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confused and considering accutane

Posted by
Felicia Davis on October 26, 2002 at 15:47:40:

I am considering Accutane because of my severe cystic acne that has broken my face out over the past three months. I have tried every OTC wash, cleanser,exfoliant, and so forth, and nothing has touched the surface to correct the problem. Antibiotics have not helped and I do not feel as though I have any other alternatives left. To be honest, the side effects of this drug scare me! I am 24 years old and I do not want to end up with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or lose my hair in a few years. I just want to have a clear face again. I work in a very people-oriented office and I am to the point of not wanting to leave my house in the mornings. I am very self-conscious and do not know what to do. I understand the side effects of taking Accutane. After reading testimonies and so forth, I just don't know. I just want these cysts to go away. My dermatologist says that diet has absolutely nothing to do with the problem and that stress only contributes to it- not a direct cause of it.
I don't want to spend a fortune on unnecessary oils and vitamins if they are not going to help my condition. Can anyone offer any advice?
Thanks,
Felicia



Re: confused and considering accutane

Posted by R. on October 26, 2002 at 21:52:11:

In Reply to: confused and considering accutane posted by Felicia Davis on October 26, 2002 at 15:47:40:

Yes, I can offer you a piece of advice -- fire your dermatologist for his is a moron.

The area of human knowledge about health, disease, nutrition, etc. is very immature. So, I am not going to be able to explain how all things work; neither will I pretend to know everything. However, I will try to help you to at least understand that your derm is a damn fool.

As you probably already know, everything in our bodies is affected by hormones. Your physiological state affects hormones immediately (it's probably created by changing hormone levels), and hormones can be affected by your thought and emotions (hence, stress may be bad for you; well, it is) and food. If your derm doesn't admit existence of this sequence of events, then he is an idiot and shouldn't be spent a minute of your time with.

Now, if you admit existence of that sequence of events, then you should think in that direction. If you are unable to help yourself, find a health practitioner who understand this philosophy. Your digestion must be at optimum (or at least, acceptable level), along with elimination system. Your hormones must be in balance. Basically, all your systems must be working correctly. A person with all systems working fine, cannot have acne, by definition. Find a health practitioner who can help you move in that direction.

There are companies that will test your hormones using your saliva. http://www.sabresciences.com/ is one of them. Helping You also said that http://www.lef.org/ does that too. They will let you test without a doctor's prescription.

There are many more things that you can do. Despite your feeling that you have no other alternatives left, you have only touched on standard mainstream crap that affects only the surface. There are very many things you can do to improve your health, and many of them are described in the archives here. People here can help you move along those lines.

"I don't want to spend a fortune on unnecessary oils and vitamins if they are not going to help my condition."

That's understandable. Nobody does. But first of all, you will not spend a fortune on them if you choose the right kinds. Secondly, focus on whole foods (real, bulk foods that you eat and supplements made of them). Avoid (or maybe don't rely on just) synthetic and isolated vitamins and minerals. I've spoken to a CEO of NutraStar (http://www.nutrastar.com), and she said that she hears from cosmetician that their stabilized rice bran based products have helped their clients with acne. The products are designed to specifically for acne. They improve overall health, probably stabilize hormones, etc. There are other effective whole foods supplements. And they don't cost a whole lot. In a range of $30-50 a month. If you eat out at all, $40 is about 4-6 times in a not too expensive restaurant. Quality fish oil is cheap.

You can start participating in this process by listing what you eat. Possible allergies. And don't ignore the tests.

While you think about all this, try dropping all wheat (better all grains for some time). it also might be a good idea to drop pasteurized, homogenized dairy too. Sufficient number of people find their problems (skin and other types) go away when eliminate these foods from their diets.



Re: confused and considering accutane -- CORRECTION

Posted by R. on October 26, 2002 at 21:55:23:

In Reply to: Re: confused and considering accutane posted by R. on October 26, 2002 at 21:52:11:

I made a mistake in my sentence about NutraStar products. I meant to say that the products are NOT specifically designed for acne.

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Re: confused and considering accutane

Posted by Miss Bliss on October 26, 2002 at 22:36:38:

In Reply to: Re: confused and considering accutane posted by R. on October 26, 2002 at 21:52:11:

R. is right again. Your dermatologist IS a moron.

Believe me they dont have your best interests at heart. Just to present you with the quickest and easiest (and dangerous) way to get rid of your problem. Accutane is a powerful drug. So you have read the archives on Accutane? And still considering taking this drug!?

I understand that whilst your face is in such a bad state, that you will do anything to get rid of it. But risk your future health!? Is that really worth a temporary fix it? Did you read about the many people who have relapses after Accutane? Surely there are other ways you could handle this.

Have you tried any of the natural antibiotics? I remember when my skin was really bad, antibiotics really worked. Although they were prescription antibiotics. This is just my opinion, but If I had to choose, I would rather go onto prescription antibiotics than put such a powerful drug as Accutane into my body.

I doubt any oil is going to fix your problem as its severe, but as R. said, definitely look into allergies. Mine was more hormonal. Please dont be hasty, and rush into taking Accutane. This is after all, a cosmetic problem, but your health is for life.

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Re: confused and considering accutane

Posted by MJ on October 27, 2002 at 01:03:21:

In Reply to: confused and considering accutane posted by Felicia Davis on October 26, 2002 at 15:47:40:

Have you ever heard of or considered using Pro Active. There's probably even a website for it. Check it out. I know people at work that have used it and say it really does achieve good results. I've never used it myself, but it may be worth a try? When I was 16 all the way till I was 25 I had bad acne. So bad that the acne was growing on top of the acne!! My doctor perscribed me Tetracycline and told me not to scrub wash my face with a cloth, but only to splash wash with a light soap.

Good luck from someone who's been there.


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Re: confused and considering accutane (Archive in acne.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 27, 2002 at 07:40:07:

In Reply to: confused and considering accutane posted by Felicia Davis on October 26, 2002 at 15:47:40:

Hi, Felicia.

Listen to MJ, R & Miss Bliss.

Surely, before you commit youself to another shot at a "quick fix" you deserve to at least read the archives about acne.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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Re: confused and considering accutane

Posted by Jackie on October 30, 2002 at 09:38:49:

In Reply to: confused and considering accutane posted by Felicia Davis on October 26, 2002 at 15:47:40:

I have had acne since age 12. I am now 38 and still struggle. I have been on every drug known to man for acne. Accutane for me made me moody and my hair started falling out YEARS after taking the drug. It helped my acne mildly.

Here is what helps my acne. LOTS of water. I take a quality multi-vitamin and a quality vitamin E supplement (I take Usana because it seems to agree with me). The vitamin E really helps my skin. I try to exercise at least 4 days per week and I don't eat junk and I don't drink or smoke. Stress does make it worse and eating junk does make it worse, even though the derm will probably tell you it does not matter.

I truly understand the self esteem issues, but, for me, the Accutane was not a miracle cure. I wash with Clearasil soap daily and use Neutregena acne wash in the shower. This all seems to help.

Good luck.

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