Month 1 - 40mg
Month 2 - 80mg
Month 3 - 80mg
Month 4 - 80mg
Month 5 - 80mg
Month 6 - 80mg
Pics are scattered throughout, but I'll put them together at the end.
Hello all, === here, figuring I'd do my part and start an Accutane log of my own. 17, male, white, around 5' 11" 150 pounds (or, if you prefer, 180cm, 68kg). I'm a bit long-winded with these things...
The typical teen zits were the source of my frustrations from age 12 to 15. Nothing out of hand; a constant of two or three whiteheads, blackheads around the nose, etc., save for the case of a bad breakout. In retrospect, I probably had it slightly worse than the majority, but I got by just fine with occasional OTC use.
Age 16 was a different story. The acne had taken it's hold, so I decided to take more consistent measures. After a few aimless attempts with 10% BP, Proactiv, and salicylic acid pads, I moved on to Dan's Regimen around summertime (2011). It was successful, at least compared to what else I had been doing.
Then came the breakout... around September/October 2011, I had a breakout, very unusual for me in that the acne I got was too small to form a head, and instead was just a reddish, hilly mess. All over my cheeks. I recall that I had been slacking on the Regimen for the week prior... so I was pissed, but brushed it off. Okay, I figured, time to get serious again, and clear up this face once and for all.
Nnnooopeee. See, prior to this breakout, all my acne would more or less have disappeared a few weeks after it came; no post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), no scarring, nothing. I may have been pinkish there for about a week, but really, that's it. Well, even after it was long gone, all of this breakout's acne left a cruel reminder of our time together on my face. Since early fall of 2011, my cheeks have basically served as evidence as to how much PIH/mild scarring sucks.
I've tried my share of stuff for the redness, particularly tea tree oil in numerous forms... it just doesn't help much. Meanwhile, I've still been getting new spots, and many of them are scarring or leaving behind pigmentation, too. Some of my PIH still does have a bit of a bump to it.
So, around early March, I come to terms with the fact that I can't self-treat this problem anymore, and I go to the derm. He's quite frank: he tells me he'll prescribe me 200mg/day of minocycline, and there's a 50/50 chance it will work; if it fails, he'll suggest Accutane. He also adds on the BP/clindamycin phosphate topical for good measure. I take the two meds for six weeks; predictably, they help pretty well with new spots, but that's it.
On to Accutane, then. It took me a month longer than necessary to get my prescription because of a liver test result. (My liver is actually in great shape, one thing was just elevated due to the fact that I'm still growing.) Well, I'm on day four now! Currently 40mg/day of Claravis, should bump to 80mg starting the second month.
Now, for the actual log! I've saved some minimal notes of my first few days.
Day 1 (6/27/12): Took the pill after dinner, felt completely fine heading to bed. Put on Burt's Bees chapstick; the pharmacist suggested that I try to get ahead of the dry lips.
Day 2: Randomly woke up a bit early with a headache, probably not Accutane related. I think my lips felt chapped just because I was thinking about my lips feeling chapped, heheh. Tried Aquaphor; that stuff is straight up superior to the Burt's Bees stuff. Felt fine going to bed, no physical changes.
Day 3: Finally, signs that this stuff is working! In the evening, I notice my nose is peeling a bit, and my lips do feel a bit dry. Getting out of the shower, I see that my face is unusually red. More Aquaphor in the morning and evening.
I'll update tonight with day 4, and hopefully add some pics.
Edited by ===, 09 December 2012 - 09:12 PM.