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spartan32

Member Since 20 Apr 2007
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#3442849 19M - Discussing Accutane With My Doctor

Posted by spartan32 on 22 July 2014 - 05:34 PM

I say do it.  I remember being that 19 year old guy who was sick and tired of using face washes and creams every single day.  Now I'm that 26 year old guy who is sick and tired of using face washes and creams every single day when Accutane was probably the answer the whole time.




#3417909 26 Year Old Male First Course.

Posted by spartan32 on 02 March 2014 - 11:56 PM

You remind me of myself.  26 years old and the acne never went away.  I see you also have a 2007 join date.  Did you ever think that you would still be on this forum in 2014?  I have debated Accutane so many times and never went on it which I regret every single day.  I manage to remain clear for the most part but I have to do so much shit (BP twice a day, a ton of cod liver oil, diet restrictions) where I just want to go on Accutane. Good luck man!




#3405787 Does Acne Go After Facial Hair Growth?

Posted by spartan32 on 05 January 2014 - 04:13 PM

Not for everyone.  I am 26, can grow a full beard and breakout more than when I was a teenager. 




#3399831 Acne Has Become Severe

Posted by spartan32 on 09 December 2013 - 02:14 PM

I would get back on the Doxy for the time being.  While antibiotics aren't good long term, they should enhance the acne.org regimen and help you clear up faster in the short term. When the acne.org regimen really kicks in and starts working after 3-4 months, you can probably wean yourself off the antibiotic.  

 

Personally, I would skip all of that and just jump on Accutane.  




#3398788 Accutane Relapse Rate: The Truth?

Posted by spartan32 on 04 December 2013 - 04:18 PM

I have read that after being properly dosed, the cure rate for Accutane is around 66%.  But why does it seem like everyone on this forum relapses?  Improper dosing, the 66% statistic is wrong, or are the people who weren't cured are all coming onto this forum while the majority who cleared aren't?




#3397423 Is Accutane Worth It?

Posted by spartan32 on 27 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

I am 26 and going on it.  Honestly the mental stress that acne puts on my mind and body is worse than any side effect that I could get.  While this forum would make you believe that you are going to have every side effect in the book, if you look at overall reviews from across the Internet, you will see that the success rate and overall positive experience is surprisingly high

 

http://www.acne.org/...ane-reviews-29/Overall rating: 3.9 / 5  (based on 2469 votes)

http://www.realself....ccutane/reviews  81% WORTH IT RATING based on 237 stories

 

http://www.drugs.com...s/isotretinoin/ - 8.5/10 based on 309 reviews for acne

 

What made up my decision was the fact that diet, topicals, etc have no chance at curing you.  Accutane is the only thing that has the ability to cure you.  While it won't cure everyone, it does cure many.  Slip up on your diet, or topical routine and you risk breaking out.  Also on any topical or diet, the worry that you will break out will always be in the back of your mind (at least that's how it is for me and I've done every topical and diet in the book)




#3374838 It Was Diet The Whole Time - 13 Years

Posted by spartan32 on 14 August 2013 - 06:12 PM

I am almost 26 and have had acne since I was 12.  Over the years i have used BP (Dan's Regimen), every prescription retinoid and antibiotic, every over the counter product, and basically everything with SOME results.  They also reduced my moderate acne a lot but I still got painful under the skin pimples and too many less serious ones for my liking.  A 25 year old man should not have acne so I made a commitment to fixing my body.

 

2 and a half months ago, I decided to overhaul my diet.  Before this, I was a chronic fast food eater and had no restrictions.  My diet plan is this: (I don't take credit for it as it is said over and over again in this section)

 

Low glycemic load diet consisting of whole foods and avoiding any personal food allergies that I have.  (chocolate and citrus gives me neck cysts within 24 hours).  I try to buy meats, eggs, and butter from grass feed animals that haven't been fed grains.  Maybe I am overthinking that part but I don't mind.

 

I basically follow the advice given at Mark's Daily Apple.  A lot of healthy fats (butter from grass fed cows, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil (only buy certified brands), avocados, etc), animal and egg protein (from grass fed hens), wild salmon, and mostly vegetable carbs.  I do eat potatoes and rice but avoid most grain carbs.  It is honestly very easy to follow this diet.  I thought it would be hard but it isn't.  I get to eat all of the animal meat that I want and when I do eat possible problematic foods such as potatoes and rice, I just load it in butter and make sure to eat it with protein and fat to slow the blood sugar spike down further.  

 

I don't eat a ton of carbs (between 100-150g a day) which is honestly okay for me as I have replaced my oats in the morning (which I always hated and thought I was helping myself by eating oatmeal every morning) with some delicious uncured bacon from Whole Foods.  Here is an example of a typical breakfast meal for me:

 

4 whole eggs (from grass fed hens)

4 pieces of uncured bacon

Green smoothie (50g spinach, strawberries, a banana, and 1 TBSP coconut oil)  The coconut oil and spinach help with the banana blood sugar spike to make it not much of an issue.

 

This is a lot better for me than my previous breakfast of oatmeal (getting sick just thinking about trying to force feed it), yogurt, and a whey protein shake.

 

I also eat these chicken wings a lot. *Moderator edit, URL removed – please read the board rules The site you have quoted contains advertising links*
 

Great tasting and keeps the blood sugar low.

 

Regarding my acne, I have been gradually using BP and Tazorac less and less and skipping a bunch of days and my skin is just not reacting.  I will get a small pimple here and there which goes away quick.  I have even gotten to be what usually end up in big and painful cysts that feel painful, but for some reason never surface and just die within 24 hours.  I am in the process of stopping topicals all together and am excited at the thought of not using anything on my face.




#3368393 Looking At Your Skin Really Close

Posted by spartan32 on 22 July 2013 - 11:23 PM

My thinking is so distorted these days.  In my mind, I feel like every person that I come in contact with just goes straight to analyzing my skin, looking for pimples, scars, and redmarks and after taking inventory of it all, will finally notice the rest of my face.  In reality, this couldn't be farther than the truth but why does it feel like its true?




#3362408 The Log and Times of the River City Ranger (Returns to Spectravision!...

Posted by spartan32 on 28 June 2013 - 07:59 PM

Ahhhhh I remember following this thread 6 years ago when it started.  I was offered Accutane myself during that time but unfortunately chose Differin which led to 6 years trying every topical in the book and a ton of headaches.  So now I will be having my own Accutane thread (6 years too late).

 

So how is everything going?  Still clear?




#3283321 Is Tazorac .05 Gel Strong Enough?

Posted by spartan32 on 03 September 2012 - 11:05 PM

Updating this thread.  I made the switch to Tazorac .1 on August 1st and it was a great decision.  No irritation or redness.  I am finally clearing up again after nothing has worked for the last 2 years (dan's regimen, retin a micro, differin).  I had been clear from Differin for 3 years prior to that but it stopped working for some reason.  This is really great stuff.