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About garthhh

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  1. Try using an oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic. I used to get red skin on my face really bad when I was using just regular Lubriderm Fragrance Free, and it calmed down a little bit when I started using Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. It might not work, but its worth a shot. I'd also recommend using some kind of gentle face wash instead of just regular soap.
  2. I was on Accutane for the first time two years ago. I cleared up for a while, then my acne came back and it was just as bad. I'm on it again now (80mg/day) and I hope this will be the end of it for me, but I might be in that 10%.
  3. 1.) Is acne considered a pre-existing condition of the bigger companies (i.e. Aetna, BlueShield)? I don't think so, I had both Aetna and BlueShield for a while and they didn't give me any problems. 2.) When I sign-up, on average, how long before my coverage starts (I'm not looking for specifics but is it days, weeks, months)? I'd assume pretty soon, probably a few weeks to a month at most. I just signed up for BlueCross BlueShield and it took about three weeks for my coverage to start. 3.) Do
  4. What state do you live in and how old are you? I'm 17 and in Pennsylvania. My dad lost his job, so I guess I'm considered "poor" too, since my family has very little income. We have CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) here, which I qualify for. There are no co-pays for anything and just about everything is covered. If you don't have access to anything like that, I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.
  5. I was getting really bad nosebleeds when I first started, and I seem to have adjusted to the dryness and I don't get nosebleeds anymore. I still have a really dry nose, and running a humidifier seems to help with it, especially when it gets really cold.
  6. I usually feel hopeless, because I have pretty much tried everything there is to try. Four different topical medications, BP and moisturizer, minocycline, doxycycline, accutane once, and I'm on accutane a second time. It would be worse if I didn't do anything for my acne, but even the smallest pimple is enough to get me down, let alone if I break out. Sometimes I avoid people, even my own family. I just want to sit around and do nothing when I break out bad. I get pretty depressed from time to
  7. As far as I can tell, accutane hasn't made me any more tired and hasn't interfered with my schoolwork. I have a bunch of AP classes in high school and I'm managing a 3.8 GPA while on 80mg/day.
  8. He said the only long term effects were joint pain, muscle pain, and dry mouth, but they are apparently pretty rare. Of course, a second regimen of accutane will probably increase the chances of having some kind of long term side effect. I'm kind of irritated right now, I'm breaking out a little on my chin and forehead and my skin is getting red again. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reduce skin redness?
  9. I feel for you with your back pain. I've been on 80mg a day for almost three months now and I weight lift four times a week. Anything I do in the gym that puts strain on my back (squats, deadlift, etc.) absolutely KILLS me.
  10. I'm 17 years old and I am currently on my second regimen of Accutane. I'm taking Sotret, a pretty common generic from what I understand. The first time around, I had pretty bad acne. After the regimen, I was clear for a while. Not 100% clear, but close enough to it to make me happy. A few months later, my acne began to return. It wasn't as bad as the first time, but it was still bad enough to have a negative impact on my life. I went back to my dermatologist, which I hoped I would never have to