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In Topic: {Pictures Included} About To Go On Roaccutane

23 July 2013 - 11:57 PM

Hormonal therapies (only used in women) such as oral contraceptives can also reduce sebum production.



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Good luck


Thanks. My mother looked into that, but because of the country I live in, birth control pills are very difficult to get a hold of if you are under the age of consent or unmarried.

In Topic: {Pictures Included} About To Go On Roaccutane

23 July 2013 - 10:38 PM

Aaah sorry for the late reply. EatsRainbows, I'm not in the UK although I'm pretty much definitely not going to get pregnant any time soon. Mahweeoh, I've already started on 20mg daily. Today is my 3rd day, and I haven't felt anything yet. I've got to say that the iPhone camera can be very forgiving indeed. I've also got a considerable amount of acne on my shoulders and back, enough for my dermo to recommend I go on 40mg instead of 20.

I had a total diet overhaul which included eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and cutting out a large majority of my sugar and dairy. Apart from making my skin glow a little bit, it did nothing to help the scarring/acne and it only got worse from there. I also went on antibiotics a while ago and that did absolutely nothing.

I mean, I can deal with the acne and hyperpigmentation, but it's just how oily I get. It makes me feel hideous beyond words, and isotretinoins are the only things that would cut down on sebum production. Anyway, my GP and 2 dermatologists think I'll be fine and I've had all the bloodwork done. Awaiting the infamous initial breakout but I'm only on 20mg so I hope it won't be that bad. I'll be documenting my experience over here if anyone's interested: *Moderator edit, URL removed – please read the board rules*

Thanks for the replies anyway smile.png

In Topic: {Pictures Included} About To Go On Roaccutane

12 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

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For your viewing pleasure, I've decided to attach a few unflattering pictures of the current state of my skin:

(the first two are the in front of my bathroom light, the last is natural lighting)






huge pores galore. i never let anyone get this close to my face. I think my iPhone camera makes my skin look better to be quiet honest.

In Topic: Oily Skin Help

12 July 2013 - 12:45 PM

I'm the same age as you and I'm probably oilier than you are. It takes around 2 hours after I put on my makeup for me to start greasing out. I'm going to go on Roaccutane since my breakouts are getting worse and I've tried pretty much every topical acne treatment to no avail. 

I find that I'm a LOT oilier when I'm stressed out/in a bad mood. Perhaps this could also be making you oily? And instead of washing your face, you could try using blotting sheets (try finding sheets without any powder on them as this can clog your pores and contribute to even more acne). Urban Decay's DeSlick face mist did absolutely nothing for me, so I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on expensive topical products that claim to keep you matte. With skin as oily as ours, it's pretty futile. Try talking to a dermatologist about going on something oral. Hope I could help :)

In Topic: Never Felt This Low

09 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

oh my goodness, let me tell you that i can wholeheartedly relate. i'm so sorry you're going through this man. i literally spend 80% of my waking hours thinking about how my skin looks: avoiding certain lighting, visualizing how gross i look, avoiding mirrors like the plague, standing/sitting in places that will cast shadows on my face. i also broke out on my right side last December. it was bad, but it's cleared up until recently. now i've started to break out on my left side, which was what i was fearing. my skin has also been ridiculously oily recently-- within two hours i begin to shine bright like a diamond and i hate it.

so no, you are definitely not alone. my cheeks are covered in dark marks too, my pores are enormous, i'm breaking out, and i feel like a hideous, greasy mess. i don't want to leave my room. i recently slept over at my friends house, and when i wasn't wearing any makeup i could see her mother scoping my scarred face with pity. it makes me feel like shit, so i can completely relate to wanting to pass up a holiday because of your skin. i just hope it gets better for both of us, because i can't imagine living the rest of my life like this. i'll stay strong if you do too :)