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  1. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 148 (End of Week 21): Thought I'd check in! Everything is going great!! See effects have subsided and I don't even notice them anymore! I've had many 2-3 small teeny tiny little pimples that go away very quick since my last update. My skin has never looked this good I could not be happier with this treatment. Stay positive everyone, it works.
  2. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Originally posted by "===" Posted September 11, 2012: Generally suggested minimum cumulative dose would be 120mg/kg, and 150mg/kg is considered on the higher end. mg/kg is, literally, milligrams per kilogram, i.e. how many milligrams of Accutane you've taken throughout your course divided by your weight in kg. weight in kg = (weight in pounds) / 2.2, if you need it. Once you've found your weight in kg, multiply it first by 120. This amount is, for you, a lower but still advisable cumulative dose. Then multiply the weight by 150; that gives you a higher, but still reasonable, cumulative dose. You can think of those totals as goalposts, you want your final cumulative dose to be somewhere between these two numbers. It's ok if your total cumulative dose is a bit higher than your 150mg/kg measurement, but lower than 120mg/kg and you're risking a higher chance of remission. So, for example, if you're 140 lbs, that's 140 lbs/2.2 = 63.64 kg, roughly. 63.64kg * 120 mg/kg = 7637mg <--- lower suggested dose 63.64kg * 150 mg/kg = 9546mg <--- higher suggested dose Then you'd probably want to go about finding your cumulative dose with the plan you and your derm have planned. Say you're on 20mg for the first month, 40mg for the second, and 80mg for three more. 20mg/day * 30 days + 40mg/day * 30 days + 80mg/day * 30 days * 3 months = 9000mg total, which is right around what you'd want. Not only was it not a permanent solution but I also noticed that it made my hair thinner. Taking high doses of things for a long period of time cannot be good for your health and there was no long term studies I could find on safety. Ultimately I've realized that the only thing that has worked for me is Accutane. I have never been acne free for this long before. My skin looks great, I'm off BP and could not be happier I decided to take this medication. I really hope it's permanent after I am off it. Time will tell.
  3. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thanks Nothing for red marks, they usually fade over time on their own and I don't have too many that are noticeable. Glad to see you are doing well. Glad you stopped using BP after shaving, that must have been extremely drying! I'm sure you're excited to almost be done with your course.
  4. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 118 (End of week 17): No new spots or pimples!!!! Side effects are more or less the same. Saw the Dr today and he kept me on 50mg. Im going to post every other week from now on as there really hasn't been much to update. Very happy with how treatment has gone. Only concern is that my Dr isn't going to let me get to 120g/kg for some reason. I'll finish at about 90 in about 2.5 months time which makes me nervous.
  5. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 112 (End of week 16): I went away for work this week and low and behold I got a big one up near my temple! UGH. It was inflamed, red and noticeable. It was so so soo disheartening, especially because I was with coworkers and important clients. It was due to a lack of sleep, eating poorly and drinking. Still, it sucked. It went away rather quickly (just as I was leaving, imagine that) and it has since disappeared. Other than that my face is good. Side effects were a little more manageable this week. Didn't really notice anything except the back pain. Mood has increased which is good. Pictures next week! Stay positive.
  6. Hang in there, the first two months are the worst! I know its tough to stay positive but it will be worth it, believe me! Short term pain for long term gain
  7. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thank you! I had a spot here and there on my shoulders but I have only noticed maybe 3 since I started accutane. Definitely has gotten better. Day 105 (End of week 15): Only had 1 spot this week on my jawline and it was quite stubborn. Took a few days to come to a head but who can complain about 1 spot. Happy about the progress. Side effects are more or less the same. I will update with pictures soon
  8. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 98 (End of week 14): I think I had 2 or 3 small pimples all week! I hardy ever even think about my skin. I certainly don't stress about it or even think twice about it when I got out. It's truly amazing and such a good feeling. I'm starting to feel like having clear skin is normal for me now. I still look a bit burnt in my face and am getting dry lips, arms, etc. Another issue which I feel like I have to mention is my mood. I am usually a really happy go lucky guy, but lately I have been a bit moody and have not felt as happy as I usually am. My mind also feels cloudy at times. Definitely because of the drug. I had hoped that I wouldn't experience these side effects but I think it's pretty much unavoidable. It's nothing I can't deal with and will absolutely tolerate it because it's only temporary and well worth it for (hopefully) permanently clear skin.
  9. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 91 (End of week 13): Better week. Still getting small pimples here and there but very happy with my progress! I don't think or stress about my skin nearly as much as I did and I am so thankful for that. It seems like I can just live my life normally now without basing every decision I make on the state of my skin. I'm not worried about dating anymore and my confidence level is high! I am still dry and getting headaches but again, all manageable.
  10. Happy for you Bonrat! Your progress has been amazing!
  11. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 85 (End of Week 12): Had a 2 bigger pimples on my chin this week as well as some smaller ones on my forehead. A little worse than the previous 2 weeks but still good all in all. At this moment I don't have any actives, although I did yesterday. I'm happy with how things are going. I had my Dr's appointment this morning and we decided to keep me at 50mg. I still look burnt, have dry lips, dry arms and I got my first nosebleed this week despite putting vaseline in my nose twice daily. Nothing unmanageable :)
  12. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 77 (End of Week 11): Skin has continued to improve! I had about 4-5 pimples over the week but they were all small and came to a whitehead very quick. I am noticing that any spots I get now come and go a lot quick than pre-acctuane. All spots disappear within 2 days which is fantastic. It's so amazing to be able to leave the house without having to worry about my face, I am very happy at this point with my progress. All the suffering in the initial two months has been worth it :) As far as side effects, my arms get red, patchy rashes from the dryness if I forget to slather cream on them twice a day and my lips are always dry. I also look constantly burnt, but luckily it's summer so I can blame it on being in the sun if people bring it up (which they do ). Aside from that no new side effects to report. Stay strong everyone and have a fantastic week!
  13. need help!!

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  14. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thank you! I constantly look burnt but I'll take that over pimples every day of the week :) The Dr hasn't actually told me but I will push for 120mg/kg at the very least. I could grow a beard (albeit, not a great one) at around 21/22. Look at your dad's ability to grow facial hair, it's probably pretty close to what yours will look like. Glad to hear your progressing as well!
  15. Accutane!

    Hopefully you are like me and start seeing improvement over the next few weeks! Stay positive :)
  16. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 70 (End of Week 10): Finally, progress!! My skin really started clearing up this week! I had a few pimples, about 1 every day, maybe every other day, but they are small and manageable. I am sooo happy I didn't get any larger spots and everything is starting to look much better; better than pre-Accutane for sure. I should really knock on wood haha. I didn't take a pill on Saturday because I was drinking but I took 40mg until Tuesday and now I'm back up to 50mg. Side effect wise, my back is much better. The dryness is pretty bad, especially on my arms. I forgot to moisturize one day and the next day both arms were incredibly flaky. I don't get headaches anymore although I do experience a little bit of cloudiness. This morning I blew my nose and there was a bit of blood. I rub Vaseline on the inside of my nose everyday and it definitely helps with the dryness. Otherwise im sure I would have a million nosebleeds. It definitely gets better, stay positive everyone!
  17. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 64 (End of week 9): This week was extremely busy as I had a work trip to Montreal and it was my first week on 50mg/day. At the beginning of the week I wasn't having too many problems with the 50mg, maybe just a little flushing and a few breakouts, but nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. I flew out Monday night after our first softball game of the season (we won 25-17! ) and my back as a bit sore afterwards. When I finally landed my back was very sore, a lot more than usual. I shrugged it off and went to my meetings. Everyone commented on how sunburnt my face looked. I had about 3 spots of my face that were quite noticeable but honestly it could have been a lot worse. After meetings we went out for dinner and drinks and by then my back was really bothering me, it's all I could focus on. When I finally got back to the hotel I could barely move. I didn't sleep all night even though I was exhausted In the morning I could barely move. It took me 15 minutes to get out of bed and it hurt to stand up and breathe. Everyone noticed I was basically a cripple and so I decided to take Advil extra strength. It helped a bit but I was really scared. I don't know if accutane is the cause but I'm sure it was a contributing factor along with not stretching very well before softball and sitting idle for hours in those notoriously uncomfortable seats. So I didn't take any accutane the next day (Wed) and dropped down to 30mg Thursday and 40mg today. My Back is still quite sore but a lot better than it was. Maybe it's because I have not stopped taking advil every 5 hours but I hope it gets back to normal. In addition to the terrible back pain and tane burn (face looks extremely sunburnt) I started developing a terrible rash on both my arms and hands around mid week. It looks like I am turning into aqua man or something. It's scaly and looks like a rash. The increase in dose really hit my hard. My face is also extremely dry and is peeling. I had to use so much moisturizer and my face just looked un-natural. In saying all this I am definitely improving, with only about 1, mayybeee 2 smallish whiteheads everyday. It was a bad week for having the fewest pimples since I started this process but I am still optimistic. I really hope my body gets used to the higher dose soon. I am going to take 40mg until my body adjusts and then go up to 50mg once I feel ready.