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Re: Adult Acne
Dec 24, 2004
Hey guys, I'm 21 and don't really fit into this category really... but I've done a ton of research on acne and thought maybe I could throw some helpful ideas out there for you all. I never really had acne problems until the end of high school. Towards the end of my senior year into my freshman year of college my face started breaking out more little by little... larger, more frequent, and longer lasting pimples. It didn't get bad until mid-late freshman year of college and it just kept getting worse. I went to the dermatologist in the summer and antibiotics worked well, for about a month. After that they stopped working altogether. Things kept getting worse up until a few months ago when I decided to stop going to the derms and figure this out for myself, and I did.

I found a website that sells Isotane without a prescription and decided to give it a try. My skin and hair have always been slightly on the oily side, especially by the end of the day it would be pretty bad. I knew all along I just needed to somehow shrink my sebaceous glands down a bit and my face/skin would stop breaking out and have a real nice texture and tone to it. Well, needless to say when the Isotane came in it did just that. I've never had such wonderful looking skin in my whole life.

Now, this medication is more severe for women because of possible birth-defects while ON the medication. You should also not conceive for at least 6 months after stopping the medication either I believe. It will raise your cholesterol and the amount of fats in your blood, so it is something to definitely consider especially as you get older. You shouldn't drink really or take any other medications and NO vitamin A, mutlivitamins, or zinc supplements. It can also decrease bone density so calcium supplements might be a good idea. Anyway, this stuff is almost guaranteed to rid you of all your acne (take 4-6 months) and will last 1 year (90% stay clear) to 2 years (75% stay clear) or more.

As far as leftover scars and marks, there are procedures used to smooth over your skin to help restore a smooth texture and tone to it. You women could probably just use make-up if you wanted, but I think it would be nice to be able to go out without having to rely on make-up to make it through the day. And since guys don't wear make-up there is really no alternatives.

Retin A also kind of worked for me, but since I had oily skin (hormone-induced overactive sebaceous activity) Accutane was the right medication for the job. Washing your face too much is also bad. I used Neutrogena face wash / face mask (it doubles as both... blue and yellow and white bottle I beleive) with 3.5% benzoyl peroxide and it was just wonderful. For spot treatment I'd recommend Retin A instead of Accutane. It all depends on what is causing your acne which medication is right for you. I paid $200 for 100 20mg pills multiplied by 3 packages overall (or 4... can't remember). It's expensive but I don't think you can really put a price on happiness / self-confidence, etc.

Oh yea, and as far as feeling self-conscious, you should really try not to. I'm sure all of you know this, but looks are NOT everything. Good looking people with poor personalities lose their luster very quickly. Halfway decent looking people with wonderful personalities however do become very attractive very quickly. It's all relative... looks and personality are both important, but personality I think prevails over looks any day of the week. If you are confident people will sense that and it is such an attractive quality. Now that my skin is clear I can totally sympathize with those who are suffering through acne, but when I talk to them and they are just themselves I totally don't even see their face for what it is, I instead just see their personalities. I'm sorry if this isn't making sense lol, but I'm so serious about just being yourself and not worrying... you will care more about your face than anyone else. Nobody is perfect and nobody THINKS they are perfect, and everybody is more concerned with their own looks than anybody else's. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don't worry and have a good time and let people see you for who you really are and you will be much happier guaranteed. You only live once so who cares what other people think. :) Good luck guys!
Re: Adult Acne
Dec 25, 2004
[QUOTE=CollegeBoy21]
Oh yea, and as far as feeling self-conscious, you should really try not to. I'm sure all of you know this, but looks are NOT everything. Good looking people with poor personalities lose their luster very quickly. Halfway decent looking people with wonderful personalities however do become very attractive very quickly. It's all relative... looks and personality are both important, but personality I think prevails over looks any day of the week. If you are confident people will sense that and it is such an attractive quality. Now that my skin is clear I can totally sympathize with those who are suffering through acne, but when I talk to them and they are just themselves I totally don't even see their face for what it is, I instead just see their personalities. I'm sorry if this isn't making sense lol, but I'm so serious about just being yourself and not worrying... you will care more about your face than anyone else. Nobody is perfect and nobody THINKS they are perfect, and everybody is more concerned with their own looks than anybody else's. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don't worry and have a good time and let people see you for who you really are and you will be much happier guaranteed. You only live once so who cares what other people think. :) Good luck guys![/QUOTE]

Dude!!! Are you are sure you are only 21?? Man, what a great attitude! You are sooo right. I went to a party tonight and had a great time! I'm pretty sure I'm the only one that cared that I had acne and blemishes etc....

I'm going to save this post and read it from time to time for inspiration!

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Buzz
Re: Adult Acne
Dec 28, 2004
Accutane. Just make sure you research it because there is a lot to know and understand about it if you are female. Accutane is supposed to be for severe cystic acne, but it is also great if your acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. It is also the closest thing to a "cure" that's currently out on the market. The most common side-effects (by far) are dry skin, dry eyes, dry scalp, chapped lips, and once in a while some mild hair loss (which, after the 4-6 month treatment ends the hair grows back in as thick as it used to... so it's not permanent). My acne was caused by overactive oil glands which is why I took it - and it worked so well. I felt repulsed by my face too at times, but after only a month or two my face was flawless like it has never ever seen a zit before. Do your research, talk to your doctor, and if he won't prescribe it you can always dig around and find it being sold on the internet (about $200 for 100 capsules, 20mg Isotane each). Be aware that it is marketed under different names as well (Accutane, Roaccutane, Isotane, Isotretinoin) but they are all the same thing. I'd really suggest reading some online journals as part of your research. Usually those people post before and after pictures and usually update on a daily basis during treatment, so you can get an excellent idea of what this stuff does and how long it takes to do what it does. It is also a good idea to start with a low dose and gradually work up to half your body weight (I am 165lbs, so divide that by 2 and I get just over 82.5... so 80mg / day is what I am taking). My acne wasn't too bad really, but I started off at 40mg / day for 2 weeks then went up to 60mg / day because it was working so well. I think went up to 80mg / day (currently) and will stay at this level for a month before working my way back down to 60mg and then 40mg before I stop. Oh yea, you also should avoid alcohol while on this (Vitamin A and synthetic Vitamin A are bad for your live in high doses, but since it's not TOO high of a dose and is only 4-6 months you'll be ok, but alcohol is unnecessary stress and could have permanent effects). It would also help to run, or bike, or just workout while on Accutane too because cholesterol and blood fat levels increase while on this drug, so healthy eating and cardio workouts will help keep those things to a minimum. OK sorry for the long post. Seriously just go research Accutane, read the journals, think about it, talk to your dermatologist, and if you really want it bad enough (if he/she says no) you can always get it online... Good luck!

PS - Whether you are pretty or not is unaffected by acne. Skin tone makes a difference, sure, but people look at other people for who they are. People will still see the natural beauty you have. AND people tend to see people for WHO they are. Try to be confident that you are a great person and have a lot to offer people... let your personality step up and prevail over your acne and people will be so attracted to you for it, and you will love yourself too. It sounds cheesy but it is so true. People told me I was good looking while I had acne and I never believed it, but I still new I had a good looking face but with the acne I just felt so unattractive. Now that my face is clear nothing really has changed, just my self-confidence. Now I see what everybody else saw. Now that I feel comfortable with myself I can actually BE myself and not worry and it's fantastic. If I had realized this before so many things would be different now. :rolleyes: Just try not to let it get you down, and if you really have tried everything with no good luck then take a look at Accutane. :) Good luck!
Re: Adult Acne
Dec 29, 2004
[QUOTE=CollegeBoy21]Accutane. Just make sure you research it because there is a lot to know and understand about it if you are female. Accutane is supposed to be for severe cystic acne, but it is also great if your acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. It is also the closest thing to a "cure" that's currently out on the market. The most common side-effects (by far) are dry skin, dry eyes, dry scalp, chapped lips, and once in a while some mild hair loss (which, after the 4-6 month treatment ends the hair grows back in as thick as it used to... so it's not permanent). My acne was caused by overactive oil glands which is why I took it - and it worked so well. I felt repulsed by my face too at times, but after only a month or two my face was flawless like it has never ever seen a zit before. Do your research, talk to your doctor, and if he won't prescribe it you can always dig around and find it being sold on the internet (about $200 for 100 capsules, 20mg Isotane each). Be aware that it is marketed under different names as well (Accutane, Roaccutane, Isotane, Isotretinoin) but they are all the same thing. I'd really suggest reading some online journals as part of your research. Usually those people post before and after pictures and usually update on a daily basis during treatment, so you can get an excellent idea of what this stuff does and how long it takes to do what it does. It is also a good idea to start with a low dose and gradually work up to half your body weight (I am 165lbs, so divide that by 2 and I get just over 82.5... so 80mg / day is what I am taking). My acne wasn't too bad really, but I started off at 40mg / day for 2 weeks then went up to 60mg / day because it was working so well. I think went up to 80mg / day (currently) and will stay at this level for a month before working my way back down to 60mg and then 40mg before I stop. Oh yea, you also should avoid alcohol while on this (Vitamin A and synthetic Vitamin A are bad for your live in high doses, but since it's not TOO high of a dose and is only 4-6 months you'll be ok, but alcohol is unnecessary stress and could have permanent effects). It would also help to run, or bike, or just workout while on Accutane too because cholesterol and blood fat levels increase while on this drug, so healthy eating and cardio workouts will help keep those things to a minimum. OK sorry for the long post. Seriously just go research Accutane, read the journals, think about it, talk to your dermatologist, and if you really want it bad enough (if he/she says no) you can always get it online... Good luck!

PS - Whether you are pretty or not is unaffected by acne. Skin tone makes a difference, sure, but people look at other people for who they are. People will still see the natural beauty you have. AND people tend to see people for WHO they are. Try to be confident that you are a great person and have a lot to offer people... let your personality step up and prevail over your acne and people will be so attracted to you for it, and you will love yourself too. It sounds cheesy but it is so true. People told me I was good looking while I had acne and I never believed it, but I still new I had a good looking face but with the acne I just felt so unattractive. Now that my face is clear nothing really has changed, just my self-confidence. Now I see what everybody else saw. Now that I feel comfortable with myself I can actually BE myself and not worry and it's fantastic. If I had realized this before so many things would be different now. :rolleyes: Just try not to let it get you down, and if you really have tried everything with no good luck then take a look at Accutane. :) Good luck![/QUOTE]

Accutane is bad enough without telling people to get it online without a doctor's prescription. SHAME ON YOU!!!! I am totally against anybody taking Accutane, but if you are going to do it get the proper tests done and have a doctor monitor your health while you are taking the drug.
Re: Adult Acne
Dec 29, 2004
[QUOTE=CollegeBoy21]None of the doctors would prescribe it. It seems very rare for someone to be denied or taken off Accutane. Most of these people are put on even higher doses than me and their enzyme levels on slightly increase. I am in great shape and have no history of liver problems. I watch what I eat and work out often (my resting heart rate is 48-50 bpm). My acne was ruining my life and so I gave Accutane a shot at a very low dosage and gradually put it up to where it "should" be. Now I am bringing my self off of it. I don't think it's a very foolish risk. If you guys do, then don't try it. I did my research everyday for months and was very weary, but finally decided just to try it out. I am not showing any symptoms of a dysfunctioning liver so I am assuming everything is fine, and since the dosage is just going to keep getting smaller and smaller I am not worried anymore at this point. My skin is fantastic and I feel great. If you guys did your research and still don't think it's a wise decision then that's fine. But I've already made mine and since I'm already in month 4 it's a little late to be having second thoughts or reconsider what I've done. ;)[/QUOTE]

If you were denied Accutane by a doctor, there was must have been a good reason. There are definitely long term side effects to taking the medication, Accutane. My husband took Accutane when he was 16 years old. At 21, he had to go to a hair specialist because he was balding and had lost a significant amount of hair. My husband continues to have extremely dry skin and lips. He is constantly putting moisturizer on his face and chapstick on his lips. At times, his lips will start to bleed because they are so dry. And if that is not scary enough, my husband is 38 years old. If you think there are no long term side effects to taking Accutane, your crazy or just plain stupid!!!! Take your pic of either choice. I hope the 1-2 years of being acne free is worth it. By the way, my husband still has the occasional break out of acne. So not only does my husband have to live with the side effects the rest of his life, but he still has acne. Definitely not worth it!!!!! Get some self-esteem and be happy with your appearance. Nobody cares what you look like as much as you do.

Please do not advise others to obtain Accutane over the Internet. There are kids reading this sight looking to find legitimate ways of controlling their acne. It is criminal to suggest to someone to take Accutane without consulting a doctor to obtain a prescription. What if someone did that and did have an adverse effect to the medication. Be careful what you say, there are a lot of people who read this site that are desperate to "cure" their acne and will be prone to taking advise that could be potentially hazardous to their health.





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