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Worked Wonders but Lots of Side Effects. - Brisbane, Australia

I had sever cystic adult acne for about 2 years...

I had sever cystic adult acne for about 2 years before finally trying roaccutane. The acne affected my back but mainly my face and neck. I was also on steroids for a few weeks with the roaccutane and antibiotics, I think the derm did it all at once because it was so bad and causing alot of pain.

The pros are that it WORKED!! I was on it for a year starting out on a small dose and working up to the strongest I could take for my body size, the decreasing. Cystic acne was gone within 3 months and only small breakouts after that. I did stop treatment against my derm's advice, who wanted me on it for another year. Also my hair seemed so healthy when i ws on it.

The cons (why I stopped)

  • Very bad headaches, constant and only varried in intensity.
  • Joint and muscel pain, this was the worst I could barely walk some days and was an all over body pain.
  • No alchol, not really a problem for me but there were a few times I was out that it sucked.
  • No sun! again I didnt really care but a bit hard to avoid living in sunny queensland!
  • I cant get a tattoo for a while, but again worth it.
  • Very dry skin, the lips were the worst i was going through a lip balm every few days. Lots of bleeding and cracked skin.
  • No waxing, Please dont try! i got my eyebrows done and all of my skin got taken off with the wax!! not fun.
  • The cost of the medication wasnt to bad as i got alot back in rebates but paying $90au everytime i saw the derm for a 3 min meeting to write me another perscription added up quick!!


So a year on now I only have a few hormonal pimples now and then but.... I have scarring, not very bad considering how big my cysts were but enough that it impacts my life. I am getting laser resurfacing to hopefully help with that.

Hope this helped, please feel free to ask me questions if you are interested and i will be putting before and after pics up for the roaccutane and when i get something done about the scars!!

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Outright ignored me when i had questions, my first consult took maybe 5 mins and after that every appointment was only to write me a script. Was late for every appointment longest was 45mins!

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
1 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
2 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
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