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#3453274 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 September 2014 - 02:58 PM

Feeling greatful that i have the means to continue the search for something that works for me.  God is good and has given me everything i need, just not everything i want

#3453155 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 23 September 2014 - 04:19 PM

Fish oil is good as well as better eating habits - fish, veggies, whole grains, limited processed food, etc.  Hopefully the increase in dosage will do the trick.

#3453081 Do You Think All Acne And Health In General Can Be Made Better?

Posted by leelowe1 on 22 September 2014 - 07:04 PM

Have you kept up a healthy diet and lifestyle throughout this or do you try for a bit, stress out and quit?

I've been keeping up with the diet and lifestyle for the most part.  I'm not perfect but the occasional slip is the exception, not the rule.  My emotional health could use some work as well as my sleep patterns so i know i have my work cut out for me. 

Dear Leelowe.....first and foremost love u girl.....what I would suggest honestly to you if your emotional health plays a big factor in your life it can be effecting your skin as I also believe it effects mine. Going to different holistic or medical doctors wont fix your skin until u fix within these feelings. I have and am learning the hard way when my skin was at very minor blemishes...and decided to try so many different treatments to fix these blemishes not understanding its something internal. I know for sure u are a spiritual woman....but we are also emotional women caught in an image of ourselves that we can not accept because of our skin. I know you have been through a lot n you are tired of breaking out at your age...but while your breakout in my opinion is not so severe as maybe it used to be...and I know it still bothers you....try meditations, taking a yoga class, don't stop going to church, because the minute u isolate and go to the doctors for your skin u will continue a viscious cycle with yourself. I say this out of love and experience. Be patient , loving and understanding to your skin...and your self and greatful. I wish I had done all these things when my acne was not so bad now I feel really messed up, I wish u a blessed sunday sister.

Thanks hun - i think you are right.  Any holistic person i go to would be addressing my emotional needs and general well being first and foremost.  While i believe this will help me overall i'm not sure what will happen with my skin.  But you're right, taking care of myself is first and foremost.  God is amazing and he has held me up this far and will continue to do so.

#3452792 How Can I Get Rid Of My Cystic Acne?

Posted by leelowe1 on 20 September 2014 - 06:26 AM

I don't think you can grow out of cystic acne - you have to treat it.  Also, from what i've heard and experienced, topicals are not a great first line of defense.  It is suggested that cysts are diet related so you may want to cut out dairy and gluten to see if that is your issue.  Citrus has also affected some people.  If your acne follows a hormonal pattern then spiro or birth control may work.  As a last resort, there is accutane.  Don't give up hope.  There are other things to try besides anti biotics.  It may also be worth it to see a naturopath if you can afford and are overwhelmed by all the information.

#3452581 Accutane Thoughts?

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 September 2014 - 02:22 PM

So I've suffered from acne since I was 13 years old. Never too bad. Mild throughout my early high school years. Became more moderate when I was a senior.


I went off the college and it started to get a lot worse. I was experiencing a lot of depression at this time so I decided to drop out after having an over-the-top anxiety attack. Once I turned 18....boom all hell broke loose on my face. Literally just an eruption of redness and cysts.


I was always an outgoing, sweet, caring, funny girl who was unafraid to be herself. I'm 19 now and I can't look anyone in the eyes while having a conversation. I lost a lot of amazing people in my life due to my insecurities and I don't go out anymore because I'm so self-conscious. I haven't gone through a day without makeup in YEARS. I despise makeup, but I despise the thought of my naked face being exposed even more. 


I talked to my dermatologist about Accutane earlier this year and, upon hearing about the potential side effects, I decided against it. It is now seven months later and I'm wishing I had gotten on it then. I am going to the dermatologist later this month to discuss it again and am planning on taking a chance on it. No drug can make my depression any worse than it already is.


And so I ask what are everyone's views on Accutane and should I take a chance on it? Keep in mind, my acne is very severe and very cystic. So it needs to be gone.

As the above poster stated, what have you tried?   Accutane should not be a first resort as it does have some bad side effects.  But if you have tried everything else:


diet changes

hormonal means



Accutane can help.   Definitely do your research.  Good Luck as no one should have to suffer with this.

#3452570 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 September 2014 - 12:58 PM



Day 7 One Week Down.


Side Effects:


redness and dryness around mouth is ridiculous - it's tight and sometimes has a burning sensation at times (wondering if its dermatitis)

Flushing/red face/warm skin on face (could be related to dryness)

The Itchies (not too often - still convinced it ay be mosquito bites)

More acne/redder and more irritated looking acne/skin (or maybe the acne that has been visible below the surface is coming up)

moodiness/more emotional

dry and itchy scalp.



One week in and I am already itching to be off this stuff.  Acne wise, more acne that has been visible below the surface has come up.  I broke out in a few spots on my cheeks, one mega inflamed and puss filled on on my right inner cheek (it doesn't bother me that much).   What i hate the most is the cluster of small red bumps that make my skin more red and irritated looking.  Not much more to say.  At this point, my concern is the redness around my mouth that my derm says is not perioral dermatitis.  I really hope it is not permanent because that and acne would suck.  I had to start using cetaphil moisturizing cream on it and of course its not helping.  I bought some vitamin E and fish oil so i will start that soon as they are supposed to help with dry skin.


On a side note, i have been receiving quite a few comments bashing my decision to be on accutane due to my acne not being severe and i thought i'd respond once and for all.  I've tried everything to get rid of my acne including





chinese herbs


BP (which caused the redness/dryness) around my mouth)


Birth Control


over the counter stuff

water only


natural remedies


I wouldn't choose to take this dangerous drug if i had other options.  We are all here for support no matter the severity of our acne.  Having dealt with this for 16 years and having it be cystic and moderate at one point, i know how bad it can get.  It doesn't matter to me if you don't agree with it but please respect it.

#3452465 Spiro...my Last Hope

Posted by leelowe1 on 17 September 2014 - 07:05 PM

Chin up hun.  Spiro can take 3 and most likely 6 months to work and many people report a purging period.  Green Gables is one to talk to about it.  You have a ton of people that love and support you so don't ever feel alone


Rooting for you!cheer.gifcheer.gifcheer.gifcheer.gif

#3452452 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by leelowe1 on 17 September 2014 - 04:50 PM

Everyone is entitled to their opinion.  My acne (and yes, its acne) is numerous smaller red bumps versus a few huge bumps.  It's not severe acne and i never said it was nor am i going to justify my treatment choices. 


Good Luck on your treatment....we're all here to support each other no matter the severity of our acne.

#3452381 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 17 September 2014 - 06:33 AM

You have to do what you feel comfortable with.  Make sure that you moisturize even if you don't 'feel' dry as it is harder to combat the dryness once it starts if you wait.

#3452347 Documenting My 'tane Journey 37 Year Old Female

Posted by leelowe1 on 16 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

Here are my 9 week pictures. I feel like I'm worse than ever. I really need to clear up before I go crazy!!!

Hey Rachel!  I know the frustration of breaking out and not seeing progress as that was my last course to a T.  I think upping your dose will do the trick.  There is a guy on you tube: humerus fitness, who does weekly accutane videos and he didn't start to clear till he upped his dose big time.  You definitely should be getting dry.


Keep on keeping on sistah

#3452338 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 16 September 2014 - 07:14 PM

No topicals, switch to a liquid makeup if you must wear any, use a moisturizer and humidifier.

#3452251 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 16 September 2014 - 05:11 AM

Day 11

Yes, I am certain it's an IB, because when I first got on it I was clearing up right away and now things have started to worsen. I think that my blackheads on the nose are a little more prominent and as I had mentioned in an earlier post, I have more clogged pores. I think it's too early to have an IB, but I'd rather experience it and get it over with instead of constantly anticipating a major blow. At least people know I have bad skin, so it's better to have a gradual improvement versus getting 50% clear and then get 15 pimples all of the sudden.

On a side note, Id love to use my lightening cream to get these red spots out, but on the back of the jar it says that the cream (2% hydroquinone) should not be applied to open wounds. I am assuming I have to wait for all the lesions to heal, but even then my skin will be too sensitive for it. I wish I could do something about the redness so bad, but unfortunately all I can do I control the actives with aczone, 2% salicilic acid wash, BP 5% wash and blue light which is what I do by the way.

If you have any ideas on controlling an IB or removing red pigmented spots let me know.
I also wonder if the clogged pores and blackheads disappear before red spots which I know takes a lot of time.

The overall improvement from day 0 is still significant.

<3 u all

I know the feeling on redness.  My best advice is to leave your skin alone on accutane.  So no topicals, spot treatments, fade cream...nada.  Your skin is only beginning to get sensitive so the more products that you are using will only aggravate your skin.  It's tough but its recommended.  You wear makeup now so hopefully that is helping you get through the process on a day by day basis.

#3452245 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 16 September 2014 - 03:17 AM

Day 13

So besides the 3 chin pimples everything else is flat.
Could it be possible that the IB is over?
It started around day 6.

I wouldn't bet on it.  The breakouts will go in waves and it will eventually bring out stuff from other layers in your skin.  If you are eventually going to increase your dosage too, expect breakouts.  The one thing i've learned about this drug is to never get complacent.

#3452203 Feeling Like A Million Bucks! I Know It Will Work This Time :d

Posted by leelowe1 on 15 September 2014 - 04:28 PM

is the redness on your cheeks marks or cysts that have not surfaced (they look flat)?  I'm sorry about the increase in acne, it's the hardest part about being on this drug.  I too have broken out more which sucks.  Do you find that your face is more red than usual?

The redness is the post inflammatory pigmentation, but I think I made my face a little redder than usual, because I got rid of some clogged pores.

I'm so upset, I can't believe things are worsening that much and that I can't do anything. It's so embarrassing to deal with this because not even make up can save me now.... After a couple of hours in my day I look terrible, especially now with the colder weather my nose and my spots get really red!!! My skin is dry in the Am when I wash it and in 2-3 hrs it gets shiny... My lips are terrible with this mark... Clogged pores are sooo visible. I look worse than I did before.

The more I focus on my skin the more depressed I get, so I'll try not to post for a while... I'm not gonna get anywhere with the self loathing.

Wish me luck guys sad.png

You're not alone hun.  Just remember that.  One day at a time.......

#3452005 Oh Acne And Accutane U Got Me So Down

Posted by leelowe1 on 14 September 2014 - 09:28 AM

This will be my eight week coming...and God I just want some joy...cystic breakouts continuing..and very slow improvement....I also see some ice pick scarring and maybe some other shallow scars....I never had before....trying to keep my mind off it but really I cant go through another month of this crap....im hoping the next few weeks I see some clearance...

Ask for predisone the next time you're in if the IB gets to be too much - it helps with inflammation.  Keep on keeping on hun