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In Topic: Blurriness And Just Feeling... Off

14 July 2013 - 07:02 AM

Thanks for the helpful advice. I weigh 210 lbs. My acne is moderate to severe cystic/nodular, mostly isolated to my face with some occasional and mild back acne as well. I've decided to stop taking the accutane for a few days, maybe until Thursday when I will see my derm. After a day without accutane, I think things have improved a bit. I'm feeling a little more clear in head and vision. If my symptoms improve, I hope to start the course again after seeing my derm at 60 mg/day rather than 90. I knew going into this that 90 mg seemed high. However, the shorter course duration is pretty appealing. The blurriness and lack of clarity have the potential to get in the way of my performance at work, so I'm willing to accept a lower dose and longer duration. 

In Topic: Starting Month 5 On Accutane And No Improvement! Not Normal!

16 June 2013 - 06:10 PM

Hi Scarface,


I don't think I have much advice to offer you in regards to treating your acne, but I really do empathize with your story. I've struggled with severe cystic acne for many years. I started my first round of accutane a few days ago. It's a scary process and the acne really is a drain on one's confidence. Please hang in there and don't give up. Most certainly there is something out there that can help improve your acne. That said, remember that acne is not the end of your existence. Acne is just an obstacle. Everyone has obstacles, be they health related or emotional. It's extremely difficult, but with enough will power you can choose to perceive your situation through a different lens. This is really an opportunity for you to grow and improve other aspects of your self, whilst not accepting your acne, but fighting it with a more positive and constructive attitude. 


Additionally, the effects of accutane on those who use it are not consistent. Everyone reacts differently. Perhaps you just need to give it some more time. You're already taking a high dosage, but maybe consult your dermatologist to reexamine the effectiveness of your current dosage. Perhaps you should reexamine other factors such as your diet, supplements, vitamins, stress, and sleep cycle with your dermatologist as well. 


I hope this helped a little. Hang in there.




In Topic: Starting First Job And About To Use Accutane

25 April 2013 - 08:14 PM

Thanks guys. I really appreciate the optimism. I'm feeling a little better about going on accutane now. Hopefully, I'll get lucky and avoid a terrible initial breakout.

In Topic: Starting First Job And About To Use Accutane

25 April 2013 - 12:20 PM

My acne is okay right now. I broke out a few days ago. I developed a pretty bad nodule about an inch below my left eye, although it seems to be subsiding now. I have a few other pimples on my forehead and chin, which don't seem to be that big of a deal. My skin is also very dry and chapped right now. I used a little shea butter on problem areas, which helps a lot with the dryness (shea butter doesn't seem to clog my pores or break me out).

In Topic: Tazorac Question

25 April 2013 - 10:17 AM

I've been using Tazorac for a year now. It's really cleared me up a lot, although I still breakout once or sometimes twice a month. It took about three months for the Tazorac to begin working for me. I didn't really get an initial breakout. Prior the treatment, I had severe cystic acne. The acne just persisted until about three months into the Tazorac. I found a high dose of Vitamin A coupled with Apple Cider Vinegar (topical and internal) helps keep my acne controlled. Maybe supplementing your treatment, like I have, will help the initial breakout.