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Everything posted by chippy1

  1. Hi, Can I just check? Should that say 100mg a day or 10mg a day? 100mg seems alot! I'm about 210lbs and started treatment on 20mg a day and did a low dose, long term treatment....I stayed on 20mg a day for most of my 14months course to keep side effects low. 14months might sound a long time but when you average out to total cumulative dose it was more like a standard 6-7month course. The main different was, a had very few side effects. I really would consider speaking to your Derm again about
  2. Hi, Just wanted to add, have you looked a Neem soap/oil/cream?....Neem has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, Analgesic properties so might help the scars look less red? I also found adding too much moisturiser blocked my poors. Infact my Dermatologist told me to use as little as possible.... As the last poster mentioned..you might have to experiment a little to find what is best for you...this treatment is so individual...I didnt use moisturiser at all during my treatment but was on low dose
  3. It's all about finding the right balance for you. I'm no expert but I think every time we change dose, our skin needs to re-adjust. I stayed on low dose (20mg a day), for most of my course and found my skin stayed settled most of that time. Everyone is different and every treatment is individual but just give it chance and it should settle down.... Best wishes
  4. Accutane makes skin very sensitive. This is very common and likely will last for most of the treatment. I finished treatment 3 months ago and my skin is still sensitive and trying to find a gentle soap to help....Reading reports, skin can be more sensitive up to 3-6months after course finishes. Might be also worth you looking at your shampoo. I know it sounds strange but I've just changed to Johnsons baby shampoo as Head and shoulders shampoo was burning my skin....Dove soap is also meant to be
  5. Hi Thetwald, Just wanted to confirm, I'm also in the UK and just finished a 15month low dose(20mg) treatment, 3months ago. As it was a low dose, my total cumulative dose was still lower than most standard 6month courses. I spoke with my Dermatologist only last week and she said that she has patients that do long term, low dose(with no time limit) and was happy for me to carry on with low dose until I was ready to come off treatment, if that was what I wanted. (as long as my bloods were ok) T
  6. Washer, do you buy all those listed items separate or can you buy them as one supplement? thanks again
  7. Thanks mate...appreciate your help! You've convinced me to give it a go!;)
  8. Appreciate your reply....many thanks! Do you mind me asking how many drops you put in 4oz water? thanks again EDIT: I have found this on Amazon UK but its 12% Solution? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A25GCLO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AR5M4EJ5HWXDK OR....is this the one you use? https://www.amazon.co.uk/J-CROWS-Lugols-Solution-Iodine-5/dp/B001PN3BUW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1_s_it?s=drugstore&ie=UTF8&qid=1488117747&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=JCROW+Lugols+Iodi
  9. Just finished a course of Accutane and looking into doing a more natural options to keeping my oil/acne pore skin under control. Never heard of the 2 natural remedies Lugols Iodine and Neem until started reading up on them a few days ago....but seem to have excellent results with no side effects as all natural. It seems both can be taken externally or internally. Anyone have any positive results from either of these? Thanks again and appreciate any replies..
  10. Washer just been reading up on Lugols....seems difficult to get here in UK in tablet form but Neem orally seems to do a similar job? Would appreciate if you could tell me how you use Lugols Iodine to treat your acne? (drops in a glass of drinking water or direct onto skin) Thank you
  11. Hi, try not to let yourself get too stressed...this doesnt help! Yes, its normal to have an initial breakout within the first few weeks of starting treatment. Accutane is pushing all the unwanted stuff out of your system. Some people start on a low dose to keep side effects as low as possible. If you are uncomfortable, it might be worth you talking to your derm about dropping to 20mg a day but this initial breakout happens to many people while starting treatment so isnt anything to worry about.
  12. Hi Clareb78, Thanks for your reply. Yes, I'm in the UK and was on a low dose for 15months (20mg a day) so my total amount over the course of the treatment was still lower than some over the standard 6month course. My derm was more than happy for me to then go on a low maintenance course of one or two 20mg tablets a week, if that's what I wanted. In fact when I spoke to the derm this week, she confirmed that she has other patients that have done, long term, low maintenance treatment, so I got
  13. Hi Washer, Thanks for your reply! I never started taking accutane expecting it to be the 100% "cure" but while on treatment, its been the only thing that could control my very oily skin and acne so from that standpoint, it did work.....saying that, if a better, easier and safer option is available, I'm open to looking into it and dont have a closed mind...I've spent 25 years with this issue with my skin, so have tried so many creams and antibiotics...I've lost count. Thanks for mentioning
  14. Hi Washer, Thanks for your reply...appreciate it! I've used Panoxyl 10 (Benzoyl Peroxide) on and off for most of the last 25 years, which always seems to help dry the acne up and do a good job but it never tackled the route of the problem, like accutane did....(very oily skin) Happy to give my skin time to settle before trying anything else but didnt know if Derms would normally give accutane users "something to treat breakouts after course finishes". Do you know if this "adjustment" is nor
  15. Just need a general bit of advice please... I finished a long term(15months) - low dose(20mg a day) treatment of accutane 10 weeks ago. Treatment went really well. Very little side effects, other than dry skin, dry lips etc and skin was mostly clear for most of those 15months. About 3 weeks after stopping treatment I started getting breakouts. My skin still isnt as oily as before treatment but acne did return. It feels like my pores all started working again at the same time! The breakout fir
  16. I did low dose, long term treatment, as wanted to keep side effects as little as possible. I stayed on 20mg a day for almost 15 months and had very little side effects the whole time and treatment was very positive. The only down side is that even tho I was on treatment for longer than normal, I still didnt reach my cumulative dosage and did start getting breakouts shortly after finishing the course but I believe this was because I was taking a low "maintenance" dose (for my weight). My Dermato
  17. Hi, I've just finished a 2nd round of treatment...1st round was about 8 years ago. I finished a 2nd round of treatment around 10 weeks ago and started breaking out around a month after treatment but I was on a low (maintenance) dose to reduce any possible side effects, so that is most likely the reason. I have read a breakout can happen after treatment as skin re-adjusts but everyone is different. Sounds like you've had really positive results from treatment so Important to stay positive and no
  18. I agree, It is a long time but I could have taken it for longer....Derm had no issue me staying on low dose treatment for 18months-2years. The only reason why I stopped treatment after 15months was because I was getting back pain and I thought it might be something to do with my accutane treatment (stiffness and joint pain can be common) but it turned out I had a slipped disc (injury) that was causing the pain and had nothing to do with treatment. I've had issues with acne for 25 years.....
  19. So many things could effect why you have started breaking out. Diet, a change in dosage, hormone, stress, maybe if you stopped taking it with food....or even leaving your accutane out in a hot sun all day? difficult to say what the reason could be. I was on accutane for 15 months...20mg a day and I stayed on a "low dose" during the whole treatment. It worked out my cumulative dose was around 110mg per kg, which is not far off the cumulative dose recommended for treatment but my Derm said they
  20. Hi Jen, Most of the side effects you mention, are normal on this treatment. Depending on treatment(dose), acne can get worse when you first start a course of accutane but this will improve as skin adjusts to the treatment. All I would say is that 14 years old, does seem very young to start on accutane, as treatment is very strong and can have side effects. If you really feel its right for your son, maybe speak to the doctor about reducing the strength of the daily dosage, as this will reduce
  21. Thanks jinayg! Appreciate your reply, good to know it is common side effect while on treatment. My course ended nearly 2 weeks ago now and found the lower back/hip pain has started to improve.....Very best wishes with treatment and thanks again.
  22. Hi hatetane......Those quotes were not mine, as I said above, they were just a very small sample(out of 100s) of accutane users that have posted on this website about their very positive experience of treatment. I have had two low dose courses of treatment myself over the past 8 years, which is the only reason why I follow this website. I copied those quotes from accutane users, just to give balance to the 2012 article link you posted and to show there is 2 sides to every story........All I'm d
  23. hatetane, you seem to think I disagree with you, I dont....in fact I agree with you on many things but "only" wanting people to hear the negative is like telling half a story..there is many, many thousands/millions of people that this has helped and is still helping. Is it wrong to talk about the people's lives that this has saved? ....arent their voices just as important? I feel it should be "all" about balance and most importantly - the truth, whether that truth is negative OR positive. I n
  24. Hi hatetane, Out of respect to the OP and their original questions, I dont want to carry this discussion on in this thread, just wanted to try and give a balance as we must understand that many others have a positive story to tell and on forums like this, where young and old and people from many different backgrounds and situations will come to read, its important they get a full picture of the pros and cons when using accutane. You are doing a great job in letting people know the risks but pe
  25. Hi hatetane, Thank you for your reply. lucky you? Clearly you have alot of anger and seem to be directing that anger at others and I'm so sorry you feel that way. I never once thought you were a "crack-pot" and didnt say anything of the sort in my reply and I was not trying to be disrespectful towards your views, just trying to give a truthful balance, as people dont just need to know the negative but also the positives, to make an informed decision. Everyone has a view on this subject whic