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  1. Second Course of Accutane

    Monday I begin my 3rd month of Accutane. I saw my dermatologist today, who was disappointed in my progress. I've been having breakout after breakout, and I have some cysts on my forehead, some inflamed acne on my cheeks, jawline, and above my mouth. I also have what she believes is a staph infection, which is what some of the bumps on my face are. I also have pink eye, which she said is also caused by staph bacteria (in my case). She took a culture of one of the bumps today. She did say that she wasn't ready to give up yet, and that because my back has cleared, it's a good sign that Accutane IS working. She prescribed Keflex (an antibiotic) for the staph infection, and is keeping me on 60mg of Absorica. She said that I may have to be on the medication longer than the usual 5 months. So what I'm doing now is praying that this medication starts to work now. I'm out of options after this. This is the 3rd time within the past 6 months that I've had a staph infection. Maybe it's the same one and the Doxy never actually cleared it up. I was on that antibiotic for so long for acne, maybe it wont work for me anymore. I read a study that said that some people have staph bacteria in their noses, and that using a triple antibiotic for 5 days can get rid of it. So I've got some Neosporin that I've put up my nose, and I'll do that twice a day for 5 days. Hopefully it works.
  2. Been on zenatane 40 mg for two weeks

    Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. It works wonders and was recommended by my dermatologist.
  3. Feeling Down and Out

    I've been on Accutane for nearly 2 months. While all of my small pimples have vanished, I've been breaking out in huge red sore pimples. And they seem to come in waves, and move from one side of my face to the other. I feel like Accutane isn't working. And I worry that it isn't going to work at all. I am 29 years old, I've had acne since I was 11. Going into work and into interviews and my university internship is excruciating. I'm so embarrassed. I'm even embarrassed to be around my boyfriend. Less and less I've been leaving the house because I can't stand the sight of myself. I feel so lost, and so worried that Accutane isn't going to help me. I've even thought about quitting it altogether. I just want to feel normal and have skin that I don't need to hide.
  4. What type of acne is this?

    I like Retin-A-Micro for that type of acne. There are different strengths and they were pretty easy on my skin. I have/had pretty severe acne, so I use Accutane now, but for mild acne, I'd shoot for a Retinoid. Just keep in mind that some medications take about 4 weeks for you to start noticing a difference. And sometimes things get worse before they get better. But I'd see a dermatologist and nip it now.
  5. Initial breakout with Spironolactone?

    I never got one. The only hormonal treatment that made me break out was the Nuvaring. That breakout you had yesterday wouldn't be from Spironolactone. It takes more than a few hours for a medication like that to start having an impact (of any kind) on your skin. Hopefully you won't have an IB, and it'll all get better from now on.
  6. I've had acne for 18 years. Long enough that I hardly remember NOT having it. I've done all of the topicals, peels, antibiotics, and hormonal methods. I've even done special diets and changed all of my grooming products, hoping something would help. But it seems that I just have stubborn acne. Which is why I'm now on Accutane. I can say with full confidence, that nothing but Accutane will work. I have major depressive disorder, but I haven't experienced any psychological side-effects while on the drug. I wish I'd gone on this medication 15 years ago and saved myself a lot of grief. But I appreciate that Accutane isn't right for everyone. I hope you find your cure very soon!
  7. Feeling Discouraged

    Thanks all for your responses. I'm still feeling pretty lousy, pretty sad and self-conscious. I have a red ring around my lips, nothing is making them better. I've tried everything I can possibly think of. I'm still getting new spots daily as well. They've been smaller this week than they had been the previous weeks, but they are still red. And these new spots along with the old red marks and red lips make my skin look just awful. I'm really worried that this Accutane isn't going to work. I've been on it for a month and a half, shouldn't the acne be stopping by now? Is it really normal to keep breaking out at this point in the treatment?
  8. Feeling Discouraged

    So, I started on 40mg of Accutane in March. Two weeks ago, I started 60mg. So far, the whole thing has been a nightmare. My lips are so dry and raw, that I wake up multiple times a night to put on chapstick. My lips are inflamed and the redness extends well beyond my lip line, making me look like the Joker. 1.5 months in, I'm still breaking out. At least two inflamed spots a day. Is this stuff going to work, or do I have a right to be discouraged? I feel like these breakouts should be stopping by now. I feel so ugly and gross, I have a hard time getting motivated to leave the house. I really need some encouragement, I'm feeling very down.
  9. I'm sure that this has been written about repeatedly, and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I am in some serious need of some suggestions from all of you Accutane experts out there. My lips are out of control. Out of control enough, that the children I work with in the hospital think that I am wearing really red lipstick, and that I don't know how to color inside the lines. My lips are red, sore to the touch, and I'm getting these little bumps around them that almost look like pimples. My derm said it was just irritation from chapping, not cold sores. I am in desperate need of a good lip balm or something that can give me some relief. So far I have used without success: - Dr. Dan's Cortibalm - Vaseline - Aquaphor - Medicated Blistex - Carmex - Burt's Bees grapefruit chapstick - Eos Lip Balm - Baby Soft Lips - ChopSaver - Chapstick Does anyone have any suggestions other than the products I've already used. Weird tips are perfectly acceptable as well!
  10. surviving accutane (products reviews and tips)

    Lips: I like Dr. Dan's Cortibalm and ChopSaver Skin: Cetaphil gets rid of my dry ski and eczema
  11. Spironolactone advise

    Spironolactone worked for me for a little while. I was on 100mg once a day. Generally if Spironolactone is going to work for you, it will work at 100mg. Studies have shown that taking anything beyond that (unless you have PCOS) doesn't have much of an effect. It took about 3 months for me to start to see any clearing. I wound up going on Accutane when it stopped working. But I think you absolutely need to give it more time. 3 weeks isn't enough to see a difference. You should be on something topical, though, I'm not sure why she isn't giving you something.
  12. 1. I don't know the answer to this 2. It's helping with my hyperpigmentation. And any pimples I do get on Accutane, go away almost immediately 3. Your acne (if it comes back) certainly will not be as bad as it was prior to taking it 4. My dermatologist offered me antibiotics, I told her no thank you. They never worked for me, and I don't like taking them unnecessarily because of increasing antibiotic resistance. I would just be honest and say you would rather not take them. 5. I'm using Accutane, and I know at least 10 other people who have. I don't know anyone who has experienced hair loss. From what I understand, that's an uncommon side effect 6. Dosage depends on weight. I would guess you will be on 60mg, but that is determined by your physician The best advice I can give you is to get a ton of chapstick. I like Dr. Dan's Cortibalm and ChopSaver. I'm sure you'll be just fine on Accutane, it does wonders for many people.
  13. Acne Won't Clear

    I really do think that for your type of acne, Accutane is going to be your best bet. Hair loss with Accutane (according to my dermatologist) is very rare. I'm on it, my brother was on it, my uncle was on it, and two friends were on it. None of them experienced hair loss.
  14. Second Course of Accutane

    I had my dermatologist appointment this afternoon, and it came at a good time. I'm not really sure what's going on with my immune system right now, but I have impetigo, a staph infection in a finger, and this morning I woke up with bacterial pinkeye. My acne too has been getting worse just within the past two days. The small pimples are virtually gone, but yesterday, 7 extremely tender large red pimples cropped up. I'm feeling very self-conscious about myself right now. I have to wear glasses to my first day at work tomorrow because of my eye, and I have quite a few unsightly red pimples. So I'm loathing going in there tomorrow. And in general just feeling a little down about my appearance. I've also gained weight (26 pounds in the past year), so I don't fit into any of my clothes. I am now technically speaking, considered overweight. So today began a strict diet. I gained all of that weight while working at a call center, so my goal is to get all of that weight off one week at a time. But right now at this moment, I'm feeling poorly about myself. My doctor told me that a purge like this is normal and not surprising. She said that after this, things should start to improve. She bumped me up to 60mg of the medication, and gave me a prescription for Absorica, which she said absorbs better, so my body will get the amount of medication that it should.
  15. Second Course of Accutane

    I'm about a month in, and oh what a rough road it's been. My acne skin is much better than it was before. At the moment I have about four active pimples; not too shabby. But the medication itself has been kicking my butt. I have angular cheilitis up the wazoo. I have to eat with baby spoons so I don't have to open my mouth wide and tear the corners. Often when I go to take a bite, the corners bleed and blood pools around my mouth. And my mouth...it is painfully dry. It hurts even with Chapstick. And oddly, I sprouted these two unsightly bumps that later scabbed. My doctor said they weren't cold sores, we don't really know what they were. I have eczema patches all over my legs and one on my arms. They itch and feel scaly, and aren't much to look at. And last but not least. My nose. It is so dry, that the insides of my nostrils are caked with bloody crust. It's painful and annoying, and if I dare try to pick them out, my nose bleeds and more appear. I am supposed to be starting on 60mg on Monday. Oh my goodness.
  16. My breakouts are starting to stop now at about 2.5 weeks in. I never got an initial flare up. My lips are super chapped, I have painful cracks at the corners of my mouth, and my skin is flaky and dry.
  17. Odd Side Effect

    I've been on Accutane for a little over two weeks, and within the past few days I've been getting angular cheilitis (the cuts on the corners of my mouth). In addition to that, I'm getting these weird itchy bumps right at my lip line. And they leak a clear fluid. There's never any tingling or anything like that. Am I getting cold sores, is it irritation, or something else? I'm using Dr. Dan's lip balm but it isn't helping much. It helps the corner cracks a little but they keep coming back. Aquaphor or Vasaline do not help either. Any suggestions? What should I do?
  18. Second Course of Accutane

    Yesterday was my 7th day of Accutane. Surprisingly, it seems to be working quickly. I haven't had any new spots appear in a couple of days, and the old ones are starting to vanish. My friends and family are shocked at the difference between my face now and a week ago. To tell you the truth, I'm a little surprised myself. The spots on my back and chest are starting to disappear, and no new ones have popped up. As for side effects? I don't notice much. My lips are a little dry, but nothing out of the ordinary. I'm sure that will change when the dosage is increased.
  19. When does accutane depression start?

    I have major depressive disorder that started way before I started Accutane. If anything, Accutane helped alleviate my depression, because the stress from my persistent acne disappeared when Accutane started to work. And I do have to say that the correlation between Accutane and depression and/or suicide isn't strong. Some newer studies have found that there may not be a relationship between the medication and depression at all. That being said, I would simply go on with your day and in the unlikely event that you DO feel depressed, definitely let someone know.
  20. I've had acne for 18 long years. I put off going on Accutane for much longer than I should have. I've been on every cream, diet, and pill known to man, and nothing, NOTHING had made a bit of difference in my skin. I took my first course of Accutane in 2014, and it was a breeze. My lips were dry, my hair was dry (a good thing for me), and my skin was slightly dry. But after about two months, my acne was gone. I mean GONE. Not a single spot to be found, and until now, they stayed gone. I do have to go on a second round, but I think that for many people, Accutane is a great drug that has the potential to offer relief to people who suffer from acne. And most people don't need a second round. I just happen to have a stubborn case of acne.
  21. Does Milk IMPROVE Your Acne?

    I think milk may exacerbate acne in SOME people. But I would hardly classify it as a cure. Truthfully, I think it's just a coincidence that your acne cleared when you were eating poorly. I'm a pretty big skeptic when it comes to diet and acne. There isn't a substantial amount of evidence that would give me any reason to change my diet around in an effort to clear my skin. And I can tell you, that I have tried every diet known to man, and it never made one bit of difference. I'd save yourself the stress and try more consistently backed treatments.
  22. Is it adult acne?

    It looks like a very mild case of comedonal acne, and certainly not dermatitis. If it bothers you, I'd consider a topical retinoid.
  23. Do I have Pityrosporum Folliculitis?

    You might be better off looking into acne treatments. Candida overgrowth is pretty hotly debated, a lot of people think it doesn't exist all. While I don't agree with that, I do think that candida overgrowth is unlikely. I have to say, at one point I self-diagnosed myself with fungal folliculitis, and it turned out to be plain old acne. I spent so many months trying to treat it like it was folliculitis, that it got out of control, and now I'm on Accutane. If the bumps don't itch, I'd presume it is acne and just treat it as such.
  24. I started Accutane on Friday. I should feel encouraged, but I'm feeling rather down at the moment. My acne is still coming at full force, especially around my mouth. It's disgusting. When I look at myself in the mirror, I'm appalled. I'm 29 years old and I have horrible acne all over my face and back. I have this habit of touching my face, and whenever I do, there is a new pimple. And it's always one of the big red ones. I'm embarrassed to be in public and around my peers. I know acne isn't a problem of hygiene, but I feel dirty and gross anyway.And then when I think about that, I go on a downward spiral and think about how I feel about my weight. I work in a call center, which I absolutely hate. I've never hated anything as much as I hate that job. I sit in a gray cubicle all day long, and since getting the job I've put on 17 pounds. Whenever Sunday roles around, I get anxious and sad, remembering that for the next 5 days I have to sit chained to a chair, alone, and bored. I went to college to get a job at a call center. At least it seems that way. I cry almost every morning on my way there, dreading the next 8 hours. I have diagnosed ADHD, and I take medication when I need to, but I still hate my job. My doctor told me I picked the worse possible job, but I don't qualify for much else. I've also gotten into this bad habit of picking at my acne. I know I shouldn't, but I get so tired of feeling bumps all over my skin, so without even thinking, I periodically pick them off. I wish things would turn around. I wish this Accutane would kick in soon, and I wish I could get out of the call center and get a job that actually has some movement and meaning.
  25. Second Course of Accutane

    Today is my second day of Accutane. My doctor is starting me on 40mg this month, then bumping it up to 60 next month. My skin is getting worse by the day. I have quite a few spots on my back and shoulders now. I'm no longer able to hide my acne effectively with makeup. It's very evident that my face is covered in acne whether I wear it or not. I don't notice any side effects yet, but it's still way too soon to tell. Below is picture of the spots that have developed today.