Creating Waves of Awareness
DOES DIET AFFECT ACNE?
It is a myth that chocolate and fried foods make acne worse. However a good balanced diet will improve your general well being and this will be reflected in the condition of your skin
DOES SEX AFFECT ACNE?
NO. Although the sex harmone Testosterone is the primary cause of acne you do not develop spots because you have too much of this harmone or are oversexed. Masturbation and whether you have sex or not has no effect on acne and certainly does not cause it
DOES ACNE BECOMES WORSE BEFORE PERIODS?
YES. Many women notice that their acne gets worse 2-7 days before their periods start. This is due to changes in their harmone levels at this stage in the menstrual cycle
DOES SWEATING AFFECT ACNE?
YES. Many sufferers find their acne flares up when they have been sweating a lot
DO HUMID ATMOSPHERES MAKE ACNE WORSE?
YES. Going to a holiday to a very humid climate or working in an environment such as a kitchen or a steam room can cause acne to flare up.
Treating Skin Symptoms May End in Hormone Disruption leading to depression, sexual dysfunction and a laundry list of symptoms.
There are an ever-increasing and disturbing number of young people claiming their sex lives have been permanently ruined from taking the acne drug, isotretinoin, commonly referred to by its former brand-name, Accutane.
Teenagers and young twenty-somethings want to fit in, have fears of permanent scarring and feel great embarrassment when they have acne breakouts acutely or as a chronic concern. They seek relief after trying many approaches from eliminating chocolates, very expensive skin creams and extreme washing. Finally, they resort to dermatologist approved solutions, such as Accutane.
Since acne and Accutane are linked to the hormone system, we can expect that other symptoms and conditions may be affected with the use of drugs. Most consumers have not been told about the potential for short term or permanent sexual dysfunction as a result of use.
On person tells us that problems closely resemble PFS (Post-Finasteride Syndrome) and PSSD (Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction).
After going on treatment many people get mild-to-debilitating anhedonia — a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in acts which normally produce it, anxiety and fatigue. The sexual symptoms may initially be relatively mild. The problem can then significantly and rapidly worsen when isotretinoin is stopped.
When getting an aggravation from a homeopathic remedy (Accutane is NOT a homeopathic remedy) the user simply does not repeat the medicine and the symptoms will subside. However, with the use of Accutane many reports of increasingly worsening symptoms and conditions dramatically increasing after treatment ends.
Male Side Effects
The sexual symptoms which occur as a result of isotretinoin in men include erectile dysfunction, impotence, partial or complete loss of libido, genital anesthesia, anorgasmia, decreased and watery ejaculate, shrinkage in the flaccid state and lack of blood flow to the glans when erect.
Female Side Effects
Women have reported vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, loss of libido, genital anesthesia, and anorgasmia as a result of isotretinoin treatment, any of which may accompany altered menses, loss of menstruation and infertility.
Isotretinoin has been prescribed for off-label use by dermatologists to treat mild to moderate acne.
1. Tirado Sánchez A, León Dorantes G. [Erectile dysfunction during isotretinoin therapy]. Sexual adverse reactions are far more prevalent than what one would assume by viewing FDA statistics or browsing anecdotal reports on internet forums. Six out of 20 (thirty percent) of patients receiving isotretinoin developed erectile dysfunction during the study, according to the IIEF-5 scale. Only two out of 35 (five percent) of the patients receiving an antibiotic (minocycline) developed ED. 12 out of 20 (sixty percent) of the group given isotretinoin were found to have developed depression during the treatment as measured by the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. Only three out of 35 (eight percent) of the control group were found to have developed depression. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16447596
2. Marco Rossi and Michele Pellegrino Acitretin-associated erectile dysfunction: a case report http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2783159/
3. Ustun I, Rifaioglu EN, Sen BB, Inam MU, Gokce C. Gynecomastia: a rare complication of isoretinoin?http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22813063
4. Csoka AB, Szyf M. Epigenetic side-effects of common pharmaceuticals: a potential new field in medicine and pharmacology. A medical hypothesis published in 2009 proposed that long-term side effects associated with isotretinoin, including erectile dysfunction, may be the end result of persistent modifications to mechanisms which control gene expression http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19501473
5. Environmental disruption of normal development.| Retinoic acid has been useful in treating severe cystic acne and has been available (under the name Accutane) since 1982. Because the deleterious effects of administering large amounts of vitamin A or its analogues to pregnant animals have been known since the 1950s (Cohlan 1953; Giroud and Martinet 1959; Kochhar et al. 1984), the drug carries a label warning that it should not be used by pregnant women. However, about 160,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 45 years) have taken this drug since it was introduced, and some of them have used it during pregnancy. Lammer and his co-workers (1985) studied a group of women who inadvertently exposed themselves to retinoic acid and who elected to remain pregnant. Of their 59 fetuses, 26 were born without any noticeable anomalies, 12 aborted spontaneously, and 21 were born with obvious anomalies. The malformed infants had a characteristic pattern of anomalies, including absent or defective ears, absent or small jaws, cleft palate, aortic arch abnormalities, thymic deficiencies, and abnormalities of the central nervous system. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9998/
6. Psychiatric Conditions from Accutane | "Psychiatric Disorders: Accutane may cause depression, psychosis, and rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide. Discontinuation of Accutane therapy may be insufficient; further evaluation may be necessary. No mechanism of action has been established for these events (see ADVERSE REACTIONS: Psychiatric)." http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/00/backgrd/3639b1c_08.pdf
7. Long list of side effects from accutane http | accutanesideeffects.net | Accutane is a very powerful drug that certainly works miracles to clear up acne in a matter of months. One course, which is typically five months, results in prolonged remission of acne in up to 85 percent of patients. "But as powerful as Accutane can be in improving patients' lives, the adverse effects can be just as powerful," states FDA Consumer magazine. "The drug is known to cause miscarriage and severe birth defects. Patients taking Accutane may develop potentially serious problems affecting a number of organs, including the liver, intestines, eyes, ears, and skeletal system. And some patients taking Accutane have developed serious psychiatric problems."
8. Accutane contains parabens, which are chemical preservatives known to display estrogenic activity and mimic the body's hormones. These chemical-disruptors may interfere with the body´s endocrine system: the adrenal glands, the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus (in the brain), the thyroid, the ovaries and testes, the pancreas (which secretes insulin and regulates the level of glucose in the blood), the stomach, the kidneys, the skin and virtually every body system.
9. Erectile dysfunction during isotretinoin therapy