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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. Day 34 pics.

    Stace! Congrats on the accutane progress. Praying that this will be the final solution for you hugs
  2. Torture

    It took me four months to see improvement. If your skin is blistering, itchy and dry, you may be allergic to bp. I would recommend slowly reducing the frequency and amount as stopping abruptly may freak your skin out.
  3. I'm Clear, But I Hate It

    It could be that your gut is damaged and is over reacting to certain foods. Soy, sugar, salt and peanut butter are not that great for you anyhow. Any particular reason that you are vegan? Look into something called leaky gut.
  4. Sudden acne breakout? I

    Moving itself is VERY stressful so that could be what triggered your breakouts. Since you cannot use BP and cannot afford a derm at this time, try to attack things from the nutritional front. Practice stress relief (exercise, yoga, meditation), cut out dairy and gluten as well as processed foods and sugar. It's tough having to start over again but take one step at a time.
  5. It's your body fighting the infection (that's why there is pus). Hopefully this means your pimples are on their way out.
  6. What is this?

    For the past few days, I have been getting this bumps on my stomach, back, down the sides of my armpit, chest and by my hair line/behind my ears. I went to urgent care who told me is was contact dermatitis. I have my doubts as the bumps are spread out and not rashy looking. I thought it may have been scabies or bed bugs but he said no. Now i am thinking it may be an allergic reaction to something as they are so itchy. Or is it possible that it's a sudden case of body acne? I have facial acne but body acne is not something i get. I'm 33. Any suggestions?
  7. Caveman Regimen makes my acne worse? (pics)

    I agree with others that the withdrawl period from products can be brutal. it can take up to a few months to a year to reach baseline so hang in there. At the very least, give it 6 months.
  8. Spironolactone / Endocrinologist / BC Questions

    Hormone tests are not very reliable so your derm is right to tell you not to put all your eggs in that basket. I did a month on 50 mg and then upped to 100mg. I split it into 2 doses with latest being no later than 6. Spiro can take a long time to work, up to one year and since you are on so many different acne fighting stuff, it may be difficult to tell whats helping or hurting. You definitely want a low androgenic BC so get that changed as soon as you can. Also, keep in mind that topicals purge your skin the first few months so you have to ride it out. The more gunk you have, the bigger and nastier to initial breakout. Topicals prevent acne but do't heal the current stuff. Try to stick to your products and document your progress weekly with pictures. It helps to see the subtle changes, trust me. Keep us posted and keep positive hun.
  9. I would love to join the next meet up!
  10. I hear everything you're saying. I do however think your issues are more internal than external. You'd be surprised as the thoughts that we have about ourselves can become reality, especially if they've been left to fester for years and years and years. If you are open to wanting to change those patterns, i highly recommend you find a therapist who will work with you and not just throw meds at you. You look like any regular person that i would see on the street but you seem sad. Trust me when i say, we all have resentment towards something but at the end of the day, is it worth being angry at your dad, your mom, your peers, your coworkers when they don't even know about it? It seems like such wasted energy. They are living life and not thinking about you so why waste your time focusing on them. I personally do not think you need surgery or acne treatment of any kind but if you insist, i'd recommend you do the whole counseling thing for a few months and then revaluate. It didn't take you a few weeks to get to this point emotionally and it won't take you a few weeks to get out of it. Start small. Maybe take some online classes so you won't have to interact with people until you're ready to Get a job where people are nice (barnes and noble for instance) get a pet (they love unconditionally) Work with your therapist on goals that get you socializing again. I'm sorry that you are going through this but it will not go away on it's own until you take the steps needed to address it. All i can really say is that you are not alone.
  11. Spiro - stopped working.

    Hi hun - i'm in the same boat. Spiro never cleared me up but it did make things more bearable for a few times in the month. Now, it's doing nothing. If you find a solution let me know. Good Luck!
  12. Agreed. The derm is wrong in her statement that accutane does not affect oil production. It dries out and shrinks oil glands which is why many get that 'my face is falling off' dryness. With that said, what else have you tried. Accutane should be a last resort after you have exhausted many options. If you have not tried diet changes (up to 3 months) , at least 2 different topicals and maybe some oral meds then i woukd suggest to look into those before accutane.
  13. My story + Some questions

    I would continue to follow the directions of your doc and i would recommend you wait 3 months of consistent use before switching as it can take that long to evaluate if an acne treatment is beginning to work. As for accutane. As a three time user, i can tell you that contrary to popular belief, accutane does not always work long term. Diet changes is a good suggestion. Dairy and gluten would be my obvious picks as well as processed foods. Hang in there hun
  14. Day # 316

    Nightmarish week that's only going down hill. Forehead is breaking out in bumps It's been a while so it sucks. My chin and moth are also filled in small and hard pimples plus dry/rough skin. Spiro has quit on me (not that it was doing such a kick ass job before). My diet is off track and i'm stressed. I feel like i am back at square 1 to be honest. Nothing else in the derms tool chest for me.....ahhhh.....i guess that's how it goes sometimes. At this point my focus needs to be staying emotionally grounded.
  15. Chin is doing the funky dance. Breaking out in smaller bumps and i have a few larger ones, especially an inflamed sucker by my right mouth....yikes. Wondering if it is eczema, perioral dermatitis or just acne. The older i get, the worse it gets. I don't know what else to do - it's bumming me out.
  16. Skin is a hot mess. Breaking out pretty decently. Diet has been a hot mess, stress has been good pretty good though. Feeling stuck in the cycle but what else is new.
  17. Day # 293

    Almost 300 days on this journey and i'm still in the same boat as i was then, albeit with a little less heinous acne. This medication to be fair has lessened the severity of breakouts at times but it's still as ongoing as ever and i've been having pretty consistent eczema to boot. I gave the oolong tea ( a tea that is suposed help eczema) a try of 3 months and nada. As of today, I am having a breakout of swollen pimples and closed comedones that extend from my right cheek down to my right chin and on parts of my lips. Left side is breaking out on my chin but nowhere as bad as the right. I saw my naturopath last week and we are going to work on getting my diet in line for HEALTH, not ACNE. It's been pretty horrible for a few weeks now. The things she wants me to incorporate into my diet are as follows: green smoothies: spinach kale mixed greens flax seed kiwi berries beets carrots apples Fish/Meat (organic/grass fed) chicken bison salmon veggies: stir fry mixed greens beans (from scratch) Grains quinoa oats brown rice Not rocket science at all but i just have to form a habit of eating like this consistently. Not expecting much. I've pretty much given up on getting advice for things that will help me as the more people suggest, the more frustrated and aggravated i get. It stresses me out. My birthday is on Friday and i'm disappointed that i will be celebrating yet another birthday....nothing more to say on the issue. Gonna keep putting one foot infront of the other, just like i always do.
  18. Feel so low

    Great advice ladies! I am 32 and I still struggle with this beast daily. Like you , i have done everything including several courses of accutane to no avail. If you have not given dietary changes a shot, definitely go for it. If anything, you will feel better, you'll be able to regulate your blood sugar more and it will hopefully improve your emotional issues. Please don't give up or lose hope Andy. Feel free to reach out to any member on the board and we have all faced acne and many like myself, still struggle with it in our 30's 40's and beyond. Stay strong brother.
  19. Please don't pop your acne as you run the risk of spreading the infection and scarring. At this point, stop using everything until your skin calms down. Go to a derm and make sure what you are experiencing is actually acne. Try to stay away form antibiotics. The above poster has good dietary suggestions. Try cutting out dairy and gluten and processed foods in general and add in more water and fruits/veggies
  20. Anyone else giving up

    You are not ugly, despite what that voice in your head is telling you. You're facing a challenge and you are understandably frustrated but hang in there. Make a list of the issues and tackle them one at a time. If you try to deal with everything all at once, you'll lose it. The OBGYN is a great first step for the hair loss. Get those hormones tested. Then get yourself a book on hormones and find out what you can about the relationship between hormones and acne. Make diet changes if needed to help your body do its job. Reach out to your partner, family and friends. Cry and release that emotional stress that you're holding on to, it helps. Hugs from NJ We're in this together
  21. Some peoples bodies are sensitive to changes but it usually will pass. Dairy is not that great for your body anyway so good for you for quitting. Try almond or coconut milk if you think soy may be an issue. Give the changes 6 months before making a decision.
  22. Worst skin I've ever had and at 25 years old

    Acne is a beast that is sometimes no respecter of our efforts. Some of the most healthiest people on this board that i know, still struggle despite the life changes. With that in mind, the following things may help: do your research and if you are going to make changes, do one at a time and stick to it (think months not weeks). I also don't recommend doing everything at once as that can stress you and your body out more. take all advice with a grain of salt. My biggest pitfall was thinking every suggestion was the cure! I was disappointed every time and fell into deeper depression due to those unrealistic expectations Know that what works for someone may or may not work for you Approach acne as a way to be overall healthier emotionally and physically Be patient Give yourself credit for sharing your struggles with the world Cry if you must Laugh a lot Hopefully this helps you somewhat. We've all been there and some of us are still there. Heads high hun.
  23. My sister cleared her skin.. can i?

    Your sister gives really good general advice but i would not take it as law as it is coming from someone who has never had acne problems and just because it works for one person, doesn't mean it will work for another person. I would recommend you evaluate your skin weekly versus daily as you are unlikely to see day to day changes. Also, keep in mind that just because something is natural, doesn't mean it is right for your skin. Research the heck out of natural products and make sure that irritating ingredients are at a minimum. Stick out a consistent regimen for 6 months before revaluating. Good Luck
  24. Rash of White Pimples?

    depends on what it is - acne or rash. Both can be caused by different things so their treatments will be different too. I would see a derm to make sure it is not infected. Try to stay away from any hyydrocortizone cream on the face as it thins the skin.
  25. Accutane Initial Breakout

    IT can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. If it has become really severe, your derm can prescribe antibiotics or lower your dosage. The first few months are the worst but many people experience relief after that.