Dude I was in the exact same situation as you. My EC started when I was sixteen (I'm 20 now) and got worse through my last 3 years at school, it was hell.
One mistake I made though was shutting myself away. I avoided friends, made up excuses about why I couldn't go out and generally lost confidence in myself. Its important to be sociable, you don't know the true value of friends until you lose them.
Although I'll never give up trying to cure EC I still think its best to manage the condition and peel when required. Find a method that works for you and stick with it while trying to find answers, its the only way you'll be able to enjoy life.
I know exactly how your feeling so drop me a PM anytime if you need anything.