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Accutane is BAD

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I took Accutane for 4 or 5 months, during those 4 or 5 months my skin was more clear than I had ever seen it!! I was impressed really. Other than the fact that I had to constantly apply moisturizers to my face at all times, I had just skin falling off my face! My lips went to complete hell and Carmex was the only thing that saved me. You try applying Carmex 5 or 6 times a day for 4 or 5 months in the middle of class. Some people do not get depressed over Accutane, I tho did. I felt some of the worst moments over Accutane. Your face will clear up that is a given, but for how long? Also how long does accutane stay in your system after 4 or 5 months of such high dosages. I have not been on Accutane for over a year now, and I'm sorry to say but. I still have a lot of the same side effects from Accutane. Everytime I get out of the shower my skin is very very dry, I have to moisturize my fast constantly before I go out in public. My lips are always chapped or peeling, after a year I still need Carmex or I've been starting the horrible habit of licking my lips because they get so dry. Also my face gets red very fast in heated rooms or just outside playing in the sun and burns a lot faster than normal conditions as If I was still on Accutane. Not just that but the same things I used Accutane to cure have come back! I have more little red dots around my forehead, acne on my back...it all looks like heat bumps of some sort. I even have some on my chest and face. They are small dots but can become very annoying. Anyways what I am trying to say is...look for alternatives, the crap your dermatologist will give you before Accutane all sucks, the facial creams the blah blah blah all of it. Differin I've done it all...and I'm sorry that stuff works for maybe 1% of the people that try it. Accutane is expensive, and before going thru this hellish treatment try considering and researching alternatives. A friend recommended a group called ProActive at www.proactive.com and I figured I would give it a shot...I have talked to several people now about there solutions and they seemed very pleased with its progress. Although everyone is differant.

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Just wondering....how bad was your acne before you went on accutane, what was the dosage and your weight, and what is your skin complexion?

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I am Caucasion, Irish if you will. Light skin color, pale even 0.o My Acne was not that bad at all. But I had tried everything else they had to offer with little to no success so I got bumped to the big leagues of accutane. I'm not going to say it didn't help. While on Accutane I had never seen my face so clear at times...it was amazing. But that went away eventually. I have experienced dry skin, easy reddening in the face and chapped lips since the day i quit Accutane and I am still suffering from it. I can't exactly remember the dosage but I believe I can remember at the max taking 3 40mg pills so 120mg at the final month. I weigh 175 pounds.

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Most would consider me using Accutane slightly OverKill, but I was soo tired of trying and failing with every medication the derm perscribed me. I just wanted a fast quick result that would rip my face off and give me a completly new clean look! So I went for it, I am your typical teenager...whiteheads/blackheads are pretty common. But I also started getting little red bumps on my forehead and body...like my upper back and chest. I waited a long time before considering Accutane and realizing these little red bumps were not going away. They do look a lot like heat bumps but that makes no sense...I know that isn't what they are. I am about to start the ProActive Solution I have heard a lot of good about them...only draw back I keep hearing is that you have to stick with them religiously. Even after your face is clear. Which I suppose I can do for a clear face. But I hear once you try to get off ProActive your face goes back to the nightmare it once was.

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well accutane does reduce the amount of oil your body produces...which would I think lead to being dry, see for me my face and body gets oily quick and my acne is bad. So I think I need accutane

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Well I had never considered my skin Oily...its not oily...it wasn't dry either till accutane...now I am constantly putting moisturizer on my face because of accutane i did a year ago 0.o

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Accutane is not bad in and of itself, check your premises.....

I only say this because of the thousands of people accutane has helped. Unfortunatly, it is a drug, and drugs never have the same affect on different people. Side effects differ, reactions differ, and effectiveness differ. I know over 10 people including family members who have been on accutane, 8 of them had amazing results, and two had to be taking off because of cholesterol and liver issues.

I have to honestly say that everytime I read on this board that someone is thinking about commiting suicide over acne I can't help but get a terrified feeling in the pit of my stomach. I think alot of people go into taking accutane already depressed. Sometimes due to the very nature of acne, but sometimes for other issues. It is important to realize that there are acne solutions out there. I think it can be frustrating to think of Accutane as "THE LAST RESORT". Because of the very way in which accutane works, you may not see results in the first couple of months, or even after the first round of treatment. I know how disheartining that can be. My brother was actually taken off Accutane, but his doctor went back and tried a different regimine of antibiotics and creams and this time is worked. He had already gone through all the AB's and creams and thought that the new regimine wouldn't work, but it did. It is now 13 years later and he's still clear, this is a man who used to have severe cystic acne. He now has an amazing daughter and a wonderful life. None of those things would have ever been possible if he had taken his own life. And from a sellfish aspect I don't know how I could have handled losing him. Trust me, I have already lost a brother to a drunk driver and that completely devestated our family. Unfortunately that was a loss that none of us could have prevented. But your family could help prevent it from happening to them. Please let them know what's going on inside your head. I'm not a psychologist so I don't really know how to help those on this board that have made allusions to killing themself. However, I do feel it is neccessary to say something.

All any of us really want is to seem to look "normal". But normal is relative, one persons beauty is not anothers. I have friends who I think are beautiful, clear skin, nice teeth, model-esque features, yet they are still able to find themselves ugly in front of a mirror. One has a lot of freckles and spends hours trying to cover them up. Another has one blue eye and one grey, she has a problem with wearing contacts so everyday she faces the world "differently" and in a way that she feels is embarrassing. What I'm trying to say is that even after the acne goes away there will always be that little something that we hate. But if you let your insecurities overtake your ultimate ability to become something amazing, then nothing will ever change. I personally do not believe in a heaven or hell. I believe that this life is our one oppurtunity to do it all and just experience everything that comes to us. I personally refuse to take that for granted.

I hate my acne, I hate that I feel a need to cover myself with makeup everyday, but if that's what I have to do forever than I will. I'm working on treating it, and I hope that Accutane works for me, but if it doesn't then you better believe that I'll keep trying as long as it bothers me.

I hope this helps anyone, and I'd really like to hear what people have to say in response. I'm going to post this as a topic as well so that maybe some more people see it.

Like I said before, I'm not a physcologist, but I am worried about people who are already so depressed being on a drug that may increase that depression without them even realizing it. I also don't want people to be told that accutane is in general a bad medication. You never know until you try and it may help others.

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Orbital-you say accutane is expensive? what country to u live in? here in New Zealand i pay $5.00 (~USDollar equivalent) for 90 10mg tablets. so thats US$30.00 for 6 months!

it's government subsidised here, what about elsewhere?

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damnit...whats it like to live in a country with more sheep than people?

Also, here in ireland...accutane is expensive. 200 dollars for one month supply...my friend is on it at the moment. As well as that, he told me he had to pay 150 to visit the derm too. so there you go...

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