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#3448147 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on Yesterday, 02:12 PM

Rachel, i'm sorry that things aren't moving along faster.   Your situation is not unique.  Maybe a higher dose will help speed things along.


Chin up love

#3448145 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by leelowe1 on Yesterday, 02:08 PM

I'm sorry leelowe! Related completely with your 8/18 entry, its so tough sometimes. Cyber hugs, friend!

Thanks Mandy, it's been rough.  It's appreciated.

#3447849 Aboard The Accutrain (17, M, 80Mg, Pics)

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 August 2014 - 02:45 PM

I think you are just adorable!  I can tell your personality is a positive and hilarious one!  It will serve you well in life when things just don't go right.  Your optimism is definitely an inspiration to me as i struggle with my worsening acne.


Here's to hoping everything goes well with your tests.

#3447801 Should I Begin My Second Accutane Course?

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

If your acne is mild then don't do it.    I wish i had other options open to me but after doing diet changes, lifestyle changes, otc and prescription stuff it seems like the only option.  Try different topicals if what you're doing is not helping any


Good Luck

#3447794 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 August 2014 - 08:02 AM

I've hit a new acne low.  To have to deal with puss filled pimples, small red pimples, big assed pimples and dryness all at the same time is just too much for me - and this is BEFORE i have even begun an acne regimen!  Life is so unfair at times.  I just want to eat, sit in front of my tv and not leave my house.....ever.  The concentration of acne is around my lips, sides of mouth and chin.  People without acne will never understand what we go through....ever.  Waking up and dreading the reflection in the mirror, feeling your stomach drop when you get 4 new zits daily when the fifteen others you have have not begun to heal.  Having to deal with 'traveling' eyes of others.  I go back to work in 2 weeks and my co workers will not recognize me as my acne was quite mild before i left.  I'm 32 and this honestly sucks.  Any words of encouragement would be appreciated. 

#3447786 Low Dose Accutane Log For A Frustrated Artist!

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 August 2014 - 07:08 AM

You are beautiful.  Accutane is a crazy drug and while some people clear up in the beginning, some people only achieve results during the middle and end of their course so stay positive. 

#3447532 Acne Is Ugly

Posted by leelowe1 on 16 August 2014 - 06:16 AM

Calling oneself ugly or defining everyone with acne as ugly is minimizing these people to their looks.  Not very productive in my book.  Acne may not make us feel like our best and ignorant people will stare/make comments, etc but the least we can do for ourselves and other like us is to not make negative comments about ourselves.

#3447288 Doxycycline +Tretinoin Cream + Clindamycin Lotion Log

Posted by leelowe1 on 14 August 2014 - 03:38 PM

First things first, you're not alone.  i go back to work in 3 weeks too and my acne is at its worse.  It take roughly 3 months for any acne plan to really be effective so keep your expectations in line.  Be patient and try your best to tough it out.  The only suggestions i have are diet changes (cut out dairy and gluten) and vitamins (zinc, vit d3 and fish oil)

#3447137 27/f Starting Accutane For Mild/persistent Cystic Acne

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 August 2014 - 04:20 PM

Hey ladies, I am also scheduled to begin my journey in September if my second round of blood work comes back ok.  You'll both get lots of support here, thats for sure!

#3446575 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 10 August 2014 - 08:09 PM

Acne is terrible and red and inflamed and has pus.  It's just simply awful.  But God is on the throne and he is God so i know he'll give me the mental strength to get through this.

#3446560 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by leelowe1 on 10 August 2014 - 06:40 PM

Wow, it's amazing to me how many times I've been on this merry go round.  I feel like a pro already but in reality, I am so tired of this fight.  It's exhausting and time consuming and at age 31, my focus should be on other areas besides the sorry state of my skin.  But alas, that's my reality and I'm dealing with it the best way i know how.  So without further adu, here's my acne history.


Started getting the typical teenage ace at 15 and it has been with me for 16 years.   I cleared for 4 years on accutane and cleared 1/2 year on The Regimen which ultimately made my skin uber sensitive and gave me facial and neck  eczema.  Been off BP 3 months and acne is the worse that it has been.....ever.  I have tried:



diet: paleo, elimination, juicing



all topicals known to man



Spiro is one thing i never tried so that may be my next option.  I cleared my 1st round of blood work so if i clear the 2nd round on 9/11, then it will be a go.  My last course of accutane was rough so i didn't want to do it again but i am desperate.  So here's to counting down the the clock


T-32 days


Hoping to meet some new friends along the way as I don't know many people in my real life that deal with acne. 

#3446535 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 10 August 2014 - 02:43 PM

i think someone said 20 g of fat.  I found that a fatty meal worked best

#3446477 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 10 August 2014 - 06:27 AM

I had to update.
The first two pics are from July 25th....
The other two are from tonight August 8th, so you are looking at a 2 week difference.

Glycolic acid wash
BP 5% wash

Cetaphil wash normal to oily
Exuviance daily chemical peel
10% sulfur mask
Proactiv step 2 treatment
Proactiv step 3 moisturizer

Strangely enough all of that works pretty well... Doesn't it? I seem to respond better to stronger products than say apple cider vinegar, thyme, or the oil cleansing method..

My diet has become normal as I have included fruits, some dairy and bread. I'm really happy as I can eat a sandwich and then snack with chobani yogurt and some fruit... I still feel very guilty when I eat such food, but I'm so tired of trying to be something that I'm not.

P.s. Have any of you decided how to even out the pigmentation once you're done with accutane? I would like to use something that would give me a natural glow, brighten my skin and maybe lighten it a little bit. Hydroquinone based creams will only bleach it, so I'm thinking of something more natural with kojic acid, papaya or whatever would do the job.
Any recommendations? I really want to start treating all the redness, maybe even while I'm on accutane.
I saw that commercial of aveeno's clear complexion moisturizer with Jeniffer Anniston and I almost went out to buy it... But then I remembered how much $ stars pay for their looks so they can get paid to do commercials which are photoshopped anyway... Well, that moisturizer has 0.5% salicylic acid and alcohol so obviously it'd be useless to have it now... So I'm thinking I need maybe a kojic acid soap with papaya that I can easily rinse off... I also want to get a mild exfoliant, so my skin doesn't get flaky before I apply some nourishing moisturizer.

Your skin does look much better, especially the redness!  Keep on keeping on with diet though as a healthy diet will make your course that much easier.  It seems that i may be joining you on your accutane course as my first round of blood work came through and i go to see my derm Sept 11 when she will give me a script (If it's in God's plan, i'll be starting that day or soon after).


Looking forward to sharing your journey with you.  Also, kudos to you for not wearing makeup during your course.  I'm doing the same thing and i have done the same thing and it's hard.  But it builds self confidence and shows everyone that we're not rooted in how we look (people that choose to cover up-good for you too!)

#3445574 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 05 August 2014 - 06:56 AM

Six weeks in and I'm still breaking out like crazy. It's that time of the month so my hormonal acne is in full force. My jawline is riddled with painful spots. Yuck.

It's the means to an end...

Keep your head up!  The funny thing with accutane is that things can go from bad to worst in an instant and then suddenly you notice that things are finally changing for the better.  It's a rough rough road but we're here for you.

#3445573 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 05 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

People can be ignorant but sometimes its bets to smile and leave them alone as some people will never learn. I would never have the audacity to say to a cancer patient that he/she has cancer because......So it really irks me too when people make assumptions about our cause/cure.  That is one reason why i've had to limit my time on the holistic forums.   I believe that natural is great but for those of us with messed up genes/body, it's never quite as simple as that.