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**First off, I used to post here under "16YearsOldLooking4TheCure" back in 2002 but I havent posted much anymore, makes me focus on my face too much**

I had heavy-moderate-persistant acne. Went on accutane back in October 2002. Finished accutane course near the end of April 2003. Took 40mg a day for 7 months basically...... As far as the actual ACNE goes, it cleared MOST of that up and that is no where near as bad AT ALL anymore... Only thing is I never had any scars before and that initial breakout really messed me up, it was really bad, people who used to post in 2002 might remember me.... Cause from what everyone heard from me back then, they thought that I had the worst case ever... It was really bad. Over 60-65 all over, everywhere.... And were not talking just little red ones... I would wake up in the middle of the night and there would be puss and blood on my pillow. It was the worst 5 months ever.... I would have white heads, big white heads, under the skin ones, red ones, cysts... Just a big combo of everything... Alot of cysts too...

Anyway, it lasted almost 4-5 months of the accutane course and now I'm stuck with a load of scars. It sucks. Dont ask me if I regret going on it, I have NO IDEA, there are too many things to take into hand when answering something like that, and I myself don't even know..... On one hand, I dont have as much acne as I did b4, I hardly get any now, but the scars can be just as bad cause they are everywhere. At not to mention the red marks also, those take months to fade, although some have there are still alot and those look just as bad as acne from a distance.

Anyway, for the people that KNOW what they are talking about or have been in the situation b4 from accutane, how long do I have to wait to get some sort of laser course done on my face to get rid of these scars? My DERM said 1-2 years back when I was on accutane, but then the package on the pills said 6 months...

I DO NOT WANT to take ANY amount of a chance on doing it too soon because the reason he said 1-2 years is because he said that since accutane makes your skin so sensitive and all the risk involved and etc., that some people who have had laser done have had bad experiences. (ie. they got severe scarring from the laser because it was too soon from the time they went off accutane)

DERM says 1-2 years
PAPERS with accuutane say 6 months

???Whats up???


[This message has been edited by 17YearsOldLooking4TheCure (edited 06-23-2003).]
It may seem like im just being optimistic when i say this, but i dont think the acne will come back for me......

and trust me, im not a positice person.. every aspect of this experience i have looked at in a negative way and I have never wished or hoped, i have always looked at reality....

bu being locked up inside my house made me become very comfortable knowing my skin.... i can almost predict what it will do and when it will do....

I think that it wont come back for me in a year, or ever when it comes to how bad as I had it...

I would never go on accutane again though.. thats not saying that i regret going on it, i have no idea what my feelings on that are.... but i just dont wanna take a chance of breaking out as bad as i did on accutane and getting even more scars then i already have...

i will wait a year no matter what, i planned on going the full 2, but i wanna get back to having a life..... so maybe i will make an appointment for october of this year sort of like a half way mark to a year (which was the appointment he gave me last week, a year) and talk to him about it and the whole 6 months/1 year/2 years thing.....

i agree with u, i would never take the chance and do it too soon, its not worth it.... but now that I heard my DERM say 2 years Im always gonna have that in my head and i will be scared feelin like im doing it too early in 1 year..... but thats why im gonna see him in october and see what he thinks...

ive been going to him since i was 13 when i had VERY mild acne, damn i was lucky back then, lol, didnt know how good i had it.... so if anyone knows my skin, its him... hopefully he will say that it should be ok to do it after a total year from when i stopped ow, which would be April 2004 since i stopped in april 2003....






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