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  1. Hi, Thanks for the replies It's great to hear from someone else on their fourth encounter with isotretionoin. Like you Rob, I'm on a low dose, long term maintenance course now. I'll definately read your other posts! I'm currently at 20mg a day to build up the drug in my system but with a bit of tweaking/trialling over the next couple of months I will be reducing the dose down dramatically to just a trickle. I did this in 2012 and the results were great, no side effects and I was so pleased
  2. Hello fellow acne sufferers, so it's been a while since I was last on the forums but here I am again!! Brief history: Female, live in UK, now age 36 Over the decades (yes, you read that correctly...DECADES!!) I have tried antibiotics of all sorts, hormone/birth control, skin care, beauty therapy, natural therapies, diets, lifestyle. The ONLY thing that works for me is Isotretinoin (also known as Accutance or Roaccutane) I've now had three Isotretinoin courses - each time it has made a
  3. I felt a lot more positive by yesterday evening and went out for a few drinks with a friend, ended up having a really good time I've been out into town for a couple of hours this afternoon too. Thanks for the comments on this topic, sometimes it's nice to know I'm not alone. I think at some point or another we all want to hide but despite our fears we do all go out and face the world.
  4. I agree with what other posters have said that acne does not stop you doing stuff (if it stopped me doing stuff I would have wasted 20 years of my life and would have missed out on so much!) but there are things that I look forward to doing when I am finally clear. Go out without makeup on Go swimming Go camping Go to a health spa for a day
  5. There are a few anti-redness moisturiers on the market but I can't recommend and as I've never used any. I can recommend mineral powder foundation for toning down redness though I use the Inika range, it's undectable on the skin and is great for creating an even skin tone
  6. I like Manuka honey for treating the red marks/sore areas when a spot is no longer active - it's great for healing Have you had good results with the Ambi mark minimizer? I am looking for something to fade my marks
  7. I'm also a fan of pale skin and dark eyebrows If you think your skin has redness have you tried toning the redness down a little?
  8. When I was on accutane I discovered Inika mineral foundation (powder) I have used it for 3 years now and wouldn't use anything else
  9. My favourite cleansers which get my make up off are Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and Elemis sensitive facewash. To remove eye makeup I use Liz Earle Eyebright. Hope you find something you like soon
  10. For lumps and bumps like that I find that gentle exfoliation (3 times a week) helps a lot. There are all sorts of exfoliators available, some have granules and some are just a smooth paste - I would recommend that if you have sensitive skin to give something like Philosophy's "Great Mystery" a try as it has no granules at all. For oil control I can recommend the Vichy Normaderm range.
  11. Cleanser: Elemis sensitive face wash Moisturiser: Vichy Normaderm Spot treatment: Clinique anti-blemish spot treatment gel
  12. Hi, I'm 35 and have done 3 courses of Isotretinoin (accutane) My first piece of advice is do not read the horror stories, there are lots of people wh have had very positive experiences with accutane and I am one of them. For me, accutane was a life saver, it turned my life around! Yes, most people do find that it gets worse before it gets better, but really, in the big scheme of things it isn't that bad or that long to cope. As the weeks go on you will find you devise coping strategies and you
  13. I'm not sure where you are based but I am in the UK and get my manuka honey from either my local health food shop or from Sainsburys. Manuka honey comes in different strengths (UMF = unique manuka factor) the higher the UMF/strength the more active it is...in my cupboard I have UMF 15+ and right now I am sitting typing wearing UMF 20+ on my face. There are several brands out there but if it is from New Zealand and it is certified, it should be good stuff A jar will last you absolutely age
  14. I have used Lush body and hair products in the past but never used them on my face. For a cleanser my recommendation would either be Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or Elemis sensitive face wash.