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Posted by Teresa on April 30, 2000 at 14:53:15:

Hi there! I really need a lot of help. I'm 23 years old (female) and have suffered with facial/neck/back acne since I was 14 years old. Recently (within the past 6 months), my back acne has gotten a lot worse, and now my shoulders are a complete disaster...the only major change I can think of is that I went off my birth control pills in November.

Unfortunately I grew up in a tiny little town where doctors weren't prone to referring someone to a dermatologist, etc. in the city due to distance, so I have never received any help. I have now moved to a city and found a doctor here. I have an appointment in a few weeks and will be asking that he refer me to a dermatologist for help.

In the meantime, can anyone help me with my situation? Any good medications that have helped you, especially with back/shoulder acne? I haven't wore a swimsuit out in public since I was 14 because I'm so embarrassed. I also am prone to poking, picking and prodding, so I have major scarring (I have really "sensitive" skin which scars easily anyway). Anything to help with scarring?

I still have a positive outlook on life, etc., but it depresses me to think that I might have to turn down the chance to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding because my back is so disgusting. Although I hate my facial acne too and need to "get rid of it", I can live with that...my back/shoulders are the big problem.

Please help.....THANKS!

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