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Kiyanna

Member Since 29 Jun 2011
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In Topic: Dermatologists Can't Help Me

03 March 2014 - 04:38 PM

I have/had very similar problems to you. My skin doesn't like topicals anymore. It responded very, very well to BP initially and I was clear for a few months. After that I started getting flesh coloured bumps all over my cheeks that would not go away no matter what topicals I used. I used everything, prescription and non prescription. Even peels didn't help all that much. It seemed as though every now and again something would get rid of a bump or two very temporarily, but it would be back by the next day. These bumps were soft and weren't really full of anything. I also started getting the occasional painful red pimple that would inflame a good inch of my skin around it.

 

I've been on accutane for two weeks now. It's my last resort, so fingers crossed. Some of the smaller surface fleshy bumps seem to have been reduced. I don't think it's sebaceous hyperplasia - the derm at the hospital said it didn't look that way and I'm kind of young anyway -- 22. Maybe you could look into getting the same thing done?


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: Lied To My Derm To Get Accutane, Need Opinions

19 February 2014 - 04:18 PM

 

Why did you ask for opinions if you're just going to dismiss everyone giving them?

I don't think they're dismissing all opinions; just the baseless fear-mongering ones like bubbles'. Accutane does work for many, many people. On these boards you just hear from the ones that don't as the cured ones aren't posting anymore. Additionally, a great many accutane users don't even know these forums exist.

 

EDIT: My derm is an NHS derm in a hospital. She does nothing but handle the thousands of patients that have been referred from the GP for accutane treatment and she sees a great many of them cured completely. Outside of the usual dry skin/hair/eyes/etc and flushed face problems during the course, she rarely sees nasty side effects in her patients. She makes no money from me as she's NHS, so I don't see why she'd lie.

I agree that accutane does work for many people, but recently they have found that the success rate from one course of accutane is much lower than it was believed to be. Also, accutane should be a last resort treatment because of the side effects. It sounds like the OP has not even tried any prescription topicals. There's retin-a, differin, epiduo, finacea, aczone, tazorac, and many more. I tried all of those before even considering accutane, and I would suggest the OP do the same.

That's fair enough and I agree with trying other options first. I've had acne for six years and have tried everything, hence why I'm on accutane right now. I wasn't really saying the OP should go straight on accutane, just trying to justify why he might be dismissing posts like bubbles'.


In Topic: Lied To My Derm To Get Accutane, Need Opinions

19 February 2014 - 02:07 PM

Why did you ask for opinions if you're just going to dismiss everyone giving them?

I don't think they're dismissing all opinions; just the baseless fear-mongering ones like bubbles'. Accutane does work for many, many people. On these boards you just hear from the ones that don't as the cured ones aren't posting anymore. Additionally, a great many accutane users don't even know these forums exist.

 

EDIT: My derm is an NHS derm in a hospital. She does nothing but handle the thousands of patients that have been referred from the GP for accutane treatment and she sees a great many of them cured completely. Outside of the usual dry skin/hair/eyes/etc and flushed face problems during the course, she rarely sees nasty side effects in her patients. She makes no money from me as she's NHS, so I don't see why she'd lie.


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.