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1St Month On Roaccutane & Before Pics

Posted by shpots, 10 November 2011 · 905 views

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Hey everyone!

So I have finally started Roaccutane, I've been on it for just over a month now. Started on the 5th October - 20mg a day. I didn't really have any side affects until the end of the first month, my lips and face got slightly dry but I was also blaming that on the cold weather! I also got really itchy legs from them being so dry (I have quite dry legs anyway) but that stopped after I started using moisturiser on them.

I'm now a week into my second month - 50mg a day. My face has got dryer and my lips have as well - infact yesterday I went 2 hours without putting any lipbalm on because I didn't have any on me and they were burning like hell! That stopped as soon as I put on some vaseline though Posted Image However, this morning I woke up and had little blister like spots on them Posted Image they sting quite a bit so I keep putting lipbalm on them I think it's because I didn't use any for a while yesterday - also I used a sugar scrub from Lush which probably didn't help but I didn't want to go about with dead skin on my lips, so not attractive haha. I'm going to go to Boots pharmacy tomorrow to see if they have any good lip treatments, really don't want to go another 3 months with blistered lips!

The products I'm using right now are:
- Vaseline (brown tin - cocoa butter one)
- Carmex (cherry)
- Molton Brown (protecting vitamin lipsaver which I got free on an airplane!)
- Boots Essentials moisturiser (I'm starting off with a cheap one because I want to see if it actually works before I spend a fortune on anything else)

Now on to my before pictures! I have to say I'm completely embarrassed about posting these up! I know my skin might not look as bad as a lot of people's on here but it was recommended that I go on Roaccutane, I've also been on the contraceptive pill Yasmin for years which has helped a lot with my skin so who knows what it would like if I wasn't on that.... I think the fact that I'm on that also helped with the breakout that most people experience at the start because I only got 1 or 2 bigger spots that went away after a few days so nothing major.

So please find attached my before pictures without and with makeup Posted Image - I'll just mention now that there isn't any difference in my 1 month on roaccutane pictures so I won't upload them! ....my pores look hideous, I hope they disappear!

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I'm on day 38 of Accutane. I take 40mg/day. I saw my doctor on Nov. 1 and he did not change my dosage. I kinda hope that he will bump me on 50-60mg because I really want it to work. I've seen a lot of improvement, but strangely, my skin is not dry. I don't even have to put on moisturing lotion on my face. The only side effect that I'm experiencing right now is chapped lips. All the others have subsided in the last few weeks. (headache, achy joints, etc.)

Almost all of my blackheads and whiteheads are gone yeahhh! :) But I still have breakouts here and there :(
* Please do not be shy to post pictures. I created a Youtube Channel, you can follow me at juliebaby28. I also put pictures and I think it really helps, since you can see improvements, etc.
GOOD LUCK :)
Hey thanks for your comment! That's great that you're seeing a lot of improvement! I hope it gets rid of my blackheads too, maybe make my pores look smaller haha. Will defo check out your Youtube channel :)

Hey thanks for your comment! That's great that you're seeing a lot of improvement! I hope it gets rid of my blackheads too, maybe make my pores look smaller haha. Will defo check out your Youtube channel :)

Hi Shpots, I've been on Accutane for 70 something days now, 30mg, and my pores have definitely shrunk and my blackheads just slide out now. Good luck with the course! :)
Hey, reading your post reminded me so much of me about 2 years ago when i started roaccutane and i couldnt resist commenting! I found that for lips the squeezy tube carmex was really good and also if you begin to get the nosebleeds, or even just to prevent them ever making an appearance, put a little bit of vaseline just on the inside of your nose before bed, it may sound disgusting but i actually works. If you get a dry scalp too, polytar is a god send and id suggest the Simple light moisturiser for your face, its not so oily :) the vitamin e stuff from bodyshop also seems good, i used the cleanser bar now to keep spots at bay but obviously while youre on accutane make sure you moisturise straight after! sorry that was a lot of information you didnt even ask for but i just couldnt resist just incase they help a bit! good luck!

Hey thanks for your comment! That's great that you're seeing a lot of improvement! I hope it gets rid of my blackheads too, maybe make my pores look smaller haha. Will defo check out your Youtube channel :)

Hi Shpots, I've been on Accutane for 70 something days now, 30mg, and my pores have definitely shrunk and my blackheads just slide out now. Good luck with the course! :)


I'm so glad it has made a difference to your pores and blackheads! I hope I get the same result :)

Hey, reading your post reminded me so much of me about 2 years ago when i started roaccutane and i couldnt resist commenting! I found that for lips the squeezy tube carmex was really good and also if you begin to get the nosebleeds, or even just to prevent them ever making an appearance, put a little bit of vaseline just on the inside of your nose before bed, it may sound disgusting but i actually works. If you get a dry scalp too, polytar is a god send and id suggest the Simple light moisturiser for your face, its not so oily :) the vitamin e stuff from bodyshop also seems good, i used the cleanser bar now to keep spots at bay but obviously while youre on accutane make sure you moisturise straight after! sorry that was a lot of information you didnt even ask for but i just couldnt resist just incase they help a bit! good luck!

Thanks so much for all this! I'm definitely going to try the vaseline in the nose thing haha. Love the bodyshop, will check out some of their moisturisers and stuff :)

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