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  1. Month 6 started 08/11 and still on 80mg Side effects: Achy bones and joints (alwaaaays) Fatigue comes and goes Insomnia is a new one - been having some trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, sometimes awake for 2-3 hrs in the middle of the night Facial flushing isn't too bad this month Still getting 1-2 clogged pores (teeny tiny) every few days - but they go away in a day or two.
  2. Hey girl - I am in my 6 month of accutane on 80mg - I can definitely see some improvement in your skin even just being 4 weeks in! That's great. One thing I highly recommend to start doing now is get some Dr. Dan's Cortibalm Chapstick and Vaniply Ointment on order (via Amazon), I have been using both, cortibalm then vaniply on top, religiously ever since the beginning and my lips are still 100% perfect. Your lips will suddenly take a turn for the worse - after I shower the first thing I do is apply these two things, otherwise they burn and shrivel up. No other chapsticks or aquaphor compare to these two products! Also, definitely try to stop picking - even at 6 months I tried to pick at the tiniest clogged pore and I have a small red mark for over a week now. Not worth it! Best of luck and keep us updated! <3
  3. Hey man! I hope you are doing well. Remember to de-stress somehow every day. Stress can lead to more acne as you know. I think that if you're still breaking out after your accutane treatment you should get your hormones tested. There could be something at play there. Positive vibes to you!
  4. My husband and I wanted to start trying for kids last year - I got off Birth Control (cold turkey) at the end of September, and started taking Vitex. By early November I started breaking out in painful cystic acne on my chin - something that was kept at bay for many years thanks to Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo and Spirnolactone. We continued to try for a baby until the end of January when my skin was at its worst - painful cysts, pustules, etc. It was the worst acne I have ever had in my life. I got my hormones checked and everything was "normal" - low testosterone, perfect estrogen, progesterone, etc. The only thing that was slightly elevated was my DHEAS (male androgen) but it was still within normal range and could have been elevated from stress (from trying to conceive and the acne itself) My skin started scarring and it was a nightmare - i barely left the house for two months. If you do decide to go off BC - I suggest weaning off of it - and maybe you'll end of pregnant while doing so (with the lower hormone amounts) for me, I hit a crossroads in January and decided to do a round of accutane. I am currently 6 months into treatment and it's been great - my skin cleared quickly - but I am back on BC. ..So come February I will start to slowly wean off this time and not quit cold turkey. I also wont take Vitex - after doing a lot of research I've found this is a 50/50 herb - it can make things better or worse for some. Not worth the risk again for me. I also sggest a liver support supplement to help flush the body of the artificial hormones. If you have instagram you can check out my story there @cna7_accutane hopefully weaning off will keep you from the nightmare I endured.
  5. I am currently in Month 5 and having awesome results and barely any dry skin thanks to what I am using! If you follow what I use, you will be just fine! Start using these products two weeks up until you start and during treatment For lips: Apply Cortibalm first, UK amazon then Vaniply Ointment or Aquaphor second UK amazon *keep these on your lips all day, every day, dont ever let your lips go without them or they will start to peel and dry out like everyone else's! For skin: Eminence Organic Stone Crop Gel Wash, Eminence Organic Stone Crop Moisturizer, Eminence Organic Stone Crop Serum for Hydration and Lightening UK amazon or buy in store at a salon in your area Store Locator *these products are pricey but they are worth every penny and a little product goes a long way, they are safe, hydrating, and good for your skin, no harsh chemicals, parabens, or anything that will upset your delicate and sensitive skin on accutane. If you have instagram you can see my skin results at cna7_accutane. I've turned a lot of people onto the Stone Crop line because it works so well. I don't get commission from Eminence I just love telling people about how well it works for me! For hair: A good quality Shampoo and Conditioner that uses Argan oil Best wishes and keep us posted on your journey!
  6. I highly recommend the Eminence Stone Crop Serum for lightening any red marks you have. I've been using it for a few months now and it's been great at calming my skin! It's a bit pricey but a little goes a long way!
  7. Hope all is going well! There are many things you can do for red marks post accutane! Stay positive.
  8. So happy to hear things are going well Sofia! I just happened to check in right when you posted this. I think you will do just fine on the 60mg! I am so excited for you to be done. Don't stress too much about the future; we must feel grateful and live in the moment now I am doing well, doing just fine on 80mg - some minor texture issues, but that's about all Fatigue is a new side effect for me on the 80mg. I am going back to California this weekend and its going to be 100F! Ugh, my skin will prob be very dry.... bracing for it...! Cheers to clear skin my friend. x.
  9. Your skin is looking so much better! You definitely are getting your confidence back I can see, how could you not?! Looking great, my friend.
  10. Month 5 starts today (07/11) on 80mg! Side effects:Achy bones and joints - back, knees, heels, and legs Fatigue - this is new for me in the last few weeks - napping every few days (not normal for me!)Drier skin -- but tolerable (mostly on my arms and corners of chin) Hair is still growing faster on my head and legsFacial flushing after washing my face and working out Disorientated - brain fog feeling - new for me in the last few weeks too. Still getting a few tiny clogged pores that pop up every few days, but they are not noticeable to anyone but myself! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!
  11. How is everyone doing?! I assume good since it's been quiet here. x.
  12. Hey girl! Just checking in too! I have been on 40mg twice a day now for 3 weeks (so 80mg a day) and I have noticed an increase in dryness (not much though), definitely still achy, and I have also had some aggression (for no reason) a few times in the last couple of weeks... randomly feeling angry. She must be confused with another patient she is treating -- but yes, it is important to get enough of the medication in your system before going off treatment, otherwise the chances for a relapse and second round of accutane are higher. Based on my height and weight 60mg would've been good for me, but I opted to go up to 80mg to really kick it! My skin is doing well, zero spots except a clogged pore here or there -- which dries up and is gone within a few days. Some dry skin patches on my body and a few spots on my chin. But all in all, no complaints other than the achiness over here!
  13. Hey there! Welcome to the accutane club I am on Day 113. I am also 26 years old. Are you on Birth Control by chance? I was also on BC and spironolactone for 3 years -- I was mostly clear, but still got spots every few weeks (not cystic) but when I went off BC and spiro back in October last year my skin went a-wall. So, back on BC and now on accutane. I worry about getting off BC again post accutane....sigh. 5 weeks is still early to see lots of dryness. Everyone is diff. It took me about 2 full months to really start noticing (I am 3-1/2 months in) Started at 20mg twice a day (first month), 30mg twice a day (second and third month), 40mg twice a day (4th month started June 6th) I really suggest not using the BP anymore even though it feels reassuring. Your skin will literally change overnight one of these days, and the BP will burn it and cause damage. The accutane will work, but you also have to trust in it! When your skin does change you wont be able to pop your zits without leaving a huge red mark b/c accutane slows the healing process of cuts, wounds, and popped zits. I learned my lesson, as have many others.
  14. Hang in there! Accutane sometimes doesn't work until the last two months of treatment. You can do this! No regrets.
  15. I think if you use the right products (like I am on) on accutane -- you wont have dry skin for your wedding! Thats just my two cents. I have shared my accutane journey on Instagram if you want to take a peak at what I am using to combat the dryness and dry lips! My screen name is cna7_accutane.
  16. What other tips when going on Accutane?

    You are going to want to also get Dr. Dans Cortibalm -- you will NEED this. You can wear it underneath the Aquaphor, but I personally like Vaniply ointment much more than Aquaphor. Similar in texture, just healthier ingredients! I have a accutane log that a started if you search for "pre accutane" My lips haven't split or chapped since I wear the cortibalm and ointment on top 24/7. I can still wear lipstick on top if I want! And I am 4 months into my course.
  17. I am so glad you are doing well Sofia! I wish I hadn't done the birth control pills -- I may end up quitting them during treatment... I just dont know what to do. I am at a loss here! I worry that if I do break out now, my skin is so fragile and thin it would be disastrous I have googled this very questions, getting off birth control after accutane and there isn't much on it... just that yes some women break out again but most dont. But that doesnt really help me! LOL.
  18. Weaning off spiro

    I discontinued spirnolactone back in April 2015 -- it took me 6 months to wean off of it, I was cutting the pills in halves and quarters because I tried quitting cold turkey and I swelled up like a balloon! I gained ten lbs in water weight. Since spiro is a diuretic my kidneys were put into a shock when I quit it suddenly. However, I was on it for much longer -- almost 3 years! I'd say just to be safe, start cutting down the pills and wean off slowly. Great job making the transition to veganism! <3
  19. Does anyone have any advice or personal experience in quitting the birth control pill after my accutane treatment is completed? I went off of birth control back in September last year and for two months my skin was fine -- by mid November I started getting cystic acne again and it continued to spread all along my chin! It got so bad it started scarring; I was in and out of the derms office every week getting cortisone injections for them. During this time I was also trying to conceive. I had my hormones checked and everything looked great (I even had an ultrasound to check for PCOS and I don't have that) -- I was stressing about trying to conceive, so I know stress can play a toll on our hormones (androgens specifically), but my acne got so bad I decided to stop trying for a baby and start accutane. I will complete treatment in September and my skin is now 100% clear. I am on 80mg. I worry about quitting birth control again Does anyone on here have have experience with coming off BC after accutane?
  20. Have you cut out dairy from your diet?
  21. I am not, although I did create an account solely dedicated to viewing Instagram Accutane logs. Not savvy in the social sharing realm aside from Acne.org (as sad as it sounds) so operating it all is new to me, but I am glad I finally got on there to check out the logs. You should follow me! cna7_accutane ... I can't believe you don't know to use IG You are in high school, yes?! LOL. Too funny. Such a great community of people on IG.
  22. Are you sharing your journey at all on Instagram?
  23. Month 4 started yesterday 06/06! Been upped to 80mg per day (so two 40mg pills, morning and night) I am still taking my accutane as prescribed - with fat (almond butter, avocados, olives, etc.) I think it's key to the drugs absorption and effectiveness. Side effects: Achy bones and joints - back, knees, heels, and legs Drier skin -- but tolerable (mostly on my arms and chin) Dry lips -- but they haven't been without vaniply ointment for more than 10 min in the last 4 months! So they never chap over. I can still wear lipstick over the top too. Hair is growing faster on my scalp and my hair is no longer dry thanks to Muddy Body's hair masque and I got a Keratin Treatment done in early May. Facial flushing after washing my face and working out -- not terrible, takes 30 min to calm down. Looks like I got a nice little suntan! Any dry skin that I peal off leaves a red mark, so I am resisting the urge to pick off the dry skin. Everything takes longer to heal on this medication. Acne wise: every other week I have been getting a small clogged pore with a teeny tiny white head on it, it drys up and pops right out of my skin. I hope the 80mg will kick these for good! Other than that, all is so so well. Thankful for this experience. Hope everyone is doing well <3
  24. Your skin is looking so good Diamond98! I am so happy for you, you must be feeling great. I just started Month 4 yesterday at 80mg. How are your side effects? You must be happy school is out! Hopefully you have some summer plans to look forward to!
  25. Sofia! I am so happy to hear things have started to turn around for you! That's is amazing. Sorry I have been MIA, I was out of town over Memorial Day weekend and things at work have just been crazy. Again, so happy to hear you are doing well. Please update us with your progress when you get a chance! Maggie, I do not judge you for this decision -- likely something I would have decided to do too! What dosage did your friend give you? As long as you'll be taking the same 50mg I think that should be good. I may be extremely naughty and go off birth control the last month and abstain because I worry so much about breaking out again when quitting both accutane and BC at the same time! Hubby already said he would abstain... good man right there! But I haven't decided yet. That won't be for a few more months. I plan to do a 6 or 7 month treatment. My face also gets red when I wash my face, but it calms down after 30 min or so. My chin skin is a little more dry this week. I started Month 4 yesterday and got bumped to 80mg a day. I hope this will take care of the small clogged pores I have been getting every other week or so! The joint aches still sucks, but are worth it to me! I did get a nasty mosquito bite on my face last week and it was so painful! It took a week to heal! Of course it had to be on my face. Such a bummer. Also, I have been burning more easily in the sun. So be careful ladies.