I also had acne ever since i was 14 now i'm 24. It's really hard, u consider urself as an ugly duckling. At times i find it so hard to date, not get out of the house. Sometimes i wished tht i could jst die than to live this horribly life with an ugly face. I guess we just have to be patient.
I have felt teh same way for 32 years, i finally did something that worked. after spending hundreds of dollars in meds and over the counter products this regemin is doing the trick. i have post this several times but here it is.
I been there. I had severe acne and cysts till I was 32yrs old. I am now 33 and almost acne free. I still get acne but not enough to panic. I had it really bad. I believe I found a regimen that worked for me. I was in the same boat as you. This is what I did and it finally worked after trying every med and over the counter product there ever was. Here is my regimen, of by the way, I am really light skinned and have oily skin. I stopped drinking milk, I noticed when I drank milk I developed cysts. Milk produces hormones that are known to break people out. I know drink almond milk. I also use this product called tanda, its a bit expensive but it works, its a blue light therapy that eliminated bacteria in your face. I also bought apple cider vinegar, it really stinks so use it at night, but it helps with my oily skin and last I make aspirin masks, crush 5 to 6 aspirins let it dissolve in very litttle water and then use it as a mask for 15 minutes or so. This is what I do and I still get some bumps here and there but for the most part I am acne free. I am a man by the way. I hope this helps.
Thank you so much for sharing your routine. I am going to try the aspirin mask and the apple cider vinegar. I have oily skin as well, so I am willing to try almost anything to prevent my skin from becoming excessively oily. As far as milk, I don't really drink much of it anyway, so that is good to know. Now I have a good excuse not to drink it! :) That is great that you have found something that works for you. I'm sure it has done wonders for your confidence.
I relate to your feelings about seeing myself as an ugly duckling. I grew up with acne, so I really don't know what life is like with out it... I really envy people who have not had to deal with this condition. Sometimes I don't want to go out of the house because my skin is bad and I don't feel like putting in all the effort to get ready to go out. It seems like it takes longer for me to get ready than people with a nice complexion. They have one less thing to worry about.
i share the same feeling as you about having acne. i have had acne since either 5th or 6th grade. i have acne on my face, chest, and back. i hate that i cannot put pretty shirts because the acne in my back is bad. if i do put a nice shirt i have to put like a little shirt to cover my back. i hate acne. i envy people that do not have acne and could look pretty. i sometimes do not feel pretty because i have acne, especially my face.
just to let u know that u r not alone about how u feel about acne.
I understand what you mean about wearing nice shirts. I also have body acne, in addition to acne on the face. My skin doesn't allow me to wear nice clothes. I always feel like I have to cover my body up.