Post # 32
Ugh, I’m sorry. That is so frustrating. 🙁 But I totally know what you mean when you talk about trying so many things.
I cannot tell you how many facewashes, moisturizers, OTC acne treatments (all sorts of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide combos), prescribed acne treatments and pills (spironolactone, which I didn’t take for long due to being wary of side effects, but they are definitely less scary than Accutane’s, and tetracycline) and shitty fads (Proactiv, anyone?) I’ve tried.
My acne has always been better when I’ve been on birth control, too. I’m on monophasic BC – Gildess/Junel/Loestrin (all the same thing). Though, I suspect you have already traversed that avenue if you have already tried everything!
Post # 33
My husband was on acutane in high school. No long term side effects. He still has some skin issues but it’s totally unrelated to acutane and more of a “he’s had a bad diet for a while & bad skin care regimen.” Otherwise, he has great skin.
Post # 34
@EffieTrinket: I took Accutane in middle school after having TERRIBLE skin for a long time and trying other things 🙂 I do warn you that this is not something you want to be taking on your wedding day. For nearly the entire duration of taking it, your skin will be EXTREMELY dry. Your lips might crack at the edges, creating red sores. I swear, I looked like I had a clown face for a while 😛
But, a couple of months after it was all over, my skin was the most amazing skin ever…and it still is. I never break out. Ever. And I have no digestive issues because of it.
ETA a pic of my skin now since others did 😉
(And I used to have acne on my chest, face, back…ALL the places! I was one GIANT pimple)
Post # 35
There are so many other medications you can go on… Retin-A is excellent and you probably need an antiboitic.
Post # 36
@EffieTrinket: I took it about 10 years ago. My skin was amazing!!! It went to about 70% amazing within a few years of going off. I started using retin a about 6 years ago and I love it! My skin is crystal clear And wrinkle free. My derm friend says that’s the #1 best anti-wrinkle product out there.
All that to say: you will be just fine on the accutane. I went off after 5 mos due to extremely dry lips that cause me to get recurring cold sores (i already had gotten them, this was just excessive). That’s the only side effect I had.
Post # 37
To the posters suggesting to try other methods before Accutane, it is always a last resort due to the side effects. I’ve been to and have been under the care of several dermatologists, and none of them jumped to Accutane without first prescribing a topical treatment + oral antibiotic treatment. Unfortunately, many of those products do not work for everyone and more drastic measures have to be taken.
Post # 38
I’m on Retin-A right now, and it gives me what can best be described as eczema. The skin gets slightly raised, and starts to come off in scales. I totally agree- it works great! There’s no acne after a little while, but the scaling patches make me look diseased rather than just unsightly. Plus the skin flakies get in my hair and on my shirts. I think I’ve tried it about 4 times now, and after this I am pretty sure I am just going to give the leftovers to a buddy who uses it for wrinkles.
As for antibiotics, they worked pretty well, too. My skin was always clear while on them. Unfortunately, every type I take causes either horrible stomach upset, yeast infections, or both. It’s so bad that I pretty much have to be knocking on pneumonia’s door before I will go to the doctor when I’m sick, because I know they will usually give me a Z-pack or doxycycline, and severe stabbing pain and monistat purchases will follow. It sucks. That was a really cheap treatment, too.
Post # 39
Your skin is so beautiful! I would have never suspected that you had ever had bad skin at all. Did either of you do any sort of microdermabrasion or resurfacing?
Post # 40
Nope 🙂 Sometimes I don’t even take my makeup off. LOL.
My skincare routine now consists of me splashing some water on my face in the shower.
Post # 41
I don’t know if this is an issue, but some reports show that it affects the ability to become pregnant. A family friend had I believe 2 rounds (though it may have been 3), and while they couldn’t completely say infertility was due to the Accutane – they have yet to find anything else. I know that’s extreme and doesn’t happen to everyone, just something to consider!
I actually wanted to take it and my skin isn’t even that bad, apparently, since I was immediately denied. Good luck with whatever you choose!
Post # 42
I took one round of it when I was 16. It made a night and day difference in my skin. After a while the acne started to come back, but it was much less severe. They wanted me to do another round, but I refused because it wasn’t that bad.
I have great skin now and get compliments on it all the time. I have no scarring thanks to the Accutane. I don’t have any lasting side effects from it and it has been 10 years since I stopped taking it.
Post # 43
Oh wow.. I am so sorry to hear how horrible they made you feel.. Were or are you on a few different meds? I’m on Benzaclin in the a.m and Retin-a and Epiduo along with a cream only available at my doctor’s office in the p.m. He also has me wash and moisterize with products from his office as well. I don’t have any refills left on the antibiotic and now I have 2 big pimples and a few little ones. I’m going to try to make an appt for this Wednesday. I hate the antibiotic thou.. The yeast infecs do suck! I just want to know if this will EVER stop.. I never see older people with acne. I’m 33 and just want it to end.
Post # 44
Accutane is not approved by the FAA for pilots to use because of the depression and suicide risk. That right there is enough to keep me away from it.
That being said, I know people who’ve used it with fantastic results. I guess it just depends on your tolerance of risk. Birth control pretty much solved my skin issues, but I know some people aren’t ok with the side effects of that.
Post # 45
This may sound like a dumb suggestion, but it really helped me so I’ll just tell you. I’ve always had bad acne since being a preteen. I’d taken antibiotics and prescription topical medications. Some prescriptions worked for a little while but then the effects esteemed to wear off, and I’d need something stronger. At one point in high school we were thinking about Accutane, but my doctor decided against it. Anyway, about a year ago, my skin cleared up drastically. The only thing that I had changed was that I started to take prenatal vitamins and flaxseed oil for other reasons. I was shocked that all these prescriptions only sort of helped, and then over-the-counter vitamins with no side effects do the trick! I don’t know if it would help anyone else, but it worked for me and so I thought it couldn’t hurt to share.
Post # 46
Sorry if these questions have been asked, but when is your wedding? Sometimes the skin flares up more and takes a while to come round.
Have you tried one of the birth control pills?
I have been on Accutane (it’s called Roaccutane in my country ;)). My skin looks great and I don’t believe it would have ever come right without it. When you have bad acne there is no amount of fruit and veggies or topical creams that would work.
I didn’t find any side effects but just be aware that it changes the way your skin functions forever. It totally stops oil production when you’re on it and your lips and skin are so dry they flake, including on your scalp. The payoff is worth it, you will never look back.