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#3349524 15 Year Old Female- Roaccutane Uk- Let's Do This! (Pictures Included)

Posted by MJRI94 on 18 May 2013 - 10:32 AM

Hey! Fellow NHS Roaccutane-er here too smile.png If things start getting worse, its a good sign, mine got way worse before it started improving but it does get better

For me the 1st week was very rough and a struggle to get through but it was worth it, just remember the end goal you are going for! I think I made the mistake of focusing too much on the side effects and initial breakout rather than the end goal


Anyway, good luck!



Hi there!


What made your first week so tough (just so I can prepare myself)? When did things start to eventually get better for you?


Thank you, it means a lot smile.png Good luck you Roaccutane-er (that name is genius wink.png )!!


I started getting facial flushing and that horrible sunburn feeling on my face mildly at first but it started getting more and more intense, it did leave after a little while though but then the initial breakout came which was horrific, I had acne literally everywhere on my face at the worst point. That faded too but was replaced by a painful dry scalp and headaches that wouldn't go away. One thing after another!


But it was definitely worth putting up with them, I'd say it was more like 11 days rather than a week. It was rough but then again 11 days isn't much to sacrifice in the grand scheme of things at all. My skin is looking better everyday now, I'm really happy that I stuck with it because I honestly considered giving up saywhat.gif

#3349305 15 Year Old Female- Roaccutane Uk- Let's Do This! (Pictures Included)

Posted by MJRI94 on 17 May 2013 - 01:55 PM

Hey! Fellow NHS Roaccutane-er here too :) If things start getting worse, its a good sign, mine got way worse before it started improving but it does get better

For me the 1st week was very rough and a struggle to get through but it was worth it, just remember the end goal you are going for! I think I made the mistake of focusing too much on the side effects and initial breakout rather than the end goal


Anyway, good luck!

#3266656 Miracle Cure

Posted by MJRI94 on 17 July 2012 - 06:59 AM

I only quickly skimmed the article - but the thought of a vaccine is very interesting... But just a thought - if this is a vaccine that targets inflammation, I wonder what 'run-on' effects it would have for other normal inflammatory responses in the body - like fighting off infections etc

And I think you're exactly right about the money aspect to all of these companies. Why give a complete cure when they can have us coming back again and again with our money.

That is true, it seems a bit broad and could cause problems. Hopefully the 5 years of testing/analysis/progression will iron out most of the problems but I suppose we will just have to wait and see. 'Good things come to those who wait' apparently, lets hope so eh? Posted Image

#3266433 Miracle Cure

Posted by MJRI94 on 16 July 2012 - 12:25 PM

Like I mentioned earlier I heard of a new treatment for acne which supposedly is somewhat of a breakthrough. You can hear about it in the video above. It starts at around 1:12:00.

Basically there's a new topical treatment they say that works differently than other treatments as it eliminates acne bacteria on your skin. They say it is going to "turn the whole skin care industry on its head" and is "the first topical pro-biotic".

Like I said, maybe it's not what they hope or think it is but I thought I'd share it here...for what it's worth.

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Maybe I'm being too cynical here but I looked at the company website and the active ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% which left me slightly crestfallen - for me at least and others I have seen BP is too drying and damaging to the skin, I also don't agree with people using BP (or products that contain it) for years and years as it can age your skin prematurely, even with moisturizing effectively etc, I used it for ~3 years (it didn't 'cure' anything, only reduced it but I was thankful for that slight relief) and never want to go back to that stuff in any shape or form. I think this could be effective on mild acne but I heavily doubt it would help prevent deep, stubborn cystic acne like I have.

Again, maybe I'm being too cynical but I don't really see topical treatments as the way forward when it comes to the more severe spectrum of acne at least, as mentioned previously in this thread, Isotretinoin appears to be the best bet for the future if the serious side effects can be eliminated. The unknown mechanism of the drug needs to be found.

Another point of interest would be even if it did work, would you be ok with using a topical treatment everyday for very long periods of time? (maybe decades for those who's acne doesn't fade). It would be a hassle, but then again perhaps it would be a price worth paying - no pain, no gain...

#3248803 What's Stopping You From Getting Rid Of Your Acne?

Posted by MJRI94 on 26 May 2012 - 05:27 PM

I have tried countless things to cure my skin - cleansers, moisturisers, scrubs, antibiotics, topical treatments, light treatments, masks... all sorts of things, and have found one thing they have in common (at least for me); they don't work (some of them are expensive as hell too).

So recently I gave up trying, nowadays I just wash my face with water twice a day and thats it. I actually noticed that my skin looked better, it was less greasy and a good healthy colour but the acne is still there. I'm sure there are other things I could look into or try such as testing my diet but I'm at a stage where I really cannot be bothered anymore. I don't want to sound like a defeatist but thats just how it is, the countless things I have tried have always let me down and it feels like I have no control anyway.

So I would say the biggest thing stopping me from getting rid of acne is my own motivation at the moment. I'm sick of obsessing over my skin and trying all sorts of crap to clear it. Right now I am just trying to live with it and it hasn't been so bad, its still moderate acne but thats just the way it is.

#3222172 Feeling Pretty Low- Just Need A Place To Post Some Thoughts

Posted by MJRI94 on 03 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

I also enjoyed reading your post, I can relate hugely to what you said and agree with how these forums are such a great help. The way people express their views on problems we all face puts a new angle on it for me and helps me gain some perspective on how things really are, which is difficult when you are really down, since anything and everything seems against you.

What hurts the most is that I wish I had the confidence and the ability to tell people how much I love them and care about them.   I want to tell my friends and family how beautiful they are and how much they've helped me and that they mean the world to me. It seems like it should be simple enough, but acne makes me feel so unlovable sometimes that I can't bring myself to be as close to people as I want to be.

Summed up how I feel perfectly, they have to put up with me being in bad moods, shying away from things, etc all the time. I'd love to thank them all and tell them but I just feel so awkward looking the way I do - its like a mental barrier that prevents me from getting too close to people. The worst part is that it my skin (what I think is the main problem) doesn't really matter to them anyway but my mentality (the real problem) stops me in my tracks. Its weird analysing myself in a third-person sort of way but its not something I can just stop doing just like that - it has to be worked on. These forums, like you said, are a huge help in working yourself out and solving your problems Posted Image

#3198728 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by MJRI94 on 29 December 2011 - 07:21 PM

Oh, it looks pretty good. AHA did its job. I have only one new pimple in the centre of my forehead. But maybe it's not a pimple, maybe I'm going to become a unicorn. Posted Image

That would be cool, best of luck with that. Posted Image

Well... I must have been a good boy this year after all, Santa gave me the gift of clear skin.  I'm not sure what the situation is though, whether it's for a limited time only or whether it will be a gift which keeps on giving. Wait and see I suppose.  Happy though and I'm especially pleased to be seeing great differences in my skin after a month of diet changes.  Just a few small alterations and removing some stuff I apparently have an intolerance too is all that was needed.  Increased my supplement intake a bit as well and I assume that's doing me good.  I'll aim to actually change my diet pretty soon so that I can get more of those things naturally from food sources, too.

Also makes me happy to think how I've turned things around so much over the last four weeks. At the start of the month, my skin was broken out and very red and sore from all the crazy picking.  Getting to grips with that and being kinder to my skin.  It's responded in kind and it keeps getting easier because there's less and less to pick.  I just looked back at my blog from about a month ago and the picture I posted then was pretty depressing to me.  I was in pain with it and I felt horrible and ugly.  Not like I now feel like God's gift to women or anything, but it's just so nice to get rid of that pain and to be able to smile or laugh without it hurting and without being reminded of the damage I'd done to my face.

Reckon I'll see if I can take an up to date picture later and use that as a reminder of what happens when I'm good to my skin, see if it inspires me to keep this going.  Posted Image

Good on you Paul, 13 years is more than enough time spent serving the 'acne sentence' we have to go through, you're a nice guy so you deserve it.

As for me, not doing too bad, haven't used BP in a couple of days, only a moisturizer that works perfectly but normally breaks me out, it hasn't so far so fingers crossed it won't again Posted Image