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Everything posted by IchhasseAkne

  1. Yes, the Halo Effect. I read and post a lot on reddit and there are many threads and subs where this is discussed... That so much of life is affected by it is the strongest evidence that humans are just simply smarter animals... Animals have no other way of choosing mates other than looks... If everyone was really created "equal" in God's image, then why do humans place so much emphasis on what the outside looks like? If anything, my acne scarring getting worse in the past few years has ma
  2. I think you brought up a great point here. Scarring on the face can make it much tougher for someone to get jobs, even ones in STEM fields. Given 2 equally qualified candidates, in terms of education and experience, the hiring manager is subconsciously likely to choose the better looking person because that is who he/she wants to interact with all day. The struggles of facial scarring would likely not be as bad if they were only confined to the dating aspect of life. The fact that they impe
  3. What affected me the most (and still does to some extent) in the past 3-4 years was the reaction that some women had upon seeing me... I have already explained it in other threads but will summarize it here again. Before I had severe acne scarring, women did not have this reaction upon seeing my face. After my scarring got worse, about 50% of women will do either or both of these actions upon seeing my face: 1) pull their dress/blouse/shirt/suit jacket lapels closed so as to hide their brea
  4. It's been 8 years since my 2nd course of Accutane and I likely have forgotten some of the most important tips to make the process safe and least likely to generate bad side effects. Please let me know what I am missing from my list below and correct things as needed: Do not take a multi-vitamin that has vitamin A in it; but are other vitamins (zinc, D3, B5, etc ok to take while on Accutane?) Are there any foods that should be avoided while on Accutane? I think I recall that it me
  5. I think it might be because acne (outside of the teen years) is not that common... Even during the teen years, the people who have moderate to severe acne are far fewer in number than those with mild or occasional acne. It seems like people are scared of/disgusted by/make fun of traits or conditions people have that are different and not common among the majority of people they interact with daily.
  6. Link to article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/mit-researchers-artificial-skin/ Even though most of the article mentions Cosmetic and Vanity reasons to use this, I think a more pressing application of this can be for Acne Scar patients!!! Yes, some people may want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, under eye area, etc., BUT those in my opinion are all VAIN things - everybody ages and everybody gets older (unless you have the money to continually get plastic surgery....)...
  7. Even though severe adult acne and subsequent scarring has made me more empathetic in the past few years, that still only extends to certain conditions. I am empathetic for people with congenital or developed diseases, but not for people whose disease or condition is a result of their bad choices: i.e. lung cancer due mainly to smoking, liver problems due to drinking, etc. I, like many of you here I am sure, don't do those things, eat healthier than most people and yet we still have (or had) ad
  8. I have used accutane twice in the past when I had really bad cystic acne. The 1st time was Jr year of high school and then the 2nd course was Sr year of college. I'd say that after each course, the amount/type of acne that inevitably came back was milder and less in number - but it did come back... Before my first coure, I had acne on my upper chest, upper shoulders and some on my back; after that course, the acne never really came back on those areas. I took my 2nd course mainly because I wa
  9. I have not moved in a few years. I will try to make sure to dry that area of my face after showering, but I think it is still from some irritation from my glasses... I think I will try to wear contacts more often, especially if I notice any mark or pimple in that area that can develop into a larger and more inflamed version of itself.
  10. My face is usually ~90% clear these days from using the acne.org regimen. However, I still sometimes get a pimple where the temple of the eyeglasses touches the skin of my temples... I am assuming that it is because of some irritation and or pressure. Lately, one of these pimples on my left temple slightly increases in size (to maybe that of half a dime) and was swollen and red for a few days. I decided to wear contacts for a day or two to try to allow the pimple to subside faster. Are the
  11. I will pray, but I have my doubts that God actually intervenes in people's live in this life.... I do believe that every person who wants to believe and seek God is given a set of life circumstances (be they socioeconomic, ethnicity related, health conditions, etc.) that will lead them to finding God one day - but only if they truly want to. However, I don't believe that prayer can actually cure things like adult acne, cancer, and other health conditions.
  12. I hope that you achieve better skin by June also! You certainly have been through a lot.
  13. Hi everyone! I just got back from my 3rd session of CIT + growth factor and my face is redder than an angry tomato! :-) I can say that I have seen some improvement over the past 2 months in terms of what seems like newer collagen growth (and thus shallower scarring), especially on the right cheek area. The overall color tone of the scarred area may have some slight improvement as well, but that it tougher to tell. I am not in a hurry to get too many things done too soon and will not be go
  14. Computer games. Reading Going to a very specialized hobby group (where many of the members don't really care what each other looks like as long as you know how to problem solve and can laugh and have fun) read/watch lots of stuff on the web HuluPlus Hiking once the weather starts getting warmer
  15. I agree 115% I cannot imagine the courage that it takes you OP to be in such a role. It was and is hard enough for me to be in a technical role (working with scientists, engineers, technicians) and many of the people in those roles aren't the best looking... (or else they would be in business or marketing )
  16. I can't say I have seen that in the past 4-5 years, though I haven't gone out in public any more than absolutely necessary. I became more introverted and thus haven't had as much chance to possibly see if such a couple actually exists where I live.... When I was more social, during my college years, I also do not recall seeing this coupling. However, even if I did, it may have simply been that young college aged people still had "leftover" acne from their teen years and their BF/GF understoo
  17. I am glad that you mentioned this as I was a little hesitant to do so. Based on all that we scientifically know thus far, it does really seem that having acne prone skin is primarily determined by genetics. As such, it is very tough for living people to accept that since it was something that they had no say in - we don't pick our parents.... Furthermore, the genes for acne prone skin may not even be active in certain generations and can likely skip; additionally, the environment may also to
  18. I def agree that those are the two general paths that adult acne sufferers can take. It is only human to feel resentment, anger, and bitterness early on, especially after having tried so many things over the years to get rid of one's acne and/or decrease one's scarring... I believe that simply with enough time (and maybe research and exposure to the lives of other people,not only in one's own city, state, or nation, but people around the world) most people will realize that they aren't helpin
  19. OP, do not despair. I recently turned 30 and have never had a GF before. I am white/asian so the scarring I have is also easily visible... Please try your best to focus on the transition from college to the real working world and try not to focus as much on getting women. I have read that bit of advice in so many places across many forums on the net. Make the best life for yourself in terms of career, hobbies, social network.
  20. To briefly summarize what I have posted in other threads: I took two course of accutane, the 1st Jr year of high school when I first got cystic acne that seemingly came out of nowhere; and the second Sr year of college. I took the 2nd course of accutane because the acne slowly but surely came back on my face and I did not have the best skin care routine for in between the accutane courses. I did not know of this site or much else on where to search for the info and thus went through so much o
  21. I will simply say this: the effects of acne and/or scarring on how strangers interact with you cannot be denied. I am not imagining different treatment that I receive compared to people without an obvious disfigurement. For example, a few years out of college (post my 2nd course of Accutane), my skin was the best it has been in 10 years. I usually went t bars and such by myself and looking back, I did notice that some women noticed me. As I was walking away a bar once, I walked past a grou