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Hi Dee,
I wanted to let you know that I totally sympathize with what your husband is going through. As I was reading your very first post, my heart was breaking because I know how hard it is to deal with cystic acne. It's not only physically painful, but also emotionally painful. I suffered long with cystic acne, and had many of the same experiences that your husband is having - especially the low self esteem. I felt ugly, gross, dirty and freakish - when in fact, I'm pretty darn cute - at least my husband thinks so! Anyway, acne can really take a toll on someone's self esteem, plus - it IS painful. My face was always in such pain from the throbbing pressure and burning of the cysts. Sometimes the cysts were so big and painful it hurt to wash my face -even though I HAD to wash my face at least two to three times a day. When I first married - I was so insecure about my face. I married into a wondeful, very promonent social family who is very active in our community. I was always so embarrassed to go to those wonderful and elegant functions and would often opt to stay home - leaving my poor husband "dateless". I didn't want to be seen in public - other than work - were I had to go everyday. I tried different diets, otc acne meds, sun tanning, no makeup, etc. nothing worked. Finally, I went to a dermatologist. He tried every antibiotic and topical ointment and nothing worked for me. After a year, I convinced him to let me try Accutane. He was a little reluctant at first, but could see my state of frustration and embarrassment. I had to sign waiver forms and have blood tests and pregnancy tests and promise to use 2 forms of controception because Accutane can cause birth defects in females. Dee! It changed my life! It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. It not only changed my complexion, but it really changed my life - and I am not exaggerating. After accutane I was able to face the word - not embarrassed or ashamed - I started looking people in the eye for the first time and I stopped hiding behind my long blond hair (I would literally grow my grow my hair around my face with the most ugly long bangs you have ever seen - so I could "hide" behind it and disguise my pimples - I looked like cousin IT). I have a tiny face and my pimples were the size of quarters - and sometimes half dollars - I felt like a freak. This is really disgusting but I'm just going to say it. My pimples were so bad that sometimes they would just break open if I started laughing or made a big face - this happened all the time - it was awful and so embarrassing. I would have to run to the bathroom to wash my face. Like you love your husband - my husband loved me - no matter what I looked like, but still, I felt insecure and unattractive - just gross. I wish I could tell your husband how accutane changed my life and convince him to look into it and do his own research to see if it's right for him. I think I know what he is going through. I wish I could tell him how much it changed my life -my self esteem, my personality! Sometimes people don't like to admit that it's okay to go to the doctor for cosmetic reasons, but in the case of your husband, it's not just cosmetic anymore if it is affection his feelings of well being. I wish you luck and if you need any support or have any questions, just post a reply and I will do my best to answer any questions you might have. Accutane isn't for everyone, but it was right for me. I never suffered from any of the terrible side affects that you hear about - other than my acne was worse during the first month and that I was very dry throughout my 5 month treatment -all very tolerable. I came out of the treatment with a beautiful complextion, luckily no scarring, no pimples, no pain - just great skin and a better attitude. Good Luck Dee! :)

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