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Thatís great that you have a career that you enjoy. Thatís wonderful. I work in a small office environment; sit in a large cubical all day. I process a lot of paperwork; work in Purchasing...I donít really love my job, it gets boring, and I have too much of the same monotonos stuff to do every day, every week, every monthÖÖ, BUT, I consider myself lucky to have a job in the first place, the way that the economy is going (and I didnít go to college, so I donít have a specialty in anything, just lots of work experience). I am paid pretty well, and I have a lot of freedom without a boss looming over me constantly, so I really canít complain too much.

Stress is SO much a factor with aggravating acne, which is why you should possibly think of taking those adrenal supplements or at least supplementing your diet with some B vitamins. The adrenal gland is what your body uses to handle stress, and b vitamins support that (some kind of way), and are good for stress. I really do think that Iíve calmed down a bit lately. Like, I had some stressful situations going on in my personal life that have went away somewhat recently, so, maybe that is a factor, but I do feel as if Iíve mellowed out a bit more. My boyfriend says that he can tell also. And ya know, it could just be that Iím seeing a little bit of positive results in my skin and Iím trying to stay positive about it; but ya never know, it might be because of the vitamins.

When I first started looking at this site I got really overwhelmed with all the products that everyone was talking about, or had used, or worked, or didnít work. I started doing searches for everything and tried out a few things (different washes, the acne cure, epsom salt). I learned that I needed to stay away from the harsh stuff as it just definitely wasnít for me. I have faint ďscarsĒ (like light purplish/red flat spots) on my face, but they arenít bad. I am hoping that the regenerist will show some results on those soon. Itís so hard being so pale; everything stands out and I can't cover anything up. In fact, I recently went into the clinique counter to buy different foundation and powder and they didn't even have a shade light enough for me. Guess I'll just stick with my drugstore stuff.

If you do try the tazorac deal; make sure that when you rinse it off, that you keep the water away from your eyes. I wasn't even thinking about this, and I guess last night when I rinsed it off, I just rubbed my whole face and it got around my eyes apparently. This morning the skin around my eyes was peeling and red, stung putting on my eye cream...., so, just be causious of that........., (of course, it might have just happened because I have THE MOST PATHETICALLY SENSITIVE SKIN POSSIBLE, so you may not have to worry).

Wouldn't it be nice to have a day go by without thinking of your complexion...., or plan for something a month away and not have to worry what your face may look like then? That would just be so nice.

I remember first breaking out when I was about 14 or 15. I don't really remember if it was "teenage acne" or if I always had these sorts of nodules/cysts. I went on accutane when I was 17 (after trying more antibiotics and creams than i can even remember). The accutane cleared me for a couple years..., but then I started having problems again. The ortho tri cyclen never helped. I've had periods of doing nothing; and then short periods of taking an antibiotic, clearing up for a few months, and then breaking out again. Viscious, mentally, self-esteem-draining cycle.

I'd say that you and I have been living parallel lives if it weren't for the fact I was a few years older than you. My face got really, really bad about last September/October. I went to the doctor in November and she gave me minocyclen and tazorac. By mid-December I would say that I was clear (after suffering from the red/peeling face from the tazorac), and I thought that this was finally it. Well, by April/May, I was still taking the stuff like usual, but started getting nasty bumps on my face again. I suffered with it for a while, tried upping the dose (per my doctor), then stopped taking them. I went to a dermatologists office to get microderm abrasion to see if that would help. I don't know if it did anything except possibly made it worse. My skin FELT better right afterwards, but it only lasted a day. I had two of them done (which hurt my pockets at $125 each). I'd say about a month later; I took bactrim, and it cleared me up pretty well. I started seeing breakouts again, and at that time my boyfriend and I did a week long fast, only drinking a homemade lemonade mixture. My skin looked WONDERFUL. Then I started eating again. Really healthy (I thought); sandwiches, cereal/milk, yogurt..., no junk food. My skin turned terrible, like almost overnight. It was really bad. Like, I had 13 or so big bumps all around my chin all at one time. So, that's when I started with the "acne cure" and also cut out dairy. I would have never thought that it was actually the wheat that seemed to be the main problem.

Anyway, WE ARE ALL WAY TOO OLD FOR THIS!!!!!! It is very embarrasing, especially when you are in your professional environment; or like you are talking to parents of your students, or trying to actually hangout with friends that of course have no clue what it's like to be dealing with this problem.

I think that steaming would be a good idea; but I've never really gotten into it. I'm sure it may help a little; but I would almost bet 100% that with our type of acne, that we wouldn't really see much improvement. I'd save it for more of like doing weekly facials once we clear up; know what I mean?

Hope your game went well last night. The only thing I'm looking forward to for tonight is that Survivor comes on - WOOO HOOOOOOO!!! I'm addicted to that show.

Well, thanks for chatting; it is REALLY helpful to be able to relate so well and know that we are going through the same thing. Fingers crossed!, we'll be clear by turkey day :)





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