First Visit To Dermatologist Tuesday! Advice?dermatologist accutane regimen acne moderate/severe acne advice aha alpha hydroxy acid
Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:59 PM
So, I've quit the regimen and started using ProActiv again (it was the easiest thing to obtain, hoping it might calm my acne down some) and finally convinced my parents that I needed to go to the dermatologist. I've done a lot of research... and of course, I want to be hasty and skip straight to Accutane. I'm aware of the common side effects, hopefully I'd be able to handle them if they were to pose a problem with me. But from what I've read, my derm more than likely won't want to put me on Accutane...
My biggest question is, what SHOULD I prepare for the dermatologist to prescribe me?
Have you all ever been to the derm, and if so, what was the process of medications they put you guys on? Did they work or did you eventually get prescribed Accutane too?
I know I sound hasty, but I'm 18. I've learned to deal with a few pimples here and there, maybe a worse-than-normal breakout that fades away.. but what is happening to my face now is not something that I can handle lol. Not to be emotional, but its really taking a toll on me and how I feel about myself (I used to feel really good about my appearance, despite the few bumps). Okay, I'm done boring you with background info & my feelings haha. Help me out guys!
Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:33 PM
Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:40 PM
Be prepared for the derm to recommend you some oral antibiotics and a prescription topical. That's what usually is the case if you've never been to a derm or been prescribed anything. Most derms will prescribe accutane as a last resort or if your skin is bad enough.. I went through multiple antibiotics (doxycycline, minocycline, spironolactone, orthotricyclen, yaz) and multiple topicals (differin, benzaclin, ziana)... I went to the derm this past Monday and got blood work done to begin my accutane process! so I am waiting a month to go back, getting blood work done, and then i'll be able to begin popping pills! i am super excited and praying that i don't have a bad reaction to accutane. Talk to your derm about it if its something you really have considered.. Do your research ahead of time and talk to your derm and he/she will know what's best.
I wish I could have started going to the derm a while back! Did any of the prescriptions you took work at all? I just dont want to have to go through the whole process of trial and error before actually getting something that works...
Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:22 PM
So I guess what I'm saying is that a dermatologist will experiment to see what can possibly be wrong with you and it will take time and money...
an aesthetician on the other hand will work hands on with your face starting on the first day and will be able to you a lot
just my two cents.
plus aestheticans feels less like going to the doctors and more like going to get a massage =D
Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:30 PM
I'm with you, I don't want to wait to see if something works, but I've read alot of bad things about accutane, and then found out that 30-odd percent of people have the Acne come back within a year... after all the blood tests, and birth control needs, and side effects, just for it all to come back, I'm willing to really save it for a LAST RESORT.
Just be open to the conversation, honestly share your thoughts and feelings and you and the Derm can make the right decisions for you.
32 years old
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin
10% Sulfur Wash
Special Blend: Clindamyacin 1%, OTC Retinol 2.5%, OTC Acnevir (mixed 1:1:1)
10% Sulfur wash
Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:06 PM
so far i am taking accutane and antibiotics, If u do start that though be prepared your skin WILL GET WORST before it gets better. it can carry on between 1 to 5 months. my face now looks a lot worst then before the meds but i am hoping to see results soon. Not the best look so far though.
Edited by freeas4bird, 13 December 2012 - 06:07 PM.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:37 PM
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:17 AM
But, wish me luck! Only 1 more day until the derm (no, I'm normally NOT this excited about the doctor lol). I will keep you guys posted on how it goes & my progress!
Oh, and I uploaded pictures from before what I like to call the "breakout of all breakouts" and one from my face now (thank the Heavens for make up lol).
Edited by afwestberry, 17 December 2012 - 12:48 AM.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:04 AM
I know there's the IB stage and it takes time to kick in, but my derm seemed so confident in my situation I think it will all be worth it in the end!!
Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:25 AM
let us know what dossage he gives u.
best wishes with this new journey!!
Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:31 PM