Positive Accutane Experiences
Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:36 PM
I went to the dermatologist in October, and while she wanted me to start Accutane then, I was too frightened by the possible side effects, so I went for the "safer" Minocycline/Clindamyacin/Retin-A-Micro approach. This was most certainly one of the worst mistakes of 2008. While the acne in my chin area cleared up, I began breaking out horrible on my cheeks with cystic acne, a place in which I previously NEVER broke out. My acne on the body did not clear and overall the acne everywhere was worse. Retin-A-Micro also caused my skin to dry horribly and get sore and flaky and just overall painful.
After 3 months of this routine, I went back into the derm in December and decided I had to take the chance with Accutane. I waited a month since you have to do the pregnancy test a month prior, but finally started on January 21st, or around that date. Obviously I broke out horribly the first couple months, especially on my cheeks, but at about 3-4 months my body acne subsided almost completely. I still broke out on my face occasionally, all the way up to my 7th month. However, I have been off accutane a good 3 weeks, almost 4, and I have not broken out ONCE! I was put on a very high dosage of accutane because my doctor wanted to try to suppress my oil glands as much as possible.
Overall I would recommend Accutane. It is a process, it takes time, and it's no "quick fix," but if you are seeking a PERMANENT fix that is relatively easy, try it out. While on Accutane I experienced the typical side-effects; dry face, dry/chapped lips, dry skin, dry hair/scalp, cloudy/tired mind, joint pain (only in the last month though, & I work out pretty intensely). The dry skin on the face is NOTHING like the pain that Retin-A-Micro caused however. Be educated on Accutane and its side effects, but if it's your last resort, at least give it a try, it could change your life!!
Posted 21 September 2009 - 07:21 PM
I'm 5'1", 120lbs, Vietnamese
Start Accutane January 2009
First month 10 mg: bad break out.
Second Month 40 mg: Very dry lips and bad break out.
Third - Six Month 40 mg and 80 mg : Bad symptoms. Everything!
Finished July 2009
See my blog and my photos!
Posted 08 October 2009 - 04:21 PM
Moderate acne, 40mg daily for four months, 70kg
I had an interesting accutane experience. No IB, and significant improvement by the end of my course. Unfortunately I was taken off it a few weeks early because of depression (not severe though, never remotely suicidal) and a pounding headache. The headaches stopped immediately, although 2 months later I was prescribed anti depressants, and I am still on them now (2 years later).
However, taking accutane was the best decision Ive ever made. I spent four years thinking about whether to go on it or not. My skin is now great. I may still be taking anti-depressants, but who cares? That shouldnt put anyone off. I am now happier than I ever was before I took accutane (perhaps my dose is too high!). Quite literally, the only real problem is I still have slightly dry lips, but then I had dry lips before I started the course, and aquaphor solves the problem anyway. So really, the only 'side effect' of note is that I have to remember to take a pill every morning- something I am very happy to deal with. The anti depressants themselves have no side effects at all, except that they make me last longer in bed. Oh dear!
I would shout accutane's praises from the rooftops. The biggest regret of my entire life is not taking accutane sooner. I took it in my final year of uni when I was 22. I wish now that I had taken it before uni.
Best of luck to anyone thinking of starting it! Dont forget that nearly everyone who has a negative experience with accutane will post his feelings here, but only a small minority of people who had a great experience will. And yet the positive posts still outnumber the negative ones. Get onboard!
Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:35 PM
I had medium bad acne for about 4 years trying tetracycline and other prescriptions as well as both cheap and expensive skin products with no real result.
February this year I went on treatment with accutane. Started with 40mg and worked my way up to 80mg a day for the last days of my 6 month cure. After around 3 days I noticed that my skin was better, a couple of weeks later I was acne free and this continued for the complete treatment. The only side effect was very dry lips (carried Locobase Repair with me at all times) and a bit dry arms, calves and face (used Propyless a couple of times a day for this).
Now as I said I am 10 weeks post treatment. I have not experienced a single pimple and the only side effect is that I can get blushed from time to time when very stressed and/or nervous. An extremely mild problem compared to acne.
Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:09 PM
I was 25(27 now), white male, 6ft, 150lbs, healthy diet, little/moderate exercise.
Doc put me on a 6 month cycle, starting at 20 and ending on 40(maybe 60?)mg.
About 1 week in, my skin became noticeably less oily. Within 4 weeks, my skin was flawless. My skin remained flawless while on accutane, but about 1-2 months after my skin once again, became oily. As soon as the oil came back, i started to get zits again.
My back never broke out again, my chest and face greatly improved.
I did not have a single negative side effect, not even chapped lips. Well, I had dry lips to begin with, and I regularly used chap stick, so maybe without chap stick, they'd be dry.
No depression. I'd say I was actually not feeling so depressed for once in my life. I felt like the curse had been lifted.
While on accutane, I had alcohol, not enough to get drunk though. No side effect.
My blood tests (cholesterol) were all normal till the last one, but I attribute that to the return of the McRib. Even then, it was only slightly raised.
100% positive experience while on accutane. It just was not a 100% cure for me.
I would go back on it in a second.
And price-wise, it was about $3000-3500 total, which was not so great.
Posted 26 October 2009 - 05:44 AM
but at the end of the second month my face begin to clear more and more at the end of the 3'rd month it was pretty clear .
side effects experienced: dry skin,dry eye , dry and chapped lips ,thin hair ,moodiness , and the most awful sweating too much,redness.
after taking roaccutane my acne cleared up and my skin look healthier ,only very tiny tiny scars but now i'm much better and confident .
so my advice is be strong accutane is so horrible but at the end it worth it, and honestly it'll change ur life.
Posted 29 October 2009 - 02:48 PM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 01:03 PM
really dry skin
super chapped lips
dry eyes, nose
Overall I'm very happy with the results it had on my acne. I wish I would have finished my course back in high school. Life would be nice not having all these scars and serious anxiety to overcome now.
Posted 07 November 2009 - 12:34 AM
For my entire young adult life I battled with hormonal acne, it would come pretty fierce around my period and leave scars and just never seemed to calm down even at the age of 28 and even on birth control and a good skin care regiment. My derm put me on accutane and said that even though I wasnt a great candidate for it (mild acne) that he would put me on to try it bc it really would change my skin forever...
he was right. My oil is gone, my skin feels tighter, my pores are so much smaller, and i have had no big blemishes or marks since. I can wear NO make up and feel confident, its made a world of difference to me. i cant imagine going back to the skin i had six months ago!
The only side effects I had was occasional problems sleeping, the obvious severely chapped lips which sucked, and dry eyes. THat was it, not even an initial break out!
I love accutane, im so glad i did it. A+++ all around!
Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:11 PM
I took Sotret a total of 7 months for mild/moderate but persistent face and back acne. In the 3rd-4th month my acne cleared up completely and I stopped getting any new acne. I've been off Sotret for 4 months now and my acne is still gone (no new spots). No persistent side effects, and my hair and skin are getting some of the oiliness back so they're not dried out anymore. Lips are still a little dry.
Overall a very positive experience.
Posted 25 November 2009 - 10:48 AM
Well it has been a while since I haunted the org but I wanted to come back and share my experience....
About a year ago i started - most predictably - to break out pretty badly again.
For almost a decade I had struggled with acne and had been on endless antibiotics, used every otc product going, as well all the prescription creams, gels etc numerous times. And still the return of my acne was as certain as death and taxes.
I got offered accutane at 17 and I wish to GOD I had done it then - instead of being so scared of the side effects. I listened too much to the horror stories of others instead of using my own judgement and doing what I wanted. The next 7 years of torture could have been avoided...but I prefer to not dwell on that so much!
Anyways when it got bad again about a year ago I had had the last straw. I finally decided to risk it and take accutane.
I finished it about 3 months ago and have been clear since. It wasn't easy though - the sideys were hell. Painful and embarassing is an understatement. LOTS of vaseline and moisturiser, and dry peeling scaly skin and hair loss. My face and lips were so painful at times I couldn't laugh or smile or kiss my fiance. Literally I could NOT smile! And my skin was always red and flushed post box red under fl.lighting - not good in an office! I still go red easily now even just being warm or after washing - but I am EXTREMELY pale anyways!! Buuuut...7 months of that mini hell was worth it i feel to be break out hell free now! I can't emphasise enough how acne ruined my adolescence and shaped me into the insecure and low self esteemed being I am today. I just wish I'd done it all those years ago and things would be so different for me today.
But back to not dwelling.
I will say though, that there have been negative consequences....unfortunately I was stupid and over exercised my joints during my treatment. This has left me in pain which is very extreme some days. My neck, spine, lower back, knees, elbows, ankles, wrists......sometimes I can't sleep because they ache so bad. I can't walk for miles like I used to, I can't use my treadmill instead I use a trampoline (cos I can't not exercise at all - I like to punish myself I guess!) A lot of this is my fault though, so I try not to moan too much to my partner although I'm sure he wouldn't agree lol. I take a lot of pain killers and I take glucosamine and msm (when i remember) and hopefully I won't feel like an OAP forever!!!
Overall I wish I had listened to my heart and braved through the drug back then instead of wasting all this time and life. I feel so incredibly good about myself - finally! I just got a fringe which I was always too scared to do before cos of my skin and I have never felt so good about myself and my skin (It is NOT perfect!) but I finally feel beautiful and confident again and good enough for anyone!
Sorry for rambling but I hope this helps those who are on the fence like I was for all those years!
P.S I should really address the mood changes - yes I experienced low mood and depression but I am prone to that anyway. There are the well known links to suicide with this drug and this is one of the reasons I declined it - because my dad had committed suicide a few months before I got offered it. I was so depressed because of my skin anyway that I worried about what I 'might' do on this drug after what dad had just done. Well, the reality is that had I taken it I would have experienced a happier mood once my acne cleared and before any serious scarring, I just didn't think of it like this until now. This doesn't go for everyone - I'm just saying this is how I feel about myself personally. My mood lifted at the end of the treatment cos my acne had cleared. I have admittedly have felt suicidal before but this drug never pushed any of these thoughts to the forefront.
Thanks for reading this essay! lol Feel free to pm me if you want to ask anything at all. x
Posted 02 December 2009 - 06:05 AM
In a nutshell, it worked.
Ill begin by talking about the side effects, the dry skin is as bad as you think it will be. Its horrible, i would apply moisturiser and 10 minutes later my face felt stiff, tight and dry again. I had to take moisturiser and lip balm with me everywhere.
Apart from that, i had no mood changes, no IB, nothing.
You need to keep going at, 3months in i had seen no improvement and the side effects kick in from about a week on the drug. At that point i promised myself i would not go on it for any longer! But at my 4 month check up, literally the night before i went back to see my derm i was checking myself out in the mirror and i noticed my back was almost 100% clear, i had a load of scars but i was pretty shocked. My chest WAS 100% clear, pity i had seen no change on my face.
So when i went to see him he wanted me to go for an extra 2 months on it, so i crumbled and agreed.
At the end of the 2months my back and chest are both completely clear of acne. As for my face, well.
I used to be very cyst prone, and i havnt had any new ones for a while, so i can only assume it cleared up the underlying problem. It didnt however, have any effect on the cysts i already had. After finishing all 6 months i told this to my derm who then treated the remaining cysts by either draining them or giving me some kind of deep freeze treatment.
So right now the 2 cysts on my face are almost gone, and im hoping, by starting the regimen. I can keep clear forever!
So i would reccomend accutane. Its brutal no doubt about it, but if you have acne as severe as mine the side effects are not much worse than dealing with the acne. It might not work for you but it helps, my derm mentioned that now the accutane has dramatically reduced the size of my glands, other anti-biotics i tried from my GP would now be hugely more effective, should my acne come back.
If you do try it, good luck!
Edited by FML, 02 December 2009 - 06:07 AM.
Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:39 PM
Well I took accutane 1 year ago aprox, I was on 20 mg per day for 8 months. I believe that my acne was develop by consuming bad shake protein to gain weight, and a terrible eating habit.
While I was on the medicine I tried to be as responsible as possible, what i mean is that i didn't consume any kind of alcohol (not even beer) and I didn't do exercise or activities that may damage my body. Most of the time i was in my house, school and going out with my friends but nothing else. My side effect while i was on accutane was back pain and dried lips, it was also not necessary to took out my contact glasses even if my dermatologist told me because i didn't feel any dried at my eyes, also my skin was not dried and my face was not producing any oil at all (which was good).
Today, 1 year after accutane, I'm here telling you that I took the best decision of my life because it really change It. I go out with my friends every weekend and I also have a girlfriend, at school everyone tries to be nice with me.
The side effect i have today are ****none*****
I'm probable very lucky but thanks god im a healthy person.
IF YOU HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING AND YOUR ACNE IS severe please don't hesitate to take accutane it will change your life. And please be responsible while you are in the medicine, remember its only 6-8 months you need to take care and will be worth it for ever.
Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:39 PM
I tried a bunch of stuff both OTC and Rx, none of those things had as much of an impact as did Accutane. If you have acne that doesn't respond to anything you tried and are fed up with it, you should definitely consider taking it and weigh out the pros and cons.
Posted 09 December 2009 - 03:57 AM
I did have an initial breakout, a bad one, and I got the dry skin and ridiculously dry lips, plus a few aches and pains, but that was it. It's not a pleasant drug to take, but compared to the amount of good it did to my skin and my quality of life it was absolutely, 100% worth it. I suffer from severe recurring depression, and my psychiatrist was not particularly happy for me to take it, but although there was a risk I could feel worse for a few months, the acne made me so depressed that it was worth it.
To anyone considering it, I would say this. Don't judge isotretinoin/accutane by what you hear online. For all those horror stories you hear, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people who have taken it safely and seen a huge improvement who just don't go online and talk about it. Yes there is a risk, you do need to be aware of that risk. But remember that it's a very small risk, and the chance of success is very, very high. If you've tried other treatments and your acne just won't go away, then you should absolutely consider trying it.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 04:03 PM
I, like my son started getting bad acne around 13. Accutane (Roaccutane in Aust.) wasn't around when I was a teen & I only found out about it when I was in my early 30's. Roaccutane had only just come out when I started so there wasn't a whole lot of negative press out there... nor was the internet.
As for myself, I can't remember having any bad side effects at the time so I guess I was lucky in that respect. Bottom line is it worked and I did the complete 6 month course. Now 47 still clear most of the scaring went in a year or so. Unfortunately where the infection of the acne caused depressions in the flesh I still have those but no dark scarring. Having read a lot of the negative stuff on this site I have to say I could also say similar things but like Acne these things could also be hereditary. My Father had Acne he also had stomach problems, tendinitis, and a few other problems. I have tendinitis, sore joints, stomach problems but not Acne thanks to the Accutane. Apart from other age related gripes I can't think of anything I would definitely attribute to the Accutane.
Now my son. He started the course one month ago and his skin is most definitely worse. I am confident however that it will turn around and having read other comments on this site I know to keep an eye on him to make sure it's not causing him any visible damage.
I'll add another comment in a month or so to update.....
thanks to all the others out there who have added comments... good and bad. Helps us all make decisions..
Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:10 AM
I started getting terrible acne at the age of 14(about 30 huge cyst on my face NO BS) I tried BP, proactiv, murad, over the counter products etc. I went to the dermatologist when I was 15 and she mentioned accutane, told me to look it up, and prescribed me some antibiotics. The antibiotics didn't work, because I only used it for a week before giving up. I did look up accutane(misspelling it "accutine") but didn't pursue it because the derm did tell me about the side effects(depression, suicide). The side effects did scare me because I was already depressed from having acne and was having suicidal thoughts. So basically I didn't do anything for my acne until I turned 17. About a week or two before my birthday, I decided to take action and do something about my acne. So I did some research and the drug Accutane popped up in the search engine. I read the positive and the negative results and decided to go forward knowing I was mentally strong enough to handle whatever were to happen to me while on Accutane.
I went to the dermatologist a week after my birthday and demanded I get Accutane thinking the dermatologist would deny me. Surprisingly, she didn't. She told me about the side effects, asked if I was depressed or suicidal which I smilingly said "no" although I was lying. I had to take a blood test, sign up for IPLEDGE and wait 30 days before starting.
The first few days after starting Accutane, I didn't see or feel any changes. However, after about a week and a half, my skin changed for the better. My skin got really dry(used moisturizer), ALL the black heads on my nose starting coming out(freaky & awesome), ALL my cyst(new and old) started going down and leveling with my skin. I was blown the fuck away. I kept saying to myself "holy fucking shit, why didn't I use this earlier? WHY DID I WASTE 3 years of my life not doing anything?" I was filled with regret and excitement at the same time. I never had a breakout while on Accutane, maybe 2 - 3 relatively small pimples around the 4th month but it went away about 4 days later. I was on Accutane for 6 months and do not regret taking it at all. I have been off it for 2 years+ and have not had a pimple that mattered to me like the ones that used to. I do get a few small pimple here and there but they go away in a week or so.
My advice for those who are thinking about going on Accutane is, make sure you are mentally prepared for whatever is to come. I got lucky because I did not get an initial breakout, you may not be so lucky. Be firm in your choice of going on Accutane, research it, and do not wait. I wish I can go back in time, but I can only move forward. I have scars from the acne I endured, so I'm trying to heal that.
SIDE EFFECT I GOT FROM ACCUTANE(besides the common dry lips & skin) -
During the last month on accutane, I got a bladder infection. I started peeing out some nasty red jello-looking blood. I went to the doctor, took some pills and it was gone within a week.
I think, not positive, that accutane receding my hairline(on the corners). I can't say for sure because I do not remember how my hairline looked right before accutane. I wish I did. I know how it looked 2 years before accutane though and my hairline definitely receded but not sure it was caused by accutane or genetics. Though, for someone so young, my hairline shouldn't be receding. So, I'm guessing it was caused by accutane. I can live with this though because no one has commented negatively on my hair. In fact, I've gotten compliments multiple times on my hair which confuses me but whatever.
Edited by ItHurtsToLook, 27 December 2009 - 06:12 AM.
Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:09 AM
Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:04 AM
I am so thankful I went on this drug. Nothing else had worked until Accutane.
Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:57 AM
On Accutane for 4 months, 40mg per day.
Side Effects: Skin Dryness/Peeling
My experience with Accutane was very positive overall. It made my acne slightly worse at first, but not significantly worse, in my experience. Then my skin cleared up! The dry skin was definately present, and I had to be very consistent with moisturizing. The dryness was the worst around my mouth, and often I would put vaseline on the area before bed. With dryness comes skin peeling, which can just be awkward in public. To manage this, I would make regular trips to the bathroom to just check up, and rub away any peeling skin in the middle of the day so it wouldn't flake off when I was talking to someone, or something! This was not really that inconvenient, just a precaution to manage the dryness.
And that's basically the only side effect I had to deal with. After I stopped Accutane my moderate acne eventually came back (Accutane is not a cure, after all) but I no longer get cysts. For people with bad cystic acne, this can really help you and change your skin. For people with just moderate acne, it will help while you're on it, but you will probably see a lot of that come back once you're off it again. Just discuss it with your doctor and see what their suggestions are.
Overall, my experience was definately positive. I mean, a little dryness and peeling can happen anyway...not to downplay the effects of Accutane--that's the dryest and the peely-est I've ever been, but it's small price to pay, and its easily managed with simple changes to your routine.
For anyone who is experiencing other bad side effects besides dryness, I would think you should decrease your dosage. I know a lot of doctors like to increase people's dosages gradually to try and nuke the acne away, but the fact is that for most people, Accutane will not be a cure, and some newer studies have shown that larger dosages don't actually help more. Also, some people, after taking an initial major course, decrease to taking just a few pills per week, and this has also be shown to possibly be effective as a maintenance possibility. Basically what I'm trying to say is that a higher dosage might have more cons than pros, and you shouldn't feel bad if you have to take a lower dose to get rid of some side effects, because it might work just as well.
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