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#3494114 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 28 August 2015 - 05:10 PM

I've been avoiding this website like the plague as I tend to fixate but i just had to come back to vent.  My skin situation is getting worse day by day. I thought nothing could be worse than acne but having dermatitis too is too much.  My skin is dry no matter how much moisturizer I use, red and broken out.  I look bloody awful.  I am 3 days in the SCD for leaky gut.  I can't use any topicals at all due to the dermatitis and I have cysts on my neck.  

People talk about it getting better.  I've had 16 years dealing with this on and off and I've honestly lost all hope of it ever getting better.  I'm numb to the whole situation.   I wish I could go back in time and never have begun using treatments for my acne -maybe it would have gone away on its own like everyone else in my family.

#3492743 Ladies And Gentlemen I Did It! Acne Free For 3 Months And Counting!

Posted by leelowe1 on 18 August 2015 - 01:52 PM

Sounds like solicitation to me.  If you truly wanted to help others that were in your position, there wouldn't be need for all the secrecy.  

#3491989 Starting Accutane Tomorrow! So Excited!

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 August 2015 - 06:05 PM

I agree with Chris.  You don't want some nut who doesn't know what he's doing monitoring you during your process.  

#3491987 Any Current Differin Users?

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 August 2015 - 06:01 PM

So I started differin literally 4 days ago, I have used it twice in this time. However is it possible to have a breakout straight away? My acne seems much worse today..it's like small bumps have turned into bigger red lumps.
It might just be a coincidence due to my period being due like in 2 days however.
Also does differ in do anything to already existing acne? Like is it at all anti-microbial?

Hi Stace.  Differin is not an anti microbial so in the am you should use BP or clindamycin or some other topical antibiotic.  Differin will not help with current acne unfortunately and a flare is quite normal.  By month 3 though, you should be seeing some steady improvement.  The thing with retinoids is that progress is rarely linear so you may continue to break out, clear up, break out, clear up, etc for a few months.  You have to mentally prepare yourself for the long process.

#3491419 The Simple Truth Behind Breakouts -- With Cure

Posted by leelowe1 on 09 August 2015 - 05:13 PM

This will not clear up acne unless your acne is being brought on by irritation.  Acne for most is an internal issue so until that is sorted, then water only will lead to less irritated but broken out skin.

#3491316 Is Accutane All In All Worth It?

Posted by leelowe1 on 08 August 2015 - 05:34 PM

Depends.  For those of us who've bee on multiple courses then the answer is no.  I would encourage you to look into diet changes and such before trying this drug.  My skin is so much worse off after all the acne treatments and I still have not found my root cause.  I wish I had been more educated when I was your age.  

#3491238 Food Intolerances, Acne, Putting It All Together: Beta

Posted by leelowe1 on 08 August 2015 - 07:32 AM

Exactly!  I am sensitivitive to Grapes, Apples, onions, and garlic!  Choosing a diet to go on just won't cut it.  I was going to get a mediator release test (Created by the same person who made ALCAT), but someone on here helped me out, and I ended just testing foods myself to see which ones caused my acne.  I did have a skin prick test done a year ago, and it did detect a lot of my food sensitivities, but not all of them.  IT didn't detect the apples, and maybe a few others.
But yeah, it's fustrating seeing people go "Oh, well all I ate was fruits and vegetables and that still didn't change anything.  I don't think leafy greens would cause acne!"  Well if it was that easy, then we would all be cleared you slow mfs.  It's just so fustrating.  And I know not everyone has food sensitivities.  It's fustrating to see people who finally give up medications and derms just to do some bs trial that they didn't even try hard at, and then go right back.  Like no time at all was spent on it.  really?  WE would all be clear if it was that easy!   

I admire your passion for finding the cause for your acne but i definitely  think you can't judge people and assume they're lazy in trying to find out what is causing their acne if they eventually 'give up' and try an alternate route.  Some of us have deeper issues going on besides food sensitivities ( think thyroid issues) that simply fixing ones diet and trying to discern ones food sensitivities is not going to clear acne.   In any event , I do think that it is easier for many people to go the medical route due to time constraints and the demands of life but I agree that all that stuff is just a temporary fix.

#3491193 Self Concious

Posted by leelowe1 on 07 August 2015 - 05:41 PM

It's a process- that's for sure.  For most of the time you may have to fake it till you make it.  Force yourself to go out and look people in the eye (even if they stare).   Tell yourself everyday that you have worth outside your skin and physical attributes.  Step away from the mirror and ignore your appearance.    You have to make these things into a habit and not put off life in the interim.  Acne may or may not clear up so you have to be prepared to live with it and be happy.  

#3491182 Please Help! Week 3 Differin - All Hell Has Broken Loose!

Posted by leelowe1 on 07 August 2015 - 04:28 PM

Differin will definitely make you purge, especially if you have a lot of activity below.  I purged hard in the beginning and then it cleared up.  It continued to purge on and off and ultimately it didn't work for me but it can work for you.  You may want to have your derm add an anti microbial such as BP or aczone to help with the current acne as differin doesn't help those.  It just clears the pores which is unfortunately a super long and drawn out process.

Keep your head up.

#3491026 Severe Hyperpigmentation! (Pics Included)

Posted by leelowe1 on 06 August 2015 - 02:08 PM

Definitely a mixture of PIH and acne but before you deal with the PIH,  you need to address the acne.  What have you been using topically?  Diet wise?  It's a process but you'll find something that works!

#3490864 Acne After Accutane Male Teen

Posted by leelowe1 on 05 August 2015 - 08:01 AM

My accutane came back after each and every course.  Many people relapse as accutane temporarily masks the issues.  The answer for you would be to wait and see.  If you know that certain things worsen your skin but choose to eat them anyway, you will break out because accutane doesn't cure food sensitivities.   The sad reality is that for many of us with acne, some effort has to be put in to stay clear as acne is just a draw of the dice (I can use all sort of crap on my back and not break out- face is another matter).  The choice is yours.  Keep in mind that you're still in the hormonal phase so....

#3490597 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 03 August 2015 - 12:24 PM

Finding my center in something more profound than my skin.  This life is fleeting and we're all in transition.  The lessons to be learned from this can be priceless.  You learn a lot about yourself and other people.  I hate going through this but I figure it could always be worse.  

For everyone feeling like they're struggling, know that:

You're not alone
There's a plan for your life
You were made for so much more
You'll see people for who they really are (good and bad)
You'll learn a lot about yourself
Sometimes being down on your face means that you can finally start looking up.

#3490287 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 01 August 2015 - 01:45 PM

Tired of people diminishing my feelings regarding my acne.  Everyone will not have the same severity of acne so why do people feel it's their God given right to tell others to stop complaining because it's not that bad?  You would think having been a survivor people would be more compassionate.  Let us remember that this site wasn't created for only severe acne sufferers.    Just because you're clear, don't forget where you started from as its by the Grace of God you're not back there.

#3490270 Last Month Of Accutane Help

Posted by leelowe1 on 01 August 2015 - 10:10 AM

Your course seems unusually short how much was your dosage?  Derm usually wait till you have been acne free for 1-2 months before taking you off the meds.  I would definitely notify your derm as that looks like a pretty significant breakout.

#3490168 Need To Go To A Derm, But So Nervous...

Posted by leelowe1 on 31 July 2015 - 01:16 PM

Yes, I've all but eliminated sugar and dairy (I eat yogurt and get trace amounts here and there). I eat fresh fruits and veggies and have upped my water. I hear so much about supplements but with all I've invested emotionally and financially, I feel like it may be a waste of time and its got me down, so I feel like I do need to see a doc, I'm just so nervous about it.

I second hopeless' suggestion of a naturopath.  I've been to 4 with no relief on the acne front but it's worth a look.  Just make sure they do some form of testing such as saliva or blood .  I would stay away from those that rely on kinisthetic tests such as muscle testing (bs in my opinion).  I'm not saying they can solve your problem, but they can help take the guess work out of it.