Acne/Accutane

  • vis21

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    Aug 15, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIEyjvs2I7E

    theres a video of myself just explaining how the process was for me if anyones interested! Has anyone here dealt with Accutane? or are you one of the lucky ones with great skin genes?
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    Aug 15, 2013 8:42 AM GMT
    My boyfriend was on that stuff when he was younger. The only real negative he talks about is insanely dry skin, to the point where it was literally flaking off his face like dandruff.

    He doesn't have any acne now on his face but he still gets it on his body for some reason.
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    Aug 15, 2013 8:51 AM GMT
    Accutane is awful for you, just for the record. A lot of blemishes come from untreated food, dye, and other environmental sensitivities. Other impacts include stress level and sleep patterns. I would do all in my power to address everything else before ever taking it.

    Accutane is teratogenic, can cause violent inflammatory bowel disease resulting in resection, suicidal thoughts, and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) among other things. A profoundly nasty drug.
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    Aug 15, 2013 9:40 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidMy boyfriend was on that stuff when he was younger. The only real negative he talks about is insanely dry skin, to the point where it was literally flaking off his face like dandruff.


    that's actually a good thing tho bc it's supposed to peel off the damaged skin so new improved skin would be generated & that way you get rid of scars.
    the process is actually very similar to getting a face-lift without surgery.

    i took roaccutane one time like 10 years ago. but actually before that I had seen a doctor who gave me a drug that almost ruined my face forever. I kept breaking out all the time and it just seemed like it was getting worse by the hour. my face was bleeding like everyday. I should have sued that bitch. but then luckily I found this other dermatologist & she recommended roaccutane to me. so i took it and that sort of fixed the mess.
    I don't have acne anymore but i still have some acne scars. it's not very noticeable, but I would like do something about it. I'm thinking of getting either dermabrasion or laser maybe. I don't know
  • Fargo

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    Aug 15, 2013 9:46 AM GMT
    Accutane is nasty. My doctor wanted to prescribe it to me and I said NO THANKS.
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    Aug 15, 2013 9:48 AM GMT
    Aside from making me look red as an apple, Accutane made me short-tempered and depressive. Initially I didn't want to blame those things on the drug, but in hindsight, and being a generally happy person, my depression problems started when I took Accutane.

    I know someone who got Crohn's disease from it, but he took it for three cycles.
  • josephmovie

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:21 AM GMT
    I have two friends, only in their late twenties. Both went on Roaccuntane and while their skin cleared up dramatically, both have had significant thinning of their hair.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Aug 15, 2013 11:04 AM GMT
    I'm no doctor but look around the world at people with clear skin and see them come to the US and get acne.... it's likely your diet.

    According to people who study this stuff you should dump: Refined Sugar, Dairy (unless you can find non-hormone milk), Caffeine, Fried foods, high glycemic white foods (bread, potato) and Processed Foods.

    Eat proteins and orange, red, and green foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, and replace other cooking oils with anti-bacterial foods like coconut oil.
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    Aug 15, 2013 11:44 AM GMT
    I did Accutane after spending thousands of dollars on on other stuff. It dried me out pretty good and also made my joints hurt a little bit so kept the workouts under tolerable levels till I was off of it. My face has cleared since then and am very happy with the results.
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    Aug 15, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    I don't understand why everyone considers Accutane so horrible? I took it two years ago because no other acne treatment was working. Neutrogena, Proactive, Clean&Clear, Solodyn, Tetracycline, etc. You name it, I've most likely tried it. I took it for 6 months and it did make me extremely tired and I had really dry skin. During the time I was taking it, I was in swim season where you skin becomes unnaturally dry from the chlorine. The biggest issue I ran into were nosebleeds all the time because my skin became so dry. But, I was on Accutane when I was playing a sport that was by far the most intense of my life: two practices everyday, swimming up to 5 miles each day. Wasn't fun, but even after being tired from Accutane, I still was able to do all the stuff I could normally do. I understand though that everyone has different side effects to using the product. A lot of friends I know started to get depressed because they were always so tired and needed to sleep a lot. But a lot of people mention those diseases or malfunctions in the body that you can get from taking Accutane as a reason to completely stay away from it. For example, Vericose Veins, Chron's Disease, and someone else mentioned inflammatory bowel disease. The makers of Accutane have to document every incident that happened when someone was on the pill. If you are looking to take the medicine then I really think you should do your research because I bet you some of the side effects weren't even caused by Accutane, they just occurred when someone was using it. The makers even give you a booklet that explains the risks and the most common are dry skin, depression, nose bleeds, and exhaustion. They even check your blood work monthly to see if everything is okay. If there is some sort of imbalance, they take you off it immediately. The terrible side effects are slim to none, so there are very unlikely chances of actually contracting the illness. Also, with guys, the risks are reduced drastically. Most side effects occurred in women. I just say do some research before you completely disregard it because it helped me a lot and it can help you.
  • d694485

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    Aug 15, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    Trying to stay away from accutane just because I don't want to risk anything. My derm insisted it was safe since he never had a patient that had something go wrong, but I'm gonna stick with topicals and antibiotics for now. Seems to be working anyway
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    Aug 15, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    In many ways, [Accutane] balanced out my oil production where I still have healthy oil in my complexion so the wrinkles are kept at bay, but I have zero break outs from excess oil. icon_confused.gif

    My skin was very oily when I was young, and I did have some teenage acne. But all I did was wash my face more often throughout the day, and scrubbed it dry roughly with fresh terry towels, or harsh paper towels in restrooms. And when I wasn't near a sink I dry-wiped my face with facial tissues I kept in my pocket. My scalp was oily, too, and I had to wash my hair daily or it would go all greasy within 24 hours (still does), like I was using Brylcreem in it or something.

    The upside, as in your case, was the natural oils seem to have suppressed the tiny age wrinkles. At 64 my face is remarkably free of them, except for where I'm getting jowly due to weight gain, despite a lot of sun exposure that should have given me the leather look. Whereas my neck, where the skin didn't have an oily condition, is getting quite wrinkled and showing my age, which seems to further confirm the benefit of natural skin oil.

    For that reason I wouldn't advise younger guys here to take too much oil out of their facial skin. And to be wary of sun exposure, which some doctors used to recommend as another treatment for acne.
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    Aug 15, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI took it for 5 months years ago.
    I would advise anyone to stay away from using it
    Many side effects but worse is that it causes vericose veins around the nose and face area , may cause permanent hair loss and is very bad for your eyes.
    Try homeopathy but NOT accutane


    Except homeopathy is fake and completely placebo.
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    Aug 15, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    I dont have great skin but I did not have bad acne growing up.I wish my pores were smaller but oh well.I am very fair skined and while i always liked that,the older you get it comes with endless freckles,spots etc.Not fun lol.Ryan
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    Aug 15, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
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    venue35 saidI took it for 5 months years ago.
    I would advise anyone to stay away from using it
    Many side effects but worse is that it causes vericose veins around the nose and face area , may cause permanent hair loss and is very bad for your eyes.
    Try homeopathy but NOT accutane


    Except homeopathy is fake and completely placebo.


    Troof.
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    Aug 15, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    I would advise you to stay away from Accutane. I took it after nothing would work for my acne when I was in high school. I will say that it worked, but... I have several lasting side affects from taking it. My hair started falling out when I was 19, I had problems with my eyes and also digestive problems ever since.

    It's hard to think about anything but the Acne when you are going through it (trust me, I know). But Accutane is a terrible drug and it is extremely hard on the inside of your body.
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    iadEndresen said The makers of Accutane have to document every incident that happened when someone was on the pill. If you are looking to take the medicine then I really think you should do your research because I bet you some of the side effects weren't even caused by Accutane, they just occurred when someone was using it.


    Most of the side effects of Accutane are similar to those you get from vitamin A toxicity since both are retinoids, and we've known the symptoms of hypervitaminosis A since the 1800s. So it's not like the FDA is just pulling side effects out of thin air because a couple people developed a disease while on the drug, they are real and proven to be caused by retinoids. If we did that then no drug would ever be used.
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI did accutane over 25 yrs ago and all I remember was it making my lips dry. Chapstick was my best friend for a few months.
    It shrunk my sebaceous glands and I no longer had a shiny face at work in about 2 hours from a fresh shower.
    In many ways, it balanced out my oil production where I still have healthy oil in my complexion so the wrinkles are kept at bay, but I have zero break outs from excess oil. I found I was able to still get some sun without the fear of burning as they suggested, but not sure if today's accutane is any milder or stronger than years past.
    I will say, 20 years later I DID have pancreatitis as mentioned earlier in the thread and lost my gallbladder to it. Kinda makes me wonder now if there was a connection..icon_confused.gif
    OMG YES. Acutane has permanently made my lips dry to the point...every morning I feel like I am peeling the skin off my lips cause it is so dry. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    Accutane has some serious dangerous side-effects... I know a person who got very unfortunate and still suffers from the side-effects of the drug... AFTER he stopped taking it! His acne didn't return but he'd rather have acne than to suffer from the side effects...

    I did read an article on what causes acne once though

    http://www.acneeinstein.com/studies-reveal-almost-irrefutable-evidence-for-the-root-cause-of-acne/
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    I had terrible skin when I was younger acne on my face, shoulders, back, chest, and even a bit on my ass. My dermatologist tried everything then finally suggested accutane after nothing else worked. I was super nervous and really didn't want to go on it due to all of the negative side effects. However, finally I conceded that it was worth a shot since I was going to be very proactive about monitoring my blood tests and liver tests as well as psychiatric health. Surprisingly one of the major side effects of accutane is depression.

    So I was on it for 5 months, and trust me it's five months of hell. Skin so dry you're moisturizing 2-3 times a day. I would go through a stick of chapstick a day and I would constantly be putting eye drops in my eye, not to mention the violent mood swings. However, despite all of that in a week my face was completely clear. It took a little longer for my back to clear up and I still do carry some acne on my back (not enough for me to really care) but now I am pretty much acne free and my skin looks great. It does get drier easier than it used to so I have to be more proactive with lotioning and moisturizing.

    Overall my experience was a positive one, but I have heard of people having horrible experiences with it. Like all pharmaceuticals the effect is different for each person and being honest and open with your doctor is the most important thing.
  • secondstartot...

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    Aug 15, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    I honestly believe your skin is a reflection of what you eat ...it might be different with other people but i find when I avoid any kind of sugar and bread product ...and eat a lot of fruit and protein my skin looks amazing
    also over washing your skin makes it more oily after washing I always use an oil free moisturizer ...kind of keeps it balanced at stops the glands that produce sebum from going crazy.....moisturize drink water and dont eat crap

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    Aug 15, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    I thankfully avoided it. All I needed was tetracycline.
    Two people I know took it, and they have MS.
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI did accutane over 25 yrs ago and all I remember was it making my lips dry. Chapstick was my best friend for a few months.
    It shrunk my sebaceous glands and I no longer had a shiny face at work in about 2 hours from a fresh shower.
    In many ways, it balanced out my oil production where I still have healthy oil in my complexion so the wrinkles are kept at bay, but I have zero break outs from excess oil. I found I was able to still get some sun without the fear of burning as they suggested, but not sure if today's accutane is any milder or stronger than years past.
    I will say, 20 years later I DID have pancreatitis as mentioned earlier in the thread and lost my gallbladder to it. Kinda makes me wonder now if there was a connection..icon_confused.gif



    could be many causes, Eighty percent of cases of pancreatitis are caused by alcohol and gallstones. Gallstones are the single most common etiology of acute pancreatitis.[1] Alcohol is the single most common etiology of chronic pancreatitis

    did you drink to much when you were younger or in the last 20 years?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreatitis
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    Aug 15, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
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    venue35 saidI took it for 5 months years ago.
    I would advise anyone to stay away from using it
    Many side effects but worse is that it causes vericose veins around the nose and face area , may cause permanent hair loss and is very bad for your eyes.
    Try homeopathy but NOT accutane


    Except homeopathy is fake and completely placebo.

    Sorry but that's not true at all and you don't know what you are talking about.
    Plant based medicines can be just as strong as an antibiotic-without the side effects.


    Plant based medicines is not what homeopathy is about. Homeopathy uses the pseudoscience of water memory and treating "miasmas," which is all a bunch of quackery.
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    Aug 15, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    venue35 said
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    venue35 saidI took it for 5 months years ago.
    I would advise anyone to stay away from using it
    Many side effects but worse is that it causes vericose veins around the nose and face area , may cause permanent hair loss and is very bad for your eyes.
    Try homeopathy but NOT accutane


    Except homeopathy is fake and completely placebo.

    Sorry but that's not true at all and you don't know what you are talking about.
    Plant based medicines can be just as strong as an antibiotic-without the side effects.


    Homeopathy isn't medicinal plants. And yes, plants have all sorts of interesting chemicals in them. That's where we get morphine from for instance. A great pain reliever - unfortunately *has side effects* of addiction and respiratory suppression.

    I had Accutane twice. It sucked while I was using it but it did wonders for my confidence and social interactions. It was only after I had had it once and moved away from home I realised that deep fried potatoes make me break out. It takes minuscule amounts to make me break out and it takes ages to clear up. Today I would tell people to do superstrict paleo for a month or two and see what happens.

    I don't know if you can watch Channel 4 outside of the UK but here's a show http://foodhospital.channel4.com/episodes/series-2/episode-three/ they proscribe a low-GI diet which is basically no junk.