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Hi everyone, Iím a newcomer to this site. Iíve had acne since the age of 12 for 11 years now. I never told anyone about it, not even my parents and sisters, because I felt too ashamed. Because it is only on my back and chest, and not really on my face, I have been able to hide it all this time. I always felt that if anyone saw it they would be disgusted and I couldn't face such rejection. It has had such a powerful effect on bringing my self esteem down to level zero. It makes me feel depressed a lot of the time, as well as insecure and unconfident. I think I just gave up on myself after a few years, and didnít really take the appropriate steps such as going to see a dermatologist. The thing is I didnít want to show it to ANYONE, even a doctor. But I went a few months ago, and my doctor prescribed me the pill. Itís kind of improving, although no drastic improvement. Iíve got an appointment with the dermatologist, and he said they might put me on Accutane. Iíve heard it has really bad side effects, including depression, and as Iím already very depressed I feel a bit scared about that. However I know I would probably feel less depressed if I had a clear skin. Does anyone have any advice? Also I have acne scars on my back, and wondered if anything can help to fade them a bit (excluding laser treatment and all that malarkey)? Thanks
[QUOTE=Cat_erpillar]Hi everyone, Iím a newcomer to this site. Iíve had acne since the age of 12 for 11 years now. I never told anyone about it, not even my parents and sisters, because I felt too ashamed. Because it is only on my back and chest, and not really on my face, I have been able to hide it all this time. I always felt that if anyone saw it they would be disgusted and I couldn't face such rejection. It has had such a powerful effect on bringing my self esteem down to level zero. It makes me feel depressed a lot of the time, as well as insecure and unconfident. I think I just gave up on myself after a few years, and didnít really take the appropriate steps such as going to see a dermatologist. The thing is I didnít want to show it to ANYONE, even a doctor. But I went a few months ago, and my doctor prescribed me the pill. Itís kind of improving, although no drastic improvement. Iíve got an appointment with the dermatologist, and he said they might put me on Accutane. Iíve heard it has really bad side effects, including depression, and as Iím already very depressed I feel a bit scared about that. However I know I would probably feel less depressed if I had a clear skin. Does anyone have any advice? Also I have acne scars on my back, and wondered if anything can help to fade them a bit (excluding laser treatment and all that malarkey)? Thanks[/QUOTE]

My recommendation is zinc. I've heard that this works best for body acne. Definitely worth a try...

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