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  1. Hi All, Has anyone checked Vitamin A levels after taking Accutane?
  2. Hey guys ! so , In february 25th I finished my 9 month course of accutane . It was 9 months full of pain and lots of tears , but I thought that It would all be worth it in the end since I would get rid of that persistent acne forever with only getting a pimple here and there . This "acne free forever" dream of mine lasted for about 2 months and now I´m back to reality. Lately (+ than 2 weeks ago) I´ve been getting small pimples on my forehead , cheeks , chin and especially on the nose . Some of them are like whiteheads , others are just red bumps , but they all have a thing in common - they are annoying af . I think I get at least 3 everyday . Now, my skin does not look as bad as it did before , that´s for sure. I´m not getting cysts or big pimples that take forever to heal ... but I´m afraid that I will . I´m afraid that my skin is slowly returning to the state it was 9 months ago, with cysts and big pimples appearing every week and other smaller pimples appearing everyday. Also , on my last visit to the dermatologist (back in january), she prescribed me tretinoin , to apply 3 times a week after my course ended in order to get rid of any red marks left from acne , which I sort of did . Let´s say I was not very consistent with its usage on the first 2 months after my course ended. I would apply it like 3 times in a week and then on the other 2 weeks I would just be too lazy to apply It and forget about It or I would make up excuses not to use It, like "next week I have a wedding and I don´t want my skin to be peeling , so I´m not going to use It this week" or "I´m gonna travel and I just can´t be bothered to put on creams , so I´m not going to take It with me" . Only at the end of April did I become more serious about applying the tretinoin cream and so I would apply It every week , 3/4 times a week, and I am still doing that (I think i´m gonna start using It every night though). I read It online that some people break out after they start using tretinoin cream and at first I thought that might be the cause of me suddenly breaking out ... but the truth is, I´m not so sure about that anymore. Aren´t my pores supposed to be clear after accutane ? If so , I shouldn´t be experiencing a purge, right ? So ... I don´t really think this breakouts are because of the tretinoin ... but hey ,what do I know ? what do you guys think ? can these breakouts be caused by the tretinoin cream ? any advice or opinions on this are welcome.
  3. I’ve been on 0.05% tretinoin cream and 100-mg minocycline for almost four weeks now and my skin hasn’t improved and I think it actually got worse. I use the tretinoin at night and the minocycline twice daily. I know purging is to be expected but shouldn’t I have seen an improvement by now? Should I stick with this or just give up? Thanks!
  4. This is my first time starting a forum! I’ve been on these message boards for weeks now looking for support so thought I’d go for it. I started dealing with a resurgence of acne in September of last year, age 28 (now 29). It was consistently mild and linked to my period. After several months of trying spironolactone, changing my diet, and changing up my skin care, I saw no improvement. It actually got worse. So my dermatologist put me on Tazorac .1% cream every other night and finacea gel mornings. I declined antibiotics because they’ve made me sick in the past. But as the weeks went on, my skin FREAKED OUT. I had a cluster of cysts along my jaw and more appearing on my cheek. My jaw was so swollen I looked like I’d had my wisdom teeth removed. I agreed to go on antibiotics, but they didn’t help much. I changed my morning topical to Aczone gel and upped my dose of antibiotic, and together that seemed to help for a few days, but it didn’t last. I kept reading forums and everyone said Tazorac makes it worse before better, but this just seemed so extreme. I’ve never had acne even close to this bad in my life. I was depressed for weeks. I went back to my dermatologist again and we agreed it was time for Accutane. I started last week at 30 mg 2x/day. I feel like I’m already seeing some improvement, but then I have nights like tonight where I wash my makeup off and I panic because I feel like the cystic ones are itchier than the night before or more tender or more red. It’s an emotional roller coaster. And I think the hardest part is just wishing that I’d never done Tazorac. I look at pictures of my skin when I started and it was nothing like it is now. Just wondering if anyone else had a similar situation and how you’re doing now. I’m hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel. <3
  5. Hi everyone I'm 25 years old, over the past years i have been battling mild but persistant acne I have taking 3 months of antibiotics and had pretty much tried everything besides accutane, except 2 days ago I swallow my first pill. Today is my second day of treatment and I'm very scared. I'm a low dose: 20 mg x day. I weight about 54 kg, Idk what's in lb I guess around 110ish? Overtime I swallow the pill I get really scared. I'm already dry per se because of my SD and i'm scared is going to get worse with accutane. I'm very depressed already but my derm said it was from the disease and really she had seen people with acne that got their spirit back once they were better. I was already clinically depressed before accutane and diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder. I'm very apprehensive and upset easily, so starting accutane to me is being thorn between hoping this is what's going to help me get better and thinking this is just going to make everything worse. I also want to know do I have to take BC pills while on it if i'm not being sexually active at all? Like I was planning on taking them to tackle acne from other perspective if so which one would you recommend? Btw I'm from Mexico so getting BC is quite easy for me , I just have to and buy it. So am thanks and I'll keep you updated I guess
  6. My acne has come back in full swing as of recently. As a sufferer of this condition for over a decade now, I am considering accutane to fix this once and for all. That being said, I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar 2. I am not on medication. I have heard that Accutane can worsen mental illness. Is the risk worth it?
  7. Hey, I am usually not a poster when it comes to forums, but I think I have reached my absolute rock bottom with Retin A Micro. I am 9 weeks and counting on the stuff and still purging... big time. And I am a flight attendant so being in the public eye is part of my job and it is MORTIFYING to me. Today I flew into Vegas and ran into one of my instructors from training and I had a giant, white pustule on my cheek staring him down. I am just so embarrassed and I want this nightmare to be over and it feels never ending. I want to give up so badly, either that or move to an island with one resident - Me. Does this ever end?
  8. Good lord almighty...i have been using tretinoin microsphere gel 0.1% for my facial acne and it literally gave me a wrinkle on my skin. Has this happened to anyone else? I am going to discontinue using it. Literally happened yesterday...smh. Does anyone know how I can get rid of it? if you look in the pics, you can see a long skin colored line/wrinkle going diagonally down my cheek....shit literally happened overnight.
  9. So I was recently prescribed a tretinoin cream for my acne on my face. After a few days of using it I realize that my face was getting a little better, despite having flaky and irritated skin. However, 2 days ago, I woke up to find my cheeks and jawline swollen. Is this a normal side affect, or should I stop using the acne cream?
  10. Hi I’m every new here! im 18, at uni, healthy sporty and arty guy and I’ve been struggling with acne for 6 years and it’s at it’s worse and it’s killing everything I care about and love. I’ve been to the doctors a gazillion times and nothing works apart from Nicam (freederm) occasionally however the spots keep coming, bigger, redder, more painful and leaves scaring and pigmentation all over the place. My acne is mostly in the t zone on my face and it’s pretty bad and also on my back. I know accutane is all the hype but just straight up want to avoid it. Acne is killing my confidence so much and stopping me from doing things which is the worst feeling. Can anyone offer some advice? Has anyone been in this position, what worked for you? Is there anything I can do? Thanks in advance!!
  11. I’ve been using Retin-A, Benzac, Skinoren for almost a year. My acne is a lot more better than it was before. Pimple(with pus) comes less frequent maybe 1-3 spots per week and I’m happy for the dark acne scar too thanks to azelaic acid. But there is one thing I can’t get rid of, it’s the closed comedones. My face would look clear and bright if you look under the day light or indoor but if you have a flashlight and shine it on my face you will able to see many many many of small bumps(skin color) all over my face Why can’t retinoid cure them? I have no idea how to get rid of it. PS. So sorry for my English, I’m not a native speaker.
  12. reitoids scars

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    I've red somwhere that retinoinds made somebody's scars worse. I'm wandering if you heard something about it and if it referrs only to oral retinoids or also topical. I'm using topical retinoids to boost collagen after microneedling, therefore I'm asking.
  13. Hey everyone! After two and a half years of trying to solve the problem that is my face, I visited a dermatologist recommended to me by a friend and was told to take doxycycline 100 mg once a day, use a pea sized amount of tretinoin cream .025% every night, and wash my face with a sulfur face wash. I thought I’d create a log to share my ups and downs so maybe someone else could relate and we could all feel less lonely in this journey. Let me start off with my skin care routine, because it had improved my skin, just not enough to where I felt it would be sufficient in the long run: *WARNING: THIS PART IS LONG SO JUST SKIP IT IF YOU DON’T CARE* I had stopped washing my face so often to see if there’d be a positive change. There was. Whenever I feel crusty, however, I will use Himalaya’s neem face wash. It’s very gentle and I love it. Most of the time, however, I don’t wash my face. I have dry skin and this works for me so yeah. Every night and morning, I first tone with Humphrey’s lilac witch hazel facial toner. Then I mix a couple drops of Provence Beauty’s argan and jojoba facial oil with a couple drops of tree tea oil and pat it in all over my face. I know that some say only use tea tree oil on problem areas, but you see I have acne on all parts of my face, so I find this works best. At night only, I would now pat acouple drops of Klairs’ vitamin c/ascorbic acid serum. This has helped with dark marks that are left on my face. Finally, I moisturize with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. I’d highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone with dry skin and perhaps anyone doing doxycycline + retinoids, because it is safe for sensitive skin and is made for those with eczema and other conditions. For face masks, I like to do a honey face mask a couple times a week. Just honey. It’s easier to wash off than you think, but do it before you shower in case you get it on your side burns or anything. Also, I’ve been using Nizoral, the dandruff shampoo, as a face mask, because I also have those tiny bumps on your forehead that aren’t exactly pimples but it’s still annoying texture. It may sound crazy but it’s worked for many people. It’s a dandruff shampoo, so it’s anti-fungal and used topically normally. It has helped not only those small dots out a little but has also reduced the number of my “normal” pimples. YouTube it. My texture is still very noticeable in sunlight, however. What is usually just on the forehead is on my whole face. Apparently it will all “bubble up to the surface” in a couple weeks as pimples, which I am kind of looking forward to but kind of not? For a couple months I took this Neem herbal supplement for mild acne by Himalaya. It did help a little and has good reviews by others, but again, I wasn’t cured. But obviously even with all that care, coupled with switching to almond milk and other lifestyle changes, I still have skin sucky enough that I was put on this regimen! My dermatologist advised me against doing any face masks for a while, now that my skin will be 10x more sensitive than normal. I still recommend my routine to anyone with minimal to mild acne however. Unlike this post, my updates will be pretty brief. I took my first doxycycline capsule today and am about to use the tretinoin after I figure out what parts of my skin care routine I need to change up to ensure the tetrinoin is allowed to work it’s magic. Hopefully this stuff works in 2-3 months like my dermatologist said it would, because I have my senior prom then graduation in a little less than 5. Thank you!!! Please share y’all’s journeys if you too are on any of these prescriptions!
  14. Hey everyone! After two and a half years of trying to solve the problem that is my face, I visited a dermatologist recommended to me by a friend and was told to take doxycycline 100 mg once a day, use a pea sized amount of tretinoin cream .025% every night, and wash my face with a sulfur face wash. I thought I’d create a log to share my ups and downs so maybe someone else could relate and we could all feel less lonely in this journey. Let me start off with my skin care routine, because it had improved my skin, just not enough to where I felt it would be sufficient in the long run: *WARNING: THIS PART IS LONG SO JUST SKIP IT IF YOU DON’T CARE* I had stopped washing my face so often to see if there’d be a positive change. There was. Whenever I feel crusty, however, I will use Himalaya’s neem face wash. It’s very gentle and I love it. Most of the time, however, I don’t wash my face. I have dry skin and this works for me so yeah. Every night and morning, I first tone with Humphrey’s lilac witch hazel facial toner. Then I mix a couple drops of Provence Beauty’s argan and jojoba facial oil with a couple drops of tree tea oil and pat it in all over my face. I know that some say only use tea tree oil on problem areas, but you see I have acne on all parts of my face, so I find this works best. At night only, I would now pat acouple drops of Klairs’ vitamin c/ascorbic acid serum. This has helped with dark marks that are left on my face. Finally, I moisturize with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. I’d highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone with dry skin and perhaps anyone doing doxycycline + retinoids, because it is safe for sensitive skin and is made for those with eczema and other conditions. For face masks, I like to do a honey face mask a couple times a week. Just honey. It’s easier to wash off than you think, but do it before you shower in case you get it on your side burns or anything. Also, I’ve been using Nizoral, the dandruff shampoo, as a face mask, because I also have those tiny bumps on your forehead that aren’t exactly pimples but it’s still annoying texture. It may sound crazy but it’s worked for many people. It’s a dandruff shampoo, so it’s anti-fungal and used topically normally. It has helped not only those small dots out a little but has also reduced the number of my “normal” pimples. YouTube it. My texture is still very noticeable in sunlight, however. What is usually just on the forehead is on my whole face. Apparently it will all “bubble up to the surface” in a couple weeks as pimples, which I am kind of looking forward to but kind of not? For a couple months I took this Neem herbal supplement for mild acne by Himalaya. It did help a little and has good reviews by others, but again, I wasn’t cured. But obviously even with all that care, coupled with switching to almond milk and other lifestyle changes, I still have skin sucky enough that I was put on this regimen! My dermatologist advised me against doing any face masks for a while, now that my skin will be 10x more sensitive than normal. I still recommend my routine to anyone with minimal to mild acne however. Unlike this post, my updates will be pretty brief. I took my first doxycycline capsule today and am about to use the tretinoin after I figure out what parts of my skin care routine I need to change up to ensure the tetrinoin is allowed to work it’s magic. Hopefully this stuff works in 2-3 months like my dermatologist said it would, because I have my senior prom then graduation in a little less than 5. Thank you!!! Please share y’all’s journeys if you too are on any of these prescriptions!
  15. So yesterday I went to the derm just to see what I could do to improve my skin (dullness, lots of blackheads/whiteheads on face, some mild acne on cheekbones, temples and shoulders/chest) and he recommended a .1% retinoid (it was Tazorac I believe) for my face. When we went to pick it up at CVS afterwards, even after insurance had kicked in (we have a pretty well-covered plan) one tube was THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE DOLLARS! $351. I obviously want to use a retinoid cream still, since it's what the doctor noticed would improve my clogged pores and whatnot, but we simply can't afford to pay for this prescription (and additional ones, if that ends up being a necessity). Have you guys ever noticed certain topical creams and retinoids being WAY too expensive? What alternative strategies would you recommend (OTC, prescriptions through other pharmacies, etc.)? I hope I don't sound greedy by asking this question it just doesn't seem right to me.
  16. Accutane and arthritis

    Forums Prescription acne medications 4 replies

    Hi everyone. Background: I'm 30, have moderate acne and have been on antibiotics for around 10yrs, off and on, before finally being prescribed Accutane. I'm in my first week of it, on 20mg. I'm curious about the links between accutane and arthritis, and would be grateful for your thoughts. I've seen lots of anecdotal evidence online (yes, I know the dangers of reading about Accutane on the net!), plus a few scientific papers / articles (no large scale studies though, mainly just a few reports of cases), and the warning on the packaging that it's a side effect experienced by less than 1 in 10,000 people. The reason I'm curious is that both my parents have it (RA and osteo) and my grandparents had it too, so I'm at a higher risk from the off. As such, I'm starting to wonder whether taking Accutane is a silly idea - am I just trading one problem for an elevated risk of another that will even more severely affect my quality of life in future? Any thoughts / experiences you could share with me would be gratefully received.
  17. Hey guys, I’m currently on Differin 0.3% and Minocycline 100mg twice daily. I’ve been on the Differin for 3 months and the mino for less than 2 weeks. The Differin was doing absolutely nothing but ruining my skin, and the mino has helped me out a lot. BUT, I’m still getting new pimples every day, and I’m not too fond of the Minocycline. I’m looking for people who have transitioned straight from retinoids and/or Minocycline into Accutane and if you had an initial breakout? My face is FILLED with PIH (literally jaw and cheeks are almost as much PIH as normal skin) and I really would like to avoid another severe breakout, or at least know what I am getting into so I can mentally prepare.
  18. Hi guys I know that this forum is kinda dead since 2009 but I really need your help . I'm 14 and my dermatologist got me into accutane .I've been on accutane for 4 months(dosage is 3 pills a week of 20mg) (4th month started about a two weeks ago ) and although my acne is getting extremely better today I woke up with two small red dots in my right cheek and a small one on the top of my chin . Do you think they are gonna go away fast? Or maybe what's your tip for getting rid of them fast ?.Is it normal to get zits on your 4th month?.I'mying not to touch them but it just makes me sad cuz I got compliments of how clean my skin was getting .
  19. Hi. About 8-9 weeks ago in early September, my derm prescribed me tretinoin 0.05% for mild cystic acne ( the kind that causes the deep lumps with no head ) on my forehead. I didn't experience any noticeable purge or redness/flaking that's commonly associated with tretinoin. However, so far my acne still hasn't gotten much better. How long should I expect to wait before I see results? EDIT: The tretinoin has, however, made my skin heal much faster.
  20. I was 17 when I began my six month accutane journey. I am 20 now. I never had cystic acne, but I did have acne severe enough that, if left untreated, would cause scaring. OTC washes/products worked for a while, then Rx retinoids and antibiotic creams, then oral antibiotics. Eventually even the oral antibiotics stopped working. My dermatologist and I agreed it was time for Accutane. It wasn't a quick decision, I understood all possible side effects and risks. I took 30mg/day the first two months, 40mg/day months 3-4 and 60mg/day months 5-6. Appart from losing my lips, I experienced dry sinuses, joint pain, back pain, excessive thirst, and fatigue. Blood work done every month was normal. I did all my research and pushed for the highest dose I could get prescribed. I never missed a capsule and took the pill at the same exact time everyday. I even counted out almonds to get the exact amount of fat needed for maximum absorption. The dermatologist called me the poster child for Accutane. And Accutane saved me from scaring and having acne through high school. Skin could not have been clearer. Can't explain how amazing it felt not having to worry about waking up to new bumps. Oh, and my hyperpigmentation went away. BUT IT TOOK YEARS. So naturally, I forgot about acne, until now. I'm breaking out again and it's getting worse. My skin is "junking" up. I have comedones on my forehead and inflammatory acne starting on my cheeks. I had one large pus-filled lesion on my neck that I popped because it was painful. I got two on my chin and one on my cheek. They have "healed" now but, of course, left new hyperpigmentation. I'm getting the red acne dots on my chest and back. I am so discouraged. Even if my acne comes back as bad as before Accutane, I do not regret taking the pills. For 3 years I was so confident (in high school). And, now, it's coming back and I'm starting college classes (perfect timing). I understood that Accutane had a cure rate of 85%. I guess I thought the 15% who were not cured had the advanced disfiguring cystic form. I was wrong. I realize this post may sound selfish and vain, but I dealt through hell for six months and stubborn acne years before that. I still have chronic back pain (Back Magic is amazing). I don't see the point of going back on topicals ($$$ and timely), when I've literally tried every one. The whole point of Accutane was so that I wouldn't need to use all these lotions and potions. I'm not going back, if it gets bad again I'll go on Accutane but I'm not going back to the old days. Did your acne come back post Accutane? If so how bad did it get? Did a second course kick it?
  21. Hi everyone! Thank you for reading my post. I would like to share my experience with prescription retinoids and hear yours as well. I have been using adapalene 0.3% (Differin highest strength) for about a year. It helps to reduce the number and severity of my breakouts, but not as well as I would like it to. My dermatologist is switching me to tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A lowest strength). If anyone has tried both, would you please kindly share your experience, comparing and contrasting the two? I am a pharmacist and understand the mechanisms of the drugs, potency (i.e. tretinoin is "stronger"), and have read studies comparing the two. However, controlled clinical research and scientific knowledge do not always translate 100% to actual clinical practice. I would love to hear your PERSONAL experiences on the two Thanks in advance guys!
  22. So I have been on tretinoin for about a year now but I still have breakouts about twice a month. I was on .025% for about 6 months and have spent the past 6 months on .05%. In addition to the retin a (tretinoin) I use clindamyacin in the morning with moisturizer and sunscreen at 50 SPF. I occasionally get acne on my chest and back but it isn't very bad. When I first started using tretinoin I had a terrible initial breakout but after a year my face has really seen improvement but still has a lot of scars. I have a dermatologist appointment this month and was debating whether to go to .1% tretinoin or try accutane. If I were to switch to accutane, would the initial breakout that some people experience be reduced because it is another vitamin A derivative like tretinoin? Thank you.
  23. Hi was just wondering who can prescribe Retinol A, does it have to be a dermatologist or can a GP prescribe it? Thank in advance
  24. I've been using 0.1% Retin-A cream that my doctor prescribed to me. It has worked wonders for me the past 6 months but i am starting to see that this cream is no longer working. My acne is coming back. Has anyone experienced the same problem? What would you suggest my next step should be? Thanks.
  25. I've had acne for over a decade now. My doctor was about to refer me to a dermatologist, but then the doc place shut down. At this new one, what do I have to say to get referred to a dermatologist for sure? Then when I get there, what can I say to definitely get prescribed Retin-A? My skin isn't *super* bad anymore, but it isn't controllable after I did an experiment. My texture and pores are very bad too, if I just complain about those a lot will I for sure get it? Also, is there any way I can stop docs from repeatedly trying to give me antibiotics? They never worked. Would it be enough to say how I get serious multiple yeast infections? Because I'm sure they'd make those worse.