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  1. Hi Nicholas,

    Yes I am willing to come forward and take action. I understand what you're saying and what you claim. 

    I am 28 and this drug has really damaged my skins ability to heal plus more. Anxiety and depression I have also suffered since taking the drug. I would want this drug to be taken more seriously and for them to tell you it was designed as a CHEMOTHERAPY drug. Something they don't tell you. 

    Side effects are also not all temporary but some can remain permanent. Essentially I wish I never did the drug. It shouldn't have been prescribed to me even if I did 'want to' at the time. 

    The only peace of mind is that i did a low dose for 4.5 months. But even that was enough to do its damage. Compensation and the ban of this drug would be the ultimate goal for me. Or if not complete ban, then only for people with absolutely extreme acne should even be considered for this. 

     


  2. i don't think yours are that bad tbh with you Nicholas and believe me I don't lie to anyone I am not here to make people feel good. I just like helping people who need it.

    I think derma rolling would help you to smooth out the cheeks most certainly, your forehead looks *perfect in my eyes as does other areas of the skin and generally the colour is even so it looks uniform.

    So I don't think you need to worry too much on that note. It could be a hell of a lot worse! believe me. Just looks like the cheeks got a bit scarred here and there and the redness needs to die down, agree?

    So yeah i don't think your family are lying to you, but I DO know how you feel. I also think people don't analyse it in the same way you or I would on our own in the mirror at really close proximity.

    Did you have any scarring before the drug? I am interested to know wether the drug caused them for you or if they were there before.

    My scars are not deep luckily, but there are lots of them, red marks and small rolling scars on my left cheek mainly. Two obvious indents on my forehead which are pink/brown as well and about 5 or 6 semi-permanent red marks that are not seemingly fading.

    Every new spot I get leaves textural changes even when I don't touch it at all, where as before accutane this never ever happened. only if i picked them really hard. Honestly redness would be gone in 24 hours before accutane, and spots wouldn't leave a lingering mark or indents.

    This is what i was totally unaware of, the skin changes not just side effects, i.e permanent thin skin, weakness and prone to marks and scars. I even broke out with folliculitus after I stopped the drug. Just wish wish wish i hadn't done it.. but you can only go forwards.

    I truly wish I had my old skin back and just found the key to the acne and blitz my body with an anti cancer drug... i feel crazy that i did it!

    I hope in time the skin will become as good as it can be again, but i think for now its about concentrating on good diet and putting weight back on, adding weight can also pad out the scars.

    But from all my past and recent research the best method (after a long time off tane) is to derma roll. I am trying to find examples of people who have had success with derma rolling after a course of accutane at any point in their lives because clearly we wouldnt want to damage it further. The whole point of derma rolling is to induce a damaging effect to ramp up the bodies natural healing capacity through collagen regeneration.

    so yeah :/


  3. Hi, yeah taking anti biotics before accutane to reduce the IB is a smart approach. However....

    They will utlimately ruin your intestinal flora and system, and accutane will make your skin more sensitive and likely to scar. Personally i'd advise getting hormone levels checked out and avoid accutane like the plague. unless you want rubbish skin forever..

    of course there are those lucky people whereby it works miracles and tbh accutane is for CYSTIC acne not any other form (though it does work for all types)

    so whilst you may be able to deal with the side effects or not be afraid of them, would you perhaps be afraid of losing hair? skin that doesnt naturally heal very quickly or well? what if the acne returns after accutane? what if you cant finish the course because of headaches?

    these are the side effects i had, and am now living with probably forever.. accutane permanently changes you. *Thin skin, i EVEN broke out with follicultis which took over my scalp and legs. I am still trying to rid it.

    But as I said, it is your choice and for some it works amazingly well and the skin stays soft and smooth for years and years after...


  4. hi nicholas. I too feel it was the biggest regret of my life.

    luckily i only did 20mg for 4.5 months. But it was still enough to cause damage shall we say. I never used to scar or be left with hyperpigmentation but now I have!

    I plan to wait 1 year until after the day I stopped the accutane and begin derma rolling or stamping.

    Not sure I'd recommend Bio oil. It can block the pores. Maybe try a vitamin C serum?

    I'm guessing you were like me, skin didn't have a tendency to scar and now it has left you with scars?


  5. ah ok thanks, so what kind of acne do you get? or did you have?

    during the 3 years you saw no improvement ! that is not the news i wanted to hear.

    I wonder if you'll see improvement now on the second course? what dose are you on? have you asked your derm about the red marks? did you try anything to cure the red marks/ scars?

    why cant you use AHA or lasers? would you try those after treatments? I know you're meant to wait 6 months post treatment before seeking any skin resurfacing procedures. But over the counter aha should be ok?


  6. Hey everyone!! It's been a whole three years since I've been on accutane and I just wanted to put up a positive post on here rather than one of those scary "post accutane" scare posts. They've even got me doubting my health so I'm just not going to dive further into that hole.

    I had extremely severe acne all over my face, absolutely covered! I don't have any photos. Can't remember my old user name either....Anyway, I took accutane from October 2011 (I think?) to May 2012 I was in highschool, stopped attending class for about 4 months. I was on a very low dose the whole time. I think my peak dose was 30 or 40mg? I don't exactly recall the details to be honest.

    At the moment my face is looking good, I had moderate acne the winter of 2012/2013 but that was due to stress. Not a big deal. I usually get a couple zits around my time of the month, few zits here and there on my back and also my butt!

    In the time since I've been free of my severe acne I've gone travelling for an entire year across 3 continents, lived in a car for several months, did months of farm work in Australia and Canada, lived in the wilderness for a couple months in Canada. I've fallen in love, moved out of my parents basement, moved back into it, I've gone back to post secondary now, I've been partying, been depressed, stressed, happy, gone through drug binges/abuse, music festivals, throughout all different climates, dry, humid, hot, cold and wet, my skins been good! I don't really even think about it anymore. I haven't been the cleanest nor healthiest person out there. I will say though, that when I have expandable money I definitely eat good, organic, non gmo, non processed foods. I tend to get tired when i eat dairy so I stay away from that. WHo needs dairy anyways?

    Here's an update on my health and thoughts post accutane

    -My skin feels normal, not dry not oily

    -I don't even wash my face every day and it doesn't make a huge difference. If I do I only use dove soap. Never touching face wash again! That stuff totally kills all the good bacteria off your face.

    - I usually have a good level of energy, it's the winter time right now in Vancouver and I've been low energy. (Also school full time and work part time is zapping me of any energy I have)

    - This last summer I felt amazing, I was in the best shape of my life, running 10km a day, picking cherries from 5am to 11am, living in a tent by a river. Brain felt good, clear. I felt completely grounded as a person, limber, no muscle /joint pain. Picked up the guitar again.

    - I got severely ill when I travelled in SE Asia and since then I've had sinus problems. I actually have a sinus infection right now. I'm not going to blame accutane on that though.

    - I do get brain fog problems but they seem to only have come up since that sickness in Thailand. And go away when I don't drink much alcohol and stay healthy (ie this last summer)

    - Right now I have pretty bad brain fog, concentration issues due to sinusitis.

    - In the 11th grade (before accutane) I sprained my ankle and didn't let it heal properly. I've had ankle problems up till a year ago. Seems my joints have improved? Completely dislocated my knee in 10th grade, it's doing great still.

    -I've grown tremendously as a person since then. It's a given seeing as time has passed and everyone grows in some ways. But I've grown positively.

    - my only regret was taking antibiotics for acne. I feel like if I hadn't gone on a course of them I wouldn't have gotten severe acne post antibiotics. DAMN THEM!!!

    A lot of the posts about post accutane and the severe problems it causes like memory problems, hair thinning, anxiety, depression, IBS are all symptoms of a PLETHORA of different issues. Ranging from chronic depression to candida infection to In my opinion sitting in front of a computer and constantly bombarding your mind with this is only perpetuating the symptoms. In no way am I trying to come down on anyone with these issues.

    Just my advice, look within yourself and listen to your gut instincts. Anxiety itself will cause hairloss and depression along with memory problems and lethargy. If you're stuck in a rut change something big about your life. Get involved in something, stop using the computer. And don't underestimate the power of your own mind ! Much Love everyone! <3

    good post.

    So.. how is the healing ability of your skin? i.e do you find it scars easily or leaves red/hyperpigmentation marks behind that don't fade?

    I am 2 months or so post accutane, I did 20mg daily for 4.5 months.. at the beginning things went great, hardly and new spots and gunk being brought to the surface clearing the pores out. I think due to the moisturiers and spf i was using at that time, slowly congested the skin (under the skin type bumps, filled with a harder sebum plug, you know?) after 4.5 months on the accutane, i kept getting persistent headaches that wouldn't go away.

    I took this as a sign to stop. However for weeks after this point all of those under the skin trapped pores became inflamed.. causing painful cysts or huge white heads that eventually burst. Needless to say, i have now been left with hyperpigmentation, textural changes to the skin, and still occasionally breaking out, however the redness doesn't seem to improve.

    I question my sanity about taking the drug in the first place and wish i'd looked to natural alternatives or aha etc.

    in your experience did anything happen to you like this, or if you were left with scars/marks/redness etc, did it clear up? if so, how long did it take?


  7. hi v dub, i think you will need to be referred again, but then i am not 100% sure. I called up and thats what they told me, if it was for a new issue.

    so yeah since its the same issue i don't see why they wouldn't. I might try and call mine again.

    Can I ask... when you stopped accutane did you have any scars because of it or hyperpigmentation? if so, did it improve? disappear? Ive been left with hyper pigmentation from cysts that errupted when I came off the course...

    i was on the course for 4.5 months at 20mg a day with a view to do 7-8 months. Headaches put an end to treatment early..


  8. Its a shame you feel uncomfortable mate because your skin is in my honest opinion flawless.

    reason i asked about accutane is because i did a low does for 4.5 months 20mg daily for light/mild acne on my face and back, but persistent... not a day would pass without a new spot. I am 27 years old. and just wanted to sort it out and cracked under the pressure.

    I have since learned it wasn't the best decision in the world. When i stopped the treatment my clogged pores all turned into cystic acne and so now i have a lot of scarring and red marks from this mess... this was never the case before, my skin healed pretty rapidly. I WISH I never took it and just changed my diet and really tried that path more thoroughly. What dose did you take?

    I hope you get to the place you want in your head with your skin but i truly think it comes from accepting yourself. There are honestly so many other things it could be or skin condition you could have etc but you look healthy and the skin is smooth. go and live your life and don't worry about the tiny tiny indents.

    You say some red marks last forever, do you mean literally forever or just a figure of speech? I am wondering at what point I may seek professional help with the marks/scarring. I cant advice derma rolling, you need to be careful as that can damage the skin! perhaps go to a specialist. look into derma stamping/pen instead. you don't want to compromise good skin.

    peace

    ps i'll reply quicker next time


  9. ok fair enough. but the whole point of this forum is to help, something obvious to one may not be to another. Plus the shear amount of info on google is crazy, but of course getting a starting point here to then go and do your own research is important.

    can i ask you then what is the best method if there is one, for removing red marks?

    Personally I have had red marks in the past, and the only way I would fade it is by simply waiting it out. Takes a few months yes.

    I've talked to many dermatologists in the past and they've told me the best treatment would be pulsed dye laser. Now, rosacea patients are given that treatment and it does, in fact, work. Will it work on red marks? Absolutely. However these things tend to cost a lot, like a serious amount of dough ($900+) if done by a professional.

    Are your red marks a really deep red color?

    Yeah I've had many a red mark in my time. However they would normally heal and blend with my skin tone really quick say 2-3 weeks max unless it was something i picked at like hard.

    yeah the marks are deep red, well dark at least not bright red. how come?

    if its 2-3 weeks I wouldn't even treat it bro, you could easily go 2-3 weeks im sure its not even that big of a deal for you.

    no no - you miss understood what I said, sorry i will clarify. Before accutane (pre-accutane) if my skin broke out and i picked at it, the PIH would last for about 2-3 weeks before looking totally normal. Now Post-accutane the marks are not clearing up. its been months.

    that should be a sign for you to stop picking at it dude Seriously the only time i'd pick at a pimple is when it has a head, and id just grab a needle and poke it, then drain the pus by putting a piece of cloth on it to absorb, no pressure what so ever. Don't use your fingers, etc. What kind of pimples are we talking about here? Do you have cystic acne?

    yeah its something i've struggled with for sure. I have 0 acne now, or should i say 99% no acne. I would get clogged pores which could become inflamed and i as i said would squeeze the content out, leaving a mark behind, so my skin would never be fully clear.

    I took accutane on a low does 20mg for 4.5 months before i got headaches and had to stop. now all the spots/zits i had have all come to a head and gone and so i am left with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation pretty much on my forehead and left cheek only. neck and right cheek is ok. Oh and I never used to scar (indent) easily unless picking at a big spot. But now across my forehead i would say i have 10 or so small indentations (some are like pin prick in size) two are more chicken pock in size.

    I have also now seemingly developed folliculitus which is causing red itchy bumps across my head.

    I do wish so much that I never took the drug.. but i am where i am.

    I hope in time the marks will fade and that trapped pores/spots dont crop up much. One thing that scares me or worries me a lot is wondering if these marks will always take months and months to heal now. Will the skin ever be healthy again?! I am tempted to use aqua glycolic acid face wash and see how i go, but i also dont want to create any irritation and cause new spots or trapped pores...


  10. ok fair enough. but the whole point of this forum is to help, something obvious to one may not be to another. Plus the shear amount of info on google is crazy, but of course getting a starting point here to then go and do your own research is important.

    can i ask you then what is the best method if there is one, for removing red marks?

    Personally I have had red marks in the past, and the only way I would fade it is by simply waiting it out. Takes a few months yes.

    I've talked to many dermatologists in the past and they've told me the best treatment would be pulsed dye laser. Now, rosacea patients are given that treatment and it does, in fact, work. Will it work on red marks? Absolutely. However these things tend to cost a lot, like a serious amount of dough ($900+) if done by a professional.

    Are your red marks a really deep red color?

    Yeah I've had many a red mark in my time. However they would normally heal and blend with my skin tone really quick say 2-3 weeks max unless it was something i picked at like hard.

    yeah the marks are deep red, well dark at least not bright red. how come?

    if its 2-3 weeks I wouldn't even treat it bro, you could easily go 2-3 weeks im sure its not even that big of a deal for you.

    no no - you miss understood what I said, sorry i will clarify. Before accutane (pre-accutane) if my skin broke out and i picked at it, the PIH would last for about 2-3 weeks before looking totally normal. Now Post-accutane the marks are not clearing up. its been months.


  11. ok fair enough. but the whole point of this forum is to help, something obvious to one may not be to another. Plus the shear amount of info on google is crazy, but of course getting a starting point here to then go and do your own research is important.

    can i ask you then what is the best method if there is one, for removing red marks?

    Personally I have had red marks in the past, and the only way I would fade it is by simply waiting it out. Takes a few months yes.

    I've talked to many dermatologists in the past and they've told me the best treatment would be pulsed dye laser. Now, rosacea patients are given that treatment and it does, in fact, work. Will it work on red marks? Absolutely. However these things tend to cost a lot, like a serious amount of dough ($900+) if done by a professional.

    Are your red marks a really deep red color?

    Yeah I've had many a red mark in my time. However they would normally heal and blend with my skin tone really quick say 2-3 weeks max unless it was something i picked at like hard.

    yeah the marks are deep red, well dark at least not bright red. how come?


  12. Lumenis Ultrapulse carbon dioxide laser - just done some research on laser re-surfacing because after a year or two post accutane (so 2016) i may consider it.

    This laser looks great from the results i have witnessed on youtube - just look at how it saved an acid burns victim what are peoples thoughts. has anyone had experience with this type of laser?


  13. hey bud

    did you also break out late crazy coming off them? i did. No i didnt take anti's with accutane. i'd never touch anti's again or accutane.

    Be careful with accutane if you do decide to do it. If your acne is scarring, get on it soon and do not play with it i.e pop or squeeze anything.

    accutane can actually cause scarring as well as heal it, for me it caused more scars than i had before but hopefully now the last of the acne has come to a head and been rid from my body and face i can recover.

    oddly i think ive develop folliculitus on my scalp. i broke out in ichy red/pus filled bumps. i heard this can be a side effect after accutane. So i've been using head and shoulder and bite cream, i will assess the area on monday and if it has no improvement i shall go to the doctor and ask about it.

    i may need anti biotics for this, or a medicated shampoo etc


  14. aha - alpha hydroxy acid.

    I did 20mg (considered a low dose) - it dried me up like crazy, the oil has returned already for the most part but overall a lot dryer than i was prior to taking it. Hair became brittle and fell out in places.

    I lost strength at the gym and any small graze or infliction becomes a huge problem taking days to heal.

    Deffo a huge regret of my life. but you cannot undo whats been done - just have to hope recovery returns to normal - perhaps it takes years. Any strong medication you take for a considerable period of time will inflict negative side effects. and they can take a long time to stabilise after such an event.

    it took my stomach years after 6 months of anti biotics to recover


  15. pretty sure it does :/ - superficial scars not deep pitted scars, minor boxcar and red marks/ brown marks. What can be done and when after accutane?

    nah it doesnt. im using it for like 3 years already? btw think abt it...3 YRS!!!! and theres barely ny diff at all, my face is still crappy (even after all this time and all effort ive ever done for it) and even worse? got this free tan out of nowhere too...:s

    it just refreshes your skin a bit and helps with flakes if you have but thats like it! n then your skin gets used to it or some shit like tht in its useless at all!!

    what to do? they need to come up with smtn absolutely new?? like on genetical or cell level? hello?? i remeber you from yrs ago btw, well CLEARLYY nothing works? :/

    Tothemoonandback - would azeliac acid be ok 15%- 20%?

    itsamemario - have you not thought about doing something more invasive? i think after 6 months of using aha etc if nothing is really helping then its time to look for something else. or accept that its the way it is and leave it be?

    oh do you? what was your original name on here because your profile says you joined 2014. My acne cleared up on and off since i was 22 years old. I took accutane to give it the boot but got headaches so had to come off it.

    For the most part its purged all my skin and cleared out the pores. However because i squeezed at it here and there and had a break out of painful zits right at the end of my treatment, it has left superficial scars and hyperpigmentation. Particularly across my forehead. prior to accutane, my skin would heal incredibly quick and a lingering red mark would be gone within a couple of weeks. Now its taken months for the slightest change.

    I hope it continues to improve naturally, and it would be nice to be rid of the last inflammed trapped pore on my forehead which is huge and red right now, surrounded by minor pitted scarring from the other black heads that inflammed and came to a head.

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