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How severe is my acne?

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I know it's pretty fukn bad, but is it like mildly severe, moderately severe or an all out red fest?

Just in the past month my acne has gone from mild to this. I tried accutane and it gave me libido and erection problems so i was taken off it. I just don't know how to get rid of this sh!t. I used to have heaps of confidence, now i'm sheltered in my fkn home.

But back to the original question, what do you think?

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It's...severe. Sucks that Accutane gave you those problems, on what dose were you? I'd probably go for a low-dose (10/20MG) for a longer period if I were you

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Geez Les_Paul...have libido and erection problems for six months (the usual course of accutane), then your acne goes away and you are off accutane and things are back to normal...no problem..see?

Instead, you worry about something that is temporary, go off the 'tane and now of course things have taken a turn for the worse.

So...maybe it's better to go back on the 'tane, have no sex life for six months (it doesn't sound like you are having much of any kind of a life right now)...get your skin cleared up, and then things return to normal.

Maybe a lower dosage would be better.

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Geez Les_Paul...have libido and erection problems for six months (the usual course of accutane), then your acne goes away and you are off accutane and things are back to normal...no problem..see?

Instead, you worry about something that is temporary, go off the 'tane and now of course things have taken a turn for the worse.

So...maybe it's better to go back on the 'tane, have no sex life for six months (it doesn't sound like you are having much of any kind of a life right now)...get your skin cleared up, and then things return to normal.

Maybe a lower dosage would be better.

Joe Zit

Are you kidding me he has NO GUARANTEE that the problems would be temporary or permanent, I'd probably have done the same thing WTF no way I'm losing my penis for my face.

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It's...severe. Sucks that Accutane gave you those problems, on what dose were you? I'd probably go for a low-dose (10/20MG) for a longer period if I were you

yeh i no, i would have gone through the shtstorm accutane wouldve given me, but that is the worst side effect i didnt even know i could get.

i'm gonna try it again in a couple months and hopefully i wont get this side effect again

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Libido and erection problems? How bad? Just not feeling as horny in general, or literally couldn't get an erection whenat home looking at porn?

This side effect scared me lots as someone looking to go on accutane this year. Sucks that theres so many rubbish side effects, but for most people, there really is no alternative. Ive tried every antibiotic under the sun and every regime / diet etc known to man, lol.

Funny thing is that my skin isn't even overly terrible. I consider it mild acne with about 5 recurring cysts that totally make my face swell up to the point that i dont look like the same person, that come up every month or so.

good luck

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Libido and erection problems? How bad? Just not feeling as horny in general, or literally couldn't get an erection whenat home looking at porn?

This side effect scared me lots as someone looking to go on accutane this year. Sucks that theres so many rubbish side effects, but for most people, there really is no alternative. Ive tried every antibiotic under the sun and every regime / diet etc known to man, lol.

Funny thing is that my skin isn't even overly terrible. I consider it mild acne with about 5 recurring cysts that totally make my face swell up to the point that i dont look like the same person, that come up every month or so.

good luck

pretty bad man, it's like i had completely lost interest in girls. I wanna give it another try though, see how it turn out as nothing else is working for me. I will put up with any other side effect, but not this one :(

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I've been so desperate for accutane at points, now I've learned to live without it and don't think I would take it given the unlikely chance. I didn't know that it can cause sexual symptoms as well, sucks. Good luck to the OP, brave posting those pics... I can see the distress in your facial expressions. Acne is a mother fucker, hang in... How old are you btw? looks like a hormonal case if you ask me, I've been nearly there before some years ago... 27 now, get huge cysts and medium papules/pustules.... Enough to wreck me. Fuck It, I'll post a pic... I'm in crisis right now, pretty down and feelin an inch tall. I suspect you are younger than I, so maybe one day ur acne will calm down to levels such as mine... Maybe it will clear up all together... As mine had for long period here and there during my early twenties... I'll get the lighting good so you can really see it and don't think I'm one of those who worries too much..

Now I'm seeing that my scarring has started to pile up, Ive been noticing this more and more lately..

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Libido and erection problems? How bad? Just not feeling as horny in general, or literally couldn't get an erection whenat home looking at porn?

This side effect scared me lots as someone looking to go on accutane this year. Sucks that theres so many rubbish side effects, but for most people, there really is no alternative. Ive tried every antibiotic under the sun and every regime / diet etc known to man, lol.

Funny thing is that my skin isn't even overly terrible. I consider it mild acne with about 5 recurring cysts that totally make my face swell up to the point that i dont look like the same person, that come up every month or so.

good luck

pretty bad man, it's like i had completely lost interest in girls. I wanna give it another try though, see how it turn out as nothing else is working for me. I will put up with any other side effect, but not this one :(

I know how you feel man. That being said, my doc tells me that any side effect from accutane will reverse themselves once you finish taking it, but yeah, it not a cool side effect.

I somehow missed you pictures first time round. It looks a little like my skin when its breaking out, although you dont seem to have any horrendous huge cysts like i get! They're teh ones that truley kill my confidence and have me locked in my room like a hermit, lol. Got 2 right now in fact. One on my jawline and one on my cheek.

necharles - Your skin looks really good to me. Pretty much like mine when its near its best. Sounds like we have similar skin (the nasty deep cystic ones that never come to head and ruin/swel my my face up, in my case)

We're also similar ages, although bevieve it or not I am totally incapable of growing facial hair! lol. Double embarrasing! I wish i could though. Would help hide some on my jawline.

I wonder if i have low testosterone or something? When you type in 'cystic acne' in google, it often speaks about 'hormone imbalances' as a cause..?....

no facial hair = low testosterone = casue of my problems??

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Hey...if nothing works, might want to try a LOT of benzoyl peroxide--like a layer of goop. I use the acne.org gel because it is easily spreadable. You can also use clenziderm benzoyl peroxide solution which is a very strong and dries up pimples/cysts super fast.

Its best though to put BP as soon as you find a bump comping up.

You might wanna get on the acne.org regimen if you can't do accutane. BP def gets the acne down if you stick with it.

I know it's pretty fukn bad, but is it like mildly severe, moderately severe or an all out red fest?

Just in the past month my acne has gone from mild to this. I tried accutane and it gave me libido and erection problems so i was taken off it. I just don't know how to get rid of this sh!t. I used to have heaps of confidence, now i'm sheltered in my fkn home.

But back to the original question, what do you think?

http://i50.tinypic.com/2zsqiqg.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/167uu8i.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/2mxk2oi.jpg

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Hey man...u might want to try a handheld blue-light device. With the mild acne you have it might help a lot. I use omnilux clear-u. With the bigger bumps, a strong benzoyl peroxide soln like clenziderm might help..that works for me.

I've been so desperate for accutane at points, now I've learned to live without it and don't think I would take it given the unlikely chance. I didn't know that it can cause sexual symptoms as well, sucks. Good luck to the OP, brave posting those pics... I can see the distress in your facial expressions. Acne is a mother fucker, hang in... How old are you btw? looks like a hormonal case if you ask me, I've been nearly there before some years ago... 27 now, get huge cysts and medium papules/pustules.... Enough to wreck me. Fuck It, I'll post a pic... I'm in crisis right now, pretty down and feelin an inch tall. I suspect you are younger than I, so maybe one day ur acne will calm down to levels such as mine... Maybe it will clear up all together... As mine had for long period here and there during my early twenties... I'll get the lighting good so you can really see it and don't think I'm one of those who worries too much..

Now I'm seeing that my scarring has started to pile up, Ive been noticing this more and more lately..

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I've been so desperate for accutane at points, now I've learned to live without it and don't think I would take it given the unlikely chance. I didn't know that it can cause sexual symptoms as well, sucks. Good luck to the OP, brave posting those pics... I can see the distress in your facial expressions. Acne is a mother fucker, hang in... How old are you btw? looks like a hormonal case if you ask me, I've been nearly there before some years ago... 27 now, get huge cysts and medium papules/pustules.... Enough to wreck me. Fuck It, I'll post a pic... I'm in crisis right now, pretty down and feelin an inch tall. I suspect you are younger than I, so maybe one day ur acne will calm down to levels such as mine... Maybe it will clear up all together... As mine had for long period here and there during my early twenties... I'll get the lighting good so you can really see it and don't think I'm one of those who worries too much..

Now I'm seeing that my scarring has started to pile up, Ive been noticing this more and more lately..

Yeh man i'm 15. Minocycline completely cleared me up, then a few months later it came back with a vengence, although before i had it all over my face, now i have it concentrated in the bottom part. None on forehead or upper cheeks.

My derm has just put me back on minocycline with epiduo, but i'm 99% sure this will do barely anything.. My acne has gotten to the point where i need to kick it's ass with heavy sh1t. So i will try accutane again in a few months, as it is my last and only chance to get rid of my severe acne. I will probably grow out of it as my parents did when they turned 19, but i can't wait that long, the scarring will be terrible. I just pray to god that i do not get the same sexual side effect, i will put up with ANY other side, just not that one.

EDIT: I have also take new pics, i've shown my face so you can see what i look like acne wise in the whole. As you can see it's prominent on the left side of my face and there is none on the top half of my face, but it still cuts my self esteem up into miniscule pieces.

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Hey guys... I appreciate the input.... Some called my acne mild, I'm wonderin if you viewed the pics full size... Maybe I'm just fried from years of depression and stress... The pics looked quite bad to me, but maybe it was the accumulation of scars that got me now... Anyways... I've been reefer/alcohol/gluten/sugar free for a week now and wanna see how that goes... Gonna keep it up, can do without the weed, but love my beers; Sierra Nevada, Samuel A, Guiness... Fuck...

Def gonna read bout the blue light.... Tried/fried my face for years with BP.. Lost effectivness and bleaches my facial hair... Don't wanna be this hairy anywayz but shaving even lightly with a beard trimmer breaks me out. Some older posts on here will detail my trials and tribulations for anyone who thinks their skin type is similar... I've been much worse at points in my early 20's.. Whole "multi-cysts" over took t-zone... And then it all stopped for a while... til I needed some Cephalexin for an infected injury, resulting in a red line (3 cm wide) tracing my vein proceeding toward my heart... Shortly after finishing a cyst appeared, and so did the fear... Had a hot little girl friend at the time, she became a casualty in the war. It got real bad from there, whole face, all kinds of lesions... The latest bout (last 3 years) resulted in all the scars... I actually was thinking it was over too, clear and on no rx.

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nechares -- dude u should seriously look into a blue-light handheld device like clear-u. You can buy it for around 150 or so online and what it does it kills bacteria in the skin. So if you use it every day or even less, it will have its benefit. Also, you need a good exfoliation regimen.

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Dude I feel for you. I'm 18 and acne is a fucking bitch. My dad had really bad acne when he was my age and it was only when he was in his 2nd year of college (which is now technically 3rd year in Canada) he grew out of it. I say f that shit. You gotta fight it any way you know how. If it was up to me, I would get myself a perscrption for a topical antibiotic + BP and a sulphur based topical as well. They definitely would kick the shit out of the bacteria on your face. That's what I'm doing right now.

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Hey guys, just got a question

If i go back on accutane again, and i get the same sexual side effect as before, should i continue until the course is finished?

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Hey guys... I appreciate the input.... Some called my acne mild, I'm wonderin if you viewed the pics full size... Maybe I'm just fried from years of depression and stress... The pics looked quite bad to me, but maybe it was the accumulation of scars that got me now... Anyways... I've been reefer/alcohol/gluten/sugar free for a week now and wanna see how that goes... Gonna keep it up, can do without the weed, but love my beers; Sierra Nevada, Samuel A, Guiness... Fuck...

Def gonna read bout the blue light.... Tried/fried my face for years with BP.. Lost effectivness and bleaches my facial hair... Don't wanna be this hairy anywayz but shaving even lightly with a beard trimmer breaks me out. Some older posts on here will detail my trials and tribulations for anyone who thinks their skin type is similar... I've been much worse at points in my early 20's.. Whole "multi-cysts" over took t-zone... And then it all stopped for a while... til I needed some Cephalexin for an infected injury, resulting in a red line (3 cm wide) tracing my vein proceeding toward my heart... Shortly after finishing a cyst appeared, and so did the fear... Had a hot little girl friend at the time, she became a casualty in the war. It got real bad from there, whole face, all kinds of lesions... The latest bout (last 3 years) resulted in all the scars... I actually was thinking it was over too, clear and on no rx.

Honestly, your skin really isn't that bad. I looked at the pictures close up aswell. Your skin is more like mine than most of the other posters pic ive looked at, but a fair bit better than mine. You have large areas of clear skin where there's just tiny marks from i guess old breakouts with just a couple of under the skin/cystic type bumps.

Mine is similar but with more cystic bumps (which sometimes get ridiculously swollen under the skin to the point where i look like ive just got into a scrap with mike tyson) and I also have a little more scarring/red marks than you.

like i said im a guy about the same age as you and can totally relate to you. I used knock about with a girl who was actually a gorgeous model. I just didn't want to be with her when my skin started getting worse and worse. My confidence crashed and i wondered what the hell she was doing with me and i kind of drove her away.

I dont smoke weed but being a brit i LOVE a beer. Luckily, from experiments in the past im confident that it really doesn't affect my skin. When I go out for beers on the weekends with about 12 good friends usually, im the only one in the whole group with acne. They all have perfect skin.

Anyway, chin up. We'll get there in the end!!

Hey guys, just got a question

If i go back on accutane again, and i get the same sexual side effect as before, should i continue until the course is finished?

Tough one. Id probably speak to the derm who initially put you on the accutane and speak to him about it.

I hope I dont get that side effect when i hopefully begin accutane this year, but if I do, to be honest, I will likely carry on until the course is finished personally.

Also, about the sulfur pruucts. I often hear quite good things about sulfur products. I recently ordered some sulfur soap (dead sea natural sulfer soap). Is that the same thing or shold I have bought like a cream instead? Hvae i wasted a few quid or not? (not that i generally have much faith in topical products anymore anyway. I dont see how any can stop the deeply rooted cystic lesions that re-occur on my face )

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