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  1. Okay I'm tired if hearing about this so called miracle pill, accutane, that supposedly gets rid of acne fast, and i see more negativity than success stories from it. Why are people turning to this kind of treatment for their acne? I see it as people being naive and wanting everything to go perfect when at the end it doesn't. If you're on this website aren't you supposed to be using the regimen? Please explain this to me.
  2. So I just got Epiduo, and I'm a little confused. They say only use a pea size drop, but how is that supposed to work for my whole face? do I use drops for every part (forehead, nose, cheeks)? please help!
  3. Hi everyone, I was wondering if any of you have had this problem. I have been using prescription sulfur-based acne medicines for years, and they've worked great for me. Specifically I was using a Sodium Sulfacetaminde 10% and Sulfur 5% Suspension. A few months ago I moved and switched health care providers (from Pennsylvania to California, and from Aetna to Kaiser Permanente, respectively). I recently tried to get a refill of my medicine, but the pharmacist at Kaiser told me that there wa
  4. I had to schedule and wait 2-weeks for an appointment with a dermatologist. After that waiting, all he did was RECOMMEND what dosage of accutane I should get, and I could just walk in to any pharmacy and pick up any dosage of accutane. No prescriptions at all. I think this is great, I no longer have to worry about an appointment. Is this normal in other countries for you guys? BTW- I am living in Qatar.
  5. I quickly would like to mention what helped me with my acne. I'm 22 (female) and have had acne since I was a freshman in high school. After trying and failing with EVERY OTC medications avaliable (and very strong retin-a cream my general doctor gave me [it dried my face up SO bad I couldn't use it]), I decided to go to the dermatologist. They put me on atralin, acanya, and amoxicillin. After having major results I was SO happy. However, I still was having trouble with my chin acne. For my follow
  6. RealEmilyRuth

    I've Tried It All

    Okay, I've tried everything and I'm getting really discouraged. Here's my current regimen: Wash my face in the morning using Purpose liquid cleanser, followed by Neutrogena's sensitive skin moisturizer, and then Epiduo as a spot treatment. I've been washing my face with this regimen for years. I just stopped using birth control and Spironolactone because they made my skin actually worse, not better. Before that, I've tried antibiotics, Differin, retin-a, clyndamiacin, many different washes, Proa
  7. Steph G


    Let me begin by saying that I have tried many many many different ways to cure my acne. From all different types of home remedies (applying tea tree oil every night does not work for our skin, guys) to prescription medications.Things I've tried (to name a few):apple cider vinegarhoney maskstea tree oil (my boyfriend really didn't appreciate the smell)antibactitial soaphomeopathic oral dropsremoving dairy from diet (torture)increase water intakewitch hazel acne pills from another county (DO NOT A
  8. So in a couple of days, at the ripe ol' age of 25...I will be going to my FIRST EVER dermatologist appointment. I am on BCPs, so I am not going to be taking any antibiotic pills. I'm not a fan of too many pills. I will, however, be looking for a prescription topical acne medication. So when I talk to my dermatologist, what are some topical prescriptions he might throw at me? I am 25, like I said, and just recently started breaking out due to hormones (we suspect). Skin apparently lik
  9. My acne just keeps getting bigger and badder and the scarring is simply getting more vicious by the day, even if I refrain from popping. I have a short temper so when I see peoples' eyes wandering from my eyes to drill into the aberrations, I snap at them and I'm not even embarrassed at all for my outbursts because I'm still too angry to begin to feel any shame. :/ One thing that bugs me is the fact that I never seem to get simply "small" pimples. At the moment, there's simply several large
  10. Hi everyone! Thank you for reading my post. I would like to share my experience with prescription retinoids and hear yours as well. I have been using adapalene 0.3% (Differin highest strength) for about a year. It helps to reduce the number and severity of my breakouts, but not as well as I would like it to. My dermatologist is switching me to tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A lowest strength). If anyone has tried both, would you please kindly share your experience, comparing and contrasting the two? I
  11. Hello everyone! This is my first post on acne.org and I'm looking forward to joining the community! I'll give an overview first but my main questions I need help with are numbered below! Feel free to have a nose at my story but if you want to get straight to the point its clear too... I'll give a brief (if I can, I have a tendency to ramble!) overview of my skin history; so I'm 23, based in the central area of the UK. I've always suffered from minor breakouts that never bothered me throu
  12. So my dermatologist finally prescribed me Accutane, and I have moderately severe acne that scars. My medicine is supposed to be ready to be picked up tomorrow after 3 pm, but I'm worried because my derm prescribed me only 20mg/day and i'm 17, 5'4.5, and 117 pounds (female). Do you think if I call him in the morning and ask for a higher dosage that they will change this month's from 20 to 40? Or is it too late? I don't want my acne to come back once the course is over, and my derm said I will be
  13. Hello, So there's no point in me sharing my entire severe acne story because it is probably similar to many but I will give you an overview. I've tried over 100s of OTC products and they didn't work. I've had severe acne since 17- I get crazy cyst acne, huge pimples, extremely oily skin, major blackheads which have now created some dents and btw I am dark skin african female. You name the product, I've tried it and in the past I've gone to dermatologist who prescribed me 10% glycolic pads whic
  14. Hey Community, I noticed there are lots of unanswered posts by older acne sufferers debating going back on Accutane for a second time. I'm starting this post in hopes of trying to streamline the conversation and also document my own experience going on a second round of isotretinoin. I hope to hear from some of you! I am a female, 28, and have battled with acne since I was about 14 years old. I myself suffered from deep, painful cystic acne that was finally my driving force at age 25 to try
  15. SKIP TO THE BOTTOM IF YOU DONT WANT THE STORY AND JUST WANT TO START THE LOG Hello, my name is Jon and I'm a 16 year old teenager that is on Accutane (claravis) 60mg daily. I am going to use this forum to provide updates of the good and bad effects of the drug. I will list some important information about myself so anyone can see if they relate - Have moderate acne only on cheeks (some white heads, more cysts) - Senior in high school - Run intense long distance workouts 5 days a week
  16. Hey guys im Mae! newly joined in! For once i finally get to say: FINALLY ON ACCUTANE WHOOHOO! Had been waiting for this since awhile now.. So for my Stats: Around 100lbs. Going in for 115-120mg/kg perhaps.. Mild-moderate superr-persistent acne history. Tho on/off but very unpredictable, painful, inflamed, resistant, & sucky. :/ So actually before going on accutane doc started me on some anti-androgen therapy (started spironolactone on Jan 21st).. since my testosterone levels were hig
  17. Hey everyone, so I've had this tube of Retin-A (tretinoin cream) for a while now (about a year) but haven't really used it. When I first got it I used it for some time but not long enough to see it work. I don't remember an initial breakout, but I do remember dry skin. I've been off it for about 6 months (maybe a little less) and have decided to use it again. However, I'm probably going to start using it with antibiotics and vitamins. What should I expect? How long will it take for things to cl
  18. What are all the acne treatments that do not cause an initial breakout? I know antibiotics and non-retinoid topical creams usually dont; and accutane, birth control, spiro, and retinoid topical creams usually do. Am I missing any other non-over the counter treatments? I am currently on my 2nd month of amoxicillin 500 mg twice a day and klaron lotion + benzamycin gel. I've experienced a horrific initial breakout on epiduo (bp + retinoid) that lasted 2 months and stopped when my dermatologist
  19. Let me preface my post by saying that I had been suffering through near-continuous acne for a pretty long period of time before I was prescribed Ceftin by my dermatologist (probably since the last few years of junior high school), and in fact, this antibiotic was the first one prescribed by the dermatologist because I dropped my last one after years of almost zero results thanks to his prescriptions and advice. When I say "advice," I'm being generous... it was more like "talk for two minutes abo
  20. I'm going to try to keep this simple, so here's the facts: - I've been on Accutane before, didn't really experience any side effects (apart from dry skin, lips, bit of redness etc.), but it worked great and it got rid of my acne for almost a year and a half, which was awesome. - My acne has slowly come back over the last 18 months, I've tried to get rid of it through BP, anti-biotics etc. and I'm now sick of it. - I went to the GP again, and after about a month they finally got me re
  21. So I've only been on a low dose of 25mg Spiro for 16 days now and for the past couple of days I've experienced sore and tender breasts on the under side of them, more than I usually would during PMS. I've heard that spiro can cause breast growth so was just wondering if this might be the case? I barely fill an A cup, always had oily skin and moderate acne since 10y/o and when I gain weight it always goes straight to my belly and face/neck. All of these are signs of high testosterone/androgens
  22. I have been using Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion USP 1% for about a month. My doctor prescribed this to me for my late-onset adult acne. (Mild/moderate). For the past 3 weeks, I have developed lots of tiny bumps all over my cheeks and jawline; everywhere I have been applying the lotion. Some of them do become inflamed, red, and VERY painful. Am I supposed to be breaking out from a topical antibiotic? Or could this be an irritation? I don't know if my skin is "purging" or if this produc
  23. Hi everyone! So I was previously on Monodox for a few months and towards the end of my treatment, my skin was the clearest it had ever been. As I was waning off of the medication, my face broke out completely and went back to being worse than it was before I began treatment. I went back to my derm and she prescribed me 100mg of Minocycline twice a day (once a day after one month). I was just wondering if anyone has had success with Minocycline rather than Monodox. Because apparently, my skin onl
  24. I done taking Accutane in five days and I had a horrible breakout yesterday. So the thought came to me that maybe Accutane didn't really work for me. I have had some breakouts these last two months but they don't really compare to my current state. Anyways my derm recommended that if my acne comes back, apparently it comes back worse if it does, to treat it aggressively. But I don't want to use some brand-name retinoid gel/cream again. I just want to use tretinoin gel, not the cream. What worrie
  25. carmellagrace

    Duac Gel?

    I have been prescribed and using duac gel for a month now and i haven't been seeing much improvements in my skin. I still get breakouts and my acne still exists. Should i be more patient and stick with it for longer or should i ask my doctor for a different product? What are your experiences with it and how do i get the best results with it?