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#3458189 I Want Accutane!

Posted by Ballen on 30 October 2014 - 08:31 PM

I have used AHA+ before and it helped with the texture of my skin but it didn't do a whole lot for my acne.  I also found that it made my skin appear more oily and I have combination skin.  Why isn't it that you recommend accutane?  Did you notice any negative side effects?  Also, while my acne may not be severe, I can tell you that I have skipped out on a ton of experiences in my life that I regret due to low confidence as a result of my acne.

I know how you feel. You could try some oil moisturizers, like jojoba oil, to make the skin produce less oil. I recommend hemp seed oil.
Accutane is almost like a overdose of vitamin A. It was meant for cancer patients, which is why it is so harsh. 
Yes, i had a bit dry eyes before. Now I have MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction, dry eyes do to too low oil production, or blockage in the oil glands on the eyelids) as a direct result of Accutane. This is as bad as acne. Mine isn't that bad, but it was.

I don't know if I would do it again, if I could do it over. But I do know I wouldn't if my acne weren't severe.
It can drastically change your life. It's a throw of dice; not worth it.
+ Your skin isn't the same after you've done it; it's dry and dull.

I would differently try other things before doing it. Like finding out if i'm allergic to something. If I have unbalanced hormone levels. Vitamin deficiencies. Etc.

I would also be weary of topical's, as it can damage your skin permanently if you're not careful.

My best advice would be to try things that is't harsh on the skin or on your system. Try finding the source while minimizing the current outbreaks. Who knows, maybe you will grow out of it, like 95% of the population.

#3457728 Chin Cystic Acne

Posted by Ballen on 27 October 2014 - 02:41 PM

If looks are nothing then why are you on this site? Acne shouldn't matter to you.


Everything I try/have tried has failed to get rid of acne. A positive attitude would not help, either. And my attitude is the result of the reality of the situation.

I'm here because I don't want to have acne. Most of my acne (95%) is under control, except my blackheads or whatever I have.. What I meant (and what I wrote) was that you shouldn't let your acne control you happiness.


A positive attitude helps your self esteem and your outlook on life. The higher self esteem you have, the more things you'll try. There are tons of things you still haven't tried.. You're supposed to enjoy the ride of life, if you choose to do so is entirely up to you.

#3397590 Isotretinoin Treatment - Blackheads

Posted by Ballen on 28 November 2013 - 12:22 PM

I'm on week 5 (40mg /day / 65 kgs), moved up to 50 (today).


Anyway, my skin texture is getting better and better. My old one was terrible. All my blackheads are being pushed out and the holes that are left are shrinking a lot. Before, they didn't even look like blackheads, but its like Accutane opened the skin to them and now their coming out :)

#3397266 Accutane, We Meet Again!

Posted by Ballen on 26 November 2013 - 03:11 PM

Some seems to think starting at a lower dosage (in you case 10-20 mg/ day) dramatically reduces the chance of an IB. I believe this to be true.

If you're gonna meet your derm before starting, you could bring this up if you're worried. Just ask for it, most likely she will say yes.

#3387738 Depression Due To Cystic Acne

Posted by Ballen on 11 October 2013 - 04:58 AM

Yes. I almost never go outside. I'm inside 9/10 of the time, been like this for the last 7 years... Glad I'm finally going on Accutane. lol.

#3387025 Retin-A: My Skin Is Way Too Oily!

Posted by Ballen on 07 October 2013 - 04:12 PM

Have you considered Zinc for acne? I've read that it greatly reduces the amount of oil on your face when you're on it, and it also gets rid of acne and helps heal the skin. Look up "Zinc for acne" on Google.

Im taking zinc. It drastically reduced the amount of oil in my face. I used to get REALLY oily, and get acne from it..