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Fuck. My. Skin.

I went to the dermo this morning and she isn't happy with the way my skin is responding to the minocycline that she put me on a couple weeks ago. She is starting to think that whatever acne i've got is becoming resistant to it since i've taken it for a long period before hand.

She suggested accutane at my last appointment and i practically bit her head off saying ABSOLUTELY not. I am already opposed to antibiotics, and try to stay as natural as I can. My dad is in the same boat as i am about avoiding drugs when you can. But today he told me "There is a time and a place for medicine, and I think you've found it." I can't really disagree. To deny help any further from a hard-hitting medication like accutane would really only prolong my acne/depression from acne/self-loathing attitude.

I also wasn't really excited when my dermo said that my acne is now cystic and not just pustules... fantastic.

Well folks, it seems my time has come to jump on the bandwagon. I'm really scared. I've been reading about side effects for the past few hours in between sobbing fits of frustration that I've resorted to the one thing that I said i'd never do. I think the one that scares me the most is calcified joints/ligaments. I'm an avid runner and biker, so it really scares the shit out of me to think that one day i'd be putting a stop to all that by a choice that I made for my skin.

I really need some advice here, my acne is the worst it has ever been and seriously, I haven't seen ANYONE - whether looking for pictures online or passersby on the streets with worse skin than me. its so embarassing. Load me up with suggestions/support/whatever.

Thanks.

FRUSTRATED.

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Artofdrowning has good advice - from what I've heard, tane is one of the most drying acne treatments out there. Moisturizing is a MUST when taking the tane!

I'm going to move this to the appropriete forum, you'll get more responses there!

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Aww hang in there. I'm sure we were all frightened and just down right disappointed just knowing we were candidates for Accutane. I remember over a month ago realizing my skin was bad enough for it, and not knowing how it ever got so bad. It just hurt. But now I'm more happy that I was able to get approved for a drug that I know works wonders. My dermatologist called it a 'phenomal drug.'

Why don't you make an appointment with your physician, and just make him/her aware that you're going to be starting Accutane soon. Him/her can monitor your moods, and your joints and just help you out. My physician is glad that I'm going on Accutane, since she suggested it back in January and I turned it down thinking my face was fine.

The side effects hit everyone differently. Over 80% of the cases I've read on here, though, only talk about dryness. Joint pain, back pain, etc, can all be treated with ibuprofen. You should be okay, don't worry! Don't think about the fact that it could affect your joints, and it won't. You'd be surprised what kind of power the mind has. For the dryness, just get some Cetaphil lotion and make it your best friend haha. Or any other lotion you think works best. Moisturize after showering, before you go to sleep, before putting on make-up and maybe dryness won't be a problem for you!

We're all here to help, never hesitate to ask for it.

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I understand what you are saying, I personally tried even natural medicine (by a certified doctor with a master's degree, not some random) and I felt better psychologically becasue it didn't do anything harmful to my body... but you know, it can only go so far, there's a point where no matter what natural stuff you take, your acne will win.

Ive been on two cycles of accutane, and my liver is fine according to lab tests. You'll be fine as long as you don't do what you're not supposed to do while you're on it. My brother had SEVERE acne, and accutane was kind of a life saver for him, his skin is 80% better than how it was before treatment, the results are amazing. Just give it a shot, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Yeah dude don't do Accutane. This drug ruin my life.. before Accutane i had lil' to mild scaring and acne. After accutane i started to get zits where i never have before.... And now i have a million scars. In addition, post-accutane i have severe joint pain, severe headaches, problems concentrating, very sensitive skin..and it's been years after..bottem line-don't do it!!!

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Yeah dude don't do Accutane. This drug ruin my life.. before Accutane i had lil' to mild scaring and acne. After accutane i started to get zits where i never have before.... And now i have a million scars. In addition, post-accutane i have severe joint pain, severe headaches, problems concentrating, very sensitive skin..and it's been years after..bottem line-don't do it!!!

I'm sorry you had to get these side effects. However, not everyone will. I think it's very discouraging to her and anyone who will read your post. Not everyone will receive these side effects and you just happen to be one of the few.

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Fuck. My. Skin.

I went to the dermo this morning and she isn't happy with the way my skin is responding to the minocycline that she put me on a couple weeks ago. She is starting to think that whatever acne i've got is becoming resistant to it since i've taken it for a long period before hand.

She suggested accutane at my last appointment and i practically bit her head off saying ABSOLUTELY not. I am already opposed to antibiotics, and try to stay as natural as I can. My dad is in the same boat as i am about avoiding drugs when you can. But today he told me "There is a time and a place for medicine, and I think you've found it." I can't really disagree. To deny help any further from a hard-hitting medication like accutane would really only prolong my acne/depression from acne/self-loathing attitude.

I also wasn't really excited when my dermo said that my acne is now cystic and not just pustules... fantastic.

Well folks, it seems my time has come to jump on the bandwagon. I'm really scared. I've been reading about side effects for the past few hours in between sobbing fits of frustration that I've resorted to the one thing that I said i'd never do. I think the one that scares me the most is calcified joints/ligaments. I'm an avid runner and biker, so it really scares the shit out of me to think that one day i'd be putting a stop to all that by a choice that I made for my skin.

I really need some advice here, my acne is the worst it has ever been and seriously, I haven't seen ANYONE - whether looking for pictures online or passersby on the streets with worse skin than me. its so embarassing. Load me up with suggestions/support/whatever.

Thanks.

FRUSTRATED.

try a home test for candidas. http://healthandlight.com/candidatest.htm

HOPEFULLY you do have that, because then you have a reason for your breakouts. this is what happened to me, it is what took me a year 2 years to figure out. all these antibiotic for acne and hormone replacement therapys cause womens bodys to produce candidas overgrowth and if it gets real bad then all the toxins that candidas produce get pushed into your bloodstream and if your liver gets backed up it goes straight to the skin. please don't take accutane, if this IS the cause then that could possibly make it WORSE THAN IT IS NOW. sometimes we come to the end of our rope and try to find hope in a drug when we should turn to our bodies and have hope in that. your skin is just an indication of a bigger problem.

your diet is great but if it is candidas diet alone will not treat it, you will need to start taking antifungals like oregano oil and olive leaf extract plus probiotics. it would be best to consult with a naturopath or immune specialist about it

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Honestly just do it, because when 3 more months pass and your face still looks the same you'll be going out of your mind thinking about how you could've been half way done with Accutane by now and instead you're just going to start it. I was in the same boat as you, I could've gone on this in October and then January but each time I thought to myself no way Accutane will make me bald or I'll have other serious problems. But now that I'm in my 3rd month I want to shoot myself for not doing this in October and being able to go out, drink, go to the beach and all that stuff I can't do because I'm on Accutane.

In my opinion you need to take care of this asap if it bothers you that much, I, for example, would probably go crazy if I had to live with acne for another year because I want my freakin looks back already hah. Like if there's no light and I look in the mirror I get really happy and then I turn a light on and I get wicked angry because of all the redness and what not. So just take a chance this one time and if it works out (which most of the time it does), you'll gain ridiculous amounts of confidence and can go enjoy life to the fullest.

Oh yeah and all I have is dry lips right now by the way (3 months in). I'm probably going to jinx myself by saying that and have all my hair fall out by tomorrow though.

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Honestly just do it, because when 3 more months pass and your face still looks the same you'll be going out of your mind thinking about how you could've been half way done with Accutane by now and instead you're just going to start it. I was in the same boat as you, I could've gone on this in October and then January but each time I thought to myself no way Accutane will make me bald or I'll have other serious problems. But now that I'm in my 3rd month I want to shoot myself for not doing this in October and being able to go out, drink, go to the beach and all that stuff I can't do because I'm on Accutane.

In my opinion you need to take care of this asap if it bothers you that much, I, for example, would probably go crazy if I had to live with acne for another year because I want my freakin looks back already hah. Like if there's no light and I look in the mirror I get really happy and then I turn a light on and I get wicked angry because of all the redness and what not. So just take a chance this one time and if it works out (which most of the time it does), you'll gain ridiculous amounts of confidence and can go enjoy life to the fullest.

Oh yeah and all I have is dry lips right now by the way (3 months in). I'm probably going to jinx myself by saying that and have all my hair fall out by tomorrow though.

This is exactly how I was I was supposed to start June 1st and instead waited until later in July which was such a waste of time

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I agree with rg1223 and iamgross. I wish I had just sucked it up and got on accutane back in December when my derm suggested it. Instead I was stubborn, wasted money on other medicines (that didn't work) and wasted time. I am finally taking the plunge on August 5th and diving in head first and I'm ready for it. Bring it on accutane -- I'm ready!!

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With all the safety precautions that come with tane nowadays, I'd think it's definitely worth a shot to at least try it out if you're hesitant about it. As long as you get monthly bloodwork and listen to your body, you should be fine.

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