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Old 02-06-2003, 08:03 AM   #1
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hello ive been on dianette for about 4 and a bit months now my face is still a mess and im continuing to get big cysts and spots on my middle to lower cheeks and sides of my chin if i look close up most of my pores look blocked and im starting to get little hole scars aswell also red marks from past. so i have an appointment for the slin clinic at a hospital here in glasgow in a months time. ive been on lotsa medication from my normal gp who says they cant give me anymore only the skin clinic can give stronger meds. i take it she means accutane but is there anythin else? id really like some info about what my trip to the clinic will be like. what happens and whats the procedure. i hope its not just like the docs where they dont even look at ur skin properly but dish out crap meds. thing is i wear makeup all the time i really have to. right now even for this appointment i cant go without. will they be angry? :s im kinda scared. i think accutane will be the right choice for me as im gettin bad scarring and nothin else has worked. but ive been really depressed for years mostly because of my skin but it has developed into worries about everything and serious confidence problems. another really bad breakout would destroy me. should i mention this or will it damage my chance of accutane?
hope some people from the uk will reply ta xxx

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Old 02-06-2003, 08:05 AM   #2
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weird dunno what happened didnt mean to post twice delete?

Old 02-06-2003, 10:51 AM   #3
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Derm visits vary. I've seen several, they were all different. Some derms won't care about your acne, they will dish you out crap meds. such as antibiotics and topicals that might not work for you.

On your first visit, the derm will most likely have a nurse or student come in (depending on the size of the clinic/hospitol) and ask you what type medications you have used in the past, how long you've had acne, etc.

If acne has caused you turmoil in your life, you've tried many different medications, ie. prescribed antibiotics and topicals, maybe accutane is your next step. I wish I would have tried it earlier.

If you want to be prescribed to accutane, you have to have a long rap sheet of previously failed acne medications, or else they'll just put you on crap meds. Accutane is last resort.

They will not prescribe accutane to you if you tell them you are depressed, even if it was induced by your acne. So, you might not want to tell them that, if I were you, I would lie. I told them I was never depressed, but in actuality, I was from time to time because of my acne (accutane did not cause any depression on me).

It's up to you. Accutane has made my acne managable, it saved me. Remember accutane is a strong drug, when you use it, just make sure you listen to your body, it should tell you whats right and wrong. Good luck.

Old 02-06-2003, 12:43 PM   #4
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thank u for the advice

anyone been to a derm in glasgow?

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