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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: Should I Go On Accutane?

21 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

It's definitely a personal risk assessment.


Nobody can make the decision for you because nobody can know the severity of your acne and how it impacts your life but you.

Likewise, nobody can know how your body will react to it (be it wonderfully, or terribly).

It can also be a costly decision, so bear that in mind.

In Topic: Red Skin 1 Week Into Accutane?

21 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

I think it sounds normal, but you can always call your derms office and ask. That's what they get paid for.