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leelowe1

Member Since 18 Aug 2011
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#3489566 Feeling Old, Can Anyone Recommend Something?

Posted by leelowe1 on Yesterday, 01:57 PM

Can anyone recommend me something for my scars? I finished accutane about 15 months ago, I have waited for most of the hyper pigmentation to go before making any decisions... But it looks quite hopeless that these scars are going anywhere.attachicon.gifimage.jpgattachicon.gifimage.jpg


I remember you from my early days at the org!  So happy that you cleared up.  You look wonderful.


#3489439 Prescription Acne Treatment (Includes Retinoids) Stopped Working?

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 July 2015 - 07:15 PM

Give it till the four month mark then try something else.  Not all retinoids are created equally - some will work better for you than others


#3489393 "study: Bad Skin Can Kill Your Chances Of Landing A Job"

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 July 2015 - 06:09 AM

I actually had this happen to me once . I was applying for a hotel job as a waiter and they told me my "facial complications" will distract people and ruin their experience at the hotel restaurant . I simply gave them a huge middle finger and left the interview . I was completely shocked and made me feel really bad about myself . I stopped looking for jobs for a while because I didn't want this to happen again . Complete self esteem killer if you ask me .


That has to be some sort of discrimination which is illegal.  The nerve of some people.  


#3489212 Acne After Accutane

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

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Hi im 27 and had a clear skin for 2 years after accutane. Now, i am having a terrible breakout on my forehead and temples. They're not the cystic type but it bothers me because theyre getting worse. I have a lot of bumps here and there. When I wash my face I feel a lot of whiteheads with hardened oil inside and it makes my skin rough.
Just wanna ask if anyone here tried the acne.org products with this kind of acne? Please help.




A good facial could help or maybe some salicylic acid.  That's exactly how my acne came back after tane.  Hasn't gone away since.

So how do you manage your acne now? I started using st. Ives wash with 2% salicylic acid on it (once a day) plus clean and clear moisturizer with .5% salicylic acid.. hope this would work. Im giving it a  month to make some changes...

I'm not managing it well since I'm broken out worse than I've been in a while.  I'm waiting for my August 4th derm appt to see what to do next and I am getting my 2nd acne facial on Tuesday


#3489199 Acne After Accutane

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 July 2015 - 03:06 PM

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Hi im 27 and had a clear skin for 2 years after accutane. Now, i am having a terrible breakout on my forehead and temples. They're not the cystic type but it bothers me because theyre getting worse. I have a lot of bumps here and there. When I wash my face I feel a lot of whiteheads with hardened oil inside and it makes my skin rough.
Just wanna ask if anyone here tried the acne.org products with this kind of acne? Please help.


A good facial could help or maybe some salicylic acid.  That's exactly how my acne came back after tane.  Hasn't gone away since.


#3489198 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 July 2015 - 03:03 PM

Feeling like I don't care anymore- at this point I just want the confidence to ignore it and live my life.


#3489008 Family Members Pointing Out/ Making Fun Of My Acne.

Posted by leelowe1 on 23 July 2015 - 09:31 AM

Your family members are jack asses.  They are sick and it is no reflection on who you are as a person.    People that do that are very insecure so take note. 

Acne is not fun and it is not pretty but like somethings in life, it is our cross to bare.  Keep your head up and know that you are wonderfully made, acne and all.


#3488916 Acne. Org Regimen Week 3 Struggle

Posted by leelowe1 on 22 July 2015 - 05:25 PM

Hey hun, as hard as it may be, stick with it.  It is not unusual for your situation to worsen as it seemed that you started out with a lot of under skin action.  Everything has to come out so sooner rather than later.  Give it 3-4 months. 


#3488558 Huge Spot Between Eyebrows

Posted by leelowe1 on 20 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

Ice it


#3488528 Please Help! Scab Fell Off Early Leaving Light Red Mark

Posted by leelowe1 on 20 July 2015 - 05:58 AM

Time.  Your skin will heal itself


#3487802 Acne. Org Regimen Week 3 Struggle

Posted by leelowe1 on 14 July 2015 - 11:06 AM

Week 3 is still very early in treatment so take heart that there is lots of time for improvement.  My acne was less than yours in intensity and it took me four months to clear up.  If your face is not too irritated, give it a 3-4 month timeframe.  In regards to the emotional side of things, the only advice I can offer is to tell yourself you're beautiful as often as you can, avoid mirrors and if makeup makes you feel better, wear it.

Definitely sending good vibes your way


#3487775 Am I Giving Myself False Hope Accutane A 4Th Time?

Posted by leelowe1 on 14 July 2015 - 06:16 AM

I agree with Jlopez 100%. I am a three time user of accutane and had started a fourth course last September to end up in the emergency room with high liver enzymes a month in.  That did it for me.  Accutane most likely will not help to cure your acne.  I agree that you should post your diet to see if tweeks can be made.  I have done the gamet of paleo, gluten and dairy free and my acne still sucks so I'm not saying it's going to be your solution but it's definitely worth a try.  

I am a teacher too and I'm 31 so I know how much anxiety being in the professional world and having acne can cause.   If topical so are not working, it may be helpful to visit a naturopath that can guide you.  Also, get a skin care regimen that will support what you're doing on the inside.  It is sometimes not easy for many of us to fix our insides as many would have us believe as acne can be caused by many factors and only addressing one of these factors may not bring the results we seek.

If you ever need to chat from one teacher to another/one accutane user to another, feel free to PM me.  

Good Luck!


#3487499 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 11 July 2015 - 07:51 AM

Cried over my skin today. I suppose it's normal for me to feel completely mental right now as I have recently quit my birth control and am on antibiotics (and was also on prednisone) for a bad throat infection. My mind feels gone, I feel so out of it and exhausted from my illness, and looking at my bad skin makes me feel so fucking hopeless. I keep telling myself to snap out of it but this depression has a hold of me. I need a hug. Sometimes I wish my husband had shitty skin too so we could commiserate. That's terrible of me to say but I have nobody in person to relate to. It's lonely and I feel like a freak. I just want this to get better so I can get on with my life.


Sometimes you just have to take things one day at a time.  Don't think about tomorrow.  It is hard when you have no one else in real life who is going through what you're going through. I find journaling helps.

Hugs from NY


#3486760 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 04 July 2015 - 05:47 PM

Feeling pretty good!  My move out of state is complete and I'm with family that I adore. My acne sucks and my skin is irritated but it's out of my control.  

Happy 4th to all.


#3485274 Why Can't People Admit That Some People Will Never Get Better?

Posted by leelowe1 on 21 June 2015 - 04:19 PM

I think that a misguided sense of optimism is part of the reason I feel so bad about myself now. In my late teens/early twenties I got myself through my struggles with acne by believing that things would definitely improve as i got older. I focused on my studies, educating myself, making myself a more interesting and successful person. All the while I visualized my older self as a confident, clear-skinned adult.
I'm now 30 and my acne is as bad as ever, combined with persistent eczema. I have also started to lose my hair (I'm a male). I'm now more revolting than ever, and have been continuously ignored or rejected by women. Remembering my former optimism, even remembering the way I used to look, with acne but at least with a full head of hair, makes the pain worse. I should have been better prepared for this and wish I'd focused on accepting my appearance, instead of placing false hope in the mantra that 'things can only get better' with time.


Jamie, I'm sorry you're going through this.  I too was banking on the fact that by my thirties, acne wouldn't be an issue.  It still is and I've pretty much exhausted my options except for more BC or Spiro or going vegan.  I am at the stage where I am trying to accept my appearance as is because unless it is by divine intervention, I don't foresee my acne getting under control again.   The good news is that Midwest can be changed so don't give up.  I refuse to be beaten down into submission.  Neither should you.