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  1. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Month 4: Accutane
    Well here I am at month 4...and unfortunately have not seen any improvement. My dermatologist was hesitant to up my dosage just because of the bloody noses I continue to have, so if anything, I may be kept on a longer course of treatment.

    Has this happened with anyone else?

    Feeling discouraged but I am definitely committed and hoping for a clear face soon!

    Happy healing

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  2. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Month 3: Accutane
    I am about a week into month three...and right now I am hoping this is the month to see a difference.

    I still have breakouts that are slowly starting to clear -- but my dermatologist was a little concerned. I don't have severe breakouts, they are just quite annoying.

    If he doesn't see any improvements by my next visit, my dosage may be increased.

    My symptoms are very minimal, I get a headache every now and then and my lips aren't too chapped!

    How was everyone's month three?! I know it's different for everyone, but I hope this is the month!!

    Happy healing
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  3. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Month 2: Accutane
    So I am now on day 3 of Month 2 dosage and feel like I'm getting better symptom wise every day. Everything that I told my dermatologist is normal -- so I am hoping it stays that way.

    I wanted to write today because I was wondering if any of you are experiencing these symptoms that are certainly tolerable, but I know there could be other products out there I can use to heal!

    1) Cracked corner of my mouth
    -I've been using vaseline every morning & night and as needed
    -Using shea butter stick and other medicated chapsticks

    2) Bloody noses (I used to get them all the time when I was younger so they're not a huge deal to me, but they are so chapped!)
    -I use saline spray every morning and night

    Anyone else experiencing these?! No matter what I do with the cracked corner of my lip, I feel like it won't heal since I'm not going to keep my mouth shut! haha

    Oh & last but not least -- headaches bother me sometimes too. This was the first thing my dermatologist asked me about so that makes me a little nervous. They're pretty tolerable though, but definitely prominent.

    Thanks & Happy healing!
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  4. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Accutane: Week 3
    Well....I know accutane is starting to work. My skin just feels different altogether.

    In just my third week of accutane, my skin is noticeably dryer & less oily -- I thought I would never see the day. I was out of town last week in sunny LA, and because I was busy -- my skin stayed mostly clear. I think that my worst habit is sitting in front of a magnified mirror and be disgusted with my skin. We're not perfect - if we were perfect, treatments would not exist...for anything.

    I still have some cystic breakouts and blackheads seem to be the most pertinent. Is this sounding normal? My lip also is extremely cracked in the corner -- I think that's what's bothering me the most.

    Right now I'm waiting for that clearer skin they told me I should see around month 2...I will try to keep posting but may do it as needed.

    Happy healing! (:

    & thanks for reading my rambles.
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  5. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Accutane: Week 2
    Time is certainly moving quick -- even though I still wish my skin would clear up overnight! I can tell that it is trying to, so that's good at least.

    I don't have much to say this week other than that I can tell the accutane is kicking in. My pores are definitely more's like all the bad is trying to leave which I could not be more excited about. I have a little more break outs than I've had in a while, but I keep telling myself that it will get better.

    After I posted my first week update, I caught a cold and was really achey. I thought that it was the accutane causing all of my symptoms, but luckily it was not! Just a cold I caught from someone, and I got over it pretty fast.

    Here's what's going on this week:

    -My pores are more visible
    -Some breakouts in places I haven't had in a while
    -Dry nose/above mouth (due to my cold...accutane didnt help either)
    -Dry lips

    My skin overall isn't that dry! I've just noticed that my t-zone is mostly where the dryness is. The lotion is working tremendously as is my lip regime.

    No complaints this week Hope it stays this way.
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  6. Meshell added a blog entry in Michelle's Updates   

    Week 1 Of Accutane
    Well, here I am...writing about my first week of accutane. To be honest, I never thought I would start the journey of accutane -- I was used to hearing such negative things about it, but once my dermatologist asked if I wanted to keep wasting money on creams, cleansers and antibiotics, I knew it was time for a major change.

    I tried my best not to google about accutane since the negative stuff tends to be more pertinent. I stumbled across however, and loved that I could read the progress of others on accutane and compare my side effects/ changes with everyone else -- it is nice not being alone! : )

    I thought I would track my progress weekly and start posting any side effects or really, skin changes that I notice throughout the course. I am taking 40mg of accutane (Claravis -- Isotretinoin capsules or whatever) once daily. Every time I take it, I always wonder how this tiny pill is going to change my skin. I couldn't be more excited.

    I did not notice my skin changing until day 5. How about everyone else?

    Here is what I am currently experiencing:

    Day 5: The start of itchy skin, mainly on my hairline and nose
    Day 6: More itchy skin, definitely my face -- sensitive skin* for sure, dry lips
    Day 7: Dry lips, itchy skin around neck, nose, corner of mouth & hair line

    *-- I have pretty sensitive skin, grew up with eczema and whenever I scratch, I tend to get really red so thats what I mean by sensitive skin

    For the most part, everything tends to be tolerable...I am hoping that the itchiness goes away, or that I just get used to it? I heard that the drying of the lips gets worse, but I'm ready for it.

    Here are the products I am currently using:

    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
    Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
    MAC Charged Water Lotion

    Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick (recommended!)
    Blistex Medicated Chapstick
    Carmex Chapstick
    Chapstick Moisturizer

    I usually just carry the Palmer's Swivel Stick around with me because it lasts the longest for me, but I use the others sparingly and whenever I tend to have them around me. I definitely stocked up ... : )

    My only question I have and hoping that someone can answer for me ... do you use the Cetaphil Advance Daily Ultra Hydrating lotion on your face?? I usually stick to only things that say for the face & that are light fear of clogging pores. I know it says it shouldn't clog pores but it still feels pretty heavy to me.

    Here's to an easy (hopefully) journey of getting the skin I have always wanted!
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