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  1. Can you guys please post pics? Before/After ones would be great. Thanks!
  2. Post Accutane Update & *PICS*

    Awesome, thanks for the update! Your skin looks great, so glad it all worked out well for you. We need to hear more stories like this, imo! Very inspirational .
  3. Thanks for posting pics. TBH I don't think your hair looks thin, nor does your part look abnormally wide. I've seen much worse, on ppl who probably wouldn't say anything's wrong w their hair. Do you really think you lost 1/3 of your hair? IMO if that was the case, your hair would be much thinner...Do you have any before pics to compare? From your previous posts, the number of hairs you say you've been loosing, and the alarm at which you've stated your situation, one would think your hair was much thinner...again, it looks normal to me. I suppose the only way to really judge it is with a before pic...can you post one? What has your dermatologist said? Do they agree w your assessment of the situation? What does everyone else think?
  4. Hi, I'm 34 as well, and have had persistent mild-moderate acne pretty much my whole adult life. I use tretinoin .01% gel at night and clindamycin gel in the morning. I use cerava face cleanser. I use to use BP 2.5% in the morning, and the combo of BP and tretinoin was effective in controlling my acne. I rarely am 100% clear, but i've been able to manage w a few active blemishes, and the occasional cyst (or two :/). I switched to clindamycin in the morning because I thought the BP and tretinoin was aggrevating my skin...it helped controlled my acne (but never 100% clear), but my skin always looked dry and unhealthy. Switching, I've def feel my skin looks less irritated, and it's almost as effective. When I was a teen and in my early 20s, I used differin gel at night, which is basically tretinoin, and benzaclyin in the morning (bp plus clyndamycin). It was very effective, I was very clear at that time. However, as I got older, my skin could no longer tollerate the strength of those meds. So I tried different strengths, and settled on the most gentle strength of tretinoin, which is .01% gel. Speaking just for myself, I find the .01% gel is the most effective on my skin. So I have had success using tretinoin. Unfortunately, my skin is never completely clear, but it's managable. But after over 18 years of using topicals, and no end in sight, I have to admit, I'm getting fed up with even mild acne, and sadly I can't say tretinoin has cleared me 100%, but it's one of the best topical I've tried. Hope that helps.
  5. Hey Chicanery, and others who experienced this, can you post pics of your hair so we can see what you're talking about? Thanks!
  6. Sorry to hear you're having such a tough time. Can you post a pic of your dry thinning and brittle hair? So we can see what you are talking about? Obviously you can't post a pic of your IBS, but seeing your hair would help assess your situation and it's severity, and I think it would be very helpful to people. Thanks!
  7. Chicanery, and others, would you be willing to post pics of your hair loss? Even a before pic for comparison. I think it would be really helpful. We read a lot of these types of posts, but rarely does anyone even post a pic. Again, I think it would be a great help in understanding it and seeing exactly what you're talking about. Thanks!
  8. Some reassurance - hair shedding

    Hows it going w/ you? Do you think you are still shedding? Do you think there is a noticable difference in your hair? An update would be great. Thanks!
  9. How long and what dosage are you on? How long have you been on it? Care to share your experience so far? Any side effects? Hows ur skin looking? I think it would be helpful. Thanks .
  10. Help needed :(

    Hi pjames, Unfortunately, I don't think myself or anyone here is really qualified to tell you what to do next. It's also hard to comment since there isn't a "before" pic. I'd say if you haven't seen real results after a good amount of time, go back to your doctor and ask him what the next step is. Also, from years of seeing dermatologists and suffering from chronic acne, I'd say don't be afraid to try a new doctor. Even research doctors online and find ones with good reviews, etc. Sometimes dermatologists don't give you the attention they should, or run their practice like a conveyor belt, or continue to prescribe things that just aren't working. But I'd talk to your doctor, tell them your concerns, and see what they say. And if you continue to not see results, go to another doctor. And be patient. We tend to panic when it comes to acne, but that NEVER helps. Best of luck!
  11. Start of accutane 1/20/16

    Hey, any update? Are you finished w the course? How has your skin been? Any new side effects (hopefully not!). If youre done w/ the course, have you seen continued improvement? Thanks!
  12. Accutane encouragement for mild acne

    Any update? Thanks!
  13. Accutane log 2016

    Hey Yung Raptor, hows it going? Anything new to report? BTW how long is your course? An update would be awesome! Thanks!!
  14. I'm in a similar boat as you, but I'm 34, and have been on topicals for 18 years, and for periods of time, oral antibiotics. I'm also never clear, but I would say my acne is maybe more mild than yours, although it use to be much worse. U def have more bumps than me, my average is maybe 4-5, possibly less if I'm having a good week. I'll get maybe 1-2 cysts every 3-4 months. I've also developed some sebaceous hyperplasia lesions, which are basically bumps/clogged pores that dont go away, and need to be burned off, but they look like acne. My pores are pretty large and my skin pretty oily too. Overall, my skin frustrates the hell out of me. As I've gotten older, I've noticed that harsh topicals seemed to aggervate my acne, and when I switched to milder strengths/products, I saw an improvement. I use tretinoin gel .01% at night (I actually just switched to .025% this week to see if it's more effective, but have been using .01 for a few years w decent results), and clindamycin gel in the morning. I was using benzoyl peroxide in the morning for years, but I think the harshness of the two was somewhat counter productive. I have been considering Accutane for YEARS. I still am. My old doctor actually recommended it when I was 23 and had much worse acne. But at the time I was too afraid because of all the stuff I read on the internet :/. I kinda wish I had done it, but I try not to dwell on it. I've really soul searched about this. Is it worth the risks? Am I just being vain? I still don't know. I'm taking it slow and seeing how I do with .025% tretinoin, and I want to give it enough time to work, or not work. I looked up derms who take my insurance, and then looked up each one, and tried to find out via their websites or reviews, whether they are open to prescribing accutane for mild chronic adult acne. I found a few in my area, some who seem to really feel positively about it. Perhaps you should talk to your dermatologist, and if they are not keen about it, research new ones. I'd also say that reading peoples horror stories can be somewhat debilitating. It's necessary to know the risks, but people can often exaggerate or speak from a place of authority, when they are not an authority at all. For every horror story there are a lot of positive ones, so I try to read those stories as well. There are a lot of positive stories in the review/rating section for accutane on this website. And there are a lot of medical studies online worth reading, even ones specifically about treating mild chronic acne w accutane. I also try to listen to what doctors say...they really are authorities on this. Here are a couple articles I found helpful, that follow someone w mild but chronic adult acne. The second article is a followup after she finished the course: http://fashionista.com/2013/09/everything-about-accutane http://fashionista.com/2014/02/accutane-side-effects-advice At the end of the day I think it's a very personal decision, that needs to be made by really weighing the pros and cons, and deciding whats best for you and your life. Good luck!
  15. Has anyone used Clindamycin lotion?

    I'm using clindamycin gel in the morning and tretinoin gel at night. It's ok. I use the gel because i find the lotion makes my face really greasy. The gel does too to an extent, but much less so. I'm in my 30s, so I like it because it's not harsh on my skin. I was using Benzoyl Peroxide in the morning before it, for quite some time, with about the same results, but it made the parts of my skin w/out acne dry and irritated looking. This doesn't dry out the skin, so I think overall my skin looks less irritated. I've only been using it a few months. It hasn't cleared my face completely, but it's kept things at bay. I think my skin looks better simply because it's more gentle than BP. The only way to know if it will give you diarrhea is by trying it. I actually get diarrhea very easily, since I was a kid, and I can't say I've noticed any reaction to the clindmycin.
  16. Can you tell us where you got this information? Is this how your doctor explained it? What exactly has your doctor said? I'm asking because it sounds like a scientific explanation, and unless you have a credible source, like your doctor, how do you know it's accurate?
  17. Can anyone make a recommendation? Thanks!!