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#3369361 Accutane - Results In 40 Days?

Posted by mrnegative on 26 July 2013 - 12:13 PM

I completely understand where you're coming from with that. The most frustrating thing with these medications is that you just don't know how and when they'll begin affecting you fully. With Accutane, especially, it is widely accepted that you shouldn't expect full results until after you've completed your treatment. There are so many discouraging stories out there (especially on here) detailing the rare but horrendous side-effects, seemingly incurable initial breakouts, and ultimate ineffectiveness that you can really get inside your own head. While I was on minocycline for a while, I came here and read up on people's experiences. Every single time, I left borderline exasperated, telling myself that my treatment won't be effective and that acne is, in fact, the worst ailment out there. My piece of advice - just don't give up with your Accutane treatment. It's been proven to work dramatically in over 90 percent of cases. I'm sure that, in a month, you should be having a LOT less problems with your skin. 




#3369149 Accutane - Results In 40 Days?

Posted by mrnegative on 25 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

Maybe I'm mistaken or something, but, according to research and the words of an esteemed dermatologist I recently visited and spoke to on the subject, only around 30 percent of people on Accutane even get an initial breakout at all. The initial breakout in those cases mostly depends on the severity of your acne prior to starting treatment. Based on the impressions you'll get from these forums, you'll think that 100 percent of people get awful, cystic initial breakouts. Time will tell, but statistically, you're likely to look better after 40 days. 




#3364383 Should I Take Accutane Or Not?

Posted by mrnegative on 06 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

I think maybe assess to what degree it is effecting your life, how it is effecting your mental health, social relationships, is it making you depressed etc. Look into your family history of the disease i.e. have any of your relatives suffered with it and did they grow out of it? I think acne is a complex disease and it can severely damage a persons mental health (and thus physical) regardless of the severity of the acne itself.

 

My acne was not classed as severe but I am taking accutane and it has worked like no other acne medication I have ever tried. It really is incredible, so far it has given me back my life and completely changed my skin everywhere for the better. However, I appreciate there are the small percentage who do suffer from the rare side effects. It's a difficult choice but I really do understand your suffering.

 

Best of luck to you.

 

This is as balanced a response as you're going to receive on this site regarding Accutane. The truth is, if your acne is affecting your mental health and social life, Accutane is more than worth the risk. Your dermatologist is most likely not an amateur (as you say, he is probably one of the best in your region) and he fully understands the risks behind this medication. No one is trying to scam you by prescribing you Accutane, unlike the countless oral antibiotics and topicals. My acne has never been severe either, but I've certainly considered taking the medication and still am, in the back of my mind. This is mainly because acne really predisposes me to depression and makes me act like I am not myself. It is natural that you will hear mostly horror stories on this site, as it is heavily biased. 




#3363412 What Do You Think Of This?

Posted by mrnegative on 02 July 2013 - 05:22 PM

I wasn't particularly surprised by the responses. (The one about acne being acceptable for teenagers but disgusting on a 24-year-old hurt a bit; I'm 28 and still suffering).

 

What bothers me (and continues to baffle me) more is the admiration that people have for so-called 'beautiful people'. Appearance is not an achievement!

 

Appearance could definitely be an achievement. Good genetics and a clear complexion are not an achievement, but there are lots of other things that go into appearance. You could hit the gym every single day and build a killer body. That's an achievement that's also aesthetically pleasing. 




#3363410 I Have Few Bumps But Pih !will It Even Matter To Him?

Posted by mrnegative on 02 July 2013 - 05:15 PM

I'm sure you're attractive enough. I really don't think PIH and a few bumps would ever turn me away from girl. 




#3360969 Overwhelming Negativity In This Section

Posted by mrnegative on 23 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

 

 I don't think anyone would pick having ANY sort of cancer over acne, even if it is caught early and effectively treated. Maybe that's delusional? I don't know. 

My dad had the most common kind of cancer, basal cell carcinoma. He had to apply a cream for several weeks until it was gone. If the cancer wasn't caught early he would have had the cancer either cut out or frozen off with a chemical. I know we like to associate cancer with pain, suffering and death, but do you really believe that having an easily treatable little bump on your skin is worse than having a hundred treatment-resistant bumps and blackheads all over your face for a decade of your youth and then having severe scarring for the rest of your life?

 

>>1stly, am sorry ur father was diagnosed with cancer and am glad he's treated.

my regards to him.

 

 

to u,

ever heard of the word relapse?its not uncommon even though its not a must.

ever heard about genetical tendency of carcinoma?

Why are you sorry? Don't be, it wasn't a big deal and it wouldn't harm him. It's not like he had severe acne. However, it did look as unattractive as a tiny pimple which kind of bothered him. He didn't relapse. He still has some of the cream left, so he can apply it to his skin if he gets another little harmless pimple like bump. My skin tans easily unlike my dad, who has very fair skin. Even if I did get it when I'm older, I would just easily get it treated. It's nothing to worry about unless you let it grow for 50 years and it becomes huge.

 

i will just say,please take care of his diet and lifestyle.

a good living can switch on or off the genetic setups.

so i've heard.

He's perfectly capable of taking care of his own diet and lifestyle. Are you intentionally trying to make as it sound as if the little bump somehow left him damaged? It didn't cause any damage.With proper treatment, basal cell carcinoma can be completely eliminated, often without scarring. He just needs to wear sunblock when he's in the sun since he has very fair skin, unlike me. Would you agree with Mr.negativity and choose to have severe treatment-resistant acne over the tiny bump my dad had back in 2005?

 

 

Again, some of you just won't let up. Comparing the most minor and easily treatable type of cancer to severe, treatment-resistant acne is pretty close to setting up a straw man. My argument never hinged on the assumption that severe acne is not a serious disease worthy of respect. In most cases (not all cases, obviously), I'd say cancer is a bit more serious, as it is literally life-threatening. If you're planning on bringing up the argument that acne could push one to the verge of suicide, I'd respond by pointing out the fact that cancer patients usually have very little choice or control in regards to their life (in aggressive cases). Once again, when I say "in regards to their life," I am referring to a literal life or death scenario. 




#3360931 Overwhelming Negativity In This Section

Posted by mrnegative on 23 June 2013 - 01:42 PM

This is all so ridiculous. I propose we stop the "Cancer vs. Acne" debate. No one will really benefit from this discussion in the end. I apologize for my part in sparking the fire. 




#3359832 Scar Free....Finally....Almost!

Posted by mrnegative on 20 June 2013 - 08:06 PM

Maybe it's realistic for some people to spend thousands of dollars on uncertain treatments, but I'd argue it's not the common sense move for most. Having said this, acceptance might be a bit of a cheaper option and people should really gauge how badly they have it before jumping into these sorts of gambles. This is unless, of course, you've been born in a crib made of solid gold. 




#3359191 Overwhelming Negativity In This Section

Posted by mrnegative on 18 June 2013 - 06:47 PM

well, from the looks of your pictures,  you don't have it as worse as other members here so that might be a reason.
I still think that we should spread a positive vibe though but others are just going through much harder time.
Just my 2 cents biggrin.png

Please please give motivation and spread positive vibes because WE NEED IT!

 

yea he obviously is a good looking dude with the confidence to post shirtless pics of himself but has the nerve to tell others who are going through much tougher times than him to stop being so negative. some of us are suffering beyond belief. acne is much physical as it is mental.

 

sure this board doesnt have to be all negative, hell this post is very negative but I also try to support others and be positive as well. its give and take. we are all trying to support each other, some of us just choose to be negative at all times which is also cool. who are you to tell them not to be? you dont know what they are going through!

Dude, you should take the advice from your profile pic. First of all, I am by no means being judgmental. I'm also suffering with acne on a daily basis, psychologically. The fact that I've got mine relatively (not completely) under control doesn't mean that I can't sympathize with others who are going through a tough time. My idea was to spread positive vibes and to show people that acne won't disable you from being a success in any department of life if you want it enough and showcase enough of your other good qualities. Chill, man. 



 

well, from the looks of your pictures,  you don't have it as worse as other members here so that might be a reason.
I still think that we should spread a positive vibe though but others are just going through much harder time.
Just my 2 cents biggrin.png

Please please give motivation and spread positive vibes because WE NEED IT!

 

yea he obviously is a good looking dude with the confidence to post shirtless pics of himself but has the nerve to tell others who are going through much tougher times than him to stop being so negative. some of us are suffering beyond belief. acne is much physical as it is mental.

 

sure this board doesnt have to be all negative, hell this post is very negative but I also try to support others and be positive as well. its give and take. we are all trying to support each other, some of us just choose to be negative at all times which is also cool. who are you to tell them not to be? you dont know what they are going through!

 

I agree! Don't get me wrong I am all for freedom of expression, which may include posting topless pictures (which I WILL NEVER DO...I meant guys LOL), but i don't get the point of this topic. We are here to release our anger, our fears... yes, there are times when we want to share our happy moments.

 

Don't want to sound mean but I am not even fond of his pics. I prefer humility in a guy and strutting your body on an acne forum is a bit desperate for me.



>First of all, I'd like to say that I've already noticed the irony of my username. I know this is easier said than done, but the overbearing negativity in this section of the forum is very destructive to some people's perception of themselves. When people go to this site, they do so for support and for good vibes. They are most likely down about their acne and are actively looking for solutions. In the meantime, when one clicks on this section, he or she shouldn't have to be bombarded with topic titles like "Dead," "Dying," "Life is over," "No pussy," "Acne is the worst thing that has ever happened and could happen to me in my life." These sorts of emotions are understandable in the midst of an acne breakout, but shouldn't be the be-all, end-all of any situation. I know that my words are unlikely to transform the nature of this section, but I've decided to put in my 2 cents worth pertaining to an issue I've been bothered by for a while now. What do you guys think? 

 

 

I think it is within our rights to post our feelings here no matter how negative they are. If we are down about our acne it is encouraging to see other people going through hell and read their comforting comments.

 

As for my thoughts on you, I don't get your topless pictures, to be honest. Are you trying to pick a girl on this forum or you have confused an acne forum for a modelling one? For me, they look desperate. And that is my two cents.

 

Lmao, I can honestly post whatever I want on this forum. I haven't been disrespectful to anyone and I've only been positive in my responses to people. To be completely honest, I was also depressed over my acne a few months ago and went through a horrific time recovering from the mental toll it took on me. I understand what it's like to struggle. Having said that, you sound like you have deeper problems than acne, Ambitious One. Calling me out on posting happy pictures of myself (a thing that a lot of the good looking people on here do, for kicks) doesn't seem like a natural move from a person without inner issues to address. Chin up. 



well, from the looks of your pictures,  you don't have it as worse as other members here so that might be a reason.
I still think that we should spread a positive vibe though but others are just going through much harder time.
Just my 2 cents biggrin.png

Please please give motivation and spread positive vibes because WE NEED IT!

 

Now there's a person who is thinking a bit more positively and hasn't tried to immediately accuse me of showing off or attempting to make people feel worse about their situation. I chose not to post pictures of my acne and opted for happier pictures that give me motivation and hopefully exude a sort of carefree vibe - something that I'd like to instill in everyone who is struggling deeply. Think about all the positive qualities you have and try not to dwell as much. This is all I'm saying. Yes, I don't have severe acne at the moment. This doesn't mean I'm clueless as to the struggle of the members of this site. There's a reason I want to be active in this community. At times I've turned to it for support and now I'd like to offer the same courtesy. Thanks for your mature response. 




#3358566 Overwhelming Negativity In This Section

Posted by mrnegative on 16 June 2013 - 11:27 PM

i would suggest u try to take things a lil; more positively my frnd.

will sad stuff make u happy?

and happy stuff make u sad.

since there's no third way,i'd say try a new angle.

 Do you enjoy sad movies and books? Yes, sad stuff does make people feel better. Research shows listening to sad songs helps people recover from breakups. So, maybe sad posts help people recover from breakouts.rolleyes.gif Furthermore, listening to sad songs can make you feel like someone out there knows how you feel and that can help you feel less alone when you’re depressed. I think people like knowing someone out there sort of knows what it’s like to have their severe acne, instead of someone with decent skin telling them what they foolishly believe they should do. There are also plenty of reasons why expressing yourself is beneficial, even if some people can’t really relate and perceive the posts as off-putting and negative.

In my previous post I was just giving reasons why positivity isn’t necessarily helpful for those with severe acne and scarring.  I have nothing against positivity. I’m just against all the spurious arguments and bogus beliefs that people have about severe acne. The misconceptions are harmful.  People need to know how much of an impact acne can have on an attractive person’s life, so parents will bother to take their kids to a dermatologist. Studies show acne significantly affects a person’s quality of life especially for those who have had acne for years. Studies also show skin blemishes strangely make a person’s face appear less symmetrical and therefore less attractive.  A study also shows healthy even toned skin trumps masculinity for male attractiveness. Also, acne and severe scarring can significantly decrease a person’s mate value. There are so many reasons people automatically wrongly dismiss all acne scarring as being nothing serious, which is why I hope these posts, which some people consider negative, might help increase social awareness. However, positive posts might help increase traffic to this section of the forum since severe acne and scarring isn't nearly as common as mild acne, and most mild acne sufferers might come here for a good vibe.

"There is no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris."  --Sulzberger & Zaldems"

You are beyond delusional, dude. I'm sorry that I had to be so blunt. Especially you last few statements. You have NO idea what you're talking about if you think that there is no disease more serious than acne when it comes to causing psychic trauma, etc. Think about life more deeply. That's pretty much the only advice I can give you. I have had moderate acne outbreaks more than once in my life and do have some scarring, but I have 0 problems hooking up with girls and being a head-turner anywhere I go. Again, sorry for being so blunt, but this really pressed my buttons. 



i would suggest u try to take things a lil; more positively my frnd.

will sad stuff make u happy?

and happy stuff make u sad.

since there's no third way,i'd say try a new angle.

 Do you enjoy sad movies and books? Yes, sad stuff does make people feel better. Research shows listening to sad songs helps people recover from breakups. So, maybe sad posts help people recover from breakouts.rolleyes.gif Furthermore, listening to sad songs can make you feel like someone out there knows how you feel and that can help you feel less alone when you’re depressed. I think people like knowing someone out there sort of knows what it’s like to have their severe acne, instead of someone with decent skin telling them what they foolishly believe they should do. There are also plenty of reasons why expressing yourself is beneficial, even if some people can’t really relate and perceive the posts as off-putting and negative.

In my previous post I was just giving reasons why positivity isn’t necessarily helpful for those with severe acne and scarring.  I have nothing against positivity. I’m just against all the spurious arguments and bogus beliefs that people have about severe acne. The misconceptions are harmful.  People need to know how much of an impact acne can have on an attractive person’s life, so parents will bother to take their kids to a dermatologist. Studies show acne significantly affects a person’s quality of life especially for those who have had acne for years. Studies also show skin blemishes strangely make a person’s face appear less symmetrical and therefore less attractive.  A study also shows healthy even toned skin trumps masculinity for male attractiveness. Also, acne and severe scarring can significantly decrease a person’s mate value. There are so many reasons people automatically wrongly dismiss all acne scarring as being nothing serious, which is why I hope these posts, which some people consider negative, might help increase social awareness. However, positive posts might help increase traffic to this section of the forum since severe acne and scarring isn't nearly as common as mild acne, and most mild acne sufferers might come here for a good vibe.

"There is no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris."  --Sulzberger & Zaldems"

 

 


You are beyond delusional, dude. I'm sorry that I had to be so blunt. Especially your last few statements. You have NO idea what you're talking about if you think that there is no disease more serious than acne when it comes to causing psychic trauma, etc. Think about life more deeply. That's pretty much the only advice I can give you. I have had moderate acne outbreaks more than once in my life and do have some scarring, but I have 0 problems hooking up with girls and being a head-turner anywhere I go. Again, sorry for being so blunt, but this really pressed my buttons. 

 




#3358056 Overwhelming Negativity In This Section

Posted by mrnegative on 14 June 2013 - 08:32 PM

I'll certainly take it upon myself to try to bring some positivity to this forum. Aw yeah, mrnegative bringing the positive. 




#3357609 How Often A Day Do You Cry Because You Do Not Have Model Aesthetics?

Posted by mrnegative on 13 June 2013 - 08:34 AM

Dude, you got your other username banned so you came back with another and got banned again? Talk about embarrassment. At least be less obvious with your profile photo. Also, your topics are really getting old. I don't understand why users are taking the time to respond to this guy. Just look at his "quotes" underneath his posts. Delusional doesn't begin to describe it. We get it, man - everyone is struggling with their skin on this site. I get down a lot as well, because with clear skin, I'd have a real chance at modeling (I've actually had offers when my skin was alright at best). That doesn't mean I am going to commence spamming this section with topics about how I'm so insanely good looking underneath my skin. Jesus. 




#3355850 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by mrnegative on 07 June 2013 - 09:15 AM

Does anyone else feel like the morning is the worst? Waking up and having to do your morning routine in the mirror is usually the most discouraging part of the day for me. As the day wears on, I just go out and begin to live in a fantasy world where I pretend that people don't really notice my skin. Don't get me wrong, it's a million times better than it was about 3 months ago, but I'm just getting extremely tired of dealing with the hyperpigmentation and live in constant fear of a new breakout. 

Morning is the worst for me. After my morning shave I look dreadful. It makes existing blemishes and acne look even redder and inflamed and somehow enhances HP.

 

As for me today, I have decided to avoid all mirrors for the sake of my sanity. I took a photo of myself earlier with the camera on my laptop and I didn`t look too bad. If that is how people actually see me then maybe I don`t look so bad after all.Will make a note of this so that I can discuss it at my next CBT session.

 

It may have already been done but maybe we should start (for want of a better phrase) some sort of mirror fasting exercise to see how long we can go without looking in a mirror. Lately, looking in the mirror seems to be seriously fucking up my perception of myself and judging by some of the posts on this thread recently, other people are going through similar experiences.

 

 

Does anyone else feel like the morning is the worst? Waking up and having to do your morning routine in the mirror is usually the most discouraging part of the day for me. As the day wears on, I just go out and begin to live in a fantasy world where I pretend that people don't really notice my skin. Don't get me wrong, it's a million times better than it was about 3 months ago, but I'm just getting extremely tired of dealing with the hyperpigmentation and live in constant fear of a new breakout. 

Morning is the worst for me. After my morning shave I look dreadful. It makes existing blemishes and acne look even redder and inflamed and somehow enhances HP.

 

As for me today, I have decided to avoid all mirrors for the sake of my sanity. I took a photo of myself earlier with the camera on my laptop and I didn`t look too bad. If that is how people actually see me then maybe I don`t look so bad after all.Will make a note of this so that I can discuss it at my next CBT session.

 

It may have already been done but maybe we should start (for want of a better phrase) some sort of mirror fasting exercise to see how long we can go without looking in a mirror. Lately, looking in the mirror seems to be seriously fucking up my perception of myself and judging by some of the posts on this thread recently, other people are going through similar experiences.

 

The mirror fasting thing is a double-edged sword, though. I tried it when my acne was at its worst and it honestly just makes you lose a realistic perception of yourself over time. I had to readjust to looking in the mirror after avoiding my reflection for a while. I do think that you're on to something about other people's perception of us. People really don't overanalyze skin as much as we do. We just freak out about our faces and bodies way more because it's our permanent home. I'd like to believe that things look a million times worse to us. In my view, if you're on a regimen from a dermatologist or if you're doing something to treat your acne, you're on the right path. The rest is up to time and patience. As many mixed reviews as prescription medicines get on this site, it's undeniable that they make a positive difference over time. Make your routine a religion and go about your day. Physically, things will get better and better. Mentally, we must learn to cope and listen to what others are telling us. 




#3353471 To All My Social Butterflies

Posted by mrnegative on 30 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

Hey all, 

 

I figured I'd make a thread for the extreme extroverts who suffer/have suffered from acne. When you're in a breakout period or you're feeling uncomfortable, how do you manage to be your normal, energetic self? Do you still go out, exude confidence, flirt, and hook up? I know for a fact that, since clearing up a bit from Solodyn and Ziana, I've been feeling more and more like my usual self. How about you? Feel free to include any awesome party stories ;) 




#3342988 It's Not All Doom And Gloom :)

Posted by mrnegative on 24 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

Though this article highlights some great points about how we can spin acne into a positive thing, the images that accompany it are not really fitting, seeing as how the woman barely even has a single spot. All I see is some flaky skin around her chin. Most of us on this site are suffering way worse than what is portrayed. I might be reading too far into it, but still, this is something to consider. If I looked at myself in the mirror and just saw some flaky skin around my chin, I won't be nearly as down as I am now about my face. I consider myself to have moderate acne, currently and I've been on Solodyn and Ziana for 1.5 months without any DRASTIC changes in my complexion. Now THAT is frustrating and disappointing.