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#1 shotzielibra


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:24 AM

   To:   All those people with severe acne:   Before Accutane was invented- My gut wrenching Story:


I was born to  a theatre family-   my mother was a dancer and singer,  grandfather could play every instrument in the band,  aunt was an actress,  everyone in the family could play piano and loved to entertain their friends with piano parties every other weekend.    Of course, this was during the golden age of the 1940's and 1950's  where everyone drank, smoked and gathered around the piano and sang familiar broadway hits from Roger's and Hammerstein musicals.  Nobody worried about drinking too much alcohol , smoking or anything else-  life was a musical comedy-  and to be lived as such-  all with a happy ending just like the musicals. 


My mother was a talented beauty-  fantastic voice,  long legs and a great dancer ( self taught)  and her parents had brought her up with a love to perform-  to play piano ( 10 years of lessons), dance, and sing whenever and wherever  she could.   Therefore I was groomed to following her footsteps with piano lessons,  dance lessons,  bridge lessons and encouraged in the love of musical theatre.   I didn't have the raw talent of my mother, but I could play the piano better, had perfect pitch, and was a good dancer-  I was feeling pretty good about myself and looked forward to a perfect future just like the musicals promised.


All that ended when my acne started with a big infected cyst on my chin in 5th grade.  That was so traumatic for me- had to go to the doctor to get it lanced and that incident took me several months to get over the pain, scar and embarrassment of the incident.  The full blown acne started when I turned 13 and the hormones kicked in.  My whole face became inflamed and oily and I developed painful cystic like bumps- so my whole junior high and high school days were spent going to the dermatologist  for treatment at least two times a week.  All I wanted to do was hide-  my dreams of singing and playing piano and dancing were gone.   My mother had mild acne also and told me hers went away when she became pregnant and never returned- so I was not to worry.


The doctors tried to use everything they could on me-  starting me on tetracycline and then sun lamps etc. but nothing seem to help- even the tetracycline only worked for a little while.  The only thing I found that helped at home was getting sun tan-  the sun seemed to dry up the acne a little- but of course I didn't know that the sun over exposure was going to hurt me later on.


Finally when I am a senior in high school the doctor finally came up with the last resort solution of birth control pills-  as they had just been approved and had been found to reduce oil and clear up the acne - as they explained the body wasn't producing hormones anymore- and they were right.  What they didn't tell me was that the pills were going to change my metabolism and make me ravenously hungry all the time.  The birth control pills make your body think it is pregnant resulting in weight gain and making you think you are hungry-  so I put on about 20 lbs in no time- but at least I had the clear skin. The dosage in the birth control pills was very high-  as they didn't know what the dosage should be back in 1965.


There is a lot more to my story- the agonizing years of trying to lose weight, getting pregnant,  and finally when I was 40 years old trying Accutane when it was first approved.  Please write to me if you want to hear all the sordid details-  Anyone who has lived after the Accutane invention is blessed-  believe me-  I will tell you the rest of the story-  which I should make into a book or movie 








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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:55 AM

I would like to hear the rest of your story!  Please share, if you would likegrinwink.gif

Current skin care routine:




Rainwater Botanical's Soap for Troubled Skin

Spot treat with Acne.org's AHA

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

Clinique All About Eyes with Baobab oil





Clinique Take the Day Off Balm with Adzuki Micrograin Facial Scrub (All natural-awesome stuff!)

Acne.org Cleanser for extra cleansing ( I wear a full face of makeup)

Frugally Sustainable Blemish Astringent/or Rainwater Botanical's Toner for Troubled Skin (All natural-very soothing and non-drying)

1 1/2 Pumps of Acne.org's 2.5% BP 

Clinique All About Eyes with Baobab oil

Acne.org's Moisturizer (small amount)


When I get home from work, I like to let my face breath, so generally, I will use Clinique Take the Day Off Balm with the Adzuki micrograins, followed by a more gentle regimen. Currently, I am using Bare Minerals Blemish Treatment on any actives...LOVE this stuff!



I've recently added a mask to my routine.  It's all natural and very cheap.  Bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mixed with a wee bit of tea tree oil. This is great for blackheads!


I am currently 100% clear with this mostly natural regimen.  


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:12 PM

I'm genuinely sorry you had your dreams crushed like that, especially with such a promising start. If you don't mind sharing, I would also like to hear the rest of your story.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

another one who thinks accutane works for everyone....sadly not true...it does for many but there are many who can't take it due to pre existing conditions and there are some, maybe only 5% but hey we EXIST that it just doens't work for


it's horrible and it's hard, every day, but I journaled and fought back on many fronts, for me it was diet and I've solved most of it...I have a crazy routine of topicals and a strict diet but it works


but the miracle pill does not work for everyone, there are many of us still fighting the fight...I feel your pain each and every day, but I FIGHT BACK with everything I have


and I get out there, I have a great career, even with scars and I do NOT let it stop me....that needs to be the message for everyone, FIGHT BACK and get out there!

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:17 PM

I also would like to hear the rest of your story :) I've been on Accutane twice, once when I was 14 and it cleared me until the age of 23 and the again at 25 and it cleared me till 36....now im taking Spiro for my hormonal acne, so far its doing good for my skin.


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Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
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Posted 08 November 2013 - 02:31 AM

Moved to the Emotional forum. Wasn't sure where this would be best suited, but since it's a very emotional story, it fit best in there.


I'd love to hear more too! :)

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:38 AM

If it helps you to post it here as a sort of theraeputic talking session then please do so. I for one will read it, but cannot say that i will know what to say or say the right thing in this matter. I am moreless concerned about you and how you have been attempting to cope. i believe you talking about it both for the benefit of getting off your chest and hopefully having some closure, and advising others would be most beneficial.



I have a busy schedule but will get back to this thread when i can.

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