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Re: Venting ahhhhh
Jan 13, 2002
RUFFEO: That's a great post! You are very right. We can't let it consume our lives and prevent us from doing the things we want to do. I mean, we can try to find our 'cure' and work on it, but that can't be all we are about. I have been tempted to do the same, stay home and avoid people, but my friends just wouldn't let it happen, and I thank them for that because I know that would make me feel worse in the long run.

CARLY20: I am/was in the same position. I had little or no acne when I was a teenager, but started to see the signs of my problem skin when I was about 19. And at that point all my friends no longer had to deal with acne. I remember, they would freak out when they would get a little whitehead that would be gone in a couple of days, while I was stressing over my whole right cheek being filled with big painful cysts. I am now 23 and still dealing with it. I have been taking minocin and it works well for me when I am on it but stops working once I stop taking it. I came to this board to find out what other people's experiences are and to find out what else I can try, because I really don't want to be taking minocin for a long time, since I already have been taking it for about 4 years now.
I don't know if you have been to dermatologist before, but you might consider it. This site is great to help you make an informed decision about what you want to do. You say your red marks are soft?! Well, my acne is cystic (I think) so when I get a pimple its usually hard and hurts. When it starts to heal it gets soft and that's one way I know its going away. Then I have this big red raised mark on my face and I have to wait until that goes away. Its quite annoying actually. I don't know what to suggest to you besides seeing a doctor if you can and reading around on this board. If you have any other questions or comments, I am sure you know what to do! Take care and good luck. Hang in there.

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