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In Topic: My First Trip On Tane

12 August 2014 - 10:38 PM

It's been a while since I've been on Acne.org. Acne hasn't been one of my concerns for a long time now, and it feels wonderful. I'm so grateful. I find myself wondering why I waited so many years to seek this treatment. It's been an absolute godsend. I've been clear for months, and I'm now used to my new routine. It's simple: I wash my face at night with Dove, put some Cetaphil moisturizer on. In the morning (when I REMEMBER wash my face), I use the same dove soap, and Eucerine sunscreen. That's it. Three weeks ago I got rid of my topical acne medications. I even bid farewell my favorite acnefree product that has been discontinued. My younger cousin was pleased to have all of my products though! These steps are monumental. As mentioned previously, I go out without makeup on, I'm no longer paranoid about my skin, and I am overall more confident and happy.


As for any lasting side effects? Not much. My lips are no longer so chapped. I rarely need to use chapstick, and my hair is more oily than it had been on accutane. While I can no longer go 5 days without washing my hair, I can get away with 2-3. My skin is nowhere near as oily as it was prior to accutane, but it isn't terribly dry either. I can go an entire day without my face looking oily. Marvelous.


When I tell people that I was on Accutane, they balk. I can't count the number of times that people have exclaimed "but you don't have acne!" I always tell them that I don't have acne BECAUSE of the Accutane. So many years I wasted fretting over my skin when the solution was so simple. I look back on all of the school I missed, the work I missed, and the tears I cried because of my acne. No more of that! I have nothing but good things to say about Accutand and my dermatologist. Both have worked miracles.

In Topic: Spiro Or Accutane ? (Pics)

19 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

 You can take both together. They are two completely different medications that work in two completely different ways. I take them both together, and I don't have a single pimple on any part of my body.


Accutane hasn't given me any trouble except for dry lips. I know five other people who have taken Accutane, and all of them are clear and don't have any permanent side effects. It's a wonderful medication, and I am so grateful to have it. I had tried every diet in existence, and all that did was stress me out. And it didn't clear my acne whatsoever.

In Topic: How To Convince Derm To Put Me On 10 Mg Or "low Dose"

19 June 2014 - 11:47 AM

I would shoot for getting a dose higher than 10mg. You have to reach a cumulative dose of 120+ to put your acne into remission. If you use 10mg, you'll either be on Accutane for a very long time, or it may not clear you. If you are getting three large pimples a day, it shouldn't be difficult to get a higher dosage. My dermatologist gave me Accutane after I told him that I had used every topical and oral medication EXCEPT for Accutane. And I got the prescription without a problem. You may have to hunt for a derm who is an advocate of Accutane (I had to do that), but the process is worth it. I think very highly of Accutane.

In Topic: What Should One Do Before, During And After Taking Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

19 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

Retinoids are similar to Accutane, but Accutane dries your skin. Not all topicals are derivatives of vitamin A. You simply don't want to irritate your skin further. The goal of Accutane is to be acne free. You shouldn't need to use topicals while on it. While on Accutane, you skin is especially sensitive, and topical acne products are going to be too harsh.


I'm on accutane, and I can put anything on my face without worrying about a breakout. It's a strong medication, and truly does work wonders.

In Topic: Hormonal Acne Help

19 June 2014 - 11:38 AM

I have PCOS and I don't have cysts on my ovaries. The only symptoms I have are irregular (or absent) periods, and I don't ovulate. I saw an endrocrinologist for mine, and she told me that not all people with PCOS have cysts. And I am thin as well, almost underweight. And I had tried every diet change known to man, and nothing helped. I take Spironolactone and Accutane for my acne (and I'm completely clear). I'm not on birth control either. So I'm not a big advocate of diet changes, simply because I tried them all and stressed over it needlessly. I'd recommend Spironolactone for the acne and excess hair. It's a medication that's really easily to tolerate. I don't have excess hair, but I'm told that it is used for that too. Good luck!