If you've had acne for 23 years I imagine you want nothing more than to get rid of it. You have a shot with Roaccutane, I would urge you to give it a go. Taking Roaccutane is a bit of a blind decision insofar as the effects can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Having second thoughts is understandable, everybody does. But it is your best shot. And if you find reasons not to take it now, how can you be sure that the same won't happen again in the future? A bit of courage goes a long way
Baring in mind that it says you're from London, I'm guessing you'll be going through the NHS. The standard NHS procedure seems to be about 6 weeks of half dose, and then 12-14 weeks of full dose - these ppl know what they're doing they've handled thousands of accutane patients so you're in good hands Run your worries by them by all means, there is no worry that you have that someone before has not already raised with them so be open. Personally, I highly recommend accutane, it worked great for me, but the above posts are correct - get knowledged about it (this site is not the best source of impartial info, try NHS website and actual study stats).
Can I just counter the 'never listen to your dermatologist' comment left by WishClean. I see people on this site constantly espousing the "I know my body better than anyone!" comment. Well, actually, the likelihood is that you don't. The human body is like a machine. Those who have studied and practiced on it for years and years are unsurprisingly more knowledged in it than others. You wouldn't attempt to fix your car if it broke down, you would take it to a mechanic. This is exactly the same. If your body isn't doing what it should, you seek advice from someone who knows about it best.
So, always listen to your dermatologist. If you're so convinced that they have a profiteering agenda, then why seek their opinion in the first place??
This will sound blunt, but I don't want to waste your time by writing useless advice I don't believe adds up. Use the Retin-A! You will not get side-effects from a topical gel. Yeah sure you'll get a bit of pealing and redness in the first week or so, but give it a couple of months. Starving yourself, depression, stress - surely these are doing far worse things to your body than any face cream could ever do?!
It always shocks me what people are willing to do just to avoid taking the medicated route. This isn't aimed directly at you, more a general observation of acne-sufferers being convinced that the only way to properly cure their condition is 'from within'. It's almost as if some people see prescription gels and tablets as being too easy, like it's cheating or something. Sometimes it's ok to use a gel or take a tablet, really it is
In theory, in terms of acne clearance, there should be no difference whatsoever.
However, the longer less-intensive treatment is a safer option if the issue of side-effects is a worry to you. I'm not a doctor (unsurprisingly) but there is no objectively 'better' option of the two. Which one you do would depend on a variety of factors such as your weight, acne severity and personal willingness to endure the worst of the 'likely' side-effects (i.e. intense dryness, aches, facial redness etc).
Guess I must be somewhere in the region of 7 weeks post-Roaccutane now.. Well, I technically can no longer say I have been totally acne-free. Technically though, since what I got is not even worthy of mentioning really. Had like 3-4 of the tiniest whiteheads you'll ever see appear on my nose last week, cue outright horror on my part, then a quick realisation that I was being stupidly hysterical and that they were in fact absolutely nothing. Just the fear of "Oh shit, I have a spot! AN ACTUAL SPOT!!!" after you've not had one since May.
Summary: Aside from my girlish scream when confronted with those midget spots on my nose last week, I can safely say that all is well, and that I have no regrets whatsoever of taking this drug
Fairly oily again now, particularly around my nose, although this is of course aggravated somewhat by the humid august weather. Still, definitely not as oily as I was pre-treatment. I have no idea when my final oiliness level will be reached - it could be now or maybe it'll take another few months to level off. As it stands though, I STILL HAVE NO ACNE, NONE WHATSOEVER. Plus, the redness has subsided, and my red marks are fading waayyyyyyyy quicker then they were when I was on Roaccutane.
Hello mate. Nice topic, im one of those wierdos who read the forums all the time but never actually register and then i thought what the hell. Ive read all 3 pages and they were very infomative and gave me some direction, since i have a first appointment with a derm tomorrow and pretty sure theyre gonna prescribe me Accutane. Just like you id take the short term side effects for the long term gains, glad to see that its worked well for you buddy.
p.s. i saw your a liverpool fan (think i got that right, unless your a swansea fan and i mixed you up with the other guy), i promise i wont hold that against you, we all have our dark sides.
Ok thanks, I'm pleased that my log has helped Fingers crossed you don't get too much of a horrid initial breakout!
Alas I am indeed a Liverpool fan (although I'm originally from Nottingham so Forest are my local team I follow, no danger of them clashing at the moment though lol). I'm guessing you're a Man Utd fan by your profile name. The good thing about Roaccutane is that it even works on you guys
So, finally here, the last few days on Roaccutane *plays violin emotively*. Final (I hope) dermatologist appointment on Tuesday. Haven't bothered to get a blood test done, which I probably should have done. Anyway not much to add, I'd have no hesitation on continuing treatment a little longer if the nurse thought it was necessary for a better long-term prognosis, but tbh I won't be sad to see the back of this stuff despite its endless merits. Plus it means I can stop clogging up everyone's accutane log page with mindless updates from a guy who has a useless verb for a name and a pretentious profile picture of some desolate apocalyptic wilderness. Yeah, I know you were all thinking it!
Skin: 4/5 (red marks still)
NB: Seriously though, thanks for those who have put in the effort to sieve through all of the useless shit that I write, and I hope a few of you found pieces of it useful. Very small pieces at least
Just 11 days to go! So close to the end, then it'll get REALLY interesting. How long will I stay clear for? 6 months? A year? Forever?????? Scared to come off Roaccutane, which is odd considering how annoying and occasionally unpleasant it can be. Still, all I can say is thank fuck this stuff was invented, otherwise I'd have no idea where I'd be now. Well actually I do, I'd probably be on this very site bemoaning the lack of effective treatments..Anyway, all is great now!
Skin: 4/5 (just waiting for red marks to fade, will take many months. Ah well, I'm good at waiting)
All continuing to go well, only 2 and a half weeks left to go now. Looking forward to finishing, I'm quite bored of moisturising intensely only to find that an hour later my face has once again taken on the appearance of sun-burnt sandpaper. As I type this I'm eating chocolate biscuits, I reckon I could literally smear the chocolate on my face, leave it there all day, and I still wouldn't get a single spot. That's how dry and acne-resistant this medication makes you. It's a very effective drug, but also extremely crude in its mechanism of effect. Ah well, it works, and like the majority of people on this site as a last resort Roaccutane really isn't all that bad So far anyway..
Yea I get back aches as well, they can really fuck up your day! Thankyou! good luck to you too! I read all of your log, you're quite the writer, i like your sense of humour, really made me laugh!
Yeah I hate back-aches, the withered old person look is never good!
Thanks very much, I figured acne is such a pain in the arse that you might as well laugh about it, makes it a tad easier to deal with..well that's what I think anyway. Also I have a very odd mind. Put the two together and you get a very weird log!
Yeah I do, with manual disposables as well since I've heard electric razors usually cause far worse irritation on dodgy skin, and I look utterly ridiculous with ANY kind of facial hair. You're 13 weeks down also?? How is your treatment going? I would click on the link to your log but my laptop's deciding to be ultra-insubordinate..
If that's irritating you maybe you should use lotion to shave with instead of shaving cream, its going to be more gentle on your skin. Yes I am, started on feb 27th too lol, strangely enough. It's going alright honestly, I don't get many side effects. My skin has cleared up I'm just waiting on two cysts to go away. I haven't seem much improvement on them but I'm hoping month 4 does the magic, and I hope that's the case with you as well!
ok thanks for the heads-up, I might try that. Same with the side-effects, apart from the dryness (expected anyway) I only suffer from occasional back-ache. Oh and the redness. That's definitely the worst of all of them. Good luck with you treatment!
13 weeks down, 6 to go. Skin: 3/5
Hey mate just keep positive, some people don't clear up completely til a few weeks after their course has finished. Similar to what you had done, I have done a lot of research on other people’s blogs, and they have similar improvements to you and get improving after their treatment. I am also guessing by the fact that you watched England's game that you love football. What club do you support in the English Premier League? I'm a Chelsea supporter myself, would definitely want to go over there sometime to watch a game or two. Good luck with the remaining six weeks of your treatment.
Cheers man. Yeah I'm a Liverpool fan for the premier league, although my local club is Nottingham Forest. Once upon a time they used to be good! Although the same could be said of Liverpool atm after a woeful season.. Chelsea eh? I bet you enjoyed last weekend! How on earth you managed to win the champions league I'll never know.. Still, can't say I didn't enjoy them beating the ze Germans at penalties
Ok another fairly poor week. Beginning to get a tad impatient now, even though I'm only halfway through my treatment still. Had a horrible flare-up after I shaved the other day, the sort I used to get pre-roaccutane. Urghhhh, I've heard month 3 is the clear-up month for most people, I sure hope that's the case with my treatment. Anyway since my posts are becoming increasingly repetitive and to some probably downright boresome I've decided to come up with a new innovative(ish) system. Hey, it amuses me anyway. I'm so proud (sarcasm) to introduce the 'skin rater'. It's quite simple, I basically give my skin a score out of 5. I know, hideously complex. 5 being very good, 0 being downright hideous.
Skin rating: 2/5 (i.e. not great)
A brilliant system, please footnote/cite me if anyone else decides to use it.