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#3443487 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 July 2014 - 08:44 AM

Sorry to read the posts about acne worsening.... mine has been a little too lately, but mostly it's stress and diet-related. I wish I could tell you all that when skin problems become more manageable, your life will be better, but that may not be the case unfortunately. We all have to find happiness within and not rely on the approval of others or even on our appearance. I keep thinking how short life is, and how much of it I spent worrying about things that shouldn't matter.


Anyway, I'm sending positive vibes to all of you, even though my luck has ran out. Do you ever feel like everything in your life is going downhill and you can't do anything to prevent the downward spiral? That's how my life is right now...I'm just hopelessly watching my life fall apart, no matter what I do :/ 


(Sorry for being a downer...I needed a place to vent)

WishClean there is not much to say except that you are not alone sistah!  I've been experiencing dissatisfaction in my job for a while now and no doors have been opening up.  Also, my face is at its worse and nothing i do helps.  But i've learned that sometimes we have to fake it till we make it. Still going out, living life, meeting people and even though i know my acne is bad, those closest to me love me for me.  I also will continue to go to work and do my best until something else comes through.


God is good, of that I am sure

My acne is spreading to my jawline now and neck.  Disheartening but what can I do.

#3443481 One, Two, Punch

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 July 2014 - 08:22 AM

I'm a bit late - but Happy Birthday! biggrin.png hope you enjoyed your day


Also totally understand what you were all saying about acne and careers. I'm still at uni studying speech pathology but the anxiety / insecurity my skin creates can really impact my clinical learning / therapy sessions. I'm still working with kids right now but I'm always worried my skin makes a bad impression on parents etc. Luckily I haven't had anyone say anything about my skin yet though (not even the kids). I did work a little with a speech pathologist last year though as part of my undergraduate degree and she happened to have severe acne which I found 'reassuring' which I know sounds a bit weird. I guess it's just working on anxiety / confidence which will help me the most. And accepting my skin and self  - that doesn't mean I stop working toward clear skin but I hope it makes things a bit easier to deal with somehow


Hope the SA works well for you once you start it smile.png


Question - if it comes to it, would you choose low dose accutane over spiro? Spiro or birth control is always at the back of my mind as something to try - and lately they've seemed more and more appealing. I'm over topicals alone haha

Did you ever have any problems / side effects from accutane in the past? 

Thank You!  It was an awesome day and I was with people i loved.  I am hesitant to try spiro because like BCP, it messes with hormones and you've heard the horror stories of people who have come off BCP (worse acne, cystic, etc, etc, etc).  Spiro also has an infamous initial breakout that can take 3-6 months to resolve if it works for you.  I guess at the end of the day, all the people on here that have taken Spiro did not have the acne that i have so i am doubtful it would work for me.


Accutane side effects were the worse on my last course because i developed eczema which i never had before and my skin was so dry and red and just ugh but in terms of long term side effects, I don't think I have any - whether or not something shows up down the line, i don't know.   I don't think my derm wants to go that route but I definitely do as my acne is spreading ( found a neck pimple today as well as 3 near my jawline - ugh. 


She said to start with the salicylic acid was twice a week to see how i react - this is gonna be a long process


congrats on your educational pathway!  I work with kids and I have had a few bring it up but not in a mean way ( they're 4 and 5)  The adults are the worse when they stare and give advice.  You want to be like STFU.

#3443323 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 25 July 2014 - 07:14 AM

Still not feeling great about my skin - no improvements yet but at least it isn't too much worse. The texture is just horrible though - I hate having my entire forehead covered in all these bumps (plus the rest of my face having breakouts too). Having to feel it when cleansing / applying creams etc is upsetting too... I'd forgotten that things like that get to me when breaking out this much. I'd had enough time with better skin on the regimen to actually forget that...


But despite not feeling great, I still went out the other night to a comedy show with my brother (glad I went - it was a great night out and I needed a good laugh). And I've been out shopping for things I need for uni. -included clothes shopping - which I never find fun when my skin is breaking out. The last thing I want to do is be in front of a mirror. I've also been putting off getting my hair cut (which it really needs) because of the mirror thing too - but maybe I'll do that tomorrow.

Lilly, its great that you're still getting out and living, you deserve it!  As you continue to use BP, your skin should begin to heal and not be so broken out.


Good Luck!

#3443316 My Way Too Clear Skin.

Posted by leelowe1 on 25 July 2014 - 06:23 AM

Good for you.  I agree that a naturopath can be helpful if you're overwhelmed with where to start but in my experience (i've been to 3), most of them just take a shot in the dark of what ails you based on what you tell them.  Many don't do blood or saliva tests and rely on ridiculous methods like muscle testing to 'diagnose' you.  You can also end up spending thousands of dollars for services and supplements that may not help and can in fact harm you (one naturopath had me on a supplement that my GP said was harming my body).  With that said, an inital consultation can be great for people that have never looked into healing their acne naturally.

#3443312 36Yr Old Acne Sufferer With Permanent Eye Damage

Posted by leelowe1 on 25 July 2014 - 06:05 AM

i never heard of acne in your eye , and its unlikely to be true


you probably rubbed your eye when your hands were dirty and got it infected

I find this post to be downright rude.  You're calling the OP a liar?  I've learned that our bodies are very complicated and can do things that people cannot even begin to imagine (think of all the rare disorders out there).  I've seen mild to extremely severe cases of acne and it is quite possible for acne to develop in sensitive places that it would usually not show up.  Blaming the OP for his 'imagined' ailment is really a douche bag move.

i forgot its saturday today...but im deff going on monday!
dude pls tell what is diagnosis called? 
and u say he said its a frequent case actually, do those other patients also had acne? like really??
just cant believe all of this!

Try not to get yourself worked up.  I think the OP's issue is not the norm so please don't go imagining that you are at risk for going blind.  It will just stress you out more.

#3443205 36Yr Old Acne Sufferer With Permanent Eye Damage

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 July 2014 - 02:48 PM

Hi all,


I'll give you my history and hope I don't bore y'all too much, lol.


I'm a 36 year old man with chronic Acne, which I've had since I was teenager.


When I was a teenager the acne effected my face, chest, back, shoulders, etc... But now it only really effects my head area - So that's the side's of my face, top lip, cheeks, nose, forehead and scalp (under my hair) Doesn't even seem effect my chin or neck.


In my 20's and early 30's it seemed to settled down quite a lot (though never completely went away) but in the last two or three years things have got progressively worse.


Despite the fact I was having a lot of spots, boils and skin eruptions, some really quite painful and pus filled, I didn't seek medical attention or treatment. I guess I had it so long that I just kind of ignored it, or maybe I learned to live with it. I really just saw it as an annoyance, but was never overly concerned.


Around last Christmas my eye's started to become inflamed. My GP thought it was a simple case of Conjunctivitis and prescribed the typical drops for mild eye infections. Unfortunately through January and February things got progressively worse. My eye's were constantly streaming (think the worst case of hay fever you can imagine and treble it) I became severely light intolerant and my eye's felt like they constantly had grit or sand in them. At it's worst I was spending pretty much my entire life with the curtains drawn and a blanket over my head to protect my eye's from the light. I couldn't leave the house, I could watch TV, etc... It was such a miserable time


My eye's were so irritated I couldn't sleep and the lack of sleep made my eye's even worse, obviously. I felt incredibly poorly and was in the deepest hole in my life. My GP kept dithering about referring me to a ophthalmologist, so in the end I took matters into my own hands and payed to see a specialist privately.


I had the initial consultation in March and the up-shot was that acne has infiltrated my eyes, setting up a severe infection deep in my eye's. The consultant said that effectively I was seriously ill and if I'd been left any longer the infection could even have damaged my vision or sent my blind.


I was prescribed steroid (maxitrol) eye drops and eye ointment and Doxycycline antibiotics - A four week course of one tablet four times a day - Just about the highest dose you can take.


This treatment did clear up the initial eye infection, but I am now left with permanent damage to my eye's, including retinal scarring, vascularization (damaged blood vessels) of my eye's, dry eye's and damaged eye-lids. I'm still taking the steroid ointment (will be on it until at least the end of the yeat) and I'm on various lubricants to replace the moisture I've lost from my eye's.


I'm told I will have problems with my eye's for the rest of my life and I'm now seeing the Ophthalmologist every few months at the local NHS hospital. 


My acne did settle down for a little bit while I was taking the Doxycyline, but in the past month I've had another flare up. My GP prescribed another two week course of Doxycyline, which again settled things a lot while I was taking them, but now I'm off them my skin is starting to get spots and boils appearing again. Spots are forming over my right eye-lid, so the acne is still very close to and I believe threatening my eyes.


Obviously I could take more Doxycyline and while I'm on them things would settle, but to me these antibiotics aren't really addressing the underlying issue with my skin and acne. So I'm wondering what to do next?


Should I ask my GP to refer me to a dermatologist? Should I look at some over the counter treatment? 


Basically after my acne made me so ill I want it gone, or at the very least managed to the point where I don't have to look at these awful red blotches and pus filled boils/spots any more.


Any advice would be welcome and I really wanted to post this as a warning to others not to ignore or be blase about acne in the head and neck area. I was blase and I'll be suffering the damage to my eye's for the rest of my life.


Thanks all.


Bye. smile.png

I would definitely recommend you go see a derm.  If the acne lesions are affecting your eyes then it is more than just a simple annoyance.  They can best guide you, take culture samples to make sure what you have is indeed acne and if it is, prescribe topics or oral medications (such as roaccutane if needs be).


Definitely don't sit on this too long


Good Luck

#3442620 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 21 July 2014 - 03:00 PM

Rachelwp, your skin will cycle, trust me!  Keep on keeping on as it will get better.  Regarding relapses, try not to think about it.  Our body will do what it wants to do so don't stress ever something you have no control over.  The 1st few months are the worse but once all the ickies get out, you should heal up nicely.

#3442609 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 21 July 2014 - 01:59 PM

Good Luck on your course!

#3442606 15 Male - 2 Months On Accutane 50Mg, No Results! Extremely Frustrated!

Posted by leelowe1 on 21 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

Hang in there!  Some people don't clear till the end of their course.  Keep Positive!

#3442260 Anything Else I Can Do Against These Clogged Pores (With Pictures)

Posted by leelowe1 on 19 July 2014 - 09:47 AM

in my honest opinion, i would leave your skin alone until your peel as you may end up irritating it more and turning them into actual pimples.  Retin a at the lowest percentage may be good for long term maintenance of clogged pores though and regarding the initial purge, since you just recently got off accutane it may not be as bad (food for thought)

#3441925 A Simpler Daily Routine?

Posted by leelowe1 on 17 July 2014 - 01:08 PM

Your acne may or may not return.  Why not renew the prescription for tretinoin and use regular BP in day.  Also use a non medicated cleanser and moisturizer

#3441453 Olive Oil Broke Me Out...

Posted by leelowe1 on 15 July 2014 - 08:28 AM

The red marks will diminish over time.  Don't do ANYTHING to aggravate your acne as that makes more of what you are trying to get rid of.

#3441258 Did Acne Turn You Into Something Cold And Bitter?

Posted by leelowe1 on 14 July 2014 - 04:34 AM

Acne hasn't made me bitter or cold, just self conscious, withdrawn and emotionally drained.

#3441096 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 July 2014 - 04:20 AM

Be very very careful with oil cleansing.   It works magic for some people and is a disaster for others.  People assume that when you go on accutane you are immune to products/substances irritating your skin but that is a myth.  Any particular reason for trying it?  I found for my first 2 courses that washing and moisturizing worked best.  Some people just use water too as your skin will get very sensitive.

#3441074 Itchy, Red And Swollen

Posted by leelowe1 on 12 July 2014 - 10:23 PM

Something similar happened to me after being on the regimen for a year.  I developed eczema.  I stopped and tried to re introduce a pea sized amount a  few weeks later with no success.  I think the amount ofBP required for the regimen can sensitize the skin to the point it creates reactions.  Give your skin a break and try to find a replacement.  I'm seeing my derm on Wed so hoping she gives me something that doesn't trigger my eczema and helps my acne


Good Luck