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    So, I'm trying to find people who are taking the acne drug roaccutane or
    Isotretinoin? Does anyone know anyone? How are they finding taking the drug and is it clearing the acne? Are they getting any bad side effects?
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    I didn't take this medication but my husband did in the past. He found it to be extremely effective at getting rid of his acne. It was the only thing that helped his severe acne. His side effects were mainly dryness especially with his hands and lips. He always had to use lip balm and hand moisturiser. He also developed keloid scars after his larger acne spots cleared. He doesn't know if the medication caused the keliods or it was just a fluke of his severe acne. He has keliod scars all over his chest, arms, back and some on his face and neck. His dermatologist said it was one of the worst cases of keloid scars he has seen. The keliods don't bother him cosmetically, but they can be very itchy. Overall though, he was very happy with his experience on roaccutane. One major benefit for him about the medication was that his diet was no longer restricted. He could eat fatty foods like bacon and not break out for the first time since before his acne began.

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    I've been on it. The only side effect I had was extremely dry lips and that's it. It worked long-term but not permanently as I still get acne here and there.
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    Roaccutane is a pretty intense treatment. I'm starting it next week but not for acne, I have something called lichen planopilaris.
    I do however know a number of people who have taken roaccutane. In general, everyone experiences side effects but their intensity and frequency varies. Things like dry skin and lips are expected and relatively easy to deal with, other side effects include nose bloods and suicidal thoughts.

    Have you been seen by a dermatologist as only a specialist can prescribe roaccutane and it requires a lot of close monitoring. Unless you have tried a number of other products on the market, duac, zineryt, treclin, lymecycline etc I doubt you'll be prescribed roaccutane.
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    Be very careful with this stuff. A quick Google around makes it clear that the med can have adverse effects on your mental health. It's generally fine when prescribed in moderate doses, but the NHS seem to be a bit generous with their dosing and I was on 60mg a day at one point (this was a second cycle, after 30mg worked but the acne came back) when I had acne as a teenager. AWFUL experience. I felt severely depressed and my skin became so sensitive to the sunlight that I felt like Dracula.

    I've actually used accutane in my adulthood (self sourced this time) only taking 30mg every 2 days, and this dose works just as well as the higher doses but with fewer side effects. Research also shows that 0.5mg per KG of bodyweight should be the maximum prescribed dose, as this is the point of diminishing returns. I no longer have to use accutane after running the low dose for half a year, acne is completely gone.
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    I took this for around a year. It cleared up my acne, but not permanently as I still get breakouts, very occasionally. It's nowhere near as bad as it used to be and never scars anymore.

    I had very dry skin on my hands and face, and chapped lips. All relatively minor things, you get used to carrying chap stick and moisturizer around.

    Did have some trouble with mood issues and depression, so keep an eye on that if you find it's an issue for you.

    The regular blood tests (and if you're a girl there's pregnancy tests if you're not willing to go on the pill) can be annoying as it's lots of appointments.

    Overally though, it's 100% worth it. PM me if you have any other questions.
 
 
 
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