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jellykrystleee wrote on 14 May 2011 - 07:26 PM:
Woah, I came back to read through the thread and it was very insightful!
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is frustrated by their acne..when I first got acne I thought only products could fix it ..:x
When I was in year 9 I got minor pimples but then I started getting lumps (cyst?) and whiteheads. Through out that year I tried clearasil and clean and clear but my face actually got way worse...probably didn't help that my diet wasn't good either....x_x
When I got to year 10 I decided to look on youtube for answers or solutions for my acne, I came across bubzbeauty and she had skin care videos about how she used to have acne and such so when my mum went overseas I asked her to buy me laneige products and I started drinking more water. I used them for about a little over 4 months but it didn't really affect my skin at all, it stayed the same but my skin felt clean? I think maybe my skin got immune to it or something XD
So then my mum took me to the doctor because I was getting pretty depressed over my acne and she prescribed me Differen, which if I remember correctly had BP in it,
so I used this twice a day along with my laneige products and for the first few weeks I noticed a difference, my lumps were getting smaller although i still got whiteheads >.<
Then when I woke up >.<
Near the end of year, my mums friend came down. I confided in her about my acne since I really trusted her and kinda needed to vent to someone. She explained to me that I need to take care of myself internally and externally and depending on products wasn't the answer.
So I decided to start fresh, I started changing my pillowcases, stopped touching my face, drank lots more water and tried to eat more fruits and veggies..^^; I used clinique three step, type 3 since my skin is oily/combination. This worked really well for my skin and pimples weren't as consistent xD
I'm now in year 11 and still using clinique but I get the feeling it's not working as well now? i've been using it for 6-7 months now so my skin could be becoming immune?
I still have acne and scars but it's A LOT better than it used to be! XD
I'm determined to clear my skin now since I let acne bring me down so much, heres where I am now...^^;;
Can't wait to see more of your videos, they're so helpful! ^-^
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Edit: o_o I didn't realise I typed so much, sorry about that! Felt good to let it all out though =D
Mishi-san wrote on 02 July 2011 - 11:30 PM:
Oh I haven't browsed the beauty section of soompi for ages!! I just wanted to add my story on acne!!
My acne began around the age of 17, all through out my younger teen life I was so proud of my skin, pale white, smooth like a baby's bottom and I will admit I was very narcissistic about it!
But then came the cystic acne. It went on for about 3 years and It really made me depressed, I would never take photos, I would hate staring at the mirror, hated going out to the shops and bombarded my face with makeup and tons of cleansers and products that were advertised to fight acne. A lot of people would mention my face and how I should 'cleanse' it and I just go angry and sad that they never understood. My parents were supportive so that made me feel a bit better. I also met my bf at the peak of my horrible skin, and well he said he never noticed it but I'm sure he did. But he stuck around and I was very self conscious about it, when he came over to visit me I'd rush to put on some concealer!
When I turned about 19, I started reading Soompi forums on skin! I switched my skin products to "The Body Shop" products and it helped for awhile and I got really excited but it came back ( I was still using heavy makeup at this time!) I then increasingly started reading posts about simple products and regimens, such as the caveman regimen but they seemed a bit extreme, so I only washed my face with water on days I was staying at home. I switched to cetaphil for days I would be wearing makeup and vitamin e and fade lotion from The Body Shop which I used at night. I then started using moisture sprays for days I was at home. I also changed my pillow case regularly and washed my hands whenever I was going to touch my face!
I have to say, I'm 21 this year my skin has cleared ALOT. Of course I still break out during my period and its mainly a hormonal thing, but its not horrible cycstic acne anymore and I wear light makeup now, or try too. I also began drinking freshly made soya bean milk! and that has helped out my skin in terms of redness! I'm alot more confident now for the right kind of reasons and I have to say even though the acne experience was horrible it brought me back down to earth ( I was quite snobby, not very fond of my personality during my young teen years lol) and I know not to judge people going through the same thing as I did!
So guys, don't be so sad. My dad always said it would go away in its own time ( I never went to see a doctor, but I desperately wanted too!) and tbh he was right! I'm not saying its the right thing for everybody if you can afford to go to a derm then go! but for me being patient and not stressing out about my skin made helped me a lot! Also people that support you and know how you feel is very important as well! My boyfriend still kisses my acne that I complain about! XD
Phoar that was long! I hope this helps somebody!
konayuki28 wrote on 18 July 2011 - 01:25 PM:
thanks for posting vlogs i subscribed!!
danceswithipis wrote on 18 July 2011 - 11:29 AM:
Before sharing my story, I just want to say that I'm so glad that I found this thread. Among my peers, I'm one of the only people suffering with acne that isn't mild so it's really hard to find someone to relate to. My close friends attempt to make me feel better by saying acne isn't a big deal, but it's hard to take them seriously when they're not suffering from it themselves. I watched all of the videos you've uploaded so far and it's really inspiring to see someone put their bare face out there and tell their story. I especially loved your video about coping with acne because my biggest project right now is changing my attitude towards my skin to something more positive. Anyway, here's my story.
I started to get very mild acne around the age of 13 on my forehead. It was so mild I didn't even bother to do anything about it - I figured it was just a puberty thing and I'd grow out of it. My acne was nonexistent to mild until the age of about 16 where I began to get moderate acne on my cheeks, a place I had never broken out before. These pimples were much more stubborn and painful than the ones I had gotten when I was younger. My mom eventually got me to a doctor and she prescribed me a retinoid and a topical antibiotic. For some strange reason I can't recall, I was too scared to use the retinoid and only used the antibiotic. Yes, my skin did improve greatly but once I had built a resistance to the antibiotic my acne returned and increased.
Then began the years of using over-the-counter acne solutions. The best I was able to do was keep my acne mild to moderate from the ages of 18-21. Due to the times I'd break out during the month and the type of acne I had, I had a suspicion my acne was a hormonal issue. Last spring I went on birth control and after two months my skin was virtually clear - no more cysts, at least. While I was ecstatic about this side effect of the birth control, it wasn't worth it to stay on it considering what else it was doing to me. I gained twenty pounds within those two months (I'm barely five feet tall!), it gave me severe depression and anxiety, and it also caused me to shed about a third of my hair. Due to this traumatizing experience I discovered that I'm extremely sensitive to anything that could mess with my hormones. I was heartbroken since I felt like I had to choose between having clear skin or being sane. So I stopped the birth control because of what happened to me and other personal reasons.
Now it's only been about a month since I've been off birth control and my skin has stayed clear. For this past month I've also been on a regimen prescribed to me by my new dermatologist - the same retinoid and antibiotic I was given last time but this time I've been using it as directed. My skin is actually the best it's ever been since before I started getting acne, I'd even say "glowing", but I'm still anticipating the skin clearing effects of the birth control to completely wear off within the upcoming months. For someone to respond to a retinoid so positively and so quickly is really unusual so that's why I'm thinking I'm still reaping the benefits of the birth control.
While I'm technically clear right now, I'm not celebrating or jumping for joy. Too long I've spent basing my self-worth on my skin and how I look on the outside. I'm working more on how to be less concerned with my vanity because there's so much more to me than just how my skin looks. So even if my acne does return in the future, it won't cripple me like how it did in the past. Right now I'm only concerning myself with the things I can control like practicing healthy eating habits, regularly exercising, etc. I can't control what my skin does just like how someone else can't control was illness or disability they've contracted. I never chose to have acne so it would be extremely unfair and rude for someone else to judge me for it. I'm doing the best I can to cure my acne and that's all that should matter.