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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:47 AM

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!!

 

I'm glad you think it is good news. That was the point of the thread. There are a lot of side effects but it depends, I only got dry eye and dry lips. I broke out in heat rash if I stayed in the sun too long for about two years after



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:25 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

 

Hi:)

 

If you're under age there's nothing we can do. What I would advise, or recommand, is that you lay out your case to your mother in a calm and resonable way. Pretend you are a business person and you are trying to get somebody to invest. I'm sure your mother feels she is looking out for your safty because of the bad reputation that accutane has. She is probably only doing it because she loves you.  Weather she gives in or not, I'm sure she will appreciate being spoken to in a resonable level and not being whinged at.

 

When It comes to accutane there is a lot of scare mongering for some reason. All I can tell you, is that from my LIMITED experience, that that is not justified. I think it's because that accutane is linked so heavily to depression and suicide. Well guess what, having acne makes you feel depressed and suicidal. That's what made me constantly want to kill myself. Isn't it logical to suspect that the people that killed themselves after taking accutane or while on accutane did so because they gave up hope rather than because they were on the drug. I.e they thought that it wasn't working, wasn't working fast enough, or had worked but the acne came back. They became depondant, all hope gone, they kill themselves. Accutane was they last drug they were on, or they are on accutane, accutane gets blamed. I put to you that it is the acne, not accutane that causes the suicide. Again, I am only speaking from my own point of view.

 

My brother, he is nine years older than me, saw my results, and immediately asked me to help him get on it. His acne cleared as well. It is still clear. He had a different type of acne than me, it affected different areas. The only side effects he had was dry lips. They weren't even as bad as mine. Now the reason I bring him up is that although we are brothers, we are not genetically related. One of us is adopted. I know it is a small test group, but I still find the results telling.

 

 

Now, Joyful Clover, I am presuming you are young. All I can tell you is that I wish, I WISH,  that I had been put on it when I was a teenager. My life would have been sooooo much better. I would have actually have had a life instead of hiding away. Turning down opportunity after opportunity. Acne shows on your skin but affects all aspects of your life. I have turned down jobs and educational opportunites because of my acne. I reason that I am about ten years behind where I would have been if I didn't have acne. You also have years of unhappiness...that's right, years of unhappiness and feeling ugly ahead of you. I hope that this helps give you some points to bring to your mother.

 

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:51 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).

 

I feel really bad that acne has had such a bad effect on your family. All I can say is enjoy it now that it's not there and if it comes back deal with it. You've already solved the problem once, so there's no reason that won't work again. That's advice that I couldn't take myself though. After my acne cleared I was absolutely sick with worry that it would return. There are those milestones, six months, a year ect, ect that you watch out for as it may return. I effectively crashed and burned mentally. Went to see a therapist and built myself back up again. Now I feel great.

 

The reason I mention this is because I'm worried you are going down the same path. I understand how stressful a time it is but you need to give yourself a break. Your son is doing great. You caught the acne nice and early. I don't want to over step my boundaries, but you seem very stressed over the ordeal. You mentioned that you had acne when you were younger. Do you feel stressed because you can empathise with what he is going through, or because you feel that it is somehow your fault that he has acne? Give yourself a break, because it is not your fault. You suffered when you were younger so he didn't have to. You knew what to do, and stopped the acne in its tracks. I wish I had a mother like you. If you were my mother you have saved me years of suffering.

 

I wish you and your son the very best. I have a particular mantra that helped me get through the stressful early days, 'if it comes back, go back.' Meaning that if the acne came back, I would go back on the accutane. It is that simple. Your son is half my age, so I can't tell you weather or not it is going to come back. However, it also means that he didn't scar as much as he would have, and that they will have longer to fade. If his acne comes back, just go back on accutane as soon as you can. But enjoy now, he's happy and so should you. You did some good mothering.

 

I have never heard of Tazorac. I don't use anything on my skin, I do use clean and clear or something of it's ilk, but just out of habbit really.

 

Best of luck

 

Colm



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:26 PM

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).

 

I feel really bad that acne has had such a bad effect on your family. All I can say is enjoy it now that it's not there and if it comes back deal with it. You've already solved the problem once, so there's no reason that won't work again. That's advice that I couldn't take myself though. After my acne cleared I was absolutely sick with worry that it would return. There are those milestones, six months, a year ect, ect that you watch out for as it may return. I effectively crashed and burned mentally. Went to see a therapist and built myself back up again. Now I feel great.

 

The reason I mention this is because I'm worried you are going down the same path. I understand how stressful a time it is but you need to give yourself a break. Your son is doing great. You caught the acne nice and early. I don't want to over step my boundaries, but you seem very stressed over the ordeal. You mentioned that you had acne when you were younger. Do you feel stressed because you can empathise with what he is going through, or because you feel that it is somehow your fault that he has acne? Give yourself a break, because it is not your fault. You suffered when you were younger so he didn't have to. You knew what to do, and stopped the acne in its tracks. I wish I had a mother like you. If you were my mother you have saved me years of suffering.

 

I wish you and your son the very best. I have a particular mantra that helped me get through the stressful early days, 'if it comes back, go back.' Meaning that if the acne came back, I would go back on the accutane. It is that simple. Your son is half my age, so I can't tell you weather or not it is going to come back. However, it also means that he didn't scar as much as he would have, and that they will have longer to fade. If his acne comes back, just go back on accutane as soon as you can. But enjoy now, he's happy and so should you. You did some good mothering.

 

I have never heard of Tazorac. I don't use anything on my skin, I do use clean and clear or something of it's ilk, but just out of habbit really.

 

Best of luck

 

Colm

Thank you for the kind words!  I do want my son to be as healthy and happy as possible of course, which is why I finally put him on the drug.  Now I know to some, that may sound weird ("healthy on Accutane?  It messes up your body so bad!")   That's why I waited so long to finally let him go on it.  I did not want to mess up my precious child's body inside.  I know all the risks- the liver damage, etc.  I was determined to not do that to him.   But all of the work (including money) we were putting into the different remedies, special diets, etc. just got to be too much.   I still wrestle with the dilemma and guilt I have about having done this to him (meaning putting him on the drug), knowing how extreme and toxic it is.  But he just kept saying to me, "But Mom, look at you- you took it yourself, and you're fine.  So maybe I'll be fine too."  :)   I hope he's right.

 

And I think the reason I have been so stressed out about his condition is because it really messed me up mentally when I was younger.  I never realized until this experience with him, that acne really destroyed my self esteem when I was young.  I mean it totally screwed me up, and I was a miserable kid and teenager.  Until Accutane, that is.  Once I took it and got clear, I regained much of my self esteem, and I was like a different person.  So with my son, I was re-living all of the angst and misery that I went through in my own childhood.   Acne really messes with your head!  It is not just a physical ailment.  It affects basically all aspects of your life.  I don't think my parents realized how depressed I was before the Accutane.  I never contemplated suicide, but I was just soooo unhappy.   I used to pray that I would wake up the next morning with a miraculously clear face.  So yeah, acne really destroyed me more than I realized!



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:16 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).

Hey there, I've used to use Tazorac back in college (I'm in my late 20s now and just got done with Accutane) and it actually helped improve my acne breakouts throughout my college years.  I stopped using it after a few years as I found that it wasn't working as well with time (my hormones probably went all crazy) and started to try other topicals to help control it, including benzoyl peroxide creams and other prescriptions and over the counter combinations.  It all helped for a few years until my hormones got more crazy and I eventually required accutane.  I wouldn't worry too much about your son's hormones getting to much more crazy than they aleady are as he gets older and into his 20s, that seems to be more of a female problem which is unfortunate for us :-/



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:49 PM

This is SO motivating! I'll be starting accutane soonish, and I think that it is great that you are giving everyone an example of how amazing the drug really is.

I'm the kind of person who will back out because of fear. I bet a lot of people are like me. But everyone I know in the real world who took accutane had an AMAZING expirience!!!

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:14 PM

 

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).

 

I feel really bad that acne has had such a bad effect on your family. All I can say is enjoy it now that it's not there and if it comes back deal with it. You've already solved the problem once, so there's no reason that won't work again. That's advice that I couldn't take myself though. After my acne cleared I was absolutely sick with worry that it would return. There are those milestones, six months, a year ect, ect that you watch out for as it may return. I effectively crashed and burned mentally. Went to see a therapist and built myself back up again. Now I feel great.

 

The reason I mention this is because I'm worried you are going down the same path. I understand how stressful a time it is but you need to give yourself a break. Your son is doing great. You caught the acne nice and early. I don't want to over step my boundaries, but you seem very stressed over the ordeal. You mentioned that you had acne when you were younger. Do you feel stressed because you can empathise with what he is going through, or because you feel that it is somehow your fault that he has acne? Give yourself a break, because it is not your fault. You suffered when you were younger so he didn't have to. You knew what to do, and stopped the acne in its tracks. I wish I had a mother like you. If you were my mother you have saved me years of suffering.

 

I wish you and your son the very best. I have a particular mantra that helped me get through the stressful early days, 'if it comes back, go back.' Meaning that if the acne came back, I would go back on the accutane. It is that simple. Your son is half my age, so I can't tell you weather or not it is going to come back. However, it also means that he didn't scar as much as he would have, and that they will have longer to fade. If his acne comes back, just go back on accutane as soon as you can. But enjoy now, he's happy and so should you. You did some good mothering.

 

I have never heard of Tazorac. I don't use anything on my skin, I do use clean and clear or something of it's ilk, but just out of habbit really.

 

Best of luck

 

Colm

Thank you for the kind words!  I do want my son to be as healthy and happy as possible of course, which is why I finally put him on the drug.  Now I know to some, that may sound weird ("healthy on Accutane?  It messes up your body so bad!")   That's why I waited so long to finally let him go on it.  I did not want to mess up my precious child's body inside.  I know all the risks- the liver damage, etc.  I was determined to not do that to him.   But all of the work (including money) we were putting into the different remedies, special diets, etc. just got to be too much.   I still wrestle with the dilemma and guilt I have about having done this to him (meaning putting him on the drug), knowing how extreme and toxic it is.  But he just kept saying to me, "But Mom, look at you- you took it yourself, and you're fine.  So maybe I'll be fine too."  smile.png   I hope he's right.

 

And I think the reason I have been so stressed out about his condition is because it really messed me up mentally when I was younger.  I never realized until this experience with him, that acne really destroyed my self esteem when I was young.  I mean it totally screwed me up, and I was a miserable kid and teenager.  Until Accutane, that is.  Once I took it and got clear, I regained much of my self esteem, and I was like a different person.  So with my son, I was re-living all of the angst and misery that I went through in my own childhood.   Acne really messes with your head!  It is not just a physical ailment.  It affects basically all aspects of your life.  I don't think my parents realized how depressed I was before the Accutane.  I never contemplated suicide, but I was just soooo unhappy.   I used to pray that I would wake up the next morning with a miraculously clear face.  So yeah, acne really destroyed me more than I realized!

 

No problem, I wish you and yours all the best. I agree with you one hundred per cent about acne being devastaing mentally. You could make the argument that acne is more of a mental disease than a physical one. Even after my acne cleared I still had to deal with the mental side of it and relieving myself of those patterns.

 

Best of luck

Colm



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 04:40 PM

does accutane work on milia? those little bumps under the skin...? my derm doc said she wasn't sure, but i also suffer from a bit of cystic acne and she wants me to try accutane. i'm SOO worried about the peeling.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:27 AM

I haven't heard of it until now but I've read into milia and apparently it's to do with your sweat glands. Accutane affects like glands in your body so there is a good chance it will do something. I warn you now, accutane makes things worse before it makes things better, I'm finally without an active spot or cyst after 4 months but I have a lot of redness. 



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:25 PM

This is a very helpful thread, thank you. I am currently 7 weeks into Roaccutane and my face is a complete mess. From what I read, patience seems to be the key but it is hard to keep positive when my skin has never been so bad (today I had a cyst develop on the bottom of my lip - didn't even know that was possible).

 

I note someone had mentioned difficulty obtaining Roaccutane on the NHS. For reference, I had no problem at all. After 2 months of failed antibiotics, my GP didn't hesitate in putting me forward for it. I was lucky in having a GP at my surgery who is apparently licensed in dispensing Roac. so less than a month after it was first mentioned to me, I was on it. I do feel very privileged not to have an added financial burden right now, unlike the Americans on here. Clear skin shouldn't be the reserve of the wealthy.

 

Anyway, thank you again for your frank and encouraging post. Really needed that at the moment.



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:52 PM

does accutane work on milia? those little bumps under the skin...? my derm doc said she wasn't sure, but i also suffer from a bit of cystic acne and she wants me to try accutane. i'm SOO worried about the peeling.

 

I don't know anything about that either, but I hope that it does



This is a very helpful thread, thank you. I am currently 7 weeks into Roaccutane and my face is a complete mess. From what I read, patience seems to be the key but it is hard to keep positive when my skin has never been so bad (today I had a cyst develop on the bottom of my lip - didn't even know that was possible).

 

I note someone had mentioned difficulty obtaining Roaccutane on the NHS. For reference, I had no problem at all. After 2 months of failed antibiotics, my GP didn't hesitate in putting me forward for it. I was lucky in having a GP at my surgery who is apparently licensed in dispensing Roac. so less than a month after it was first mentioned to me, I was on it. I do feel very privileged not to have an added financial burden right now, unlike the Americans on here. Clear skin shouldn't be the reserve of the wealthy.

 

Anyway, thank you again for your frank and encouraging post. Really needed that at the moment.

 

And thank you sir,

you're the reason I made it, you know, to let people know that there is hope, and maybe give them some relief. As I said, when I was trying to get accutane I couldn't find one like this, and it would have meant a lot. Best of luck with your skin, and I hope it clears.






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