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  1. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Accutane Redness
    Things were going so well I've been on accutane now about a month and two weeks and things were looking good but now I'm breaking out again and this one is bad enough....

    The bad thing is that because my skin is so sensitive on accutane, that the tiniest spot will make a big red mark all around it. And I really really really suggest if you are starting accutane try not to pop spots whenever you can! They leave me with huge bumps and redness that doesn't fade away for ages....the spots look even worse than they would have before I've messed with them.

    Anytime I put moisturiser on my face (Cetaphil) it just leaves my skin so red and blotchy, and the spots and marks look terrible! I don't know if this is my 50mg kicking in or what but I'm not happy with my skin right now... hopefully I'll see some improvement, I just have to stay positive!

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  2. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Nearly 1 Month!
    So I had my doctors appointment today, everything went fine and I've been bumped up to 50 mg, but I don't have enough pills for the amount of days between now and my next appointment (I had to extend my appointment because I'd be on holidays), so I'll have to keep going with just using one 20mg/day for another two weeks, and then I'll have enough to use 2 x 20mg and 1 10mg every day!

    My skin is looking ok I suppose, no major improvements or worsenings, but yesterday it was really weird...I took off my makeup and there were two little pustules together (which had been hurting me all day) and my skin was so red and swollen all around the spots! The spots burst (I know ew) and then it just got redder and redder...I had a huge red blotch on my cheek (about 3cms across) and I was afraid it was turning into one of those huge cysts, it really did look like it would! Luckily the swelling's gone down quite a bit and the doctor prescribed me a cream for the infection...I've never had spots like that before

    But everything's going fine, I know that nothing too dramatic will happen until I start my 50mg dose!

    Hope everyone else's accutane course is going well

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  3. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Day 12
    I'm starting to get clusters of spots around my mouth and on the sides of my face, they're not too bad (nothing I'm not used to) but this is just making me even more anxious to get rid of this acne! The ones on my right side were really big and painful, but they've died down a bit now. Side effects are my lips are getting a bit dry, and my back hurts sometimes (not sure if it's the accutane or something else but I'm just guessing it is). Anyways, nothing else really to say, hope everyone else's treatment is going well
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  4. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Day 7   

    Thank you so much for the advice! I'll get some eye drops as soon as I can
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  5. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Day 7
    So it's been a week since I started my accutane journey! And yesterday I did notice that the skin around all my spots was kind of peeling a bit, so when I put concealer on them you could see the peels. And also around my nose was dry. But it wasn't too bad...
    Also, I think my BareMinerals foundation is breaking me out a bit....I know I won't be using it anyways later on because of how dry my skin could get on accutane, so a powder foundation wouldn't be the best idea anyway, but does anyone else feel the same about BareMinerals? I found that my skin always would get a bit itchy after wearing it for a while during the day and a few new spots would start to come I think I'll just stick with my Estee Lauder for now...
    My lips are starting to feel a bit dry, not chapped or anything, just dry, and really hot sometimes!
    Anyways that's all the updates I have, hope everyone else on accutane is doing ok!

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  6. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Day 4 On "the Regimen"   

    Well just see how these next few weeks go, everyone's first weeks go badly so hopefully you'll be fine after about three weeks! If it improves a good bit and the redness dies down, just hang in there and it should keep getting less red (and your acne will probably clear up!) I'm on accutane now and I saw on your blog that you don't want to go on it again, so unfortunately I don't have any plan Bs for you But just think positively and good luck!
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  7. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Don't Feel Anything?   

    Ok thanks I think my doctor is planning on upping my dosage next month depending on how I get on this month! And how long do the initial breakouts normally last?
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  8. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Hmmm   

    ok thanks that's really helpful! i was looking at the laura mercier one actually
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  9. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Day 4 On "the Regimen"   

    Yeah mine was absolutely awful when I was on the was so rough and hot! I have sensitive skin so mine was so bad and it never went away fully even after nearly 3 months, so I had to give up on the regimen, because I was getting more embarrassed about the flaky redness than the actual spots. But for most people you'll just have to cope with it for a few weeks and the redness will die down my advice would be to just take it slowly!
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  10. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Don't Feel Anything?
    It's been one day from a week, and I feel no side effects really, not dry lips or anything so long is it before I would probably start noticing some side effects? Not that I want them at all haha,... My skin hasn't changed, I wear makeup nearly every day because of school and it hasn't flaked or anything yet! I kind of just want the initial breakout to be over and done with sooner rather than later...
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  11. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Day 3!   

    Yes if my computer finally starts working with my camera I'll hopefully be able to put some pictures up!
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  12. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Day 3!
    Ok so finally after all these months, I got the courage to take my first accutane pill 2 days ago! And I suppose it's not surprising that I haven't really noticed much side effects...
    I think I'm a bit paranoid because every time I feel something in my body like a pain in my leg or arms I immediately assume it's the accutane and get all worried I suppose I'll just get used to it!
    My face looks quite bad at the moment, but that's also because I went off benzoyl peroxide recently so the effects of that are wearing off. If anything, my face has suddenly gotten really oily these past two days! I don't know why that is (maybe it's the accutane) but by the end of school my face is so so so oily...
    My lips haven't gotten dry yet or anything I don't know when I'll start noticing any effects, I'm guessing soon...
    So yeah, everything's fine so far! Haha I know it's not long into it but at least I finally started taking them

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  13. claire297 added a comment on a blog entry Scared...   

    yeah it seems to be 50/50 when it comes to whether or not it's a good idea... sure if it doesn't work I can always go back to the benzoyl peroxide like you did!
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  14. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    I really need to make a decision I know that I want to take accutane, and because I'm only going to be taking a 20mg dose, I hopefully won't have to worry as much about the serious side effects as I would with a higher dosage. But at the same time, my skin does look quite good at the moment with the benzoyl peroxide (for me), but I think it's just a phase as it looked even better this last month as well and I broke out so badly all over my face after that.

    I'm just dreading these next few months, as I have really big exams coming up and I wanted to enjoy this summer without worrying about my accutane and my red, dry face! And I need some tips on what kind of makeup to wear while on accutane so I can get it in advance if I decide to use it, right now I use Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover which I love but it dries out my skin as it is, so there's no chance of being able to use it while on accutane...I also used Bare Minerals on the days that the benzoyl peroxide has really dried out my skin, but I think that it breaks me out because I always seem to get terrible isolated cysts whenever I use it for a few days...

    So please leave some makeup tips if you have any!

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  15. claire297 added a blog entry in my acne story (accutane)   

    Ok, well you probably know why I'm here, I have acne. Terrible acne. And being a nearly 16 year old girl, I have enough to be dealing with without worrying about people judging me because of my skin...I have horrible red cysts literally covering my cheeks and chin, and all along the sides of my face ,and the marks from them don't go away... so I thought I'd make a blog here so people who are going through the same thing can read it, as none of my friends have acne to my extent, and I feel so alone when it comes to it!

    I've been on benzoyl peroxide for the past two and a half months, and my face is still really dry and uncomfortable so I'm really getting sick of it, and even thought my skin does look better, the thought that this isn't a cure and I'll have to do this until I'm about 20 makes me feel terrible, so I'm considering accutane again, as it's a bad 6 months but then it's over and I hopefully won't have to deal with acne again...I was prescribed it by my dermatologist a few months ago and even bought some 20mg capsules, but completely had a panic attack the day before taking it after reading all the potential side effect (even though my doctor specifically told me not to, really regretting looking at them now ) so I decided to try benzoyl peroxide, but even though it is helping, I honestly feel that this will not make me completely clear and I will be constantly dry and I need a permanent solution to prevent scarring (which I have badly)

    So here's me thinking about whether or not to take accutane or not I think I will, and sooner would be better than later, as I have an important year next September, and it would be absolutely amazing if my skin was clear by then! I can't even remember what my face looked like without acne...

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