Acne and Accutane archives


Posted by Joedy on October 16, 1998 at 09:29:25:

Dr Stoll and anyone reading,

I have experienced large seemingly perminant outbreaks of acne from the age of 13.. since then i have vistited many dermitoligists and doctors and have on and off tried Doryx, Septrin Forte , and now aged 18 Dianne-35 (the pill) which has lead to a large amount of wieght gain. I experienced a noticable improvement after going on the pill but do not want to be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Before treatment I had breakouts all over my face, neck and chest aswell as spread all over my back. For people who have never experienced severe acne it is easy to judge and ridicule people who go to great lengths to have clear skin, they do not know of the constant everyday torment especially in the teenage years where a negative self image destroys any kind of self esteem. I was for years afraid to wear a swimsuit as i had acne all over my back, it was the same when wanting to wear any kind of nice clothes in summer that had a cut away neckline and back with thin staps. In the world we created where "image is everything" a childhood of constant ridicule should be avoided at any cost. Acne has stolen 5 years of my life, 5 years i can never get back, and probably the 5 most importnant years of a womans life, where she develops her sense of community and self placement. To all the people who have ever made a snied remark about someone with blemished skin...please .. stop the bullshit and try to help.

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Re: Accutane

Posted by Kyra on October 16, 1998 at 11:17:03:

In Reply to: Accutane posted by Joedy on October 16, 1998 at 09:29:25:

Dear Joedy,

I sympathize with your plight. I lived through my own version of it in my teens. The most helpful thing you could do to start on this BB would be to go to the archives and read everything there on acne and Accutane. This will give you a comprehensive view of the conversations about these subjects on the BB. The hardest thing may be to accept that the real cure for acne is found through a comprehensive wellness program, involving regular skilled (deep) relaxation twice a day for 20 minutes at a time, proper diet for your metabolic type, and physical exercise. The drugs--none of them, in my opinion--work in the long run, and all have unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects. Believe me, I understand the desire to find the answer to building self-esteem and finding community via a prescription, especially when the acne is disfiguring and physically uncomfortable. It's a natural response, not a sign of weakness, and is an indication of emotional pain and understandable desperation. Unfortunately, prescription meds simply aren't the answer. Read the archives. You'll hear different versions of the same story over and over again. A comprehensive wellness program is the only thing that will get rid of the acne. When your friends see the difference, they'll be asking you how you did it, and you'll only gain status and self respect when you tell them. I know through hindsight that the worst problem about acne is the self-critical inner voice between your ears telling you that you're different and worthless. This nagging little inner voice has no bearing on the reality of the situation. Sure, some of your peers may tease you about it from the perspective of their gloriously unblemished skins and stellar social lives, but if they're cruel and immature people who compensate for their hidden insecurities by teasing others, are they really worth having as friends? A last thought. The five years of adolescence that you refer to aren't the only years of your life that count. I'm 43, and have grown and enjoyed every year between adolescence and now, right along with my own share of suffering. Let the acne be an opportunity to learn compassion and an open heart, learning to love and forgive the people who ostracize you. Take it easy on yourself, too. All the best!


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Re: Accutane

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 17, 1998 at 07:00:53:

In Reply to: Accutane posted by Joedy on October 16, 1998 at 09:29:25:

Dear Joedy,

Welcome to the website. This is a totally different approach to your problem than any you have been exposed to before. You may not like it but it will help you. The problem is that it requires your becoming an expert in the alternatives AND the causes of persistant acne. This takes more work than most people are willing to expend. In the end, YOU are the only person who can resolve this.

Now having said that, if you are willing to learn about this, go to the archives at this link and read everythying you can find about acne, accutane & accutane side-effects. Be sure to read the 2 references listed: archives

THEN, if you are still interested, write again with any further questions. Once you understand the causes of persistant acne, you will begin to understand why ANY treatment is temporary at best and only helps with symptoms till the person grows out of it. Some, like you, do not "grow out of it" and are forced to become an active participant in their health.

From your note it seems logical to think that significant effort on your part may be possible.


Re: Accutane

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 17, 1998 at 07:04:13:

In Reply to: Re: Accutane posted by Kyra on October 16, 1998 at 11:17:03:

Namaste`, Kyra, Namaste`

This is exactly what Joedy needs to hear and people like you are the ones to send it to her. Now it is up to her (as it always was but no one bothered to tell her before).

Thanks, Walt


Posted by Stacy on October 17, 1998 at 17:46:24:

In Reply to: Accutane posted by Joedy on October 16, 1998 at 09:29:25:

Joedy, have you ever looked at the AcneSite? Lots of people who understand and lots of things they've tried, info on accutane, etc

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