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#3419188 My (Successful) Accutane Story!

Posted by Feelin'SomeRhythm on 08 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

Hi all,


I haven’t posted on acne.org for a few months as now – unbelievably, incredibly, can’t-believe-I-can-actually-say-this-ly – I am 100% acne free! Wow, for so many years I looked forward to the day that I could say those words and, indeed, make this post! This wonderful site was a huge emotional aide to me during my 5 year acne journey and, now that I’m finally free, I wanted to write this quick post to hopefully encourage others who are struggling to recognise the light at the end of the tunnel.


I won’t bore you with my backstory but, in a nutshell, I only first developed acne when I went to university (strange, I know) as a result of taking oxytetracycline for years for blackheads (thanks, Docs). Acne really ruined my university experience for me; it’s so horrible what this thing can do to you. Over the next three years I jumped from treatment to treatment, health blog to health blog, all of which either didn’t work or only cleared me up for a short amount of time.


After I graduated last summer I, finally, decided to go on Accutane and, after popping my first pill in August 2013, it’s fair to say it was a rough ride but it was oh so worth it. I honestly cannot begin to describe how much it has turned my life around! If anybody is scared about trying the drug then my advice would simply be, “don’t be”. The internet scare stories put me off it for years and now I realise all they did was prevent me from becoming clear. I’m sure that holistic natural remedies work for some but they must be a very small percentage of the population (I know, I desperately wanted them to work! And I’ve tried pretty much every “cleanse” and “potion” there is); Accutane is the only thing which 100% worked for me.


For the record, I’ve attached some photos. The thought of even posting these photos online would have filled me with dread but, if they help you guys to see that something will work, then it’s worth it.


Firstly, here’s what I looked like back in late 2011 at the height of my acne troubles: http://i18.photobuck...essenger/a1.jpg


Not nice, eh? I’d just started differin and doxycycline and was breaking out like crazy. This time of my life was rough. Really rough. But, it was so worth fighting through to get to this stage.


And here’s what my skin looks like now: http://i18.photobuck...er/P1060461.jpg


It’s not an understatement to say it has turned my life around. I finally feel FREE!


Please, if you’re suffering like I was, don’t discount this drug purely because of the online scare stories. The people who post online are disproportionately those who have had a bad experience; people like myself simply disappear and never post a review. You will get the dry lips, sore skin and aching muscles etc, but it’s oh so worth it in the long run.


Think of it this way: 200,000 people are injured or killed in cars each year, but that doesn’t stop us all happily getting into a car to drive to work every day.


So, acne.org, thank you so much for all the support you guys have given me over the years! I can’t begin to describe how much it helped! This site is an amazing online resource and we’re all so lucky to be able to interact with other suffers through this great board.


If anybody has any questions at all about Accutane, or how I found it, then please do let me know – I would love to help out!

All the best, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!


Tom. :)

#3368460 22, Female, First Time On Accutane!

Posted by Feelin'SomeRhythm on 23 July 2013 - 05:43 AM

This is such an inspiring log to read, I'm so pleased for you - your skin is looking great now! I'm due to start roaccutane soon (3 weeks, 6 days... not that I'm counting, haha) and I now just really want to get started. It's brilliant to see how well you've progressed! :)

#3363293 Really Starting To Struggle Emotionally

Posted by Feelin'SomeRhythm on 02 July 2013 - 07:44 AM

Hey guys,


Lately I feel like I've hit rock bottom with the emotional side of acne. I'm just so, so, unbelievably sick of it. I'm almost 23 years old and I'm still battling this horrible illness and, right now, aside from a particularly rough patch in late 2011, it's the worst it's ever been. Why on earth do I still have acne at this age?! I've always took great care of my skin, even before acne first developed (for me, it was around age 19... I know, right) I always took great care of my skin because I didn't want to risk getting this horrible illness.


Acne has completely stolen the last few years away from me - my time at university was almost entirely ruined because of acne. They say it's the best time of your life, but I spent most of it just holed up in my room, not wanting to go out and let people see me while I looked like this. Here I am now, applying for professional graduate jobs and going on interviews, still with a face full of spots. It's so disheartening walking into an interview waiting room and feeling like you like a 13 year old in their Dad's suit. Why can't I just be done with this already?


I'm so sick of acne dictating what I do and don't do. I want to be able to go on weekends away with friends, I want to be able to go out and drink, I want to be able to get up really early and not be afraid of what I look like. Every time I see somebody just casually glance in the mirror to check out their appearance, I can't even begin to describe the jealousy I feel. To be able to just look in the mirror! Without having to worry about who - what - is going to be starting back! That must be incredible.


I've wasted so much money over the years on useless, useless treatments which simply don't work. Despite years of being scared of going on it, now is the time for Accutane. Unfortunately because of NHS waiting lists, it'll be a good 3 months before I even get an appointment to receive the drug. So a 6 month course + 3 month wait, means another 9 months of acne. For God's sake I'll almost be 24 by then!


Lately I just can't think about anything but my skin condition. It's just got so much worse lately: horrible, huge red cysts and spots all over my forehead, and along my chin and jawline. I have this dream of just being able to go away and live as a recluse in the countryside until this all passes.


I can't keep doing this any longer. It's just getting too much.

#3363274 What Does Clear Skin Feel Like?

Posted by Feelin'SomeRhythm on 02 July 2013 - 05:42 AM

There have been a few select times when I've had clear skin, but sadly these have always come to an end. In short, it felt great! I no longer had to get up 2 hours before I had to leave the house, I no longer had to walk around avoiding all sights of mirrors, I no longer let my skin dictate what I did and didn't do. My confidence came back to what it was like pre-acne. I long for those times to come back.

#3358386 Taking The Plunge - Roaccutane (Male, Uk, 19 Y.o.)

Posted by Feelin'SomeRhythm on 16 June 2013 - 08:23 AM

I just want to jump in and say how amazing and inspiring this log is - dude, your skin is looking great! I've recently made the decision that it's about time I take accutane, I've put it off for years despite doctors suggesting otherwise, but enough is enough. You should feel great about your skin man, it's looking fantastic!