I am writing this to try to pass on a bit of knowledge that may help someone suffering from acne as I did in my teens and early twenties. I am now a father of two girls aged 15 and 17, both of which have inherited my predominance for bad skin. As I wrote in this post, I was prescribed Roacutane at the age of 21 or so to deal with the acne on my back and neck – my facial spots had died down by this stage. It worked well but was pretty horrible for the six months I took it as described in the side effects post below. I could easily live with that were it not for the lasting effects that I still have 30 years later. I have an irritating patch of eczema under my left eye, permanently dry skin, itchy inner ears and an itchy scalp.
Not wanting my daughters to suffer the same problems, I looked for an alternative and found the program by Mike Waldon. When I was a youngster I tried clearasil cleanser, scrubbing my back and neck, topical creams etc, none of which made a difference. Both Sally and Julia have been using Mike Waldon’s “Acne No More” holistic approach now for about 3 months and the improvement is remarkable to say the least. I am absolutely thrilled, particularly for Sally as she tends to get her spots in the same places I did.
Roacutane is so aggressive that I was desperate not to allow my girls to poison themselves with it and I hope that this short blog may convince some of you not to do so either.
Having said all that, if you really do suffer badly there really is only one thing for it – take the drug!! I did a bit of shopping around as I think Julia may well have to take it in the long run, and I found a reliable and good valued online retailer for the generic isotretinoin here.
Roacutane has nasty side effects that you should be very aware of before considering taking this medicine. The list below lists all the ones I suffered from.
- Dry or fragile skin
- Dry or cracked lips
- Dry mouth
- Dry nose
- Joint pains
- Peeling palms or soles
- Rash – continuing years later
- Skin infections
- Sunburn-sensitive skin
For a full description of the side effects and dangers look here.
Like most teenagers I got spots. My cheeks were fine, I would tend to get them on my forehead, nose and neck and back. Of course I was terribly embarrassed, particularly about the sheer size of them. They were often large and painful! So I struggled through being prescribed antibiotics by my doctor – all versions of tetracycline and all completely useless. I tried every product on the market to no avail.
I assumed that once I hit twenty, they would go away by themselves. How wrong I was!! So I finally end up living somewhere else and see a dermatologist, who prescribed me Roacutane. The treatment lasted 6 months during which time I suffered from dry cracked lips and flaking itchy skin. It did actually work though and I became virtually acne free for the first time in 8 years.
The trouble was (and still is thirty-odd years later) that I am still suffering from dry skin, eczema and dandruff, which I have discovered are all side effects of Roacutane. I have a red, sore patch on my face, just under my left eye, that drives me crazy. No dermatologist can seem to cure it and they all agree it is due to the Roacutane treatment.
I have also since discovered that it is particularly dangerous for women, even before pregnancy as you are effectively being poisoned with Vitamin A!!
Having said all that, roacutane really does work on even the worst acne.
Roacutane is a medicine that effectively dries out the skin by reducing the production of the skin’s natural oil – sebum. The active ingredient is Isotretonin, which belongs to the group of medicines called retinoids derived from Vitamin A.
In the teenage years, the production of sebum increases, blocking pores which leads to spots and acne. (Have a look at this page for more info on the causes of acne).
Obviously the reduction of sebum means less blocked pores and hence less spots.