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leelowe1 last won the day on December 29 2018

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About leelowe1

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  • Birthday 07/22/1983

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    Reading, writing, trying new things, finding my inner strength through this struggle.

    Acne has broken me down but i am hopefully that one day things will get better.

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  1. Spiro can stop working and sometimes, you need a dosage increase. 50 mg is not much. You could wait till the stress has passed to see if your skin bounces back. If it doesn't, you could talk to your derm/doctor about a dosage increase or try to address other factors that may affect your skin such as diet. Contrary to popular, belief, spiro is not a cure all.
  2. leelowe1

    Feeling like a freak

    Hi Paige. Acne can really affect us more than physically. It may help to talk to a therapist and share these feelings. I'm 35 and still dealing with acne. It can weigh on us and make life seem not so enjoyable.
  3. The thing with topical treatments is that they are sometimes unable to penetrate deep down to affect cystic acne. How old are you? I definitely understand not wanting to subject yourself to accutane as it really is a life altering drug. You may want to enlist the help of a naturopath and revisit some options with your derm. A naturopath can help you look into diet a bit more and tailor a plan just for you. I'm sorry that you are dealing with this. Definitely keep us posted.
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    Please help with my skin!

    Have you been to see an actual dermatologist? They will be able to provide stronger medication like a retinoid. I also recommend diet and lifestyle changes in conjunction to skin care. Some people find success with that. You may want to cur or limit dairy and gluten as well as processed foods while adding in many fruits and veggies, good meats and nuts/seeds.
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    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
  6. I've been a member of these forums since 2011 but have been an acne suffer on and off for over 19 years. As an adult who is 35, I have to say that dealing with acne has been ten times more difficult than it was dealing with it as a teen. I am not one to compare myself to others or envy what others have but ever since entering the adult realm still dealing with this, I have found that my self esteem has taken a big hit. I feel as if I am less than with acne and that I am still stuck in a perpe
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    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
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    Holistic Diet for persistent acne

    I can take upwards of 3 month to see some consistent change. Hang in there!
  9. Hey. I would definitely suggest trying other things to treat your acne before resorting to oratane which is an offshoot of name brand accutane. Given your age, your body may need to go through the puberty stage and get this out of your system. But in the meantime, accupuncture is worth a shot. I am not sure how it works but in conjunction with other changes such as diet, skin care, stress management and such, it could be beneficial. Since you mention working out, do you by any chance use Wh
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    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
  11. The placement of the acne suggests that there may be a big hormonal component. And if your menstrual cycle affects your skin to this degree, then it is likely that hormones play a big role. What's your diet and lifestyle like? Have you been tested for PCOS or any other hormonal issues? Are you diabetic or pre diabetic? Topicals can be very helpful but if your acne is caused primarily by internal factors, you will need to get those sorted out to see some consistent relief
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    Holistic Diet for persistent acne

    Great! I like that you are doing it in stages and not trying to change everything all at once. Hopefully you'll keep up with this.
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    When will anything work

    Agreed! Acne is your current situation but it is not your forever situation. Sometimes life seems unfair but you'll get through this. Every day that you get up and go in spite of your skin, is a day that you refuse to allow acne to hold you back. I am in a similar situation where i have been given every test and treatment under the sun and except for accutane and The regimen, my acne has not consistently responded to anything else. It is depressing at times but after 19 years of dealing
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    Spironolactone story and advice?

    Firstly....hang in there. I remember when i started Spiro and my acne got so much worse for the first few months. I didn't see consistent improvement until well after a year. Spiro ended up not being my solution but for others, it can be a miracle worker. Retinoids are known for irritating skin so maybe your derm can put you on the lowest possible concentration and form (ex: differin). As much as you want to stop, give it at least 6 months so you can cross it off your list. Prior to this t
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    Tazorac- better then worse?

    It can take up to 3 months to see consistent progress. Purging also tends to happen in waves. (clear up, breakout, clear up, etc). Hang in there.