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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:52 AM

Hi there I have been suffering from acne for more than seven years now… I am turning 21 soon and I am so tired of this constant battle with my skin. I have tried nearly everything you have described and nothing seems to do the trick it alway keeps coming back. anyways recently I am a firm believer in natural stuff for the skin, however I am debating trying accutane.

 

The thing is, I have moderate acne, and it is not cystic (I get whiteheads and blackheads and surface bumps that always come to a head) so I am just wondering if accutane is too strong for me?

 

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:10 AM

Hey! Thats me been on a low dose accutane regime for about 2 months now (about 60mg/week), and have to say so far so good. I did have a couple of weeks at the start where I broke out but I think this was just a small initial break out and has calmed down now. My lips do dry every morning so i know the low dose is working and my skin hasnt broken out since.
My acne has always returned after high dose/short period treatments of accutane and so low dose accutane for a longer period seems to be the way to go for me. I dont mind getting the odd spot as everyone does, but hopefully the low dose will keep the acne at bay for a long time. Thinking of moving down to about 40mg/week (10mg every second day) now and just seeing how that goes. I would happily stay on low dose accutane for a long time as I missed a lot of my teen years being depressed/anxious/stressed about my skin. Accutane has helped me greatly and (so far) has had no long lasting side effect apart from occasional chapped lips :). Keep up the post guys!



Hi there I have been suffering from acne for more than seven years now… I am turning 21 soon and I am so tired of this constant battle with my skin. I have tried nearly everything you have described and nothing seems to do the trick it alway keeps coming back. anyways recently I am a firm believer in natural stuff for the skin, however I am debating trying accutane.

 

The thing is, I have moderate acne, and it is not cystic (I get whiteheads and blackheads and surface bumps that always come to a head) so I am just wondering if accutane is too strong for me?

 

Thanks!  



I would say go to your doctor and see what he thinks. If the acne is really getting you down and actually affecting your life (socially/academically etc) then I would say give accutane a go as the benefits it will have on your life mentally and physically will outweigh the very small risk that you may get a serious side effect. And if after a couple of months you decide you are not liking the side effects than you can always stop!



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 12:22 PM

Hmm good idea… I think my biggest fear is taking accutane and my skin getting worse! like doing the opposite! 

 

I heard aaccutane is primarily for cystic… but It may be something worth trying because I have tried prescription antibiotics with no longterm effects.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:03 AM

Hmm good idea… I think my biggest fear is taking accutane and my skin getting worse! like doing the opposite! 

 

I heard aaccutane is primarily for cystic… but It may be something worth trying because I have tried prescription antibiotics with no longterm effects.


Well your skin may get slightly worse in the first few weeks/month as this can happen and is known as the initial breakout, although some people dont even get that, but I highly doubt your skin will get worse after that as accutane actually stops your glands producing the oil the acne bacteria feeds on and i'm 99% sure your skin would start to improve after the first month or so, especially if it is not cystic acne. The only thing I would say is that there may be a chance your acne could return some months/years after stopping accutane, however with you saying your acne is only moderate then you may be one of the lucky ones who will stay clear for good! A number of my friends have been on accutane and have all stayed clear, I was the only one where the acne returned unfortunately. Although it never returned as bad as it was before accutane which was good. 



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 11:13 AM

UPDATE:

 

So the tretinoin my doc gave me is peeling away my face like crazy. But it is working sooo well. I got past the initial breakout and now my skin is very clear. It definitely feels a lot smoother than when I was just taking accutane. I think my dosage on accutane was too low so it was not as effective in exfoliating my skin. But this tretinoin cream is fucking amazing. 

 

So as of now I am going to stop taking low dose accutane and just try using the tretinoin. Finally think I found a good answer for my skin!



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

Good luck yunchang! I'm sure one day I will come of my low dose accutane regime as well but for now im going to stick with it. Let us know how you get on with the tretinoin and if you ever consider going back on your accutane regime.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:44 AM

Hey guys! New user here :P

 

Started my accutane treatment last month(15/03/2014) with 20mg daily after being unsucessful with clindoxyl and differin,BUT,my real problem is my face oiliness...and some mild back acne(mostly 'old pimples' who left mark,not actives)I just can't go out for more than 45 mins after my complete morning routine without shining and attracting attention from everybody near me...yeah...pretty low self-esteem,so i discussed w/ my dermatologist about taking 20mg twice or thrice a week,she disagreed and told I should do the 'regular course',20mg now,then 40mg if I don't feel bothered much by side-effects,let me show you the progression :P

 

Days 1-6 : Really nothing to say about,just waking up,rush to the mirror and think : "DAMN,THIS DOESNT WORK FOR ME,WHAT AM I GONNA DO?"

 

Day 7  :     Wake up and misteriously my face skin is dry,not dry patches,pale,just like a REALLY good skin,I was washing my face thrice a day with theracne,right after I wake up,then 6-8hrs later,and 6-8 hrs later again(so,6:00 AM/13:00AM/20:00AM most of the time),now I just need to wash it once! And it will stay perfect with no oiliness for more than a day : "IS THIS REAL LIFE? *-* " 


Day 14 : HAIR IS SOOOOOOOO DRYYYYY! Skin starts to get dry around the nose and on some pimples that are fading away,my nose started to get ''rough'' and I tough it was my skin too dry,but the roughness was caused by all the blackheads just ''trying to get out of my skin", I was like WTF THEY ARE JUMPING OFF MY NOSE,so I carefully took out all of the ''easy ones'',even though they were pretty big...I got a real problem with chin and nose blackheads...after 2-3 days with a lot of empty holes,pores closed,they didn't come back,my nose didn't get red and it's SMOOTH AS HELL NOW! Nose blackheads gone,oiliness gone,pimples? Never were much of a problem,but I 'kinda had' a IB for a week,where I had like 4-5 internal pimples(I never get those intern) who popped after 1-2 days,those heal realllllllly quickly!

 

Afterwards I started to apply thermal water to my face and exfoliating once a week,the dry skin,flaking,peeling,etc stopped totally,and right now,almost 1 month in,I never felt so happy...I can just get out of the bed,brush my teeth and go out for DAYS without caring of my oiliness...

 

Then,I've reduced dosage on my own because my derm wouldn't allow,so I could test the efficiency ''my way'', did 20mg for a day,skip 2 days,take 20mg...so: twice a week,oiliness still gone,and my skin looks 100% ok,not a single active pimple,blackheads less noticeable,that just sky-rocketed my self-esteem...Never felt so good and confident.

 

For those who disagree about lower dosages: My only real problem as i said is the oiliness,and that definitely doesnt need a dosage like 40-60mg a day just to get the cummulative dose on your system,you must know,even with 200mg/kg, the acne and oiliness MAY come back,so...Why should I suffer during 5-8 months where I can't even smile cause my lips will crack and bleed all over the place,and the skin around the nose will be flaking,hurting...Then 1 month treatment ended it all comes back...Its a big no-no for me...I'll currently hold on to 20mg twice a week,tell my derm about it,obviously,and hopefully she won't stop giving me the prescription



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:48 PM

Hello there .. Im a girl 23 y.o and not so good in english .. Please understand if my english was so bad :P
So , i wanna ask u guys .. I haven't going to the skin doctor in my life and last 2 weeks i decide to go to specialist doctor because i'm frustating of my acne prone skin that having much on-off acne in my face ..
Then on the 2nd consultation, she give me 25pills accutane for 2 weeks then im going scared about the side effects of this pills (i have read a lot about the side effect) .. But the doctor doesn't tell me about the side effect , im not sure that she knows about that :(
I read that some people take the period of accutane 16-30weeks for curing .. but the doctor just give me 2 weeks .. So, if i take this 2 weeks accutane and don't continuing .. I mean i really stop, is that my skin going getting worse or something ? I'm really confused about this pills .. Can someone help me ? :( thanks

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:10 AM

Update:


Sorry folks for the absence! It has been about 2 months since I stopped Accutane and 35 days since I started Tretinoin (Retin A). My dermatologist thought that it would be more effective to try tretinoin cream since I was taking micro doses of Accutane, which he thought too little to do anything. So I decided to try out Retin A. 

 

I have been on .05% Retin A for 35 days now. At first, it was hell. Well, not hell but it break me out pretty badly and made my face look like a blotchy mess. No deep cysts but just zits all over my chin and cheeks. I also definitely had flaking at first, and the dryness and redness were still there. Not so much now though, since I cut back on my use to every other day. Keeps me sane. 

 

The good news is everything seems to be dying down and calming. PIH are already fading and nothing new is popping up. But I heard that this drug needs to be used at least up to a full year before you can see results, so I am in this for the long haul. 

 

Wish me luck!



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:40 PM

In love love love with my skin right now! omg tretinoin is soooo good. My skin has never been better! so glad I stuck with it. I thought low dosing was effective, tretinoin is even more focused!



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

http://imgur.com/5mY...PYCSOFQ,s0mWu6x

 

my skin! in just two weeks!



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 09:47 PM

Nice! I'll definitely consider the low accutane dose option :)



Just curious, do you believe accutane stunts growth? 



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:43 PM

Quick question. Do you think you have to do a full standard dose course of accutane first, or can you just start right off with a low dose approach similar to this one?



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:05 PM

http://imgur.com/5mY...PYCSOFQ,s0mWu6x

 

my skin! in just two weeks!

Quick question. Do you think you have to do a full standard dose course of accutane first, or can you just start right off with a low dose approach similar to this one?



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 09:56 AM

I too am doing an ultra low dose. 5mg 3 days a week! After end of first week, all acne was drying up. End of second week, all new acne was gone. By end of third week, I was completely clear! No side effects but somewhat drier lips which is easy to remedy. Now I've added topical retin a twice a week on alternate days to help with all the red marks left from a two year battle after pregnancy destroyed my skin. My doctor refused to put me on this so I bought it generic online and took control of my own situation! $uck all that... Do what you need to do! This stuff works at a low dose but the world doesn't want us to know because what would the cosmetic companies do without us buying all their crap. It's a conspiracy I swear.

Do it, end it, your way!

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 03:19 PM

Hi,

Just wondering if you take one 10mg tablet once every 7-10 days or if you take a 10mg tablet once a day for 7-10days? Does that make sense?

I've been advised to take a 10mg daily for a year but I read lots about it leading to IBS

Thanks




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