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Old 05-29-2002, 07:51 PM   #1
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If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not.

Dear friends,

I have posted my story before but I just wanted to post it again because I am reading more and more about people being frustrated with their acne. My story may make you feel better. If anyone should be frustrated, it should be me. Please listen to my story.

In my high school years, I had mild acne, but since I wanted to clear it up for good, I used Retin-A. just a few weeks on Retin-A and my face COMPLETELY broke out! I had totally become a zit-face, my worst nightmare. I had big ones all over and I looked hideous. My classmates all made fun of me non-stop and one of them called me "pimple-boy". This was all because of Retin-A. Otherwise, I would never have had bad acne. So I continued using it for SIX MONTHS. And, still it did not clear up. So I stopped using it and used over the counter products for the next 6 years of my life. It never really did recover to where it was before I took Retin A. But it was under control.

So then, just recently, I decided, I should go see a dermatologist because I just wanted to clear my skin up for good even though it was under control. She stated, "It's really not so bad." I knew that. So she prescribed me Azelex, Cleocin, and Mino. I thought this would clear me up for good. To my surprise, within DAYS after I used these products, my skin COMPLETELY broke out like crazy!!! Mind you, the dermatologist had reassured me that this medication is not supposed to give you an initial breakout period. I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT MY WORST NIGHTMARE WAS COMING ALIVE AGAIN. And to think all this time, I was laughing at what I had to go through in high school.

So I went back to her in a week and it was obvious this doctor did not give a damn about me because I came in and she told me that it was getting better!!! WHAT???!!! Obviously, she did not remember how it was before but she just said it was getting better for a reason I do not know why. And the worst part of it all was when she asked me "Are you under any stress???" SHE WAS TRYING TO BLAME IT ON STRESS!!!

So she said I just had a rash and she told me to stop using the azelex and use cortizone cream to calm it down. I truly had faith in her. So it did calm down, but the huge breakout was still there.

For the next month, I continued the mino and the cleocin, but my skin was breaking out like crazy again!!! In place I've never broken out before. So I called her again and again she said, "It's because you're under a lot of stress. The medication is not supposed to make you break out." I couldn't BELIEVE her comments!!! Mind you, I had NO extraodinary stress.

The worst part of the story was that I told her, "You know, even when I was under a lot of stress, I never EVER broke out like this." Her reply just got me so mad when she told me, "When you came in, it was already getting bad." I'm like WHAT???? I had just a minor case when I first came in and you even told me yourself that I was not bad at all and NOW YOU'RE CHANGING YOUR STORY AROUND SO THAT YOU DON'T TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MEDICATION YOU GAVE ME!!!!

I was stunned. I just could not believe that she would not take ANY responsibility for the reaction that the medication had given me. Not only that, she didn't give a damn about me and didn't remember that I had MINOR acne when I came in for the first time.

Just imagine the hopeless feeling that I had when I had my worst nightmare came true and a doctor had given it to me and she refused to take responsibility for it. I tell you, it is the most horrible feeling in the world. IT'S 100 TIMES WORSE THAN JUST HAVING ACNE. And she would not do much to help me through it, not even given me peace of mind that it will go away.

I put my faith in this Doctor and all she has done is destroyed my life for the past 2 months of my life and god knows how much longer. And I know she doesn't give a damn about it. This was the second time it had happened to me in my life.

So the two times I have gone for help to clear up my MINOR acne for good, I come back out as a HUGE zitface. Imagine how frustrating that is.

So for all you people who are frustrated that the mediciation prescribed for you is not making any improvements, consider yourself lucky that it didn't make you any worse like it traumatically did for me twice. TWICE - both times when i was JUST about to clear up my skin.

I have lost so much faith in dermatologists and how they conduct their practices that I don't know where to turn to now.

I'm just using differin now and it is improving slowly. And I'm going to gut it out.

If you're thinking of giving up, just think about me. If anyone has an excuse to give up, it should be me. But I'm going to gut this one out and YOU BETTER TOO.

Regards,
Jay

 
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Old 05-29-2002, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

i feel your pain brother...but who prescribed the differin you're using now? the same dermatologist? i too don't like the prescribed medication, but you can't blame it on the doctor. they have no clue what the medication will do to your face. they see the textbook symptoms, so they prescribe you a textbook prescription. they can't tell the future. they work miracles for some people. some don't.

 
Old 05-29-2002, 08:11 PM   #3
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Thanks for the reply blab,

I'm not mad that the medication has given me a bad reaction. I know that Doctors never know unless they try.

I'm mad at the fact that she would not take responsibility for it and tried to blame it on Stress even though I had told her that I didn't have any. Also, for the fact that she kept insisting that my acne was getting better when it was 20 times worse!

 
Old 05-29-2002, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

who prescribed the differin though? after all your bad luck with the presc.meds...why keep using them? i say save yourself time and money and frustration and just go with other otc products that people here have been raving about.... b-5, sage..etc.

 
Old 05-29-2002, 09:47 PM   #5
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Hang in there man. Dermatologists suck. I just wanted evidence of that, and for that, I went to the dermatologist about a month ago. I'm in highschool, and started getting moderate acne about a year ago. I was prescribed Differin, and a light cleanser, which I used for about 8 months. I wouldn't say Differin *didn't* help, but it's not like my face is totally clear now. I would still get the occasional big whitehead that would scar my face. So anyway, about two months ago, I started the BP regimen. My face was beginning to look better again, and I'd been on this message board for quite some time, and had heard all the dermatologist bashing I could hear. What I now wanted was evidence that it was true that dermatologists...suck. I went to mine, with almost no acne, and got prescribed Retin-A, a lotion, and a cleanser, to go with my BP. I didn't get any of them. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> My face looks healthier, I think the BP regimen is working, I have an extremely pretty girlfriend, I'm doing well in highschool, and now I know dermatologists suck. Hey, I always knew there was light at the end of the tunnel. It was just a matter of WHEN I'd get there/will get there. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

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Old 05-30-2002, 06:09 AM   #6
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

sheastadium - excellent post, that made me cry alittle for you, me & the rest of acne sufferers i would write my story which is similiar to that but i'd be here forever i feel your pain i've had acne for years. I've never been to a derm just the doctors & they always make my face hundred times worst, im sooo scared to go to a derm they'd probably ruin me for life thats why im just doing my own thing & help myself since there not interested & prescribe me sh*t, im trying not to give up but its hard, b5 ******* me off at the moment 1 minute in gettin clear & the next its all down hill &lt;sigh&gt; will i ever be clear????

 
Old 05-30-2002, 11:59 AM   #7
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Shea Stadium!!!!!!!!(#*&(@& Im a mets fan for life!! i live in NY too glad to see a met fan on here!

 
Old 05-30-2002, 06:41 PM   #8
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Hey man, I feel for you, but you have had it for 2 months, I had it when i was 12 and i still have it at 18....if your acne is not getting any better....get that ***** *** dermatologist to prescribe accutane...that will work, if it doesn, you can even kick MY *** for telling you about it. Ill even pay for the ticket for you to come to san diego and kick it a couple times ! haha <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
Old 05-30-2002, 09:34 PM   #9
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Thank you all for reading my story and all your support. I just hope that you learn NOT TO GIVE UP, because just look at me and how much pain I have gone through and I am not about to give up. Not at all.

It's not true that I only had it for 2 months. I've had it since I was 14 (10 years). Sometimes mild, sometimes severe. But every time I turn for help, I become a zitface and start from scratch again.

I am currently taking Septra (the antibiotic) and Differin and I am noticing improvements.

So please EVERYONE, DO NOT GIVE UP. Don't let medications or Doctors frustrate you because there will be something that will make it go away. Just be patient and find it. A few months or even a few years of pain (like me) while finding the right medication is a small price to pay to heal your face.

Sometimes, you just have to rely on yourself to find that medication. No one know your skin better than you do. I've learned the hard way.

 
Old 05-31-2002, 07:42 AM   #10
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Look on the bright side. At least you didn't get put under a sun lamp weekly for treatment of your acne like I did. They would actually burn my face with the sun lamp.

Now not only do I have all the problems that come with long term cystic acne but I also have to worry about skin cancer.

Do these dermatologist really know what they are doing?

 
Old 05-31-2002, 06:44 PM   #11
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Are you serious? A sun lamp?

I'm really shocked. My derm recommended an exfoliation once my breakouts stop. There's N.F.W. I'm going to let her touch my face.

Good luck with your acne. I just ordered Sage Skin Care. I'll let you know how it works.

 
Old 05-31-2002, 10:51 PM   #12
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

Have you tried Accutane?

 
Old 05-31-2002, 11:03 PM   #13
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

No, and I don't think I will. I don't think the risks aren't worth it for me.

I'd rather have acne than liver problems or go bald.

Plus, I want to exhaust all my options before I even consider Accutane.

 
Old 06-01-2002, 05:16 PM   #14
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

accutane is not as bad people make it out to be, yeah it does have dangerous side effects but when i look back two yrs ago it was totally worth it! i couldnt get over the reality that i had flawless skin - it was incredible. but yeah try everything and use acccutane as a last resort.

and i didnt go bald either <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
good luck

 
Old 06-05-2002, 04:53 AM   #15
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Re: If you're frustrated, read my story. I have every excuse to give up, but I'm not

sheastadium,

sometime, i dread seeing doctor because they really act as though they are miracle worker and are so arrogant and the patient opinion are just not important , although i'm always think that we should be treated well, well we are customer after all. but never mind not all dermatologists are liked that although i won't like to look for the dermatology in our country hospital, you know my friend told me that even though your face are pretty bad they will start you on antibiotic first, and accutane is really the last, last resort, my friend face is pretty worst and cmon everyone knows that antibiotic can only the acne for a short time, so this time around i know if i get a dermatologist i won't get the accutane i want, actually my acne isn't so bad but nothing else will get rid of the acne for sometime, so i wanted to try accutane, i went to the GP and she was so symphathetic, really listening to you and midway she say the magical word, ya i will prescribe you roaccutane, i was so happy, it's funny that everytime i went to a female doctor, things always goes my way, now maybe in future i should stay away from male doctor, best of luck pple

 
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