Initially, in the first few days, it can mess with your tummy a bit. You might feel a bit uncomfortable, and/
  14. Wow, this sounds so much like my own situation! I too have sensitive, acne-prone but not overly oily skin, and I've also been thinking lately that the products I've been using just haven't been working. I won't hijack your thread (I detailed my own regimen in another thread) but I'm also now focussing on moisturising and not over washing with good results. I'm thinking now, I've had the same sort of results with my hair. Until recently, I washed my hair with a lot of shampoo and conditioner
  15. Wikipedia says it was a problem for the Ancient Greeks and Romans, so it's definitely not entirely new. I've read that adult acne is on the rise in the last few decades though. But then we all know that some people get it and some people just don't, no matter what they do to their face. Which, of course, is totally unfair, but I guess it's just the same as everything else - some people tan easily while others burn, some people can grow their hair long while for others it goes brittle, etc et
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