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Peck last won the day on June 30 2012

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  1. Only able to refer to my own experience here - but I found that in the 6/7 months following my course my skin was still prone to the occasional flare-up (albeit not of the level as before). After that it settled down more permanently. Now I'm 2 yrs post-treatment and my skin is fantastic, for the last yr it's been wonderful. I'm not a girl (so far as I'm aware) so I'm unable to comment on the particularities of hormonal changes, but I wouldn't resign yourself to total relapse just yet as ther
  2. My honest opinion is that red marks should not be your focus. You need to address the route of issue, not just try methods of papering over the cracks, i.e. you need to address your acne. I am not the person to tell you how exactly you should go about doing this for that would be both irresponsible and ill-advised. But I think it goes without saying that having acne for so long and not seeing a huge amount of progress you should consider a change in approach (I'm not one to espouse weird homeopa
  3. Roaccutane + 2 yrs My skin is fantastic, going on this drug still remains one of the best decisions I've ever made. The future is bright!
  4. Well what I think is somewhat irrelevant, you should do what your dermatologist says. Although of course there is no harm in floating the idea of a short extension past him But to have a few small spots at the end of your treatment is normal, your skin will look best in the months following the completion of your course. I would try not to fret too much about things which are largely out of your control, you took the step to go on accutane, trust it to work for you.
  5. Well if your acne has cleared up completely and your dermatologist is satisfied with your outcome I can't see why you should have to do any more. It seems like a pretty standard course that you've been put on which generally has a high and sustained success rate. Certainly very similar to my own at least Accumulative dosing only works up to a point, after that you're just taking medication for the sake of it. From my own experience my skin has just gotten better and better since I came off ac
  6. Yeah red marks during accutane suck, most people see a noticeable lack of healing during their course as this is just the nature of how the drug works. My advice? By far the best product in the healing of red marks is your own patience. You can waste shedloads of money and hope on creams designed to increase skin turnover or reduce the appearance of red marks, but the reality is these will make at best only very small improvements. You're much better off relishing in your no longer acne-prone
  7. Carmex is amazing. Allowed me to continue playing trumpet through my accutane treatment which is pretty remarkable considering how chapped my lips were. Strongly recommend!
  8. Very strongly advise you not to stop your tablets early, particularly if it's because of red marks (if it'd been for serious joint pain/persistent nose bleeds etc that would be more understandable). Surely another 4 weeks of blotchy skin is bearable? Stating the obvious I know, but your chance of long-term remission will be much lower by stopping now - then you might have to go on accutane again, and nobody wants to do that if they can avoid it. As for red marks, if you have quite prominent on
  9. If you've had acne for 23 years I imagine you want nothing more than to get rid of it. You have a shot with Roaccutane, I would urge you to give it a go. Taking Roaccutane is a bit of a blind decision insofar as the effects can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Having second thoughts is understandable, everybody does. But it is your best shot. And if you find reasons not to take it now, how can you be sure that the same won't happen again in the future? A bit of courage goes a long way Bes
  10. Baring in mind that it says you're from London, I'm guessing you'll be going through the NHS. The standard NHS procedure seems to be about 6 weeks of half dose, and then 12-14 weeks of full dose - these ppl know what they're doing they've handled thousands of accutane patients so you're in good hands Run your worries by them by all means, there is no worry that you have that someone before has not already raised with them so be open. Personally, I highly recommend accutane, it worked great for
  11. You must be being intentionally provocative for provocations sake, there's just simply no way someone could be so incredibly dim-witted. Although it does say you're from Houston. I've only met 2 other people from Houston, and they were both narrow-minded right-wing nutjobs as well so maybe I'll put it down to your background. Oh wait, provocation for provocation's sake, see how it works?
  12. Can I just counter the 'never listen to your dermatologist' comment left by WishClean. I see people on this site constantly espousing the "I know my body better than anyone!" comment. Well, actually, the likelihood is that you don't. The human body is like a machine. Those who have studied and practiced on it for years and years are unsurprisingly more knowledged in it than others. You wouldn't attempt to fix your car if it broke down, you would take it to a mechanic. This is exactly the same. I
  13. Really the only 'guaranteed' side-effect to roaccutane is dryness - i.e. lips, face, and other exposed areas of skin like your hands and arms. How bad it gets is largely dependent on a mixture of luck and your dosage. Aside from dryness there are other fairly common side-effects such as mild muscle aches and dry eyes and nostrils (sometimes causing the occasional nose bleed if you're unlucky). The only other accepted 'common' (i.e more than 1% of patients) side-effect is the initial breakout, al
  14. Abstaining totally from picking is impossible, and anyone who claims otherwise is either delusional or lacks the necessary limbs to do so. However, from experience, it is good to exercise a degree of self-control. Most people will know instinctively when a spot is 'ready' to be popped. A hole in your argument though: 'and the scars will go eventually when I grow out of puberty anyway..' Err no, no they won't. Red marks yes. Actual scars, no. Trust me when I say this, otherwise one day you mig
  15. I'm afraid that's the curse of this website. Whilst it provides a very good tool for exchanging ideas and methodologies of treatment, it does an appalling job of allying peoples fears over medicated options. There is a hugely disproportionate amount of scare stories. Why? Because only people with acne visit this site. People who have used treatments and been cleared never come back - if they did I think you and many other thousands of people would be all the more realistic about the likelihood o