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Accutane Newbie

youngforever

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Hi everyone!

So I have decided to take the plunge and go on accutane. A little background information about me: I am a 22 year old female and I have been on literally every acne medication know to man (besides accutane). Everything from doxycycline, solodyn, minocycline, retin-a, aczone, ziana, clindamycin, duac, and of course all over the counter products (neutrogena, olay, proactiv, etc.)

I was always so against accutane because i really didn't want to go through the horrible side effects that i read about. I've had friends who have gone through it and I just couldn't fathom going through all the dryness redness peeling and the horrid initial breakout.

Anyways, I would say that I have mild to moderate persistent acne. I normally have 4-5 inflamed/noticable pustules. Plus a lot of those really tiny flesh colored bumps (milia i think?) on my forehead and a few on my cheeks.

My dermatologist and I came to an agreement that I would start with 20mg a day (I weigh around 50kg) and gradually move up from there.

Have any of you gone through a similar routine of accutane? If so, what were your initial side effects and end result?

Any advice would be GREAT! I start the drug in about 3 weeks so I want to mentally prepare myself for whats to come.

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Your story sounds like mine. I'm 23 with mild to moderate persistent acne. I just finished up my third week of Accutane. Took about a week to see any side effects begin. Things I have noticed so far: dry lips, dry scalp, and itchy skin (which I'm guessing is due to it gradually becoming dry rather than oily). I have not seen much change in my acne so far. If anything, it is a little worse than when I began. Something I have noticed is that the pimples do seem to go down/heal a lot quicker right now. I started out with incredibly oily skin and the dermatologist told me that I would have to change my mindset of dealing with oily skin to having dry skin.

I have found it useful to search the blogs and find people whose situations are similar to yours. That way you can see some things to look out for. I have a blog that I will try to keep updating through out the course of my treatment.

Hope this helps a little and good luck!

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Your story sounds like mine. I'm 23 with mild to moderate persistent acne. I just finished up my third week of Accutane. Took about a week to see any side effects begin. Things I have noticed so far: dry lips, dry scalp, and itchy skin (which I'm guessing is due to it gradually becoming dry rather than oily). I have not seen much change in my acne so far. If anything, it is a little worse than when I began. Something I have noticed is that the pimples do seem to go down/heal a lot quicker right now. I started out with incredibly oily skin and the dermatologist told me that I would have to change my mindset of dealing with oily skin to having dry skin.

I have found it useful to search the blogs and find people whose situations are similar to yours. That way you can see some things to look out for. I have a blog that I will try to keep updating through out the course of my treatment.

Hope this helps a little and good luck!

Thanks for your advice! Can I ask what dosage of accutane you're currently taking? I'm fully prepared for the dryness to happen. I've loaded up on blistex and aquaphor and some hydrating moisturizers.

Did you experience the initial breakout at all? I know you said its worse than when you first started, but I've read so many reviews of people have serious cystic acne purges and acne that they haven't experienced prior to taking accutane.

Let me know and I will also keep up with your blog! Good luck to you too :)

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