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Old 09-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Acne has always been a big problem for me because no matter what I tried, I could never get rid of it. Even today, at 20 years old, I STILL have acne! Its not so bad to the point where I look hideous, I am just extremely self conscious about it. I have tried Proactive, pills from the dermatologist, and several topical gels to no effect. I wash my face several times a day, sometimes causing my skin to dry out and peel off. I never touch my face and I rarely eat greasy food, so what is the problem!? I'm tall, not fat, and relatively good looking, its just this acne makes me feel ugly. How many people my age still have acne? Not many. Even in high school, most of the kids had flawless skin. How do they do it? I know if I could rid myself of this acne, my confidence in public would skyrocket.
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im 17, and mine is gradually clearing up, after 1.5 years of frustration

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have a shower 2 - 3 , maybe even 4 times a day
Showering that many times a day is bad for you actually. I just wash my face. Thanks for your encouragement though.
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i am 18 years old and i got a huge acne problem not only on my face but also on my chest and back
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I had such a hassle with acne throughout high school and it made me so self conscious. I finally got accutane and my skin is perfect, you would never guess by looking at me I had bad acne. I went through those oral pills, topicals, and everything you could get at the store and nothing worked for me either. I would highly recommend accutane because it does work. In the mean time I would just wash your face 2x a day with mild cleanser and make sure you put moisturizer on (really important). Cetaphil has good cleanser and moisturizer and it doesn't have all that ****ty acne medication in it because that just aggravates your skin and makes it worse.
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I feel exactly the same. I'm 20 and my acne is just as bad if not more so than it was a few years ago. My face actually cleared up a month ago after trying a regimen but I felt like it was harming my skin so I stopped and it came back. I'm on it again now because honestly I don't care if it's bad for my skin, at least I looked good! lol

I feel like ripping my face off sometimes because I feel so hopeless though.
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Acne has always been a big problem for me because no matter what I tried, I could never get rid of it. Even today, at 20 years old, I STILL have acne! Its not so bad to the point where I look hideous, I am just extremely self conscious about it. I have tried Proactive, pills from the dermatologist, and several topical gels to no effect. I wash my face several times a day, sometimes causing my skin to dry out and peel off. I never touch my face and I rarely eat greasy food, so what is the problem!? I'm tall, not fat, and relatively good looking, its just this acne makes me feel ugly. How many people my age still have acne? Not many. Even in high school, most of the kids had flawless skin. How do they do it? I know if I could rid myself of this acne, my confidence in public would skyrocket.
I only had trouble with it on my back and chest every now and then I will get one of my face only if I shave against the facial hair




but my chest and back have been fine for now




I was able to clear it up by switching the soap I used and the fabric of sheets,Blanket and pillow cases I use


also stay away from powdered laundry detergent






Columbia Fleece Blanket switched from hard feeling cotton to


stay away from any material that fells hard to the skin when it's used on your bedding
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Chris, I also have acne and I'm 27. Many people suffer with adult acne. I've also tried everything. The only thing that seemed to work for me (and I'm sorry I got away from this but I'm trying it again right now) is not washing so much. Washing too much causes irritaiton.

I've gotten so far away from the fact that my skin is an organ and I need to let it do its job without me interfering and creating a cycle of problems and irritation. During our whole human history all these new cleansers and creams were never used. These products are very new. You don't see tribal people with acne. They leave their faces alone except for water. Advertising is the only reason we think we need to wash our faces more frequently than any other part of our bodies.

Washing your face more than twice a day with chemicals is too harsh. You are stripping your skin of its natural ability to heal itself. I used to have bacne (back acne) and you know the only thing that cleared it up was NOT washing my back with soap. Simple rinse in the shower is sufficient. We really aren't THAT dirty (I mean unless you are rolling in the mud or something.)

Anyway that's my take on it. Good luck! I know it sucks.

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However, since your face is in essence addicted to the products you use, it wouldn't be a good idea to quit cold turkey. (Just in case you were thinking of trying this). I'm right now in the process of weaning myself off of all facial products. I think its going to take a while.
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It would be weird to not have acne at 20. I still have some at 30, and that's normal.
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i get a touch of it too, but i think its my diet, as i eat alot of sweet food, which i'm not willing to change, ah well...
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Age doesn't really matter, I still get it at 30 sometimes.
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What seemed to help me a lot, was changing my diet from processed food, to more fruits and vegetables. Vegetables are more practical, because in my opinion, grocery store fruits taste like crap. There was even a point where I would not consume any sugar during my workout routine. If I did, it was brown sugar. Also, plenty of water and don't chug it down like medicine. Drink it lightly all day long.

One thing I believe would help a lot, is a sauna. I've always wanted one of those home sauna kits. Everyday in one of those, would probably do wonders too as long as it was safe to be in one daily.

One more thing that I read, and seemed to help was wash your hair first, and your face last in the shower. That way the cheap shampoo doesn't come down on your face and settle. I use sensitive skin, no fragrance wash on my face. Same for face lotion. I think it's called Aveno foaming face wash or something.
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i understand. in the film 'shawshank redemption' there is a scene where the inmates of the prison are explaining why they are in prison and one guy says 'lawyer ***ed me'
when i think about my self confidence i think of that scene, and my line would be 'acne ***ed me'
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Acne has always been a big problem for me because no matter what I tried, I could never get rid of it. Even today, at 20 years old, I STILL have acne! Its not so bad to the point where I look hideous, I am just extremely self conscious about it. I have tried Proactive, pills from the dermatologist, and several topical gels to no effect. I wash my face several times a day, sometimes causing my skin to dry out and peel off. I never touch my face and I rarely eat greasy food, so what is the problem!? I'm tall, not fat, and relatively good looking, its just this acne makes me feel ugly. How many people my age still have acne? Not many. Even in high school, most of the kids had flawless skin. How do they do it? I know if I could rid myself of this acne, my confidence in public would skyrocket.

I'm 20 also, and I have acne. Use clearasil and then check out ionopheresis. Ionopherisis is used for hyperhidrosis but it also can be used to completely eliminate acne on your face.
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Do you exfoliate? That was really the key to clearing up my acne. Scrubs never worked for me.

And the other thing is to not over cleanse your skin like HedraHelix already mentioned. There is no need to cleanse 2 times a day. I only do it at night and in the morning I only use water. And if you don't go outside during the day, water is enough in my opinion. You only need to wash if you use makeup or if your skin comes into contact with dirt or pollution.

I've also heard good stuff about apple cider vinegar toner if you're into natural remedies. It seems to work for a lot of people. I think that helps to balance the skin's pH level.
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Have you tried Accutane? I have to say that that does work like a miracle. I had terrible acne and it was showing no signs of slowing down, so when I was 19 I went on it and it almost cleared my skin. Before that I tried everything like you have, Proactive and changing my diet and creams and medications and nothing worked, but that did.
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It would be weird to not have acne at 20. I still have some at 30, and that's normal.
so I guess I am weird



for my brother and sisters it's been a huge issue for them
they also wear glasses and i do not


I suspected that I am adopted
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If you have any physical or mental illness, it can show on your skin.
I have acne at 22 and I will probably have acne all my life.

My dad is 52 and he still gets acne breakouts.
My mom had bad acne up until she was 30.

Even with a proper skin care regime, you can still get breakouts.
It's all a matter of unbalanced hormones and sometimes, there's nothing you can do to fix it.

Just try not to pick-- because the more you pick; the more likely you will be to get acne scarring.
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Have you tried Accutane? I have to say that that does work like a miracle. I had terrible acne and it was showing no signs of slowing down, so when I was 19 I went on it and it almost cleared my skin. Before that I tried everything like you have, Proactive and changing my diet and creams and medications and nothing worked, but that did.
I see commercials every day, about horrible side effects from accutane like crones disease, etc. Might be unlikely, but at the same time the stuff does sound too good to be true.
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Yeah, there are some very scary possible side effects. It definitely may not come without a price, and one has to weigh whether the risk or worth it or not for them. Acne can be so detrimental. When I see pictures of myself and how covered I was with it, I remember how disgusting and ugly and bad I felt. If it's suicide or complete isolation and insecurity vs Chrohn's disease, I'll take Chrohn's.
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I'll just give a little background:

I had been an acne sufferer all through my teens, that combined with a skin condition (rosacea) that became more prominent at 13-14 is what I'm convinced started me off on the slippery sloop of inhibition and then later SA.

Here's what endless research and experimentation has led me to believe:

There are 2 main ways of dealing with acne(excluding the more drastic option of drugs):

-Dietary
-Topical Treatment


I found that topicals for me at least are too expensive for what they do (limited treatment). They offer a too superficial solution to a much deeper problem. You gain acne and the like from deep inside your body - chemical & hormonal reactions operating at a microscopic level.

So I eventually opted for dietary; with no side effects and no expensive treatments I found this approach the most logical. Following this method will lead to you to the alt-health field more often than not - a field I should mention that there is some conflict even within itself, a problem though I'bve found only if you don't enjoy the idea of thinking critically. Now I know the mere mention of 'alt' automatically stirs up a bad distrusting feeling amongst people. And you know what, I agree with this to an extent, you do have to be able to decipher at times the information and weigh it up. BUT, and here is a big but here - I believe the vast majority of acne cases can be cured and controlled by diet. So the pay off for me at least is worth the little agro in terms of trial and error which can sometimes be brought with this approach.

Go to any site or message board that deals with acne with a dietary approach and you get 2 possible answers. And you know what they both work. But each has it's pro's and con's.

Paleo(-esque)
A diet that consists of mostly animal products with vegetables and fruit. No grains, little to moderate amount of carbs depending on exercise levels and I guess roll of the dice genetics.
Veggie centric
This dietary approach is similar in that it suggests vegetables, fruits and whole animal products. But the ratio's are different; high-moderate carb and low-moderate fat. More in line with conventional thinking and standards but adheres to the cardinal 'alt' rule of limiting anything processed. Some varients of this approach go a step further, with either vegetarian or veganism undertook.


I was actually the latter for a good while, but I found eventualluy that I don't have a good tolerance to grains. So now I'm leaning to a more paleo based regime.

Here's a good starting point for anyone considering diet as a means for curing acne:

http://www.drbenkim.com/articles-acne.html

This guy is a fully fledged doctor, who specialises in alt-medicine. His articles on stress control and life purpose I find particularly useful


Good luck people.
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