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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

When I was watching 'I'm a Celebrity' (it was just on. Don't judge me) I was shocked to hear people talking about Helen Flannigan's acne. Especially Eric's negative comments on it. I've not really heard acne talked about on the TV before.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

I thought it was a pretty good documentary. I felt it did come across a bit anti-Roaccutane at times, but there were positive comments for Roaccutane sprinkled through the program. I felt real sympathy for Jesse who was featured - I remember hiding the angst of acne from my parents and feeling so incredibly down, but lt seems he was hit exceptionally hard. It's just such a terrible condition that destroys your confidence and robs you of happiness.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:01 PM

One of the members on here was on the show. I personally have no interest in watching it, surprisingly BBC science shows are always badly informed and contain a lot of spin.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

How do you watch it in the us?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

When I was watching 'I'm a Celebrity' (it was just on. Don't judge me) I was shocked to hear people talking about Helen Flannigan's acne. Especially Eric's negative comments on it. I've not really heard acne talked about on the TV before.


Although I don't watch the show as such and don't know what Eric said, there were time when I happened to see Helen in there and noticed how her skin had gotten worse as time went on. It's kind of refreshing to see people looking, well, normal on TV. Ordinarily, someone like that would be plastered in makeup and looking like they'd been airbrushed to within an inch of their life. Seeing someone from that environment looking natural and without makeup is a good thing as far as perceptions are concerned. Just frustrating that there are evidently always going to be people narrow-minded enough to judge and ridicule, but that's life I guess.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

Hey Will! I wondered if any of the people featured were members on here!

I was interested in whether you were able to go into a bit more detail of what your treatment consisted of. They didn't go into too much detail on the program, but you had good results! Hope it's all going ok for you!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

Follow my new blog by the way, will be posting loads of stuff on it

http://dyingforclearskin.blogspot.co.uk/

Hey Will! I wondered if any of the people featured were members on here!

I was interested in whether you were able to go into a bit more detail of what your treatment consisted of. They didn't go into too much detail on the program, but you had good results! Hope it's all going ok for you!



I know that Stefan is on here as indigorush.

In simpleness, the treatment is enzymes, alkaline washes, laser treatment. Then homecare aswell.

Thank you for your kind words.

William.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

Glad you guys enjoyed the documentary. I enjoyed making it.

What was your favourite part?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

3 topics merged. There's also a topic in The Lounge, but considering the fact that several posters don't have access to it, I'll allow one topic here.

Congrats, William, you're a celebrity now! Posted Image

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

You can watch it from the US through a proxy. If you want some instructions on how this can be done, PM me.

Edited by jarrit, 27 November 2012 - 08:41 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:54 AM

Not sure if I liked the show or not...At the end of the day, there's always going to be people that react badly to certain things (in this case, Accutane). I also feel that they should have looked into the dosage that these guys were taking each day...

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

Glad you guys enjoyed the documentary. I enjoyed making it.

What was your favourite part?


Well apart from your part Will of course :P I quite liked when that presenter had the different photos of acne and was asking members of the public what they thought. I do wish they had gone into a bit more detail about what causes acne and that people dont have it because they dont wash their face properly or something as I feel its quite misunderstood. My dad for example said a while ago 'its probably because you kiss the cats all the time' i mean geezzz!!! :)

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

i have watched bits of it as i haven't had a chance to sit down and watch it all.

Seems like a decent attempt to educate people on acne some what. Each treatment has its pros and cons along with all medical prescriptions there is a risk i suppose you just have to balance it all up and see what's best for you.

Nice to see you on here Will :), what is your after treatment like i.e. your routine am/pm if you don't mind sharing.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

When I was watching 'I'm a Celebrity' (it was just on. Don't judge me) I was shocked to hear people talking about Helen Flannigan's acne. Especially Eric's negative comments on it. I've not really heard acne talked about on the TV before.


I thought the exact same thing. Eric joked he would squeeze her whole head to get all the puss out and Helen broke down in tears.

I thought she seemed alot more paranoid after that (understandably), started overdosing on her fake tan (camouflage behaviour) and was swiftly evicted. Amazing really.

Edited by 13yearsofAcne, 28 November 2012 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

Glad you guys enjoyed the documentary. I enjoyed making it.

What was your favourite part?


Hi, thanks for the show.

Do you think you would ever take Roaccutane after what you've learnt William?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

I think this documentary was okay-ish at best...let's say it was better than most documentaries on BBC3.

I still think that ultimately it's up to the person to decide whether they want to take a drug, and you just cannot blame the drug itself, drugs aren't living things, they're objects, or tools in our hands. It's like blaming the knife for cutting you. You can only blame yourself, or your prescriber for not giving you enough information before you made the decision to take a drug. You made a decision, you deal with the consequences. I'm sorry, but that's how life works.

Not to say I don't feel for Jesse's family, but I urge everyone to take notice of the fact that he was prescribed anti-depressants, medications actually known to cause suicidal thoughts or make depression worse in people under 25, and that was actually proven in clinical trials, whereas Accutane was not conclusively proven to cause depression in trials. Do I think he may not have killed himself if he was not given anti-depressants? Absolutely. I believe there's a high chance that actually, the anti-depressants are to mostly blame for his suicide and the general lack of support (personally knowing how shit mental health services are on the NHS)

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

I think this documentary was okay-ish at best...let's say it was better than most documentaries on BBC3.

I still think that ultimately it's up to the person to decide whether they want to take a drug, and you just cannot blame the drug itself, drugs aren't living things, they're objects, or tools in our hands. It's like blaming the knife for cutting you. You can only blame yourself, or your prescriber for not giving you enough information before you made the decision to take a drug. You made a decision, you deal with the consequences. I'm sorry, but that's how life works.

Not to say I don't feel for Jesse's family, but I urge everyone to take notice of the fact that he was prescribed anti-depressants, medications actually known to cause suicidal thoughts or make depression worse in people under 25, and that was actually proven in clinical trials, whereas Accutane was not conclusively proven to cause depression in trials. Do I think he may not have killed himself if he was not given anti-depressants? Absolutely. I believe there's a high chance that actually, the anti-depressants are to mostly blame for his suicide and the general lack of support (personally knowing how shit mental health services are on the NHS)


Totally agree. "It's like blaming the knife for cutting you"....nicely put.

Also think this dude (god bless his soul) almost certainly had Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Nevertheless, without the original Acne, I bet he would still be alive today.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

No, accutane isn't the drug for me, or anyone.

Edited by WilliamRickard, 28 November 2012 - 03:54 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

Hi, I'm new and joined pretty much just to share my experience.

I just watched the show on Catch up and I found it tragic.

I have been a long term sufferer of acne, started getting spots around age 11 and I am now 26 (with highs and lows inbetween), so basically I have had spots for more of my life than I haven’t! I have good and bad days. I wouldn’t say my skin is at its worst these days by any means. But I do find myself repulsive, like a child who has never grown out of it. I have been through most treatments available on the NHS, from topical creams to antibiotics.

And YES I have been on roaccutane … twice in fact. It seemed to help my skin while I was on it, but it all just came back when I stopped.
I was sad about my spots as a teenager, these days I am more just annoyed and wow do they hurt! But I don’t think the drug made me any sadder and I do not feel a lasting affect from it. My boyfriend when he was younger had bad acne, not that I was ever witness to this, however he went on roaccutane and has never looked back. He has perfect skin (not that I am bias), but I would have never had known had he not told me! He never suffered any suicidal thoughts and I know it might be strange to say, but maybe in a way it saved him from ever being depressed. The strain of having acne is never something anyone wants and it can take its toll.
Here is my drug summary:
The best thing I have ever been on for my acne was a pill called dianette – cleared up all my spots, but gave me migranes so I had to give it up.
Worst thing I have ever been on was a pill called microgynon (not used for acne, but I thought hormones are hormones) – it made me weep, uncontrollably for no reason (aka emotional wreak)

Roaccutane doesn’t even make my list. But I do believe drugs affect us all differently and we just have to be aware.

I intend on getting laser treatment as my last stand! - wish me luck!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:57 AM

No, accutane isn't the drug for me, or anyone.


I'm glad you're spreading this truth.

I'm here to tell people that accutane is wrong. I have friends who have gone on it, and regret it entirely.

It really pains me to see people promoting it because they take it, and don't want to feel as if they made the wrong decision.

I'm a firm believer in diet, and went clear through diet.