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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

Thanks, I really hope i do finally!!

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:50 PM

I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Ahh shucks, thanks! Haha, my confidence level is kinda shot right now though from the acne all these years and nothing working, but hopefully this all works out and i'll have my clear skin soon enough finally. Thanks, I'll definitely do those things and try to stay busy so this course will hopefully fly by for me.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:56 PM


I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Ahh shucks, thanks! Haha, my confidence level is kinda shot right now though from the acne all these years and nothing working, but hopefully this all works out and i'll have my clear skin soon enough finally. Thanks, I'll definitely do those things and try to stay busy so this course will hopefully fly by for me.


I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Ahh shucks, thanks! Haha, my confidence level is kinda shot right now though from the acne all these years and nothing working, but hopefully this all works out and i'll have my clear skin soon enough finally. Thanks, I'll definitely do those things and try to stay busy so this course will hopefully fly by for me.


How old are you? I am in my early 20s. I am a guy. We aren't suppose to be sissies but, its difficult on a guy too. I know there is a desire for equality in society but, girls still want the man to approach. One of the shitty experiences is with dating. Meeting someone I like and canceling plans cause of a break out or bad pimple. Last year, I was seeing a girl and I cancelled a few times. She took it that I wasn't interested. Long story short, her friend told me, she is fucking around with some new guy. She doesn't like him and he stalks her. Story of my life.

My dermatologist told me that, it wasn't meant to be, and that, it would likely happen either way. Do you read any self help? I am starting my log next week with accutane. I am excited. I am sure you guys will have advice for me. Tips and stuff. Feel free to pm me if you ever need a friend.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:18 AM

Im gonna be 18 here pretty soon, so your a little older. And yeah i definitely understand its hard for guys too, not just girls. And oh man.. im so sorry to hear that:/ Thats a real sucky situation for sure. And not too much, i did for a little when i was going through a hard time but havent much lately now. Maybe i should again to help with the low self esteem acne situation. Haa and oh really, i thought you couldnt get accutane but thats awesome then!

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 14 April 2012 - 12:20 AM.

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:33 AM

I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Indeed! She's very pretty. I agreed with you! Eat healthy and keep self busy for the time pass by. When I get acne, I just play games all day. I play League of legends which is like dota. One match takes about 35-40 min to finish. I never think about my skin during the battle 'cause I have to focus. It helps a lot :)
Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.
Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.
Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!
I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:33 PM


I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Indeed! She's very pretty. I agreed with you! Eat healthy and keep self busy for the time pass by. When I get acne, I just play games all day. I play League of legends which is like dota. One match takes about 35-40 min to finish. I never think about my skin during the battle 'cause I have to focus. It helps a lot Posted Image


Thank you :) Yes, that's what I'm definitely gonna try to do. I like being busy anyways :P Yeah I'm not really a gamer, haha but I know a tonnn of guys who do the same thing. For me, its my guitar. I focus so much on the chords and getting it right I completely forget about my face, which is awesome. Then its back to reality when im done.. haa. But thanks for the tips! :)

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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http://www.acne.org/...25#entry3232925


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:40 PM

Day 6:

Soo its almost a week now and I still don't even feel like im on the drug. Is it normal to not have any side effects yet? My lips aren't chapped at all yet, my skins not too try, my amount of acne hasn't increased much or decrease at all. No headaches, not thirsty at all yet.. I just always see people having side effects or seeing a small difference at least at like day 3 already, while I still haven't. My hip on the left side has been hurting pretty bad the last day though for some reason, and I havent worked out at all lately, but I dont know if I should really blame Accutane..
I mean I guess thats a really good thing I have no side effects, but at least with some side effects I can tell that its in there and working. Haha i dont know, I'm weird I guess.

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 15 April 2012 - 02:00 PM.

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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http://www.acne.org/...25#entry3232925


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

I wouldn't start fretting over lack of change after 6 days. I personally had a hideous initial flare-up in the first 2 weeks, but beyond that my skin change has been extremely gradual. It's not like you'll wake-up one morning and be like "ahhh shit my skin's so dry it's turned me into some reptilian monster with scales, but on the plus side my acne's completely disappeared!" Patience is key. I know how frustrating it is early on, particularly if you end up being one of the 'worse before it gets better' people, but believe me the waiting gets easier after the first few weeks when you allow yourself just to get on with taking the pills and accepting that there is nothing you can do now except wait, and that every day you wait, even though you might not see improvement, is a step towards clear skin Posted Image

I'm 7 weeks in, and still getting the odd few spots. Annoying but you just have to not panic. Easier said than done I know. The only side-effect I've had except for dryness is back ache, and these both took 2-3 weeks to properly set in. Anyway I say hobbling around like a senile pensioner for a few months is a small price to pay for trouble-less skinPosted Image

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

I was nine days in before I noticed dry lips and my face is only just starting to dry up so give it a little longer.
Haven't had a noticeable IB or clear up either so easy to wonder whether this is working, but remember it's a course over several months and loads of people don't find things getting better for a while, just gotta stick it out

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

I really want to start accutane but i'm really scared Posted Image i just turned 18 like a month ago and like you needamiracle, i have been trying everything and anything else to cure my acne. nothing has worked... i have read all the horror stories and they scare the HELL out of me... but it's kinda my last hope. the way i am living now, its pretty much like i'm dead. I stay in my house all day, lost a shit load of friends and won't even see my family because of my acne.and also have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) Posted Image i'm stuck on what i should do

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:39 AM

I wouldn't start fretting over lack of change after 6 days. I personally had a hideous initial flare-up in the first 2 weeks, but beyond that my skin change has been extremely gradual. It's not like you'll wake-up one morning and be like "ahhh shit my skin's so dry it's turned me into some reptilian monster with scales, but on the plus side my acne's completely disappeared!" Patience is key. I know how frustrating it is early on, particularly if you end up being one of the 'worse before it gets better' people, but believe me the waiting gets easier after the first few weeks when you allow yourself just to get on with taking the pills and accepting that there is nothing you can do now except wait, and that every day you wait, even though you might not see improvement, is a step towards clear skin Posted Image

I'm 7 weeks in, and still getting the odd few spots. Annoying but you just have to not panic. Easier said than done I know. The only side-effect I've had except for dryness is back ache, and these both took 2-3 weeks to properly set in. Anyway I say hobbling around like a senile pensioner for a few months is a small price to pay for trouble-less skinPosted Image


Yes I know it is not just some overnight cure :( Which would be awesome if that could ever happen!! Hahah but yes thanks for the tips. I know I just have to be patient, but like you said its so frustrating. I have dealt with this for so many years and just want to finally see at least a little improvement. But I mean if this Accutane ends up working for me, then it is completely worth the wait. Haha yes for me I would also say hobbling around is worth it! ;) So you said you still get some odd spots.. does that mean your face really doesn't get much acne anymore right now?

I was nine days in before I noticed dry lips and my face is only just starting to dry up so give it a little longer.
Haven't had a noticeable IB or clear up either so easy to wonder whether this is working, but remember it's a course over several months and loads of people don't find things getting better for a while, just gotta stick it out


Yeah actually today, day 7, I have noticed their a little more chapped. Still waiting on more dry skin to come. (Which is fine with me) haha cuz dry skin is sooo annoying to me. I'm always moisturizing everywhere though so I'm hoping that will help. Yeah you definitely have a point there. I still have so many more months left; I just need to be patient and wait it out. Thanks!

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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http://www.acne.org/...25#entry3232925


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

I really want to start accutane but i'm really scared Posted Image i just turned 18 like a month ago and like you needamiracle, i have been trying everything and anything else to cure my acne. nothing has worked... i have read all the horror stories and they scare the HELL out of me... but it's kinda my last hope. the way i am living now, its pretty much like i'm dead. I stay in my house all day, lost a shit load of friends and won't even see my family because of my acne.and also have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) Posted Image i'm stuck on what i should do


First of all, I'm so sorry you're dealing with all this Posted Image Acne's such a bitch and can ruin your life. I also was a total shut-in for a while when mine was at a super bad point. Now it has sort of calmed down after I stopped using the harsh creams from the derm. You just have to try your best not to think about it and dwell over it too much. You yourself notices it wayyy more than everyone else does. But I know first-hand thats much easier said than done. I know exactly how you feel too with being terrified with Accutane and its side effects. My derm told me multiple times to go on it, but I automatically said no. I spent years researching it then and all the horrible stories left my decision the same.

Then a few months ago I saw one of my cousins for the first time in years and I remembered they always had the worst skin ever. This time, their face was flawless, I was shocked. I asked them what they used, since we both have been with acne forever. He answered with Accutane and said he loved it and it gave him a whole new life. At that moment i envied him so much. After that I was still thinking about it so much and starting researching all about Accutane again. I started looking at positive stories and it filled me with so much hope. I was just at that breaking point and so completely done with my skin, so I took the plunge. I also used everything else at the derm. (including lazer and extraction treatments too that cost so freaking much and hurt like shiiiiittt) so I had no other choices. I went to the derm soon and got all signed up for it.

I now have been on it only a week, so I am not the best person to ask my opinion on it, since I still have yet to see if it works on me. But Im just saying, if your at that point where you've completely lost yourself to acne and nothing else has worked, go for it. You'll get that life back when it works. Yes, there are side effects, but they're rare. EVERY medication has side effects you must be aware of. But this is your decision, so you don't have to listen to me. Ultimately it comes down to you and how you wanna handle your body. Honestly it just depends how desperate you are for clear skin. I know I would do like anything at this point, so thats why I made the choice. I don't read the horror stories anymore either, only positive ones. Of course Im not naive to them, I know of them all and their always in the back of mind. But now I just need to focus on being positive and not freaking myself out while im on the course already cuz that will just make things much worse.

God damn, I'm so sorry for that whole novel I just wrote... I probably put you to sleep D: hahah i just really wanted to help you out and explain everything out and how i finally made the decision, because I was in your exact spot before. I also hope others might read this and it will help them with their choice too. Best of luck to you Posted Image

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 16 April 2012 - 11:04 AM.

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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http://www.acne.org/...25#entry3232925


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:13 PM


I think you well. You are really cute too. Just be positive. Eat well. Workout. Do a run. Keep busy. The time will pass by.


Indeed! She's very pretty. I agreed with you! Eat healthy and keep self busy for the time pass by. When I get acne, I just play games all day. I play League of legends which is like dota. One match takes about 35-40 min to finish. I never think about my skin during the battle 'cause I have to focus. It helps a lot Posted Image


Its fucked pardon my french the way people think of themselves (not even talking about her specifically but more myself). While we walk around or feel like the elephant man or a freak show, people are interested, and yet, our confidence and self esteem is attacked by a disease and our own thinking. I am ashamed at how low I find myself. I think we are usually harder critics then the rest of the world and if someone were to attack us about our skin, they would have to be pretty insecure, and a messed up person to reach such a low to have to act out this way.

I really want to start accutane but i'm really scared Posted Image i just turned 18 like a month ago and like you needamiracle, i have been trying everything and anything else to cure my acne. nothing has worked... i have read all the horror stories and they scare the HELL out of me... but it's kinda my last hope. the way i am living now, its pretty much like i'm dead. I stay in my house all day, lost a shit load of friends and won't even see my family because of my acne.and also have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) Posted Image i'm stuck on what i should do


I am in my early 20s. It was like the moment I hit puberty, a flip was switched, and i have been battling this stuff for awhile. Some of the social events, parties, dates, living I have put off or missed out on cause of my skin. At this point, I refuse to not live, and I just have to accept what is. I have been trying for accutane for awhile now but, originally, when it wast first prescribed by my family doctor, I declined it which I not regret.

I am concerned too but, it depends on how bad you want clear skin and how severe your acne is. If you get cystic or nodular acne, the type that can scar if not treated, your probably better off going on accutane in my opinion. I am not a doctor so, I cannot help you but, as much of a health fanatic as I maybe, scars are for life. You may have them treated, they can make the look better then they turn out but, "make it look better" is not the same as it not being present.

I would literally give up years, decade off my life if it meant clear skin but, this isn't how it works. I think it was like moonbase stated about a gut problem but, my hormones do not regulate properly, and my testosterone is really high. It helps for working out but, in terms of looks, it receeds hair or can thin a males hair, and just sucks. My hairline is good fortunately. Good luck.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

"Yes I know it is not just some overnight cure Posted Image Which would be awesome if that could ever happen!! Hahah but yes thanks for the tips. I know I just have to be patient, but like you said its so frustrating. I have dealt with this for so many years and just want to finally see at least a little improvement. But I mean if this Accutane ends up working for me, then it is completely worth the wait. Haha yes for me I would also say hobbling around is worth it! Posted Image So you said you still get some odd spots.. does that mean your face really doesn't get much acne anymore right now?"

Ironically as of today, literally just today, I can definitively say that I do not have one actual active spot on my face. Yeah sure still got the red marks, but they'll go away.. eventually. Up until today's landmark moment I was getting 3-4 deep-ish ones a week for the last month or so. Not so bad in reality, but annoying nonetheless. Shame the improvement can't be said of my back, woke up this morning feeling like my spine was encased in concrete. If you've ever wondered what that might feel like this smiley does a good job of summing it up...Posted Image

Anyway, do hope your accutane course is a success! Just keep the long-term goal in mind, if your skin turns shitty for a few days (highly likely) then don't worry, all part of the processPosted Image

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

I really want to start accutane but i'm really scared Posted Image i just turned 18 like a month ago and like you needamiracle, i have been trying everything and anything else to cure my acne. nothing has worked... i have read all the horror stories and they scare the HELL out of me... but it's kinda my last hope. the way i am living now, its pretty much like i'm dead. I stay in my house all day, lost a shit load of friends and won't even see my family because of my acne.and also have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) Posted Image i'm stuck on what i should do


Heck, I would be your friend and try to make you happy. I know some day you'll have clear skin. My skin isn't very bad as most people here, but it effect me badly.
I am like you, I don't visit family, go outside to enjoy the weather (it's been nice outside..) I stay home playing games which helps not to think about acne, also the time goes by fast. I don't read, study at all, etc.. cause it doesn't help Posted Image I do need to study though. Four more weeks to go and I am on vacation from college. I plan not to register in the summer because of skin.. grr.. I won't be able to enjoy this summer. The sun aiming my skin... skin looks terrible when the sun is aiming at my face. I think I only have like 4-5 active ones, but lots of redness... especially on forehead since I broke out like crazy. I also keep breaking on the cheek.. on the same area. I got 2 medium size pimples there, but it isn't painful.. thank goodness. It is when I touch it. I couldn't take it anymore so I went back to BP, but only using it as a spot treatment for now. I tried my best not to add chemicals on my skin, but failed.

Edited by EddieE, 17 April 2012 - 09:12 AM.

Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.
Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.
Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!
I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:43 PM

Awh man all the posts I put on here today got deleted due to the website starting over Posted Image

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:22 PM

mrjarjarbink77: Yeah it's honestly such a shame how much acne can ruin a person and all of their self esteem :( No matter what people say to you, you still feel the same because you have to look at it and deal with it every single day. I really start to get so mad at myself cuz i am just constantly critiquing everything (mostly my skin), but honestly i won't stop doing that till i finally have my clear skin.

Peck: Haha yeah that is sort of ironic, but good!! :) Ooh yeah those month long ones definitely don't sound good at all... At least you don't have any at the moment! Yeah i've never had back acne fortunately, (knock on wood) so i can't say i know how that is. But it sounds horrible :/
Thankyou! Yes, if it clears up in the end then it will all be worth it. :)

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:07 AM

Soo anyone else ever experience this on Accutane...?

My acne HURTS. Like i mean a weird hurt. I always get the sore, tender ones that hurt to touch like here and there, but these are different since Accutane. They sting. Like almost an itchy, burny feeling. Like if i pick at one of my zits it burnsss like HELL afterwards. Or when I touch them with my makeup sponge they just like sting. Anyone else get this feeling or am i just a total weirdo..? O.o


Oh and look whos a veteran member now Posted Image ahaha i feel old.

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 19 April 2012 - 12:08 AM.

Accutane: my journey to clear skin

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:23 AM

Soo anyone else ever experience this on Accutane...?

My acne HURTS. Like i mean a weird hurt. I always get the sore, tender ones that hurt to touch like here and there, but these are different since Accutane. They sting. Like almost an itchy, burny feeling. Like if i pick at one of my zits it burnsss like HELL afterwards. Or when I touch them with my makeup sponge they just like sting. Anyone else get this feeling or am i just a total weirdo..? O.o


Oh and look whos a veteran member now Posted Image ahaha i feel old.


I know what you mean about the ones which sting, I accidently brushed past one with my hand and suddenly it felt like being pricked with a hot needle