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Second Course Of Accutane After Relapse?

02 October 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hi all,


After years of suffering, I finally went on accutane from August 2013-January 2014. I can't say it was the nicest of experiences with the side effects but it was completely worth it in the end. My skin was perfect from January up until a few weeks ago when it's got really bad again, really fast.


I have an appointment to see a Doctor in a week and a half to hopefully refer me to a dermatologist so I can get a second course. Do people find that a second course tends to really get rid of it for good? Also, for people who did take a second course, did you find side effects not to be as bad? The thing I'm really worried about is the initial breakout - I had a minor-moderate one last time around and I'm scared it'll be happen again.


It's extremely depressing to be a 23 year old guy who is still battling acne, particularly after I had a run of 10 months of being completely clear!

My (Successful) Accutane Story!

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: [Link removed]


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:  [Link removed]


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!


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Huge Breakout 10 Weeks Into Accutane?

23 October 2013 - 03:56 AM

Hey guys,


I'm about 10 weeks into my accutane (or Roaccutane as it's branded here in the UK) course and I do apologise for not making a log to progress my journey - I promised to, but the thought of having to minutely study photographs of my face on a daily basis didn't seem too appealing!


Anyway, I'm on Day 66 (Week 10, Day 3) at the moment and aside from a shaky first few weeks due to side-effects and the dreaded intitial breakout, things have been great. Up until a week ago I've been able to confidently say that I only have 1-2 spots at a time. Of course I have lots of scarring as well, but it's nothing a bit of mineral makeup can't cover up! (Yes, I'm a guy, but this stuff really helps!). Unbelievably this has vanished over the last week as I've now completely broken out with absolutely loads of deep spots all over my face and forehead. This is actually worse than my initial breakout! Is it common to experience a breakout like this almost 3 full months into treatment? It's really disheartening to be walking around with such a terribly broken out face after I've made so much progress.


Thanks in advance!


Male Makeup For Acne And Acne Scars (Uk)

03 July 2013 - 01:16 PM

Hey guys,


This may be a really stupid question about a dream product which doesn't exist, but do any guys out there have any makeup tips to cover up moderate acne and acne scars? My confidence is at the lowest it has ever been right now and, frankly, I'd rather be known as the guy who wears makeup than the 22 year old who has acne. Is there any type of foundation which will look natural, won't clog pores and will effectively cover acne on us guys? I have graduation photos in a few weeks and I'm petrified about having to walk around all day with my hair pulled off my face exposing my severe acne underneath.


I live in the UK, but I'm happy to order online if need be.


Thanks in advance for any tips!