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Old 06-18-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hello all, allow me to introduce myself, I'm an 18 year old male from new york and I like you have the beast of acne. The disease. It started when I was about 13 and gradually got worse and worse... and worse.... I went on Minocin, tetracycline, I don't know just tons of sh.it and nothing worked. My brother was the same way except his acne was possibly as severe as it gets. Like very very very bad. Anyways, he went on accutane, and got cleared like many others, and now I would say he has close to perfect skin with very little scarring as I think his was so bad he just dealt with it and didn't even touch it. Well about a year and a half ago I visited a derm for the first time and asked her if I could go on accutane. My brother experienced no side effects except a rash here and there and chapped lips. She was all for it and so the adventure of accutane began.

My first cycle (6 months) was amazing. It got bad in the first month but cleared up tons in the second and ALL GONE in the third. I mean drink almost everynight, party, don't wash my face, barely any dryness, just amazing. (However, no matter how hammered I was I remembered to take my pill lol. I could be so wasted I don't even remember the entire night, but those pills were always missing). In short accutane was my saviour. I would look in the mirror and actually jump up and cheer. Like thank god for every moment of clear skin I had. I would sit there, put my hands together look in the sky and just say thank you like 50 times. I mean let me put it this way, I was the whole package without accutane, amateur bodybuilder, weightlifter, quite possibly the most popular/goodlooking guy in highschool. I don't mean to brag but it's a message board so why not, I'm not trying to be arrogant I would never say this to someone else. I was literally on top of the world, and I was happy. God I wish the story could end here but I wouldn't be posting this right now if it did now would I?

SOOOOO.. the summer goes by last year and I remember getting off it in september. Sh.t got even better after that. All the side effects had gone now and on top of that my skin was clear. Then... I know you won't believe this and will think I'm nuts, but it happened like in one day. Like a vicious virus or something. The smallest thing, something I had done a million times before. I was going out to the city to hit the clubs up as usual (fake ID of course), and I shaved.......i shaved.... that's it. I f.ucking shaved. I looked in the mirror afterwards and there was like a combination of razors bumps/acne all over my face. I was in a rush and didn't think much of it, so i just threw some coverup on it.
(YES I use coverup and if your a guy and think it's gay or whatever, your an idiot, coverup is almost completely undetectible and in the clubs it's amazing, I love the **** and to this day have like 5 of my friends using it lol, you really can't tell if you rub it in enough, USE COVERUP GUYS)
Anyways, I threw coverup on and just went out, but like it was so bad you could still tell, which is something i wasn't use to. Then after that night, like a f.ucking plague it spread. It spread and spread and got pretty damn bad. So I set up a derm appointment and told her I gotta get back on accutane again. She said that's fine and that 2nd cycles are normal and this one should clear me up for good.

So I went back on and 80 mg the first month and for the first month it cleared up a lot at the beginning but then I broke out in about the third week. So during my month derm appointment she like last time upped it to 100 mg. now i thought to myself, perfect it's going to go away, and I would literally think it woudl be gone in like a week, and it did get a bit better. But then I fregin broke out again right at about the 7th week. So I went back again and said, alright can you please put me on 120 mg a day. So she was nice about it and did. Now this was about 3 weeks ago, and this is my situation now. I went from what you know about me so far to this.

When I started 120 about 3 weeks ago I broke out. However, this was like no other, this was the absolute by far worst break out i have ever had. Acne ALL surrounding my mouth and brutal brutal dryness where the acne is. Because that is what accutane does it dries up specifically where the acne is. Well now I must say I am devasted. I have neglected everything in my life including quitting my job and just running away from life. I am hiding out even right now and am just so upset up this I cry and pray almost every night. I look in the mirror now and literally want to grab my face and tear it off. Too have acne was one thing, but then to be clear and have it come back.. my god.. it's the worst thing in the entire world. I am very depressed right now and the only thing keeping me from committing suicide is hope. (NO this is not the suicidal ********** side effect they say accutane gives you, it's the acne) I really hope that Accutane will rid myself of this disease again and I can have my life back. Life the way it was meant to be. I know it is just a matter of time. I know accutane will not let me down.


Anyways, guys if you have any questions/concerns I would be happy to try and answer them since i know quite a bit about accutane. However, any accutane users that could help me figure out how to contain this virus, and what to do to stop the spreading and get my life back. Your advice would be appreciate.

Don't be shy, lets shed some light on the wonderful friend Accutane. If you don't get side effects like myself, that's exactly what this is.

 
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Old 06-19-2004, 08:57 AM   #2
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Hope, is what keeps alot of acne sufferers going i know it does for me now that im on the tane. Stick with it. Its a battle. And your on 120 mgs. Trust me the tane is giving that ance hell. Good Luck . Nice to see someone new, who can help out.

 
Old 06-19-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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For sure man, the last 2 days I have been dry as hell and I think the 120 mg is really starting to work. It's just frustrating now that school is out and it's the weekend and I'm all alone. However, I try to keep in mind that people go through a lot worse then this and persevere, and with acne it's just a matter of time.

 
Old 06-19-2004, 09:17 AM   #4
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Hope, is what keeps alot of acne sufferers going i know it does for me now that im on the tane. Stick with it. Its a battle. And your on 120 mgs. Trust me the tane is giving that ance hell. Good Luck . Nice to see someone new, who can help out.
How has your accutane experience been so far?

 
Old 06-19-2004, 02:10 PM   #5
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So far so good im in the end of my 2nd month. My body acne is completely gone. My face just have a few and its only the 2nd month the DERm said i have a approve so much. The red spots are finally fading. Right now im on 80 mgs on M,W,F and 40 mgs T,TH,SAT,SUN. Also normally the accutane doesnt kick in until the 3rd month . I know i would take accutane a 2nd time bc its less toxic than the first course which you probably know. Hopefully i can go on 80 mgs everyday.

 
Old 06-19-2004, 02:11 PM   #6
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What was your dosage the first time you took it?

 
Old 06-19-2004, 02:42 PM   #7
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heh at 120mg/day I'm pretty sure any acne you get should be suppressed for a while if not permanently

 
Old 06-19-2004, 04:43 PM   #8
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So far so good im in the end of my 2nd month. My body acne is completely gone. My face just have a few and its only the 2nd month the DERm said i have a approve so much. The red spots are finally fading. Right now im on 80 mgs on M,W,F and 40 mgs T,TH,SAT,SUN. Also normally the accutane doesnt kick in until the 3rd month . I know i would take accutane a 2nd time bc its less toxic than the first course which you probably know. Hopefully i can go on 80 mgs everyday.
I have never heard anything about it being less toxic the 2nd course. However it seems right as your body would have an immunity to it. I just wish i never broke out like this once I hit 120 mg, but what can you do.

 
Old 06-22-2004, 10:44 AM   #9
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Well bud it's good to see your clear. I just went to the derm today and she prescribed a moisturizer antibiotic. Fucidic Acid Cream. I'll let ya know how it goes

 
Old 06-25-2004, 10:11 PM   #10
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All I gotta say is Fucidin cream is unreal. This moisturizer/antiobiotic is amazing for stopping the spread of acne and no dryness at all! You put it on 4 times daily and it is a miracle cream. My acne is almost gone now thanks to it, beautiful, my derm knows her ****.

 
Old 06-25-2004, 10:13 PM   #11
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What was your dosage the first time you took it?
My dose was 100 mg/day the first time and worked wonders after 3 months, around the same time it's finally starting to clear up now.

 
Old 06-25-2004, 11:28 PM   #12
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Wow, did the Derm pass the recommended dosage for your height and weight? I know bc of my hight and weight im probably not going to pass 80 mgs. I know for the last 2 months i want to get on 100 mgs or 120 mgs but thats probably pushing it.

 
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Well I'm about 170, 180. I just don't think accutane is that harmful and either does my derm. My blood tests have always came back perfect, however she did say 120 is as high as she would go.

 
Old 06-29-2004, 08:18 PM   #14
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Well guys my skin is looking a lot better now with cover up and this antibiotic cream. I'm kinda pumped now and I think I am going to give my friends a call this week. Thanks for all your support!

 
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Just bumping this thread up to answer the questions I am being asked about myself.

 
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