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Posted by
Amy on May 14, 2001 at 19:53:28:

Hi, I am a 23 yr old female and i just started getting really bad acne about a year ago. I have always had problems with my skin and have been on many different antibiotics but nothing has worked. I feel like the only option left is to go on acutane but most of the stuff i have read about the drug has been negative. But i don't know what to do i have become very depressed and hardly ever leave the house because of my bad acne. I get really big cysts that are really red and sore and i also get some that stay under the skin and are a purplish color but these ones never come to a head. I just was wondering what i should do to get rid of my acne before my face becomes any more scarred then it already is. Also is there anything i can use to fade the appearance of scars. Any response would be very much appreciated.

Sincerely,
Amy



I've heard adult acne is a hormone imbalance...try that avenue. nmi

Posted by QT on May 14, 2001 at 20:17:39:

In Reply to: depressed with acne posted by Amy on May 14, 2001 at 19:53:28:

nmi



And Candida overgrowth is one possible reasons for hormone imbalance. nmi

Posted by R. on May 14, 2001 at 20:56:39:

In Reply to: I've heard adult acne is a hormone imbalance...try that avenue. nmi posted by QT on May 14, 2001 at 20:17:39:


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Re: depressed with acne

Posted by amy too!!! on May 14, 2001 at 21:34:27:

In Reply to: depressed with acne posted by Amy on May 14, 2001 at 19:53:28:

Hi sister!!!

Join the club!!! I'm 40ish and still suffer from
acne...those "that stay under the skin and are a purplish
color but these ones never come to a head," don't you just
love those the most!!!! I have to leave the house (I have 3
children), so I just pound on the make-up, which only makes
it worse. My face feels inflamed all day, every day...until
approximately 2 weeks ago when someone on this BB (THANKS
AGAIN kmd) recommended Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid). I was
only taking 550 mg. per day and she told me to increase my
dosage to 5 grams (10 capsules of 550 mg. per day). I took
her advice and I'm still amazed by the results (in just a
short time too). My skin is not completely clear, but I
would say it is about 80% improved and even my skin texture
looks and feel smoother. In 30 years, I've never had
results like this...not even on accutane which I took twice
when I was 28 years old. Please give Vit. B5 a try. I hope
this helps. Please let us know



accutane testimonial

Posted by s. on May 14, 2001 at 22:30:10:

In Reply to: depressed with acne posted by Amy on May 14, 2001 at 19:53:28:

i'm going to start giving my opinion more often about accutane- because ive read all of the negative "this and thats" on this board and people dont know how much it is really worth going on it.
I am on accutane now and will be finished in a month and a half. I'm already cleared up and just taking the rest of my 5 mos. period. I've had no major side effects except for excessive dryness. I started getting it really bad in january on my back, chest, and shoulders- only until 3 mos. into the medication did it immediately start clearing up like crazy. The doc told me i shouldnt have any scarring also. accutane was definately worth it to me and im glad i did it as soon as it got really bad- it was very very mild up until then on my back- to where it didnt bother me.
anyways- some girl i know had acne when she was in her teens and went on accutane and she had what is called "derma peels". they're about $250 a session and she had about 6 of them done and the scars are barely noticeable.
hope this info helps- i know accutane is a bad word on this board- but i think its definately worth it.



Re: accutane testimonial

Posted by Jillian on May 14, 2001 at 22:46:31:

In Reply to: accutane testimonial posted by s. on May 14, 2001 at 22:30:10:

I agree with you. I don't think anyone who reads this bb has even tried accutane before, and are really the last people who should be giving advice on the subject.



Re: depressed with acne

Posted by Amy on May 15, 2001 at 00:15:22:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne posted by amy too!!! on May 14, 2001 at 21:34:27:

Hi, thanks for the advice i am definitly going to try vitamin B5 before going on acutane and hopefully it will help. Thanks again

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Re: accutane testimonial

Posted by Barb on May 15, 2001 at 00:35:01:

In Reply to: Re: accutane testimonial posted by Jillian on May 14, 2001 at 22:46:31:

Jillian,
People come to this board for advice. As a matter of fact many people have used accutane and had bad side effects from it. Just check out the archives. Why would you come to this board about accutane when this is a board for natural remedies for health issues. If you dont want advice on wellness, don't come to this board.
Barb



You're missing the point...

Posted by Roy on May 15, 2001 at 01:26:56:

In Reply to: Re: accutane testimonial posted by Jillian on May 14, 2001 at 22:46:31:

Just treating the symptom and ignoring the cause means you will continue to experience stress-related symptoms for the rest of your life; some not as benign as acne. (Been there !) Read the glossary on acne and accutane as well as the archives for more info.



Re: You're missing the point...

Posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 02:09:51:

In Reply to: You're missing the point... posted by Roy on May 15, 2001 at 01:26:56:

I agree with you also. Since this is an alternative health website, then dealing with symptoms is obviously not what is practiced here. I do not object to this.

However, I do object to others on this board constantly calling Accutane "poison" and other such names, when they themselves have never even seen an Accutane pill. I have heard such ridiculous claims of what Accutane "will" do to you if you take it.

I believe even Dr. Stoll said he would not be against the idea of responsible use of accutane while the patient starts the wellness program.



YOU'RE missing the point...

Posted by c'mon Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 08:19:31:

In Reply to: Re: You're missing the point... posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 02:09:51:

"However, I do object to others on this board constantly calling Accutane "poison" and other such names, when they themselves have never even seen an Accutane pill. I have heard such ridiculous claims of what Accutane "will" do to you if you take it. "

Must you, yourself, stick your finger in a flame to believe that it is hot?

Read the archives for comments on people who DID and HAVE taken accutane - losing their hair long after stopping, having vision problesm, teens who are suicidal and whose growth plates have closed because of it. Those posts are from people who have actually experienced those "ridiculous" claims.



hi amy too! So glad to hear of your B5 success!!! Exciting! (nmi)

Posted by kmd on May 15, 2001 at 09:40:33:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne posted by amy too!!! on May 14, 2001 at 21:34:27:

nmi

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Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure!

Posted by amy too!!! on May 15, 2001 at 10:41:06:

In Reply to: depressed with acne posted by Amy on May 14, 2001 at 19:53:28:

I've taken accutane...twice when I was 28 years old. I had
to go on it again the doctor said, because it didn't take
cre of the problem the 1st time around. I experienced
serious dryness of mouth, in my eyes and developed excema on
my hands. My acne cleared up, but 3 years later when I
became pregnant for the first time, I developed severe,
painful cystic acne all over my neck-so bad I had to see my
facialist every week to extract the cysts. Otherwise, I
would have had serious scarring (I'm hispanic with olive
skin and tend to scar easily). I am now 40 and still have
acne. The accutane didn't cure it. I've had this problem
for my whole life. It really sucks!!! On top of that, I
still periodically break out with excema on my hands
whenever my immune system is low and I'm suffering from
candida. It's painful and annoying. So much for
accutane...I'll stick with Vit



Re: YOU'RE missing the point...

Posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 11:27:42:

In Reply to: YOU'RE missing the point... posted by c'mon Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 08:19:31:

Right, and my problem is with the people who HAVEN'T taken accutane before.



Another thing

Posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 11:34:36:

In Reply to: YOU'RE missing the point... posted by c'mon Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 08:19:31:

Your message header was uncalled for. If you looked, you'd have noticed that I didn't accuse anyone of "missing the point". It was Roy who accused me of missing the point, I simply responded to that post. In the future, even if you insist on posting anonymously, I would appreciate it if you read carefully first.



But, I did mean to say that YOU were missing the point....

Posted by cj on May 15, 2001 at 12:16:52:

In Reply to: Another thing posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 11:34:36:

That's why I asked the question about having to stick your finger in the fire...

I do read carefully, and perhaps you should too...

no hard feelings, though


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Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure!

Posted by mmm....no on May 15, 2001 at 17:13:11:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure! posted by amy too!!! on May 15, 2001 at 10:41:06:

no offense but i think you would have had the problem with your hands even without accutane- its a nice excuse to blame on. Like another person said- people come up with everything under the sun to blame on accutane. I've been 6 yrs off accutane and have had no problems.



Re: accutane testimonial

Posted by razor on May 15, 2001 at 17:23:39:

In Reply to: Re: accutane testimonial posted by Barb on May 15, 2001 at 00:35:01:

barb, the board is for everyone and i will politely say that you can keep your opinions to yourself and shut the hell up. : )



Re: YOU'RE missing the point...

Posted by Barb on May 15, 2001 at 20:12:47:

In Reply to: Re: YOU'RE missing the point... posted by Jillian on May 15, 2001 at 11:27:42:

Jillian,
We dont want to take it. We have read enough bad things about the side effects from the many (ON THIS BOARD) who have suffered from them already. Thats why we are on this board seeking natural methods to health problems. Many people on this board are suffereing long term problems from previous harmful medications taken over the years.
We want to take care of the root cause not just the symptoms.
Maybie thats not where you are at.
Take CAre
Barb

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Re: accutane testimonial

Posted by Barb on May 15, 2001 at 20:23:51:

In Reply to: Re: accutane testimonial posted by razor on May 15, 2001 at 17:23:39:

razor,
Thats just what its all about, we are all free to give our opinions. And I dont have to shut the HELL up.
Barb



Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure!

Posted by amy too on May 15, 2001 at 20:28:19:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure! posted by mmm....no on May 15, 2001 at 17:13:11:

No offense taken. Think what you want. But my problewm with
my hands started with the accutane. There's no reason to
need an excuse. My skin didn't clear up either. I wish you
better lu

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You go girl! Razor, you contradicted yourself. nmi

Posted by Pimple Boy on May 15, 2001 at 22:17:06:

In Reply to: Re: accutane testimonial posted by Barb on May 15, 2001 at 20:23:51:





Yep, apparently, Razor's not too sharp... nmi

Posted by reader on May 16, 2001 at 08:21:48:

In Reply to: You go girl! Razor, you contradicted yourself. nmi posted by Pimple Boy on May 15, 2001 at 22:17:06:

:-)

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Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure!

Posted by Jen on May 16, 2001 at 23:59:33:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure! posted by amy too!!! on May 15, 2001 at 10:41:06:

I too am on my second round of accutane, my acne was caused by birth control pills which I need to take for severe cramps. I have tried at least 5 different pills. Accutane worked well for me and I stayed clear for over a year before I started having breakouts. My dermatologist informed me that a second round of accutane cuts the rate of return acne from 15% to 2%. I've had two friends use, one with success, the other without. The one without has been on it three times. She finally went to see an OB/GYN for hormone testing after seeing a new dermatologist and it turned out she has polycystic ovarian syndrome. It can cause severe acne. Now she is on a treatment for the hormone imbalance and is clear and her fertility has been preserved. IF you have irregular periods, breakouts, and weight gain, there is a chance you too may have this.

Hope this info is useful.



To Jen/Re: Depressed with acne/Accutane is not a cure/Anyone had any experience with microdermabrasion? ure/any al/Accutane is not a cure!

Posted by amy too on May 17, 2001 at 08:57:58:

In Reply to: Re: depressed with acne/1st hand testimonial/Accutane is not a cure! posted by Jen on May 16, 2001 at 23:59:33:

Hi Jen,

Thanks for the info...but I don't fall under any of those
catagories. I have regular periods (I'm on a consistent 28
day cycle), I've had breakouts for approx. 30 years, and
I've always been super thin (I only gained 10 lbs. with each
of my 3 pregnancies, which I lost immediately with breast
feeding). My babies sucked the pounds right off me. I must
have a super high metabolism. I can't say why I have acne,
but it has been an "issue" for me for most of my life.

All I can say is that I must have a B5 deficiency because
this miraculous vitamin has made a remarkable improvement in
my skin. Even the acne on my back has started to disappear.
My skin has also developed this illuminous glow (an added
benefit), better than any facial I've ever had. My large
pores are shrinking in size and I'm going out of the house
without make-up for the first time. I can actually look at
people in the eye for the first time without feeling
self-conscious...and that says a lot for me.

I'm thinking of trying microdermabrasion to see if it helps
with my existing scars. Anyone with olive skin had any
experience with microderma

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