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  1. 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 exhaustedIn 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.
  2. Accutane 10mg log

    I love this! I think it's awesome. Whenever you are having a rough day you can look at the box and remember that it will all be worth it! My goal post accutane is to be clean shaven. I always have facial hair so I can hide my acne. I also want to join a dating website I always eat after lunch, usually it something like pasta/burritos/burgers/Vietnamese/soup. Good luck with your course
  3. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 57 (End of week 8): Still breaking out everyday, although (maybe, slightly) not a bad as previous weeks. I had one nasty cyst on my jawline/neck and currently have a small one on my forehead. I have plenty of whiteheads to deal with, currently about 5ish plus 5 recovering spots which is still more than pre-accutane. My theory is that my acne was a lot worse than I thought pre-accutane due to the fact I was using BP everyday for years. My skin texture is nicer and my oil production is a lot lower since the start of treatment. As for side effects just some dry patches on my arms; nothing some moisturizer won't take care of. I had my Drs appointment this morning and he noted that there has been improvement! I didn't think so but It was nice to hear him say that. He put me on 50mg which is more than I wanted to do but honestly I just want to hit my cumulative dose and I feel like 50 isn't too high. I have a work trip/meetings next week in Montreal and I am praying that my skin doesn't break out like crazy because of the increased dose! Cpie - Thanks for following along in my journey I have reviewed a lot of literature on Isotretinoin and found that initially the general consensus was 1mg/kg/day was the most effective dose but after some consideration and retrospective analysis they have now altered their tune a little bit and recommend 0.5mg/kg/day for the most optimal efficacy vs adverse effects profile. Of course, every Dr is different and probably has a different opinion based on their experience with Accutane. Also, my acne was pretty mild and I am scared of the side effects, both short and long term. I already have thinning hair so I wanted to ease myself into the drug and see how my body reacted before continuing on a 'normal' dose. Thanks for the support!! I hope things work out for the both of us!
  4. My Accutane Log - 17M - Pictures

    Yup, Day 53 and my skin has never been worse. I'm embarrassed to leave my house. I have so many spots on my face I can't even count them all. Before accutane I had maybe 3 spots at any one time. I can't envision getting clear, but it has to get worse before it can get better, right? Try coating the inside of your nose with some vaseline in the morning, it has kept me from getting nosebleeds. Stay strong man, we're in this together :)
  5. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 49 (End of week 7): I'm still breaking out every day however no cysts in the past week. I hope the painful and dreaded cyst part of this process is over as my acne was very rarely cystic before I started Accutane.I had 4 new spots come up yesterday so my face still looks like a train wreck, but the spots are manageable and not as large as they were in previous weeks. Still a lot of red marks from previous cysts/spots. My back gets a few spots every now and again but this past week I have noticed a few crop up. I have my Dr's appointment next Friday and am hoping he will increase my dosage up to 40mg/day, which is the highest I want to go. As for side effects,I have scoliosis (curvature of the spine) so I have always experienced lower back pain, however the past week it has been a little worse than usual. Although that might be from lifting weights (felt a tweak) and playing hockey 5 times in 3 days. The back of my arms are very dry, as is the tip of my nose. Nothing that isn't manageable. Side note: I am LOVING being off of BP! My twice daily routine would look something like this: Shower, apply jojoba oil, wait 5 mins, apply BP, wait 20 mins, apply moisturizer, wait 20 mins, re-apply BP to actives to hide them a bit. Now I simply shower, apply moisturizer right away and be on with my day! Also, I can steam/shower at the gym without worrying about re-applying BP, or come home after a late night and not have to spend an hour on my face. It's liberating. Yes, this process has been frustrating and exhausting at times, however I remain optimistic about the outcome!
  6. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Hey Anne, thanks for the response! It's always nice knowing someone is experiencing similar tribulations. Accutane has certainly not been kind to us thus far, however it's important to stay positive and trust that this drug will work. Im on Roche Accutane. If we received a bad batch there would be no change in our acne. The fact that we are breaking out more than ever means the drug is doing its' job of eradicating all the junk we have in our skin. Don't give up just yet! Some people don't clear until the 5th or 6th month. Unfortunately for us it has to get worse before it gets better. We have come all this way, we might as well see it through to the end
  7. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 42 (end of week 6): My face is still breaking out everyday my forehead is developing cysts and painful red bumps that don't come to a head on a constant basis. My face has never been this bad before. I don't know if it's from Accutane or the fact I stopped using BP. Probably a combination of the two. This has been a very discouraging process, my face has been a constant mess this entire journey. I haven't had one day where I've been anywhere near clear. I can't picture myself getting completely clear on this but I dearly hope im proved wrong! Side effects have completely subsided other than my lips being a little dry.
  8. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 35 (End of week 5): Face is still breaking out quite badly. The large whiteheads on my forehead have dried up and are now just red marks. I now have a very large cyst developing in the right corner of my jaw. Lots of little bumps on my chin that I stupidly squeezed the little stringy gunk out of and are a little red. Face still looks awful with lots of recovering spots/marks. Can't wait until the day I can finally be clean shaven. I'm glad i'm off BP, it's actually liberating an marks a huge goal I've had for the past several year. Small win
  9. Hey man, I'm on day 35 and I am still breaking out in cysts which I normally do not get. My worst ever breakout was about 2 weeks ago and It was worse than anything I had before. I'm finding that it takes about a week for the cyst to heal if I don't pop it or touch it. Maybe even a bit longer. Try not to pop any of them as it will just lead to more down the road. I know it's hard, but leave them be! Good luck with your course
  10. need someone to talk

    We are here for you. We are all in this together, that's what is so great about these forums. It's comforting knowing that others are going through the same struggles. How is your Accutane course going thus far?
  11. I'm in the same boat. Day 32 and skin is worse than ever. I'm starting to get cabin fever. Stay positive, i'm sure it will turn around for the both of us (not) soon enough.
  12. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 32: Decided to include some pics of my latest breakout my forehead is a disaster right now. I also have a few hiding in my beard. My breakouts are way worse than they were pre-Accutane and I have been breaking out consistently for 2.5/3 weeks. I would have hoped to see at least a little improvement by now but I realize I'm on a low dose and it will take time. On the plus side I haven't had a headache in a while and the dryness is very manageable. Im also off BP which is very exciting and may be contributing to my latest round of breakouts.
  13. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 29: Went to see the Dr this morning and he upped my dose to 20mg/day. I am also getting off the bp wash which I am extremely scared about because I have been using BP for years and I fear I will have a huge breakout. I will be using cetaphil oily skin cleanser. Face wise, a few more whiteheads today plus all the other spots. Ugh. Staying positive.
  14. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 28 (End of week 4): I am continuing to break out like crazy! I have one new cyst on my forehead but other than that it's mainly whiteheads. Im not popping them and letting them heal for the most part but it's hard because they look awful. Luckily I can hide some with my facial hair. I have an appointment with my Dr tomorrow and I am going to inquire about increasing my dose to 20mg/day. I am breaking out way worse than I did before Accutane so I know the drug is working and I am purging. My headaches have gone away and my lips aren't as chapped as I thought they'd be. The back of my arms are rather dry but other than that im not too dry anywhere else.
  15. Accutane!

    Usually the IB starts around 2-4 weeks, but everyone is different. I'm currently 3.5 weeks in and am still experiencing breakouts worse than I had pre-accutane. I used Dan's regimen for years and the best it did was control the breakouts and make them heal faster. Are you still using BP? It isn't advised while on accutane, so if you stopped the BP that could be the reason for your breakout. Best of luck! :)
  16. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thanks for the tip! I have been drinking plenty of water to try and offset the dryness, I think that's why the headaches have stayed rather mild. Good to know we are pretty well at the same point in our course. Always nice to know theres people going through the same thing
  17. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 23: Decided to add some photos. Face is still breaking out like crazy it's way worse than it was pre-accutane. Some spots are healing, but it seems like they are popping up faster than they can heal. Another large one on my right cheek and some smaller ones all around my face. Headaches are still there but are manageable. My lips are getting more and more dry, but I always make sure I have lip chap in my pocket. I am also applying vaseline to the inside of my nose as my nostrils are extremely dry.
  18. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Days 20 & 21 (End of week 3): Week 3 was a nightmare! The initial breakout hit me hard, which I found surprising as i'm only taking 10mg/day. I popped 2 of the large ones on my forehead as they was extremely inflamed and finally came to a very large (white)head. The other 2 are starting to fade and became less inflamed. Got another 2 on either side of my cheek, one was very large and the other was small and came to a head fast. My face looks awful but it seems as though the worst is over and i'm just waiting for the red spots to heal. I feel another small one developing near the other spot I popped on my cheek, so i'm spot treating it with SA in the hopes I nip it in the bud before it surfaces. Side effects: I didn't have any side effects until day 20. My face started to become red and it felt like it was flushing. I also began to get headaches at night (I take my pill at ~2pm) and my right lymph node between my ear and jawline became inflamed, although it was only like that for one night. All in all i'm happy to be going into week 4 and I hope I don't get any crazy breakouts like I did in week 3.
  19. I'm on day 20, taking 10mg/day. I'm still in the IB breakout stage unfortunately. I am currently using a BP wash but I am starting to use less and less as I find it's starting to irritate my skin. I also have facial hair on my face for the sole purpose of hiding spots. I have a log on here if you want to check on my progress as well. Let's hope by month 2 we start to get out of the IB stage :P
  20. Great progress! Stay positive dude, looks like you'll be clear soon :)
  21. It's funny how optimistic we all are about avoiding the IB. I thought the same until the end of week 2 when I broke out like crazy too. Hang in there! :)
  22. My Accutane Log - 17M - Pictures

    Your scare campaign is unnecessary. If this was the case the drug would be pulled from the market by the FDA. Yes, the drug has side effects, much like any other drug, but the incidence of adverse events is low. If you were familiar with the science behind Accutnae (medical studies, patient outcome data, pharmacokentics) you would understand that the claims you are making are outlandish. A very small percentage of the population may get the severe side effects but the large majority will not. The problem with basing your info on a forum is that people are much more likely to write about their negative experiences with the drug than a positive experience. I'm not saying this drug is 100% safe, but those that notice serious side effects are often taken off the drug before any long term damage is done.
  23. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Days 18 & 19: Make that 4 large painful spots on my forehead. I can tell they aren't coming to a head and are swollen and red. The smaller bumps are starting to go away. Left side upper cheek always became inflamed but came to a head quick so I popped it, as well as another small one on the right side of my chin. My forehead looks like a war zone, this is definitely the worst it's looked since University. Hoping this is the worst of the IB because I'm beyond embarrassed right now. I went to V Ball last night and wore a hat to hide it but I was actually contemplating telling the team I was sick. I just want to stay at home and not be seen, although I know that won't do me any good as I'll be thinking about my skin 24/7 which somehow will lead to more spots. Thank goodness I work from home, I couldn't imagine having to go into an office looking like this. Trying to remain positive and focus on the end goal.
  24. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Hello all, Welcome to my log! I have been on this site before and had a log going for The Regimen about 6 years ago. I have been on BP ever since and although it didn't clear me, it has helped control my breakouts and keep my acne relatively 'mild'. Applying BP twice a day is a huge pain in the rear and has restricted my lifestyle greatly, Ie. scared to go swimming, can't go camping, have to be home every night, etc. About 2 months ago I switched from the gel to a wash and although it's helped with convenience, I still dream of the day when I don't have to use anything topical and can live carefree. I have also tried just about every vitamin combination out there and nothing has worked. I have mild persistent acne that affects every area of my face and at any time I usually have 2-4 active spots, mainly whiteheads plus a few red marks from recovering pimples.I have oily skin although I rarely get cysts. I don't scar easily, but recently, over the past year, I have noticed that my skin takes much longer to heal and the red marks take about a week to disappear. I always have facial hair to hide my acne, I can't even remember the last time I shaved (I trim my facial hair). My last visit with my family Dr I asked him to prescribe me 10mg/day of accutane after doing research on low dose accutane and he obliged. My blood work came back fine so I started my course. A little about me: - 26 year old Caucasian male who lives in Western Canada where the weather is extremely dry - Extremely active and play sports 6 days a week (hockey, v ball, badminton, softball, gym/lift weights) -Generally eat well and maintain a balanced diet My regimen: - BP wash 2x a day until my skin clears, then ween off or until my skin becomes too dry - Cerave moisterizer 2x a day after BP wash - Vitamin E, Zinc, Probiotics and 10mg Accutane - Salicylic Acid to spot treat I'm really hoping Accutane is the answer as acne has affected my life in so many ways, I can't even begin to put it into words. Every night when I lay down in my bed I dream of having clear skin and not basing every decision I make on my the state of my skin. It's debilitating. From Days 1 - 14 I will be taking 10mg every other day to ease my body into the course and from days 14 on I will be on 10mg a day. Week 1 (10mg EOD): Regular breakouts, about 1-2 everyday, about 6 red spots on my face that are noticeable. Skin is oily and have to wipe it down a few times a day. Haven't noticed any side effects. Feeling optimistic about the process Week 2 (10mg EOD): Got a few large, painful ones this week that took forever to come to a head in addition to regular breakouts of small - medium spots. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing seems to have changed. Still no side effects. Week 3 (10mg/Day): I am about halfway through the week, Day 17, and my skin looks terrible!! I have broken out on my forehead quite bad. There are 2 big, red, painful spots with no whiteheads and there are about 4-5 little bumps in a cluster that are red that I usually don't get. Other areas of my face have red marks from previous acne as well, but don't see or feel any new bumps aside from my forehead. I'm really hoping this is the Initial Breakout. Had to cancel a date for tonight, ugh. No side effects.