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Ohhh... Do you think I could get a prescription for accutane in a low dose?

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Do you think I could get prescribed accutane in a low dose, because I REALLLLLY want to clear up and my acne is causing some depression problems now. I have read accutane does not cause depression it is the acne in the first place.

I have already tried clindamycin, benzaclin, retin-a, benzoyl peroxide, salacylic acid, proactiv, aspirin masks etc.

What do you think the dermatologist could give me next. ?

I am getting an appointment with one (derm) soon. If I can get my freaking doctor (stupid pediatritian) to get me to someone who actually knows what they're doing. Apparently my skin is not "bad enough"?

And this is what is looks like now with bp 2.5% (1x a day) and clindamycin (2x a day). As you can see i am still NOT pleased with my current condition. (2 months on this regimen) Also I use the aspirin mask 3-5 times a week. Sometimes a sulfur mask. My skin has not gotten dry at all while on this regimin, either. There has been no need for a moisturizer and my skin is STILL getting very oily.

ALSO. My skin actually looks pretty good for me in this photo, and that's because I am on stuff that works, a bit. If I had been on placebo well it would NOT be pretty... not at ALL.

So Yeah Here Are Some Pics: (and please don't tell me be thankful my acne isn't worse, or I'll knock you upside the head with a very heavy frying pan.... not even kidding)

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While it does depend partly on the derm, (some are more liberal in prescribing it than others) I would be surprised if they were willing to give you accutane for acne that mild. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to ask though. Also, realize that if you do go on accutane you'll have to go on some form of birth control if you aren't already on one.

I know you said you have tried Retin-A and it didn't irritate your skin at all. Did it help your acne? There are stronger formulations of retin-a that might be more effective or even a stronger retinoid like tazorac that you might try.

Your skin may be oily because of the twice daily application of clindamycin. My face was an oil slick when I used it just once a day - my skin always looked very shiney when I was on that (and clindamycin also clogged my pores, btw....Some formulations contain a very comedogenic ingredient). I stopped using it to do anything other than spot treat an occasional inflamed pimple here or there.

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While it does depend partly on the derm, (some are more liberal in prescribing it than others) I would be surprised if they were willing to give you accutane for acne that mild. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to ask though. Also, realize that if you do go on accutane you'll have to go on some form of birth control if you aren't already on one.

I know you said you have tried Retin-A and it didn't irritate your skin at all. Did it help your acne? There are stronger formulations of retin-a that might be more effective or even a stronger retinoid like tazorac that you might try.

Your skin may be oily because of the twice daily application of clindamycin. My face was an oil slick when I used it just once a day - my skin always looked very shiney when I was on that (and clindamycin also clogged my pores, btw....Some formulations contain a very comedogenic ingredient). I stopped using it to do anything other than spot treat an occasional inflamed pimple here or there.

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While it does depend partly on the derm, (some are more liberal in prescribing it than others) I would be surprised if they were willing to give you accutane for acne that mild. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to ask though. Also, realize that if you do go on accutane you'll have to go on some form of birth control if you aren't already on one.

I know you said you have tried Retin-A and it didn't irritate your skin at all. Did it help your acne? There are stronger formulations of retin-a that might be more effective or even a stronger retinoid like tazorac that you might try.

Your skin may be oily because of the twice daily application of clindamycin. My face was an oil slick when I used it just once a day - my skin always looked very shiney when I was on that (and clindamycin also clogged my pores, btw....Some formulations contain a very comedogenic ingredient). I stopped using it to do anything other than spot treat an occasional inflamed pimple here or there.

Do you think that I would have to go on birth control? I'm very young. If I have to, I will, though.

Retin-A did not help my acne, nor did it help in combination with Clindamycin.

That would be bad if Clinda was clogging my pores- what is the ingredient that is comodegenic so I can see if I have a bad kind?

(I was thinking low dose of accutane because as starting off actress I really need to keep clear skin consistently, and that would get rid of it all so I can then keep it clear)

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Okay, I could do birth control if I need to. The Clindamycin's I have been using now and recently are DALACIN T and CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE 1% (substitute for Cleocin T). I could not find the ingredients for either of these. Have you used either to know if they contain that ingredient? I have not fully cleared up with either of these and I actually still break out.

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Okay, I could do birth control if I need to. The Clindamycin's I have been using now and recently are DALACIN T and CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE 1% (substitute for Cleocin T). I could not find the ingredients for either of these. Have you used either to know if they contain that ingredient? I have not fully cleared up with either of these and I actually still break out.

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Is the clindamycin 1% made by Greenstone? It should be on the front label. That is the one I had problems with. I don't have any experience with Dalacin T though.

Do you get more inflamed (red sore bumps, pustules) or noninflamed (either blackheads or small clogged pores or whiteheads that don't get inflamed but stick around under the skin for a long time)? If you get more inflamed acne, you might try a stronger BP (a 5% strength) or possibly Finacea or Azelex - both contain azelaic acid. I added Finacea to my regimen about nine months ago and I really like the results.

You might also see if you can find a good esthetician who can do facials and extractions for you (you'd want to find someone who has experience treating acne - not just any facialist at some spa). My esthetician was much more effective than my derm at clearing my skin up.

Its a great way to keep your skin clear on a more regular basis. If I am having any breakouts I can always call her and go in for an extraction - it helps pimples heal MUCH faster than just waiting for them to go away. I am now totally clear most of the time.

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It really would be a horrible idea to go on any oral medications, maybe a small dose of a vitamin supplement would help. It's really not worth risking any long term side effects for those few clogged pores.

People should really take accutane more seriously, derms as well. It was designed to treat extreme cystic lesions that can cause scarring. The reason so many people are getting bad side effects is because so many people are in it. I really don't think they intended to have 60% of all acne sufferers (that statistic may be exaggerated) be treated with this dangerous drug. BUT, they saw massive profit and that's why they make it so widely available.

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I don't really have breakouts per se I just am always CONSTANTLY getting new spots, it's some stupid neverending cycle. I'll have to look into estheticians and see what I can find... What is an esthetician anyhow? Sorry for the stupid question but I've never heard of one... :rolleyes:

WAIT... edit. I got the ingredients for the fougera stuff:

clindamycin phosphate 10mg/Ml, cetostearyl alcohol (2.5%), Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate SE (with potassium monostearate), isostearyl alcohol (2.5%), methylparaben (0.3%), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, stearic acid and purified water.

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No increases, it treated them but i kept breaking out......

BUT... I did notice that I covered my face in it yakknow to get rid of all the spots, and then I started getting spots in where the clinda should have been preventing it, like the bottom edge of my chin or on my nose or near my hairline/side of my face. I usually just get them on my forehead and cheeks.

GAHHHHHHHH! Looks like I've been using a crappy medicine. I guess they succeded : They Don't FULLY treat it so you keep buying it ! Ugh.

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No increases, it treated them but i kept breaking out......

BUT... I did notice that I covered my face in it yakknow to get rid of all the spots, and then I started getting spots in where the clinda should have been preventing it, like the bottom edge of my chin or on my nose or near my hairline/side of my face. I usually just get them on my forehead and cheeks.

GAHHHHHHHH! Looks like I've been using a crappy medicine. I guess they succeded : They Don't FULLY treat it so you keep buying it ! Ugh.

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No increases, it treated them but i kept breaking out......

BUT... I did notice that I covered my face in it yakknow to get rid of all the spots, and then I started getting spots in where the clinda should have been preventing it, like the bottom edge of my chin or on my nose or near my hairline/side of my face. I usually just get them on my forehead and cheeks.

GAHHHHHHHH! Looks like I've been using a crappy medicine. I guess they succeded : They Don't FULLY treat it so you keep buying it ! Ugh.

I noticed the same thing with clindamycin - it gave me little bumps all over my forehead and around my nose - places I never broke out before using it. I don't want to tell you not to follow your doctors treatment, but you might want to ask if there is anything else you could use instead. I do still recommend something like Finacea. It kills acne bacteria, unclogs pores, lightens any red marks or hyperpigmentations and reduces inflamation.

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No increases, it treated them but i kept breaking out......

BUT... I did notice that I covered my face in it yakknow to get rid of all the spots, and then I started getting spots in where the clinda should have been preventing it, like the bottom edge of my chin or on my nose or near my hairline/side of my face. I usually just get them on my forehead and cheeks.

GAHHHHHHHH! Looks like I've been using a crappy medicine. I guess they succeded : They Don't FULLY treat it so you keep buying it ! Ugh.

I noticed the same thing with clindamycin - it gave me little bumps all over my forehead and around my nose - places I never broke out before using it. I don't want to tell you not to follow your doctors treatment, but you might want to ask if there is anything else you could use instead. I do still recommend something like Finacea. It kills acne bacteria, unclogs pores, lightens any red marks or hyperpigmentations and reduces inflamation.

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