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Taking The Plunge - Roaccutane (Male, Uk, 19 Y.o.)

29 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

So, after much thought and weighing up of risks I have finally decided to start Roaccutane! It wasn't an easy decision to make and I went to the dermatologist still undecided. After discussing it with the derm I decided to go for it - my plan originally was to wait it out and see if I could grow out of it but with skin as bad as mine it seems extremely unlikely and I can't be on antibiotics to keep it at a certain level forever.


The thing that swung it for me was when the derm said 'Don't you think enough is enough? You could have been prescribed this years ago, why are you still trying to struggle through like this?' I didn't really have an answer. I've tried countless things all to no avail, I'm sick to death of struggling through it, enough truly is enough this time.


About me: I have had acne for 6 years now. I started getting acne when I was 13 (19 now) and at first it was your usual teenage acne - not too bad but difficult to deal with at that age - especially all for your friends have clear skin still. When I turned 15 the acne began to become more severe, I would get cysts and massively inflamed acne all over my face, neck and top of back. I can remember there was only one other guy in my school with skin nearly as bad as mine but mine was still the worst, I got all the usual crap off other kids - 'spotty', 'zit face', 'pizza face', etc. It knocked my confidence and got me down a lot. This is when I first got medical treatments to help.


Fast forward to 17 and things got worse. The acne was even worse and seriously getting to me, I was depressed and it led me to some pretty dark places in my mind. Now I am 19 and the acne is still severe (if left untreated without meds, antibiotics keep it moderate, at best sometimes mild). My skin just seems to be getting worse and worse - painful, inflamed like you wouldn't believe and disfiguring - its quite frightening. I'm starting to get some noticeable scarring now also.


Acne is perceived as a teenage condition and I'd like it to be just that for me - nothing in the world would make me happier than having clear skin on my 20th birthday, which is why I have to take the risk and go through with this.


Things I've tried: Erythromycin, Benzoyl Peroxide, Tetralysal & Zineryt (worked the best), different diets, different supplements, natural remedies, masks, light treatments... the list could go on, nothing worked.


Course info: I was prescribed 60mg/day for 4/5 months (depending how it goes). I weigh 57kg so 60mg is as high as I will go. I was given some wash to help with the dryness also.


Day 2: I'm starting off with 40mg/day for 2 weeks since I thought starting with 60mg/day was a bit much to start off with and the derm said this was fine to break into it with. Popped my first pills yesterday, my skin is currently in a strangely good state (mild/moderate) thanks to Tetralysal, no changes to note just yet! Would add a photo but only have crappy camera and skin is not as bad as it normally is so there doesn't seem much point.


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What Can A Dermatologist Do Outside Of The "normal" Treatments?

09 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

Hello everyone!

I have had acne for 5 years now, the past 3 years unfortunately have been cystic. In those past 3 years I have seen a doctor a couple of times and got 2 rounds of antibiotics (Erythromycin + Tetralysal) and some topicals (BP + Zineryt), however I have never seen an actual dermatologist... the last time I went to my doctor she mentioned she would refer me to a derm if the Tetralysal did not work (which it hasn't), which brings me to my question, would it be worth seeing a derm?

Now, I'm sure most people would say yes but I'm not sure if the "normal" treatments will be beneficial to the way I want to treat my skin. By "normal" treatments I mean topicals, antibiotics and (ro)accutane.

I don't want to be prescribed another different topical - they only lessen my acne and don't deal with the main root cause, plus they can be damaging to my skin.
I also don't want to go on more rounds of antibiotics as while they work for a short amount of time, the acne comes raging back seemingly even worse after you stop, another concerning point is how antibiotics can mess up your gut flora.
Lastly, I want to avoid (ro)accutane like the plague - I understand it has helped many people and while the risk is small, its not a risk I want to take at all.

These 3 main areas of treatment seem to be the only options that seeing a dermatologist would provide, so I am not sure it would be worth being referred. I'm basically wondering what peoples opinions and experiences are with dermatologists are in how they can treat you in different ways apart from the norm (if there are any!), thanks for reading Posted Image