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  1. I recently completed a six month course of Accutane. I'm happy with the results and glad to be off it, but the derm didn't want me to stop all treatment, so she prescribed Retin-A micro for the next few months, with a follow up appointment in May. Unfortunately, I started a new insurance program this year (with massively scaled back benefits, if you can't guess) and that's where the fun began. I take the prescription to the pharmacy -- insurance declines it. Pharmacy talks to insurance. Ins
  2. I haven't used Retin-A in a long time but when I did (off and on for several years), I didn't notice that it had much effect on scars. It just doesn't penetrate deep enough into the skin to affect anything but the most superficial scars. You should check out the Acne Scars sub-forum for a lot more information on the various options out there: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showforum=7 Oh, and as far as blackheads, Retin-A can definitely help with those, but you might want to try
  3. Interesting. My derm's prescription sheet is pre-printed with dosage amounts and she just circles the one that applies, to prevent screw ups like that. Why doctors still hand write prescriptions is beyond me (legal reasons, I'm sure). As far as iPledge...I hear ya...that system is a nightmare. I'm on my second course of Accutane, my first was 7 years ago before iPledge. Almost every time I've had my prescription filled this course, I've run into an iPledge snag. But again, I think it's a r
  4. Not to be a smart alec, but aren't you the only one that can really answer that? My own (a guy) personal regimen is -- use vaseline on my lips and around my mouth at night. I've found it keeps this area very well moisturized for when I wake up in the morning. Then I take a shower (only using water to rinse my face, no soap) and apply a heavy, non-comedogenic cream on my face afterwards. By mid-day I'll usually start to dry out (especially if it's a windy or a dry day) so I keep the same cr
  5. Congratulations on the improvement. I've been hesitant to try laser or dermabrasion because of the long recovery time. Are you going to school or do you work? How was the recovery, week by week? I could probably afford to take a couple weeks off work to recover from the worst of it, but I'm sure there'd still be a lot of redness for many more weeks after (as you mentioned, your cheeks are still noticeably red after 26 days). How did you deal with this? Just curious. I don't mind people a
  6. pablohoney

    what use to be

    Of all the ways to describe which person you are in that photo, I think you picked the most confusing. Are you the person on the left, in the middle, or to the right?
  7. Step back and take a deep breath. In the long run two tickets won't amount to a hill of beans in your life unless you let it. As for dealing with your tickets, here are some sites on how to beat a speeding ticket. Can't attest for their effectiveness, but it's a start. As far as flipping off a cop...is that considered a moving violation?? Maybe you can convince a judge that it means something else to the younger generation these days. Something like, "you my #1 boy!". It's just a thoug
  8. Hey T.S., I don't totally disagree with you - there are some people here who are probably overly dramatic about their situation. However, it just depends on your perspective. After all, there will always be someone who is worse off than you, but that does NOT invalidate how someone feels about themselves. While you attempt to present yourself as a strong, principled individual, you actually strike me as someone who has not had their personal beliefs sufficiently challenged in life. People d
  9. In case anyone can't get enough of the "fat vs. acne (in the slime bowl-o-rama)" discussion, this topic was talked about at some length a couple months ago in this thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...topic=22174&hl=
  10. I think those wet-dry shavers are a bit of a gimmick. I used to have one and it didn't work any better than a dry-only shaver, except that the water would get under the foil and start smelling moldy after a while
  11. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I agree with the original poster (24withacne) in at least being puzzled by the amount pictures of people with clear skin in the gallery. I have no problem if someone wants to post pictures of themselves with clear skin, for any reason. However, when I come across a gallery that contains nothing BUT pictures of clear skin (whether it's because it was taken before they had acne, after they had acne with no scarring, or due to dim lighting, fuzzy image,
  12. Anyone in the Seattle area have any doctor recommendations for scar treatment? Right now I'm just looking for a consultation (hopefully free, but I'd pay a fee if they're good) with someone who offers a variety of treatments and will give me a no-BS assessment (i.e. someone who won't just push the treatments that make them the most money). TIA!
  13. It's been a while (4+ years) since I've been on an interview, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think it's very important to answer everything in a positive manner. For example, if they ask about your previous jobs, don't speakly badly about them, even if you were paid peanuts and your boss was an asshole. No employer wants to hear that kind of negative talk from a potential employee (they'll just think you'll eventually say the same thing about them), although they will be eager to hea
  14. I'd rather have acne than cancer. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3072021.stm "Masturbation: The Necessary Evil!"
  15. A lot of good replies already. One thing I think is important to point out is that a lot of characteristics are completely subjective. Humor, for one, is definitely subjective. It all depends on who you ask. I've known people who described themselves as "fun", who were actually "loud and obnoxious" in my eyes. I went out a couple times with a girl in college who prided herself on being "honest", but if you ask me I'd say she was "blunt and tactless", always pointing out faults as if she wer
  16. Like Doopie said, don't blame the mirrors, it's the lighting. Different kinds of lighting is what causes blemishes or scars to stand out. (Just don't want mirrors to take any unjust blame ). For red marks and pimples, flourescent lights definitely suck because it makes discolored marks practically glow in the dark. For scarring, sunlight isn't great either, since it comes from one general direction and causes shadows to form at certain angles, accentuating scars. The best lighting is from
  17. I'm sorry you had a bad experience(s) with Accutane, Nico, but you are the exception. Accutane has worked miracles for many people on this board. Admittedly no drug works 100% of the time nor is 100% free of side effects, but making blanket statements about it doesn't help anyone.
  18. It depends. If you are just going through an acne phase, the antibiotics may successfully suppress the acne until your body naturally outgrows it. If, on the other hand, you have persistent acne that lasts into adulthood, it could end up making the acne even more resistant in the long run.
  19. This is a known side effect of Accutane. From http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/accu...cationguide.htm "· Vision problems. While taking Accutane you may develop a sudden inability to see in the dark, so driving at night can be dangerous. This condition usually clears up after you stop taking Accutane, but it may be permanent. Other serious eye effects can occur. Stop taking Accutane and call your prescriber right away if you have any problems with your vision or dryness of the eyes that
  20. Well, that's cool that your derm left it up to you. I can definitely see the stunted growth as a sticking point, although I wonder how likely that really is. I know there's a laundry list of warnings, but the only side effect I had while on it was extremely dry skin.