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Naturopathic Update

This last week and a half has been an uncomfortable time for me. My skin has broken out in a way that it hasn't for a long time. It has forced me to really face my insecurities and fears surrounding having acne. As a part of that process, i have decided to incorporate more holistic solutions to my spiro usage. The first thing i did was create a vision board. In order to get where you want to go, you have to have a map, right? Health is smack dab in the middle of my board and will include getting

leelowe1

leelowe1

12/26/19

 

Fall/Winter 2019 Update

Whew - it's been a super busy few months for me.  My life has been hectic and i haven't had much time to think about my acne overall which has been great.  Now that things are slowing down as we're getting closer to the holidays, i am dealing with that stress acne.  I have an extremely inflamed pimple on my chin and red pimples sprinkled around both cheeks and right chin.  I've been breaking out pretty steadily on my cheeks these last few months and i'm not sure why.  They come up and stay for w

leelowe1

leelowe1

12/19/19

 

Summer 2019 Updat Part Deux

Two updates in one month.....how fancy.  I just wanted to come on here to update my naturopath visit and acne.  Let's start with the acne.  It's been bad, really bad.  I developed a cysts around July 15th and it finally has deflated a lot.  It will definitely leave hyperpigmentation but that's the least of my worries.  My right side from upper cheek to around the mouth area has little pimples, big pimples and underground pimples.  It's been a long time since i've had so much inflammation on my f

leelowe1

leelowe1

07/29/19

 

Summer 2019 Update

Man oh man, time has literally flown by.  I've been absent from the org as life has just been crazy stressful.  I just finished up the school year so my schedule is a little less cramped.  I'm also simultaneously having two projects done at my house.   Acne wise, i'm in the midst of pretty significant breakout (including one cyst).  Skin is inflamed and red but thankfully not itchy at all.  6+ red bumps mostly concentrated on my right side.  But overall, acne has been meh.  Most days i

leelowe1

leelowe1

07/04/19

 

Spring 2019 Update

Even though it doesn't feel like it, it is officially Spring.  I am so over the winter.   Skin wise, my skin is in dire straits at the moment.  My period ended today and I continue to break out.  I am surprised that my forehead is getting new comedones each day but less surprised that my chin has massive bumps (this seems to be a regular occurrence every other week or so).  The area between my nose and mouth also has a few spots.  My diet has not improved consistently since my last pos

leelowe1

leelowe1

03/23/19

 

Diet Changes....Again

Today in a moment of utter frustration, i took myself to barnes and noble and purchases a book on inflammation.  Due to other reasons beside my skin, I believe my body is definitely in an inflammatory state.  Things i notice include:   not going to the bathroom regularly dealing with a cold going on a month now (even though the weather has not been all that bad) feeling overall lethargy low energy levels massive moments of brain fog emotional highs and low

leelowe1

leelowe1

12/28/18

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03/23/19

 

Winter 2018 Update

I never set out to update by seasons but it seems to be happening that way.  Skin for the past few weeks had been slightly less inflamed and not as much clusters of acne.  Now that the weather is getting really cold and i am really sick, my skin is not happy.  I am having clusters of inflamed acne pop up on my left side by mouth and chin.  I also have a ton of non-inflamed acne on both outer cheeks.  My chin has been pretty decent since beginning the Elidel and Soolantra on there.  My forehead i

leelowe1

leelowe1

12/14/18

 

Fall Update

Still in the struggle.  Acne is coming back....goodie, goodie, joy, joy!  Feeling pretty much the same as the last time.  I've made the decision to continue to eat well and try as best as i can to stay emotionally sound.  It's been hard but i'm committed to doing it.   My derm has me on soolantra on my chin in the PM and elidel on my chin in the AM for three weeks until the inflammation on my chin goes down.  I'm still on spiro at 150 mg.  I'm dropping down to 125 soon.  Time to get this crap

leelowe1

leelowe1

10/27/18

 

Summer 2018 Update

To anyone that's still reading (probably just me.....lol).  I'm still alive and still dealing with this beast.  I just celebrated my 35th birthday and took the time to reflect on my journey so far and man of man, what a ride.  Acne has really forced me to self examine who I am as a person and to face some hard truths about what my self worth is wrapped up in.  I'm still not where i want to be emotionally, mentally or spiritually, but i haven't given up yet. I recently updated my signature deta

leelowe1

leelowe1

07/27/18

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08/03/18

 

Acne my old friend

It's been a few months since i last posted and i was hoping to have better news but alas, i'm still struggling.  My skin has been pretty shitty since the summer of 2017 and it has yet to recover.  I've had one or two really good weeks since November but mostly it's been pretty knarly.  I started seeing a naturopath in my state and i'm in the process of implementing her recommendations.  So far, blood tests reveal that i am out of range with iodine and iron and on the low end of cholesterol.  She

leelowe1

leelowe1

04/25/18

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04/26/18

 

Back to the struggle

Hi everyone.  So I wanted to wait a while before positing an update to see if things would change but after dealing with this for a while, I figure now would be a good time to update,  I’m breaking out frequently.  It’s inflamed, pus filled at times and occurring mostly around my mouth and chin area.  I recently started tracking again so hopefully in a few months, I may be able to notice a pattern.    I feel utterly gutted.  I just recently turned 34 and for the first time in a long time, I have

leelowe1

leelowe1

11/26/17

 

23 months in

Hi everyone.  I know i haven't been posting updates as frequently but that is due to my keeping up with my other blog on the realself website.  I've been documenting my spiro journey there with pictures and updates every few weeks.  Since my last post, my skin has been in an in between place.  Not clear and not completely and utterly broken out.  I am getting some under the skin large bumps on my right chin and also eczema or rosacea irritation on the sides of my chin and mouth.  My inner cheeks

leelowe1

leelowe1

08/19/17

 

Day (Who is still keep track)

I haven't been on for a while as i've been emersing myself in school.  I'm on my last 3 classes so i can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Speaking of light.......me and my acne are in a good place.  Spiro is working really well and i can say my skin is stable.  I break out pretty normally like around my period but its minor and not as anxiety inducing as it once was.  For my chin which is a mixture of rosacea and some PD, i am using soolantra which has been pretty amazing.  I hard

leelowe1

leelowe1

07/14/17

 

Day # 425

I must be going for some sort of record! 425 days on spiro! Oh what a journey.  I have made many discoveries about myself and my skin which i will discuss in another post but for now, just the facts. Still acne prone, still breaking out but i have discovered via my derm that my chin is most likely a very stubborn case of perioral dermatitis.  Going to be trying soolantra for that so we'll see how that works.  Definitely still dealing with acne.  Not mountains of it, but definitely inflamme

leelowe1

leelowe1

11/25/16

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08/19/17

 

Day # 316

Nightmarish week that's only going down hill. Forehead is breaking out in bumps  It's been a while so it sucks.  My chin and moth are also filled in small and hard pimples plus dry/rough skin.  Spiro has quit on me (not that it was doing such a kick ass job before). My diet is off track and i'm stressed. I feel like i am back at square 1 to be honest.  Nothing else in the derms tool chest for me.....ahhhh.....i guess that's how it goes sometimes.  At this point my focus needs to be staying e

leelowe1

leelowe1

08/08/16

 

Day # 293

Almost 300 days on this journey and i'm still in the same boat as i was then, albeit with a little less heinous acne.   This medication to be fair has lessened the severity of breakouts at times but it's still as ongoing as ever and i've been having pretty consistent eczema to boot.  I gave the oolong tea ( a tea that is suposed help eczema) a try of 3 months and nada.   As of today, I am having a breakout of swollen pimples and closed comedones that extend from my right cheek down to my rig

leelowe1

leelowe1

07/17/16

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08/08/16

 

Day # 260

Well, here we go again.  The cycle begins again and I have had an eczema flare all over.  It's calmed down since this morning but it's still very much there.  New bumps came up (at least 12 micro ones that are red) and I have some cystic action going on on chin.  Feeling like crap BUT still hanging  around my family.  What's the point of hiding in my room all day?  I feel as if i've wasted the last 8 plus months for nothing.  Reaching out to this community for some support.  As far as pharmaceut

leelowe1

leelowe1

05/29/16

 

Day # 225 and beyond....

Hello my people!  Hope everyone is doing well.  My apologies for not updating on here.  I made the choice to have my spiro blog elsewhere because as much as i love the majority of positive people here, the few that take pride in trolling make the whole experience a sour one for me.  If you're interested in my regular updates, just PM and I will send the link.   I am almost at the eighth month mark which makes the one year mark oh so close.  I started out with so much hope and expectations for

leelowe1

leelowe1

04/27/16

 

Day # 214

Period is coming in a day or so acne has ramped up.  Lots of small red bumps and a few large papules.  Eczema itch is becoming unbearable, even with cream.  I see my derm in a month or so and I have decided to start back up with my naturopath.  If anything, i need help getting back into my healthier lifestyle as i've given up and not really watching what i eat as closely as i was before.  I've hit a dead end but surprisingly, i'm not angry or anxious, just disappointed.  I am seeing more and mor

leelowe1

leelowe1

04/03/16

 

Day # 189

I'm 6+ months in and a few weeks into my dosage of 150 mg.  I don't feel any difference or see any in my skin button I've decided for now to just let it ride.  I've begun the process of weening off oracea as its doing nothing for me  so as of right now, I'm taking it every other day.  My face is breaking out in large and small pustules in the usual areas and i'm letting it ride.  The days during my period and after are like clockwork time to see more inflammation, more whiteheads and generally m

leelowe1

leelowe1

03/19/16

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04/28/16

 

Acne has won

After coming home to find 5 more inflamed papules on top of the dozen or so that have come about in a few days.  I give up.   I want to say to hell with it.  I have done EVERYTHING the doctors, holistic practicioners, blogs and books have told me to do.  I have been diligent.  I have been faithful and all I have to show for it is a face that I wish wasn't mine.  I work hard, I love hard, I live the life that is honorable and still I struggle.  My self esteem is shot and I feel like a troll that

leelowe1

leelowe1

03/03/16

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03/27/16

 

Day # 167

My skin has gotten soooooo bad.  Acne on my forehead is insane (6 inflamed suckers and smaller comedones).  breakouts on chin, sides of mouth , cheeks, you name an area, i probably have acne there.  This is the worst i think i've seen my forehead in a while too.  I am so tired of all of this.  As i approach the 6 month mark, I find myself just wanting to give up.  I love my life, i really do and acne is the only frustration i have with it.  I'm not sure why God has given me this burden but I kno

leelowe1

leelowe1

02/27/16

 

Day# 155 - 5 months (100 mg)

I have been on this drug for five months and man of man, what a five months it has been.  I have been taking pictures from the very beginning and as depressing as that has been, it has been great for me keeping perspective.  The acne hasn't stopped at all BUT it has not gotten to the level it was before treatment.  I even have some good days here and there.  I notice that since on spiro, i get more cysts which are terrifying to say the least.  At least with the level of acne i have now, i can le

leelowe1

leelowe1

02/14/16

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02/19/16

 

Day # 141 (100 mg)

My acne has spread so quickly and once again, it is evolving.  I currently have three cystic bumps that are hard as marbles and red.  Add to that a dozen inflamed zits and you have one unhappy chick.  The cystic acne is not new to me but the sheer number and placement is.  I just can't figure out whats happening with my face......i just can't.  It's like i can't win.  In nine days i will officially be in my fifth month.....

leelowe1

leelowe1

02/01/16

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02/14/16

 

Day # 119 Spiro @ 100 mg (month 4)

I'm holding on to hope by a very thin thread.  It's four month on this drug and my skin has been horrendous for the last 9 days and getting worse.  I'm even breaking out on my forehead which is a rarity .  I am getting so many inflamed, super red bumps that take forever to surface ( I have 3-4 at the moment) as well as little clogs that turn around and multiply before developing whiteheads.  My skin is oily and flaky in places, to boot.  The lip bump that went away came back and is getting multi

leelowe1

leelowe1

01/10/16

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01/19/16

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