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In Topic: Zest Soap For Acne?

25 March 2013 - 06:23 PM

I have been to a dermatologist. they put me on minocycline which made me so dizzy I couldn't even stand up and then they tried to get me to go on accutane but my mom wont let me go on it because she was on it before and she said it was awful


I was actually on Minocycline before I started Accutane (and for a few weeks I was on both). The Mino helped a bit with the cysts, but I also had a weird vertigo like you. Mine wasn't as severe as yours though, apparently. My worst symptom of the Mino was actually depressive symptoms, which is odd considering I never even heard of that side-effect being possible with antibiotics. As for Accutane, I've come to a place where I won't recommend it because it is such a personal decision that I don't want to sway people either way (I have before, but I won't anymore). I can explain my symptoms though: mild dry skin, moderately dry lips, dry nose/nose bleeds, very mild dry eye. That's it. I can't say that is indicative of everybodies experience, but it is mine. I can't say it has been much fun, but then again neither is waking up and feeling ashamed to look in the mirror because of a face full of acne.


I would probably suggest inquiring about other antibiotics with your doctor and asking for a topical. This will likely "manage" your acne until you grown out of it hopefully.

In Topic: Zest Soap For Acne?

25 March 2013 - 03:59 PM

Oh, goodness. To be honest, that sounds like a terrible idea. Zest and the like are totally irritating to most acne because it dries it out and strips the skin of necessary things. My grandma used to tell me things like this: "Listen Kat, just use regular soap and make the biggest amount of foam possible with it and then let it sit on your skin until all the subs dry out and the soap is not longer wet. Then wash it off with the hottest water you can stand.") Grandma couldn't have been more wrong! lol


I would try a lotion and/or wash and/or toner from this list of 100% comedogenic-free products. I'm not claiming that it will fix your skin, but it will probably be the best thing for it. Have you been to the dermatologist?



In Topic: Recent Turn For The Worse - Help..

23 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

I second the other poster. It seems like the more I try to do to combat acne (topical wise), the worse and more inflammed I get. Perhaps you should try a very gentle all natural cleaner until you can get into the derm. One of the more gentle things I tried before accutane that did help a little bit was activated charcoal bar soap because it controlled oil and my face never got irritated by it. I can only speak for the soap from Joppa Minerals though, and I don't know if they are all created the same.

In Topic: The Crazy Cost Of Accutane

23 March 2013 - 10:19 AM

If you have a valid prescription you can fax it to a Canadian pharmacy and have it filled and mailed to you for something like $50 a month.


Right now it's a bit of a legal gray area, but as far as I can tell it is still legal to do this provided you have a valid prescription from your doc. I know people who have been getting their necessary meds mailed from Canada, or even driving across the border and picking them up, for close to a decade. 


Thanks, I appreciate the info. However, the cost of the medicine is not too expensive for me, it is the cost of the blood work that is doing me in.

In Topic: The Crazy Cost Of Accutane

21 March 2013 - 10:57 PM

Accutastic, what plan do you have with United Healthcare? I have the Choice Plus plan. I made a lot of calls before I had my derm give me the script so that I could be sure I told her which brand was covered and what not. My plan caused me to pay $235 the first month for the pills (because I have a deductible to fulfill) and then every month after that it was supposed to cost $35 for up to 40mg, which (if I'm correct) means that if/when I get upped to the 80mg it will be $70. In talking to United Healthcare, I was told some mumbo-jumbo about how blood work would be covered if it was taken for a routine physical/preventative reasons, but not if it is coded as a diagnosis, whatever that means.. I had my blood drawn a number of times to check my iron levels because I am anemic, and that was always covered. So perhaps when you talk to your derm about putting in the lab order, let him/her know that it should be coded as something preventative. United Healthcare it total crap and I can't want to get married about switch to BlueCross.!


I hope you don't run into the same problems as me! I think $2,000 *might* happen, depending on how quickly you finish your course. I'm finding out that the longer the course, the more money because of more testing and such.


Best of luck, buddy!