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3 Months After Accutane

Posted by pr1nc355, 04 July 2013 · 6,146 views

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I am now finished with Roaccutane, I had my last capsules on March 17th 2013. I was on 40mg a day, 20 mg in the morning and 20mg at night. My treatment lasted for six months. I was trying to be as realistic as I could be, I knew that popping a pill for a few months would not change my skin type, which is very oily in the long term. I loved not worrying about the oil on my face and the touching and spreading the spots.
I'm quite disappointed as within three weeks of finishing the treatment I becme oily again. From going from no oil to oily again I can literally feel the oil sit on my skin and feel it spread. You guys know what oily means, it doesn't take long for the spots to show up. I now have pustules and papstules on my forehead, around my hair line and chin. I have noticed a couple of papstules on my chest as well. So as you can guess I'm not a happy bunny.
In the u.k. there is no follow up visit to the dermatolgist (post treatment) I saw the derm every two months. I had my last visit with the derm on the 6th of March. I did ask the derm about follow up treatment if the spots came back and was told I would have to wait 1 year to really see the full out come of the treatment. And then ask the GP for another referral.
I wash my face in the morning with oily combination skin face wash, I add a drop tea tree essential oil and leave it on my face for five minutes while I do other stuff, I then go back and wash my face a second time with just face wash. I am clutching at straws to see what works for me. I get lazy sometimes and forget to wash my face at night.
I guess I don't really know what to do next... Do I go back to the GP and most likely they will give me antibiotics which is bad as I have been on them on and off for too long and I get thrush on my tongue (it goes white). I want what is best for my health and I know from years of treatment that I don't want to go down that road again. But at the same time I have noticed that I am getting anxious about the oil on my face and I can see the spread of spots. I hate going back to worrying all the time about the oil on my skin, I wasted an amazing amount of space in my mind and my time with worrying about something other people will think is stupid and such a small thing to worry about. So i decided to do research into more natural cures. The downside to natural cures are that you have to do them consistantly over a long period of time. I get lazy sometimes and I now put reminders in my phone so I know when I need to take something. Better organisational skills, lol.
I read someones forum entry (SebumSucks) where they used vitamin D3 to control their oil. They used 1000iu a day and were able to control the oil on their face. I decided to look into this, I found so much information such as vitamin D is actually a hormone and not a vitamin and that you shouldn't take vitamin A with vitamin D. I did a lot of research on websites one was very good earthclinic, I found that you can take v D in high doseages. But please be aware I am not a health professional these are things I am trying, to eliminate very oily skin these are not clinical trials based in a lab. I am just trying to find what works for me, as we are all different and react in different ways.
I am now trying it too. I have been playing around with doses, I am taking the tablet form at 400iu. At first I tried v D3 at 400iu twice a day for a week. (I got impatient) When no change occured I upped it to 400iu four, two times a day for another week, two in the morning and two at night for another week. When again no change, I again changed the doseage to six a day, two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two at night again I tried this for a week and again no change. So I am now taking eight a day spaced out at two at a time. I have noticed a slight change and will keep at this doseage for two weeks. I am hoping to reduce this to six a day as I don't really feel comfortable with this treatment. But I guess I have had enough of the oil and spot cycle. So I am trying this new treatment.
Any feedback would be good if anyone is on a similar journey to mine. Posted Image)



Would you consider going on birth control, I know yasmin and dianette both reduce the oil on your skin and hair, if you do a quick search, a lot of people notice a difference in a few weeks.  I've just started back on dianette after seeing the dermatologist.  I was on it a few years back and it cleared everything up, I switched to another pill called Cilest which was for acne too and my skin was great, I've been off birth control for about a year or so and I think that is why my skin isn't so great the now (plus loads of stress) so I'm back on dianette.  It really is a personal preference, some people don't like being on the pill, but there are a few out there for acne so it's a case of finding one that works for you.  There are a few scare stories about dianette and acne being worse when you come off it, but to be honest, if it keeps my acne at bay and I'm other wise healthy, I'll probably stay on the pill for the foreseeable future. Anyways just a suggestion, I hope you find something that works, I have naturally oily skin since forever, and I know how much it can get you down. Gill

Hey Gill,


Thanks for the advice. I'm on the Marina coil, it releases hormones at a lower level. I suffer from migraine's and I found that taking the pill made it worse. So the low hormone level coil is working for me.


I know what you mean about finding the thing that works just for you. So many things work for other people and I get frustrated when it doesn't work on me but I guess thats life and we are all different.


I hate the oily skin, I've had it since purberty. It's such a pain, I would quite happily be on roaccutane for the rest of my life but that's not realistic either. lol, I'm glad you've found something that works for you.





I can understand the migraines they are horrible! You might want to check what the hormone balance of the coil is, as I know some pills have more progesterone than eostrogen and that can make acne worse, I'm not sure if it is the same with the coil though, there are a lot of pills out there for acne and work on androgens to stop oily skin, maybe a new one might work better?  I've heard some natural anti androgens can help, like saw palmetto, nettle or green tea im sure there is something called vitex which helps some people, but I think these all effect hormones and androgens in someway so it might not be something you want to try out?  I don't know how effective they would be, also I hear people talking about vitamin a and b5 helping too.  I've started trying some cod liver oil for the vitamin a, and also d. Not sure if it's helping yet though.  I'd give anything to have normal skin, blotting papers are my best friend right now lol Gill

Hey Gill,


I totally know what you mean about blotting. I've spent a lot of money on them. I found that evelope paper works better, lol, I found this out when I ran out of blotting paper and I just grabbed whatever was close to hand. Evelopes are amazing at soaking up all that oil.  


I'll have to look into the androgens and other hormones, the only reason I'm on the Marina coil is that I had the copper one first and my Dr wanted me to try the Marina, I had my doubts but it doesn't seem to have impacted my migraines and headaches in a negative way.  


I take quite a few vitamins and supplements at the moment. lol


I take the following daily:


1000mg of vitamin c

30mg zinc

800iu vitamin e

3200iu vitamin d

14mg iron

vitamin b complex

400mg garlic


I eat yogurt with live cultures, one cup twice a day.


I'm also thinking of doing the natural yogurt masks, I have read on here, earthclinic and makeupally that yogurt masks can be good for oily skin as with as helping spots come to a head. Yogurt masks can be mixed with various things, like a few drops of lemon juice, turmeric powder, honey, brown sugar etc.


But I wanted to give the vitamin D a good try before I do that.


I had normal skin whilst on accutane and it was amazing, I stopped wearing as much foundation and makeup as I previously did. I'm keeping that up still, before I used to wear makeup daily now I only wear it for special occaissions.



Hey, have you considered dan's regimen at all? I did accutane like yourself and my oil returned 1 month later with acne as bad as before but I managed to completely get rid of acne by using dan's regimen (which does cost me a fortune to ship to UK). I still have oily skin but no acne at all even during periods. 

Hi londoncat8, thanks for the recommendation. I'm more concerned about the oil rather than the spots as I can control them. How did you find the accutane treatment?


Hey, have you considered dan's regimen at all? I did accutane like yourself and my oil returned 1 month later with acne as bad as before but I managed to completely get rid of acne by using dan's regimen (which does cost me a fortune to ship to UK). I still have oily skin but no acne at all even during periods. 

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