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  1. Hi Podo, I'm sorry to hear you've not had great experiences with derms. My experiences have been positive, it's just that I've not had the results I'd hoped for. I've always found the consultants to be great; the GPs generally less helpful. I wish you luck with your treatment, it would be great to hear how you get on. Hi stillacne, I wish you luck with your Roaccutane course, although it didn't completely cure me I do still think it is a brilliant medication - it DID clear my back,
  2. Well an interesting reply from Aussie Scientist - you say doctors know nothing about fungal acne? The derm I saw last week has prescribed Nizoral shampoo to be used on my hair and face twice a week as part of his treatment plan. I'd like to point out that my acne is not getting worse and worse; it's improved with each round of Accutane but I'm not clear, so with respect, I'll be following the advice of my qualified, experienced dermatologist who has access to my full medical history and has
  3. It's 10 years since I joined acne.org. My history is well documented on these boards but here I am again, just hours away from a private, eye wateringly expensive, dermatologist appointment that I am pinning all my hopes on. I'm female, age 42, weight 57kg, in England. I've battled acne for OVER 30 years. Amongst all the other "remedies" and "cures" from antibiotics, birth control, topicals and all sorts of other wierd and wonderful things I've tried, I've also had 4 rounds of accutane
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Cleanser: Elemis sensitive face wash Moisturiser: Vichy Normaderm Spot treatment: Clinique anti-blemish spot treatment gel