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Posted by Sarah on December 04, 2000 at 23:44:07:

I used to post on this messageboard a few months ago. I was frustrated, depressed, self concious, had low self confidence and self esteem because of my acne. I had mild - moderate acne starting when I was age 17(I am now 19), even acne on my back and shoulders and chest.
I know how everyone feels I've been in your shoes. Some people even have said they are jealous of people with beautiful clear skin, or that they feel ugly. Well, I just wanted to share with you what has helped me. First of all I have tried every over the counter product made, including vitamins, nature's cure, watching what I eat etc.
This is what I finally found to work......Proactiv! I know everyone knocks it and says it's a waste of money and dries out your skin, but for me it has helped a great deal!! At first it did dry out my skin, so I used smaller amounts etc. Then after 4 months of continued use, my face is now clear. Every now and then if I don't wash my face I might get one or two small pimples, but I can't believe the difference it has made.

For the acne on my back and shoulders I used persa gel maximum strength (by clean and clear). I covered my whole back with it at night after I showered. It did dry my back out but eventually my skin cleared up. I went through 2-3 tubes a week. I also used neutrogena clear skin body wash in the shower. My advice is to keep a system with whatever products you use. Don't just give up on them after one or two weeks. It takes time for your skin to get used to the product first and after that it will begin to help you.
Don't switch back and forth combining all sorts of products looking for the miracle cure. Sometimes less is more. Using excessive amounts of medication may only dry out your face causing it to peel, burn, and cause break outs, I learned that the hard way with Retin A.

I also drink water all the time. I used to only drink soda (pepsi). Water is good for the skin. Working out and exercising might be a good idea too. It releases chemicals and waste out of the skin through prespiration, just don't over do it, and always wash your face afterwards.

Oh, and those of you who said you would give anything to have skin like "the beautiful girls" you see at school or where ever. They might not always have that beautiful skin. I went to highschool with a girl who was pretty all the guys liked her, she had good clear skin, well i saw her in the store the other day and she reminded me of how I used to be. I have seen several people in which that has happened. So, don't go around feeling like you are ugly or being jealous of anyone.
I believe that there is something that can help everyone with just have to find the right products, medications, or whatever it may take. So please don't give up hope. If anyone has any questions, or just needs a friend email me [email protected] If you even read this whole thing to the end, I hope I could help. Maybe I just bored you to death, but I thought I would share some thoughts.

Good luck everybody.

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