Jump to content


Member Since 09 Oct 2011
Offline Last Active Dec 17 2014 02:14 PM

#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.

#3400695 Acne Has Become Severe

Posted by Ballen on 13 December 2013 - 10:31 AM

I know how you feel, hang in there, man!

#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.

#3395474 Skipping College

Posted by Ballen on 18 November 2013 - 03:40 AM


Well good for you, but for the rest of the 99% of the world, let's encourage getting an education- fair enough?


And for the other 99% who don't invent something or make millions some other way, just for the other 99% of us it is well documented that income correlates with education....





Here's to us in the 99%!! STAY IN SCHOOL!!

Income yes, millions no. Pretty much anyone (99%) can be millionaires.


I didn't mean stop learning, I just said there is really no point of going to (paying for) collage (unless you want a job which requires an education). I personally don't want to work for anyone (not that you do), but myself.


Most people don't really want anything bad enough, so its probably best for them to stay in school. smile.png

You want to work, but for yourself? Doing what?


No one wants to "work" really, we have other things we'd like to see and do, however, ya got to have the money to survive. Thats society.

The benefit of going to college is to earn some type of education, certificate, or degree in which you can use to apply into an area you like.


If ya like what you do, you will never truly work a day in your life.


How can you make judgments for people when you do not know them or live their life? How can you justify their wants and needs for them by stating "they don't want it bad enough?" This is simply not true.


The biggest mistake you'll ever make is thinking you work for anybody but yourself. Regardless of who pays your paycheck.


As I said, unless your dream job requires a degree, you don't need it; why would you?


I think people want to work, just not with what they are currently working as. If no body in the world worked, which is an actual possibility btw, they wouldn't all just sit around and do nothing/ partying or whatever. They would study or work with what they truly wanted.


If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to get it. Unless you're unlucky. If someone is skipping collage because of acne, that may be a sign that this isn't the right path for them. I would rethink where I'm going and what I want in life (write it down) if I were OP.


The reason you think you "have to work" is because you haven't worked smart enough in your past.

#3394709 Skipping College

Posted by Ballen on 14 November 2013 - 10:07 AM

loved the post about no money-  don't let acne rob you of your earning potential, and college is the key to that, so chin up and SHOW up....wear a hoodie or sit in the back, just SHOW UP


also I find being really busy, like studying when I was at uni was a good thing for me...takes my mind off my problems and it is such a positive goal, getting a degree is something YOU CAN control! 

Actually, there is no correlation between high earning (millionaires) and education level. I dropped out of collage because I was studying the wrong thing for me, 1 year ago. I'm now earning millions.

#3389951 Accutane Journey - Mild Acne

Posted by Ballen on 21 October 2013 - 09:48 PM

Accutane seems a bit excessive to me, but if nothing else has worked.. Have you tried any antibiotics?


You've had acne for ~5 years, now you're 18, and you're going on Accutane? Hmm.. Ive had worse acne for 2 years, then 4 years of hardcore severe cystic acne, and then 2 years of severe acne. I'm 21 now, going on Accutane too.. Good luck though.

#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..