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Mystrillium wrote on 01 May 2011 - 04:22 AM:
I saw both of your acne story videos, you have been through so much and been to many specialists. You really covered a variety of questions. Personally I rather gain weight than lose weight. I may visit a specialist because my menstrual cycle is really irregular (I'm 19).
babyyl0ve wrote on 30 April 2011 - 09:34 PM:
[READ IF YOUR PERIOD IS IRREGULAR AND HAVE ACNE - IMPORTANT]
i recently went to the doctors to find the cause of my acne and get some medication for it and also because my period was extremely irregular (sometimes going for up to like.. 8 weeks... and then sometimes 3 weeks).
he took a blood test and the results came back that i had a hormone imbalance (he didnt.. really go much into it)
he suggested i exercise, record my period dates, etc etc
when i returned for another blood test, i still had the same hormone problem
he told my mum i might have a problem with my ovaries called
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
and that i should get it checked out by having an ultrasound
i had the ultrasound and (unsurprisingly) i have POS and have a higher level of testorone
in short, this ... illness isn't as frightening as it may seem but it basically means your quite infertile or going to have difficulty getting pregnant
its symptoms include ACNE AND IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE (and some other ones as well which dont seem to apply to me)
what i'm saying is, for anyone who has these two symptoms, i suggest you get it checked out.
statisically speaking, you probably don't have it...
my treatment for it will probably be BC pills because it has oestrogen in it and it should help with the acne and period, but i haven't received it yet so i'm not sure how effective it is...
Mystrillium wrote on 01 May 2011 - 02:45 PM:
Would it be a good idea to seek a gynecologist or a hormonologist/endocrinologist? All this information is really insightful ^^
YunHe^^ wrote on 02 May 2011 - 01:35 PM:
Another acne sufferer here.
I'm sorry for this rant but I need to let the steam out a bit; I never really complain about my skin to others, because if I do, they usually just say that "you having bad skin doesn't matter - you're pretty and lovely person" blah blah blah. Or well, that's what my parents say, so it really doesn't console me much.
Thanks for your story, it's always somehow therapeutical to see that, yes, there are other people who suffer from acne, too. Among my friends, though, I'm the only one who suffers from acne anymore; have had it for almost 6 years now. Acne bothers me to the extent that I have actually been suicidal had suicidal thoughts for the past year and it really frustrates me because at the same time I want to just live my life but the idea of not suffering from depression caused by acne + other issues is very tempting sometimes.
I had my first period when I was about to turn 15 - yeah, quite late compared to other girls. And what happened to me was that I had my first period but my second period didn't come after a month - but after 6 months! I didn't really care much because I knew that period may be irregular at first and mine indeed were for a year or so, now they are quite regular. The reason why I mention this is because I have only lately realized that after having my first period, my acne began as well - before that I had NEVER had acne and my skin had been so perfect. So this really made me think IF I should go for BC pills (I haven't had them because I'm quite afraid to go to the gynecologist) because it seems like nothing else does the trick really. And trust me, I have tried everything. Trying everything has left my skin oily, scarry and really red (because of the scars) and.. basically ruined my life, I'd say.
This has also left me unwilling to go see a dermatologist anymore because none of their tricks has helped me. And what dermatologists here in Finland do is that they basically look a bit at your face and say "Yeah, I'll give you a prescription for antibiotics" - and that's it. That's why I've been trying home remedies and all.
You are lucky to not have that much acne on your face (plus your skintone is really even!). I would be interested to hear HOW YOU COPE WITH ACNE IN DAILY LIFE because I'd really need some tips plus it seems like you have had it for so long that you know already how to cope with it. I'm almost 20 myself but I'm really emotional when it comes to my skin. Everything is all about skin, skin, skin - these days the first thing I take a look at on another person is their skin. In many cases, seeing others' clear skin on a daily basis is much pain for me. Wherever I go, I always worry about my skin. Skin, skin, skin. The whole mindset really ruins my whole life atm.
Best of luck to you (with school and your skin as well!) and hope to see some more videos from you!
And, once again, I apologize for ranting. ):
hot-chocolate wrote on 03 May 2011 - 06:56 PM:
Thank you for such an elaborated reply and rant =] Now Hun, this is THE place to rant about your acne because I will absolutely understand how you feel! I will never ban you from here nor get angry because you posted your feelings about your acne and how you cope with it. Really, you shouldn't apologize, you have all the rights to feel frustrated/angry/ sad about your acne. So rant all you wish, I will always answer back and try to help you!
YunHe^^ wrote on 05 May 2011 - 10:33 AM:
Thank you yourself for the reply and such encouraging message!
I have suspected that I might have polycystic syndrome, and some of the symptoms do match me but not all (which is no excuse to go and see the doctor, though). I know, home remedies and everything, they really won't work (at least all of them) - but at the same time I can't really help it and keep trying to find a solution myself. Like I said - I really lost my trust in doctors - but I guess I really should try to dig that patience out of me again. Right now I'm in so much depression, though, that it seems hard. Facing people, doing normal daily things - it's all painful! Even meeting my friends is sometimes hurting me because I feel like I can't enjoy their presence thanks to the fact that I'm always conscious about my looks. It's naive but my mind is built that way - having to hear at high school that my face is ugly and that I am ugly makes those old comments appear on my mind again and again. And because I really have no one to talk to (even talking with my parents is hard because I don't want them to feel worried about me) it all just piles up in my head. Mmhm, I'm quite introvert.
Hearing that you have had to face such behaviour even from your friends makes me feel lucky that my friends never really cared about my skin or looks - they have been the best of friends for me. From elsewhere (classmates and such) I did receive some nasty comments about my face in general back in junior high school so it has left me pretty much paralyzed when it comes to relationships. You seem like a corageous person; for that, I do envy but also respect you. Despite your acne, you still can go on and try to look for a solution to your acne as well as listen to others.
My previous post was made in a huge state of frustration so that's why I apologized for ranting. :--D Anyhow, thanks again for your reply; hopefully there'll be more people to keep the discussion going on. ^^
babyyl0ve wrote on 30 April 2011 - 08:34 PM:
[READ IF YOUR PERIOD IS IRREGULAR AND HAVE ACNE - IMPORTANT]
jenn wrote on 05 May 2011 - 08:28 PM:
this is a great thread for all with the common issue of acne.
treating and maintaining persistent mild moderate acne seems to be a common discussion for everyone.
what about for the severe acne prone skin?
are these treatments for the mild and severe the same?
bcuz it sure seems harder to treat/maintain severe acne prone skin.
i've been trying to figure out what works for me for years... and am still trying to figure it out.
do you have any recommendations?
also, did you take accutane to reduce your acne??
do you think it makes a difference by using the generic or brand name version of isotretinoin?
cutefluffyemily wrote on 06 May 2011 - 12:09 PM:
Hi there, so I have a couple of questions regarding to the cystic acne i have and would really appreciate if you can help me:
I generally don't have any regular pimples on my face. My t-zone gets a little oily but my face is generally normal/dry. I use face wash everyday and stay out of touching my face as much as possible. No problems there.
However, (this might sound a little wierd), I got hordes of acne on my pubic area. So about a year ago, I had pubic hair and I just decide to wax it all off and shave for remaining hairs. At first, its alright. I never had pimples or scars over there. However, weeks gone by and there white-headed pimple cystic i dont kno what exactly is it starts showing up.
At first, I thought it was ingrown hair, so I started plucking the hairs out of pubic hair (Ouch!) and examine it everyday. And it seems like its not ingrown hair when I inspect the hair follicle. It goes like this: First I shave under warm bath water (I shave every other day). I pull my skin gently and shave in opposite direction for a clean touch. a-ok, no problem there. Then, I get out of shower and apply some cooling gel. But as hours went by, I will start getting hard bumps under skin. I don't see anything on surface yet. Then, the spot gets redder and a white -head like thing will form. Like if you squeeze it white pus will come out. Well I squeeze it if it bothers me. Anyways, then the scar heals for like 1 week or so (by this time its really itchy and i sometimes can't help but scratch). After it heals, it forms a brown spot scar :< And this cycle just NEVER NEVER ENDS.
I tried putting on acne lotion on it (it somewhat helped) but they ALWAYS come back. I put acne mask on it (haha mask on ur pubes) and again no permanent results.
Plus, the scars wont go away cuz the acne or whatever it is keeps coming back.
/sigh~ wat to do wat to do?