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    (Original post by Ben.S.)
    It's not as 'spiritual' as you might think. Thoughts often have physiological consequences. For example, anxiety promotes the secretion of the hormone, cortisol, into the bloodstream. Cortisol suppresses the immune system. What a wonderfully stupid mechanism - you're most likely to contract an illness in an exam season!

    Ben
    It is still spiritual, however, because anxiety and other bodily functions are unique to individuality...and individuality can be traced beyond being physical (see near-death experiences).

    People who have anxiety can clear it up by facing their individuality, and truth...this in turns creates strength--the immune system is a reflection of this aspect of the individual.

    If you believe we are physical, I can see how you would disagree...but I tend to believe it's the other way around.

    People who do too much thinking than they are prepared to have (what determines this limit??? what allows this limit to grow??? -- perhaps spiritual and soul growth?), as I've said before, will exhibit gray hair, or other symptoms--which can all be cured.

    Beauty isn't just "skin deep", it can be an indicator of what you're looking for--or alternatively health. Feeling is as a sensation (ie. feeling sick, bad, or good); isn't seeing also a sensation? Why shouldn't ugliness be a sign of poor health? People who are sick often smell like they're sick. Sensing is not just to function in the world, but society.
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    (Original post by The Cool Dude)
    For mild acne antibiotics are good, but the dosage you have to take is horrendous!
    and it dont always work!
    It is a cheap remedy but one i wouldnt recommmend.

    Dont buy any of those expensive of the shelf products such as clearisil....just use water, wash ur hand regularly and avoid making contact with ur face. As your hands have alot of bacteria!
    I have had acne since i was 11. It was mild to start off with, and i have seen much worse than mine. It has hugely affected my confidence, and everyone out there with it, don't put off getting help for it because acne is a disease, a horrible disease, that could not be more visible if it tried, can be painful and disfiguring, and leaves lasting scars, both physically and mentally. Age 13 i went to the doctor about it, however although she was very sympathetic she was pretty useless, and tried me on a number of useless topical prescriptions which did nothing but dry my skin out, and antibiotics that i became immune to after a number of months.

    My acne peaks and troughs, i had great days and i had days when i wanted to curl up and die. I think it was at its worst aged 15 - 16, and luckily i had parents who could afford the horrendous dermatoligist fees. I was put in touch with one of the best in the country (Dr Antony Chu at Hammersmith Hospital), and he really made me feel more comfortable about beating acne. By this time i had become the world's expert on applying concealer, (i use boots natural collection concealer) and found that made me feel a bit better about myself! Anyway, Dr Chu started me on endless antibiotics, all of which controlled it to a certain extent, and without them god knows what i'd have looked like, my most recent being a combination of Vibramycin, Clarithromycin and Trimethroprim (to dry my skin out).

    In July i went back, and he told me that he prescribes Roaccutane for people either with very sever acne, or persistent acne like mine. I started Roaccutane a month ago, and it's a miracle drug. I was sceptical about going on it because of the horrendous side effects, but so far all i've had is dry lips and skin, which is a blessing to most people with acne!! i've only been on the drug a month, and already i'm almost clear. After 8 years my acne is finally beginning to get better, and Roaccutane should give me back the skin i had before the disease.

    I was told that there is a 50% chance of it recurring after my 4 months on Roaccutane, although i will be on a cream to help prevent this, and that any side effects would disappear after i stopped it. He reassured me that the drug has been around for 20 years, far longer than most modern drugs, so i shouldn't worry about its safety. To be honest, i had reached the stage when i would have done anything, and Roaccutane was honestly my last resort - i had tried all the treatments my dermatologist had! Although acne did horrible things to the way i felt about myself, it didn't stop me carrying on with life, and having a fantastic boyfriend for the last year and half, who understood when i didn't want to get close to him because of my skin.

    I found that getting a lot of sleep helped, stress makes it a lot worse, and drinking lots of water also halped. Don't just use water to wash your face though, use a good gentle face wash. I'm so sorry about the stupidly long post, but there is a lot more you can do if you have acne, so try not to let it get you down!
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    GRR I am having horrible skin breakout because i am stressed. I dont normally get it, I always cleanse and use antibacterial cleanser and the face powder i use has tea tree in it. Any tips on how i can stop it getting any worse, its not bad I've only got a couple of patches but I think it will get worse until after exams unless I do something. Suggestions?
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    I've never had acne, but i'm prone to one or two pre-menstrual spots every once and a while. Best thing to do is drink loads and loads of water, stay away from the obvious foods, and wash your face and do a face pack every once and a while!
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    My acne used to be quite bad but now it has been reduced. On the down side, I have some scarring which I cannot get rid of no matter what I try. I believe that yoghurts, fruit and water are the best way to get rid of ance. Sometimes I use the cream Retin-A to dry up the spots but it causes your skin to dry and peel off which at times can be unpleasant.
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    I'm sure the solution to mine would be not to sit my exams but i have to so its just tough. I just was wondering if there are any other ideas I drink plenty of water already.
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    I had bad skin for what felt like forever, but i think I just grew out of it. my mum was always taking me to the doctor cos she wanted a "pretty" daughter, she even made an appointment with a specialist at th hospital once! I never tried to cover it up and people had to accept me as I was. Being a girl now with loads of little scars on your face aint all that pretty, but I think its about how you feel inside
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    I used to have pretty good skin and then from last year it suddenly went down the drain....I had horrible outbursts.....and even though concealer hides the red, it doesn't hide the ugly bulge....

    My mom said that she had an outburst around my age but now she has pretty good skin so i'm hoping that i'll eventually be that same.
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    i've had acne since about laye year 7-8, it went through a phase of being really bad in year 9-10 but has calmed down considerably.

    i take minocyline (i think thats how u spell it) which has been prescribed for me for neigh on 8 months. its not very powerful stuff but helps control it.

    ppl saw they cant really see it that much now but i know its there and its v annoying. not good for confidence.

    i normally just wash with warm water and a bit of salt in the warm water (salts a natural antisceptic) and then after that use soap. i use svalon for flare ups.

    i drink quite a lot of water which does help and you feel better too. have nasty habit tho of bingeing on chocs and picking/putting my hand on my face which doesnt help.

    meant to be seeing doctor again after my latest dose runs out, may be prescribed a stronger drug, who knows
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    I don't find that eating chocolate made mine any worse. I had a suspicion that carbohydrates did though, i.e. pasta and bread.

    I posted in this thread a while back and i'd been on roaccutane for about a month - i've now been on it for two months and don't have any spots at all, it honestly is the most amazing thing, if i believed in miracles this would certainly be one of them. It has totally changed my life. I used to really avoid staying at friends' houses cos i didn't want them to see me without makeup (i became an expert in applying concealer!) but now i can go to college with no make up at all, something totally unimaginable 3 months ago. Acne used to stop me getting close to people, particularly my boyfriend, but all that has gone now. Fingers crossed it's permanent!

    I was prescribed the drug because I had been through (literally) every other acne-fighting drug out there and nothing had worked entirely. I'd tried topical solutions (ones u just put on the skin - a lot of them burn and really smell ) and antibiotics, which i seemed to develop a resistance to after about 6 months. I even tried one of those lamps that are supposed to clear up acne. Nothing worked. I never had really severe acne, it was just always there, and it was so unpredictable, it often got worse with stress.

    I was soooooo worried about taking roaccutane, but the only side effects i've had are chapped lips and a dry nose, which are easily dealt with and a miniscule price to pay for the benefits. Another side effect i've had from stopping my long term antibiotics has been a practically non-existant immune system - not so good. It means i've had tonsilitis twice in the last month, and flu just before that. I've been advised to drink one of those yoghurty things like Actimel every day to put back the good bacteria, as the antibiotics killed all bacteria, good and bad.

    I would advise anyone with severe acne, or just persistant acne like mine, to try Roaccutane. It's not worth suffering when this can clear it up completely in just a few months. I know it sounds dramatic when i say it's totally changed my life, but it's true.
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    (Original post by serendipity)
    I don't find that eating chocolate made mine any worse. I had a suspicion that carbohydrates did though, i.e. pasta and bread.

    I posted in this thread a while back and i'd been on roaccutane for about a month - i've now been on it for two months and don't have any spots at all, it honestly is the most amazing thing, if i believed in miracles this would certainly be one of them. It has totally changed my life. I used to really avoid staying at friends' houses cos i didn't want them to see me without makeup (i became an expert in applying concealer!) but now i can go to college with no make up at all, something totally unimaginable 3 months ago. Acne used to stop me getting close to people, particularly my boyfriend, but all that has gone now. Fingers crossed it's permanent!

    I was prescribed the drug because I had been through (literally) every other acne-fighting drug out there and nothing had worked entirely. I'd tried topical solutions (ones u just put on the skin - a lot of them burn and really smell ) and antibiotics, which i seemed to develop a resistance to after about 6 months. I even tried one of those lamps that are supposed to clear up acne. Nothing worked. I never had really severe acne, it was just always there, and it was so unpredictable, it often got worse with stress.

    I was soooooo worried about taking roaccutane, but the only side effects i've had are chapped lips and a dry nose, which are easily dealt with and a miniscule price to pay for the benefits. Another side effect i've had from stopping my long term antibiotics has been a practically non-existant immune system - not so good. It means i've had tonsilitis twice in the last month, and flu just before that. I've been advised to drink one of those yoghurty things like Actimel every day to put back the good bacteria, as the antibiotics killed all bacteria, good and bad.

    I would advise anyone with severe acne, or just persistant acne like mine, to try Roaccutane. It's not worth suffering when this can clear it up completely in just a few months. I know it sounds dramatic when i say it's totally changed my life, but it's true.
    What? You mean, if you take it for a few months, acne is gone forever?
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    (Original post by imasillynarb)
    What? You mean, if you take it for a few months, acne is gone forever?
    all these things u hear about trying for acne dont bother tyring them at all the best thing to use is some sort of antibiotic available from your Dr i am a vet and seen more and more cases of feline acne and the best thing for it is Erythromycin
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    (Original post by joicey)
    all these things u hear about trying for acne dont bother tyring them at all the best thing to use is some sort of antibiotic available from your Dr i am a vet and seen more and more cases of feline acne and the best thing for it is Erythromycin
    I hate Acne - such a fu*kin pest.
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    (Original post by imasillynarb)
    What? You mean, if you take it for a few months, acne is gone forever?
    My brother had Roaccutane and it cleared his skin up, he was fine with it, just dry lips. I've been prescribed Roaccutane but am still taking Minocycline until I pluck up the courage.
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    (Original post by joicey)
    all these things u hear about trying for acne dont bother tyring them at all the best thing to use is some sort of antibiotic available from your Dr i am a vet and seen more and more cases of feline acne and the best thing for it is Erythromycin
    Thats great, but Im not a cat.
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    (Original post by jammyd)
    My brother had Roaccutane and it cleared his skin up, he was fine with it, just dry lips. I've been prescribed Roaccutane but am still taking Minocycline until I pluck up the courage.
    Im still abit confused, if you take roaccutane for a few months, and then stop taking it, will the acne come back? People made it sound like you take the stuff for a few months - stop and it never comes back?
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    tea tree oil! A real life saver. My acne way totally destroyed by this stuff, I would put it on at night at even the most horrible spots would be gone. Tea tree oil was much nicer for my sensitive skin than benzoyl peroxide based products (my face was totally red and peeled where spots had been) and does basically the same thing as benzoyl peroxide.
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    (Original post by hattori)
    tea tree oil! A real life saver. My acne way totally destroyed by this stuff, I would put it on at night at even the most horrible spots would be gone. Tea tree oil was much nicer for my sensitive skin than benzoyl peroxide based products (my face was totally red and peeled where spots had been) and does basically the same thing as benzoyl peroxide.
    I've heard from people who use tea tree oil and it has made it worse for them. Glad it works for you though.
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    (Original post by byb3)
    A subject most teenagers will cringe about, unless you are one of the lucky few who glides through your teenage years without as much as a blackhead.

    I didn't really get bad Acne until about Year 9, and it has came and went plenty of times. I think *touches wood* that this time I am finally free of it.

    My personal experiences are that topical treatments are superficial and have little effect. Clearasil and Oxy are absolutely awful (The doctor himself/herself will tell you this). The best way to stop acne is to take tablets of some sort. If you go to your local doc he will prescribe you something like Oxytetracycline I think. This works wonders!

    Being a bloke it is much harder to mask your spots as well. Girls can hide most of the blemishes with make-up. I ain't wearing any make up! (Although I did think about it once, lol)

    For most people it isn't just the physical appearance, it is the psychological effect it has on them. It makes them far less confident and their self-esteem is rock bottom. I felt like this many years ago, but I have bounced back with momentum baby!

    How many others have suffered with bad Acne in their life?

    Adam
    i think im one of the lucky ones, occasionally ill get a few blemishes....but for the majority i dont even have one.
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    (Original post by imasillynarb)
    What? You mean, if you take it for a few months, acne is gone forever?
    In 50% of cases yes. If it comes back eventually, you just go on another course for a couple of months. Easy.

    IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ACNE AND HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE, GO ON ROACCUTANE!!!!!!

    If anyone has any questions about it, feel free to PM me
 
 
 
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