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  1. Tazorac + Doxy Log

    Hi guys!! I'm an 18 year old trying to get rid of her acne once and for all I have suffered from acne since my freshman year of high school (mild to moderate). My acne was never really cystic - I had inflamed pimples and blackheads in my T-zone. Through trial and error over the years, I was finally able to clear my skin through using Retin A Micro 0.04% (RAM) at night, along with Aczone or Finacea in the morning (alternating each day). However, during the fall of last year, I began noticing closed comedones (whiteheads) on the sides of my chin. I began using the RAM in these areas. However, this did nothing, and my comedones worsened. They began to spread to the rest of my chin, on my upper lip, and in between my eyebrows. My nose, which has always had blackheads, became even more clogged. The worst part is that these comedones become inflamed zits and leave hyperpigmentation behind. I talked to my derm about this, and she upper my RAM to 0.1%. This did not help, even after 6+ months. She said that the next thing to try was Spiro, which I did not want to take. (I have, however, through my own research found that Paula's Choice AHA and BHA gels do help to reduce the clogs to some extent - see my routine below.) I recently switched derms. He is putting me on Doxycycline (75 mg) and Tazorac cream 0.05%. I am hoping that the Taz, being a stronger retinoid, will help to eradicate these comedones. I also think that my skin may be slightly resistant to the RAM, as I have used it for the past 5 years. Because retinoids have worked well in the past, I'm hoping that a different retinoid will shake things up and clear my pores. Here is a great link describing the differences between RAM and Taz: As of now, my skin consists of comedones on my chin, nose, between my eyebrows, and on my upper lip. My "problem area" is definitely my chin (esp the sides). I get the occasional random pimple, but for the most part, any inflammation comes from my comedones becoming infected. My current routine: AM Wash with Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Mix Paula's Choice BHA 2% gel with PC AHA 8% gel Cera Ve moisturizing lotion Aczone or Finacea (alternate) PM Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Taz 0.05% cream Cera Ve lotion *Take 75 mg Doxy with dinner I will be documenting my progress on both Taz and Doxy - partially for myself, partially because I have been lurking on other people's logs for a long time and find them extremely helpful. Please comment with questions, support, or advice Other Links: Facial Masks I Recommend:
  2. Hi, thanks for calling by! I've never written a review about a medication journey before but as roaccutane is still a taboo subject for some I thought I'd share my journey. Ok so my weight at day 1 was 56kg im 5"1 1/2, that half inch makes all the difference lol so I'm a female 34 years old now and my acne started when I was 21 years old and pregnant with my first child. Before then I'd had perfect skin not even any pimples or spots through school. at first I tried to live with my acne which was mainly black heads with spots that would surface as red lumps and be very sore to the touch and surrounding areas would be sore too. Squeezing would sometimes help clear them up but then sometimes squeezing would make them bigger and then they would become cuts that would take an age to heal on my face and chest. I visited my gp who put me on antibiotics for 6 months. This only slightly helped. I was referred to a dermatologist 10 years ago who tried me on antibiotics again then a gel for my face then a cream for my face but all they seemed to do was burn my skin. I changed my contraceptive pill, this didn't help either, I tried face washes, no face washes, microdermabrasion no success, acid peels no success with this either, tried cutting all my hair off as some would suggest it was oil from my hair (shampoo oils etc) this didn't work either as the spots remained and by now started to appear on my back. My spots would be worse when I bathed in the sea and exposed myself to sun but would really help clearing them up for a short time. Once back from holiday they would rear their ugly head again. I also suffer with books around my groin area too. I also have chronic greasy hair with dandruff and make up would slide off my face within an hour. I'm painting such a pretty picture of myself here! Lol So that's the back story. after 10 years of begging I finally got another referral to the derm who after looking at me instantly said roaccutane was my best chance. Cystic acne. I went through all the lectures on pregnancy etc which are very important lectures to listen to due to the side effects. I changed my pill to the combination pill as I was on the mini pill and I received my first months supply. I was on a low dose of 20mg. For the first few weeks I felt quite tired and had vivid dreams. At this point I didn't exercise but was active doing DIY, mowing lawns etc. My skin began to go red and I didn't apply moisturiser as I thought the point was to dry your skin out? But turns out moisturising was key to keeping the process flowing. Was prescribed dermol 500, dermabase and aveeno cream. Work fantastic but found dermol was by far the best facial moisturiser for me and intensive care cocobutter for body. All applied after a bath/shower. My lips started feeling tight so started trying out different lip balms. Go to home bargains far cheaper there. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it will work for you. Its trial and error. Always carry something even If it's a pot of Vaseline. i Also found my lady bits became sore/dry/itchy and had a couple of episodes of thrush. Try hydrocortisone cream externally failing that visit your gp for further advice. -Month 2 my tabs were raised to 25mg and the tiredness continued but the dreams eased off. this is when my chest spots went crazy and I had all white heads appear overnight (ok might have been a couple of days) from the start I applied factor 50 sun cream to my face and wore a hat as often as possible. My lips began to feel tight and peeling I found Nivea the best lip balm. I stopped washing my skin with exfoliation gloves as the burn when you moisturise was very real! My greasy hair improved! My dandruff improved but Had scabs on my scalp so was prescribed dermax shampoo. This is also the time my heels began to hurt, when I walked at first or woke in the morning they would be tender and stiff but would ease the more I walked. But the tenderness remained. My hips began to stiffen the longer I stayed in a position such as sitting on the sofa so id have to get up and walk around to loosen up. month 2 I noticed my clothes getting tighter on me. My appetite never disappeared. But I eat clean to a degree. -month 3 my meds were upped to 40mg my joints started to stiffen quite a lot and I had to pace myself. I made the mistake of visiting a theme park with my children and by the afternoon I was in agony with the joint pain and moved at a snails pace. Due to the fatigue of the increase in meds I developed low mood and started finding myself short tempered and crying over silly things. Make sure please! That you have someone on speed dial who knows your on this medication to call when or if you have these moments to speak to even if it's just to moan about things which others may find silly. When your on these tablets the emotions are very real to you and can affect you more at this time than it might any other time or to someone else. It does not make you a loser or a weak person. It's the chemicals talking! i spoke to my mother and best friend when i needed to and even came off the Meds for a couple of days to clear my head at my next appointment I spoke to my derm nurse to tell her what happened and what I did to ease the issue. Always be open about how you feel. During this month all the black heads and spots opened on my face and literally with a hair pin slipped across my face they all popped. I had large pores for a day but using an ice pack they shrunk. Yay! Massive improvement on my back and chest! -month 4 meds upped to 55mg the heel issue remained and gets worse depending on what I do. I started light 10 minute exercises each night. My acne is clearing up amazingly and no new black heads or spots but I have gained 5 kg so I've been booked thyroid tests and derm nurse agreed it needed investigating. -month 5 meds upped to 60mg due to the weight gain and an extra 4 weeks added to my treatment plan. So my joints hurt a lot! My ribs on my chest feel like they need to stretch and my back is stiff! I've had my final 4 weeks today and I have to say its happy day! My spots have dramatically improved if anything disappeared. Roaccutane is a tough journey but for me it's been worth the hard journey! If you have any questions no matter how peculiar to do with taking roaccutane feel free to ask! After my chest cleared up
  3. Hi all! I'm a 6'2'' 158lb 18 yr old male who is off to college in a week! I've suffered from mild acne since I was 16, and when it got moderate-severe I went on minocycline (100mg once a day) for 8 months WITH tretinoin 5% for topical at night or scarring. It worked...until the antibiotics wore off this past month makin my breakouts worse and worse! it may bepossible that I need to find new treatment. are here any recommendations out there??? I don't want to jump to accutane especially because I'm going to college and drinking is a big part of the culture, but I don't know what else to try. I have an appointment with my derm next week before I leave...hopefully she has something that will clear me up soon thanks all!
  4. So I've been taking Minocyclin 100mg once a day for about 6 months because I had moderately severe acne. I was also prescribed a retinoid for scarring. The first 1-3 months nothing happened but then by month 4 my acne was like 95% clear! I continued taking the minocycline and realized I'd never be 100% clear (i would only have 2-4 pimples here and there), so I tried "weaning" off the pill for like a week... BIG MISTAKE. My acne came back worse and now i feel like I can't show my face in public. It's been a month since my bad breakout after trying to "wean" and I'm back on the 100mg minocylcine once a day...but I'm afraid the bacteria has become resistant because my acne keeps getting worse. what should I do??? Should I up the dosage? This can't possibly be cause I tried to quit the drug for only less than a week...can it?
  5. I've been using tazorac for about a week now, and I've noticed my skin becoming slightly bumpy, mainly around the forehead area, and then a tiny bit on my nose and my chin. the bumps aren't red, or irritated, they're not normal pimples and I wouldn't even consider it acne. Just bumpy skin. I'm worried this will become the permanent texture of my skin after I stop using it. My skin was never like this before, and was rather soft. Now its bumpy and starting to become noticeable. Has anyone experienced this before as well? Any advice? I have also been taking doxy, then minocycline for about a year now, as well as retin-a for the same period of time. this regimen was perfectly fine and didn't give me any issues similar to this. The only thing my dermatologist wanted to change was the retina a, to tazorac, to help counteract the possible acne flareups as i taper off my oral antibiotics.
  6. Hey everyone I'm going to jump right to it. Ive been using retin a micro .08 for about 10 months now. For 10 months I used benzoyl peroxide 4% face wash and then immediately after I put on the retin a micro ( no time in between) . The whole 10 months I barely used sunscreen. Now your thinking how does this person still have a face? I did EVERYTHING wrong. I suffered the consequences. Extremely dry face and extremely red skin. When I stared doing this I didn't really care about reading up on how to do it right because I was doing very thing my dermatologist told me to do. Yes, he was the one who told me to use the BP at night with the retin a. About two or three weeks ago I smartened up and stopped BP face wash at night. I use a vanicream face wash at night and in the morning. Started using sunscreen twice a day. I'm using Onexton all over my face in the mornings. When I recently changed everything up my face started breaking out worse than it ever has. About once a week I have a bad breakout now. HOWEVER, my overall skin is looking better than it has in years it seems like. It's smooth and glowing almost. my only question now is that has my skin grown "used" to the retin a to where it has no effect? Or is the retina only just now starting to work since the previous 10 on the the BP wasn't losing it to work? I am a guy but I think my acne is still mostly hormonal since I'm 18.
  7. I was wondering how I can get my dermatologist to put me on accutane? I'm currently using clindamycine and tretinoin on my face and its cleared up a bit. The reason I want to go on accutane is because I have some acne on my back and chest too. My dermatologist has looked at it but hasn't given me anything for it which is upsetting me. The other reason is that what I'm currently prescribed is giving me a rash on parts of my face. I think it might be because my skin type is dry? I know accutane dries out skin but I would be so much happier if I was on it since I know there would be good results. If anyone could help I would be so grateful because I'm really tired of having acne it makes me so feel insecure and hopeless.
  8. Hello community! I'm brand new and honestly come to you in need of some positive reinforcement OR helpful advice. I've been on Retin-A cream (0.1%, which I believe is the highest intensity?) for a little over two weeks now and honestly, I cannot remember my skin ever looking worse. The initial breakout started at the end of week 1 and continues on. I know it takes a while to see results, but i am beyond discouraged. I did make a mistake during week 1 and slathered WAY too much on because I thought results would be quick/it would dry out active acne. I've DEFINITELY stopped doing that and now just use the recommended pea-sized amount. I've attached photos. (Non-acneic dots are clindamycin.) Is there any hope? So, tl;dr version(skip here for the questions): 1. Has anyone had a similar experience with a crazy IB, waited it out, then had amazing results? 2. Will these scar?! If they do, how on earth will I treat them? My final resort is Accutane if this proves to be fruitless. Does Accutane help with scarring at all? 3. Any similar experiences? Is there hope? ;-;
  9. I have been using Zindaclin & Differin, for over 6 months, as well as being on Tetralysal antiobitic tablets. Unfortunately, my acne hasn't improved, & I'm wondering if I should persevere or change my prescription.
  10. Hi all, A bit about me, I am 20 and have had acne since I was about 10. When I was around 13, I began developing cysts on my chin and occasionally on my forehead. There would be 3 maximum on my forehead and 2 on my cheek. I would often get whitehead and pustules on my forehead and chin too. However I had no problems with my cheeks. I would get occasional clear days, here I would have one or 2 visible spots( althouhh these were big and noticeable) Then at about 17, I began breaking out on my cheeks every so often with the occasional cyst. By 19, I was breaking out with several pustules at a time on my cheeks. At it's worse, my acne would be considered moderate but is usually milder. Right now after almost completing my course of differin cream my cheeks break out less frequently although it still happens, chin less so also but also not ideal. My forehead is still sporadic, sometimes relatively clear but other Times breaking out in several large angry red spots. ( Noticable from distance) So far I have been on: Duac Differin x 2 Doxyclin x 2 Erythromycin Zineryt limecyclin tried zinc, vitamin D be b12 supplements with no success. I have stuck with all treatments long enough. currently am waiting to see a derm and was wondering whether from personal experience, accutane or the pill is a better path at this point? thanks!
  11. What did u experience on Retin A 1% . At the end of first week and have 15 new pimples. Please help with some reassurance. thanks
  12. yo so the instructions say not to use tretinoin around eyes, nose, or mouth, but my acne is mostly on my chin/around my mouth ?? so what do I do?
  13. Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum on acne and am amazed about the support you all bring to each other. I have been struggling with acne for 6 years. Over the years I have tried prescription medication from my doctor like Duac once daily gel, zineryt, differin/adapalene, 20% vitamin C serum, every over the counter medication, face wash, cream you can think of but none have worked. I used to only get acne in my T zone, all over my back and chest but in the recent year/2years it has spread to all over my cheeks on my face aswell as still all over my back and chest, shoulders. I can feel lumps under my skin that I think is described as noduar acne although that could be wrong! Due to the fact I struggle acid reflux the doctors have been reluctant to give me oral antibiotics since they can make it worse/make me very ill. However, I have tried all of the topical forms of antibiotics. I now have another appointment with the doctor this coming Monday to discuss where to go from here. My acne has really started to bring me down to the point where I am feeling anxious about even going outside because people will see my skin. I have a few questions for anyone who would know... - how difficult is it to get a referral from your doctor to see a dermatologist? - how bad does acne need to be to ask for roaccutane? - do I need to have tried oral antibiotics before offered roaccutane given my situation? - is there anything else I can try? - how do i deal with doctors who don't care as it is not a 'life threatening condition'? I have looked into all the side effects of roacctuane and I am aware of them all. I just don't know what to do, I feel like nobody really understands or cares. I can attach pictures of my skin if necessary. Thank you,
  14. Question on Cystic Acne

    My skin is clear aside from the golf ball sized pimple I get on my forehead. At first it was only once a year, but now it's close to every week. I literally cannot get a break. I did start doxy, and after two weeks I had clear skin for two weeks. I was excited, but now I've had huge cysts back to back. They hurt so much and the current one has half my forehead swollen. I have the chlamydicin wipes, doxy, and a topical retinoid. I'm honestly so sad and don't know what to do. I never had acne in my life until now and I'm an adult
  15. Help Me!

    Hi Acne.Org Community, I live some advice from you guys. Here is my acne journey. Basic Info: Gender: Female Age: 23 Acne History: Occational pimple or two during college I started getting hundreds of tiny bumps on my forehead last January and they didn't go away with clindamycin phosphate gel or with calamine lotion and stayed on my face to 3 weeks, Someone asked me what happened to my face in the middle of an office meeting. I decided to pay a visit to the dermatologist. Derm 1: Since the acne was only on my forehead he said this was nothing serious, but I did indeed have closed comodones and that they would take a few weeks to go away. My cheeks were very clear at this point. He prescribed retin A (tretinoin) cream and erythromycin. I had a horrible breakout after week 3 and went back to him, he said that i how tretinon works and asked me to continue with the cream for another month. I continued and noticed no change. My face was getting worst, I went back to him. He put me on Doxy (100mg) for 20 days. At this point I decided to go to another derm. Derm 2: She diagnosed me with Acne Vulgaris Stage 2 with PIH. She asked me to continue the doxy dose and prescribed two topicals. Calomine lotion during the day nd clyndamycin during the night. I went back to her after 20 days and there was a slight improvement in my skin. For some reason my hair started to fall out like crazy, I'm slowly going bald She then put me on roxythromycin (150 mg day and night) for a 10 day dose along with two more topical: Differn (Adaphene Neno Gel) - Im supposed to apply this after coming home from work and wash it off after an hr Femcinol A Gel - Apply this overnight on acne After the anti-biotics my condition acne flared up again. I went back to her and she told me to continue using those topicals for 1.5 months. Those topicals started to work for 3 days but now my face is red and dry. I hurts to open my mouth and eat. I wont even go into the emotional scarring that this journey has been causing me. Is accutane the only option? My derm and I agree that we should try to avoid accutane as it causes hairfall even at a low dose of 10mg. Has anyone been through a journey like this? Did your hair grow back? Did your acne clear up? Does crying cause more acne??? Please help me P.S: Im very active and healthy and do not have PCOS.
  16. Hi, I really need some advice on what alternatives to roaccutane/accutane are avaliable for moderate to servere cystic acne?? Ive had acne for about 8 years now and ive been on just about every perscription drug out there (benzoyl peroxide, lymecycline, erythromycin, clindamycin, birth control) and after a year or longer each of them have just became ineffective and my acne has came back again in some cases worse. I realise that roaccutane/accutane would be an option for long term effectiveness but as i am prone to depression i cant take this, ive also been told theres nothing more my doctor can give me antibitotics wise, im just wondering if anyone has had a similar expierence to me or if anyone knows any other options i have medication wise? Thanks
  17. So up until a few weeks ago I was religiously using the regimen for about 3 years. At first it did wonders for my skin but a nasty break out after a course of steroids finally pushed me to try something else. Before this horrible breakout I was about 90% clear. The steroids made my face explode, and it showed no signs of letting up. Since then I've been dealing with lots of clogged pores and closed comedones. My entire face was covered in them and the AHA and BP were doing me no good anymore. So somewhere in this hellish nightmare I found out that Differin was available OTC. I bought some and it took me about a month to finally get the courage to use it. The first 4 weeks I was using BP alongside it but decided to quit cold turkey. My skin is definitely improving in regards to the comedones but I have a lot more clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads. I know the whiteheads are pretty normal for this stage but are the clogged pores and blackheads normal as well? I'm sure quiting BP cold turkey isn't helping either but my skin feels much healthier without it. Also sorry for the long post. I'm horrible about being brief.
  18. If I'm currently using Tretinoin every morning with my moisturizer could I start using AHA (Glycolic Acid 10%) along with it.
  19. Hello, This is my first post on Ive been on accutane 5mg perday for around 4 months and the next month, ive been off accutane as my medications got over. since 5 mg is a low dose, my skin cleared up pretty well but theres always that one acne which pops up every now and then. ive had only low risk sideeffects like dry skin,excessive sweating if i play ay sport that is and dry lips. since my doctor is in india, im in no way able to contact him, is it ok if i increase my dosage to 10 Mg per day?
  20. Hello. My primary reason for writing this is to obtain some feedback from people who have successfully ordered their Accutane, Claravis, or other brand isotretinoin from online Canadian pharmacies such as If you'd like, you can stop reading now and share your experience, but I do have some other information to share: In my experience, it seems an online pharmacy is the only plausible way for me to get Accutane at a reasonable cost. My family's current health insurance is worthless, which means the cost of one of the generic brand of Accutane is around $800/month. Switching insurance providers is out of the question since our insurance is from my dad's work. My brother was on Accutane a couple years ago, and my mom said on our old insurance policy she only had a copay of $13 for Claravis. Timing is everything... I have called nearly every pharmacy in my area, and I've discovered that with my insurance I won't be able to get it for less than $800/month. While I would really like clear skin, the idea of paying that much is ridiculous, especially when you consider the added costs of blood work and doctor visits. After some research, I discovered has the dosage I would need for only $280, which is still ridiculous, but affordable. I called canadadrugsonline, and they explained to me that they could easily ship Claravis to the US, as long as I was a part of the same iPLEDGE program that exists in the US, and that I faxed my prescription to them. I have only seen a single post where somebody mentioned that they successfully got their Accutane from an online pharmacy, but the experience the person had seemed easy enough. I was cleared for Claravis back in December, and only then did I discover that it is basically gold, in pill form. After numerous calls to my derm, she finally got back to me and said that she didn't trust getting it from an online pharmacy, let alone an international online pharmacy. After calling canadadrugsonline and hearing that it sounded pretty safe, I again tried calling my derm, but after many calls and voicemails, I discovered that she had swtiched practices to one not covered by my insurance. Go figure. At this point, It had been a month after I got my presecription, so the iPLEDGE program said I had to start over. I am now seeing a new derm who has just started me on amoxicillin, because after reviewing my records she discovered my old derm had never prescribed it to me. She said if it does not show any major improvements, she will start me on Claravis at my next visit, which is in 6 weeks. Since nothing else has worked thus far, and the idea of taking yet another antibiotic long-term (which have been proven to have harmful effects on both your immune and digestive systems) seems daunting, I am leaning towards the possibility that I'll have another prescription for Claravis in 6 weeks. So basically, I have 6 weeks to find a reasonable source from which to purchase Claravis. It would be a shame to come this far, after waiting 3 years to finally get cleared for Accutane, to not get it because it isn't affordable. Couple other questions, just out of curiosity: 1. Why is Canada able to offer Accutane for nearly 1/3 the cost of the same product in the US? 2. Why the hell does my insurance have to suck so bad? I apologize for the length of this post, but I feel like I've exhausted any other options. Any help, feedback, or advice is greatly appreciated.
  21. So I've been on 2 doses of accutane.. quite mild acne came back so I'm on a low dose of 20mg of accutane a day to keep skin clear (body weight being around 70kg.).. I honestly don't know wtf is going on..But random little scars are appearing on my skin and overall face just looks shit with hyperpigmentation,etc.. I'm thinking about using Retin-A 0.05% every night to even out redness,clear marks, etc while on the low dose accutane... good or bad idea? Thanks.
  22. 4 Months

    Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.
  23. I am currently a 19 year old male and have suffered from acne since 14 or so. Until about 18 my acne was not severe at all but relatively mild and didn't notice it much. At 18 my acne went way downhill as I began getting inflamed acne all over my cheeks and jawline. I was prescribed just about everything from minocycline, differen, Retin a, clindamycin, and bactrim. With little to no success, I completed a 6 month round of accutane which was pretty miserable. Being optimistic I figured my acne would be done. Low and behold both my acne and oil production returned around 3 months after. Now 6 months post accutane I am on bactrim, plexion (sulfur wash), and sulfacetamide topical and still receive breakouts. Obviously not as severe prior to tane, but enough to bother me. Looking for some encouraging comments as I hope to soon "grow out" of this. Truly do not understand how I could still have acne considering all my treatments and the lack of acne my parents have. As you all know acne is very diminishing to self image and only gets harder as you age. If you have any stories/experiences that would be awesome.
  24. Before I start: I used the search function of this forum but found mixed answers, so I ask this question again and hope the mods are fine with this Hello, I am a 19 year old young man. When I was 16 (just about to turn 17) my dermatologist prescribed me accutane (10mg daily). i took it for about 3 months and my acne cleared up. After that, I stopped taking accutane for a few months because I thought i was "healed". Not having taken the drug for several months, my acne started to come back worse than ever. Then I started to take accutane again for a few months until it cleared up and came back even worse... To sum it up, I took accutane on and off for about 2 years (Approximately 1 year of active accutane intake). I stopped taking accutane at the beginning of this year. During my accutane regimen, I didn't experience any side effects except dry skin/eyes/lips. However, after I stopped taking accutane, I experienced side effects like depression (combined with heavy mood swings), hair thinning on the sides, extreme back pain (especially in the shoulder blades) and bad vision. I know, you are supposed get blood tests done every month but my dermatologist didn't care a lot about this and told me (after having done one blood test in the beginning of the regimen) that I will be fine, because my blood levels were good and also because of the fairly low dose, I think. Sometimes, I drank alcohol while my accutane regimen but I felt like that hasn't had any impact at all. Today, I really regret having taken the drug for so long. Even though I don't know whether the post-regimen side effects come from accutane or not. The worst thing about all this stuff is, that I didn't know that accutane can cause pre-mature epiphysial closure. I talked with my dermatologist about this possible side effect and he told me that this side effect only occurred in patients that took extremely high doses of accutane, about 60-80 mg daily (can anyone even confirm this?), and that I shouldn't be worried at all. In fact, he told me that he has been actively prescribing accutane to even younger patients for more than 20 years now and nothing bad has happened. Maybe he is right... Well, I assume he is. I mean, this drug wouldn't be legal where I live (Germany) if it had such severe side effects like growth stunting right? I feel really desperate and hope that someone here reads this wall of text and can deliver a qualified answer... About my body: I am 5'8, my dad is 5'5 and my mom is 5'4. I know I reached a good height but still... I constantly ask myself whether I could have been a bit taller if I didn't start taking accutane or not... Thanks in advance for your answers
  25. Hi everyone, this is my second month on differin and I'm having a couple of cystic acne which doesn't come to a head, multiple pus-filled acne (which fortunately comes to a head) and lots of dark acne scars (a few which are still red and many others which are dark and grey). I get that there are initial breakouts with differin, but am I supposed to get cystic acne from this? Some of my cystic acne doesn't go away completely and stay as a bump on my face. Worse of all, there are the multiple dark grey scars which occur after every breakout! Right now I'm even afraid to meet my friends due to these scars. My dermatologist initially prescribed Differin for some small scars initially, but the application then eventually led to numerous whiteheads all over my chin and cheeks. When I consulted my dermatologist, she said that I have to continue applying it until all the whiteheads are cleared through breakouts. I was stunned to say the least, because my face used to be completely free of any acne except for a few occasional pimples before the topical application of Differin. To have numerous whiteheads and now all those cystic acne coupled with dark grey pigmentation is just baffling to me... and all these just happened within a few months of usage. If I would have known that differin causes breakouts, I wouldn't have used this for my scars at all. But the question is, should I continue applying Differin? I've been applying close to 2 months and 2 weeks now... and they say that I should give it 3 months for it to work. But right now, what I get are pretty much just adverse effects, and the initial acne scars (which was the initial purpose of applying Differin) have not really faded....