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In Topic: Accutane - Very Mild, But Persistent Acne

02 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

Hey!! I'm stoked to find this topic because my situation is very like yours. I've had acne for six years or so, now. I don't get many actives, but the ones I do get are large, painful, hot, and leave marks or scars. I do have some indents in my cheeks now and even the ones that haven't properly scarred will sit on my face for a year as a bump. I still have painless bumps from old zits on my cheeks that have been sitting there since September last year.


Outside of that my entire cheeks are covered in blackheads and flesh coloured lumps that don't seem to contain anything, but are raised from my face and so numerous that they'd distorted the shape of my cheekbones. They were also invisible in certain lighting so it was really difficult to get doctors (NHS) to take me seriously until I started taking pictures in natural daylight to show them.


So while I don't have many active bumps or any cysts, the NHS referred me to a dermatologist who then immediately suggested accutane upon seeing that I've started to scar. I'm on my second week at the moment and have had no side effects outside of having some trouble concentrating. I'm on 25mg/day. I'm not on a super low dose course, I'm just quite small and light so 50mg will be my max dose and it'll start next month. Fingers crossed for the both of us!

In Topic: Acne Has Become Severe

13 December 2013 - 11:13 AM

Accutane. You could spend years of your life experimenting with elimination diets that will pretty much render you unable to enjoy so many types of food (and possibly not help your acne), or you could give Accutane a try. There's a lot of scary stuff around about it, but so many people take Accutane and find that it gives them relief from their symptoms while only experiencing fairly mild and temporary side effects. The reason you hear so many of the bad stories is because people that had no problems and went on to be happy and acne free don't hang around acne forums anymore. I know that when I had clear skin (on the regimen at the time) I didn't want anything to do with this forum and wanted to forget about my acne days.

In Topic: Skin Tone Annoyance

13 December 2013 - 09:18 AM

This is apparently normal and your skin should normalize, but I was one of the few whose skin never got over it. I was on BP for two years or so and while my skin cleared of acne, my face where I applied the BP was always a shade darker than anywhere else. The amount I applied and how often I applied it made no difference. Even just spot treating with BP now causes the places I use it to get discoloured.

In Topic: Need A Good Cleanser

02 December 2013 - 11:43 PM

I used quinoderm face wash for a good while and was clear for a few months on it, till my skin changed to a slightly drier type and I couldn't use it anymore. I hear Cerave's hydrating and foaming cleansers are good. Right now, though, I use pure oatmeal as a cleanser.

In Topic: Switching From Epiduo To Differin?

21 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

It's slightly stronger than the stuff in the Epiduo (0.1%) so you may see a liiiiittle purging if you have anything lurking deep down or if it irritates your skin to start. You should apply to your whole face as retinoids are a preventitive, not a spot treatment. You may need to start by using it every other day if it ends up being a little strong for you, then build up to daily (or less, if you can get away with less and stay clear).