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  1. 5 entries
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    As of yesterday, I've been on Absorica (accutane/isotretinoin) for 3 months collectively. It's been 2 months now that I've been on my maintenance dose, which is 60mg... (30mg AM, 30mg PM)
    I've been clear since starting the maintenance 60mg, which is amazing. This is even with skipping my pills on most weekends. I do this because I typically have a few drinks on the weekends and I don't want to mix this medication with alcohol because you are supposed to avoid alcohol entirely while on it.

    The only issue I've had since upping to the 60mg is a weird breakout on my chin. These just appeared a few days ago. This is not a type of breakout I have ever dealt with before though..... It is completely confined to my chin and its just little red bumps. Honestly it looks worse with makeup because of my dryness. It could be caused by my dryness, honestly. I've been putting pure Aloe Vera, and polysporin on my chin to help.

    Other than that, 3 months in.... my skin is doing great. Lips..... dry. Aquaphor is still helping, and burts bees occasionally when I am out in public and don't want to bust out my giant tube of aquaphor.

    Oh, I also wanted to mention.... STAY OUT OF THE SUN. I wore sunscreen but did not reapply one day that I was out in the sun most of the day. My forehead burned and it took 2 weeks to return to its normal color and stop peeling.

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    So I can officially say that it has been a whole month of taking spironolactone. I've decided to keep my dose to 50 mg as I have noticed major improvements on my face - starting with forehead which was filled with cystic acne just over a month ago and now I have none.  I still have a small number of breakouts on my cheeks and a couple on my jaw but it is not as worse as how it was before I started taking spiro. I am however left with a lot of scars and pigmentation which I know can be sorted out as soon as my acne clears up so I'm not dwelling on that. Excited to see what month 2 will bring.... fingers crossed.

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    A few days ago I started incorporating Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel into my very simple routine of La Roche Posay gel cleanser and COSRX Ultra Birch Sap Lotion on my cheeks only. It seemed to be working pretty well, for sure helping my oiliness and redness because it's water-based and I am aware my skin is severely dehydrated. Today I stumbled across this blog post on fungal acne, and it sounded EXACTLY like what I had, so I just took a shower and put Nizoral on my forehead, chest, and back. My skin wasn't red at all after my (cold) shower which never happens, so it was already a good start, and after I put my neutrogena gel on, my skin looked pretty damn good. hoping i will see some miracle results and that the damned malassezia will finally, finally go away. Could it have been my fungal acne/seborrheic dermatitis all along and not true hormonal acne like I thought it was??? Or is it both and I've just managed to calm down both?? please pray for good results i will update later!

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    I am 40 and have been on Doxy, mino, and lastly Spirno over the past 20 plus years to treat my cystic acne.   About a month ago I had two huge cystic acne bumps.   That then caused my whole chin to become a disaster area.   So I went to dermatologist and she took a culture of the infection.   My test results came back and found out the infection is of the worst kind.  It is resistant to all the antibiotics except for Levofloxacin.  So now I am takin 750mg to get this under control.  Now Im wondering was taking all the antibiotics all those years worth it to get to this point where now I am resistant.   Has anyone been down this path?  

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    Hello, lovely people of this website!

    My name is Marissa and I'm 17. I just made this account today. I thought it would be hella cool to start a blog so I can keep track of my progress (or lack thereof), spread information/be a reference for people new to Accutane, and hopefully make some friends on here. So here I am. Nice to meet you.

    Some background:
    So I actually started Accutane last month (4/27/18) - I'm on my 25th day today (5/21/18). I've never had great skin, but around age 15-16 it started getting worse and worse, especially after I got a Mirena IUD in April of last year. I finally went to see a dermatologist and I tried a million different creams and antibiotics but nothing worked. I was desperate to get on Accutane because I figured it's my last hope. I would literally cry almost every other day after seeing myself in the mirror. I felt hopeless and I got hella depressed over it.

    The Process
    Getting on Accutane was an entire struggle and a half for me.
    If you're a guy, obtaining Accutane is fine and dandy, but if you're female it's a tremendous pain in the ass. If you're reading this, you probably know all the excessive steps you have to take before you can get on it; waiting 30 days, giving 2 negative prego tests, blah blah blah. In my case, on top of all that, because I have a history of depression, my doctor wouldn't allow me to go on it until I had the written consent of another doctor saying that I'm stable enough to take it. There's been found to be a slight risk of depression, but other studies contradict this finding, saying there's no risk.
    Regardless, my dermatologist didn't want a teenage suicide on his hands so I had to do it. It was a long, incredibly discouraging process because I didn't have a psychologist or a psychiatrist at the time. Eventually, though, I got my Primary doctor to write it. 
    Then, the problem was the price. it was $450. $450. When I heard that price I immediately knew i wasn't getting on it. It was a sad day. HOWEVER, I was able to talk to my dermatologist office and they ended up sending it through a smaller, family-owned pharmacy that cut the price down to $130. Still a lot to pay every month, but it's possible. 

    FINALLY, finally, I popped the first pill. I can not explain the excitement, relief, and hope I felt the day I took the prescription home. Things finally seemed to be working out. This post is getting pretty long so I'm going to start a new one that goes into more detail about my experience so far along with some pictures.:) 

    Thanks for reading!

    -Mari$$a
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    it's been about 2 months since i last updated my progress. it has been hard to use this cream in a consistant manner. there were a few weeks i completely forgot to use it. Now, i'm trying to get into the habit of using it every day instead of every other day like when i first started. my skin has gotten so much better. i'm not red like i use to be with accutane and my scar redness has gone down. i still have scars but they're not so prominent now. very pleased with my results!

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    Hi,

    I'm Scott Piercings. I probably should have signed up for this a long time ago: i've had acne since i was 12 or 13 and have tried, what feels like, pretty much everything.

    Treating my acne has been like trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I did, however, manage to get my skin to behave in a way I thought I could only dream of by sticking to what some might consider a torturous diet. Allow me to list everything I eat on practically a daily basis:
     

    Quaker One Minute Oats with water, Kretschmer wheat germ and an apple
    Dainty Brown Rice with frozen vegetables
    Stonemill Slow Crafted vegan bread with avocados
    Catelli Ancient Grains pasta
    Sunflower Seeds (raw)
    And other raw fruits and vegetables
     
    I list these items because I know how difficult it is to find foods that do not cause acne. Take note that the items listed above contain no animals products whatsoever. In addition, they are minimally processed. My skin is extremely sensitive. Some can't have dairy products; some can't have fish; some can't have unbleached wheat flour; unfortunately for me, it's all of the above.
     
    I always thought of acne as something that I was doing to my skin, not something that my skin was doing to me; hence my aversion to acne medication. And what is white rice and white bread but rice and bread with all of the nutrients washed out of them. The same goes for refined sugar: it's nothing but carbs and is inessential to anyone's diet.
     
    Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't even realize what I was eating. I was raised on refined sugar and junk food and sought to correct that. I became a regular runner; I started drinking decaf tea and coffee; I started eating raw vegetables (celery especially)--all in order to purify myself.
     
    Eventually, I stopped eating meat because it felt like I didn't need to. I had replaced meat with whole grains and vegetables. And honestly, meat is not nearly as easy to digest as whole grains and vegetables.
     
    The last thing I cut out of my diet which gave me acne was parboiled rice. After 3-4 months, my acne was completely gone. I even got a tattoo--something which I thought I would never do because of how hideous my skin was; it wasn't exactly a blank canvas--just to celebrate finding the cure.
     
    This bliss was short lived: I soon began to feel weak and fatigued all the time; my palms were sweaty; and I developed a twitch in my face. I couldn't tell which symptoms were caused by low blood sugar and which were caused by a vitamin b12 deficiency. Out of desperation, I ate wild caught salmon--which is supposedly very good for the skin--and broke out almost instantly.
     
    I could just take b12 supplements. But, even those contain unwanted ingredients. Besides, i'm trying to do things as natural as possible. Thus, if I could stick to veganism as a cure, I would. It seems that this wasn't meant to be and that I need to find a healthy source of b12, which I will update you guys on.
     
    Time for further experimentation.
     
     
     
     
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    Most approaches to acne aim to treat the symptoms rather than address the fundamental root cause of the problem.
    Stinging nettle tea is a solution which is preventative in nature. Brewed from the leaves of the stinging nettle – urtica dioica in Latin – stinging nettles produce a mild irritant poison, which when treated correctly, can be extremely effective in the treatment of a range of conditions, not least of which is acne.
    Occurring naturally in the northern hemisphere amongst temperate climates, the stinging nettle is typically considered a weed by those who are not aware of the myriad of uses it can be put to for general health improvement.
    With a little knowledge though, you can turn this pest into one of your favourite weapons in the fight against acne.
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    Make Your Own Nettle Tea


    Remove the Toxins in Your Blood
    Stinging nettle tea works to cleanse your skin by addressing the problems that may be occurring in your blood. The chemicals in stinging nettle tea work to remove excessive toxins in your blood stream, allowing your skin to more effectively cleanse itself, thus preventing acne in the early stages.
    Although stinging nettle tea is less effective after the fact – that is, it works best as a prevention, rather than a cure – it is still effective as part of a combined treatment regimen. If you already treat your acne with a carefully prepared diet, then stinging nettle tea will be a natural and easy step for you.
    Of course, the benefit of using stinging nettle tea to treat acne can spill over into other areas of your health. Many users report an increased sense of wellbeing as a result of incorporating stinging nettle tea into their diet.

    Cheapest Acne Solution Ever?
    Depending on where you live in the world, you can make your own stinging nettle tea. This makes stinging nettle tea one of the most cost-effective treatments for acne ever!
    If you don’t have access to stinging nettles though, not to worry. There are several stores that sell stinging nettle tea pre-prepared so all you have to do is brew it. See you local natural health food store or chemist.
    If you’re interested in preparing your own stinging nettle tea, I’ve prepared a guide.
    For information on how stinging nettle tea can help treat a range of conditions, including arthritis, anemia, hay fever, kidney problems, as an enhancement to prostate health, or as a tool to help with weight loss.

    About author: Sen Perfect is a PhD writer from best custom essay writing service, psychologist with over 8 years experience, I answer psychology-related questions about diagnoses, ADD/ADHD, Social Security Disability, Emotional Support Animals, & learning disabilities.
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    Hello! I’m a 18 (about to be 19) year old female. I have been struggling with acne since I was around 14 or 15. My acne has gotten super severe only once, and thankfully minocycline quickly took it all away. Well, since then, I have been on antibiotics on and off, ranging from minocycline to doxy, and tetracycline. I have also tried many facial topical creams. Nothing has worked in the long term to cure my acne. (However, I do know that nothing will “cure” it forever..)

    About 2 months ago my skin got horrible again, but this time, instead of the acne being on my forehead, I got it on my chin. Very bad. I went back to my dermatologist immediately, and she reccomended either Accutane (hell no) or Spironolactone. So, I decided the spiro was a good choice.
    I started out the first two weeks with 25 mg / day, then upped to 50 mg / day at the two week mark. I also went on a two week antibiotic, Keflex, that helped reduce inflammation and calmed things down a little. I am currently on a day 31 and I feel as if my acne is a lot better, but there is so much scarring, and still new ones popping up, but slower and tinier. I never had cystic acne, but big, pustular, nodular acne that either came to a head or remained red and inflamed. I will also be starting Tri-Linyah Birth Control (generic for Ortho-Tri-Cyclen) on my next period, main reason being contraceptive.... but hoping it will help with my skin. 
    I have experienced some side effects that I think are from the sprio, which are only dizziness & headaches. 

    Did this work for you? Let me know if you have a similar story... please feel free to comment and share and reach out to me. :) 

    xoxox

    till next time

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    Making this post just because I was thinking about how much this account helped me when I was struggling so bad. I now get a pimple once in a while, I get less anxiety about them and don't freak out about pimples like I used to. I could not thank accutane or this blog enough for getting me through a tough time. I also and still using the acne.org moisturizer and I love it. I won't put anything else on my skin.Heres some updated pictures.IMG_0003.JPG.96a268c7f72ecc7ae163003f799d35ba.JPG
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    I end every day thinking, well hey now, at least it can't get worse than today. It's all up from here, man.
    And every new day I am proved wrong.
    Fourth May '18,
    New levels of low.
    Gigantic, inflamed, infected cysts showing zero signs of healing after months.They are just kind of there and persistently painful/unsightly/anxiety-fuelling. Sleeping hurts, smiling hurts, talking hurts, eating hurts. Every day in work customers ask me what's wrong with my face, what's on my face, (or my personal fave), what have you done to your face. Self worth non existent, anxiety levels perpetually through the roof.
    My skin is doing weird and gross things and I don't know how best to help it heal. My last appointment with a doctor was a major let down. I am working towards being able to pay (a lot) for a private dermatologist. I miss who I was. I don't remember the last morning I woke up when my face didn't THROB. I don't go out unless I have to. I'm trying v hard to be more hopeful.

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    SECOND MONTHHHH ON ACCUTANE , what happened :

     

    1st week :

    -        White heads on my nose are much much less, they pop up just washing my face

    -        Had a inflated red pimple on my cheek that stayed there for some time

    -        A flare of under skin pimples on my chin ( annoying but not painful )

    -        THIRST ( reached to 3ltrs a day of water )

    -        Lips aquaforinggg all the time, but am just being cautious to avoid in split corners or bloody lips. Cuz they weren’t that dry at this stage

    -        My face is more dry this month, but nothing I can’t handle

    2nd week:

    -        PURGINGGGG

    -        White pimples all over my jaw line, one big painful pimple on my check & 3 on my forhead

    -        By the end of the 2nd week the flare was calming down, pimples come and go reallll quick

     

    3rd week :

    -        Nothing new to add

    4th week :

    -        Earlier the end of month 1 I started using Adepelene bcuz my dr said so, I noticed it’s helping with the purging, but at this point I stopped using it bcuz I noticed something weird , MY SKIN IS GETTING DARKER, like a brownish grayish color that made me very sad , so I stopped using it without even going back to my derm :/

    -        New pimples are coming and drying out in like 1 or 1.5 day, so I don’t mind it at all…bring all the junk out Accutane ..let’s detox :D

     

    ALL THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE VERY MILD, ( dryness is mild, DRINK UR WATER IT HELPS)

    PRODUCTS  USED :
    Cerave as a cleanser ,

    Cetaphil as a moisturiser,

     witch hazel thayers 

    hyaluronic acid serum ( erbolario ) 

      Added this month :

     Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS as a body lotion

    Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream ( over night mask twice a week )

    attached pictures after month 2 , 

     

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    When beginning ones conscious choice to make a big life change, there are many things you need to consider. A big factor in me making the decision to change my skin for the better, and seeing results, required a few big changes. A very overlooked side to the causes of acne would, hands down, have to be diet. Growing up, my mom had always warned me against certain skin destructive foods. At one point I actively began to rebel against what she was telling me mainly because I think I was embarrassed that others were seeing negative changes in my skin. A lot of foods she was telling me to avoid were simple cuts and could have spared me 1. A lot of money, 2. A lot of embarrassment. The first thing that is super important when trying to maintain clear or less bacterial breakout prone skin would be a regular consumption of water throughout the day and especially after working out. Something else to look out for as far as diet goes would be things that you know cause inflammation or redness on your own complexion. For me those foods were: dairy & lactose, milk chocolate, super sugary foods, and really high fat or highly caffeinated fruits and veggies. After swapping out my yummy iced white mochas for a simple almond milk latte, a milk chocolate lava cake for a small piece of dark chocolate, and being more mindful about consuming larger portions of both fruits and veggies, within a few weeks I was able to see wonderful results in both my skin and overall energy level. Another simple beverage swap would be cutting out soda and sugary drinks completely. If you are really craving something other than water when out at a restaurant try something like iced tea which contains less dye, sugars, and potential negative health effects. If are someone who more enjoys the carbonated aspect of soda try something such as La Croix, San Pellegrino, or a generic club soda. Being a super huge coffee fan, I found it hard to cut out caffeine completely so instead opted to drink just one 16 oz. homemade iced almond milk latte on weekdays before school. This helped me get through the day while also saving money on sugary and expensive Dutch Bros. drinks (I still really miss those). Once you really get over that bad caffeine difficiency headache, the cut of all those toxins will really start to clear up your skin. Remember, aspirin is your friend. Completely depriving yourself of the foods and beverages you love is never good, instead use these cravings as a reward to your body and make sure to remember that moderation is key.

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    As of today I will have been on Roaccutane for two weeks. I'm fairly sure the breakout I'm currently having is indeed my IB because I woke up this morning with four or five new whiteheads on my cheeks and jaw, but I'd rather have those rather than painful cysts any day. They look small and like they'll pass soon. The biggest and most painful cyst from yesterday has gone down heaps too, leaving an angry red mark. I also have a hella painful bigass bump on my right cheekbone next to my hairline but it was coming to a head this morning so hopefully it'll be better soon. My forehead got two huge whiteheads too but I have bangs so that covers them right up. Oh I also have a weird whiteheaded kinda irregular-shaped lesion on my right upper back, trying my best not to touch it. I didn't pick at my skin yesterday at all either, which I'm very happy about. I guess it worked wonders because despite the new breakouts the redness had gone down considerably this morning. The jaw/neck cysts were smaller too. Still feeling positive, hoping and praying the IB doesn't get any worse than this (I know it probably will but one can always hope right?)

    As for side effects, not much has changed. My skin is not awfully dry thanks to a good moisturizer and the Vaseline keeps my lips under control. I'm really thirsty all the time though. Fatigue is hitting me hard too, I literally fell asleep sitting on the couch with my phone in hand yesterday. This morning blowing my nose I saw some blood as well. Not concerned though, if my nose gets really dry I'll just get one of those moisturizing spray things.

    Talk to you tomorrow! 

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    Changes on my skin
    I never knew that the words "dry skin and loving it" would be used in the same sentence and make sense. Well, i mean just that!! and why not?? for as long as i noticed changes in my body from a girl to a young woman, i have had oily skin, the kind you would look at at any time of the day and think i have just slathered a good layer of cooking oil on (ok, ok, i may be exaggerating a bit but you get the drift).  Wearing make-up was always a grueling task, results not as impressive and i would still have an oily face as loose powder makes me have an "ashy" appearance. But now, two months into the Iso journey, there is absolutely not a dot of oil on my face, NOTHING PEOPLE, NOTHING!!  But nothing uncomfortable-maybe this is what is actually called a “normal skin” just that I wouldn’t know that from experience. Two weeks ago, i started wearing some makeup-a concealer, foundation and loose powder (the latter on an experimental basis). Well, i can't stop but looking at how flawless my face looks, seriously, i have a small mirror that i keep on my desk at work and lets just say, it has become a pre-occupation (an unhealthy one seeing as i am not paid to look at my face every one hour but hey, who's ticking??)! Oh, and the cherry on top, no need to touch up-the whole day!!

    On the downside, am still dealing with hyper-pigmentation from old scars and a darker facial skin tone as a side effect of Iso. Also, i have noticed that any lesion on my skin is taking much longer to dry and heal. However and thankfully so, i have near-nothing to press on my face. The flakiness i wrote about in my last entry has also reduced significantly.

    Skin-care Regimen
    Nothing much has changed here and thankfully, its a relatively wet season this part of the Sahara and so i do not have to worry about too hot sun exposure-temperatures can get as high as 30 degrees Celsius on dry seasons. Besides, i am rarely outdoors and when i do, i wear protective clothing. I have only stopped wearing raw shea butter as I think the oils (earlier talked about) and Vit E mixture suffices in providing sufficient moisture for my “dry” skin, at least for now. 

    P.s. i am yet to notice significant change in my skin tone on my face due to wearing a concoction of oils + Vitamin E . But then again, its been just about two weeks since i started.

    I will be going for an end-of-week-8 review in a couple of days so i will update you on how that goes.

    Laters...

     
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    Not every treatment that claims to cure acne actually keeps its promises. Most teen acne sufferers (and their parents!) have experienced the disappointment of products that fail to deliver, and this can, of course, be heartbreaking. Not only do many remedies fail to work, they can also be very damaging to the skin and sometimes even the rest of the body.

    Most prescription acne treatments fall into four groups namely:

    * Normalizing- the medication is shed into the pore to minimize blockages.
    * Killing- P. acnes bacteria is targeted and killed.
    * Anti-inflammatory- inflammation is reduced and/or prevented.
    * Hormonal alteration/manipulation.

    Often a number of prescription treatments are combined so that the acne may be reduced as much as possible. Unfortunately successful prescription acne treatment is also often the most damaging in terms of side-effects. Treatments with many side-effects need to be well-monitored by your doctor. In general most treatments that do work, take time to do so. It may take about three weeks to show improvement and then over the next three months, the skin should improve until it reaches a point where the changes begin to level out. Cortisone may show quick improvements in active spots.

    Your doctor may prescribe:

    Topical Antibiotics

    Erythromycin, clindamycin, stiemycin or tetracycline is applied to the skin to kill the bacteria within the blocked follicles. Using the drug on the skin rather than taking it by mouth means that possible side-effects including upset stomach and drug interactions can be avoided. The topical treatment is as effective as the tablet form but may be impractical if it has to be used over large areas.

    Oral Antibiotics

    These are erythromycin or tetracycline antibiotics taken by mouth. Tetracycline, the better absorbed oxytetracycline, or doxycycline, minocycline or lymecycline are commonly used. The drug kills the P. acnes bacteria but has no effect on oil secretion and abnormal cell behavior that is the real cause of follicle blockage. Antibiotics have become less effective as resistant bacteria are becoming more and more common. Once treatment ends acne often reappears. Sub-antimicrobial doses of antibiotics such as minocycline do not kill bacteria and hence cannot induce resistance. Such dosages may be more effective.

    Hormonal Treatments

    In women, acne may be treated by means of hormonal treatments. Combined oestrogen/progestogen methods of hormonal contraception have a positive effect on acne; and cyproterone, in combination with an oral contraceptive containing the progestin drospirenone is effective. They can be used if the patient is shown to have very high androgen levels but also work where this is not the case. Low dose spironolactone can be used together with the treatment for its anti-androgenetic properties- where patients have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

    Cortisone Injections

    A dermatologist may choose to inject cortisone directly into a larger pimple or pustule. This will cause it to appear less red and inflamed. The pimple will lie flatter against the skin and make it less noticeable or easier to cover up. It also helps the skin to heal. The skin may become white in color for a short while and a small depression may form, but it is less risky than surgical removal of larger spots.

    Topical Retinoids

    Topical retinoids such as tretinoin or "Retin-A" work by normalizing the follicle cell lifecycle. Adapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac) are related to vitamin A, but applied as topical creams and have milder side-effects. These side-effects can still be very significant and severe irritation can occur. Retinoids prevent hyperkeratinization of follicle cells that can create a blockage. Topical retinoids cause an initial flare up of acne and facial flushing in many cases.

    Oral Retinoids

    e.g. Accutane, Sotret and Claravis contain a Vitamin A derivative called isotretinoin taken each day for a period of 4-6 months. Accutane can help to cure acne or keep it at bay for a long time. Isotretinoin helps to reduce secretion of oils from the glands and is effective in very severe acne. It works in more than 80% of teens. It lasts longer than anti-bacterial teen acne treatments and in some people their acne is eradicated permanently.

    If you choose to take accutane you will need to be closely watched by a medical doctor/dermatologist because it has many side-effects and some of these can be severe. In addition approximately 25% of acne teenagers revert back to the skin problem after one treatment. This means that the treatment might need to be continued for 4-6 months.

    A break of a few months between treatments is recommended as the acne can improve on the meantime and the body needs a break. A third or fourth course is sometimes used. This is clearly a long-term treatment and its benefits should be carefully weighed against side-effects like dry skin and nosebleeds, liver damage in some people and the need to monitor the patient's health by means of a blood test. Elevated liver enzymes are disputed by other professionals who say the drug won't damage the liver.

    Blood triglycerides need to be monitored, and routine tests are part of the official guidelines for the use of the drug in many countries. The drug can damage the infants of pregnant women and girls. Always make sure you are treated by a licensed medical professional.

    About Author: 
    An innovative thinker, psychologist and research paper writer. I pull from a deep well of academic subject expertise, including medicine, education, biology and psychology. I'm having experience of more than 8 years.
     

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    Today I am noticing a lot of active pimples with white heads, I have 3 huge pimples on my back this is so annoying I started yaz birth control so it's hard to know if it's that causing pimples or because I stopped my tazarac cream on my face I keep reminding myself this will pass and be worth it its just hard when your acne is on a roll.
     

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    A little back story, I’ve been struggling with bad skin since the tender age of 13; I will be turning 26 in a couple weeks and I’m at the point with acne where I’d consider a complete face transplant if that were an option.

    I have tried everything. From proActiv to benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, witch doctor remedies, etc. Accutane was suggested to me in my teenage years but my mom was against it for some reason. She took it when she was younger, however, so I guess I trusted her judgment at the time. 

    My depression hadn’t set in fully by that time yet either. I was mildly self conscious of my acne at the time, sure, but I had a girlfriend and I was actually enjoying my second half of high school (that’s a whole unrelated story that I might talk about in later posts.)

    Fast forward a few gnarly break-ups and breakouts to the dawn of social media and the Instagram generation. I became a pro at retouching photos because of how bad my skin was.

    Finally a week ago i made the decision to do something about it. My rooommate swears by accutane so I gave it a shot and my dermatologist has me on 10mg twice a day. My script came in the mail yesterday and this is day one. Keeping y’all updated daily if possible!
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    Hey. I've been off epuris for a month now. I've noticed scars noticeably going away, which is great. I'm still getting a few cystic acne spots though. is this normal? Maybe I should talk to my doctor about this. They're not full on breakouts, but just one by one rather. My healing factor is much better for sure. Everything doesn't seem so dry anymore. I imagine I'll start feeling more comfortable as time goes on. 

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    I read a while back about mixing Talc with a bit of water to make a paste, apply it to spots and it dries them out. Gave it a try, loved it. So I decided to get creative! I bought some of cuticura’s mildly medicated talc (works wonders for itchy skin), and decided to mix it with other things to create a paste. Here are the best results so far! 

    1. Mix the powder with one or two drops of whiskey. Yup, whiskey. Not only is the alcohol great for drying up healing zits, but if you have nasty throbbing painful acne, the whiskey acts as a numbing agent! I’ve also found that it’s great for bringing spots to a head quicker.

    2. Mix with TCP. Now I’m not a huge fan of TCP. It does help my spots, but it can be very drying which can lead to redness, so I reserve this stuff as my “big gun” to tackle the really deep stubborn spots that won’t budge. 

    3. My typical method, the powder mixed with saltwater. The salt is mild enough to dry out the spot, and is a great natural antiseptic that speeds up the healing. 

    Now I guess you could argue “Why don’t you just put those things on your face without the talc?” 
    Truth is I’ve found that the talc gives these remedies more staying power! As a naturally oily and sweaty person (Gross right),I  find that if I just dab the treatment, for example the saltwater by itself, onto the zitty region, I end up having to constantly reapply it. But in conjunction with the powder, I only need to apply once before bed. Eventually the concoction dries on my face, no further applications needed! 

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    Just for the updates.. so over the last few days my acne did improve..I also started using retina A...however in last 1 week my skin has taken a sudden turn and all of a sudden I am breaking out again..I finally thought I am making some progress and then this happens.. anyways I will try to keep the blog updated.. it's just that my heart breaks everytime I write  the same negative update.. still waiting for that one positive update that I can give to everyone.. if hell is real then it's here :( 

  24. cherilrys Road to Accutane
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new here and I just want to share with you my accutane process. I think it will be nice to exchange opinions and experiences. I'm actually starting next week. it will be nice to meet some people that are in the situation I am, Thanks for reading me!

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    Today I decided to give Acne.org a try and I ordered my BP treatment. I been suffering with acne since I was 14, but for 1 year ago I been expericing horrible acne. It had really messed me up with my confident I cry everytime I break out, I just hope I can find the solution and it’s this. I got on accutane, doxycline, tried aloe vera, acne masks, spirotune ( it helped while I was on it as well with accutane) onces I got off the pills I would break out again. Right now I am on birth control pills so lets see how it goes. I have super oily skin, sensitive and i dont really wear make up