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Bonjourno!

well, ive been using this forum a while... and notice regular names popping up...

so whats your background?

Im aimee lou, female (obviously) and i live ina place in the north east of england called middlesbrough.

Ive had acne since i was about 19, suffered badly, and tried lots of stuff, to be put on accutane when i was 22 (18th of dec 07)

I work as a scientist and study applied chemistry part time, i'm in my final year...

:dance:

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Hi Aimee! I'm Cris. I'm a female, 38 (hence, the screen name!) and have suffered bouts of acne since I was about 25, but it was never severe enough to get me down until about 4 or 5 years ago when it got out of control. During this past year it's been leaving terrible scars, so this is my last option. I live in the US, in Indiana. I'm a librarian for a university.

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Hi Aimee_lou_uk and TooOldForThis!

I'm Pedro, 25. Acne since 15. I'm a student on the the last year of university on 3D Computer Graphics. I've never followed a acne treatment correctly cause i've always gave up.

This time is for real cause i trust much Accutane. Good luck to us all ;)

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hello aimee lou, cris and cristiano ronaldo!ce

i'm tim age 26 single no children

i've been on accutane 6 months and its going ok although i use a light treatment lamp and started to eat healthy and go to the gym as well so im not sure what's making the different

i live in the uk i work in the health service my interests are health and beauty (as a result of acne!), jazz/world/electronic/trip-hop and other music and watching the occasional football or cricket match.

how has acne affected your lives? (assuming it has)

aimee lou i like your name and nice pic as well :-p

tim

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Hi all,

I am Carolyn. I have been reading these boards for a few years on and off and recently decided to actually join and chat instead of lurking! I'm 25 and have had acne on and off for about 12 years. I have been on roaccutane quite a few times (3) and have just started taking it again as I started Yasmin and switched to Dianette and one or both made my skin break out pretty badly and as I have discovered through my many years of drug trials(!) that roaccutane is the only thing that really does work, it's just a shame with me it isnt a permenant cure.

Just dealing with the start of the IB, not fun times.....

I qualified as a Barrister last year and work in the legal department of a financial corporation. (I actually want to do criminal law though but trying to find an opening in it is proving somewhat hard....)

I live in Nottingham and have been here since uni.

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HEY GUYS!

Well I am a 21yr old guy from the great white north (Canada). I have had acne since I was about 13-14... Started off as a small problem just little whiteheads which after doing many topicals, antibiotics developed into just nodules... Finally decided to join the tane train as of yesterday. Acne has completley fucked with my head, for the longest time I didn't care, partly because it was never too bad, partly because I smoked a ton of chronic. I let acne take control of my life, still does, stopped socialising, lost my gf as a result... oh well only 2+ years down the drain. I eventually got so depressed over my skin that I dropped out of highschool and just worked fulltime and got my diploma through nightschool courses. It was funny though seemed like all but one or two people in my nightschool classes didnt have acne! So I guess I am not the only one who went that route. Currently single, sell glazing supplies, and also run the warehouse for the company I work for. Pretty much your average guy, don't drink anymore though... Seems like I always drive even though I have no intention of it and I am sick of paying for car repairs or the chance of killing someone or myself.

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hi carolyn,

nice bunny outfit!

did your skin never hold back your career ambitions or are you just a confident person anyway?

hi mg86,

glad to hear you don't drink and drive anymore!

what do you mean the great white north? never heard that before.

sorry to hear acne messed with your head, we've all been there though.

tim

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Hi timmytim

My skin hasn't made it the easiest career choice... When you're doing your law degree it doesnt matter so much you can just hide at the back in lectures and books dont tend to stare at your skin! I do remember during my finals the stress made my skin flare up so badly, when I came out of my last exam everyone went to the pub to celebrate and I went home because I felt so uncomfortable about being around people. It's things like that that make me sad I suffer from bad skin, the stuff it holds you back from doing that you later realise you wont get back... Anyway, I then worked in family law for a year and meeting clients was sometimes hard when my skin was playing up but it just had to be done there was no avoiding it. Luckily when I did the barrister course (BVC) my skin was pretty good (roaccutane) so the advocacy modules werent such a problem and for the last year because I have been working in commercial law I dont really have to meet with 'clients' the company is my client in a way... and going to court is a last resort (usually means I havent done my job well enough, lol) It does make me uncomfortable around my work colleagues though, at the minute I am dreading going to work each day because my skin is going through the IB and is not looking good. I am not sure how I would feel if I was working in criminal and in court everyday, I think it would probably be the same thing because no matter where you work (well the majority of jobs anyway) you have to deal with people whether they are colleagues, customers, clients etc.. and it is that which makes me feel ucomfortable.

I'm the same as a lot of people on here, when my skin flares up it makes me feel very self conscious and not want to go anywhere, if you read one of my other posts you will see that I stayed in last Sat night instead of going out with my friends because I couldnt face going out with obvious bad skin.

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Hi 26 F, california. On Sotret 5 days. Kinda scared, getting some anxiety over it. I have had "bad" skin for 10 years now and it got to the point where I tried everything, and before I hit thirty, I want to be able to walk out of the housse with no make up on and feel beautiful, or stop turning down dates because I don't want them to see me in the light. (Ha I work in a dark bar and have perfected my make-up skills).

The only side effect I have experienced is Anxiety... I had a panic attack last night, is that normal? Any one else?

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hi again carolyn,

can totally relate to what you wrote. you've done great anyway to be so succesful!

i'm very different at work when my skin is good, way more confident and friendly. i think i have no career ambition in part because of acne / self esteem problems.

my whole world view and outlook on life changes when my skin in good! it's totally mental i know but everyone seems the be the same.

i think i've got social anxiety now as a result of bad skin, even with good skin i'm still not quite right and anxious when meeting new ppl. i don't socialise at all right now. i do go out more though (to the gym, shops etc. which is better for me).

anyway that's a bit depressing but i hope with better skin i can regain confidence and at least build a relatively normal life!

bye for now,

tim

* welcome to the thread sindrellah i hope the sotret works for you.

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Im nick vranka, 20. Been on sotret for 6 days now. Ive had mild acne for a while, proactive cleared it up, but i couldnt stand all the damn steps, and shiny skin, so I wanted to try something new. Duac and antibiotics didnt realy do the trick, so here I am trying the real good lol.

i valet cars and go to university here in Irvine, California...

hmm..how has my skin effected my life...well I do some male modeling, extra cash and its easy as hell...they airbrush photos so skin doesnt appear to be bad, but it sucks having a bunch of friends with perfect skin lol.

Ive felt super self-conscious about my skin forever, makes it hard sometimes to talk to those really exceptional girls haha, the average ones are easy, but the ones I really am interested in (one of whome im dating at the moment) just make me so self-conscious.

Anyways...I surf and play hockey on my school's teams..generally just a normal 20 year old I guess.

Not drinking for 6 months will just about kill my fun though, my friends are already complaining lol.

I'm also very into playing the guitar...sometimes spend 5+hrs playing lol...

Good luck to everyone, I hope we will all eventually get over this.

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Thanks! =) I am glad I found this site. It is helping me with the anxiety of being on such a "dangerous" drug.

I hope it works too! And I hope I can make the five months before I drive myself crazy! I hate taking medicine, I like natural solutions, the only thing I break that rule for is my face. I once took a natural cure, apple cider vinegar, drank it and applied it to my face and it nearly burnt off my chin!!

So after trying proactive 3x

Antibiotics, creams, washes, tazorac, etc. I am trying accutane.

Is it as dangerous as everyone has made it out to be?

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Let me tell u my story :)

In the past, i had many girls after me, my friends were copying my way of dressing, talking, hair brushing, etc. I actually made some model stuff also, bodybuilder, a very sportsmen guy. On that times i gave too much value to the image. I was in fact very preconceptualist about others image disadvantages. I brooked with girls just for fun, i laugh and beat some people in school. I was a rebel, a bit anarquist in everything and of course a cold guy with a barrier around myself that anyone could enter. In school i failed 4 years. I've never studied on those years, i didnt gave much value to family, well my intelligence was blocked.

I was only thinking and waiting for the next party...

Suddenly i started to have mild acne, and my confidence, witch was based on self-image, started to going down too fast. On the same time, i met the girl of dreams at 19's, a psychologist, i've fall in love for the first time. Till then i never knew what love was. I started to feel, to really fell life, people, nature...like poetry.

She actually brooked all the walls that i have. From strong and cold, i began to be weak and sweet like butter. We date for 4 years till my 23, after this i also had an affair with their mother. I will always regret this. She discovered cause and i lost her forever.

Then, when the years were passing by and i began to be a very emotional fellow, i started to suffer a lot; from my own acne, all the bad things that i have done to so many people, etc. Even today i sometimes believe that my acne its like a karma...The result of my actions in life.

So, i was complete changing my personality. I stopped to care about my look, trying always to be very discreet in every situations, i lost my confidence, self-estime, etc.

I discovered that all those friends that i had were based on the most ephemeral things in life --> external beauty and popularity.

Today i only have about 3/4 real friends from all those people. Not a coincidence.

I don't bother with that, i gain REAL friends that can in fact take care of me.

I've learned from this beautifully transformation, millions of magical things about life, and still. I can't regret many things, but continue to thank God for the opportunity to comprehend and really feel life.

Nowadays i have anxiety too, i avoid almost all the celebrations in university, turned an informatics guy, i have a opened mind, i am a very compassive person, i read lots of books and in fact i am going to finish university at first shoot, i lost about 15kg, never done a sport anymore, my confidence is low when my skin is bad, etc...

When we have 10 years of acne, this stuffs naturally happens i guess.

Anyone with a similar transformation?

GRATEFULLY ;) Pedro

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Hey Tim!

By the Great White North I mean Canada lol... I know its more of a term used for Alaska but sometimes it can be pretty damn white up here.

Glad to see your course is going well I am only on day 3... I am also being a bad ass and taking Mino while im on it to help avoid an IB so far I have only had one new nodule in the last couple of days and it has already gone away, POOF! Maybe it helps just keeping that positive mind frame.

NVRANKA,

I hear you about killing your social life by not drinking but I made that decision even befor I started the Tane... Sometimes taking a break from the party life gives you a good chance for some self reflection. Besides you dont wanna screw up ya liver!

Pedro,

You bad ass ! Sleeping with your GF's mom!!!! lol DUDE!!! NO, BIG NO!!! I hear you on the personality transformation due to acne. I think acne can be very humbling... I used to go around get into fights every weeked, get wasted 3-4 nights outta seven a week, smoke weed several times a day, dropped outta school grew weed for a bit, got busted lived with a cop, and it was around that time i started making a transition. That first transition didn't last too long though, once i cleared up i went back to my asshole ways, met a girl fell in love , acne came back, fell back into depression lost a girl and here I am several months later, on accutane just like you. Trying to be a nice and good person, spending more quality time with my younger brother and sister. Going to the gym alot, avoiding all drinking, smoking and fighting. Finished my highschool... only four years late, I probably regret that the most I dropped out one class short of graduating and only this past year did I go back and finish it, and it was so god damn easy... Oh well bro I guess life is a trial of errors, live and learn right?

Carolyn,

Congrats on your career change! I am sorry to hear accutane has failed you that many times! Must be deeply rooted in your genetics to have an over active sebacous gland? Oh well I am sure that you will make it, if you were brave enough to go on tane 3 times you must be brave enough to deal with your acne!

Sindrellah,

I don't think its as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be I know four people from different times in my life who have taken it. They all turned out okay, no deformations, or relapses, but then again they were all guys... The only side effect I know many of them faced was the post tane dry lips or a really red face while on accutane from not wearing any sunblock. Hopefully it works for all of us !

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Im Sean From New York, Yonkers. Im 16 almost 17, like 2 weeks. I have had acne sicne i was about 12/13. Im starting my 3rd month of Sotret. First month was 80mg, now 60mg because of joint pains. My IB cleared but i still have persistent acne, just when i think im clearing, next day 4- 5 breakouts.

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MG86,

i agree, you know, in a strange way, I kind of am happy to take a 6month break from drinking.

i feel healthier, and to be honest ive been meeting a lot more of those "nice girls" lol...and not as many of those crazy drunk ones.

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Hi 26 F, california. On Sotret 5 days. Kinda scared, getting some anxiety over it. I have had "bad" skin for 10 years now and it got to the point where I tried everything, and before I hit thirty, I want to be able to walk out of the housse with no make up on and feel beautiful, or stop turning down dates because I don't want them to see me in the light. (Ha I work in a dark bar and have perfected my make-up skills).

The only side effect I have experienced is Anxiety... I had a panic attack last night, is that normal? Any one else?

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I used to suffer anxiety attacks when i was younger, they HORRIBLE

I didn't know what was happening and thought i was going insane?!

You can start to control the feelings though, and as horrible as anxiety is, you can stop the panic attacks...

propanolol used to help me, but i coontrolled it myself over time :)

Just think how many people poset on here and are ok, so try not to think about it (easier said than done?!) and monitor it, mention it to your derm

xxx

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lol

there are ways :)

well i mean some bars serve me without ID anyways haha, dont know if you ever go to sharkeez in newport beach, but i know one of the bartenders there, and she hooks me up hahah.

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hi all,

im danny,23 year old from leeds,england..

ive suffered mild/moderate acne since i was 14,never been servere but its very persistant acne..

im now on nearly month 3 of roaccutane and seems to be going very well,currently on 60mg a day..

i work as a printer for an american firm in leeds..

really hoping accutane sorts me out for life or at least a long time..

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Hi everyone...it's nice to be somewhere where people can actually understand what its like to have horrible skin!

I'm 21/F from Ontario, Canada. I'm just finishing up my BAH History degree at uni and waiting to be done! I work at a daycare centre, in a room full of only women and babies, so work is more tolerable for me than if I worked somewhere else. Still, just leaving my house almost makes me sick sometimes. I have no self esteem from having awful skin, and, like so many people, often refuse to leave the house unless I have to. I miss out on so many fun things and have to hear my friends all talking about it the next day. But I know if I did go out, I would just be thinking about how awful I looked the whole time, so what's the point?

I'm on my third month of Accutane, and I haven't seen any improvement, which is so discouraging. If my skin never gets better, I will have to become a hermit.

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