Acne Medication

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by paniak17, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. What's better.......

    BenzaClin or Proactiv?
  2. slapcracklepop


    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I'm not sure on that, But I know Tetracycline (oral antibiotic) its really good at treating acne.
  3. acutain? is the best stuff out there. Although you can only be on it for 6 months at a time and have to get blood work done every month cause its really hard on your liver/kidneys. and if your a girl and get pregnant while using it, your kid will come out without an arm, or two heads but it works really well on getting ride of acne. so if your a guy with health insurance that will cover the blood work and cost of medication this would be the best to go with.
  4. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    I've seen the infomercials and some pretty famous people are pimpmin' the proactiv. They can afford anything and they use that. It must work decent
  5. +1 on the tetracycline. It made mine go away and not come back.
  6. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV



    I previously used this product..

    I don't wish anyone to use it.

    I highly do not recommend it.

    I apologize for the font...but I have a very strong negative opinion of this product.

    It also causes your skin to dry out real bad and you'll have extremely chapped lips year round.

  7. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    The only negative side effects I experienced were dry lips and oversensitiveness to light.

    I got rid of my acne and I never came back.
  8. Exercise works wonders, and it's free.
  9. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Believe me, sometimes Acne becomes more serious than soap and special diet can handle.

    Go see a dermatologist. Acutane is a serious drug, but when used under the right guidance it can do wonders. I often wonder why I didn't start taking it earlier, so my shoulders and my chest wouldn't look like the surface of the moon.
  10. burntgorilla


    Jan 24, 2005
    I used Accutane, I was fine. Well, the chapped lips were annoying, but at least it was a way of guaging that the drug still has its effect.
  11. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Accutane Medication Guide

    If you are advised by a doctor, or are considering accutane yourself. I strongly advise you read this list of side effects, read the FDA's entire site and do research on google (accutane research, accutane lawsuits, accutane side effect, etc)

    I was on this product for a while. I do not recommend it to anyone, but there have been people more pleased with it than I. Just please, do your research.

  12. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    This seems a bit harsh... I was on it, I'm not totally in disagreement, but here's some facts from my POV:

    Right, but they do the bloodwork to keep that in check. Serious damage is only done with improper dosage or extended use (beyond ~6mo)

    Like every other medication... if you're having a child there are lots of things you should considder not putting in your body. Alcohol is much more widely consumed than accutane, and also causes defects. This is why we abstain while pregnant.

    That's a maybe, at best, according to the physicians. Plus, it's not a very valid claim, because severe acne is also known to cause depression. I know lots of people that feel terrible about the way they look. Maybe it does cause depression, but chances are they already were depressed about the acne and it's coincedental. Most studies show that very few patients on accutane are depressed anyway. All drugs have side affects.

    Yes, it drys out your skin. I got the chapped lips, I got nosebleeds from the membranes drying out. I also got a ton of moisturizing products from the pharmacy and my physician. In the end, I have very little acne, and my skin is not dry. 6 months of discomfortably dry skin seems alright compared to possibly a lifetime of bad acne, no?

    Sorry folks, especially Sno, but while there are potential issues with this drug, it's not all that people hype it up to be in terms of negative effects. Used under the guidance of a physician, it works very well.
  13. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I may just have gotten the short end of the probability stick.

    But, since I did, I want people to know about this drug.

    I was not fortunate to be given a lot of information. I was also not old enough to care to research it myself.

    As a person who had very bad acne, I know how strong one feels to get rid of it.

    But I also learned that there are worse things in this world than acne.

    I continue to this day to have flares of one of the side effects which effects the bowels. I care not to disclose the exact one.

    I was a happy, popular teenager with a skin problem(which I was very self-concious of) before accutane. After that and during, I was not. Was it accutane? Maybe not....

    Perhaps I just have an overactive imagination....who knows?

    I just want people to research this drug before using it. No one compelled me to, and I did not.

    It may be right for some or even most people. I, on the otherhand, found it to cause more harm than good. I'm glad and hopeful that I'm just a statistic.
  14. trog


    Nov 8, 2003
    Any cream containing benzoyl peroxide. I used a cream with 4%. That stuff is amazing for mild/moderate acne; it literally just kills the bacteria which is clogging your pores.

    After two weeks of applying it daily all my spots had dissappeared. Another two weeks later, and my skin was completely smooth. Don't know how well it would work for seriously bad cases, though.

    [A quick search reveals this. It's more or less what I was doing.]
  15. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    While being well on the way to being the only 50 year old in the world with zits, I decided to do the acutane treatment. Best move I ever made after years of antibiotics only somewhat helping. You do have to be careful, but that's why it's prescription only under a doctor' supervision.
  16. I don't think that's very good advice. I've was on Roaccutane (Australian version) for two 6 month periods and I never had severe depression. My acne is well and truly gone and I'm now a part time model.

    Antibiodics will not work for a lot of people, roaccutane is one of the few treatments that will work for nearly everyone on it. BUT, it is a harsh drug. That is why it is only supposed to be prescribed for people with severe/systic acne. It's my understanding that, in typical American style, it is prescribed far too often for mild cases.

    The most common side effects are dry skin/eyes, but these side effects can be treated with moisturiser and eye drops. You should also avoid getting anyone pregnant/getting pregnant yourself while on using the meds. Once you are off the medication the side effects stop. It's a powerful drug that works very well, but there are side effects to consider. In my case, the results were well and truly worth the side effects. See a good dermatologist about your options before you decide anything.
  17. That's what I use, different types of cream that contain different concentrations (usually 3-10%) of benzoyl peroxide seems to work. It's not as effective as some of the prescription creams and other treatment's available, but it's cheap and relatively easy on the skin in comparison.
  18. The biggest problem for most people with severe acne isn't bacteria and it's not poor diet. It's over active sebaceous glands. These glands produce the oil that our skin needs to stop from drying out. When these glands are over active they produce more oil than is necessary and cause the pores to clog up. Any dirt or grime that gets caught in the oily pores will form pimples. Exercise and good diet make no difference at all and many topical treatments will only worsen the problem. Roaccutane shrinks these glands, preventing them from producing too much oil.
  19. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Congratulations. Side effects of any drugs do not occur %100 of people. They generally occur in a very small percentage, otherwise it wouldn't be used.

    Does my initial state come across as a being too much?

    Sure, it probably does. But I happened to be one of the people who expierenced some of the unpleasant side-effects. I was not aware of the many possible side effects it has, I was aware of a few. I suggest people make themselves aware of all serious side-effects so that they can protect themselves upon any early signs of a problem.

    Am I saying the drug should be banned? No.

    Am I saying no one should use it to treat their problem? No.

    I'm just saying, be careful.

    This statement is incorrect. Serious damage is possible that will not stop by ending use of the product.
    (not trying to use a scare tactic with that, it's just the truth...refer to a previous post I made, along with documentation from the source I posted along with other sources)
  20. I said that in reference to the side effects I mentioned, which are by far the most common side effects, which DO stop once you stop taking the medication.