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Re: Adult Acne
Dec 28, 2004
Hi All, I will be 23 soon so I guess I'm getting closer to being in the "adult acne" category. I've had acne since I was 10 yrs. old. I tried all the OTC products before getting serious help, at which time I tried a line of prescriptions: Benzamycin, Minocyclin, Differin, Benzaclin, Retin-A Micro, Tazorac...Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and now Yasmin. My acne has affected me emotionally at a deep level. I've never been extremely depressed, but I do have terribly low self esteem. I hate making eye contact, and when a boyfriend or a friend tells me I'm beautiful, I find it soooo hard to believe them. I look in the mirror and laugh or cry, depending on my state of mind. Right now I have cystic acne mostly along my chin and lower cheeks, with sporadic ones on my forehad and cheekbones. I'm feeling extra repulsive right now because --I swear-- there is like a clump of 8 monster cysts on the right side of my face all in close proximity. It is mostly moderate, but always there. The severity comes and goes, but this is the worst its been in awhile. Its hard to know where to turn or what to try next. Will it all just be more money down the drain? I try to stay positive despite how I sound right now. A lot of times I just try to hide my pain. So, next on the list...I'm trying to look into Spiro. I would never have known about it unless I read this board & hopefully I can get a prescription and try it out. I wish you all success and courage...for this fight is so hard to win!
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.





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