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meowza

Member Since 01 May 2013
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#3353438 Canadians Don't Have As Much Acne Because Of Vitamin D Levels?

Posted by meowza on 30 May 2013 - 11:16 AM

I'm a Canadian and I have moderate/severe acne which is thankfully being treated now by Accutane (sorry, holistic peeps, I bit the bullet and am trying it). I don't know if the rates of acne are higher in other countries but I certainly have friends and family who suffer from acne as well here in Canada. At my university lots of the students had it. Well, not "lots", but you wouldn't ever say that "No one but me has it". You could walk to class and see a few other people.

 

If people think that if its really more common in the US it may be because you just see it more. We have our medicare system where it is so much easier and cheaper to get treatment for people of all incomes. So that would be helpful. There may just be more people runnin' around with topicals in Canada, who knows.

 

And lets not get into a Canada vs US debate. Not all Canadians are looking to "pipe our dirty oil across your rivers and streams" and not all Americans eat like shit. Generalizations will just piss people off. I am interested if anyone has found any studies about the acne prevalence though between different countries. 




#3353324 It's Getting Better. W/ Pics

Posted by meowza on 30 May 2013 - 12:02 AM

Wow! What a difference the right treatment can make in only five months. Your skin looks fantastic! You've gotta get out and show it off! To be honest, I didn't notice any scars at all, your skin looks really awesome.




#3351432 How To Get A Prescription For Accutane?

Posted by meowza on 23 May 2013 - 06:49 PM

 

Have you every tried spiro? Or saw palmetto? These medications mute your androgen levels and stop you from breaking out. With way less side effects than accutane. If you started one of these medications now you could potentially clear up within the 5 months. You could try that in the mean time and see if you can avoid accutane entirely. Saw palmetto is something you can buy over the counter and spiro is a prescription. Just google spiro for acne or saw palmetto for acne and you will see lots of results even on these boards people have great success using these medications.
Normally to see the effects it takes 3 to 4 months to get all your hormones under control. It can happen much quicker though. This time period is when these medications will show its effects with your skin too. So you could get on one of them now and in the mean time hopefully it clears you up.
I did accutane from April to October this past year and I got clear after 5 months on the medication, I only did accutane because I too thought that I tried everything... When I joined this board for support once I started accutane and started reading about failed accutane courses and whatnot and everyone was clearing from this medication called spiro.. I didn't think I would ever need it because accutane would be the magical cure. Which I totally thought it was. I was clear and smooth and my complexion had never been better. Bummer that 3 months after stopping the medication I started to break out again I was heart broken. Plus picked up a couple of long term side effects from the accutane too. Which I knew was a risk so I'm not going to complain about them. But first sign of breaking out I made an appointment with my obgyn and asked for spiro and she agreed to get it on it I started at 100mg. And cleared back up in about a month. Stayed clear since. It's been a god send and only side effect I have from it is in the beginning I used the bathroom a couple more times a day. The medication is a diuretic so it may make you have to go more often.
To get more information there is a very knowledgeable member on these boards user name is green gables and she gives a ton of information about both spiro and saw palmetto. Read some of her posts and seriously try it out, it might be your winning medication. I know it has been for a lot of other people, and myself. It would just be perfect to try it out just while you are waiting for your dermatologist appointment for the accutane. If it works great and you get to avoid a potentially dangerous drug, if it doesn't work oh well you tried and you can still get your accutane!

 
This was really well said! Reading around on the boards I see that a lot of girls have had success with Spiro.
 
Spiro was on the list of things I tried. I have a feeling my acne is not hormone related and more related to genetics sad.png

Thank you! Sorry that spiro didn't work out for you! I never thought my acne was hormonal either. Although genetics weren't the issue either. I'm the only one in my family who had acne. I mean people would have a pimple here and there but that was in their teens. I started to get acne was I was around 22 so that's was weird. My dermatologist never even wanted to discuss the possibility of my acne being hormonal. So after accutane didn't work in the long term I just started to talk with my obgyn about it and she thinks all acne is hormonal. Who knows who is right, I just know my acne must truly be hormonal because after all these mediations I have taken spiro is seriously the only medication that's kept me clear. Besides accutane, since I can't being accutane all the time this is the best bet for me! I hope that accutane gives you the result you are looking for.

 

Thank you! I hope this works for me I'm at my wits end! Glad you found something that is keeping you clear too :)




#3350774 If Your Son/daughter Had Acne

Posted by meowza on 21 May 2013 - 07:57 PM

I think I must be lucky. My acne is genetic, I got it from my late father. When I was 10 or 11 I started getting acne, quite badly. I didn't know what to do. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone about it. But my dad was really there for me and I think it was because he suffered with acne and he knew exactly how I was feeling. My whole life he was my biggest cheerleader and the one who really fought the acne fight with me. He was a doctor himself and he got me into see some great derms, he pushed for new treatments, and he helped me put the lotions and potions on my back where I couldn't reach. He showed me his scars and he told me about how self conscious he was about his skin when he had been my age. I remember one particular story about how they made him swim (he was on the swim team) with his shirt on because of the acne on his back, and how it made him just work harder to be the guy to beat in the pool. It broke my heart but made me feel so much less alone. He also told me how it didn't hold him back from doing the things he loved. He ran track too, met my mom, went to med school, and had kids. He had a great life despite his acne. This gave me a huge amount of respect for my father. He actually took Accutane in his 40s, and it cleared him 90-95%, which is why he only had mostly scars to show me when I was a kid. I am currently on Accutane (he had pushed for me to try it, but at the time no Drs. would give it to me for various reasons), I just wish he was here now to help me though my course. I would have so many questions for him, I could use his advice everyday.


I think the key is to be open, approachable, honest and supportive. 




#3347013 [Pics!] Huge Acne Success Story - Adult Acne, Age 38

Posted by meowza on 08 May 2013 - 06:32 PM

You are really glowing in your today photo! Glad you found something that is working for you!!




#3344875 New To Forum . Have Questions About Accutane Ib

Posted by meowza on 01 May 2013 - 03:51 PM

Hi Mosey Mom!

 

First off, I just want to echo the statements of others when I say how lucky your son is to have you as a mom. Showing concern and going out of your way to ensure you have all of the info to help him through this.

 

I just started Accutane (40mg/day), and I'm starting my second week. I'm a 23 year old female. I went through my adolescence with horrible acne on my back (my face has always just been moderate). I can really put myself in your sons shoes. I still live with my mom and sometimes I can see her trying to examine my skin when she suspects I am not looking! I get really really annoyed when she asks to look at it up close. I feel so embarrassed of my appearance, I don't want anyone else to look at it. However, after reading this thread, I am so much more understanding of my mum. I know now, she probably feels the same way you do, concerned and wanting to help. So thank you for sharing your story as I think it will help my mom and I communicate more during my course of Accutane :)

 

Also, I am also having an initial breakout at week #2, and my lips are starting to dry up quite a bit. 

 

Wishing you and your son the best on this journey! 




#3344787 First Time User Of Accutane Dilemma!

Posted by meowza on 01 May 2013 - 10:05 AM

Unfortunately, you've got to listen to your derm on this one and wait.

 

This is right out of my Accutane brochure from the Pharmacist:

 

"Do not take tetracyclines with Accutane. For some antibiotics, you may have to stop taking Accutane until the antibiotic treatment is our of your system. Use of tetracyclines with Accutane together can increase the risk of getting increased pressure in the brain. Certain antibiotics also interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills"

 

Also I don't imagine your liver would be too happy either trying to process both the drugs.

 

I would do yourself a solid and just wait it out!