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#3457413 Accutane The Wonderdrug!

Posted by SendMeAngels on Yesterday, 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. 

#3436938 Spiro Or Accutane ? (Pics)

Posted by SendMeAngels on 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.

#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! 

#3417466 Depressed Teenager With Scars

Posted by SendMeAngels on 01 March 2014 - 10:05 AM

do you think it is quite severe then?


I've seen worse, but I think it's certainly severe enough to warrant a trip to a dermatologist. I really want to stress to you that there's no reason you should suffer with acne. There are so many products out there, and you and your skin are very young, and if you can control your acne now, you'll be much happier later on. You just have to be patient and give the treatments time to work. 

#3417461 Depressed Teenager With Scars

Posted by SendMeAngels on 01 March 2014 - 09:50 AM

To prevent further scaring, and to clear your acne, you need to see a dermatologist. Your scars (though I think a lot of it is hyperpigmentation) should be treated AFTER your acne is under control. 

#3400417 Acne Has Become Severe

Posted by SendMeAngels on 12 December 2013 - 12:01 AM

Dear, you need to jump on the Accutane bandwagon ASAP. Your acne is severe and will scar if not treated promptly. Make the call and get started on the Accutane process. 

#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. 

#3395460 Feeling Increasingly Hopeless

Posted by SendMeAngels on 18 November 2013 - 02:41 AM


We have all been there- it's been a long hard fight for me too....and I find having an action plan with attacking on several fronts helps
Ditch dairy, that's a big trigger so try to skip it and see what happens....and keep up with the topicals day and night, clean pillow cases and drink water and eat healthy, no processed foods
I keep a journal of what I eat, mood, stress levels and grade my acne....you may be able to see some patterns- and action is always good....an idle mind is not good for us, we can easily spin out of control on the negatives
Get out there and get some sun and exercise, and surround yourself with one or two true friends or family members who love you for you, where you can let your guard down
And vent here with kindred souls, it really stinks and we have been cursed in a way, but keep fighting back!! 
Don't let acne take your peace of mind, that it cannot have!  Good luck to you, you have been virtually hugged!

I appreciate your suggestions, but in the past, I've modified my diet, obsessed over everything I wore, drank, and put in my mouth. It was simply added stress and did nothing to clear my skin. Those remedies are not the answers to my problems. My acne runs much deeper than that. I'm getting more depressed by the day, and I haven't left my home since last week. I know I'm falling into a very deep depression, and I'm having a difficult time getting out of it. Every time I consider leaving the house, I see myself in my mirror and realize that with skin like this, I can't bear facing the world. My face is covered in inflamed pimples and comedones, and all of them will leave marks. I just keep counting down the days until I get Accutane. It's the only hope I have left. Anti-depressants don't help in the least, and I suspect that the core of my trouble is the acne. On those rare occasions that I am clear, my mood is absolutely fine. I suppose that is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because if my acne leaves, my depression will be alleviated. A curse because the acne isn't going away.

Most peoples acne does go deeper than just the superficial, physical effects. Thats why we are here in this section of the forums. I know its hard, ive been there. When you tie your mood to exactly how your acne looks you are putting yourself on a roller coaster that has highs where you feel great and lows where it couldnt possibly get worse.. but it does. This leads to physical and later mental exhaustion. The depression might leave, but its never totally gone. I've been clear for awhile now and its still there and creeps up when i get 1-2 new spots here and there. Its effects are greater at times than when i had many spots because i relapse often quickly to the past.


My suggestions are that you have to untangle your mood from how you look physically. Easier said then done i know; but its a truth. I cannot do it for your only you can. We here can help you and support you in your struggle to cope, accept, move on, and rebuild "you" but we cannot do it for you. You give up treating yourself, then unfortunately so do we. Thats how it works. I do not mean to be harsh.


There just comes a time when no amount of pills, products, treatments, and diet are going to help you feel emotionally and mentally better. Doesn't mean you stop trying either-its just a reality check.

Your advice is very reasonable. Thursday I had a breakdown, and a new papule was the straw that broke the camel's back. I think it had been a long time coming. I think the stress of my breakup and job loss coupled with acne threw me over the edge. I have a slightly anxious temperament and I am often very pessimistic. So those life events took more of a toll on me than they should have. Subsequently, I am starting CBT (a type of therapy) to learn to deal with things in a different way. I may also need medication. Life is too fleeting to spend so much time unhappy. I had been drowning in sadness and anger,  and it was and still is hard for me to accept help and admit that something was wrong. I think that it is easy to let acne define you and to allow it to dictate the way you feel. I'd advise anyone who feels deply hopeless to seek help before they wind up in a situation like mine. 

#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!