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About leelowe1

  • Birthday 07/22/1983

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  • Gender Female
  • Location New Jersey
  • Interests Reading, writing, trying new things, finding my inner strength through this struggle.

    Acne has broken me down but i am hopefully that one day things will get better.

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  1. What do you do?

    See a therapist and Learn to change your thinking. No one wants to learn to love their acne but you can learn to live with it and view it as an extension of you (like being short, having red hair, wearing glasses, etc)
  2. People are sooooo rude. The next time someone says some crap like that to you, look them n the eye (this makes many people uncomfortable) and say, "well that's her problem/opinion isn't it. She must not have too much going on if she feels the need to talk about me. I'm flattered" Turning the spotlight back on them shuts the hatters down in a minute.
  3. You've been giving some good advice from our very supportive community. Here is another one. Be proactive in changing your mindset. You may not have a handle on your skin and that's out of your control but you can change how you respond to it, think about it, etc. I see a therapist for my depression and I've come to realize that my acne is only one part of my insecurities. I view myself as ugly so I shy away from people and activities. I make assumptions about what others are thinking and saying about me and even if my assumptions were right, i put too much stock into what they think. Solutions, get therapy if you can afford to and start changing those thinking patterns. I started in September of last year, thinking about suicide because of my acne and many months later, I still have bad skin BUT I have more of an nvestment in my life, my contribution to society the fact that I am so much more than what people see. Its hard to do this and progress is never linear but you my dear are worth the investment.
  4. And if they are uncomfortable wit you, that's their problem. Best advice my therapist gave me is this : you can't please everyone. I find that looking people in the eye as they talk to you puts the spotlight back on them. You are also not a mind reader so try to avoid making assumptions about how people think and feel about you.
  5. My Adult Acne (possibly leaky gut / candida ?)

    Good for you doing your own investigating. A word of advice, don't get fixated on diagnosis as it can over take your life. I feel that acne is blamed on many a condition from poor diet, to leaky gut to food allergies, to pollen and the list goes on and on. It is not easy to nail down the cause for you but by make no small changes and making an effort to lead a healthier life, it makes finding the answer for you much less stressful. I've explored all the above options and i still have bad acne. Wish I didn't waste so much time stressing over it.
  6. Trying to save money as I am going to be a new home owner soon. For the month of May, my goal is not not eat any food purchased from outside. I will cook my own meals using whole and high quality foods (organic, grass fed, etc). As usual, I will exclude, gluten and dairy. I'll also continue with my green smoothies. Adjusting my diet has not been the key to my acne but at least eating better will help me to feel better. if anyone has any tips, feel free to share. here is my food list: black beans brown rice grass fed ground beef grass fed lamb wild salmon turkey brown rice pasta (rarely) brown rice wrap (rarely) organic chicken breast spring mix veggies carrots apples Mixed berries tropical fruits bananas hummus spinach sweet potatoes olive oil almond milk ginger and other spices and seasonings
  7. Things definitely seem infected. I agree with MissSac that a derm may be better able to advise you. They may prescribe an antibiotic to get the inflammation under control. You had no acne in that area prior to the shampoo, correct ?
  8. Congrats to you. I would recommend though that anyone willing to do accutane should go through a licensed medical professional. It's a serious drug even though many try to downplay its possible effects. Most people that go on it are fine but who knows if years down the line something will pop (we thought cigarettes were harmless too!). I did it and it worked wonders for me......for a while. So i did it again and again. 13 years after my first course and i am still dealing with acne.
  9. Day # 225 and beyond....

    Hello my people! Hope everyone is doing well. My apologies for not updating on here. I made the choice to have my spiro blog elsewhere because as much as i love the majority of positive people here, the few that take pride in trolling make the whole experience a sour one for me. If you're interested in my regular updates, just PM and I will send the link. I am almost at the eighth month mark which makes the one year mark oh so close. I started out with so much hope and expectations for this medication. This truly was my last resort and frankly, when the the time comes to call it quits, there is nothing new on the market to try. With that said, i have hit another dead end.........again. Eight months is plenty and while i see improvement that cycles from decent to bad, there is no consistency whatsoever. I honestly feel disappointed. Disappointed in myself for caring so much and placing my hope in something that in essence means very little. I'm disappointed that i let such a small thing bother me so much and most of all, I am disappointed that at almost 33, i am still emotionally in turmoil as if i were 16 again. But like what big girls do, i brush myself off, pull on my big girl panties and prepare to move forward. If anything, this whole experience (all 16 years and counting) will make me resiliant so at least there is that. On a non related acne note, I am in the process of looking for my first home! Very exciting time indeed. I put in for an offer which seems like the sellers want to wring every penny out of me, put no house is worth me being poor so if they're not wanting to be reasonable, they can keep it. Anyway....thanks for listening Chow!
  10. Food allergies

    I don't think the issue is that few people will listen, imo, it is more about how the message is delivered. People on both sides of the fence have come off very 'know it all' and condemning and the fact of the matter is that there is no sure fire way to stop acne for everyone due to so many factors. So when people post saying 'this will help or cure you' or ' don't listen to your dr and take a prescription' or even 'diet doesn't affect acne', it comes across as preachy and dismisses the idea that nothing else will work and that a person is in essence wasting their time unless they try that one particular remedy. For the younger readers here, that one track mind thinking can lead to an unhealthy view on controlling acne.
  11. It could that your skin has changed. I did great on the regimen which is all about the BP. It one day suddenly gave me eczema that has never gone away.
  12. pics of my daughter

    Icing helps. Also it depends on what is causing the acne. It could be food related, product related or plain ol hormone Neal imbalance
  13. This will be an interesting thing to watch. Accutane does not work for n hormones but may show improvement in your skin due to other factors. Also, you can definitely have hormonal acne with normal periods. I'm surprised your derm didn't try Spiro first since accutane is a last resort. birth control is really the devil good luck
  14. Post Acne Depression? Help!

    Confidence is more than skin deep so practice going out and confronting your fears. Look people in the eye, stand directly in front of them and do all of this sans makeup. When you allow yourself to feel uncomfortable and to see that people are not really making it all about you, you'll see that your insecurities are mostly internal rather than external. The marks will fade given time of you could use an AHA. Waiting a few months after accutane is a must.
  15. Give the facts, there is a strong probability that you have an intolerance to dairy and soy. If you value your skin and health, let those two things go. Both have adequate dietary replacements and why would you want to put yourself of any meds if you can treat this beast holistically. Many of us here wish we were that fortunate.
  16. Can I pray for you?

    Great post! Acknowledging that something is not quite right is the first step. Will definitely pray that God guides you on the right path and that you can finally let go.
  17. I'm 32 too and I've been struggling in and off since age 16 myself. Been on accutane 3 times and I think you are brave for not choosing that as a first line of treatment. I'm currently on 150 mg Spiro and weening of oracea (low dose doxy). It's doing an ok job and I'm not breaking out as much as I was but I still clearly have acne -it's been almost 7 months. i highly recommend cutting dairy and gluten out for a few months and going paleo if you haven't tried it. I would do that before wasting money on supplements.
  18. Cannot figure out why i'm breaking out ..

    You sound like me except I am aconscious meat eater so as organic as possible. I am on Spiro over 6 plus months with normal periods before and now. Hasn't cleared my acne but breakouts are better for 1 week outof the month. The first few monthswere so awful though and I will get those nasty breakouts every few weeks. It's worth a try and given the choice of that or birth control, it seems the lesser of two evils.
  19. Hormonal Body Acne After Coming off Beyaz

    Hormones are slow responders so going off and on births control is like turning on and off a switch in your body. Keep in mind also that generics may not work as well as name brands and vice versa. If by the 6 month mark you are no better off , see a derm or a holistic person that can help you balance things out. Things you can do in the meantime is clean up your diet, exercise, lower your stress level and try to relax. Acne is frustrating at any age but as an adult, it sucks hardcore. , good luck
  20. My Story

    Kudos to you. Accepting what is will be the best decision you've ever made. Looking forward to your journey. love the hair!
  21. Losing my battle with adult acne. advice?

    Your advice is very balanced..... Thanks for sharing
  22. Congrats on the clear skin. Please try to enjoy your success and remember how far you've come. It is so easy to become fixated with the next battle with skin which for you is scars. Acne seemed to consume your life, don't let the process of scars do that also. If the scars are pitted into your skin vs just red marks, then the derm and their tools are your best bet. If scars are superficial then aha may help as well as a derm a roller. Be gentle with your skin especially the first year post accutane
  23. It could be absolutely connected. It's hormonal so it has that ability to mess with hormones. Ironically enough, Spiro is used to regrow hair. I would not recommend getting back on though. Eat healthy and consider testing your hormones and filling those deficiency gaps. Maybe biotin?
  24. Acne slowing come back after Accutane

    As a repeat user of accutane I can tell you that more is not necessarily better. If the breakouts are limited to the chin then hormonal means may be better such as Spiro or even birth control. I'm approaching my 17 th year with acne so I get the frustration. Hang in there.
  25. Spironolactone advise

    Definitely wait at least 2-3 months if you are hesitant to increase the dosage. i agree with the above poster that 100mg seems like a standard for many. I am on 150mg but it took several months to increase to this dosage. Side effects have been minimal. I am still breaking out as i approach 7 months but I don't think my experience is the norm so give it a chance and be patient.