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    Cleopatra_30
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    Hey guys, I have finally made the decision to get a dermatologist referral from my GP. I have been suffering from acne for as long as I can recall. I have tried numerous over the counter products, less make up, scentless gentle soaps, scrubs, cleansers etc. I am so tired of it! It really kicks my confidence. I talked with a co-worker, who had really bad acne when I first starting working with them, then recently noticed it was all clear! She happened to be talking about using Acutane for the past year or so and is pretty much acne free. I am considering this method for my acne. It isn’t cystic or anything physical detrimental, but I have large pores, white heads, some scarring and redness, and at 26 it hasn’t gone away, there is an issue.

    I would like to know if you guys have any recommendations that I can look into prior to getting an appointment in the new year. I want to keep an open mind and not just rely on one good review for Acutane. Keep in mind I am in Canada, so some US products may not be available here. Thank you!

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    Ale
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    If I were you I’d consult first with a dietitian or nutritionist that especializes in hormonal imbalances. Most acne is due to diet. Acutane is good for acne but has side effects, especially liver-related. Most people have to get tested at least once a month.

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    Copa
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    I had persistent, but not terrible, acne for a long time starting at a very young age. (I was 8-9 when I started getting zits. Unsure why.) I tried a lot of over-the-counter and prescription products and creams. I think I spent like half of high school looking like I had wind burn from acne medications. The best was Proactiv, but ultimately, nothing worked for me.

    I did one course of Accutane when I was 18. When I was about 26, my acne started coming back so I did a second course at 27. It’s the only thing that worked, and I’d do it a third time if need be. It’s a serious medicine with serious side effects, but I don’t think it deserves the reputation it has and was pretty sad when Roche had to pull it from the shelves.

    There are lots of prescription creams and oral medications your dermatologist can prescribe before Accutane. If your acne is persistent-but-not-terrible, I’d actually be wary of a dermatologist who jumped straight to Accutane as the solution.

    Hope you find something that works. I know how frustrating it is!

    #729328 Reply
    Moneypenny
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    I developed adult-onset acne when I was 20, which also included getting nasty cysts on my chin. I also had tried lots of over the counter stuff, but nothing did the trick. (I had had plenty of breakouts/zits as a teen, but this was different).

    I went to a dermatologist, and once we determined I wasn’t allergic to anything, she had me take antibiotics. I took both minocycline and tetracycline (not at the same time though!) and they totally helped. The downside with taking antibiotics though is that your body eventually gets used to them and they become less effective. There are also some Rx topical products- I used Duac (which has both retinol and antibiotics, and it worked well) and Retin-A (which works but causes your skin to be sensitive and sometimes peel). After a couple of years or so taking the antibiotics and using topical gels with so-so results, we did talk about Accutane. The thing with Accutane is, it works by reducing the oil production in your skin, so your skin becomes pretty sensitive and dry. Plus, it can have other side effects. My doc suggested that I first try taking hormonal birth control, and if *that* didn’t work our last step was Accutane. (You have to be on bc anyway on accutane since it can cause birth defects- at the time, it was required by law! Not sure if it still is though.)

    I ended up taking Yaz, and 10 years later I’m still taking it. And it has worked very well consistently this whole time. I think my acne was hormonal related, so once I had that under control the breakouts stopped (including the cysts!). I also switched to a more gentle cleanser and moisturizer, because my skin was looking super raw after scrubbing it with Neutrogena and such. I still get pimples here and there but no regular breakouts and/or painful cysts on my chin. πŸ™‚

    Sorry for the novel, but I think I tried a lot of options, so I’m happy to share. I hope your dermo can help you!!

    #729334 Reply
    Cleopatra_30
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    Thanks guys, I totally get that acne is different for everyone, and that some treatments don’t always work the same way. Glad to hear though that Accutane is still well thought of. I am on an IUD that is hormonal, but never really noticed a significant amount of change while on it, stays the same for the most part.

    @ale I have fluctuated with my diet for most of my life, although eating an 80/20 diet. So I was thinking it was diet related, but when I eliminate certain foods, meat, dairy, grains, nothing really correlates with the change. But it is something I will consider in case the dermatologist doesn’t work.

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    ktfran
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    I developed adult acne a couple different times. Once mid 20s, another time, early 30s. With mid 20s, I used Proactive and it was a success. With the early 30s bout of acne, I cut down on dairy intake, particularly milk, and I started using Kiehl’s products. That helped tremendously. I also started using an aztec clay mask once a week. You can get it on amazon or Whole Foods. Actually,this was my routine:

    Gentle face wash in the morning and night. I use Nuetrogena Natural
    Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream after each wash. If I notice my skin is dryer than usual, I slather that shit on.
    Once a week, Aztec Clay Mask, which I mix with apple cider vinegar per the instructions. This stuff is amazing. https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Cleansing-Original-Bentonite/dp/B0014P8L9W
    I also started using Kiehls pineapple papaya facial scrub once or twice a week. I love that stuff.

    My acne was never really cystic though. It was just lots of breakouts on my cheeks and chin. Since then, with the above routine, I’ve been able to keep my skin at bay. I actually had a facial earlier this year and she said she could tell that I’ve had some problems with acne, but that my skin is really doing good now. I know you’ve said you have tried lots of products, but I wanted to mention a combo that worked for me.

    Good luck!

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    CCL

    Hey Cleopatra, I am in Canada (Ontario) and I’ve been using Batty’s Bath (battysbath.ca) skincare products, they are based in London, ON and they rate extremely well on the EWG spectrum, being safe from harsh chemicals and toxin free, which you should stay away from. I love their charcoal soap and have found great success with their moisturizers. Depending on your skin, there is a quiz you can do to determine what would work best. Most products from the big brand names are full of harmful ingredients that make your skin worse. You can always check the EWG website and look for products and see how they rate. The less chemicals your body absorbs, the better. I went to an acupuncturist and he noted that my liver was ‘sluggish’ and pointed out where I was having acne issues and that it could relate to that. Eating mostly whole foods/alkaline/lemon water, can help liver function and where there is skin issues the biggest factor they look at is the liver.

    #729381 Reply
    Cleopatra_30
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    @ktfran Oooh that clay mask mix looks lovely! I have some apple cider vinegar that I use a couple times a week as a toner mixed with some water. So I am halfway prepped! I like clay masks regardless, so this is on my list, so cheap too!

    @CCL Thanks for the recommendation! I will check their products out πŸ™‚ I have definitely been gearing towards more natural products. I currently use Watkins skin cream, and an apricot scrub for my face πŸ™‚

    #729433 Reply
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    ktfran
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    I swear, my skin cleared up because of that mask. It’s great! I think I usually mixed half a tbs of each the clay and vinegar. So, the clay lasts FOREVER. Easily a year plus.

    #729558 Reply
    Cleopatra_30
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    @ktfran I hope to see some good results from it πŸ™‚ Nothing but positive reviews online.

    My BF apparently used the Kiehls products when he suffered from acne in High School. I might try and get some samples to see if they help as well. But still hoping that my appointment tomorrow will provide me with some insight for next steps. I really do want to avoid using medicines to help, I do my best to use natural products and methods. But maybe these will be another option!

    #730247 Reply
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    TheHizzy

    When I was a kid I was given retin a. It’s an RX only thing, but it was amazing for me.

    Now I use Neutrogena and that stuff is great. Anything with benzoyl peroxide instead of salicylic acid. I have combination skin but the salicylic will dry me out SO bad.

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    Arra

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