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  1. I'm a sophmore in college. I've had acne since the 7th grade. At it's worst my face was so covered with cysts that I couldn't talk or smile because it was so painful. Today my skin is not clear, I doubt it ever will be, but it's mostly under control, and most importantly, I've learned how to live with it. There is no cure for acne. There is no magic medicine that will fix your face. But there is a lot of little things you can do to help your skin and together will make a BIG difference. So, I'
  2. Correlation does not imply causation. It's probably because boxing involves sweating, body cleansing, lots of water, and forces you to eat better. Video games usually involves consuming bad foods, energy drinks, sodas, and not moving for hours at a time in a room with sometimes poor air circulation.
  3. Sorry, no experience with that product. But it's strange that it started so late. There's always a chance you developed an allergy around 29, maybe you should take an allergy test.
  4. I'm not sure where you got this method from, but it doesn't sound very good to me. A toothbrush has hard bristle and is made for cleaning your bone teeth, not soft pores. It sounds like you're tearing up your skin far too much. Less is more, cleanse gently for no more that a few seconds. If you want to exfoliate, try a gental exfoliating product. Do you have a link anything on this method?
  5. I have poked and prodded and made many a pimple bleed. The results range from a dark red bump that lasted a few years to tinny pink ones that were gone in days. Don't try to bleed it all out with force though, you just end up with a massive swollen red lump on hyour face that only spawns more acne (depending on your severity). After it does finish bleeding though an ice cube in a dixi cup or paper towel is your best friend to reduce swelling.
  6. I agree with greesefactory(clever name btw), do as he/she says. I had one of these once, it left a little red mark for a long time but it eventually went. And don't feel bad, it's our natural instinct to pick and prod at our skin, it's how our ancestors kept wounds clean. We all do it from time to time.
  7. Of all things to be a veteran of, this is probably one of the least glorious. But as time goes on we pick up little tricks in preventing and treating breakouts. I'll post my best ones, and you guys can throw up some of your own. Most of mine are hygiene, and though some may seem like common sense, some people (teenage guys) simply will never consider them, it's just how our brains work (or not work). 1. Change the pillow case - ideally use one side of the pillow case on night, flip it the seco
  8. I remember having that exact same look on my face when I looked in the mirror a few years ago. I'm going to assume your young and fairly new to this, particularly because your skin looks quite healthy otherwise. It's not as bad as you think, and you'll always perceive yourself a million times worse than you are. Don't let it consume you, worrying about your skin could easily consume your life. Perfect skin will only come with age, for the time being attack it from all fronts by educating yourse
  9. Red marks can be a bummer, I always hid it with a beard, a tan, and wearing green (sounds odd but makes a difference). Make sure you avoid wearing reds or browns, it makes it more noticeable. You might also want to check out this thread. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Acne-and-...too-t18131.html
  10. I'm a fellow red head (hence the clever user name) so I can sympathize with you quite well. Personally, every time I pick at something I shouldn't have, I ice it very carefully. I recomend something between the ice and the target, dixi cups work nicely.
  11. You could talk to your doctor about Atropine sulfate tablets, they're used to dry up people who are naturally excessive salvators. Though I personally have a more old fashion approach to the problem. A wonderful invention was actually invented for situations just like this. Duct tape. It sounds silly, but maybe you should consider somehow sealing shut your mouth for a week and seeing the results. Just make sure you don't drown yourself.
  12. Accutane makes your skin really really dry, but it's a last resort. There are side effects. The creator of this site did it when he was younger and it cleared him up but still to this day, years after the treatment, he suffers dry eyes, lips, and joint pain. Other side effects I've hears range from everything from balding to severe social anxiety. I have super oily skin as well, or at least I use to, now it's only semi oily. I use to be a shiny mirror on sunny days, but now I'm not because I dr
  13. I also have only inflamed acne. I've wondered this too, lots of it is just our genes, but I personally think we do little things every day to contribute. For example, I use to always have it 10x worse on the right side of my face then my left. Eventually I came to realize that I slept on my right side, and by changing my pillow case every other night and flipping it so I always slept on a clean side my right side improved dramatically. My newest thing I've decided to try is taking short warm s
  14. I've had a similar problem in the past. My aunt is a health nut and sudgested a recipie of hers for what's basically bannana nut bread. I'm not sure how strict your diet is, but mAybe you could use an alteration of this. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups very ripe mashed bannanas 1/4 tsp salt 3 eggs 3 tbs agave nectar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup mostly chopped cashews/walnuts/dried fruit (I personally like 2 cups and dried cranberries) 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)