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In Topic: 2Nd Round Of Accutane

01 October 2014 - 03:05 PM



This is the exact same thing that has happened to me. I was on accutane from August-December last year, cleared up absolutely great and only over the last few weeks has my face to started to break out like crazy. In fact, it's scary how quickly I've gone from perfect skin to bad acne :/


I've got a GP appointment next week when, hopefully, I'll be able to start the process of getting a dermatology referral all over again.

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!




(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 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...

In Topic: Uk Accutane

22 July 2013 - 05:10 PM

There is never an ideal time to start accutane, so it's entirely up to you when you do go on it. However, if you're acne is mild, then ask yourself if you really need a drug as strong as accutane? It seems private dermatologists are more keen to give this out than NHS ones for the obvious reasons!


Also, check out Bare Minerals SPF Foundation. I'm a guy and I've found that applying a thin layer is undetectable, but really helps to hide the redness of acne.