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#3450053 I Really Can't Believe Acne Got Me Feeling This Low

Posted by leelowe1 on Yesterday, 10:55 AM

First off, you are not alone.  All of us on this site have been where you are or is currently there (myself included).  Acne is a terrible disease and I think dealing with it as an adult is far worse than dealing with it as a teenager (I am 31).  First off, quit blaming yourself.  Acne is a crappy roll of the die and you have it because of your body.  Treatments that don't work don't work because of your body.   Keep in the back of your head that thought.  


Secondly force yourself to find other qualities you like about you outside of acne.  Also avoid mirrors.


Thirdly, don't isolate, even if  you're just inviting a friend over, long periods of time alone are the worst thing you can do


Hugs from NY and if you ever need to talk PM me.

#3449756 Come With Me To Funky Town (Tcm)

Posted by leelowe1 on 30 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

For anyone who is interested.  I found this documentary online about two women treating their acne holistically - one used a naturopath and the other, TCM.  Wish they did a follow up.



#3449593 Come With Me To Funky Town (Tcm)

Posted by leelowe1 on 29 August 2014 - 01:33 PM



2nd acupuncture session

Day # 1 of herbs


So i have started an album documenting my journey.  Today i started drinking the herbal mixture.  I will update with ingredients soon.  Face is a mess.  I now have acne all over my face but mostly concentrated around my mouth and chin.  2 days this week it seemed to be less red and irritated and then everything blew up last night.  This is my last resort before going back to medical means. 


Hoping to finally have some good news to report in the future. 


Thanks Moonlight!

#3449128 Come With Me To Funky Town (Tcm)

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 August 2014 - 04:35 PM

Thanks guys!  I'm trying not to get my hopes up.  At the very least, it will help me stress less and get my body to work more.  I have faith that God will work things out for my good in time.

#3448952 Come With Me To Funky Town (Tcm)

Posted by leelowe1 on 25 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

Wow, i feel like i seriously need to get an award for the most logs on this site.  Hopefully my experiences have served to help someone else in need.  For me, it has been therapeutic  and in a way, comforting as i have received so much love and support from complete strangers, some of you who have become people I would call friends.  Well as my log states, I am about to try the holistic route again, this time integrating TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine into my life.  As many of you may or may not know, I have been down the holistic route with 3 different practioners and never once did my acne get better.  It never made sense to me at all.  I have also sought the counsel of members from the holistic forums for tips and tricks and while the majority have been friendly, some have gone as far as to blame me for my condition.  It's been disheartening to say the least but I know that there is hope and i have Faith that God will get me through this.


Now on to the show.


1st acupuncture session


I went to see a licensed acupuncturist who has dealt with acne.  He looked at my tongue and took my pulse after asking me many questions about my health.  What he found was that i may be anemic and that I had poor blood circulation.  He also suggested that my small intestines may not be absorbing nutrients from my food.  This was very interesting to me as i bruise easily and i am tired all the time.  I also get so cold or hot when others seems fine and i have been losing weight even though i eat and eat and eat (i always seem hungry).


He suggested acupuncture twice a week (which i am excited about as i have stress and anxiety issues) alongside herbal medicine which he will prepare for me.


My first acupuncture session today was fine.  He used the 4 point korean one where he used four needles in my arms and legs.   It didn't hurt and i felt somewhat relaxed.  


The cost of all of this is totally on me as i am paying for 8 sessions and a month worth of herbs.  I won't state the price but if this will help my acne and my general feelings and health, then i would gladly fork over this and more.  The cool thing with this is that if i see no considerable improvement in the first month, he'll pay for me to do a second month.  If by the end of the 2nd month I still am at a standstill, he will give me back my money.  Can't beat good business sense.


So either way, it is much safer than accutane and hopefully it can help other issues beside my acne.   


I will be adding pictures and documenting my experience as i go along. 


Thanks everyone!!

#3448598 Forehead Acne

Posted by leelowe1 on 23 August 2014 - 10:18 AM

Thankfully, it's contained to one area.  Definitely try diet changes. Cut out dairy and all processed food for 2-3 months.



Good Luck!

#3448508 Tcm - What's Your Take

Posted by leelowe1 on 22 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

Anyone have any experience with traditional chinese medicine?  I gave the holistic route a years time (with 3 different naturopaths) and it was a waste of my time and money.  Should i explore TCM?  I have taken the advice given here and I am still dealing with steady acne so I was thinking of giving the holistic practioner route a go.  Maybe they can provided fresh eyes on my situation.

#3448150 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 20 August 2014 - 02:33 PM

Completely lost and hopeless. Not a day goes by without some sort of breakdown, or fit of anger, followed by long bouts of depression. It's becoming difficult to leave the house. None of the help or advice out there seems to help.

I know the feeling Jamie.  Keep your head up - it doesn't rain everyday.

#3448147 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 20 August 2014 - 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 20 August 2014 - 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. 

#3447689 Acne Is Ugly

Posted by leelowe1 on 17 August 2014 - 02:02 PM

I agree with OP. Whether you like it or not, people will always find acne unattractive. I think instead of trying to convince yourself that you like the way you look, while knowing deep down that most people find it unattractive, you should just find a way to get rid of the acne. Trust me, you'll be a lot happier if you just get rid of it and not have to think about acne anymore.

Don't you think if it was as simple as that, no one would have acne?  I have been trying to get rid of it for 16 years and its still here..  Are we supposed to put our lives on hold until it clears up?  I think people with acne have to learn to accept what is while they find a way to control it.   And fellow acne sufferes past and present should not try to make them feel less than because of it.

Ance is not beautiful. Telling someone they're beautiful with acne is a lie and will make it even worse when someone else says it isn't. So please just be honest instead of being too nice.

Thats a pretty shallow way to look at things.  First off, no one should be commenting on acne that isn't their own.  It's none of their business.  Secondly, by saying someone is less than because of acne is a very shallow thing to say.  Would you say a person with vitiligo or missing limbs is not beautiful.  The inside is what counts even if society says it doesn't