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I’ll keep it brief - I struggle with self image. Male, 30, I’ve had a mole on my cheek removed which is taking so long to heal/fade and in the last few months my acne has gone crazy - getting spots in places I haven’t for years. I feel so self conscious. I hate how I look (mostly skin related).

I barely leave the house. Forced myself to go on a walk with partner yesterday and every step of the way I was so anxious.

I’m hoping some new acne treatment recommended by several people will help ... worth a shot. It’s just so demoralising day after day looking at my face and feeling so unhappy. I know there are bigger issues - it’s so hard to get out of this headspace?
 
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Welcome. I used to use a heat lamp years and years ago. There are plenty of lovely people with good advice.
 
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Thank you Jolly. A UV heat lamp?
 
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I had awful acne around 30.

I basically went on a diet - low fat, no sugar, hardly any alcohol. Also, acupuncture.

It took a long time but worked.
 
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I am not sure as it was such a long time ago and bought from boots. Doctor also put me oxytetracycline one a day. That was a long time ago as well.
 
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I am not sure as it was such a long time ago and bought from boots. Doctor also put me oxytetracycline one a day. That was a long time ago as well.
Yep, thats what they used to do. The problem was that as soon as the antibiotics were stopped, the acne came back but worse.

A sunlamp would help too
 
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I had awful acne around 30.

I basically went on a diet - low fat, no sugar, hardly any alcohol. Also, acupuncture.

It took a long time but worked.
Thank you. Yes I’ve given up dairy (a month in!) and barely drink much alcohol. Sugar is something I perhaps need to look into.

That’s the thing, it is time isn’t it. I’m trying to be more positive but when in the moment it feels like such an endless cycle. I’m about to start using benzoyl peroxide again which I haven’t done in years (since a teen?) so I have some hope.

Your post gives me some optimism - can I ask do you maintain this diet?
 
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I am not sure as it was such a long time ago and bought from boots. Doctor also put me oxytetracycline one a day. That was a long time ago as well.
Interesting! I was on Accutane as a teen. Awful stuff, minimal results. So drying. Luckily we have a little garden and I tend to sit on the front step on a nice day. I’m going to try and have a little walk now. Does anyone else sometimes struggle to build up the courage to even do that? It’s so silly.
 
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Thank you. Yes I’ve given up dairy (a month in!) and barely drink much alcohol. Sugar is something I perhaps need to look into.

That’s the thing, it is time isn’t it. I’m trying to be more positive but when in the moment it feels like such an endless cycle. I’m about to start using benzoyl peroxide again which I haven’t done in years (since a teen?) so I have some hope.

Your post gives me some optimism - can I ask do you maintain this diet?
Actually I do. Low fat diet is way to go

Yep I cut out dairy stuff too back then. By all means apply stuff to your skin.

You gotta be patient its long and slow. Other people hardly notice your acne. Its very much a subjective problem.
 
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Come to think of it, I used to drink apple vinegar and lemon juice every morning

Not sure if acupuncture helped but spent a quarter of my salary oo n it

Did you look on YouTube? I'm sure you'll find good pointers there
 
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Come to think of it, I used to drink apple vinegar and lemon juice every morning

Not sure if acupuncture helped but spent a quarter of my salary oo n it

Did you look on YouTube? I'm sure you'll find good pointers there
I’ve started using a recommended benzoyl peroxide face wash. My sister and friend have used it and had good results - fingers crossed. Apple vinegar and lemon juice eh? Is that a good antitoxin?
 
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And yes, done nothing but Google/YouTube for months now! It’s exhausting...
 
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