It's because of people like you that I have such severe scarring. I had severe nodulocystic acne and I delayed proper treatment thinking I could cure myself with diet. I am now deformed and will be for the rest of my life. I needed accutane and people like you told me I could just cut wheat and dairy and be saved.
Dr. Joseph Mercola is a well known physician who suffered from severe cystic acne until his mid thirties. However he finally experimented with his diet and removed his mercury fillings and he cleared himself 100%. Don't know where you have been getting your information from, but its not as simple as just dairy and wheat. You need to identify imbalances, focus on your insulin levels, limit grain based carbohydrates, as well as change your total lifestyle. It goes much deeper and complex than that, and is an individual journey for each acne sufferer.
My advice certainly isn't stopping anyone else from taking Accutane, my opinion on it is really just a summary of the medical science that is already available to consumers about the confirmed side effects and deaths.
Although my advice of trying alternative and safe treatments may keep some people from getting clear overnight, it does keep people alive and able to spend time with their families. Your type of advice of telling people to just take Accutane and forget the rest has certainly ended up causing death. I go to sleep better at night knowing I am not putting others lives at serious risk over a non life threatening skin condition.
But I must wave the white flag, out of OP's respect we should not turn this into an Accutane debate. This is about OP's scarring issue, and I even learned later on he was already against taking Accutane, so my advice really did nothing to sway him. With that, I must move on after this post. Personally, i'd rather watch paint dry than debate with most Accutane supporters. I've played that game, and its pointless to throw out evidence taken from medical journals while the other spouts off stories of personal experience. That's a debate that goes no where.
I never said I was an "accutane supporter". I never wanted to go on this drug. It wasn't about getting clear overnight, it was about the massive damage that was being done to my face that started in a matter of days. I was oozing green puss and people were telling me to just stop eating sugar. Wheres the medical evidence that diet can cure actual severe acne?
Would you tell this girl that she is the problem and she needs to change her diet and lifestyle?
I don't believe accutane should be used for almost any of the cases here on acne.org. But there are cases it was meant for! I never thought I would be one of them as I never even had a problem with acne until this year when I turned 27.
I did change my entire lifestyle (went on an entirely whole foods diet, no gluten, dairy, refined sugar) as well as doing yoga and trying to manage my stress. But hey, I guess that wasn't good enough and I should have tried harder. For months I denied myself anything but the healthiest of foods and my face got worse and worse. I have developed PTSD because of what happened to me, and accutane was the only thing that stopped it the onslaught of destruction. You can't call it a non life threatening skin condition - I am a shell of who I was because of what happened to me and you make it sound trivial. Just like this doctor, who obviously didn't actually suffer from severe acne as he doesn't have the scars to show from it.
I'm glad you're able to sway people away from accutane that don't really need it. In my opinion the OP does not. But telling people everything can be cured holistically is not true.
I'm sorry that you sunk as low as using a crying girl in a video to emotionally blackmail anyone who states the true nature of Accutane. I'm also sorry you believe Dr Mercola would lie about having severe cystic acne. I'm not sure how old you are, but it sounds like you are a very immature person to accuse a physican of outright lying about their past conditions based on the fact that you claim they have no scarring. People age, scars minimize, and people get scar treatments. But I guess you judge books by their cover.
My acne's been as bad, if not worse than the girl in the video. I have dealt with cystic acne where I had golf ball and marble sized cysts all over my chin, cheeks, and neck. You are not going to win anyone over with playing videos like that. I'm stating factual evidence about the dangers of a drug and why it should never be used, while you are using individual experiences. This is why I do not debate most Accutane supporters. You cannot debate any point I made. Your post was useless. You simply don't have any factual evidence to counter my statements, so you try to attack personal character, claiming people who are against Accutane use do not understand how difficult it is to have severe acne, etc. This only shows the poor research you have done if thats all you can come up with. Its like someone saying "You don't support the War in Iraq?!!? You are un-American! You don't care about the troops!!!" You're no different.
Moving forward, can diet and lifestyle cure everyones acne? Of course not. In principle, it should help almost all acne sufferers, especially those with severe cystic acne. Trying to identify allergens, toxic buildup, insulin levels, etc can be difficult and take time. Most people never put in the work and then claim they tried the diet thing, so they move on to a toxic drug. Neverthless, diet and lifestyle may only help partially in some and severe limited cases. Thats were modern dermatology comes in. Although not ideal, in severe non respondant cases it is quite rational to take some of the heavier antibiotics/antifungal medications that are less prescribed than clindamycin/ethromycin/doxycycline. More importantly, there is now photodynamic light therapy that has been proven to be as effective as Accutane (although not as long lasting). Being hit with zaps of artificial light don't cause people to have a psychotic break and jump off a building, or have a stroke.
You see, I too could put up a video of a crying mother at an FDA hearing who's son killed himself as a result of Accutane. Courts, psychiatrists, and even the FDA have CONFIRMED 200 cases directly linked to Accutane. Medical brian imaging proves it significantly decreases frontal lobe activity. But posting videos of people in pain to try and get your point across is pretty low and disgusting. I prefer to use knowledge, words, and evidence taken from statistical evidence. You are unable to do that though, and that's disappointing.
You will never win the argument. There is no argument. I'm not arguing anything. Accutane is a cancer drug that has killed people at a high rate, orphaned children and widowed spouses. It causes permanent sexual dysfunction, stroke, deafness, heart attack, suicide, etc. and if you were not affected you are lucky. This is not opinion. Read the literature. Many doctors and even Dermatologists are now are using laser treatments and alternatives and rarely using Accutane if at all because they understand how risky Accutane toxic is is. They don't want to be responsible for someone's death who is someone suffering from a skin condition (albeit a disfiguring and often painful one).
The fact you came out of your rounds of Accutane safe is like someone saying they drank a gallon of gasoline and nothing happened to them, but it cleared their acne, so anyone stating the risks of drinking gasoline isn't sensitive about treating acne.
I'm glad you got clear. Please, just don't downplay the risks of Accutane. You took a cancer drug that has killed and disabled many people, you didn't suffer any of those side effects so far and now you have clear skin. Don't try to twist it anymore because you simply can't, the evidence against Accutane is too strong. Leave it at that. Last post I make in this thread to respect OP.