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No insurance no money no treatment

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I get a couple bad cysts a month that last for months, eventually I can't take it anymore so I mess with them they shrink but never go away they are hard and sometimes the size of a grape tomato (goodness). I do not have the money for shots or lasers or creams so what can I do. I cry call off work don't go to school when they are really bad and my family thinks it's just being vain. Vain! NO! They do not understand how it feels to have something on your face that looks like a disease(and it actually is)is painful and when people look at you they can't help but focus on this huge shiny somehing on your neck or face. I have become the master of disguise but I'm tired of living this way. I want to smile show my face. I can't even look at myself in the mirror it's terrible ugly and sometimes debilitating! Help. :ninja:

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I"m so sorry you are having a terrible time with your skin.

It's a bad situation to have severe acne and no health insurance.

You mentioned having a job, so I'm going to assume you are an adult or at least a teenager old enough to hold down a job. Is there a way you can save up some money to see a derm? Does your job not provide any health insurance?

From the sound of it, your acne is on the severe side and that makes treatment difficult, usually Prescriptions are the only thing that will work. And Accutane would probably definitely help.

But if want to try an over-the-counter treament, you can look into the Clear Skin Regimen. It is mostly for mild-to-moderate acne, so I'm not sure if it would be effective for you, but it might be worth a try if you aren't able to get anything else.

Here's the link.....

http://www.acne.org/regimen.html

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From having a job and being in school with a phd program (guessing from the name), I think you may have more option than you think.

Schools of a decent size (to have a phd program) should have a health department that offer cheap student visits ( I would assume free in most cases) and then cheap special services ( perhaps discounted cortisone shot ) and they ususally have an onsite pharmacy that's also pretty cheap (30-50% less). Explore these options.

A private visit to see a doc (general practioner should be cheaper) to get prescription to get on antibiotic should be $50ish? perhaps call around and have a visit to get a month + of antibitoic and some prescription drugs such as retin-a and tazorac if they can prescribe it. What is $50 bucks? 8 mcdonald fast food, go buy raw food and bread from the store for 10 bucks and eat healthy and save some money. Try to explore other ways to save a few bucks here and there. Antibiotics are cheap, like 10 bucks etc. Anyway, you say you call off work because of the acne... that's money you could've earn to get treatment... You simply have to be clear that you really want to treat it and face up to it and do everything to get it, including going to work when it is flared up. They are not going away just because you are hiding in your room and you are not getting money to get treatment when you are hiding inyour room.

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Thanks for the info. Unfortunately NO I'm not working on a phD. I am working on a BA in Anthropology however. School insurance is very expensive and there are no free services for acne because they are considered cosmetic services similar to when I did have insurance at my previous job. When I had insurance it covered very little because I am over 25 and again acne treatment was seen as cosmetic. The insurance rules vary from co. to co. Yes, I understand the fact of not going to work = no money=no money for treatment. Have you ever had it so bad it physically and emotionally hurt so bad that you were just tired of trying to look normal. Oh, yes I know all to well of not trying to let the world and the people in it influence my own insecurity. I am smarter than that that unfortunately sometimes the power is to strong. I have had the creams retin-a topical anibiotic systemic antibiotics, unfortunately I have not been able to either stay on them long enough no more insurance or they didn't work. Maybe accuatane is the answer but I do not believe insurance covers it If I had any and I probably will not have insurance for a year or more I only work part time and go to school I apy for college myself and 200-400 a month I heard for the treatment is impossible. I do have a prescription left for aldactone(which is actaully a high blood pressure med. that does something to hormones as a side effect used for acne however that med. made me real tired (lowered my BP to low as well) etc. and I stopped taking and the mg. are even really low only 25mg. Sorry so long I only wish there was a service out there that focused on acne especially cystic and nodular acne in teens and adults. Thanks for listening.

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Hi. I am so sorry to hear about your insurance struggles. :( I used to work in a doctor's office and I want to offer you this: most insurances are difficult for specialists to work with (ie a derm) so they are more apt to work with a patient who is paying in cash. If you physically go to a derm and speak to the office manager (let them know you're a student) they will probably be willing to set up a payment plan for you, maybe even give you samples. Good luck!

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I was in a pretty similar situation as you. While I was in school I had practically no money and a face that made my last year of college sheer hell. And Im not talking bullshit pimples here and there, I have dealt with horrible cystic acne. Since you are a student and probably have access to taking out student loans I would advise you to cosider doing so and putting the money toward an insurance plan that will cover treatments with you dermatologist and accutane (if that is ultimately what you want to go on.)

I did this and even with having insurance I will still be shelling out around 2,500 total for a 6 month treatment of generic accutane. This is the total for my monthly insurance payments, my doctors visit and prescription copays,and the portion of bloodwork I am responsible for. I know thats a lot of money, especially to a college student. But what is your face, your life and your confidence worth? Thats really the bottom line here. And if your like me, racking up another 2500 in student loans isnt much compared to the 10 grand I had already taken out. You'll have a good long time after school to work and pay this off. Deal with this now so you wont have another battle to fight when this is over - bad scars.

I went through Golden Rule Insurance and took out the most expensive plan, it was around 125 a month. In the end the money you spend on insurance doesnt save you money when compared to just paying out of pocket for a course of generic accutane. But you have health insurance to cover any injury that happens to you.

I know this is a long post and I hope I dont come across as preachy or bitchy. I just really feel for people like yourself dealing with this and not having insurance, I know how hopeless it can feel. If you have any questions feel free to ask or pm me.

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Metal chick

I just wondered if you have come up with any idea for meds yet?

Can you get Accutane at a reduced price if you contact the manufacturer?

Good luck Tomas

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I get a couple bad cysts a month that last for months, eventually I can't take it anymore so I mess with them they shrink but never go away they are hard and sometimes the size of a grape tomato (goodness). I do not have the money for shots or lasers or creams so what can I do. I cry call off work don't go to school when they are really bad and my family thinks it's just being vain. Vain! NO! They do not understand how it feels to have something on your face that looks like a disease(and it actually is)is painful and when people look at you they can't help but focus on this huge shiny somehing on your neck or face. I have become the master of disguise but I'm tired of living this way. I want to smile show my face. I can't even look at myself in the mirror it's terrible ugly and sometimes debilitating! Help. :ninja:

i cried tonight cos i'm in the same situation as you. i have to beg infront of my mom to take me to a derm but she doesn't take me seriously. she thinks my acne will go away with age..im 23 for goodness sake and i started breaking out at 21...adult acne doesnt go away on its own..hope u feel better..just know ur not alone

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tomas-

the manufaturer discontinued their patient assistance program as of july '05

i feel your pain, metalchickphd. i was in just about the same situation. i took out extra money in my student loan and bought insurance with it from anthem. it's $122 a month. After everything, I'm going to have to pay about $1200 for my accutane treatment, including the blood tests, derm visits, etc.

good luck. :pray:

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im in the same boat.. tried it all and planning on doing accutane come september... what did we all do to deserve this? :( sooo sick of being a hermit

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Try Eurocin Gel. This is the only thing I found effective on my acne and after healing, preventing new ones from developing.

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