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    Old 03-13-2001, 11:45 PM   #1
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    I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    I went to a psychiatrist the other day and told her my problems.
    I never had acne till about 9 months ago.
    My ex-g/f and I broke up and my life did a whoppin 360 degrees and I encountered what my psych said as really bad anxiety and depression.

    She said this is what caused my acne to become mild - moderate.
    My acne a few months after that went to severe in flammatory acne. Very severe.
    They were all huge. Not really any cysts though .
    Ive always been working out alot but when
    it went from moderate to severe she said was because I was eating from 6-7 meals a day which she said doesnt cause acne but can really make it aggravated and alot worse and thats excatly what happened to me..... My derm thought I was taking anabolic steriods which of course I wasnt ...He said to me"I cant help you if you dont tel me everything"
    I told him about me eating alot in order to gain muscle . I still think as of today he thinks i was taking steriods.

    I was first put on minocycline for 2 months then i went back to my derm he asked how everything was goin and I told him i stopped taking it the "breakout " period never stopped.. I told him all it did was make it worse.

    I told him i wanted to go on accutane..
    He next put me on accutane prob cause he thought I took steriods and this was the only way to stop it;which didnt care cause i wanted to go on it anyway. I think the only reason i started on minocycline was to rule out another option. Kinda like its "the rules"
    Ive been on accutane 7months with this being the last. I started back at the end of aug 2000.

    1st month 40mg
    2nd month 60mg
    3rd month 70mg
    4th month 70mg
    5th month 70mg
    6th month (my triglyceride levels and choloeterol levels went thorugh the roof ! literally they rose to 700 somethin.)
    so for the 6th month i took 40mg

    then for the last month which is this month
    (triglyceride levels and choloesterol levels went down) im on 100mg
    I take my last pill on march 20th.I weigh 160lbs.

    I really hope this awful disease doesnt come back. I can handle the occansional zit no prob. but severe acne is really psychological damaging.....

    I never even had a zit in my life till aout 10 months ago..
    My whole teenage years till just before this i had a grand total of prob about 5 zits...
    Honestly...

    My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti anxiety and anti depression medicine..
    I asked her that i heard it was bad for acne cuase it aggravated it. She told me that thats not true. She said she has treated lots of patients that have acne probs. from the same reason I do.
    She wants to start me on the medicine once all the accutane leaves my body and she wants to see how i feel once im off it.
    I honestly think i'll go insane if i get it back...
    The accutane itself screwed with me emotionally and psychologically not to mention the fatiguness but i managed to stick it out. I really did suffer in school cause of this though. I dropped alot of classes and its been very hard to concentrate and study.

    Im a 24 year old male .
    My psych basically said that she has seen this alot and helped alot of people thorughout her career with the anxiety and depression induced acne that I have incountered .
    She said once i went on the right medicine for me that i wouldnt have to worry about the acne again. She told me the accutane would work but I could get other skin probs. cause the reason i got acne was my body was telling me something was wrong.
    In order to fix the problem was fix the chemical imbalance in the brain...

    Can anyone else relate to this ?

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated..
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    Old 03-14-2001, 07:02 AM   #2
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    Very interesting post.
    I went on accutane last year, but it stopped working a couple of months after I stopped taking it. Are you saying that by taking anti-depressants you can cure the medical imbalance in the brain and therefore the acne?

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 02:00 PM   #3
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    I actually agree with all of that. Both of my doctors [my dermo and my family doctor] believe that acne is either hormonal, or caused by stress. Stress being depression, etc. At my dermatologist appointment today, she asked me about 5 different times if I was feeling "stressed" at all.

    I was also diagnosed with clinical depression and I've had it for about two years. I've been on Remeron for it for a few weeks now, so that's too soon to see extreme results. I still find myself getting stressed out at least once a week, and I'm taking Tai Chi classes to kind of help with that.

    But it does make sense. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and I think it's a huge signifier if something is wrong.

    My dad has smoked for as long as I could remember. I often wonder if he'd stop, if my acne would clear up. I can't tolerate cigarette smoke that well...

    Who knows, who knows...

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 02:03 PM   #4
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    yeah depending on the main reason you have acne though. For me is was mainly the anxiety that caused it.

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 04:27 PM   #5
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    whats actually weird is i used to smoke.
    I quit before all this happened.

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 09:33 PM   #6
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    sillygirl,

    It's amazing to think of all the little possibilities that could cause acne... seriously, I often wonder, what if it something so small, so completely unexpected, that we don't even think about it? Like you, I am really trying to get the stress levels down... it really aggravates my skin.

    Anyways, just had to comment. Interesting thread. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    Caleb

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 11:08 PM   #7
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    for many people who have stress related acne, i think of it as a cycle. depression leads to acne and acne leads to further depression. its an ongoing cycle that has to be stopped at some point. but i did hear that some antidepressants can cause acne or skin rashes. however, i read that this is a VERY RARE side affect and usually will not happen.

    -sternrad-

     
    Old 03-14-2001, 11:14 PM   #8
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    when i used to smoke everything was alot better.... i guess that means anxiety..

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 04:19 AM   #9
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    I agree about acne being caused or aggravated by stress. I am currently going through a hard spot in life and went on an AD-celexa. I think it's a miracle drug. I feel so happy and able to deal with my problems. Side effects for each person and medication will be different. Also important to keep in mind that sides usually go away or diminsh the first couple months you are on them. I haven't heard about acne as a side effect for many. But I know in my case it got worse, but is improving again. I feel that it ois very much worth it though. some people claim their complexions improve as well! Youve just gotta try. I wouldn't worry too much because Accutane should counteract any breakout but who knows.

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 12:01 PM   #10
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    what an interesting topic! Well.. I agree stress has a huge impact on the acne... but explain this: I think I had much more emotional stress in high school..(of course..still living at home, etc...).. and my skin was beautiful...I go away to college..my skin is gorgeous thge first 2 most stressful years...and then as I'm leaving college...I break out terribly..yet I have jobs already lined up, I meditate more, I eat healthier, I'm much more mentally stable then in high school. I'm out of college now and I my skin looks like ****... and if I could rate my stress in high school compared to now... I'm practally stress free compared to those years back! So.. it makes me wonder if its not even something ELSE. My psych. also reccomened anti-depressants... but I'm scared to fu-- around with the chemicals in my brain... I mean.. now a days..it seemes that all psych.s are giving people meds.. when half don't need it.. it supresses the root of the problem! Just like accutane..it clears it up...but it all comes back... My derm. and esthotician says are hormones are constanly changing and fluctuating...and that the severity of that is just something others are lucky not have to deal with... others like us have to deal with the acne..and yes,, stress, bad foods, etc.. can aggravate that acne... but psych.meds as the cure? I"m skeptical...

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 01:50 PM   #11
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    i talked to my derm today about this and he said that this is true... He said basically it's up to the patient to determine if they feel this is what the "root" is.. He said some have acne cause of this and some dont.
    I really feel i do. When i smoked (which was right before all this happened it was like 10 times better)
    I quit plus everything else then boom....
    Its like a constantly am worrying about this problem too.... I read from a tudy somewhere on the internet the "severe acne is the cause of the inability of the mind to relax"
    I feel this is what happened to me. He said i couold be in a constant fight or flight syndrome ( adrenalin constantly) which maybe is the reason it appeared as if i was on steriods..lol

    I really hope this is the prob.
    Iasked my derm about zoloft which is an anti depression anti and anxiety med.
    And he said "yeah acne is a side effect but extremely rare it said 1% in his medical dictionary, so if thought that was the prob go ahead and give it a try and if its not working just stop taking it and i'll see you back in 3-6 months if you have a acne problem again and we'll discuss another course of accutane.."

    He said the reason that derm's sugar coat the problem instead of attacking the root is because there could be a million different reasons the problem happens...

    He said if you have acne due to anxiety then you get more anxiety due from acne and if this is the root of the problem then psyhc meds is the way to go.. He said it really depends on what the patient feels is the problem .. He said if the patient doesnt know and nothing has dramatically changed in the persons life then its "usually " hormonal .....

    He said its like what came first "the chicken or the egg"

    So thats why we use accutane ... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    Anyone else have any feedback on this?
    thanks

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 01:54 PM   #12
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    he also said that he's seen the whole acne caused from anxiety beofre just like the psych said but thorughout his career the majority of the anxiety causing skin problems were more like roscea and psyorsis ( or however you spell that <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">)

    My pscyh also said your subconscious mind can also be stressed without you knowing really....

    He that's the reason he's treated alot of cops...High stressed job.

    When he said that he really got me thinkin ...

    any feed back??

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 03:51 PM   #13
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    Definetly. And my dermo kept asking me if I was stressed at all. Well, I didn't think that I was stressed, but I'm noticing that I clench and grind my teeth an AWFUL lot. And I know that it's not good for you, but I subconsiously do it. And that's usually a sign of stress.

    Anyway, that also makes me wonder...because when I completed my course of Accutane, I wasn't mentally stable [as in, my depression was still untreated]. Thus, my doctors think that the acne I have now is either stress or emotional related.

    It almost makes you wonder if acne is...hmm. Imaginary almost. I mean no, it ISN'T, but I think [as someone before as suggested] that if you don't think about your acne so much, and worry and stress over it, if it almost goes away. Thus, being almost imaginary.

    Ah, who knows.

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 05:21 PM   #14
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    That is an interesting idea.

     
    Old 03-15-2001, 05:45 PM   #15
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    Re: I finally found out the reason Ive gotten acne.....

    I think of that also, but if we're here giving others advice, don't we always think of it?

     
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