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Feelin'SomeRhythm

Member Since 17 Feb 2011
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In Topic: My (Successful) Accutane Story!

12 March 2014 - 04:12 PM

so tom, what was your skin like before the doxy and differin? ive just started differin and was going to do lymecycline along side it.  but i am also thinking just go straight to accutane, my acne is i would describe as persitently mild... it gets worse when i pick at it and i find the marks take forever to heal. 

 

what would your advice be? should i continue differin and see how that goes? or am i damaging my skin more? i feel like i am trapped because i am too scared to do an anti biotic, i did 2 types when i was 19 etc and now i am 26... 

 

Hi Jack,

 

I've tried most treatments and, in my experience, antibiotics work great for the first time around, but your body also builds up a resistance to them fairly quickly, leading your acne to come back worse than ever afterwards. Diffierin is very effective, but it takes ages to work (I started in November 2011, it was April 2012 until I saw a noticeable difference), and the side effects were, for me, actually worse than Accutane. It really dried my skin out and I burned instantly upo In being in the sun.

 

How long have you been on the Differin for and have you noticed any difference yet? If your acne is only mild, then lymecycline and differin should work really well, but bear in mind that it may come back afterwards.

 

I'm really glad I took accutane, but you couldn't say my acne was mild - personally, if I only had a few spots, I wouldn't take it because while the side effects aren't that bad, they are still noticeable. 6 months is a long to go with peeling lips and nose bleeds!

 

Red marks took ages to heal with me too - personally I used a mild exfoliator to help, but only do this when you've finished with the Differin.

 

I'd say it's up to you to decide how much acne is having upon your life and then perhaps mention accutane to your doctor to see what they think - they'll only put you on it if they think it's worth it!

 

Tom

 

(For what it's worth, this is my treatment history:

 

October 2009 - April 2011: Oxytetracycline. I was clear from February 2010 - October 2010, then the acne slowly came back.

April 2011 - May 2011: Lymecycline. I had to come off it due to the metalic taste side effect driving me around the bend.

May 2011 - November 2011: Natural stuff! Tried every diet and potion you can imagine, my acne got really really bad during this period.

November 2011 - June 2012: Doxycycline

November 2011 - December 2012: Differin. Worked really well with the above, completely cleared me up from the horrible summer of 2011 but, alas, all good things must come to an end. My acne slowly got worse (but not nearly as bad as it was) up until...

July 2013 - January 2014: Accutane. Finally, sorted!!)


In Topic: Huge Breakout 10 Weeks Into Accutane?

24 October 2013 - 06:49 AM

Mhhh I had an issue similar- and it turned out to me something i personally was doing. I have horrible allergies to all natural products- including burts bees (which is in youre regimen). The only thing that doesnt flair my skin up is CeraVe hydrating cleanser. 

 

People have mentioned this to me before, but I've used Burt's Bees consistently for years and years, even before my acne troubles started back in '09. I've gone periods of not using it to test this theory out and, honestly, nothing changes so I really don't think this has anything to do with it. Besides, I've been doing the exact same topical regime since starting roaccutane so I can't see why it would play up now. Thanks for the advice anyway though!

 

well, I have been on Accutane for 7 whole months. I continued breaking out until the last day of my 7th month! My doctor said that i have the choice of either continuing taking the drug for more months (on my own risk) or just stop it and try sth else. I chose to stop. However it did heal my back acne which I used to have on a daily basis.

 

It's a good sign that it cleared you up! I think it's working well, but I also believe that this medicine is ambiguous and very hard to predict.

 

Good luck! 

 

Sorry to hear that it didn't work for you in the end :( As I say, it has gone well for me so far so I guess that's a good sign, it's just so frustrating that it now looks (visibly, at least) like I'm right back at square 1. But yes I do think you're right - this medicine is such an ambiguous pain!


In Topic: How Long Do Antibiotics Generally Take To Work?

10 August 2013 - 03:04 PM

In the past, I've taken both Oxytetracycline and Doxycycline. I started the Oxy in October '09 and I didn't clear until March 2010; similarly, the Doxycycline took me from November 2011 'til March 2012 to work. Antibiotics do eventually work, but just be prepared for your acne to eventually come back, likely worse than what it was before. The failure of Oxy to keep me clear led to me taking Doxy and, similarly, the fact that Doxy has stopped working has resulted in me going on Roaccutane from next Monday.

 

Thank you for the reply smile.png It's good to know that I'm not meant to be seeing results yet so I will give it a bit more time before I start to panic! I'm not too reassured by you saying that my acne will come back worse though unsure.png does that always happen?! I literally couldn't cope with it coming back worse than before because before I started on this treatment it had got so bad that the cysts were making my eyes, lips and glands swell up and my whole face was constantly throbbing with pain. How many different antibiotics do they usually try you on before resorting to Roaccutane? I really want to avoid taking Roaccutane because I don't trust it with the side-effects at all. I really hope it goes well for you though! I'd be interested to see your progress with it.

 

Hey, sorry it's took me a while to reply - been in work. I wouldn't worry about it at all as it doesn't always come back worse for all people. By way of example, my skin in September-October 2011 really was terrible and a lot worse than it was pre-Oxy, however even now it's nowhere near as bad as it was then, despite coming off the Doxycycline. Just keep taking your course like your doctor recommended and, hopefully, in another 1-2 months you should be gaining clear skin. Good luck! smile.png

 

I'm quite nervous about starting Roaccutane but, for me, this feels like the right time. I put up with acne all through my university life and it completely changed me as a person - I'm fast approaching 23 and this thing isn't going on its own or with any other treatments the docs seem to have. Time to call in the big guns!


In Topic: How Long Do Antibiotics Generally Take To Work?

10 August 2013 - 02:52 AM

In the past, I've taken both Oxytetracycline and Doxycycline. I started the Oxy in October '09 and I didn't clear until March 2010; similarly, the Doxycycline took me from November 2011 'til March 2012 to work. Antibiotics do eventually work, but just be prepared for your acne to eventually come back, likely worse than what it was before. The failure of Oxy to keep me clear led to me taking Doxy and, similarly, the fact that Doxy has stopped working has resulted in me going on Roaccutane from next Monday.


In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

08 August 2013 - 03:58 AM

I've woken up this morning and my forehead has absolutely exploded in zits overnight :( They're the really deep, inset ones that you can't get out at the moment either and not even my usual trusty Bare Minerals is covering them up! I'm due in work in an hour, and I'm just sitting here panicking because my skin looks absolutely terrible :(

 

Only 11 days until I can FINALLY, after almost 3 months of waiting, start accutane...