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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. Struggling I'm struggling

    Hey Stace. Just reaching out to let you know you're not alone Hun. It sucks being the one with acne. But on another note, while you can't control your skin, your mind is another matter. Therapy has helped me deal with this struggle so much better. If this is available to you, I highly recommend it. Keeping you you in my thoughts and prayers Sasch
  2. Accutane and makeup

    Anything can have the potential to break you out, accutane or not. Derma bland is heavier than say mineral makeup so it may or may not help/hurt your skin. If you're worried, try mineral first which should have minimal effects.
  3. My path to clear skin

    Please don't quit your job. Opportunities like this do not always come around twice. If you challenge yourself to stick it out and you actually do, you would have succeeded in mentally beating acne. If you back to England, is your acne going to mentally or physically get better once you step off the plane? Try to find a derm there and see what the other options are for you. If you have not done so already, try: going dairy and gluten free meditation supplements retinoids (which may work better post accutane) You're not alone so keep up the good fight.
  4. What type of acne is this?

    See a derm. You've been given some great suggestions. I second the retin a . Stay away from antibiotics. On the flip side, you can try a three month diet devoid of dairy and gluten and inclusive of lots of veggies and low glycemic fruits. I am not a fan of home remedies as I personally find them a waste of time and energy but you may want to start least invasive and give them a shot. Stick to one thing for at least three months.
  5. Thank you for sharing, Acne that clears once skin care is stopped is acne sometimes caused using the wrong products. This method will not work for everyone and in fact can lead to prolonged periods of acne if other issues are not addressed such as : diet stress hormonal issues root cause of acne acne is a very individualized thing. i enjoyed the fact that you stressed letting go and not caring. Acne is such an emotional thing and it can imprison us to the point of us not wanting to move forward. We can't always control it but we can control us. If you are comfortable doing so, I encourage you to post before and after pictures. Congrats on your success.
  6. Wearing a mask to hide my severe cyst acne

    Why are you on prednisone? Acne is a rough beast. I've been dealing with it 16 years and I'm 32 now. If you at least saw a little improvement with diet, keep at it for at least 6 months (as strictly as possible). Paleo is a good place to start. With cystic acne, topicals may not work due to the infection being so deep. You can try the regimen if your skin is not sensitive. Lastly, if you can afford to do it, try a naturopath. It will at least offer you some guidance. Acne sucks no matter how you look at it but sometimes you have to get up and go even when your mind and body tells you there's no point. hugs from jersey.
  7. I get it! When i first started getting acne, it never affected me as much as a teenager as it does as an adult. It's very frustrating and the sad truth of the matter is, there is no clear cut solution. But with that said, while you can't control your skin, you can control your attitude around it. Keep being a people person, keep striving to reach your goals, keep living life. My biggest regret is holding off on so many experiences until my acne cleared. Well guess what, acne is still here and still crappy so i've decided to keep going with my goals and if my acne wants to tag along, it can because it's not going to get the opportunity to stop me a second time. Chin up luv. You're not alone
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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 ?
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.