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JenGK

Member Since 25 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 27 2013 10:37 PM

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Confusion About My Accutane Situation

28 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hi there, I was just wondering what you good people thought about my current accutane situation... I went to my first dermatologist appointment today, recommended by my fantastic doctor who picked up all sorts of my weird imbalances and helped me balance them (mostly through diet and treating my strange secret yeast infection which actually showed few external symptoms besides the acne). My main reason for going to the derm was to talk about different scar treatments as I do have quite severe scarring and red marks after having severe cystic acne. I am clear of acne now but for a couple of very small superficial spots (though some more recent ones left larger 'patches' of hyperpigmentation which kind of look like zits, but they're not). When I got to the dermatologist I told him about everything and he immediately started on a rant about how diet has nothing to do with acne (and he said makeup doesn't either), though I did say that the diet was what ultimately cleared me up. He told me all different treatments for acne and wrote me a script for Accutane. When I asked him about scar treatments, all he really mentioned was Frazel lasering though he said it will 'activate' acne that hasn't been properly treated. He did closely examine my skin and so should have seen that I only have scarring and no actual zits... Now I'm extremely confused. Why would I go on accutane if I'm not actually getting pimples? And is there really no way to get rid of the scars without waking up 'dormant' acne? I also expressed some of my concerns about Accutane, such as a friend of mine who went off it more than a year ago but still suffers from extreme constant facial redness which started when she started taking it. He insisted the drug is out of your system 10 days after you last take it and all side effects will wear off in a month... Which clearly wasn't the case. This doctor is a highly respected dermatologist so his advice should be sound, but it doesn't feel right to take something if you're not breaking out. Thanks in advance for your thoughts :)


Hi Everyone :)

26 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

Hey all, my name's Jen and (evidently) I am new here. I've been struggling with acne for 3/4 years now and it started hitting me hard this year especially how much going through it alone can damage you. I don't really have anyone to talk about it with so I decided to join here both to 'be' amongst people who understand this particular issue and just to be involved in the community. I think it's really an incredible thing to be keeping up, especially as acne has a very unique way of being able to get into your psyche and mess with your mind... So thank you to everyone who helps keep this fantastic site up and running! smile.png I basically have a (for back of a better word) volatile health situation and so once I discover and treat one thing which causes the acne, it gets better for a couple of months and then something else in this lovely bod of mine goes out of wack, and I have to fix that. I currently take many many supplements and am on quite a strict diet, I mostly eat salad/veggies and this amazing stuff called Futurelife. One of my biggest issues is the fact that practically every pimple I've ever had in my life didn't want to say a permanent goodbye to my face so I have quite severe scarring... Though I have  had great success recently with lemons which has done wonders for my confidence. I try to keep positive and at peace with myself but sometimes the acne gets too much, especially in those extreme rough patches. Alas, I have come into a mindstate of greater self-love than I've really had before and I'm incredibly grateful for all the things in my life which have led me to this place. smile.png

So that's me! Hello, everyone smile.png