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[QUOTE=arock]is this even a real question? are you doing a research paper or something? acne is a hideous, disfiguring disease of the skin. if it were another type of non-fatal disease there would be parades and fundraisers to try to find a cure, but for most people, who grow out of it, it's just a joke. i can assure you, that for those of us who have it, esp those of us who are well out of our teen years, it is no joke and the psychological effect is as devastating as if it were burns or some such thing, only if it were burns there would be more funding and sensitivity to it.[/QUOTE]

This is a real question! :nono: I could probably write a book, with all the crap I've been on. Thing that worked was Accutane, and I still suffer dry skin from that. :( Especially for being well out of your teen years? You know how many people constantly talked about me? How much verbal abuse I took and jokes? How it effected my grades? How it effected my personality? Most of those things we get from highschool like grades, friends(Lack of), experiences, memories..etc... We take all those things with us when we go out into the world. From my point of view, I'd say it's alot harder and worse going through Highschool with Acne. Especially when it's not just like, normal teen kind, but cystic, hurts, needing to take pills and see a doctor acne. Yearbook pictures, which alot of people keep forever.. those pictures will always exist and you'll always be known as the kid with really bad acne. Prom? Good-luck... All big things in our lives... It's important. Some of which decide if you'll make out there... :(
fearuntilclear- i'm sorry if i was kinda harsh there, feeling a little defensive maybe. acne absolutely sucks, at any age. like you i've been on every medication and tried every snake oil thing out there without much success. but when you're 30 there's not much hope of growing out of it, know what i mean? and not much excuse for it either. and instead of it just affecting you, it also affects the spouse and the kids too. as in, "what's all that stuff on your mom's face?" i do look people in the eye now, but it still stings when i see the people i'm talking to, talking to my cysts. so rude, but i know they probably can't help it. i do look like some kind of monster, but f***it. i'm cool, smart, funny and have a great husband and son, and a derm who i trust and believe is honest with me. this too shall pass..... eventually!

anyhoo, i was lashing out at you when i was really pissed off about my new cyst and i apologize.

someday my accutane course will begin to work and maybe i won't be so mad anymore. a little more roll with the punches, like i really am.


so are you clear now? how long has it been? what do you use on your skin now?
[QUOTE=arock]fearuntilclear- i'm sorry if i was kinda harsh there, feeling a little defensive maybe. acne absolutely sucks, at any age. like you i've been on every medication and tried every snake oil thing out there without much success. but when you're 30 there's not much hope of growing out of it, know what i mean? and not much excuse for it either. and instead of it just affecting you, it also affects the spouse and the kids too. as in, "what's all that stuff on your mom's face?" i do look people in the eye now, but it still stings when i see the people i'm talking to, talking to my cysts. so rude, but i know they probably can't help it. i do look like some kind of monster, but f***it. i'm cool, smart, funny and have a great husband and son, and a derm who i trust and believe is honest with me. this too shall pass..... eventually!

anyhoo, i was lashing out at you when i was really pissed off about my new cyst and i apologize.

someday my accutane course will begin to work and maybe i won't be so mad anymore. a little more roll with the punches, like i really am.


so are you clear now? how long has it been? what do you use on your skin now?[/QUOTE]

I understand. So.... Apology, accepted! :)

To answer your question there at the end... Yes, I have cleared up. All that's left are these red marks and some scarring left over from the years I've had it... I think it's been about 5 or 6 years or so.. with some pretty rough months where it borke out, BIG. Sometimes it hurt so much I'd cry... Right now I use, Aveno Moisterizing Lotion, the rest of my body is pretty dry as well, I use.. Bath and Body works Pleasures : Moonlight Path. Body lotion. I still need to get Retin-A for the scarrs though... Other than really dry skin, I'm pretty good. I still can get little break outs though.. so I'm not immune to it, but nothing to worry about.. maybe 1 or 2 little guys once in awhile. I use Dove soap, as it doesn't do what ivory or any others do to me, which is.. dry me out even more. I was treated with Accutane for 6 months. Funny thing is.. I got tanner while being on the medication, cause' I was outside. Another thing that could help if anyone's wondering.. a girlfriend. My girlfriend was very supportive of me, and I love her very much. She loves me for who I am and see's the person under the skin. Even though.. she still thought I was hott even with acne. Guess she just saw past what I had.. she's the best. If she thought I was hott then, can't imagine how I look now. Kinda caught me off guard, because everyone I've met thus far, has thought I was ugly. Lol. She's hott too. She got me to open up. Without her, I probably wouldn't have gotten on accutane or be clear right now. For all of this.. I love her very much. Hear that Shianne! :D I love you! I'm sure your husband helps you out alot too. Good-luck fighting the beast. Think of people who had/have acne to be like an army. We've all tried to fight it, some beat it, some have yet to prevail. But we've all been there. We shouldn't go against eachother like what happened before with me and you. We both know what we're fighting/foughten and the only thing we can do is help eachother. Goodluck, and I hope all be well with you. :)





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