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accutane/isotretinoin 9 month journey.

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Day - Unknown.

By tane007,

Hey guys, haven't posted in AGES. And for anyone who may have followed this blog, i apologize. I wanted to wait until i saw some noticeable changes before posting again, then after about a month and a half total, my dosage ran out and there was about a week gap where i was off the tane all together. Then once i saw my derm he boosted me up to 40mg a day, which is twice what i was on before. Finally after being on 40mg for about a month and a week, i can say my breakouts have stopped. So i've probably been on accutane for about 70 days. I also have lightly massaged/rubbed my skin whilst under a hot shower to remove dead skin cells, which has noticeably decreased my icepick scarring. my skin looks a lot smoother and some of the bumps underneath have surfaced, dried up and flaked off. my arms used to have sort of a "goosebump" look to them, which thanks to accutane is now gone. 
The only side effects are a lightly pink face, dry skin on arms and eyes and lips. I bought coles lip balm for $1 and it works a charm for my lips, every other side effect is bearable. 
Please comment your progress or thoughts on accutane, would be greatly interested! i recommend accutane to anyone considering it, because i presume that anyone considering accutane, would have annoying acne to begin with.

Day 19.

By tane007,

[b]DAY 19.[/b]
Hey guys, whats up! So i'm currently on day 19 of roaccutane on 20mg a day. I'll just get straight into it.
[b][u]Side effects: [/u][/b][list]
[*]Dry lips
[*]Dry skin
That's it! My face doesn't look too much better, my cysts have decreased in size and most are almost gone, and i have probably 4 active whiteheads at the moment, some on my jaw and the others on my chin and around my lips, with a few about to come to surface. I have blistex for my lips but it seems to sting more than it helps so now i'm just using Vaseline dry skin total moisture, as I've said before its not a lip balm so it isn't ideal but it helps a lot! apparently licking my lips all the time will make them drier, so thanks for commenting to let me know!
currently some blackheads on my nose have come out and my nose feels amazing. Like better than it has ever felt or looked. Although that's only in one little section and more blackheads are showing up around my nose, and on my nose. Cant wait till they come out.
I haven't been moisturizing my face much lately, it hasn't been too dry and i feel that when it is dry its only the lumps, cysts and pimples that begin to dry off, flake and disappear, which I enjoy. Would moisturizing slow down this process? feel free to give me feedback. 
So all in all, its been pretty smooth sailing. Not much has happened other than the dry lips so i can't complain. ALSO i am definitely noticing a lessening in the depth of my scarring! ill keep you guys posted.
Sometime in the near future i hope to see dramatic changes like around the 1 month- 2 month mark, because my skin texture is really depressing me. With my nose becoming so smooth i pray the same happens to my skin. Please let me know how your journeys are going and if your skin has become more smooth on accutane!

Day 14

By tane007,

[b]DAY 14[/b]
okay guys, i believe its day 14, and my initial breakout has officially begun.. i have cysts on my forehead, behind my jaw, on my temple, on my chin, i have pimples on my chin, forehead, and some on my cheeks.
Ah two nights before a party. no fun. well my pimples seem to be drying quickly which gives me a bit of hope, my nose is super red because i keep rubbing it trying to get rid of the blackheads. So word of advice, don't touch your face too much or it will go red.
My lips are dry, but i just lick them all the time and it keeps them pretty moist.  All these pimples are surfacing and i can feel it.
[size=4]My face is dry but fine, and my hair is dry and i never have to wash it.[/size]
overall my skin feels softer, but all these new breakouts are discouraging. 
Just gotta keep soldiering on i guess, until next time guys. 

Day 7-13

By tane007,

[size=4][b]WEEK ONE.[/b][/size]
Finally i figured out how to make a blog! Hi everyone, I am a 17 yr old male, i weigh 70kg and im roughly 6 foot, on a 20mg/day isotretinoin regime for 9 months, and i've decided to make a blog to keep you guys posted on how my low dosage goes, the ups, and the downs. 
First off i'll start by saying, it took me roughly 6 months, AFTER i received my roaccutane pills, of researching endlessly and going back and forth with it, before actually trying it. I had bad acne for a while but it did ease up, and so i didn't want to take accutane if they were going to heal on their own terms. BUT i looked at photos from about 8 months or so ago, and my skin had not changed, my breakouts under my lips were still happening, and i was still getting scarring on my cheeks. So i decided, rather than cross my fingers and hope it all goes away, i'm going to get rid of them completely with accutane. 
Being an Australian, my derm instantly prescribed me a low dose. maybe it was because i don't have many actives, but I've gotten some cystic acne on my cheeks and its led to scarring, so he wanted to prevent that, without worsening things with the initial breakout. 
After i bit the bullet and swallowed my first pill, i woke up the next morning with a massive headache and body aches, which i was actually excited about because i felt the pill working almost instantly. 
Since then it has been 7 days, and so far the side effects are as follows:
[*]sore eyes
[*]dry(ish) lips. (very bearable at the moment i don't even have to use lip balm or anything)
[*]a little dry itchy spot on my shoulder
[*]my skin now flakes a little when i rub it with my fingers.
[*]I have also had about 5 new actives that came and went pretty quickly. nothing too bad.
Now all those side effects have been extremely bearable, though it is only the first week. Also, a few months prior to accutane, i was using tea tree oil for my skin. What i didn't realise, is how drying it was. it dried out my whole face and i itched it when i slept leading to scabs which i had for a month or two ( i could conceal them because i have very long hair for a guy). These scabs were covering some icepick scars at the time, and when they healed, the scars had shallowed a little. Now to get back to accutane, since my skin is flaking, yet not completely dry at the moment i thought i'd take advantage of this, and rub some of the flakes where my scars are, like how i did when my face was dry on tea tree oil, and see how that works. Already i feel they are becoming shallower. ( I'll be a guinea pig for you guys and keep you posted on my self-flaking technique)  
So thats about it for me, i've taken 7 pills so far and im on in for 9 months, which was really what held me off accutane in the first place, i didnt want to be popping pills and having all these side effects for so long, and not being able to drink. But realistically, 9 months of some pain for perfect skin is better than living your entire life with bad skin. 
i will update every week, and maybe more often if something happens with my side effects.
[b]DAY 9. [/b]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]Hello again guys. I thought i'd make a quick update about my roaccutane 20mg journey. for all of those who didn't read my first blog, i weigh  around 70kg and am roughly 6 foot, so it is rather a small dose.[/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]So not much to update, besides i think im having my initial breakout? my skin seems alot smoother but i have gotten a few new pimples mostly around the lips and some on the cheeks, and around 4 cysts, 3 of which are around my left temple, one below my lip where i ALWAYS have cysts and the reason i wanted to take accutane.  [/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]If this IS the initial breakout, then I would be overjoyed seeing as the IB was the main factor in me NOT wanting to take accutane, and this is hardly noticeable. [/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]My skin is getting drier around the cheeks, the lips feel as though I've been eating really salty corn chips all day if anyone knows the feeling. My hair is noticeably less oily, so that is good, might help with breakouts if i don't have oily hair on my face when i sleep. ( maybe i should invest in a hair-tie when i sleep.)[/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]anyway that's about it, i just wanted to let you guys know i think the IB is beginning. Kind of bad timing though i have a big party in a week and hopefully it doesn't get much worse. Oh and also i drank around 4 beers last night, woke up no headache, everything seems fine. I will drink less later in the course but seeing as I've only been on such a low dose for 9 days i thought it wouldn't be too detrimental to have a few beers. i hardly got drunk though so maybe that's why there was no hangover. [/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]i can feel blackheads on my forehead surfacing, so i hope they come out soon, i want my skin to be flat and not have all these little tiny bumps. [/font][/color]
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[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]ALSO, i used saltwater to exfoliate my skin, to try and remove skin flakes and act like a chemical peel to lessen scarring, and my skin DID flake dramatically as though i was grating cheese! sounds gross but really my skin feels so smooth now, though its very pink and sensitive, i wont go out today and i might get a video game or something to play, as im on school holidays right now, and the less im in the sun the better!. Has anyone noticed a difference in scarring during or after their course of accutane? let me know! [/font][/color]
[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]if chemical peels help shallow scarring, by removing layers of skin, then in theory, shouldn't the peeling on accutane also help? [/font][/color]
[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=helvetica]i dont see why it wouldn't. I know accutane thins out your skin but if once a week or so i exfoliate with saltwater ( or another substitute because saltwater can be drying, which wouldn't be good) then once my course is over, and my skin plumps back up, wouldnt all those layers of dead skin that i'd shed lessen the appearance of scarring? Plus accutane shrinks pores apparently so i'm definitely keeping an eye out for this. If my scarring were gone i would be overwhelmed with joy.[/font][/color]
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[b]DAY 11[/b]
Hey guys, me again. So ive used my first mini packet of pills ( there's 10 pills per packet, and 6 packets per box) and i think im seeing the dermatologist around the 1 month mark. and i have noticed i have gotten quite a few new actives and cysts. I have gotten a lot of new papules around my chin area and my overall complexion is redder around my cheeks. I hope my texture and tone becomes the same as my temples, that would be a dream. 
The products i have so far are:[list]
[*][b]vaseline total moisture dry skin[/b]
[*][b]Palmers cocoa butter with vitamin E[/b] [i]( can i use this on my face or will it clog pores and break me out?)[/i]
[*][b]blistex[/b] [i]( for chapped lips, though i just used cocoa butter on my lips and it works a lot better.)[/i]
[*][b]ombra sunscreen lotion spf 30[/b] [i]( my parents bought it for me, its non greasy but i need a moisturizer as well as a sunscreen, like cetaphil. still yet to purchase that.)[/i]
[*]and garnier 3 in 1 salicyclic acid wash. [i]( unsure of if i should use this, anyone whos used it suggestions would be great.)[/i]
My skin overall is just redder, not oily, breaking out a little and leaving red marks. I get joint pain from time to time but whatever, i do physical exercise when i can and that may lead to it. 
[b]DAY 13 [/b]
Hey guys, i think i'm going through my initial breakout! i have about 6 whiteheads on my face, and 5 cysts maybe. The whiteheads are around my chin area, my forehead has a lot of blackheads and white heads,and one really blatantly on my cheek. hopefully that one dries up in a day or two, fingers crossed. The cysts are mostly still around my left temple, but i have some around the left and right sides under my jaw. Luckily my breakouts have been pretty inconspicuous and haven't made me look very different. I'm almost at the halfway point to reaching the 1 month mark, where people say they get improvements.
Finally I purchased some cetaphil moisturizing lotion because my face began to get flaky, i put it on last night and my face is still moist! I kind of wanted to leave my face dry when i could so it would flake and leave better skin underneath, but i noticed when i raised my eyebrows a red line on my forehead would appear, and i definitely didn't want signs of premature ageing after i get rid of my acne. It was about $14 dollars for a 250ml bottle which i'm sure will last me a majority of my journey. 
The redness on my face isn't too bad, almost barely noticeable. Seeing as its only on my cheeks and nose, i can see how people would feel its very noticeable seeing as my forehead is not red at all, and people with shorter hair would highlight this transition more prominently with a normal forehead and red cheeks. 
I'm hoping the little lumps on my arms disappear, I've had them most of my life, and i really think they have begun to disappear on accutane! 
ah all the little superficial problems are being solved.
How long until you guys saw results? was it the typical 1-2 month mark? earlier? later? i'd really like to receive some feedback! I'll probably update less as the course goes on ( hopefully), but i'm trying to update whenever i see any changes in my skin, and that will be pretty frequent i believe in the first month or two. I'm hoping it will all be a downhill journey from month 2 and my skin will begin to seriously improve.
until next time guys.
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