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  1. What exactly is the difference between tretinoin (Retin-A) and isotretinoin (Accutane)? All I know is that the former is topical and the latter is oral medication, and the latter works really really well. I've run out of medication for Accutane going into my fourth month and due to major screwups with my insurance and the iPLEDGE system I haven't been able to get another dose for over a week. I've been using Retin-A left over from just before starting Accutane and I'm wondering how effective thi
  2. Yes, the *NORTHERN* California Kaiser Permanente is fine. However, try to get treatment in LA and you'll feel the pain. :boohoo:
  3. I'm not quite sure if this is the appropriate place to vent, but I need to let this out. In northern California I successfully completed three months of Accutane with no hassle with the iPLEDGE system, little/no side effects, and clearing of most of my face acne (with some back acne remaining). I go to uni in LA, however, and the quality of service provided by my HMO is much, much lower there. For some bizarre reason Kaiser has completely separate systems for northern and southern California me
  4. Hi, I'm just wondering if any vets here could give me tips on how to stick with a full acne regimen. In the past, I would always start an acne regimen and soon forget to apply medication at a certain time, be unable to do so due to activities, or feel so tired (i.e. after a long night of studying) that I would just skip the process altogether. Like most of you, I'm sure, I can't stand topical medication. Not only do I hate looking at my acne, but I also hate showcasing my vanity by preening in
  5. I'm new here, but I've had cystic acne for about 3 years...nothing compared to what some of you have gone through, I'm sure, but it's horribly frustrating for me. I'm in my first year at college and I can't really start a regimen of roaccutane b/c I have to use public transporation and Kaiser Permanente doctors, which means prohibitively long doctor's visits