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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. New to blogging but need advice

    You're still very much in that hormonal phase and while your diet sounds incredible for a 17 year old, it may not be enough when hormones are at work. Keep in mind that there can be a 100 reviews online that says a product works but it may not work for YOU. Try ACV. It didn't work for me but you may find it works for you Good Luck.
  4. Ughhhh

    The infamous purge. Happens more often than not since the drug pushes all the yucky out. Lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Hang in there hun.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Typical, will I ever be happy?

    You've had some of the best results i've seen from differin. I understand the anxiety you feel, especially after so many months of clear skin. I would continue to use differin and expect the IB. Try not to stress as that will only make it worse. There is sometimes no rhyme or reason to why our skin suddenly breaks out. Keep ding what you're doing and try to stay positive hun Good Luck
  14. Agreed! Every diet on the planet will work for someone and research will back up m any of the, but no one diet is the best one as people are different. As someone who is prone to diabetes, anything hi carb is bad for me. I think when people start out, their aim should be to eliminate the junk (which we can agree has no nutritional value), increase veggies and if it doesn't affect you, fruit and eat everything else in moderation.
  15. Hey hun - I can relate to how you are feeling all too well. I am 32 and i've been dealing with acne that doesn't seem to go away since I was 15. Three courses of accutane, spiro and topicals have done zilch in the long run. I have also done the diet and lifestyle changes to no avail. My advice to you is to get and go, live each day as if it were your last and give accutane a chance. It can take up to the end of treatment to see progress. In the meantime, treat your body like a temple, be happy, play up the things about yourself that you do like and keep on keeping on. Hugs from a fellow struggler in NJ
  16. I have been on spiro (first at 50mg and now at 150mg) for 8 months. It hasn't been the miracle i had hoped but it has helped, at least for one week out of the month. The cycle is as follows. a week before my period, i start to break out pretty badly. My period begins and the breakout continues. It worsens after my period ends and continues for a few days after. I begin to clear up for a few days and then i'm back to the beginning. Before i started taking spiro, there was no cycle so thats how i know spiro is doing something. Any insights? I want to get off spiro as it's not doing anything above and beyond what it is doing. Any diet suggestions? supplements? I'm at the end of my rope, i really am. All assistance is appreciated.
  17. It's going to be 5 years since i've been on this site and i've been so greatful to have the support that i've had thus far. I never would have thought that 5 years later i would still be dealing with acne but alas, i am. I will say though that I am much wiser for it than i was 5 years ago. Iv'e been through the ups and downs of treatment and while i am disappointed that I am not any closer to healing my skin, I have learned a lot about myself. I pray that my battle will not last too much longer but if it does, i know I will have a line of support in this site and all it's great people Thank You
  18. Is lemon water good for skin?

    I've done the whole drinking tons of lemon water for skin thing and i've found that for ME, it doesn't affect my skin one way or another. With that said, it is good for your body none the less and it's cheap so no reason not to do it. I wouldn't go into it having expectations though.
  19. What is this? (pic included)

    I have rosacea, acne and eczema. With my eczema, it is very dry/flaky, it gets itchy and it is red patches. My rosacea is just readness with hotness to the touch and my acne is just acne. There is no quick fix for rosacea or eczema. Oracea is low dose doxy that is supposed to help rosacea - it didn't help me. You can look into rosacea diets to see if that helps. Also, rosacea can be made worst by weather changes, sweat, etc. Don't ever use steroids on your face. See if you can figure out your triggers. I use Elidel which is a non-steroid but its an immune suppresent which is not good for the long run. It's complicated but try to take it one step a time. Your overall skin looks amazing.
  20. Rash like breakout

    Sounds like an allergic reaction which is not the norm. Stop immediately. When it clears up, try again. If it happens a second time, you may have an intolerance to BP
  21. Recovering my skin

    Good Luck. Your first picture looks like folliculitis. Have you ever used Nizoral shampoo (ingredient in head and shoulders?) Kudos to you doing things the natural way. Not easy by any means. Keep us posted!
  22. Considering a second round of Accutane

    I can attest the the fact that for SOME of us, two, three or four courses don't put this beast in remission. I would recommend to try other things before accutane, especially since your acne has not gone back to its pre tane state. There are diet changes you can make, lifestyles changes, topicals and such before trying accutane. Sometimes things you've tried before accutane work better after accutane
  23. White Heads/Few Pimples/Please Help

    Welcome to the world of adult acne. I would start with your diet before anything else as topicals can be a pain to maintain and can have adverse affects on the skin if you're sensitive. Try paleo or going dairy/gluten/sugar free
  24. Worst breakout in my life! Help!!

    If you are not able to see a derm soon, I too would recommend the regimen (but only if your skin is not sensitive or you don't have eczema). I would also say for the heck of it, give in to diet changes for 3-4 months (you may be one of the lucky ones) If in 3-4 months there is minimal improvement, bite the bullet and go see a derm as your acne is a scarring type and while acne can go away for many, scars are a lot more persistent and much more expensive to treat. Hugs