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BabyGirl - Wow I read your story and I can totally relate. I started getting very, very, mild acne around age 15. It slowly got worse though around age 16, and at age 17 I went on Accutane - cleared me up PERFECTLY!! Now I am a 20 year old college student and I am having to deal with mild acne again along with slight scars, red marks, bad tone, oiliness and large pores. Like you, I had always thought I was pretty attractive. I like everything about my facial features and I couldn't be happier with my body... but my SKIN! AURGH!! I always think, "If only my skin would be better I would be so much happier." (Which I know is not a good mindset, but I can't help but think it.)

Every girl I hang around has perfect skin - the kind of skin where they dont have to wear ANY makeup and they still have porcelain china doll skin. It makes me so jealous!!! I hate having to spend so much time slathering on foundation, concealer, bronzer and powder every time I want to step outside the apartment. I wish I could have the kind of skin where I could just go run errands, go to class, be outside, go swimming, etc. and not have to worry about my skin or my makeup getting smudged.

I feel like I am going on my own rant now, but what I am trying to say is that you are not alone in this!! Acne sucks, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Right now I am taking Acidophilus and Milk Thistle supplements, spironolactone, and I am drinking POMWonderful Pomegranate juice for the antioxidant support. This combination seems to be working well. I am also getting microdermabrasion treatments with a regimine of Renova and Neostrata. (WHEW!!) Things seemed to be bleak at the beginning of all this, but now my regimine seems to be coming together and my skin is looking better.

Basically, keep the faith that there IS a regimine out there that will work for you. Also, someone recently told me something that was sort of a "lightbulb" moment for me. I was complaining about my skin (as always), and they said, "Hey - you don't like your skin and that upsets you. Well there are tons of people with perfect skin that have other problems - whether it be physically, emotionally, sociallly, etc... so just focus on the good and know that no one is perfect." This thought really helped me for some reason, hope it will help you as well. Good luck, and don't get discouraged! Everyone on this board has proven to be a great support line and all really do care! :)

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