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  1. FartherAway, I understand your feelings about wanting to try other treatments before trying accutane. That is what I did for years. I do think, however, that if your doctor recommended it to you, perhaps you should not try to exhaust all other skin treatments before taking accutane. If the differin plus antibiotics are not working for you after 5 or 6 weeks, I think you would not likely see much improvement from switching to a different antibiotic or different cream. Perhaps your relucta
  2. I use cetaphil moisturizer, and have found that it doesnt irritate or cause break-outs for me, and I tend to be very sensitive and acne-prone.
  3. Lanolin is the oil that comes from sheep wool. Sounds gross, I know, but it is a common agent found in many moisturizers. I don't know if you can get it at the drug store in pure form. You can order if off the internet, though, really cheaply. Just go to google and type in "lanolin" and you will have several options. I use pure lanolin hand cream in a squeezable tube. I have found nothing better. Good luck with your accutane!
  4. I keep telling all accutane users on this site this, but try pure lanolin cream on your lips. It was like a miracle for me. For nose, have you tried applying vaseline to the inside of your nose using a Q-tip? Might help, too. Good luck!
  5. For dry lips: pure lanolin cream. I use the kind that comes in a tube and is for hands/skin, but it works better than anything else I have tried for lips. Good luck!
  6. Don't get too down, C. Accutane does take awhile to work, and can keep working after you go off of it at the end of treatment. I thought I would be the first unsuccessful user of the drug, but by the end of treatment I was happy with the results. I know how discouraging the red marks can be but they do go away (completely; they are not scars)! Try taking some vitamin E capsules on a daily basis, or (better yet) eating lots of foods with vitamin E. That can help a lot. In the meantime, woul
  7. Just a tip for lips: pure lanolin cream (designed for skin, but I find it less irritating than lip medication which contains other ingrediants that aggravate my surrounding skin and don't moisturize my lips as well). It doesnt have the very most pleasing odor in the world, but it isn't a strong odor, either, and it works so well. The stuff I have came from Australia and is in a tube. Lasts for hours. Put it on thickly at night before bed, too. Good luck with your treatment!
  8. Just a tip for lips: pure lanolin cream (designed for skin, but I find it less irritating that lip medication which contains other ingrediants that aggravate my surrounding skin and don't moisturize my lips as well). It doesnt have the very most pleasing odor in the world, but it isn't a strong odor, either, and it works so well. The stuff I have came from Australia and is in a tube. Lasts for hours. Put it on thickly at night before bed, too. Good luck with your treatment!
  9. Andrea, I just read all of your posts and I want to emphasize to you how important it is that you do not pick at your skin. Accutane does not cause scars. Picking your skin can. I know how frustrating a face full of pimples can be, and how much we all want quick results, but you have to be patient. Accutane is a 5 month course of treatment--don't expect perfect skin after just a few weeks. Be patient now or you might have scars to deal with when the Accutane is over. Be gentle with you
  10. I have never tried these products myself, but I was reading elsewhere on this very site that aromaleigh is a wonderful, non-irritating makeup. The site is www.aromaleigh.com Everyone who tried it raved about it. Good luck! Good makeup is so hard to find.
  11. I would stop using that makeup. If you are breaking out from it, I would not try to wait it out. Find something that doesn't provoke your skin. I find that Almay Skin Stays Clean makeup is great (for me).
  12. Try washing your face with just water or Cetaphil cleanser. Right after you wash your face before you go to bed at night, generously apply cetaphil lotion or aveeno lotion. Both of those are excellent hydrating lotions that do not clog pores. Hope this helps!
  13. Take accutane. You will get dry lips, dry skin, maybe sensitive gums, etc, but you will end up with beautiful, clear skin that will last. Many people have a recurrence of acne (including me) but your skin will never be as bad as it is right now ever again. Many people never have a skin difficulty for the rest of their lives. If the side effects were that horrible and conclusive, they would not offer it as a drug in the U.S. (Additionally, the proven birth defects that result from ingestion d
  14. How severe is the acne? Have you gone to a dermatologist? It doesn't sound like the acne is that extreme. It sounds like an antibiotic plus a mild topical like Differin might really fix you right up in no time. If you have insurance, it could be about as cheap as over-the-counter meds, especially after experimenting with different brands to find something that might work. By the way, is this adult acne or teenage acne? Also, do not panic about the scars you are seeing. After an acne l
  15. I also have very sensitive skin. Are all those acid peels, laser procedures, and needling not abrasive to sensitive skin? I had a dermatologist in D.C. tell me that my skin was too sensitive for chemical peels etc. Are they still running in the near-thousands of dollars for treatment? I don't know--I haven't looked into it. All I am saying is that accutane can really help people clean up their complexions permanently. It tackles all of the skin problems, not just scars. I do not know anyo
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