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#1 ColmOBrien

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:49 AM

Hey all,

 

I've left this longer than I wanted to. I remember back when I was first going on accutane I was looking for something like I am about to do. However, I want to keep it brief, because I don't want to revisit any of the extreme emotions.

 

I went on accutane once. It worked completely. I had cystic acne which covered my neck and back. It destroyed my mind far more than it destroyed my body. I was twenty six when it was prescribed. I had to beg the doctor to get me a dermatology appointment.

 

Accutane worked one hundred percent for me.

My brother is nine years older and had pretty bad acne on his face. Accutane worked for him.

 

That's all I wanted to say. It worked. One hundred percent.

 

I also want to say, I very nearly killed myself over my acne. I know that there are some people out there that probably feel the same way. Don't, because there is life after acne. I thought that my life was over, at twenty six I was too old, the good years were gone. 

 

I have a great life now. I'm going from strength to strength. You can too. I was left badly scared. I got them covered with tattoos, and I had to go for therapy for about a year.

 

A lot of the stigma is in our own minds, I want you to know that. Now that I have distance I can see that. People don't judge us as harshly as we do ourselves.

 

Just to summarize my points:

Accutane worked for both my brother and I.

 

Work on not feeling so bad about yourself, because there is no reason to. I.e don't be too hard on yourself

 

Don't let acne stop you enjoying your life like I did.

 

No matter how bad you feel, do not hurt yourself, there is life after acne, there is still time for you to have a good life.

 

I am proof of that.

 

Feel free to ask questions



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:27 PM

Sure. Is it going to kill me? Will I get every horrible side effect in the book? I'm avoided Accutane out of intense fear...acne is kicking up my depression big time. 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:14 AM

Accutane won't kill you.  Side effects depend on each individual, and some (but not all) side effects are dose dependent.  I personally have had a ton of side effects, but I'm still alive, kicking, have 10 days left of my treatment, and am finally acne-free :)



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:56 AM

How long did it take you to see an improvement with Accutane? I'm 3.5 months in and keep getting repeated break outs of cysts. Is this something you experienced?



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

It saw a decent improvement by the end of month 4.  I still had like two or three small pimples in month 5.  I was also on a high dose for my weight.  To give you a sense of how high of a dose I've been on, at the end of month 5 I'll be done and will have reached a cumulative dose of approximately 165mg/kg.  Hang in there, you'll clear up eventually.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:13 AM

I saw immediate improvement two weeks into my first treatment two years ago.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:11 PM

I'm 26 also and just today I got prescriped accutane. It's been 10 years, and I have literally tried almost every treatment available. Every topical and antibiotic. I got into healthy dieting, nutritional supplements, and went through an entire list of things like changing pillows, not drinking water with flouride, only showering with cold water. I have a huge box of leftover vitamins in my storage. Almost all of my clothes and towels are stained from the benzoyl peroxide. It's literally driving me fucking insane. This shit better work.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:40 PM

I'm on my 8 month of accutane and I'm clear!! Took 5 months to see improvement though and 6/7 months to be clear. I still have hyper pigmentation though which looks like acne from a distance which is a pain but can be covered. Good luck! It is worth it! Ps. I've had pretty bad side effects, to the point where I can barely walk sometimes due to joint/muscle pain which is like arthritis but I'd still do it again.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

I did three accutane rounds and my acne returned every single time. Keep in mind accutane is a "remission" not a cure and that cystic acne is a lifelong disease. You will relapse, trust me.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:39 AM

 

 



elkhoundgold

 

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I didn't realise that the thread had been activated.

 

It won't kill you. If you are make the side effects known before you go on it then you know what to watch out for. My side effects were pretty mild. However, they put me on half the dose for twice the lenght of time because I have fairly severe depression. I would presume that they woud do the same for you.

 

Now, I live in Ireland. Over here, they bring you in once a month and do all sorts of tests. It is not something that is taken lightly. I presume that you would have a bunch of experts looking after you and guiding you.

 

Also, go to a therapist of some kind. I started on accutane when I was twenty six, but I'm thirty now. Even when it's gone you still behave with the unhealthy patterns so it is good to address that as soon as possible.

 

Hope this helped.



LateActor

 

Mine gradually cleared up. I was not completely clear when they took me off of it. It kept getting better and better. A few months later it stopped coming altogether. I still get the ocassional spot, especially when I go hard exercise wise, but it doesn't matter. It's the first time in my life that I don't really have to worry about holding back while training.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:59 AM

crashoran

 

I know the feeling. Hang in their bud. You're not alone. Maybe head to a theapist and get a jump start on that side of things. Be careful of the self talk, the negative messages you are giving yourself. You are not an ugly person, you just have acne.

 

And listen, even if it doesn't work the first time, or your acne comes back, just go on it again. It will eventually work. Someday you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror, you will be acne free, there will be an enormous smile on your face....that feeling that you get just then...it's, there's not point in even describing it because I have no frame of reference, lets just say it is good.

 

Either way, let me know how you get on.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

bubbles55

 

I'm sorry that it did not work for you, but keep yo chin up gurrrrrrrrl!

 

Keep trying, don't give up.

 

However, I do think that it is a little mean spirited of you to tell me that my acne will come back. First of all, I don't believe that it will. Second of all, it doesn't matter if it does. Being acne free for this long has allowed me to deal with the mental effects that having acne for so long, had on me. If my acne came back today, it wouldn't bother me. Plus, I'd just go to my doctor, get another does of Accutane.

 

You are younger than me. You're acne is in a different stage than mine was.

 

But, and most importantly, this thread was designed to give people some hope. I put myself forward as an example of how accutane worked. I'm nearly five years acne free. We ALL KNOW THAT SOMETIMES ACCUTANE DOESN'T WORK, we don't need to be told that. What we need more of is threads like this, where people let others know that there is HOPE, there is life after acne, and good life at that.

 

If you can, as a favour to me, could you delete your post? Pretty pwease. If not don't worry about it. It is just a small blemish on an other wise good complection.

 

 

I just want to take this opportunity to state further, that I am doing all the things now that I wouldn't or couldn't do when I had acne. I have a great life now. And more importantly, I can honestly say, that I have never been this happy in my entire life.

 

Best of luck to everybody, and feel free to ask more questions. I will check back more regularily now that I know that the thread is up.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

bubbles55

 

I'm sorry that it did not work for you, but keep yo chin up gurrrrrrrrl!

 

Keep trying, don't give up.

 

However, I do think that it is a little mean spirited of you to tell me that my acne will come back. First of all, I don't believe that it will. Second of all, it doesn't matter if it does. Being acne free for this long has allowed me to deal with the mental effects that having acne for so long, had on me. If my acne came back today, it wouldn't bother me. Plus, I'd just go to my doctor, get another does of Accutane.

 

You are younger than me. You're acne is in a different stage than mine was.

 

But, and most importantly, this thread was designed to give people some hope. I put myself forward as an example of how accutane worked. I'm nearly five years acne free. We ALL KNOW THAT SOMETIMES ACCUTANE DOESN'T WORK, we don't need to be told that. What we need more of is threads like this, where people let others know that there is HOPE, there is life after acne, and good life at that.

 

If you can, as a favour to me, could you delete your post? Pretty pwease. If not don't worry about it. It is just a small blemish on an other wise good complection.

 

 

I just want to take this opportunity to state further, that I am doing all the things now that I wouldn't or couldn't do when I had acne. I have a great life now. And more importantly, I can honestly say, that I have never been this happy in my entire life.

 

Best of luck to everybody, and feel free to ask more questions. I will check back more regularily now that I know that the thread is up.

 

Younger? I'm nearly 25 years old and have had acne for over 15 years. How old are you? I presumed you were a teenager.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 07:18 PM

bubbles55

 

I'm sorry that it did not work for you, but keep yo chin up gurrrrrrrrl!

 

Keep trying, don't give up.

 

However, I do think that it is a little mean spirited of you to tell me that my acne will come back. First of all, I don't believe that it will. Second of all, it doesn't matter if it does. Being acne free for this long has allowed me to deal with the mental effects that having acne for so long, had on me. If my acne came back today, it wouldn't bother me. Plus, I'd just go to my doctor, get another does of Accutane.

 

You are younger than me. You're acne is in a different stage than mine was.

 

But, and most importantly, this thread was designed to give people some hope. I put myself forward as an example of how accutane worked. I'm nearly five years acne free. We ALL KNOW THAT SOMETIMES ACCUTANE DOESN'T WORK, we don't need to be told that. What we need more of is threads like this, where people let others know that there is HOPE, there is life after acne, and good life at that.

 

If you can, as a favour to me, could you delete your post? Pretty pwease. If not don't worry about it. It is just a small blemish on an other wise good complection.

 

 

I just want to take this opportunity to state further, that I am doing all the things now that I wouldn't or couldn't do when I had acne. I have a great life now. And more importantly, I can honestly say, that I have never been this happy in my entire life.

 

Best of luck to everybody, and feel free to ask more questions. I will check back more regularily now that I know that the thread is up.

 

Younger? I'm nearly 25 years old and have had acne for over 15 years. How old are you? I presumed you were a teenager

If you didn't know what age I am then that clearly indicates that you didn't read anything I said. It strongly indicates that you came here with your own agenda. That agenda was to rain on everybody's parade. You just wanted to be negative. I've already stated that the whole reason I started this thread was because when I began my treatment, I couldn't find anything that said, 'yes, accutane worked for me.' I swore that if it did work for me, I'd spread the word. Because hearing those words, knowing that there might be a way out of that hell, it would have meant the world to me.

I started this thread to let people know there is hope.

 

I understand that you're trapped in that hell now. I wish you the best, I really do. Don't give up. I have a good life now. I'm meeting a girl tomorrow for a "date." Something that seemed impossible even two years ago. If it happened for me, it can happen for you too. Or anybody. I'd very much like if you deleted that other post so as to keep this thread as positive as possible. If you can't or won't, well that's okay too.

 

I really wish you all the best. I hope you too become acne free.

 

Regards, 

 

Colm

 

I was twenty six when I started. I am thirty now. 



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:06 PM

This is great news for me because I am about to see a dermatologist at last (7+ years of bad acne)

What are the side affects? im not too worried im just excited to see my acne disappear and my bank balance go up as i stop clearing out the shelves of Clinique!!



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:17 AM

The common side effects are dry skin, lips and eyes. There are other more serious ones but there is debate whether accutane actually causes them, like depression for instance.

The side effect I found most difficult was the initial breakout. My skin slowly got worse and worse (in cycles) up to the 4th month mark. I definitely got a few more scars but it's impossible to say what would of happened to my skin if I didn't start accutane. I wouldn't be surprised if this is what causes the depression.

If you haven't tried benzoly peroxide, differin or antibiotics I'd recommend you try them first. They will likely work quicker and for most people they are enough. They also have fewer side effects. They worked for me for ages.



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:07 AM

Thanks for the info! Yeh I have been on lymecline for well over a year it worked at first but now doesn't do much except if I come off of it my skin goes terrible.
Also had all the topical creams yadayada. Will try roaccutane after talking with dermatologist and weighing up risks and rewards.
Just wondering if it is something which will work and stop acne forever or of it's a constant start stop kinda thing?

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:00 AM

Hey guys I have mild acne and scarring and tried everything, I mean everything from DIYs to birth control. Nothing worked. I tried vitamins, proactiv, all the gels and treaments. All I can think to do now is the last resort, Acutane. But my mom won't allow it. Please help!

Very much appreciated,

JoyfulCover



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 09:36 AM

Hi-

 

This gives me some encouragement for my teenage son.  He is almost 15 and just finished (a month ago) a course of Accutane, for very severe cystic acne conglobata.  He had it on his face, neck and shoulders.  We tried 32+ remedies (most of them natural) before going on Accutane.  Some of them seemed to help for a period, but not completely.  It was a vicious, never-ending cycle.  He was at that age when most of his friends and peers still had clear, beautiful skin, and he felt like a freak.  He was so very unhappy, and I was a basket-case.  I was constantly stressed out and worried about him.  I just wanted my boy to be happy and accepted.  It was affecting our relationship. 

I took him to the best dermatologist I know.  He treated me when I was a teen, when I went on Accutane in the 1980s.  He is world-renowned and has many years of experience.  He is in his 70s now, but thank God he's not retired. 

My son is now clear of his inflamed, red, unsightly cystic acne.  He has a lot of scarring.  We are working on the scars now, but I would take the scars any day over the active, inflamed cysts.  He is much happier.  He started high school with a clear face.  He made lots of new friends and smiles a lot more.  His grades are better.  His derm. is extremely pleased with the results and called his face "excellent" at his last follow-up. 

 

My problem now, is that I am terrified that his acne will return.  Last year was a living hell for both of us, and I do not want to go back there.  I haven't told him this of course, but inside I worry about it.  I'm not obsessing, but worried.  I know everyone is different, and that's awesome that you have not had your acne return (yay!!) but you are older, and his hormones are still raging since he's just a teen.  Accutane worked wonders for me, and it felt like a miracle drug.  However, some acne did return, and I'm still dealing with it in my 40s.  But, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be.  It's manageable.  It's not making me depressed like I was as a teenager.  My son has gotten some small little blemishes, even after 1 week of finishing Accutane.  But they go away really fast, and are very, very small.  If it stays that way, that would be great!  It's the big huge cysts that frighten me.

 

The derm. prescribed him Tazorac 0.05% clear gel, which is a topical retinoid.   He said it would keep recurring acne at bay, and keep his pores clear of sebum, and he had only wonderful things to say about it.  However, I researched it, and many people say it sucks and made their acne return!   This has scared me enough to not let my son try it.   Instead, he's using natural things to keep his skin clear.   Have you ever used Tazorac?   I would appreciate any information you have on it, and I'm also going to post on the forum to people who may have used it after Accutane. 

Thanks, and I'm happy to hear you had a good experience!  Oh, and my son had minimal side effects.  His body handled the Accutane very well.  I had little to no side effects also (28+ yrs ago).



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:33 AM

Thanks for the info! Yeh I have been on lymecline for well over a year it worked at first but now doesn't do much except if I come off of it my skin goes terrible.
Also had all the topical creams yadayada. Will try roaccutane after talking with dermatologist and weighing up risks and rewards.
Just wondering if it is something which will work and stop acne forever or of it's a constant start stop kinda thing?

 

It's differs from person to person and seems to be dependent on what cumulative dose you reach at the end of your treatment. Most people find their acne reduces in severity permanently and some are effectively cured. But, reading on these forums it is possible you have to do another round or so, not sure how common this is. From what I remember from the research I've read a cumulative dose of 150 mg/kg is a good target, in the region of 80%+ get a permanent effect.

I'm also in london (seeing a derm at st marys) and if you are going to a NHS dermatologist you are going to have to push for accutane. They don't like prescribing it as it's expensive (blood tests, loads of appointment and high drug cost) and there was some bad publicity a while back as they were accused of giving it to everyone who asked for it. I had been on and off antibiotics and every other possible prescription for 5 years and it took me 6 months to get on it. 


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