InterestsI'm currently majoring in biological sciences and minoring in Mass communication in Nanyang technological university. I'm studying this both because I have loved biology since my secondary school days and since then moved on to like microbiology and genetics but I hate biochemistry and biophysics and anything mathematical. I started taking mass communication in my sophomore year, wanted to minor in psychology but after crashing my friend's class, I realised that mass comn interests me more.<br /><br /><br />My interests include watching Television, hanging out with friends, swimming and playing tennis. I am currently into martial arts and am taking Tae Kwon Do. <br /><br />I am a christian, used to be Catholic, now Evangelist<br />I have a younger brother 5 years younger who doesn't have acne problems. I am also kinda short only 4ft11, 149cm so I dislike people who make fun of my height.
I took 20mg/day for 8 months to clear up my mild moderate persistent and back acne in 2 years ago and have never looked back and regretted it because I no longer have to suffer at the hands of acne again.
There have been studies that have linked depression to accutane. However its still being studied because some people have been affected mentally by accutane but some who are even depressed before went on to take accutane and they are fine. The drug affects everyone differently: What happened to someone else might not happen to you but you got to be aware there is still risks involved.
I think your best bet is to discuss your situation thoroughly with the dermatologist. Might be better if you can get second opinions too.
I gave up sulfates when I dyed my hair because I heard they aren't good for dyed hair. Right now I'm using bodyshop's honey moisturising shampoo and it really keeps the dye in my hair locked in. In the past, I have always wondered why my hair highlights always turned a lighter shade after a couple of months and I now know the culprit to be sulfates. Not too sure about the silicones though.
By giving up sulfate shampoos, the hair dye colour doesn't change and I have less dandruff now as well.
My skin wasn't really dry on accutane so I can't really say much but I say most side effects or dry skin should mostly probably be resolved within 6 months. And yes I do still use a cleanser to cleanse my face. I use johnson and johnson's top to toe wash.
I'm not too sure but I do know that if I binge on them too much like cookies and chocolates, I will get some minor pimples not big, small ones usually 1 or 2. Food doesn't really affect me that much unless I eat too much rubbish.
Both accutane and roaccutane are the exact same thing, its just that in US its call Accutane while in the UK its call roaccutane. Both are from the same company Roche so it can't be different and nope its not a generic either. Its the original isotretinoin.
Accutane is a common word use around here but it basically means isotretinoin. People around here also use the word "Accutane" even when they take the generic. Actually the word ACCUTANE is the name use by Roche to name their isotretinoin but its so common to use instead of saying isotretinoin.
I use Nivea's intensive moisturizing cream. Have been using it for years even before accutane cos the areas around my mouth tend to get dry easily but as a heavy duty moisturizer, I don't know whether its good.
If you are going to have an initial breakout, it doesn't matter whether you are on high dose or low dose, you are going to breakout anyway though high dosers might have worse breakouts. Its call the initial breakout which is a common side effect of accutane. It means that accutane is exfoliating your skin at an accelerated rate and pushing whatever dormant acne you have beneath your skin to the surface. This means that acne that is suppose to surface normally within a couple of months is suddenly being pushed out all at once- Your skin is now having months worth of acne.
The initial breakout according to most people should stop by the end of month 3. By then your skin is clear of the gunk. However there are some who break out longer then 3 months but 3 months is the benchmark for most.
You are probably experiencing the initial breakout. The blackheads that are coming out are a good sign that accutane is clearing your pores. Its day 14 for you, normally people have breakouts until month 3 so its considered quite normal.
I have used retin-a every since I had acne at 14 and I'm still using even throughout my accutane course with good results. I now use it on alternate days. It helps keeps my face smooth and the blackheads and whiteheads away.