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#1 foreverbold

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:44 PM

Sigh... I wonder if anyone is in the same boat as me. Suffering from years of horrible acne but too chicken to take Accutane in fear of the side effects. I did take around a months course of accutane when I was sixteen and developed severe headaches from the drug and nausea so I quit early. I'm too fraid to go back on the drug now as an adult due to the new public disclosure of the many,many,many side effects - what a know now about accutane scares me more than ever.

 

 

What has stopped you (personally)?


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:53 AM

Yeah I'm too fearful of possible side effects. And I know there are people who go through accutane without having severe or lasting side effects but I still think it's risky... Maybe one day I will end up taking it but I don't think it will be soon. I really want to know I've exhausted ALL other options before taking it... but sometimes I think I should just go take accutane because it would be easier (to get rid of acne that way - even though I could end up with side effects worse than having acne to begin with) 

But that's just me...


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:11 AM

What puts me off is that even though the beneficial effects of it can be permanent the side effects can be too - acne > hairloss, impotence, depression



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:15 PM

What puts me off is that even though the beneficial effects of it can be permanent the side effects can be too - acne > hairloss, impotence, depression

 

Exactly.  That and more.  much much more.  Check this post out:  Breaking Down Cosmetic Acne Care Ingredients, When To Buy, And When To Run And Hide

 

I don't even fiddle with over the counter products anymore because their "businessy characteristics"  Not to mention that I already went underwent a 4 year depression called highschool under a decade ago.

 

I don't need accutane bringing me back to those times.  Enjoy:

 
  Study of tea Tree Oils from 1965

 


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

I asked about it years ago. The derm told me that for someone with my history of mental illness (diagnosed severe depression/anxiety disorder at 12 years old, had suicide attempts, self harmer etc) Accutane is definitely not a good idea.

 

That, plus the fact that you hear so many horror stories about it not working and acne coming back with a vengeance again later. Even if I had access to it, I still wouldn't take it. I wouldn't risk my health on a "maybe."
 


Edited by dejaclairevoyant, 29 March 2013 - 01:19 PM.

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Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The  lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

 

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil

 


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:39 PM

This is so hard. I have been agonising with this for such a long time.

For me it's my IBS, I worry it could mutate into something worse although I have heard people have taken accutane with even worse things like Crohn's disease.

I would like to give accutane a try perhaps because my acne has disfigured me in just 8 months and that breaks my heart everyday.


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:58 PM

I've just heard so many horror stories. Most of the side effects are just really scary to think about it. Like just the mild stuff people say about how like subtly uncomfortable a course can be...like you sometimes wake up with your eyelids sticking to your eyeballs, the lips turn into torn red ribbons that have to be constantly moisturized, and you flake like you've been walking through the desert for a week. THAT is just the smalltime stuff. The more serious, long-term stuff to consider is even worse. A few documentaries I've watched have specifically pointed out problems in males that use it that can last long after treatment is done (sexual dysfunction, loss of desire)...so nah, I'll find other ways of treating my acne efficiently before I sacrifice my libido for life.

 

I still get results from other treatment options out there...maybe not the BEST results, but I feel there are still better options out there for me as opposed to a last resort drug like accutane. 


Edited by FlaggLives, 29 March 2013 - 02:59 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:46 PM

Maybe I was lucky but I took Accutane twice in a 2 year period, and all I got a was dry lips, nosebleeds, and muscle aches. No depression or any thing. Just a return of some acne :/

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

It's the mental side-effect that I'm worried about the most. I can't have anything interfere with my study and work. Once I have the next step in life then I'll take it. I'd rather die at 30 from some kind of horrible intestinal disease then have acne for the rest of my life.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:42 AM

Well if your acne is scarring and nothing else works than accutane is the only option as damage from scarring is permanent.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:10 AM

1)  I'm not a big fan of drugs.....  Or derms....

 

2) Don't want to deal with the long term side effects....

 

3) Acne can always come back

 

4) Noticing improvement with diet changes.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Well if your acne is scarring and nothing else works than accutane is the only option as damage from scarring is permanent.

 

You love to remind us that scarring is permanent, lol. wink.png But the thing is, what about the cases where the Accutane doesn't help either?

 

I honestly thing BP is a way better choice than Accutane for most people. If it could help my deep cystic acne as much as it is, I'd think it could help anyone at least somewhat. There are some mild side effects, sure. But at least it's topical and not changing the interior of your body.


Edited by dejaclairevoyant, 30 March 2013 - 10:08 AM.

Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

 

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The  lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

 

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil

 


#13 Helton

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x


Helton's Accutane Log:

http://www.acne.org/...og-58ft-140lbs/

 

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#14 dejaclairevoyant

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:49 PM

Seriously. Good point. I should mention that I too, as an uninsured American, wouldn't have access to it even if I wanted to.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

 

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The  lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

 

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil

 


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:53 PM

The thing that always stops me in my tracks when I consider it is the (possible) nightmarish side effects. I know I could possibly go through a course of it and be completely fine and have crystal clear skin, but on the other hand I could have horrific side effects that I would regret for the rest of my entire life. Another thing that deeply concerns me about it is when people mention how side effects can still occur years after a completed course - so even if I did a course and was fine the thought of something going wrong in the future would play on my mind constantly, I wouldn't cope well with that anxiety. The whole 'unknown mechanism' of accutane is all a bit sketchy to me and with such a broad range of possible side effects I've often thought of taking it like being a betrayal to myself and a risky gamble to my health and knowing my terrible luck something would go wrong rolleyes.gif

 

Keyword here is possibly. The uncertainty of it all really puts me off.

 

Having said that though I am glad that accutane is an option. For people who are suicidal due to their acne it can be a real miracle. This is why for me accutane is the absolute last resort - for when I've tried absolutely everything else but also for when I'm older. I still believe I will grow out of my acne like my father did when he was 19/20 and I'm not far away from that age at all. If I don't grow out of it then I'll try all my other options but if they did not work then ultimately - accutane.

 

Edit for grammar & spellingz.

 

Also forgot to mention that accutane is derived from chemotherapy which is quite frightening.


Edited by MJRI94, 30 March 2013 - 05:58 PM.

If you have nothing to be grateful for; check your pulse.

 

Currently aboard the 'tane pain train


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:53 PM

Dang

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x

dang! That's a lot of money :o

I paid only $5 for my Accutane. I didn't realize I had good insurance cause it saved it me $650 a month. I honestly thought everyone paid the same..

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x

 

This too, forgot to mention that part. I have no medical insurance and I don't have a dime of my own money to waste on a drug this ridiculously expensive.


Daily Regimen:
-Clean and Clear Foaming Cleanser
-Dan's 2.5% BP 
-Jojoba oil as moisturizer
 
Nightly Regimen:
-Clean and Clear Foaming Cleanser
-Dan's 2.5% BP
-Cetaphil moisturizer + a few drops of Jojoba oil 
 
My Regimen Log: http://www.acne.org/...gs-regimen-log/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

Dang

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x

dang! That's a lot of money gasp.gif

I paid only $5 for my Accutane. I didn't realize I had good insurance cause it saved it me $650 a month. I honestly thought everyone paid the same..

 

Which insurance did you have? :o

 

Would be nice if someone on the forum with similar experience on getting insurance for Accutane to help out :(

I have no insurance and am in college, sighs...


Helton's Accutane Log:

http://www.acne.org/...og-58ft-140lbs/

 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:28 PM

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x

 

 

Really? it's that much in America. In Canada the drug costs around $15 dollars.


Morning skin care routine:
 
- Cetaphil gentle cleanser
- Panoxyl B.P
- Cetaphil daily moisturizer (applied generously)
 
 
Night time skin care routine:
 
- Cetaphil gentle cleanser
- Panoxyl B.P
- Cetaphil daily moisturizer (applied generously)

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

The cost. Not everyone can just shell out at least 2000 dollars over 6 months x_x

 

 

Really? it's that much in America. In Canada the drug costs around $15 dollars.

 

We don't have public health insurance in USA, yet. :/

The healthcare system in here is terrible; something that's really a necessity like hospitalizing overnight could cost more than a 1000 without insurance, ONLY for the bed.
it's either go broke, or go die. sick.gif


Edited by Helton, 30 March 2013 - 07:45 PM.

Helton's Accutane Log:

http://www.acne.org/...og-58ft-140lbs/

 

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