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#3457413 Accutane The Wonderdrug!

Posted by SendMeAngels on 24 October 2014 - 10:46 PM

I finished Accutane about four months ago, and I'm elated to say that I am still acne free. I've had one small pimple on my back, but that's it. The hyperpigmentation on my face has healed,  and I've been left with no sign that I've ever been an acne sufferer. I got a lot of negative feedback from friends and family about my decision to start Accutane (they had heard some of the horror stories). But I wish I had gone on it a lot sooner. I would have saved myself a lot of grief. 


Aside from dry lips and some dry skin patches (and hair that never got oily), I didn't have any serious side effects. And after stopping the medication, my lips and hair have gone back to the way they were before. My skin isn't nearly as oily as it had been, and I no longer have to blot my face throughout the day. My BDD (body dysmorphia) which my doctor thinks may have begun with my severe acne in middle school is also gone. After 6 weeks of CBT and Viibryd (a new antidepressant) I'm feeling wonderful! My move to California didn't work out, I couldn't find employment in San Diego, so I drove myself back to Michigan in August. Now on November 1st I am packing up and heading to South Carolina to find employment. I never would have ventured these distances a year ago. I'm not perfect by any means, but I am proud of these small accomplishments, because I never thought I would get this far and feel content.


I haven't been on acne.org for a while now, simply because I haven't needed to. But I love being able to share my success story, and I'm sure Accutane will clear many others. 

#3436933 Accutane For Mild-Moderate Acne

Posted by SendMeAngels on 19 June 2014 - 11:32 AM

I never got a flare on Accutane. My skin started getting dry, old blemishes vanished, and no new ones appeared. It was smooth sailing. I wouldn't worry about it. And from what my dermatologist said, very few of his patients flared on Accutane. Good luck, you'll love Tane!

#3436690 What Should One Do Before, During And After Taking Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 17 June 2014 - 09:36 PM

1) Wear sunscreen every. single. day

2) Stock up on Carmex and Blistex (the only ones that worked for me)

3) Moisturize day and night (I like cetaphil)

4) Don't pick at your skin

5) No waxing

6) Keep wearing sunscreen. Apply it every 2 hours

7) Relax. Accutane has been an easy trip for myself and everyone I know. It'll ony get better

8) Don't use topical acne medications while on Accutane. You'll fry your face

#3417467 Accutane - Very Mild, But Persistent Acne

Posted by SendMeAngels on 01 March 2014 - 10:09 AM

I think it's fantastic that you've found a derm open to giving you Accutane. Mild acne isn't given much attention, but it can be crippling just the same. My acne too was on the mild/moderate scale, and I'm on 40mg of Claravis. You'll be so glad you made the jump! Stock up on moisturizer, sunscreen, and a ton of lip balm! Good luck! 

#3399342 Is Accutane Basically The Only Way?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 06 December 2013 - 08:27 PM

I've been fighting acne for 15 years, and nothing has completely cleared me, so today I began my first round of Accutane. Accutane is the closest thing to a cure for acne that we have. And if it didn't clear many people, it wouldn't be prescribed as much as it is. I know a handful of people who have taken Accutane and have become clear from it. I've only met one person that it hasn't helped. You have to remember, people who are cleared from Accutane don't often post on boards like this. They are clear, so they don't need to. Because of that, it may seem as though Accutane isn't a useful drug. I wish I had gone on Accutane ten years ago, so my advice to you is to go ahead and take it. 

#3347568 Facial Sunscreens/ Moisturizers Non-Comedogenic ?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 10 May 2013 - 09:14 PM

Actually, I have some trouble with the red marks too, and I find that CeraVe is the best moisturizer for that. It won't break you out, it reduces the redness, and the AM cream has 30 SPF in it. Try those, I think you'll be quite happy.

#3345586 Anything Other Than Accutane To Clear Acne For Good?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 03 May 2013 - 11:10 PM

If you are female, Spironolactone. However, it only works as long as you are on it. I never experienced side effects aside from menstrual irregularities, so be aware that that is a possibility. Especially with higher doses. Other than that, I think Spironolactone is a great option for people with acne that hasn't responded ro other treatments or for people who don't want to go on Accutane.

#3280088 Persistent Adult Acne Cure?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 24 August 2012 - 10:22 PM

I have had moderate/severe face and body acne since the age of 12 (I am 25 now) and nothing, I mean nothing would make it go away. (I will note that I never suffered from cystic acne, much of it is inflammatory). I have used numerous prescription topicals, oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and over the counter treatments. I have even gotten chemical peels that made some of my skin look nice, but never had any impact on the acne.

After spending so many days and nights in tears, I finally decided it was time for me to get more involved in my treatment and do a little bit of research. After sifting through books, message boards, and scholarly articles I stumbled upon Spironolactione, an medication generally used for high blood pressure. After my dermatologist refused to give me Accutane, I begged for Spironolactone, and again, she refused. So I went to my gynecologist who gave me 50 mg of the medication. Eventually the dose was bumped up to 100mg, and this drug is nothing short of a miracle.

My acne (aside from three pin sized invisible clogged pores on my chin) is gone. All of it. I no longer have to worry about bleaching fabrics with my topicals, or fret over washing my face, or worry about applying makeup every hour to cover my blemishes. I don't HAVE to wash my face every night, and I don't have to use any topicals. Spironolactone has been a Godsend and for women (sorry guys) it could be the answer to unrelenting acne.

I've had no side effects (aside from less oily skin and hair) and I am taking the medication alone without oral contraceptives. It isn't without its risks of course (you can't get pregnant while on this medication) but the potential complications pale next to Accutane's. I would suggest that adult women suffering from treatment resistant acne look into getting Spironolactone. It did cause an intense initial breakout, but the medication cleared all of my acne within three months. I highly recommend it. It seems to me that many women have hormonal issues that cause acne and other problems even if they aren't detected in blood tests.

It has been suggested to me by my gynecologist that I likely have PCOS (ovarian cysts) which does cause acne. I am fortunate enough to have only acne and no to few periods a year, but for some it causes a host of other problems. If you suspect that your hormones may be causing your acne, it may be worth a visit to the OBGYN.

#3280078 Does Anyone Actually Do Pea-Size Application?

Posted by SendMeAngels on 24 August 2012 - 09:56 PM

Oh my goodness, please just use a pea sized amount! The medication spreads when it's beneath the skin, so you don't need to worry about caking it on. Retinoids (even in lower strengths) are very strong. If you use more than the recommended amount, I can assure you that you will irritate your skin enough to redden and inflame it further and putting more on will not help clear your skin.

Don't use any larger than that pea sized amount. I find that if I squeeze the pea sized amount from the tube and onto my finger and then dab dots of medication on my chin, forehead, cheeks, under my nose, it spreads nicely and goes everywhere it needs to go.

#3279948 Retin A Micro Dilemma

Posted by SendMeAngels on 24 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

Thank you both! I'm taking your advice and being more gentle (I had been scrubbing a bit) and I stopped using the PanOxyl which has helped dramatically. No more burning. I'm using moisturizer in the morning, and 40 minutes before using the medicine, and though I still flake a little bit, there isn't any pain. And *crosses fingers* I haven't had a new pimple in two days. Now I just have little red raised spots where they were.

That's great that you're acne is gone Vanity! And I hope your mouth is feeling okay, just don't drink though any straws!