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    Meh I was taking it from 19-24 so was drinking all the time too. I'm currently considering LED light therapy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I loved it too! It changed my life literally. My face was a mess before this wonder drug. My side effects were very very dry and flaky skin, nausea in the first week, cracked and bleeding lips, more pimples for the first month (it got worse before it got better) and dry eyes.
    It also worked really well for me while I was on it. Helped my self confidence hugely at the time. My skin is not great though, I've had problems with it all my life, I have just stopped caring about it so much now.

    How was your skin after stopping taking it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    I've just been reading a little about it, and it sounds as though people on the drug have regular liver function tests as it is hard on your liver. I never had that, I wonder why?

    I remember once getting extremely drunk while on it, at the beach, so got the worlds worst blistered sunburn. So stupid.

    Anyway, when I told the specialist what I'd done, he said "I don't even know why they advise you not to drink" !! What an idiot! Hope my liver is OK! Can't remember how often I drank while on it now. I *think* (hope) I was quite sensible... Don't think I was on the med terribly long.
    Yeah, my sister never had any liver function tests (not sure how hight her dosage was though, perhaps that determines whether or not they test liver function?). When she took her last course in her late 20's she said that was it, she wasn't allowed to take it anymore - I think because of the strain on the liver. I've just read it's active ingredient is part of the retinoids family, like Vitamin A, which I think can cause damage to live in high doses.
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    This is the current state of my skin. Please don't quote.
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    Yeah, that's rough Ngaiz, mine has been like that in the past, seems to be easing as I get older. How old are you? If you don't mind me asking... (I'm 38 with my crappy skin...)

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    Ngaiz, I've not heard of LED light therapy, but if you try it, I hope you get good results, skin problems really suck.

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    Can't rave about the stuff enough! I was on it when I was about 19. Had to go on the pill, I think I had regular blood tests (it is a long time ago now). My skin was very sensitive to sunlight (a bit of an issue as I was teaching swimming at the time), but I don't recall anything too bad.

    It made such a difference to my skin and my self esteem it was amazing. I still don't have great skin, but most of the improvement stayed once I finished the course.

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    my youngest son had severe acne, and he went on the course of roactaine. He had to use three different perscription medications before he was reffered to a dematolagist, and then he was put on the rocataine. Some precautions, a blood test for liver function before starting the course, also he had to avoid excess sunlight. He was only 16, so he wasnt drinking alcohol, and he was not likely to get pregnant. He was taking the pills for quite some time, maybe one year, but the results were excellent. A friend of mine, took her son to a chinese herbalist, he had very bad acne, even worse than my sons, and his results were fantastic also. There are other options. Personally, I would have prefered the chinese herbalist, but the roacataine, has worked without any problems for my son. Marie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    It also worked really well for me while I was on it. Helped my self confidence hugely at the time. My skin is not great though, I've had problems with it all my life, I have just stopped caring about it so much now.

    How was your skin after stopping taking it?
    I was on it for 8 months and my skin was amazing when I finished. I still get blackheads but pimples only happen around that time of the month and its one or two max. I get people tell me I have great skin and I still to this day find it hard to believe them 12 years later!

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