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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. Month 2: Day 49

    Yay...how exciting!     In regards to your skin. i really really really encourage you to get a second opinion.  Your skin is very inflamed and at the point where you are crusting ( not a normal or good reaction at all), you risk permanent scarring.  It may be necessary to get this inflammation under control as soon as possible.   How come your insurance will not cover accutane?  Usually if derms pre authorize it as a medical necessity, they will relent.   Please look into your options.   Good Luck
  2. help with acne

    Butterfly form on that part of the face lets me think lupus.  Definitely look it up and see if that matches your symptoms.
  3. Spiroloctone and minocycline

    The only way to know is to wait it out.  Everyone can give you an opinion but only time will be the true indicator as to if this is the right treatment for you.   I am 2.5 months into spiro and its still up and down.  I am told it can take upwards of 6 month to see consistent results so be prepared to wait it out   Good Luck
  4. Is my acne hormonal?

    It could definitely be a combo of things.  Start eating better, practice stress relief and if things are not improving with the lifestyle changes, go see s derm for topicals.     Good luck
  5. I really like my derm. She listens to me, answers all my questions and is willing to prescribe a wide range of meds.  It's not her fault that my acne is stubborn.  Keep on keeping on as there is many derms that honestly care. 
  6. Acne Log

    If this is your worse then you are 90% better off than most of the people here.  You're way too critical of your skin man.  Life is too short to get tripped up on a pimple or two...not when it could be so much worse.
  7. Day 85 - 4 months in

    I know first hand how difficult it can be to be so far in and to not be getting the results you want.  (i'm on spiro in my 2nd month and still struggling).  Know that accutane works for most people so don't give up.  You may need to consistently up your dosage to see results.  Keep us posted on what your derm says   Chin up hun.
  8. Do I have rosacea?

    Your skin looks irritated. I have the same thing going on and they say its rosacea so who knows.  Do you flush a lot?
  9. Should I take antibiotics?

    Antibiotics as an acne treatment is never a good idea.  It is soooooo bad for your gut and overall health.  Some people will use it at the beginning of a treatment such as retin a, spiro or accutane to curb the initial breakout but then they ween off.  With mild acne such as yours, I wouldn't even recommend doing that.  Why not ask your derm for retin a or differin?  You could also improve your diet to see if that helps matters ( dairy no gluten free)     its it's normal to have acne at your age so just keep on keeping on
  10. I don't think it's for everyday use
  11. Drugs Similiar to Accutane

    There is nothing like accutane and nothing in the works either.  It a catch 22 with that drug.  The best you can hope to do is improve diet and lifestyle, while finding topicals and supplements that work.
  12. If you can afford, contact a naturopath to help ease the transition.  Also, thelovevitamin website has posts about naturally doing this.   hopefully things work out.
  13. Afraid of acne coming back because of the pill.

    The pill is not doing you any favors so best advice is do what many other women who cannot take the pill do, get an IUD or use condoms.  It's more diligence on your part but acne is not pleasant so why risk it.  
  14. Continuing/stopping doxycycline?

    There is always the risk that when you stop antibiotics, your acne will simply come back worse so it is suggested that you:   taper off (vs stopping suddenly) have an alternate treatment in place.   The bottom line is that antibiotics is not a sustainable solution so you'll have to stop sooner rather than later.  To boost your immune system, you should try eating better, exercising, reigning in the stress and getting a topical routine that works for your schedule.   Good Luck
  15. Annoyed...side effects of treatment hurt.....literally.  Want to disappear for a bit and scream till I cry.
  16. Incessant Hormonal Acne?

    There are hormonal supplements you can take in lieu of spiro.  Look into it in the hormonal forums.     Your diet seems really good so don't stress it.  Sometimes we have acne in spite of our best efforts.  With that said, we just have to keep on keeping on    
  17. What else can i do

    Have you tried spiro?  Accutane didn't help me either.  There is also going gluten and grain free (paleo).   please don't give up
  18. Month 2: Day 42

    I'm so sorry you a struggling physically and emotionally.  Acne sucks.  I definitely can suggest you look into therapy as accutane can aplify those suicidal thoughts.   Vasectomys are not 100% and if you get pregnant, your baby will have disabilities.  Please make sure you follow the rules of accutane as it is for your benefit.   it is not an easy ride but you'll get through it
  19. Spironolactone Journey

    Hey Kirks.  I'm so sorry that you are still struggling with spiro. If you're still struggling then it may be time to go back to the drawing board.  Low dose accutane maybe? Or diet ?  I know you've done everything...... Praying for some relief for you soon.
  20. Thanks for sharing!  Diet works for many so this may help folks who have exhausted other options. 
  21. What kind of scarring is this?

    I agree with the previous poster.  You have really clear skin and great skin tone.  There is no such thing as perfection so don't strive for it.  
  22. Does peanut sauce cause acne?

    Worrying about it after the fact will on cause you to stress out more and maybe break you out.   If peanuts are a problem for you, then peanut sauce will probably not be an exception.  
  23. am I a good candidate for accutane?

    Having dry skin and eczema is a real concern.  Accutane can make a mild annoyance into something unmanageable.  You may want to ask about low dose.   good luck
  24.   Thank You for the response!  It's hard as I am getting cystic stuff on my left cheek which rarely breaks out in that kind of acne. And it all started in the span of a week or so.  The only new thing I started was zinc and so I stopped.  I feel really crappy about it.   I just entered my second month on this drug (day 60+) so I'm hoping you're right that in a few more weeks I will see some improvement,   Hoping and Praying 
  25. Low dosage accutane

    If 2 cycles didn't work, a third most likely won't either.  What else have you tried for sd and acne