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#3469588 On 5Th Week And No Improvement

Posted by leelowe1 on Yesterday, 10:19 AM

You will break out and it is to be expected.  Let 3-4 months be the guideline before expecting ANY type of improvement.  I was about to give up in my third month and then two weeks later i noticed that i wasn't really breaking out that much.  You are still relatively new to the process so be patient.

#3469546 I Dont Know What To Do Anymore

Posted by leelowe1 on 26 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

Hugs from NY hun.  Your acne looks moderate and borderline severe and should be treated as such.  I am so sorry you are gong through this.  Definitely have an open and honest conversation with your mom about your acne and how it makes you feel.  You definitely look like a candidate for accutane but before you take the plunge, you can also try:


a paleo type diet

seeing a naturopath.


You're still in that hormonal phase so acne may come back after accutane but it could be worth a shot.


You are beautiful regardless (gorgeous eyes) and should know you are loved.


good luck on your journey and we'll be here to offer support. 

#3469435 Accutane Round 2?

Posted by leelowe1 on 25 January 2015 - 07:00 PM

I'm not sure where the poster got her statistics from but the fact of the matter is that no one knows for sure if your acne will return or not after a 2nd round.  I have been on 4 courses and my acne has come back every single time.  Women especially have a likelihood for relapse since we go through many hormonal fluctuations.   What else have you tried besides accutane?  In my opinion, a second round may be worth it if you have exhausted:


diet changes/lifestyle changes


retinoids and an antimicrobial.


Also, it is important to give the above a significant amount of time to work before declaring it a fail (3-6 months)

#3469281 Not Sure What To Do

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 January 2015 - 08:02 AM

It's definitely not severe or moderate.  Maybe mild-moderate.  What have you tried?  The easiest thing to do is diet changed.  Cut out the high glycemic carbs and eat whole foods (sweet potatoes, lean meats, veggies, fruits).  Also, stop all dairy.  In terms of topicals, The Regimen works if your skin is not too sensitive.  If that doesn't do it, then visit a derm who may want to try you out on a retinoid.


Options are there so don't give up hope

#3468623 Regimen Progress--13 Yr Old Boy

Posted by leelowe1 on 19 January 2015 - 04:49 PM

Delovely, I wish I could have shared my struggles with my mom growing up.  You are an amazing mother who is really championing for your son.  Excellent progress!

#3467916 "acne Is The Mark Of The Devil"?!

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 January 2015 - 07:20 PM

If anyone was interested, according to wikipedia, the website is fake and the church and the town it is supposedly a part of do not exist.  With that said, no one is perfect and no one has the right to judge another.  Christianity is not synonymous with hate and being a christian is about having a personal relationship with God, not church or a set of rules.  True Christians try to emulate Christ which means loving and respecting everyone even if we don't agree with them.

#3467914 My Differin Experience

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

I agree with the above poster. You're getting a year + worth of acne in a few months so don't  give up yet.  Some people are fast responders to retinoids but other can take a while.  give it at least 3-4 months and if there is not consistent improvement, try a stronger retinoid which you tolerate.  Also, if topicals are not giving you the desired result, it is worth exploring diet changes such as paleo.  You  have nothing to lose really.  I am 3 weeks into differin myself and I am purging. It sucks for me especially since i've done stronger retinoids with no results but i am pairing differin with hormonal supplements and a healthier diet so we'll see where month 3/4 finds me.

#3467907 Comedonal Acne :(

Posted by leelowe1 on 13 January 2015 - 06:43 PM

Keep on using the epiduo until at least month 3 before making a judgement call.  I found that The Regimen (BP) got rid of the type of acne that you described so epiduo may be helpful the longer you use it.  As for BC, i think its a good idea not to use it as once you go off it, acne for many can get worse.  My naturopath has me on supplements to help support hormone health.  It is too early to tell if they will help but look at the hormonal forum as many women who don't want to use BC have found success with supplements such as




Chaste berry



and many more....


Good Luck, stay patient and stay strong....you are not alone in the struggle.

#3467220 Clear Face One Minute, Pimples Everywhere The Next ?!

Posted by leelowe1 on 08 January 2015 - 06:19 PM

Read labels and never assume a food is safe unless you've prepared it yourself.  Also, there are so many recipes to make comfort food paleo friendly that it is ridiculous.  You are fortunate to have found something that works for you so just stick with it.  Whats more important to you : clear skin or junk....the choice is yours. 

#3467077 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 07 January 2015 - 06:43 PM

The waiting period is so hard.  Will it work this time, am i doomed to fail....again?  This has not been my toughest battle to date but it has been my most persistent.  I just want to wake up one day, look in the mirror and think, 'damn, that's a good looking girl right there,'

#3466459 *skin Update W/ Photos* But Still Need Assistance

Posted by leelowe1 on 03 January 2015 - 04:10 PM

Definitely stick with the retin A.  It will help with the marks over time.  I say don't rock the boat as adding something new into the mix may negate all the progress you've made.


Great Improvement.

#3466226 Do You Harbor Any Resentment Towards Your Parents?

Posted by leelowe1 on 01 January 2015 - 04:42 PM

Well since my acne is NOT genetic, i have to say I don't.  Even if it was, I would probably not resent them because they gave me a good life.  Everyone has a cross to bear and unfortunately, acne is ours. 

#3465763 I Want To Buy Some Land, Build A House & Disappear

Posted by leelowe1 on 29 December 2014 - 05:55 AM

Thats  how I feel at times too.  Having acne really does a number on us not just physically but also emotionally and mentally. Unfortunately,  people are built to need social interaction so isolation often times makes us feel even worse. I found for me, talking to one person HONESTLY about how my acne has affected me had helped release some of the power it has over me.  Also, helping someome else ( i volunteer with big brother big sister) has forced me to focus less on my own short coming

With that said , to get to that point was hell and not easy but it is doable and so worth it.  Try to seek out other members here who are in your area as having friends who have similar experiences can be a good place to start moving forward.  Finding a job will also help to give you a sense of purpose.  Maybe take a class or two of something you like.  Dating is hard as we live in society where many are vain.  Start with friends and work yourself up.  

I know youre struggling but you are not alone  

#3465669 Retin A Micro Worth It?

Posted by leelowe1 on 28 December 2014 - 02:06 PM

The purge with any retinoid is going to happen for many people that use retinoids so you're just going to have to expect it and prepare to be broken out for a while.  No one can say if you will break out bad or not.  The above advice is solid so do ease into it slowly.  I started using it 3 times a week over moisturizer for a few weeks then 4 times a week and then every night under moisturizer.   I'm definitely purging but its just a part of the process and you won't know if it will work for you unless you try it for yourself.  

#3465172 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by leelowe1 on 24 December 2014 - 04:48 AM

Feeling pretty much done with life. Never, ever in my 19 year struggle with acne have I felt so low. Finishing up third course of acctuane which has failed me. Using tretinoin for the past 3 weeks and I have on confidence or faith it will work. I no longer have any stomach or resilience left for this neverending fight sad.png Wish I wasn't here.

JJ, we all get into these funks but like all things in life, there is a season for everything.  Some seasons may seems exceptionally long but they don't last for ever.  I'm still fighting the good fight like you and I have done 4 courses of accutane to no avail.  I try to live each day well and it has given me perspective.  I still think having acne sucks but I try to find little kernels of happiness because I deserve it and so do you.


Enjoy this holiday season and all the best for 2015