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TamLin

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  1. Acne is temporary for the lucky. Most folks here are not part of that privileged group.
  2. Six weeks is not enough time to really judge its effectiveness, most doctors and pharmacists will tell you that results will begin to be apparent after 2-3 months.
  3. Most likely whatever they envision when you say it up front isn't as bad as the reality, so that helps.
  4. A few years ago when I was still doing the computer dating thing, I got tired of Craigslist ads that were just itemized checklists from women who seemed to think they could order the perfect, tailored man over the internet. So I drafted a reply (which was perhaps a bit too angry in its tone...) stating quite straight-forwardly that I was NOT their ideal, perfect, made to order man. I made a specific point of noting: "Yes ladies, I have bad skin, and while I'm not terribly happy about it myself
  5. I notice a frequent complaint is that the doctor stays with you for "Less than 10 minutes." While I too am sometimes annoyed at this, it might be worth giving a dermatologist a little slack because they DO have other patients to see, many of whom are probably on a tight schedule and can't afford to be left hanging around the waiting room. I know some dermatologists really are just rude and discompassionate, but sometimes others are just plain busy. They're doctors, after all, so don't always ta
  6. I feel particularly guilty lately because all of my coworkers are breaking out like mad and I'm taking secret pleasure in it, which is rather cruel. In the past it was always the opposite; my skin looked awful and everyone I worked with was gorgeous, but lately my skin has improved a bit and everyone else's has gone to hell. I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying it a little.
  7. Well, in nine cases out of ten the person you're meeting has something that they feel horribly self-conscious about as well and are just frenzied with worry. You may run into someone who judges you poorly for having bad skin, but ya know, that's true wherever you go.
  8. Sorry, wish I could help but I've never tried the "OCM", I don't put much stock in that sort of holistic kitchen cabinet-style medicine. It could be that you're breaking out because of the oils, or it could be that this is just the inevitable next step of the breakout that pushed you to try OCM in the first place.
  9. Hm, conventional wisdom says that tea is one of those things that aggravates acne. Although personally I've never believed acne is much tied to your diet at all.
  10. Well dark_eyes, if what you have is really cystic acne then it's no wonder Retin-A didn't help, that sort of thing is most effective against surface zits. Your doc is right, antibiotics are the most effective way to deal with that sort of serious acne problem. Doxy is a fairly mild, commonly used drug, and lots of people have been prescribed it. In most cases, it really works, and the side effects are generally not that bad (although this of course varies from person to person). It's true that a
  11. Uh, maybe it's just the picture but your eyes look fine to me. If you're really having a problem with it and it's really because of the meds, the answer is to stop taking them; in almost all cases side effects will clear up when the medicine is discontinued, although in some troublesome instances it can take a surprisingly long time (as much as a year) to go away.
  12. Hm, so is anyone else like me debating whether it's really easy for people to "Look past" acne or whether that's only easy for people with skin problems? \
  13. I'm in San Francisco and I give my doc a 10, easily. I never understand people on this board who say they hate their dermatologist; why on earth would you keep being treated by someone you can't stand and probably have little faith in? I guess if you live in a small town and there might only be one practicing derm nearby, then you might be stuck, but I would imagine most of us have at least a few options.
  14. You'll be fine, occasional mishaps are expected. Missed or extra doses are generally just a "blip", antibiotic therapy is primarily about longterm drug levels over a period of time (hence why it takes a while to work). Theoretically, if you're so absent-minded that you exceed the dosage with regularity, it might cause some kind of problem, but I doubt it'll come up.
  15. How does having acne affect the way you see look at other people's complexions? Personally, I have a couple of different mindsets, and I'm not really proud of any of them. When I see another person with acne, I of course feel bad and empathize with them, but secretly I'm also relieved, since it bolsters my confidence to see I'm not alone. I realize that I shouldn't be happy that someone else has a problem, but I can't help it. Even worse is when I see someone whose skin looks terrible compared
  16. Alright, let's just put the brakes on everything here. First of all, regardless of what certain people tell you, Accutane is a good, effective treatment for acne. Will it definitely 100% guaranteed cure your acne for life? No, there are no guarantees. But almost everyone responds positively to the drug to one degree or another. If it weren't effective, people wouldn't still be prescribing and taking it. You've already been educated about the side effects. They're certainly worrisome, to say t
  17. Well if they're really cysts then benz or any other topical treatment aren't going to help. Various home remedies, most commonly hot compresses, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, toothpaste, and crushed aspirin have been recommended to help dispel troublesome cysts. None have ever worked for me personally, but others swear by them. Barring that, the other options are to consult a doctor or just tough it out until they eventually come to a head and/or fade away on their own (rest assured, there'
  18. Well, if this is helpful to other people, then wonderful. But personally I don't really care to hear this much about the life of a stranger, and I find the sentimentality to be cloying and saccharine and her "advice" seems like vague platitudes of the sort you get off of motivational posters. Not the greatest speaker in the world either. But that's me.
  19. Well, generally any acne product dries my skin; BP is the cheapest, most effective way. I use Retin-A and it dries me out if I don't moisturize afterward. You shouldn't despair too much about the scars (but I totally understand why you might); there's treatment for those down the line, and even left on their own they'll eventually fade. Personally, I don't mind the scars much, because at least with scars there are no surprises. With acne I never know from one day to the next what my face will l
  20. Having been through many, many different levels of acne (from completely clear to stricken with Exodus-style boils), I can honestly say I felt bad about almost all of them (except being clear, of course, although even that brought it's own special brand of ironic anxiety). lt's as true with acne as with anything else in life, once you get what you want you start wanting something even better, and the worst case of acne in the world is always the one you have right now.
  21. While it's always important to keep a broad perspective and remember that most of us are very lucky in many ways, I'm also reminded of what Thomas Aquinas said about how knowing about greater suffering doesn't do anything to diminish your own.
  22. Your doctor may have had a specific reason for the dosage and the best thing to do would be ask him/her. When I switched from Doxycycline to Monocycline, I was initially on half the dose, but this turned out to be a pharmacist error.
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