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  1. Are you an introvert? Read this and see if you match: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200303/rauch As an introvert, you'd rather spend your time alone than with groups of people. The point is to not envision yourself as flawed for being a person that enjoys time alone. If you view extreme sociability as perfection and anything else as lesser, then you'll be beating yourself up for who you are. I discovered this recently after becoming clear - I thought that I'd easily be able to become sociable
  2. It's not necessarily genetic, but it would be idiotic to insist that someone would have severe acne when their whole bloodline has never experienced it before.
  3. You said, "is ruining." According to you, he hasn't seen it, so how could it be ruining it? Don't force negative expectations and limitations on yourself - you're only as happy as you allow yourself to be.
  4. When you are clear, you find that you retain some of the emotional and social vestiges acne has brought upon you. Don't expect to suddenly gain your confidence back.
  5. Use the shy salesman's technique and stare at the bridge of their nose. They can't tell the difference.
  6. No.. there would be terrible scarring and redmarks that would last for an eternity. Your skin would be mauled and overloaded trying to repair all the shit going on. Every pore would commit suicide and your face would become a wasteland More importantly, the idea is nonsense. There isn't a timebomb in each of our pores, waiting to explode at some given time in the future.
  7. The sun can be extremely irritating to your skin. I've noticed breakouts after being in the sun too long. You should get a strong sunscreen of at least SPF 50. I've used SPF 50 since I've finished my course of tane, mixing it in the morning with a moisturizer.
  8. Personally, I prefer jojoba oil over aloe vera. It handles the flakiness well.
  9. That's good to know. Nothing inflamed in my scalps.
  10. I took 5 months of tane and ended with 80mg daily about 2 months ago. Towards the end of the course, my hairline began receding. It still is receded, although I'm not sure if it's as bad as it was. I'm taking Biotin right now to speed up the process of regrowing. How about your outcomes? Post dosages and specific type of hair loss, such as receding hairlines.
  11. It angers me because it reinforces the misconception that we are lazy slobs. "Look how simple it was for me to get rid of my acne, it all came in a simple box with simple instructions! And you haven't done anything about yours.. why?" Random comments from strangers show how people think, giving us what worked for THEM and assuming it to be the ultimate cure for everyone.
  12. It's true, the only people who jeer at acne are people who have never experienced it. My suggestion is to be so kind to him that he would feel terrible for doing such a thing. Tell him that you won't think any less of him if he is nice to you.
  13. Quitting cold turkey won't hurt, as there is no psychological dependence with Accutane. However, you won't receive the benefits from finishing the course. I would first recommend you drink more water (2 gallons a day) and try a joint supplement as well as fish oil before quitting. As for the pain being permanent... it's unlikely, but possible.
  14. I'm bumping so a few more people may consider it. I especially recommend this if you have pustules that result from stubborn clogged pores (but only if your skin can handle it).