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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I too have laser damage and was wondering if this could help me. Did they do the injections under each scar? What city/state did you have it done in. I have been unable to find someone close to me. Is it only your blood that makes the gel or do they add something as well. Thank you. So sorry for the delayed response - Yes, the injections were done within the scars. Where are you located? I may be able to assist you in finding a skilled dermatolog
  2. Selphyl Treatment Wow... the treatment was quick and relatively painless. After a 5cc blood draw, a numbing gel was applied to the face. It took approximately 15 minutes for the gel take effect. During that time the plateletts from the blood draw were collected. The plateletts filled three and half of four 1cc syringes. Once the syringes were ready, the doctor injected the serum back into my face (focusing on the scars and wrinkles). There were no less than 20 injections before the seru
  3. Hello Alpha H - I've tried OTC Alpha Hydroxy skin care products and found them to be better than products containing benzoyl peroxide (such as Proactiv) - especially for cystic acne. I currently use NeoStrada products as suggested by my dermatologist. They contain Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and Polyhydroxy acids (PHA). MUCH better that benzoyl peroxide treatments! Like you, I've been plagued with acne for many years (21). My life was consumed by it. I tried everything with limited or no
  4. Accutane: 21 years of cystic acne have left my face moderate-severly scarred with several large pitted lesions. After the unsuccessful use of several different acne treatments, I finally agreed to use Accutane about a year an a half ago. At 41, I was a bit reluctant - but it worked. It wasn't easy... I spent 8 of the 9 month course with a horrible case of "Accutane Rash," and 6 of the 9 months with moderate to severe joint pain. The rash went away immediately following my last dose and the joint
  5. Hello Prague - I will be undergoing the Selphyl procedure tomorrow afternoon. 21 years of cystic acne have left my face moderate-severly scarred with several large pitted lesions. After the unsuccessful use of several different acne treatments, I finally agreed to use Accutane about a year an a half ago. At 41, I was a bit reluctant - but it worked. It wasn't easy... I spent 8 of the 9 month course with a horrible case of "Accutane Rash," and 6 of the 9 months with moderate to severe joi
  6. Hello Electric8 - Just wanted to say that it is a good choice to take the accutane. My husband said that he broke out just like you, when he was 12-13. The breakouts continued to get worse, especially on his back. He held out hope that antibiotics and sunlight would help, but they didn't. Finally at age 29, he decided to try the accutane. He began clearing after about 4-6 weeks. His total treatment time was six months. He's 38 now and he is still totally clear. His upper back is scar
  7. Day 79 My face continues to heal with the exception of one area. I have a "set" of lesions on my left cheek (under my eye) that are very stubborn and continue their process of collection and drainage. Yuck. They've been following the same routine for the past year. I kind of expected that they wouldn't go without a fight. Dang acne. I have one thing to note! Three quarters of the way through my 2nd month I developed, what I thought was poison ivy on my upper and lower arms. Poison ivy
  8. Day 45 Wow! I can't believe the difference after only 45 days. My skin is noticably less greasy, the redness has subsided quite a bit, and the peeling... well...lets just say that I peel less today than I ever did when I was using antibiotics and topical treatments. That, in itself, is a great success! Other benefits include the fact that it takes FAR LESS time to prep my skin in the morning and at night. What used to take 20 minutes (between washing, toning, peeling, and applying topical
  9. Wow. Today I received a comment from my boss regarding how much my face has improved. Eh, um... or at least about how it doesn't look so tender and swollen. Also, the oil production has definitely decreased. Typically, by mid morning, I'd be blotting my face and noticing how the tips of my bangs would start to get that "just oiled" look. Not anymore. Anyway, aside from the 30mg of Accutane at lunch time, I am washing my face twice a day with Cetaphil Gental Cleansing bar (antibacterial)
  10. Day 17 - no new lesions have developed within the last two days. Current lesions are healing nicely and the swelling and tenderness have subsided. I am already addicted to chapstick and lip gloss, so I've not yet experienced the overly dry lips that many Accutane patients describe. So far, so good.
  11. Sonal - Good point. I did have clear skin as a teenager, but began breaking out at 20. I didn't have the classic pimples - they were all nodular and painful. Over the years, and endless types of treatments, I did develop rosacea and yes, Accutane has been known to work with rosacea. My skin is very oily, which pools in the pores and scars if I don't blot my face several times a day. Any dry patches are the result of topical meds. Thanks for your reply. I sincerely appreciate your tho
  12. Hello all - This log is more for myself than anything. I just wanted somewhere to document my accutane experience along with my hopes and fears. As I mentioned in my Introductory post... I'm 41 and have been dealing with painful, scarring, cystic acne for 21 years now. As many of you have, I was hopeful that antibiotics, diet, or just plain old "time" would eventually lead to clear skin. Unfortunately, none of those things happened. So, I finally agreed to take Accutane (Claravis). The
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