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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: In High School I had beautiful skin and rarely had any breakouts. Then when I was 19 I started breaking out terribly! I literally think I tried every acne medication, gel, antibiotic, tea and pill under the sun. FINALLY I decided to follow my doctors advice and try Accutane. IT WAS A MIRACLE! My only regret is that I wasted so much time being scared of the side effects and didn't start it sooner. I was on it for 5 months. My acne got a TINY bit worse during the 2nd month of Accutane but after that it got better and better! I experienced some crying spells, depression and dry skin but those things truly weren't that bad and you really can't put a price on your self-esteem/clear skin - and that is EXACTLY what Accutane will give you.
Review by ThankGodForAccutane!!! (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had gone through years, the most depressing and humiliating years because of having such bad acne with unbelievably oily skin, starting when I was in the Fifth grade! By seventh grade, it covered my whole face, chest, back. I'd gone to the dermatologist and had been prescribed everything, from every antibiotic, to every topical solution, a vitamin A drink. Finally, years later I finally found a doctor who gave me Accutane. The Only thing that Cleared this all! I never had any bad reactions at All from it. This medicine saved my life really and my self esteem. Thank God I for it, and the doctor who had prescribed it for me!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I didn't mind my acne too much, but it got really annoying when my parents were complaining about it over time. I tried to reduce the amount of acne. I've tried several over the counter products, some worked, some didn't. Sadly, I did have an increased breakout after using Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Then I went to my doctor. First, I've tried Clindoxyl, then Benzoyl peroxide (0.1%/2.5% w/w). Worked fine, but results did not last too long. Then I was on tetracycline for a few months. It worked, for awhile, then I had an increased breakout.
Finally, I got on Accutane. I was really reluctant to be on Accutane because of its side effects, especially when my doctor highlighted suicidal thoughts, and decreased night vision. But after four months, I'm currently happy with the results!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: My 20 year old Son has been on Accutane for two months after long struggle with cystic acne. Is on 40mg daily. He had a horrible breakout after taking it for a month that he couldn't attend school for two weeks because of comments at school. His acne was at its worst. Now its two months on it and looks better but not best. He still has breakouts on chin, forehead and around nose but not as before. Old cystic breakouts (big pus filled bumps) are clearing but slowly especially around nose and sides of chin. Side effects are dry lips, face and eyes but is comfortable with Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer. He plays soccer almost everyday and not experiencing problems so far.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I've heard so many bad, scary things about Accutane. Eventually, I came to a point where I was questioning all this bad press. What's the worst that could happen?
I am glad that I looked past the negativity and gave Accutane a try. I have never felt so "normal" in my life. The acne on my back is finally clearing up. I don't have to spend an hour in the bathroom each day messing with lotions, cleansers, creams, gels, whatever. I'm only a couple weeks into it, but I'm not even getting chapped lips or dryness. Just clear skin. Thank you, Roche!
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I didn't have the worst acne in the world but after I came back from my Summer in America, I broke out all over my chest, back and face. Since I was 21, my doctor referred me to the dermatologist to go onto Accutane. In the UK health care is free so I didn't have to pay for it. I broke out really bad after two weeks but then my skin started to really clear up and I finished my course after 4 months. I don't have a single spot! I am so happy with the results and didn't notice too many side effects. I stayed on top of the dry skin/lips with Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream - I would recommend this to anyone, it's been a lifesaver!! Good luck!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm a 17 yr old girl and I had acne all over my cheeks and forehead. I had tried another form of oral acne medication and prescription face gels, but nothing helped. I'm almost on my 3rd month of Accutane and my skin has improved 150%. I still will get a pimple every now and then, but they're nowhere near as severe. The dryness is annoying. Cetaphil soap and lotion has worked well for my face. I use Aquaphor and Burt's bees for my lips but they still flake away all the time. I also get nosebleeds because of the dryness in my nose. I also sleep a lot more since I've been on Accutane. It's worth it though!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I've had acne since I was 11, and tried everything imaginable, all prescription medications, all OTC treatments, natural stuff, but nothing worked. I was referred to a dermatologist and I was the one who asked for Accutane, and he agreed after some blood work.
I forget the dose I was on, but it took around 6 months for me to clear, I was on it for 8 months in total.
I relapsed last year though (Stayed clear for around a year) which is probably my fault because I wasn't washing my face or taking care of it.
I'm now on Acne.orgs regime and I'm clear again :)
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I took Accutane when I was in high school. First I tried all different kinds of medication (over the counter and by doctor) the Accutane worked so good! I had big cystic acne on my face, back and ears. The only for me is dried lips and of course skin out really bad. I also had bad mood swings. My acne was gone for probably 10-11 years and now it's back. I'm hoping to try to get back on it.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Like most with acne as severe as mine normal topical remedies don't work. When none of the topical treatments worked my mom finally agreed to let me try oral medication. I have tried many (I don't remember the names) only one worked but it was too expensive for my mom at the time so I had to go off it. So again it got worse and all through my junior year I suffered. Finally my mom again decided she didn't want my scarring to get any worse so she agreed to put me on Accutane so we could get rid of it once and for all. I'm on my first session and it has started to work. My only noticeable side effect is severe drying of my lips. Other than that I love the results. No more cystic acne, or white heads!
Review by The male cheerleader (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm currently rounding up month 3 on Accutane. My lips are very dry, along with my face. I can't even do anything like running on hard ground due to how sore my muscles are. I've read some of these reviews, and I can't wait until my skin is clear! So far, I haven't had much improvement. I'll review again after I'm done.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: 24 yrs old and I had cystic acne before starting Accutane. Every week I would have new huge cysts especially chin and around mouth. I take 60mg a day and by month 3 perfect skin. Everything was so oily before and now not at all. I can go 4 days without even washing my hair and it still looks clean. I haven't had a single pimple in I don't even know how long. The one and only side effect I've had is dry lips, that's it. My skin is poreless and smooth. I'm on month 4 now with one more to go. Definitely recommend this medicine. It's absolutely amazing and I feel 1000x better about myself.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I%u2019m 22, female & just started month 4. I am glad I started Accutane, although it is quite expensive. My monthly blood draws are $250 each time, with health insurance. The worst side effect for me is the dryness, especially my lips. Carmex in a stick has worked best for me over Aquaphor. I use Cetaphil facial moisturizer & cleanser. I use each of them morning & night & they have worked well. I would recommend this medication to any acne sufferers, it%u2019s amazing the confidence you gain with clear skin. I have been so much more outgoing since I don't have to worry about people staring at my latest pimple. I can%u2019t wait for summer where I will be able to go to the beach without make-up and not be self-conscious about it!
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I started Accutane when I was 14. My skin looked really bad. I had pimples on my face approaching the size of dimes. The acne went over my shoulders, down the front of my chest and down to the bottom of my back.
I tried all the creams and fancy products and nothing worked. My doctor finally put me on a round of Accutane. The first dose I was on for a couple of months didn't do much, so the doctor doubled it. Within six months, my acne was almost all gone and I stopped treatment. Within 18 months I had zero acne and zero scarring - my skin was utterly flawless and still is. I am now basically cured of acne - less than half a dozen pimples in ten years. Miracle.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm 16 years old and used to suffer from scarring acne. Accutane was AMAZING. At first, I was so scared to go on this medication due to side effects, but my doctor had finally talked me into it. I started seeing amazing results after about a month. My skin was pretty much clear by month 3. The only side effects I had were dry lips (However Aquaphor solved that problem) and dry skin (Cetaphil after washing face or shower solved that problem). I also had a huge change in attitude. I was much more active and my appetite changed. I LOST 30 lbs, I sometimes had cravings however I feel as though Accutane sped up my metabolism. Highly recommended, I feel beautiful now.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: My daughter has been taking Accutane for 6 months now and her skin is FLAWLESS! She is so happy! She has been complaining of back pain, but she is going to a chiropractor and getting adjusted regularly, which seems to help. At first her lips were terribly chapped! But I bought some really good chapstick and now she is fine. She is tired, but she is also a teenager, so that may come in to play. She would not wear tank tops last summer because her skin was so broke out. Now I am planning my wedding and she is only looking at strapless dresses! This has boosted her confidence and I am thankful she was able to take this medicine!
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: After I had been on this medicine for 6 months (only 20mg as I am quite petite) I was still breaking out, frustrated and over having cracked lips and dry skin I asked him to up my dosage. He did not want to due to my weight but agreed to let me take 40mg every second day. He told me I had to stay on it up to 8 months! I was devastated! After another month I had some improvement but still breaking out. I gave up as it was coming into summer and I live in a very warm, beach side place and stopped taking it. After about 3 weeks my skin was clear! I have been off it for about 4 months and my skin is 100x better! I get a tiny pimple once in a blue moon but that's it. Guess it's different for everyone but my best results came after I finished!
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm in my 3rd month. Accutane is working GREAT! I had breakouts on the first couple of weeks then my skin really dried up. I'm loving it so far, I am now a bit more confident and hopes up for a great result in 3 months!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I am 42 years old. I first took Accutane 30 years ago when i was 12 years old. I had extremely bad acne. I took my second round of Accutane at 20. I took a third round at 23. In between I have tried every medication and cream known to man.
Without Accutane there is no doubt I would have severe scarring. It's not a lifetime cure for all. I haven't been able to wear contacts since my mid twenties due to chronic dry eyes. The side effects can be tough. However, without Accutane, my life would have been much different.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Thanx accutane (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I have struggled with acne for years. I finally decided to try Accutane as the last resort. It really worked for me. It's been 2 years and I have clear skin very little break out's. My daughter is 17 is on the process of taking it herself. So I'm totally 100% okay with Accutane best acne medication out there. Very little side effects .
10 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Accutane gave me completely clear skin after 7 months of using it and 4 years of severe acne. Even though people say they got horrible scars from the zits they had during their treatment, I have very few and they're small enough that you can't see them unless your face is right next to mine. I got a dry scalp, lips, and skin, but it was never enough to prevent me from wearing contacts like some people warn. To help with dry lips, get Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. It's the best chapstick out there. I got minor to moderate pain in my knees too, but it wasn't anything I couldn't put up with. And that horrible breakout that they tell you you're going to have when you first start? Mine was barely noticeable.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: You won't see your face changing until about 2 months in. It becomes very smooth and almost everyday I get complements by people about how smooth my skin in. Make SURE YOU USE PONDS FACIAL CLEANSER! It moisturizes your skin while cleaning it. Trust me. Then use ponds facial lotion. I use a little when out in public (because I don't want my face to look greasy) and a ton before I go to bed. If you always apply BEEWAX Chapstick, your lips will never be chapped. Today I'm finishing my 3rd month (takes 4), my nose is very dry. I have to pick it constantly because it hurts. I haven't had a bump in about 4 weeks. Nothing really "raised to the surface", it all just smoothed itself out. After I shave, I get small bumps on my chin.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I went on Accutane when I was 18 years old. You have to be on birth control before and have 2 negative pregnancy tests before being prescribed Accutane. Then you have to be tested every month for pregnancy. It took me about 6 months to actually begin the treatment. You need to be very strict and diligent about taking it. You will NOT starting seeing any improvement for at least 6 months (I was on it for a year) and your acne might get a little worse before it gets better. My skin did clear up a lot after I was on it. However, 4 years later it all came back for some reason. Side effects include: very dry skin (face, hands, feet, etc.) I would recommend it for anyone who has moderate to severe acne.
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