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  1. Back in high school I had a few girls interested when I had a pizza face. Shame I was too self concious to do anything about it.
  2. This is normal. Isotretinoin continues to work for up to 8 weeks after finishing the course, so technically you have not even completed the treatment yet. The redness wil die down, but it is likely you have hyperpigmentation or mild rosacea (doesn't look like it though). You could go for a course of pulsed dye laser treatments which is designed for facial redness. If you look at google images some of the results are quite astonishing.
  3. Thanks Jen, you really are a sweet one! Well it has been 9 days since I came off isotretinoin and my skin is the best it has looked in years. I haven't had any new acne for 3 or 4 months and as a result my skin has had respite from the contant acne to red mark cycle. I still have redness and some shallow scarring, but I'm going to address that in a few months time. Side effects - my hot flushes have dimished greatly and morning nosebleeds aren't as bad. I still have all the other side effect
  4. In the past year alone I have spent £500 on a scar revision which still looks awful, and £300 on a course of accutane. If I hadn't been moved to the NHS (the free health service here in the UK), the course would have cost me £1300. My skin tone looks awful, and I have been looking into pulsed dye laser and skin resurfacing. It looks like that will cost £1500, which is lot of money and my parents will flip. Acne has caused so many problems. If I was put on accutane at 16 none of this would ha
  5. I understand how you feel. I have avoided retail and customer service jobs all my life because I am self-concious of my skin. I sometimes think of how many friends, experiences and money I have missed out on.
  6. Hi guys, I've decided to stop taking isotretinoin tomorrow. My hair has been getting more diffuse on top, especially during this past month. I had MPB before taking isotretinoin, but I know the medication is making it much worse. I was wondering if anyone has experience with hairloss, and if it did indeed get better after stopping the medication? I know that isotretinoin is an ex chemo drug, so this is all to be expected I suppose. I always get the bad side effects. I will have taken is
  7. I wouldn't bother with low dose isotretinoin, just my opinion. If you're going to take a medicine as strong as isotretinoin, then you want to do everything you can to make sure it works to its full potential. Low dose isotretinoin courses usually last for 8 months or more which is a long time on this medication, trust me. Side effects can happen at any dose. I started out on 40mg and had a severe eczema break out. When I switched to 70mg I didn't have a further flare up. There are lots of si
  8. To everyone: what was your duration on isotretinoin and what was your cumulative dose?
  9. Currently on day 163 of isotretinoin. For anyone who is curious about starting a course, these are the side effects I have experienced to date (not all at the same time): Extremely dry lips (requires warm water and vaseline) Extremely dry eyes (difficult to keep my eyes open unless I use plenty of drops) Nose bleeds in the morning Severe eczema breakouts Hair thinning Flushing Constipation (this one is horrible and is prevented by drinking lots of water) Flank pain Weird hallucinations
  10. I just want normal skin that is clear and free of blemishes. I've been on isotretinoin for about 24 weeks and it has stopped my acne, but the damage has been done. My skin just looks dull and blemished, it doesn't look right. Other guys my age have clear skin that just looks "normal". I don't know how else to describe it. When will it be my turn? I am sick of wasting time and effort on my skin. I've been self concious about my skin from 11 years of age and I need a fucking break.
  11. Hi, Since yesterday I have been having pain on my left flank, just below the rib cage. I've just done a quick search on accutane and the kidneys and it seems to be where the pain is. I'm worried now. This pain has come out of the blue. I've been on accutane for 162 days.
  12. Currently on day 160 of isotretinoin and no active acne My hair however, is paying the price right now.
  13. hi hellstorm, I'm 21 and my acne has calmed down considerably over time (touch wood), so i stopped using any face creams a long time ago. What I do use is something called jojoba oil, I strongly recommend it. It moisturises my skin but also fights acne. Any spots come to the surface very quickly. Anyway I suggest you try it for youself. Other than glycolic acid it's all I use now.
  14. I recommend a derma roller (1mm or more) and jojoba oil for red marks.
  15. I have dry skin in the morning and need something to moisturise, but something that also is anti bacterial. What's best? coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil etc.. anything else? Thanks