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    Old 10-07-2004, 11:05 AM   #1
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    Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm the mother of a 16 year old daughter. I'm in tears writing this story. I'm just so lost as what I can do to help my daughter with her severe cystic acne.

    She's had acne since she was in the 4th grade. It started with little bumps here and there. Once the hormone level went haywire in 6th grade the acne got really bad. I, like other mothers, thought "it's just acne, a phase" and did not THINK to see a dermatologist for something that every teenager will go through.

    By 8th grade her acne was not clearing and if anything getting worse. Her Dad had severe acne during his teen years so again....we just thought a phase but see a derm about it. The dermatologist gave her a concoction that she made herself and it worked for a couple months but that was it. We traded insurance and wasn't able to see the derm again. A friend told her about Pro-Active and guess what...it worked...for about 5 months. It NEVER got rid of the acne but the angry red bumpy redness subsided.

    This summer 11th grade year (age 16), I really started noticing how her face is always red, bumpy and how scars are forming. Not to mention that's it's ALL OVER HER FACE. It's not the acne that's just here or there..... It's the entire face. She has days where her face actually hurts in spots or all over. Poor thing she's developed my sweat glans and her Dad's big pores! Her forehead, back and chest (sweaty spots)are broken out so bad she tries to hide it.

    She stopped the Pro-Active because it just didn't do anything but dry her face out at this point. I tried over the counter "pro-active" type systems. Didn't work. I think we've tried every over the counter item there is at Sav-On, Wal-Mart and the mall. I also noticed how depressed she started getting about her acne (this is the painful part)....she's BEEN boy crazy but now that all her friends are getting boyfriends and she's not, it's depressing her. A friend of hers (while I know she was trying to help) suggested that she see a dermatologist about her acne and maybe she would have a chance with boys. Whaaat!!!! Do you know HOW small I felt? Here I'm her mother and I haven't even tried to get her some type of derm help. I know last year she had a couple boys that teased her about her "bumpy, acne face", kids are so cruel and it broke my heart! My daughter is very outgoing, friendly and has plenty of friends, boys and girls but her she has self-esteem issues and the acne does not help.

    Right now she has acne all over her face. Not much blackheads or whiteheads. It's mostly under the skin, angry red acne. Her forehead is covered in tiny bumpy feeling acne...no whiteheads, just bumpy feeling and red. She picks constantly.

    Well, 3 months ago I took her to the doctor, he said she has cystic acne. He said it's the worst but very treatable so he prescribed monocycline(sp?) and a topical. I will say the angry redness has gone away but still leaving the bumpy cystic acne. I also switched her to the cetaphil cleanser.

    My daughter and I had a long, long talk and spent 3 hours on the internet researching Accutane last week. While I'm very scared for her to try it, she's willing and I'm willing to have my daughter take the risk in order for her to lead a life with better self-esteem. So we're all set to have the doc perscribe Accutane and Damn.....he says it's really hard to go through the hoops to get it, it's something most insurance companies won't cover and the cost is about $500.00 per month. I would need a referral for a derm, that takes about 4 weeks. He said he's willing to do it, but let's try something else first.

    He's now prescribing monocycline(sp?) still and the Retin A Micro Gel .04%!!!!!
    He says to give it another 2 months. He says her face will get red, itchy, flaky and maybe a really bad breakout for the first month. Luckily it didn't scare her off because a friend of hers used the same thing, his face was really bad last year, but now his face after 4 months on the same treatment, is really clearing up. This is making her feel good about trying it. I explained to her that the scars are probably for life but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

    Anyone have any words of wisdom for me. Anything encouraging? Anything you tried that worked to help with the side effects of Retin-A Micro? Someone suggested Eucerin lotion. Anyone have/had the red angry under the skin Cystic Acne and have anything work for them? What should she really expect from the Retin-A Micro?

    We've been doing the pillow case changes daily, anyone have luck with that? Anyone had dermabrasion after and had good luck? I've heard horror stories about this.

    Thanks for all your help!
    Upset, concerned Mother

     
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    Old 10-07-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    Hello...I wish my parents were as supportive as you are when I was struggling with cysts. My acne seems to have developed similarly to how your daughters did. I'm now 23 (female) and get an occasional cyst, but usually only about every 2 months or so. I also tried everything...but I spent any $$ I got from babysitting or working after school to try to clear or cover my acne...your support is so important for for her, and I'm sure she appreciates it.

    My parents took me to see a dermatologist twice, I believe. The first time I was 14, the second maybe 16. Each time the dermatologist mentioned birth control as an option, but, each time my father was with me - and of course, he said NO. I was put on an a few antibiotics, but they really didn't agree with my system. I was also given benzamyacin cream, and it made my eyes burn and turned my skin into a mess. The second time the derm perscribed cleocin, a lotion type of topical antibiotic, and it really seemed to work. My skin smoothed out and I really only wore makeup to cover some scarring. But unfortunately, when I turned 18, I was off my parents insurance, and could not afford any perscriptions on my own.

    When I started college, I went to my university health center for all my needs (it was free). I went there for my first "gyno" exam, and asked about birth control. I was given a perscription, and have been on some form of birth control pill since. For me, the regulated cycles really seemed to help with the breakouts, which were due to my oily skin and wacky hormones. It has made a huge difference for me. I know everyone has different experiences with birth control (I have been on 6 kinds), but I can honestly say that each of them did more to help me than cause more harm to my skin. Like I said, I don't get a cyst very often anymore.

    I know your daughter is young - and you may not want her to be on a birth control pill. I can understand. But it may be worth a try. Quite often, acne in females is connected to hormones. I know accutane will probably help her, but perhaps you could try a few cycles of a bcp and see how it works. It may be a "gentler" option.

    I have pangs in my stomach when I think about what your daughter is going through. I am so sorry...I understand completely. I hope that you are helped by any of the advice you receive through the boards.

    Best of luck to your family,

    manders

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 11:59 AM   #3
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    DirtDiva,

    I'm not a mom or an expert, but I will say this-see how things work w/the Retin-A Micro and the antibiotics as the dermatologist suggested before trying Accutane. I'm not a "wise old soul", but I do know tht Accutane is POWERFUL, and your daughter is young. I'm not saying Accutane is for adults only, but as you have already discovered, it has SEVERE side affects that can be temporary and permanent. I was on Accutane 3 or 4 times. It cleared up my acne while I was on it, and I had moderate to severe acne w/the occasional cyst. My acne returned each time after being off Accutane seven months. However, I will say this-each time I got off Accutane and my acne came back, it was not as severe as before I went on it.

    But like you said-at least give the minocycline and Retin-A Micro a chance before going to Accutane. Her acne sounds like, IMO, severe enough to get Accutane. If she does go on it, I hope it works out for her and clears her up for good!!! Another note, you probably read that Accutane can cause liver damage, so you might want her to take an herb called Milk Thistle if she decides to get Accutane. It helps maintain healthy/normal liver function. But I know what she's going through regarding the cysts (and acne, in general). I've got 2 huge cysts right now that showed up overnight, and they are driving me crazy!!! And I'm 33!! On dealing with cysts, there's really nothing to do except to not try and pop them. It won't work, and it will make things worse if she tries to. It sounds like she's good about not picking, and that is a plus. But cysts are definitely a no-no when it comes to touching or popping. I've heard of putting ice, calamine lotion, warm and cold compresses, honey (yes, honey), or just some strong otc topicals on them to make them go away. I just read in another thread of someone using an anti-itch lotion called Finast (located in the aisle with bandaids and cortisone cream) But I do feel her pain. It's no fun. Anyway, I hope this helps some. Take care and good luck!!! Oh, I've never had dermabrasion.

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    Old 10-07-2004, 12:51 PM   #4
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    Trying other oral antibiotics first makes more sense than jumping right to Accutane, because of its side effects. Skin cleansers do not help acne.

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 02:06 PM   #5
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    I started taking accutane at the age of 17. If you get blood work every month while your on it, its pretty safe. Yes, it's the last resort. The only side effect i had was dryness. If you take the necessary precautions its a pretty safe med. Good Luck to you and your Daughter.

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 02:41 PM   #6
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    I am a mother and an acne sufferer so this story really touches home for me. I understand what both of you are going through. You can be such a comfort to her. My mom was. Let her know you think she's beautiful and can't wait to see how great she is going to look in just a few weeks. I was crying about my skin, and the retin-a breakout I was going through, one day and my mom told me a story about a very attractive woman she knew. She had had a chemical peel and was going about her business with a VERY red face. Her attitude was 'I don't care if it's red for a few days. Just think how beautiful I'll be when it's over.' That story helped me so much!
    Let your daughter know you have faith it will eventually all go away (if you do she will too!) and don't rest until it does!!! I can't stress that enough. She needs you to help her. It is treatable and her self esteem is worth any price!
    About Accutane - I wish I would have taken it at sixteen. I believe it could have saved me a lot of pain. And in my opinion the best time for a woman to take it is before she has to worry about birth defects.
    Please keep us updated on how she is doing.

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 04:12 PM   #7
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    I can certainly relate to you...I had acne as a teen and watched my daughter have it in her teens too. I'm certainly not an expert, but a LOT of people on here have written that topical treatments and antibiotics don't do a whole lot for cystic acne....it's better treated from the inside.

    I would maybe stay on the antibiotic if you want to and definately try birth control. Your daughter is old enough to start for her skin...plenty of other teens are on it for "other" reasons! I would try Yasmin...many many people have written that's it's very good for the skin. I would give it at least 6 months and if it doesn't do the trick...go for the accutane. Try to get her to stop picking at her skin...that's only going to make things worse.

    And I wish you the best of luck...let your daughter know how much she's loved and that although this is a hard thing to go through...it's a "temporary" thing....you WILL find the treatment that will work for her!

    KEEP US POSTED and GOOD LUCK !!

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 05:42 PM   #8
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement!

    I will definately talk to the doc about birth control. My daughter and I did touch on the subject. It's one of those talks "not that I'm condoning having sex at your age BUT we want to prevent pregnancy and std's so tell me and we will get you something."

    When the doctor mentioned you would have to have 2 false pregnancy test taken she said "Mom, I don't have to worry about that, I'm not having sex yet"....I told her it's a formality that has to be done if you want Accutane. She's the one that said "now is the time to be on Accutane since I'm not having sex and no chance of getting pregant and having deformed babies"

    I'm not a big drug taker and neither are my kids. It's tylenol as last resort for headache. This is why it was a big step for us to even discuss taking Accutane. It was like we set ourselves up for it, only to have the doctor tell us no.

    We're both willing to give the Retin-A Micro a chance (even at $85.00) and then go from there.

    Again, thanks for all the kind words and I will definately keep you updated on her progress!!

     
    Old 10-07-2004, 08:56 PM   #9
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    Re: Cystic Acne - Retin A Micro started today!

    Hello again,

    I know everyone has different hormones, but in general, some of the best birth control pills for acne are (supposed to be) Yasmin, Desogen, Mircette, and Ortho Tricyclen - this is simply because of their higher estrogen activity and lower androgenic activity. Trying a bcp may help to rule out if her acne is mainly a hormonal problem. While a bcp prescription is a case-by-case basis, these may be some pills to discuss with your MD. Also, I don't know if you have looked into spiro, that is also an option for females.

    Best of luck!

     
    Old 10-08-2004, 05:36 AM   #10
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    DirtDiva,

    Yes, please keep us posted about your daughter!! I wish the best for her, and like other people have said, it is so great that you have taken her acne seriously. "Back in my day" all we had was a couple of antibiotics available, and my mom, bless her heart, really didn't know what to do about mine. I think Accutane can be a very good thing. Like another poster said, if she gets on Accutane, just do the the bloodwork timely like the dr. says and make sure she takes care of herself, and she'll be fine. Take care!!!

     
    Old 10-08-2004, 05:53 AM   #11
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    There's not much i can say as most people here have already given you similar advice, all i can say is that one day in the near future i hope that your daughters skin clears up and she can get over what must be a nightmare for her and you,
    Our thoughts are with you and please keep us up to date with how she gets on with the antibiotics and cream

    Good luck and best wishes
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