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  1. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, day 49 (Week 7): Skin was horrible this week! No cysts but a lot of large pimples on my forehead and upper cheek/lower temple area. It was embarrassing going to work. Was really hoping this week would be an improvement but unfortunately I was wrong. My diet has been garbage as of late and I haven't been going to the gym newrly as much as usual so I'm sure that's not helping. My my lips are a nightmare and I'm getting patches of tiny red bumps on my arms and forearms so I have to remember to moisturize after every shower. My bowels have been more sensitive too. Crossing my fingers I will get over the hump soon.
  2. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, Day 42 (Week 6): For the first 2 days I had to reduce my dose down to 40mg because I was had a stomach bug. I felt dizzy, nauseous, had diarrhea and a headache for about 3 days. I am feeling back to normal now but it was awful. Very rare that it would occur so I am thinking the increase in dose had something to do with it. As far as acne goes my skin was a lot better this week! I currently only have 2 spots on my forehead and 1 lingering one on my temple that doesn't want to seem to die. My skin has been a lot more dry recently and my lips continue to be chapped but the headaches have subsided. All in all things are progressing very nicely at this point in comparison to my first course.
  3. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    GracieP - I hear you, in the end I really hope it works out for you (and me). The emotional toll acne takes is awful, I'm glad there are forums like this where we can talk about it with others experiencing the same issues. It makes it better knowing we are all in this together! Course 2, Day 35 (Week 5): This was my first week on 80mg. I am taking 40mg in the morning and 40mg at night, trying my best to take them 12 hours apart which has been tough. The start of the week was awful and I got a tonne of cysts on my forehead. They were painful and very noticeable, I was so embarrassed I stayed in all weekend. Right now it has calmed a bit but i'm still getting new spots everyday. Side effects hit me hard; headaches, flushing, red face, very dry arms and lips... and my stomach has been upset. I'm not sure if it's because i'm eating late at night to space the dosing 12 hours but I was up all night throwing up with diarrhea and now I'm in bed with flu like symptoms. I am going to take the pills during breakfast and again at dinner to avoid eating so late/going to bed full.
  4. Accutane Day 9

    I am using Cetaphil oily skin cleanser and CeraVe moisturizing lotion and I have been flake free! The key is to apply to moisturizer liberally right after patting your face dry post shower (or washing your face).
  5. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    What dose are you taking relative to your body weight? The first course i was taking .67mg/kg/day whereas now i'm up to 1mg/kg/day. I have read that a higher dose for a shorter amount of time reduces the risk for remission so hopefully by switching things up we will both clear up permanently, or at least make the acne more manageable once off accutane. I am thinking about talking to my doctor about even moving up to 1.33 mg/kg/day (100mg) for the final 2 months so I can really blast the acne. Maybe because you're responding differently to this course it means you will have a different outcome (remission)! Stay positive, it can only get better from here!
  6. Accutane Day 9

    what cleanser can i use apart from cetaphil gentle one? Any oil free cleanser should work. Check out some reviews on this site's product reviews for cleansers. Should find one that fits what you need!
  7. Accutane Day 9

    Several Derms have documented that dry, peeling skin means the drug is being absorbed properly and anecdotal evidence indicates that those people have a very good chance of long term success post accutane! I wash with an oil cleanser as well and it has definitely helped with dryness. I'm using blistex from my lips and have about 10 lip chaps around my house/car haha. Best of luck with your course
  8. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, Day 28 (Week 4): Improvement seems to have stalled from last week. Although I didn't break out crazy like the first 2 weeks I'm still getting spots every day and currently have a very large one in the middle of my forehead. I had my Dr's appointment Monday and I will be doubling my dose and moving from 40mg to 80mg per day starting today! I'm excited as the most I took during my first course was a 50mg so hopefully the higher dose will clear me for good.
  9. 4th month on accutane

    Some people don't clear up until after their course. I know it's difficult, but hang in there. It's a long term game with accutane and i'm sure when it's all said and done it will clear you up!
  10. Sorry to hear Savo, mine came back shortly after finishing accutane as well. Definitely discouraging. I am currently in my first month of my second course which sucks but I'm hoping a higher dose will put it into remission. I'm surprised our acne came back so quickly as we both have mild cases. Best of luck to you in the future!
  11. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, Day 22 (Week 3): My IB seems to over (knock on wood)! Seeing a little more improvement this week. Still breaking out but not nearly as bad. I have 3 cysts, 2 on my right temple which has proven to be a be problem area and one on my forehead but that is about it at the moment! My face is red and my arms/lips are dry but nothing out of the ordinary.
  12. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, Day 15 (week 2): The day after I posted the last set of pictures (day 9) my face was an absolute disaster. Another huge breakout along my temples, it was horrible. Things have definitely calmed down since then and this week has been better. I'm still getting pimples every day but it's much more manageable. Hoping My face will continue to improve over the next week. I am completely off the Benzoyl Peroxide face wash I was using and am just using cetaphil dash wash morning and night. I am spot treating with Benzaclin which I got from my Dr. side effects are minimal: occasional light headaches, slight lower back soreness and dry lips/arms. During my first course I had acne all over my face, especially my forehead, jawline, chin and upper lip but now my forehead is really the main problem area. Although, in saying that, I did get a bad one this week on my upper lip. Stay positive everyone!
  13. First month in accutane at 80mg per day

    Can already see improvement after 10 days! I had brain fog when I upped my dosage but it went away after my body got used to the dose, lasted about a month. I also had some lower back soreness. Body aches are common. Good luck on your course, looking forward to seeing your progress!!
  14. Accutane journey-alex

    Looking good man. Awesome to see your progress, it gives the rest of us hope. Keep your spirits up
  15. First Month on Accutane

    What dose are you on? Your skin looks so nice and smooth! I'm very jealous your IB only lasted a week haha. One down, a few more to go Best of luck with your course!!
  16. 40 m/g 3rd month (please answer ASAP)

    Were you clear before and started getting tiny bumps? Whenever this happens to me the little tiny bumps means they will turn into whiteheads. I think it's the skin pushing everything to the surface. As for dosage, that's a question for your Dr. As long as you end up taking 120-150 mg/kg you should be ok, although relapse rates tend to be a little higher with a lower doses regimen.
  17. is accutane working? (pics)

    Some clear up within a month, some clear up after 3 months and some don't clear up until after they are off Accutane, believe it or not! No two cases are the exact same and there are so many different factors (age, weight, ethnicity, diet, dose, climate, etc) that affect absorption, trough levels and efficacy. Your skin looks a lot better however I wouldn't worry about getting clear. It will happen eventually, trust me, although I can understand your frustration. "Good things come to those who wait"
  18. My Accutane Log

    There is no interaction between the two so you're good to go I take them at the same time, but it's not imperative that you do the same. Shouldn't matter.
  19. My Accutane Log

    Hey Cisco, good luck with your course! The first few months can be tough but never lose sight of the goal (clear skin)! As for tips, I haven't seen too many people mention it but it would be beneficial to take a probiotic as accutane can be hard on your gut. I have found that it has helped myself.
  20. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Course 2, Day 8 (Week 1): My face is breaking out quite bad, although I'm not sure if it's the initial breakout or just the status quo for my face. Lots of whiteheads on my forehead/temple area and the odd one on my chin. I'm using BP wash every second day now and really cutting down on the amount I'm using each time. Side effects aren't bad but they probably aren't in full force yet either.

    Hi Kmmrh, I have tried just about every antibiotic, topic and natural regimen to get rid of acne and nothing has worked to the extent Accutane has. Accutane has been the only thing that has 100% cleared me. I was on a 6 month course earlier this year and it worked great, unfortunately I relapsed after a few months and am on my second course now. I understand you are frightened of the side effects as they should be taken seriously. I would bring your hesitations up with your Dr and get some insight from a medical professional before stopping. These side effects are very rare. If you think how many people have been on accutane since it came out in 1982, statistically there are bound to be some outliers who experience these unfortunate side effects. Thankfully the majority of people will not experience any long term side effects. Remember, not everyone will write a review about their Accutane experience and people are much more likely to share their experience if it has been negative which is why there is a disportioncate amount of bad experiences to good experiences. I respect your decision to quit but I would consult with your healthcare professional as some people are more predisposed to get negative, long term side effects than others and they will be able to better explain why this is and if you may be at risk.
  22. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Thanks for the post Suite! I'm glad you were able to go on accutane once again as it worked so well the first time. It's beyond frustrating to have it come back, especially when you thought you were in the clear, pun intended. I wish I had went on a higher dose course but my Dr was reluctant because my acne wasn't severe. It's ironic that i'm just reading this post now as I just got back from the Dr after visiting him because of a breakout. I pleaded my case and thankfully he agreed to put me back onto accutane for a second course! I told him I wanted to do a higher dose for 5 months (40mg for the first month then 80mg x4 months) and he agreed. Hopefully it works well for the both of us and we can remain clear! ... And so the journey begins once again! COURSE 2 Day 1: Currently I have 2 whiteheads and about 5 red spots that are recovering on my forehead in addition to a few smaller ones around the rest of my face. I have been using BP wash since January so I will ween that out as I start to dry up. Going to remind myself to drink tons of water.
  23. Mild, persistent Acne, 27/M. Course 1 & 2 Logs

    Went to the Dr and he said my acne is not severe enough to go on another course. Recommended topicals. Back to the drawing board for me Very disheartening, really thought this would be the end of my nightmare. Good luck on your second course!