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  1. I know how you feel. Looking at your pictures, my acne was similar. I'm a lot older than you are; I'm 33 this year. I started getting acne when I was 13 and I've struggled with it since, up until late 2013. I've had my fair share of acne-battling experiences. Tried a whole range of off-the-counter products, turning to a dermatologist when I ran out of ideas, and so on. I did not undergo accutane treatment though, I must say. I also did not make any significant changes to my diet, other than cutt
  2. I really feel your pain. I've suffered moderate-severe acne ever since I was 14, and I'm 29 now. I've tried a lot of stuff - medication, natural foods, derm-prescribed creams/gels - but most just work for a short time. It's all just one long emotionally-exhausting journey. At any rate, at this point, I finally feel like I'm slowly starting to win this battle against acne. I'll just briefly mention the products that work for me, and what else I do to help in controlling the breakouts. I find tha
  3. To be totally honest: When I see someone with a worse complexion than mine, or when I see people who usually have clear skin breaking out, I feel glad. Not because I seriously wish them ill, but I just want to feel like I'm not alone in this acne hell. When I see people with flawless skin, I get three reactions, sometimes all at once. 1) Jealousy. 2) Anger. 3) Self-loathing. Sometimes it hurts the most when I see my own brother's face. He has perfect skin. Smooth, clear, no pores visible at A
  4. I understand where you're coming from as well. Heck, I'm also 27, and I've been struggling with acne since I was 14. The past several years (from about age 24 onwards), my acne has been under control. I STILL break out from all sorts of things - my skin has a real knack of finding new things to react to - but it is usually controllable. The effects are nonetheless, very emotionally damaging, particularly when you still have to go through life (especially going to work and dealing with so many ot
  5. Less is definitely more. At least, for me anyway. Makeup doesn't really agree with my skin not just because my skin's VERY acne-prone (which it is ^^;; or I won't be on this board!), but also because it's so oily, yet somehow flaky when the weather gets very dry, plus the fact that I hate the feel of makeup on my face. The most I can handle is full-face foundation, concealer, blush, lipcolour, and minimal eyemakeup. Most days however, I just use concealer and perhaps a bit of powder. Whenever I
  6. Yes I can find a guy with acne attractive. I don't know whether it's a self-esteem thing or just my own idiosyncracy, but guys who are very good-looking actually turn me off. I guess it's just because their exterior is too...perfect, you know? For me, what makes a guy attractive is the way he carries himself. He doesn't even have to be that confident, he just have to be comfortable with himself, with two feet firmly on the ground.
  7. Seems like you've been tolerating and ignoring her for so long, and you're reaching the end of your tether, tell her you don't appreciate those comments. Hopefully something positive will come out of it - like she realises what a bitch she's been and she stops her nastiness. But even if it doesn't change anything, at least you've stood up for yourself. Be firm and calm about it though, don't lash out in anger. Dealing with the in-laws is a tricky business.
  8. Great thread. ^^ I am thankful for: - The wonderful vacation I had in Melbourne just a couple of weeks ago. - The stable job I have. Not the greatest-paying job in the world, but enough for me to live comfortably. And go for a vacation when I really need one, yay! - Nice hair. Well, nice enough that I don't every worry about it the way I do about my face, sigh. - Healthy family. - Good movies, books and music. ^^ - My bedroom.
  9. I totally agree with you. At least, this is the way I look at it now. I am 25 this year and have been battling acne for 12 years. It is still an ongoing battle as I am particularly susceptible to stress/menstrual acne. All throughout my puberty years, and even my young adult years, I suffered from self-esteem problems. Acne, and also weight problems, just made me feel incredibly ugly. It didn't help that I was naturally awkward and reticent. It's only this year, when I'm already well into my
  10. Cheer up, dear. Having suffered acne for years - 13 years and still ongoing - I know how you feel. I've even taken leave from work just to avoid having people see me with my wrecked skin. Have you tried Avene Cleanance Soapless Cleanser? It's formulated for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. I can't guarantee it'll work for you but it does for me. As for the hair, I also have oily hair. Or more specifically, a very oily scalp. I use Phyto hair products. They have a good shampoo for oily s
  11. I do feel for you. I am 25 as of now, but I've been battling acne since I was 13, and I'm still dealing with it even now. My cheeks and chin actually resemble your condition, except I don't really get acne on my forehead for some reason. Visiting a derm is a good idea. Hopefully, by now, you would have already seen one. Meanwhile, I very much agree with the above replies about stopping the apricot scrub. Or any scrub for that matter. When I used to see a derm, I was also advised not to try a
  12. I agree with you. I'm 25 and I think of 20 year-olds as kids, although the age difference is only 5 years. I know my older colleagues in their 30s also think of me as a kid sometimes. It's nothing to get defensive about. We've all been through it, or would go through it. Back to the urine therapy, I have to admit that at first I was quite taken aback at the idea of putting urine on the face. Call it ignorance, but there's always that association of urine with unhygiene. I haven't done any res