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  1. Hi everyone. I have posted a few times on here now, always on the "emotional and psychological effects of acne" page, because that's the most important one, I feel. I started having acne when I was 13 (I am 22 now) and have been self-conscious about my face ever since. When I read through peoples' posts, I can relate. I also NEVER go out without makeup, I overanalyze myself in the mirror on the daily, and I hate having my picture taken lest my latest zit shows up on camera. Side note: the state
  2. Hey guys, I've been on this site for a while now and am finally deciding to share my journey in hopes of getting 100% clear. Quick background, I'm a 24 year old female who has suffered from acne since puberty. It started as whiteheads and progressed to cystic acne as I became older. I used to have it all over my face, chest, and upper back but after getting on birth control at 17 I've had soft clear skin on my chest and back. Currently, I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and acne on my cheek
  3. I have had acne on and off for years - starting from when I was 13 to now, when I am 18. The most severe acne that I've had has only been in the last two years, and only on two occasions - both after increased use of makeup(but somehow, I only break out on one cheek). Now, the problem is that I am still suffering from the after-effects of severe acne - dark spots and acne scars! My cheek is completely covered with redness and spots and I am so embarrassed to be seen with the blemishes. Sin
  4. I ran into a girl in the cafeteria at noon. We know each other and I could categorize her as a friend (not a close one). We were joined by a very good friend of mine, and I laughed at her jokes. This girl saw me laugh and said: "if you keep laughing your pimples will all turn red." I was so embarrassed and angry after she said that to me. "That was rude." I said. "But I said it only because I like you." She said. "That did not compute. That was rude." I'm sure that my displeasure was pretty o
  5. (because this turned into a super-long comment on another thread not originally about makeup, I figured it belonged better here) I wholeheartedly tell people "yes!" who ask me if they can wear makeup with acne. Maybe it's because my mom always thought that makeup was the sole cause of my acne and if I only stopped wearing it then my acne would go away. I went without makeup (which was hard at the time), and acne remained/didn't change. Oh moms ... Now I know a bit better. One such stud
  6. Hello! I am an undergraduate at UCLA who is doing a sociological research project on gay men with acne and how acne affects these men's experiences and body image. If you identify as a gay man and have acne and would feel comfortable participating in my study, please contact me at (408) 768-4962 or [email protected] As a participant, you would be interviewed for approximately an hour about your experience being a gay man and having acne. Because I am based out of Los Angel
  7. Ugh, I've felt so down on myself lately. I feel so ugly all the time, and it's not just my skin that's bothering me. I hate pretty much everything about the way I look. My nose is HUGE and bulbous and it's crooked, and I really want to get a nose job, but it's so expensive, and I'm worried about what effect it would have on my skin. Even my mom and one of my friends thinks I need a nose job, and my sister's boyfriend likes to make subtle comments about how huge and ugly my nose is. Plus, my face
  8. hi im marlene and im 25 and im so happy with my results using acne.org and ive only been on it for 2 weeks and my face has completely cleared up!!! i started getting acne about 2 years ago out of nowhere. ive had model-like gorgeous skin my whole life then the acne came and would stop right before i purchased the regime on acne.org i was seeing a dermatologist and was put on birth control and going all the time to get bloodwork and tests watch videos about birth defects due to accutane anyway
  9. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I see is my face. Hoping for it to look better or at least less red. Then I decide whether or not to put on makeup to cover my acne and my tired eyes. I have not worn makeup for almost a week and it's so difficult to not think about how I look. I have my hair up in a bun , because I fear if I have my hair down , my acne will get worst. I try to remain positive , but when girls walk by with their makeup on, it makes me feel like an ugly disgusting thi
  10. Skin and Us Skin is really something isn't it ? For the past hour Iv'e spent time reading through acne.org forum, learning of the many people like myself struggling for lasting clear skin. And for many of us, to have 'lasting clear skin' sounds like what we most desire. Ive created this post to speak on skin sufferers, no matter the skin condition severity, emotional journey or pain. Skin is not everything, skin is not you. Yes, it is downright hard to walk out of the house into
  11. I'll try and sum up my acne background, and trust me, I'm leaving out a whole bunch for the sake of your time (I'm a guy if that changes anything): Since I was 10, I started to develop mild acne on my forehead. I didn't do anything about it because my parents assumed it was natural and would go away in a few months. It literally has lasted me 6 years (I'm 16) and my parents continue to say the exact same thing, "it's just hormones, it will go away soon." In those 6 years, my acne has not disap
  12. As I've pretty much given up any hope of finding a physical solution to my skin problems (I'm still getting breakouts despite having been on the Regimen for over a year now and the BP also makes my skin really red) I was just wondering if anyone has any good ways of keeping their thinking positive or increasing their self-esteem? I'm moving into university halls on Sunday and am dreading it because I've just been blessed with yet another horrible breakout. I look like a monster and am running ou
  13. I've suffered with acne from the age of 13. Now, a few months from turning 21, I've decided to finally seek professional treatment. I have been prescribed Lymecycline (hard capsules, 408mg) and Epiduo for up to 10 months. To give some background on my acne, it began as typical teenage spots which were fairly minor. When I got to around 15/16 my acne became worse and was mainly concentrated on my forehead and chin. I went to my GP and was given some sort of topical cream (I can't remember
  14. ktsk01

    Skin Wars

    Have you ever looked in the mirror and cried because your appearance isn't the way you thought it'd be as a child years ago? Well, welcome to my life. I never imagined being plagued with acne, especially not as a child in elementary school. At the age of 9, I lost someone so beloved and close to me. That one loss spurred a whole new chain of events. Anxiety hit me hard and it was pretty hard to be happy when you didn't understand what was going on with your life. I felt like my world had complet
  15. Okay, yeah it sucked to be 35 and still have acne with pores that were getting larger. It started at 15. It's been a life-long humiliation. And has severely affected my self-esteem. I hated it so bad. I also suffer from OCD, so it's hard to keep my hands off my face. I had it all, black heads, white heads, cystic acne. However; about a year ago, the symptoms started to mutate to something more severe. I started itching head to toe. It seemed to turn into a contact type of dermatitis. I experimen
  16. Hello. I just want to share my story. I've been javing acne ever since I was around middle school, and I dont remember seeing any other kid with acne, it was just me. One time I was waiting in the cafeteria to get my food, the kid in front of me looked back at me and said "Whoa, someone jerks off a lot." I just stared at him in shock. I knew he was talking about my scne because of where his eyes looked at, and after a while I knew about this cultural belief that if someone masturbates he gets
  17. When I was about 15 years old I developed cystic acne, and ever since then ( despite two rounds of acutanne, contraceptives, antibiotics, benzoil peroxide, and acids of all kinds) I still suffer from it. I've tried very hard to keep a happy, positive outlook on life, but my acne and rolling scars have destroyed me emotionally in such a terrible way. My self-esteem is in the gutter and (though I love my friends) being the only one with bad skin in my group has made my college years almost sad. It
  18. Well, I'm new here. First of all, I wanted to say that my first language is not English, so previous apologies for possible spelling mistakes! I'm a 17 year old girl. I've had acne since I was around 12, and I've had better and worse times. This last year wasn't my worst one, but it was still awful for me. Now, I've just started a treatment with Differin gel 0,1. This is my 11th day and I got a very bad breakout. I believe my face hasn't been this bad for a long time. I've read in some forums
  19. [[TW: for discussion of disordered eating and depression/anxiety]] This is a saga of pain and confusion that needs telling. If only because, I know I am not the only one. When I was fourteen, I began to get a few more than the occasional teenage pimple. Of course, what with American beauty standards for women being what they are, this made me feel insecure and inferior, and intensified my introversion and shyness from other peers. After countless failed topicals and antibiotics, a dermatol
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