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29-04-2004
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ZITS if you will

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It's a skin care system that is suppose to clear up most problem skin. It has renewing cleanser, refreshing tone and repairing lotion plus a lot of other products. Many people swear by it and there is a TV infomercial where a lot of famous people give testimony for it. Some people say it is really harsh for your skin. Ali used it for awhile but has switched.

By the way I saw your pictures on the model thread,they're beautiful.

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thanks, model_mom, so is your daughter!

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Originally posted by model_mom@Apr 29th, 2004 - 7:28 pm
It's a skin care system that is suppose to clear up most problem skin. It has renewing cleanser, refreshing tone and repairing lotion plus a lot of other products. Many people swear by it and there is a TV infomercial where a lot of famous people give testimony for it. Some people say it is really harsh for your skin. Ali used it for awhile but has switched.
What did Ali switch to? I've been using it for a few years and it was great but it just started to really irritate my skin... any suggestions?

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08-08-2004
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I used it for about 4 months and it did nothing. I'm a big believer in bensoil peroxide and this is a great website w/ more info on it.
Acne

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09-08-2004
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My skin totally cleared up when I was on Accutane. It was really dry, but nothing that a heavy-duty moisturizer couldn't handle. I think I used Philosophy Hope in a Jar for sensitive/dry skin and it was fine. And you need a good chapstick too. The dryness was actually a relief from the oiliness I was used to. But I've been off Accutane for a little less than a year now, and the zits are all back!!! BUT I suspect that may have to do with my irregular doses, due to my forgetfulness. I'd skip pills here and there and I think that's why it wasn't effective. I'm such a moron sometimes.

As for the side effects I think it's a load of crap that it causes depression. People with acne are depressed anyway because they have acne! Hahahaha. I don't know, that's just my opinion though. It is bad for your liver and I got some mild headaches, but that's about it. Sometimes I think these side effects are all in my mind.

I use the Proactiv repairing lotion now and I like it, but doesn't take care of ALL my zits. It's so freaking expensive too. God I hate acne so much, I'm almost done with my adolescent years when is it gonna end?!?!?!?!

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I'm on Accutane for the second time- i first took it when i was a junior in high school (6 years ago). someone on here said they had friends who were on it for four years, which is a load of crap-- you take accutane in 3-6 month cycles, then you stop.

anyway, it DOES have some icky side effects. my face is all dry and i have to apply lip balm every 20 minutes because my lips are starting to dry out like crazy. after i was on it the last time, i went on anti-depressants. and now, i've only been on it about two weeks, but i've suddenly got all these weird moods-- yesterday i was talking to my mom and just started crying- i said, "nothing's wrong.. i think it's my medicine <sob, sob>"

but already my skin is starting to clear up! i had clogged pores all over my forehead and after a horrible day of being dry and peely yesterday, i'm already clearer!

you SHOULD NOT get pregnant on accutane, no no no no no, but there are a bunch of other drugs you should take while pregnant either. you have monthly blood tests NOT to check for weird things happening, but to make sure your HDL and cholesterol is staying low. Accutane is pretty much a really high dose of Vitamin A stuff, so it's hard on your liver. but that's why you get the blood tests-- to make sure it's not doing any damage.

dry skin, chapped lips, sun sensitivity, no drinking/unprotected sex, possible depression for six months. if you ask me, having perfect skin is totally worth the six months of pain in the ***.

PLUS you dont get the greasies! i can go a few days without shampooing my hair and it looks great! i dont get shiny!

accutane isn't for everyone, but it's for people who have tried other things that haven't worked. try retin-A. try benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. as my dermatologist said, "accutane is pretty much a cure for acne." you might have to use it two or three times if your skin comes back, but it will never be as bad as it was when you started.

having clear skin isn't something you think about unless you don't have it-- then it's ALL you think about.

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I'm on Accutane for the second time- i first took it when i was a junior in high school (6 years ago). someone on here said they had friends who were on it for four years, which is a load of crap-- you take accutane in 3-6 month cycles, then you stop.

I only started getting acne when I was almost out of high-school and my derm put me on Accutane. When she told me I had cystic acne, I was surprised because I would only get a big zit every once in a while. My derm was one of the developers of the drug and I think she was putting almost everyone who went to her with any kind of acne problems on it to use in her trial group. It did clear up my acne, but the side-effects were not worth it for how mild my acne was in the first place. My lips were peeling off because they were so dry(I was putting steroid cream on them ) and the rest of my face was crazily dry, too. I was spending so much time exfoliating and moisturizing and going to get blood/pregnancy tests and to the derm every month. I had to sign a waiver that I would be on birthcontrol, too. Those little "no pregnancy" drawings were pretty creepy AND mine had pictures of deformed fetuses drawn on the box .

So I went off of it after a few months and my skin was clear for awhile, but its not as great as I'd like it anymore. I just ordered it some Proactive, I guess I give it a try.

I would say that Accutane should only be considered in very severe cases. I owuldn't go on it again. Depression was not one of the known side-effects when I was on it, so I know if it affected me in that way or not. It is very time-consuming and has some pretty uncomfortable"side-effects"- it's far from an acne miracle and I'd suggest trying other things first, especially if your acne is not severe.

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Originally posted by MayaPapaya9@Aug 9 2004, 01:13 AM


As for the side effects I think it's a load of crap that it causes depression. People with acne are depressed anyway because they have acne! Hahahaha. I don't know, that's just my opinion though. It is bad for your liver and I got some mild headaches, but that's about it. Sometimes I think these side effects are all in my mind.

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That is such a horrible thing to say.

I went on on Accutane, and so did my best friend ( not at the same time). We both became depressed, and had to get off the meds. The horrible mood swings just were not worth it. Comprising your mental and emotional help for physical beauty is just not worth it. I'm not saying EVERYONE is going to get bad side affects, but you should really take it seriously, and deeply think your decision for going on that kind of med. It should really be used as a last resort.

Going on birth control really helped clear up my skin, along with a regular skin cleansing routine, drinking lots of water, and not wearing tons of foundation everyday. Trying to cover up the acne with make up often backfires, and makes you breakout even more, especially if you forget to wash your face before bed.


Wether or not Jessica Simpson takes Accutane, I don't know. But I do know she uses Proactive. She endorses their product. Their's like a mini biography thing on the Proactive webpage. On her Newlyweds show, she almost never wears make up and her skin is still really clear and pretty.

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05-10-2004
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Does Proactiv work on blackheads? I have about a zillion of them on my nose and they won't go away no matter what I use. The rest of my face is pretty clear, except a bit oily. If Proactiv doesn't work on blackheads, would Accutane or birth control? My brother took Accutune a few years ago and still has lots of acne

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I had some very mild, mild acne when I decided to go on Proactiv. I just wanted something that would make my face, while mostly clear, completely blemish-free. Boy, BIG MISTAKE. Proactiv made me break out worse than I have in my entire life. I have before, during, and after pictures if anybody wants to see them. I was on it for two months and my skin kept getting worse and worse. I finally went off it and it immediately improved 200%. It wasn't great, but getting better. Then I went on the pill, and holy moly, my skin cleared up completely. I still have some scars from my battle with Proactiv but there are no new blemishes, and all the stubborn little whiteheads I had on my forehead have completely disappeared.

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12-07-2005
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I have one question...for those of you that proactiv havn't worked for, have you guys been eating alot of sugar, chips and stuff like that?
b/c that might be the problem why it's not working (?)

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sugars.. refined carbohydrates... I told my sister about that (she's a pharmacist).. and I was telling her about all this stuff I was reading and how I was cutting down on unrefined carbs and sugar and she told me it was a load of bull...

well here's more info for anyone interested.

http://www.thiele.fptoday.com/ta/acnehome.htm

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My dermatologist told me that proactive has only 1 real active acne fighter- benzoyl peroxide I think he said. Well, you can get that in one tube for a lot cheaper over the counter i think. So- i suppose it probably works, but if u are desperate, go to a dermatologist.

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