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determinedtowin

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#3458794 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by determinedtowin on 05 November 2014 - 03:04 PM


 
Hi emma, thanks for the reply. 
 
wish you all the best on your journey, for me i am not sure if it was worth it tbh, there are just too many what if's in my case that i am not comfortable with. 
 
I may try aloe vera, just i want my body to repair itself with no intervention. I think thats the key message I have learnt (for me) is that my body is darn good at repairing itself, and i feel naive to have been on medication that compromises that.  But at the same time, when you reach breaking point and nothing seems to work... 
 
I learnt that for me, it wasn't just about the spots, it was about how and what i think of them and they way they affect my mood. I have learned that having them is *ok* and normal.. there are worse things in life. truly. 
 
now, if Accutane had been all roses for me, no doubt i'd be singing its praises. Don't get me wrong it cleared my back up, my back feels baby butt smooth. my clogs under the eyes around the nose disappeared within a matter of weeks. the only gripe i have is some scarring, and the delay healing time. So hoping these clear up asap. 
 
Even now it would be hard for me to advise someone in a similar position as me not to try accutane for the very reason that it could help tremendously as it does in many many many people.. 
 
if i was advising someone with more severe acne, i'd say do it 100% and get on a high dose proportionate to your body weight per kg.  I dont think accutane is something you want to drag out longer than need be because the skin wont heal as well whilst on it. hit it hard and fast, if your body can tollerate it and get off it and allow the body to repair itself, even though i have stopped for 2 days (today being day 2) i have had 2 spots come up, one of which has lingered on my face for 6 months at least, so at least now it can come to a head and be gone.  I really think 369 help a lot at changing ones sebum viscosity 
 
 
@allinson,
 
Hi, thanks for sharing.  I know that feeling of being fed up.  Seems like your pal had great results! how is she doing now in terms of health? joints ok? has the oil returned? (btw people oil is not the enemy, oil is good its your bodies own way of protecting itself.. what is the problem however is how the body excretes this and how the skin talks to the oil glands and skin shedding keratinisation process at a base level). 
 
It sounds to me like these bumps are appearing from the rough drying affects accutane has on the skin, sort of like KP. Are these bumps filled with pus or just bumps? I don't think you started getting bumps because you missed some doses.  Its just the effect it can have on some people.. but yes the accumulative amount is important with this drug. 
 
Not sure if you are from the UK but get hold of Blistex Intensive moisturiser. that was the only thing that healed my cracked lips. The healing time isnt odd, its what the medication does, it slows the healing rate down, so your friend was a match made in heaven if thats the results she got! 
 
the scarring, do you mean red marks or do you mean indentations and atrophic scars? the skin overall should actually get better once off the accutane because the bodies natural healing process comes back into full swing. 
 
I agree with your final paragraph. 
 
good luck! 
 
either way everyone has come to this decision for a personal reason and as long as you stand by that personal reason and truly feel this is the only option then thats great, no regrets. 

Fabulous advice!!
 
I'm having it easy really, which just goes to show we do not all respond the same.
 
Do try the aloe vera, it is natural and if you go to a big tesco you can get in there for less than amazon http://www.tesco.com...el/671-1929.prd.
 
Good luck smile.png
Does this moisturise as well or is it just for red marks really?

It moisturises but i would put light moisturiser on once the aloe vera drys.
Don't get the aloe vera near eyes as it can sting.

I have a question for those who are on Accutane or who have been on accutane...before I began Accutane I decided to be abstinent, I'm not sexually active right now or won't be anytime soon so I decided there's no point in me taking Birthcontrol...anyways my period has been super irregular it's been over a month already on accutane and I want to take Birthcontrol so bad, will this cause a delay on accutane? Will I have to stop taking it the first month I'm on the pill? I don't think it matters when I begin the pill because it's just for my period. Also would I need to tell my derm? And in the bloodwork will they know I'm on Birthcontrol? Please help thanks

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How long have you been off the pill? It takes time for periods to return to normal.
I would keep off the pill
And use a period tracker app to track your periods for a few month. A 22-30 day cycle is normal.
Mine ranges from 22 26 24 to 30 and I've been of the pill for six years.
Failing that speak to your Gp. Hope this helps

You weren't wrong about the aloe Vera stinging your eyes!!! I tried this for the first time yesterday and even a little bit was painful!!


#3450193 Man With Deep Scars Gets Very Attractive Women

Posted by determinedtowin on 02 September 2014 - 04:54 AM

I see a girl everyday when I'm on my dinner who has quite severe acne scars and I fancy her like mad :)




#3447088 Roaccutane Advice Needed Please

Posted by determinedtowin on 13 August 2014 - 11:56 AM

Lots of scarring, old and new. It's not as
Concerning as my active acne though. Luckily, I can use a good foundation to cover the marks but obviously there is no disguising pustules!!!
I am worrying about what to use skin care wise when on treatment. If I used e45 now my skin would errupt into a million pustules. I'm using organic aloe Vera gel to moisturise at the moment and the dregs of quinoderm face wash which has been discontinued I believe, boo! What are your concerns regarding the laser treatment? Have you ever tried microdermabrasion? I tried this for four month and had amazingly clear skin. It was to expensive to continue with at £85 a session. I went to Diane Nivern in prestwich, she is amazing. Also had a peel done there a few times when my acne was severe and results were amazing. Again, costly!

I was gonna say minocycline as I did a few months on it along with dans regime before starting and it really helped!
Did it not work at all for you?


I was on it for six month and had a bad breakouts all the time so I figured taking antibiotics that weren't working was a no brainer and came off them
In January. Just seems this last few month my skin has worsened. No rhyme or reason! At 36 enough is enough. What I skipped in none acne teenage years I have more than made up for in adult hood. 14 years of on and off mild to moderate acne!
I also had eurythromycin in my 20's which was a fail. Then zinert applied topically, panoxyl, quinoderm to name a few. I'm in the roaccutane last chance saloon in September. If that does not work ill
Be on the road to nowhere!

My scarring is pitted so a microdermabrasion wouldn't do me much good to be honest.

My concerns are that a lot of people, including the derm said my scarring is mild.  

There are risks involved including further scarring and hyper pigmentation and I am further at risk of this because of Roaccutane. It's a tough one because I've gone through a lot of ballache to get to this stage!

I need to make a decision in the next couple of weeks though and I don't think I'd get this opportunity on the NHS again


#3447052 Roaccutane Advice Needed Please

Posted by determinedtowin on 13 August 2014 - 07:54 AM

I was super excited and just anxious to get things going before I started.. I looked on here at some blogs while waiting to start, but I never really paid attention or knew of the possibility of serious severe side effects so I didn't freak out about those until after I had already started haha.

 

I've never thought to use aloe vera with tea tree oil, I would've been afraid it would cause breakouts. I might have to look into that.

 

CeraVe is a really good skin care product, they have moisturizers and what not too. Most dermatologists recommend CeraVe or Cetaphil because they are very mild and sensitive. They've got other ingredients in them, I don't think they have Salicylic Acid and what not.

 

 

I have used aloe vera for a while and it is good for calming the skin and reducing inflamation. It is also moisturising. Give it a try!

 

I will get some cetaphil as I have read on a few posts that this is good.

 

Emma.



Hi I am scheduled to start treaprednisolonement on the 20th of september. I have been prescribed 20mg (30tablets) and advised to take one every other day.

I am a 36yo female.

I use lush fresh farmacy to wash, dermalogica active moist for moisturiser and aloe vera gel on top of moisturiser, I use tea tree oil on acne outbreaks as needed.

any advice would be appreciated on skincare whilst on roaccutane. How can I treat outbreaks.
My skin is very oily, I get hormonal acne which is moderate and takes months to clear. I have cysts, pustules, white heads and black heads and tiny spots the size
of pins in clusters.

My dermatologist has prescribed prednisolone as a precaution to hrlp with painful cysts but the side affects sound quite scary!

I would value any advice given as I am quite worried about the side affects of roaccutane. Mental health exists within my family, although I have no problems I am worried.

 

Firstly, it will be the best decision you have ever made! 

 

Try not to use any products apart from moisturiser when on Roaccutane as your skin will be chronically dry. Vaseline is a must for your lips and I used to pile it on before I went to bed as my lips became extremely dry!

 

I know it's easier said then done but try not to think about the side effects or you'll think every little thing is down to taking Roaccutane! I had no side effects apart from the dryness and I know 2 other people who had the same side effects.

 

Good luck with it! I am currently waiting for my appointment in Manchester for my scarring! x

Thanks for the advice. I supopse we tend to read more on the negatives rather than focus on the positives! I would be intrested to know how you get on with the scarring, good luck.

Can you reccomend a decent mosituriser that won't block pores??



Good luck!

Just a simple face wash and moisturiser are all you need. Are you in the UK? The simple hydrating face wash is what i used for my course along with cetaphil cleanser to remove make up. Both are very gentle. Simple hydrating moisturiser and cetaphil lotion are both good moisturisers. Get a good body moisturiser too and stock up on lip balms. You may need something heavy duty for your Lips.....I ordered some aquaphor and used it at night. Brilliant stuff!

Don't pop or pick and look after yourself. You will have clear skin before you know it!

Also.. I had bad dandruff too.....just in case you want to get some shampoo ready!!

Hi,

 

Yes I am in the uk. I actually tried the simple wash as an experiment before I start my treatment in Septemebr and have broke out whistling.gif(

 

I'm compiling a list and stocking up on things before I start it, have to be prepared!

 

Hard not to pop them as I have some rather huge pustules that I know if i pop them will relive the pain. My skin scars easily so Im actually resisting the urge to pop them in preperation for September!

 

It is awful looking in the mirrow and seeing a huge yellow spot the size of a pea under my eyebrow but i guess i'm going to have to get use to this.

 

I used E45 cream and put thick layers on (I still do sometimes as my skin is still dry)

 

I have an appointment at Salford Royal on the 2nd September for a patch test of laser but I'm not sure if to go ahead to be honest. Have you got scarring? x




#3446850 Roaccutane Advice Needed Please

Posted by determinedtowin on 12 August 2014 - 08:10 AM

Hi I am scheduled to start treaprednisolonement on the 20th of september. I have been prescribed 20mg (30tablets) and advised to take one every other day.

I am a 36yo female.

I use lush fresh farmacy to wash, dermalogica active moist for moisturiser and aloe vera gel on top of moisturiser, I use tea tree oil on acne outbreaks as needed.

any advice would be appreciated on skincare whilst on roaccutane. How can I treat outbreaks.
My skin is very oily, I get hormonal acne which is moderate and takes months to clear. I have cysts, pustules, white heads and black heads and tiny spots the size
of pins in clusters.

My dermatologist has prescribed prednisolone as a precaution to hrlp with painful cysts but the side affects sound quite scary!

I would value any advice given as I am quite worried about the side affects of roaccutane. Mental health exists within my family, although I have no problems I am worried.

 

Firstly, it will be the best decision you have ever made! 

 

Try not to use any products apart from moisturiser when on Roaccutane as your skin will be chronically dry. Vaseline is a must for your lips and I used to pile it on before I went to bed as my lips became extremely dry!

 

I know it's easier said then done but try not to think about the side effects or you'll think every little thing is down to taking Roaccutane! I had no side effects apart from the dryness and I know 2 other people who had the same side effects.

 

Good luck with it! I am currently waiting for my appointment in Manchester for my scarring! x




#3381509 Starting Accutane 14-Year-Old Boy

Posted by determinedtowin on 09 September 2013 - 06:24 AM

You did the right thing. I wish someone had started me on Accutance at 14 and I wouldn't be left with the scars I have now! Dry lips was the only bad thing I had so make sure he has plenty of lip balm at the ready. Good luck 




#3366765 Advice On Scars (Pics Included)

Posted by determinedtowin on 16 July 2013 - 02:50 AM

I too have redness from major BP damage...but it's slowly going down with beta glucan liquid & my supergreen powder (chlorella/ spirulina/ barley grass/ wheat grass) face mask with fresh lemon juice + manuka honey....the redness shows your skin is injured & it's trying to heal itself...that will go away when your skin totally heals itself...you also need to reestablish the skin's natural lipid barrier...a poster called Alternavista noted the importance of linoleic acid (found in grapeseed/ primrose oil etc) for topical use to help heal the skin. You could also try the 302 line recommended by Panos which has avogen. Otherwise, try a weekly avocado facemask with a teaspoon of safflower oil (this is high in linoleic oil).

There's also lots of professional skin/ scar treatment serums that you could experiment using with the short roller such as Dermefface Fx7 http://www.dermeffacefx7.com/; DNA Scar Therapy http://www.dnaegfren...ar-therapy.html etc .I have not tried them but they look okay...

Also, retinaldehyde is another form of retin a that is specifically helpful for healing red skin. I know this is found in the Pure Skin Junkie range as well as BION Research and Osmosis. Otherwise, you could ask your derm if they could recommend a skincare brand/ oinment with retinaldehyde for you.

As for fillers, whatever, you do don't get permanent ones or you might end up with worse looking skin... look for natural fillers only i.e. ones that last about 6 months that use either hyaluronic acid or your own body fat. However, this is a temporary fix and your problems will keep propping up. Honestly, the best advice I can give you or anyone with scarring is to face your skin issues fully & proactively now so you don't deal with them for another 10 + years! For example, in my own case, I was in MAJOR denial about the severity of skin issues for a very long time because I thought they would resolve naturally on their own in time. Thus, I would only look into mirrors that showed my skin in the most flattering light & avoid other mirrors like the plague... I also sought areas to socialise/ sit/ stand/ walk etc where the light would not capture my faults so harshly. Needless to say, this was all very draining emotionally & psychologically. And I did this "searching for better lighting dance" for many years...

It was only when I finally gathered the inner courage & strength to look at my skin very closely with a handheld mirror in the most unflattering daylight & other harsh lighting that I could finally assess the real extent of my skin damage. This was so incredibly painful to do. I was astounded & demoralized at just how severe my skin problems were.

After wallowing in abject sorrow & self pity for a good week, I finally decided to take positive action & rectify my skin problems once & for all. And I have, well, just about.....of course, it wasn't smooth sailing & it did take a few years, but my skin is transforming everyday & I now KNOW scars can TOTALLY heal & skin can totally return back to normal/ health. (NB In the early stages of healing your skin, I recommend only looking at your skin close-up in harsh lighting once a month -that is, if you are committed to healing your skin - otherwise, you could just make yourself more miserable....but after 6-12 months, as you start to see definite signs of healing, you'll actually look forward to assessing your skin close-up in harsh lighting because you'll be amazed just how far your skin has healed and how great it can look! smile.png )

Btw, it will take between 6-12 months to heal scars, sometimes even 1-2 years plus. But it's better to start earlier rather than latter (as I did). Your future self will thank you greatly if you take consistent action now....

Just remember, scars & skin WILL heal 100%, but you must use good mesotherapy/ key topicals/ eat very healthy/ drink healthy/ exercise gently regularly and give yourself ample time to heal itself....

All the best!

PS Stay away from harsh chemical/ acne washes/ soaps & tap water (these can strip your skin of its natural sebum protection & make it red)....instead try not washing your skin everyday & use a face spray like Evian water facial mist ..you can then gently wipe your skin with a tissue or a 100% natural facial wipe like "Pink Wipes".

I've certainly been there with mirrors and lighting. It doesn't help when people who can physically see your skin say "oh it looks fine" because they don't want to hurt you. Then something will happen like a letter from my GP to my derm saying, upon examination, I have a lot of pitted scarring! The same derm also claimed in the letter that he'd said my pits might flatten out which is a lie as he didn't say anything like that.

 

The redness is actually a lot better than it used to be but its the pits that bother me




#3365786 Advice On Scars (Pics Included)

Posted by determinedtowin on 12 July 2013 - 01:31 AM

Thanks for the reply... Needling is definitely something I'm going to look at

I also think it'll help my right cheek as that is quite pitty. The only problem I have is I still have red patches that feel different to the rest of the skin and no one can work out what they are even a derm!


#3358039 Smooth Red Skin

Posted by determinedtowin on 14 June 2013 - 05:59 PM

No that was for my acne originally which was ridiculous because it was so severe at the time. Oh to have normal skin! Mine definitely seems to be getting worse texture and scar wise (white smooth marks appearing)

Fingers crossed some solution is on th horizon :)

By the way... It's nice for someone to actually reply in here :)