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  1. Moisturizing

    hello there, i searched on google to find the proper way of moisturizing and ive found different results some said that you need to apply to your wet skin after washing with a soap ( neutrogena in my case) and keep it there but on my moisturizer the guide says that you should apply to your wet skin after washing and then wash it off which one is the correct way ? what i used to do is to dry my skin after washing with soap and then apply the moisturizer and keep it there but now my skin is so dry and flaky so i guess i was doing it wrong btw im using la roche posay effaclar H moisturizer thanks in advance
  2. Hello all,My name is Harvey and I suffered from severe acne from the ages 13-15. In this post I'm going to tell you how I got rid of my acne covered face, and made it acne free. Firstly, here's my story.I had tried almost everything, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, face masks etc... the list goes on. Nothing had worked for me, so my dermatologist suggested that I start a course on Isotretinoin, more commonly known as Accutane. I started on 30mg, and had not much hope. I was constantly panicking about the breakouts on accutane, skin dryness, allergic reactions and so on. I was totally overthinking everything, it would actually all be okay.My acne got worse and worse, accutane appeared to be useless. My dermatologist upped my dosage to 40mg, and suggested I use Epiduo benzoyl peroxide too (to use once a day in the evenings) . Still, my acne was bad, and was seeing no signs of improvement. Then I took the acne.org quiz (http://www.acne.org/personalized-advice.html). This is where the improvement started to happen.It gave me VERY useful tips, like not to have long hot showers, clean your face twice a day, do not touch your face, be gentle when applying products to face and some others. I stopped using E45 on my face to combat the dryness, and started usingCetaphil moisturising cream. This was much lighter on the face, and was just as effective at stopping/combating dryness. I also started to use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. I applied both of these in the morning and evening.I was still not seeing results, but suddenly, my acne dramatically cleared up in about two weeks. I was virtually spot free! I want this story to show you that you need to stay faithful and positive! I had such bad acne, and in basically two weeks it was all gone. The same can happen to you!So... here is why I think my skin cleared up,1. I stopped having long hot showers, and Instead had shorter cooler showers2. I started to wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser 3. I started to use Cetaphil moisturising cream (non-comodogenic) instead of heavy, oily E45 4. I was on Accutane 5. I was more gentle with my face 6. I stopped picking/popping my spots 7. I drank lots of water 8. I did not eat as many greasy/sugary foods 9. I started going to the gym 3 times a week 10. I started having a fruit smoothie every morning (nutribullet). I hope this has helped you! I have attached a picture of what it was like at its worst and now at its best PS: Accutane is totally worth it!!!
  3. Getting a 3rd IB?

    My doctor started me off with 60 mg of accutane the first 2 months when I got my IB (initial breakout), then I took 70 mg the 3rd month and got a second IB, he's now switched me to 80 mg, will I get another IB?
  4. I started using Accutane 3 months ago, my doctor started me off on 60 mg per day for two months, after that, I was on 70 mg for one month and got a second IB that month after switching. My doctor wants to increase the dosage again to 80 mg, will that give me a third IB or should I be getting better?
  5. Hey guys! I'm taking accutane for 5 and a half months now on a low dose of 20mg/day with a weight of 80kg. So, I got as many pills as I could in Germany just right before I went to Australia, where I am staying for the next year. Accutane cleared me up completely and after the second months there was no breakout at all anymore. However, I used to have really bad acne, so I am very afraid that it will come back if i'd stop after the 6th month, when I'm gonna be out of drugs. So making an appointment here would be an option if I knew it's much safer if I took it until I got my 120mg/kg, but it's very expensive and the insurance won't pay here. Did anyone of you guys took a low dose and can share his experience? Or statistics. I would appreciate any answer! Like I said, I'm clear for almost 3 months, however, I also know about the recommended 120mg/kg. Cheers
  6. Hey guys, I’m a 19 year old girl and went on a very successful Accutane course of 40mg from December 2015 -August 2016. I don’t regret it and adore my current skin, but hair loss was always the ONE THING I didn’t want to experience. I was happy to risk the other side effects, even liver damage. What I didn’t want to do, however, was trade in one aesthetic problem for another. I started experiencing telogen effluvium hair loss in June (it was then that I started shedding moderate amounts of hair with bulbs). This got a bit heavier in July, and I really began to hate washing my hair because it was traumatic to see such loss. I avoided brushing my hair but generally tried to ignore it. In August, the shedding got extremely heavy. I would shed hair everywhere I went, and I’d brush my hair and see 80 hairs in the brush. It was horrible and I prayed it was peaking and would soon stop. September/October were absolute hell (it’s the 2nd of November today). Up until September, I didn’t notice visible thinning. That’s how I coped over the summer – I was shedding like mad, but my hair still looked lovely and luscious. Half way through September, my hair started looking much thinner. When wet, it looked horrible. Every time I washed it in Sept/Oct, I would lose about 250 hairs and then literally 400 hairs for 2 days afterwards. As my oil had come back at this point, I had to wash it at least every 5 days, resulting in regular trauma. I would sit in class, feel my pony tail and just pull out 40 loose hairs every hour. So, so horrible. Now, at the beginning of November? My parting has doubled in width. It's not terrible bit it's terrifying to me. You’re probably here to see whether accutane TE gets to the point of “embarrassing thinness”. The truth is I don't know, and that's what I have tried to find out online, in vain. I guess we will see what my hair is like in March! I want to stress that I don’t have “thin” hair. I am lucky that I had a lot of fine hair to start with, so I have decent scalp coverage still and a normal looking ponytail. You would see me and think I had nice hair, but I have lost 1/3 of my hair at least. And I’m still shedding heavily. I think the shedding is now less heavy than it has been these past two months, but who knows. REGROWTH: I checked my scalp today and am delighted to say that I have lots of 1-3inch hairs dotted around the place. They seem very fine and will obviously take months and months to grow out to the length of my others, but they will offer scalp coverage. I DON’T seem to be losing these short hairs, so (fingers crossed) hopefully I don’t have chronic TE. I am terrified to say anything now in case my condition worsens but maybe, just maybe, these past 4 months have been the worst of my TE and the shedding will slowly stop now over a few months. I will add pics soon and document this entire process... I promise I won't disappear. There is nowhere near enough information on Accutane TE out there, especially not posts from females who absolutely adored their former hair. It all seems to be guys questioning whether they have TE or genetic balding. I can't believe that my hair still looks like "nice hair" given I've shed so terribly for months. What I will say is that I am never, ever risking hair loss again. This will put me off ever meddling with the contraceptive pill, antidepressants, etc. Might sound extreme, but everything’s relative, and this is one thing that I was never prepared to deal with, and will hopefully never deal with again.
  7. So I've been on Absorbica Accutane for three months now and I do not see any clear results of my face clearing up, except for some blackheads that went away. It's been hard because my doctor upped my dose from 60mg a day to 70mg after the second month and for the upcoming month he's deciding to put me on a generic brand of accutane. I feel like the medication isn't working half the time, I just wanted to know if anyone else went through the same situation as me and could give feed back. Also, is there a difference in changing brands?
  8. Hi, so this topic will go through my accutane journey. I'm having a hard time getting through this. Acne really sucks, and not being able to control it sucks even more. So, I felt like by recording down how I was doing, and my stages, I could probably help some other people. I know it helped me reading what other people go to. Also, I'm emotionally low right now. Ranting about this stuff really let's me get it off my chest. And that's good, cause no one else in real life cares about this stuff, and just assumes I'm a "dirty" person cause I have acne.
  9. Hello - Just wanted to check back in to note that I've had no side effects, continue to have smooth clear skin and now my only skin worry is wrinkles. If you're on accutane or a similar product now, know that there are many people with positive experiences who just drop off this site when everything is cleared up, b/c clear skin isn't an issue any longer. Stick with it. Favorite products during accutane and after - Aquaphor, skinceuticals phyto corrective gel and anything by Eucerin. Good luck all!
  10. I'm starting accurate (hopefully tomorrow, pharmacist told me my pills would be in then) and am going to do a daily log to track progress. I'm pretty sure it's a 6 month course, so there should be +- 180 updates in this thread. I never had super severe cystic acne but i've tried everything. Multiple creams and oral treatments, OTCs (I use BP as a spot treatment, only thing that has slightly helped), and even went all natural with essential oils and the caveman regimene but nothing has cured it. Once or twice a month ill get an episode of 1-2 cystic pimples, always on my chin or forehead, nowhere else. First photo is pre-accutane. Here's to a long 6 months, hopefully all clear by the end!
  11. Hello! So I'm currently on PMS Minocycline (50mg x2) until May and I have an appointment with my dermatologist on June. Since Minocycline isn't really working, I want to go with Accutane but I've heard that it's pretty dangerous during summer. So I am wondering if, if I use really good sunscreen (on my face and my body), really good products to moisturize and hydrate my skin and I drink a loooot of water (already the case with Minocycline), will it be okay or I should wait until the end of summer? Also, a few weeks ago I went to a concert and I fainted like twice because I think I was dehydrated, so will it be even more dangerous on Accutane? I wanted to ask my dermatologist but I want to hear from people who had the same experience as mine...
  12. Welp, after around 4 years of being off of Accutane, my acne has returned. Not as bad as it was in my junior year of high school, but I'm getting more and more painful nodular cysts on my back and neck. I'm currently 21, a junior in college. I've decided to go back on Accutane, hopefully for the last time. My dermatologist has started me off on a dose of 80mg/day of Absorica. That equates to about 1mg/kg per day. I weigh 175 lbs. give or take. As of the time of this post, it has been 10 days since I've started the cycle, so my first entry will be day 10. Approximately every 10 days I'll report back with my progress. Here goes! Day 10 (4/11/17): My face is peeling pretty badly, and my lips are getting dry. I'm using Curel Ultra Healing Lotion on my face, neck, and arms after showering, throughout the day, and at night. I'm also using Aquafor on my lips before I go to bed each night, and in the morning. My scalp is also very dry and itchy. I'm noticing some dandruff, but I'm hesitant to use Head & Shoulders every day because I don't want my scalp to dry out even more. I'm currently using H&S maybe once every 3 days, and simply using conditioner the rest of the days. My hair looks dried out, and I'm noticing slightly more hairs falling out than usual. No other side effects besides skin/scalp dryness. I have 2 pretty big and painful cysts on my neck, and 1 on my back. Aside form that, I have a few more smaller cysts on my neck and back, and some minor pimples on my chest. I feel generally positive, although I'm really self-conscious about the cysts on my neck and it's definitely hurting my confidence. I'm also worried the dandruff will get worse to the point where it's very noticeable. I'm gonna look into getting a better scalp moisturizer.
  13. Guys. Im looking for people to join me who feel strongly and passionately about the experience you have had with roaccutane. I was prescribed roaccutane on the NHS in Scotland in January 2014. I was on it for 6 months. Ever since I have finished. I've had depression, anxiety, dry thinning and brittle hair, constant dry lips, but the worst of all I have had severe severe IBS I literally couldn't work for 6 months because I go to the toilet about 15 times a day! Please guys. I really really want to find out about others experiences and maybe move forward with a lawsuit against the drug company. I totally understand that for so many people this drug has been amazing but unfortunately there is a huge amount of people that claim this has effectively ruined their lives. I being one of them really really want people to come forward because I genuinely feel like we deserve something wether it's compensation or an apology. I feel we deserve something, for so long I felt like I was going crazy but I'm not even 21 and what I've been through in the past 2 years it's like I've been completely robbed of my youth. I genuinely feel like a 40 year old. Please get in touch with me! X
  14. Hey Guys, Today is day 7 on Claravis and to be honest I haven't experienced much change with my acne. Today my lips have started peeling, I have been using Aquaphor everyday since I started taking the pill but I know its inevitable, I will have dry lips (ohh please pray for me). I do want to ask if anyone has experienced night sweats, last night was the second time, with the AC on I woke up sweating profusely which scared me. And last night I also had the worst headache I've ever had, the pain was so bad I wanted to cry, it woke me up at 4am, I ended up taking two Tylenol and finally drifted off to sleep again. Things are getting real over here. is anyone else experiencing similar side effects?
  15. So I've been on Accutane for almost 6 months now and on birth control for almost 7 months. I have always used condoms when having sex but was wondering if it is okay to have sex without condoms considering that i take birth control, but use Accutane?!
  16. So I just finished an 8 months course of accutane. I was never fully clear for long on accutane. When i stopped my course 11 days ago i was still breaking out a little bit, nothing major. Then when i finished my course, the first 4 days i started to break out a bit across my cheeks however by day 5 it started clearing up and then by day 6 and 7 i was completely clear. Since then my skin has breaking out everyday even worse than then first week post accutane, its continuing to get worse. Is this normal breaking out like this coming off accutane? Since accutane is supposed to be in your system for 5 weeks or so, is this a relapse already? I'll try post every week or so to let use know what has happened for people who are having the same problem.
  17. Hi All, I've been lurking on the forum since July last year and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences on my journey and how I've come to a decision to begin roaccutane (UK). I know many people do not agree with this drug but I am completely aware of it's side affects and have read the booklet and the ipledge programme information already. People often bash others that take roaccutane for mild acne, but just like the rest of you, we suffer too. I can't remember the last time I looked in the mirror and felt happy about my face, I cry every single day and have started taking sertraline to be able to cope with how I feel about my face. FYI I'm not depressed, the sertraline is suppose to help with the OCD towards my skin, Acne has been a battle that has completely changed my life, I completely sympathise with every single one of you who post on here. My acne is mostly comedonal, I do suffer with the persistent breakouts of papules and pustules (normally 1-3) in the chin area but the main issue for me is the blocked pores, they cover my entire t-zone. Many people have told me my face is fine, most are extremely shocked I have been prescribed such a strong drug, but both my mother and sister have taken roaccutane for acne and we have strong acne genetics with-in our family. I want to get rid of this in its early stages and while I'm still 19 I have time to deal with it before it would get worse and begin to scar like my sisters. I started getting acne when I was 18, before then I had a FLAWLESS complexion. it began in the most persistent area to date, the sides of my mouth and my chin. As I became more worried about my skin the acne began to spread, it began on my chin and then blackheads and comedones began to spread all around my nose and up to my forehead, this destroyed me inside, witnessing it getting worse was devastating. I visited two dermatologists privately in the UK, both which prescribed a combination of medications. I have tried countless topicals (Differin, Duac, Epiduo, Zineryt) in combination with many different antibiotics (Lymecycline, Doxycycline, Emerythromycerin) All of which had no affect on my skin what so ever (Baring in mind I gave each treatment combination atleast 3-5 months). Lymecycline with Differin was my last treatment option, I gave it about 2 months and nothing had changed, I get I could've waited longer but I just no longer had the patience, the acne has stopped me from leaving my house, it has completely destroyed my life and relationship. People try to scare me with the side effects of roaccutane but I'm already at rockbottom anyway, I need the acne to go away. I went to a dermatologist yesterday (02/03). I made the appointment yesterday morning and saw my consultant dermatologist by 18:30 (02/03) in the evening. (I have private healthcare in the UK which means I don't have to wait at all) I went into the appointment expecting a prescription of Retin-A and another antibiotic combination. I can admit I did have roaccutane in mind. After explaining my distress to my doctor and explaining to him how much this has affected my life he examined my skin, asked about what treatments I have pursued already and questioned me a little further. After a 20 minute discussion he asked me if I had ever heard of isotretinoin, and after trying different combinations said it would be the most affective form of treatment. There was mutual agreement and I am overwhelmed with joy to undertake my treatment and I feel so grateful that it's happening as fast as it is (Normal wait-time on the NHS to see a dermatologist is 6 months considering my case isn't severe). I left the doctors office and had my blood tests done right away, I had a few more this morning too (03/03) but I am picking up roaccutane either today or monday (if my dermatologist doesn't get back to me). My point is people out there with very mild acne, don't suffer in silence. It has had such a profound effect on my life and my dermatologist could see this, after understanding my situation and that I've already attempted other forms of treatment I'm happy I am going on roaccutane. I've heard it has changed many people's lives and I cannot wait to witness it change mine, when he prescribed me the drug I felt like my life was being handed back to me. I'm going to document my journey on acne.org, I don't see many people with mild acne documenting there experience on the drug as many never decide to take it anyway. I just had a few questions to the accutane users on the more mild end of the acne scale before I begin my roaccutane experience... First of all I currently am using clean and clear and differin to help clear my skin up, should I stop this? I've heard many people have dry and irritated skin from roaccutane and my doctor did mention it would be a side affect. If so should I be washing my face at all? My skin is super sensitive btw (I have combination skin oily t-zone, dry cheeks) and if I should can anyone recommend any products to wash my face with and any moisturisers that I should consider buying in the UK! Thanks for reading and I hope you understand my decision to undertake roaccutane as my treatment. I hope I gain some responses! Ben!
  18. For those of you who experienced a relapse in acne after your first round of Accutane and opted to undergo a second round, was the second round effective? Did it permanently keep your acne from returning? P.S. For those of you currently on Accutane, best of luck and stay positive, it's all worth it in the end when your skin is clear!
  19. Week 3 Day 5-18

    Beginning - excessivly oily omg No other side effects but everything is disgustingly oily My face is completely broken out but because i am tanned it is easier to handle Left cheek - 16 active spots approx chin- 10 spots approx forehead - 15 spots approx left cheek - under the skin ones 9th april - day 8 - dry hands and general skin skin breaking out lips kinda dry had a bit of an unexplained anxiety thing when kita mentioned noam. Very strange, almost like i was unconscious and my mind was making my lips move. i don’t know how to explain it but it didn’t feel like me but i must have just been super tired. I am very tired even when just writing this so it makes sense Day 9 - everything normal nothing to document I will be documenting every 10 days so i get the satisfaction of throwing away my sachets one by one Day 12 very soft skin no initial breakout dry hands Day 14 face is a lot less oily but getting spots on my lips and my general spots look a bit shit my cheek is broken out (left cheek) My forehead has a spot my chin has all the tiny little spots I am using lancombe facial cleanser and toner with dermol moisturiser The texture of my skin is super super soft i have to admit though Softer than it has been in years and my lips are quite dry but not unbearable I am still feeling anxious about this initial breakout thing My skin i can feel will explode in the next few days Day 18 Lips okay today My shins seriously hurt I have been getting dry hands I have the occasional spot but loads of under the skin ones My skin texture is pretty awful especially on my chin Big one on my forehead Been getting really really tired but thats all really Feeling a bit down but not sure if it is me coming on my period, feeling shit about the lack of excercise im doing or the accutane. Who knows?!?
  20. I've been on Accutane for about a week now and the medication is having a deleterious impact on my attention span. I can't focus on one task for more than 30 minutes before my mind wanders off onto something else; I feel like a different person. As I student, I find this particularly worrying as I have upcoming mock examinations that are going to play a pretty big role in my future. In other words, if my concentration problems don't subside, my life might be permanently screwed. What should I do? Should I stop taking Roaccutane or do concentration issues subside?
  21. tried rf Matrix laser (1), C02 laser(1) made my skin worse, dermaroller(1) think i got small line scars, Subcision(1) that ruined my skin for good ... If I knew years back accutane would fuck my skin and even life up, I would never have taking it, but I was not that smart to know, maybe a vegan diet would help. but now, I have thin skin with slow healing and easily scar... before the C02 laser, I was this happy guy, who talked to everbody and I was like the funny guy in class, did traning everday at gym, football twice a week, in the weekend I was out with my boys! I had 3 jobs, and future plans... even though I had the scars, but didn't think about treatments would made my skin worse... I don't know why I am writing this... maybe because I am lonely, and people with beatiful skin, and NO scars .. even my friends I had before this do not understand... I am trying anything to make my body healing better... Only vegan diet, with green juice and smoothie everyday! eating Oats, almonds, beans, drinking lots of water and hist! know it's not gonna remove my scars... but trying to make my skin healing better with healthy living.... normaly if you read and watch TV everywhere.. healthy diet will give you healthy skin and all that!!!! BUT hell no .. not if Accutane first have fucked your skin, liver up for good!!! my skin after my last treatment (subcision, almost 3,5 MONTH AGO)
  22. I've been on accutane for about a month in a half and I have to stop taking accutane for 4 days due to my blood tests and all that but what i'm afraid of, is if it will affect my acne in anyway?
  23. Hello all,My name is Harvey and I suffered from severe acne from the ages 13-15. In this post I'm going to tell you how I got rid of my acne covered face, and made it acne free. Firstly, here's my story.I had tried almost everything, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, face masks etc... the list goes on. Nothing had worked for me, so my dermatologist suggested that I start a course on Isotretinoin, more commonly known as Accutane. I started on 30mg, and had not much hope. I was constantly panicking about the breakouts on accutane, skin dryness, allergic reactions and so on. I was totally overthinking everything, it would actually all be okay.My acne got worse and worse, accutane appeared to be useless. My dermatologist upped my dosage to 40mg, and suggested I use Epiduo benzoyl peroxide too (to use once a day in the evenings) . Still, my acne was bad, and was seeing no signs of improvement. Then I took the acne.org quiz (http://www.acne.org/personalized-advice.html). This is where the improvement started to happen.It gave me VERY useful tips, like not to have long hot showers, clean your face twice a day, do not touch your face, be gentle when applying products to face and some others. I stopped using E45 on my face to combat the dryness, and started using Cetaphil moisturising cream. This was much lighter on the face, and was just as effective at stopping/combating dryness. I also started to use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. I applied both of these in the morning and evening.I was still not seeing results, but suddenly, my acne dramatically cleared up in about two weeks. I was virtually spot free! I want this story to show you that you need to stay faithful and positive! I had such bad acne, and in basically two weeks it was all gone. The same can happen to you!So... here is why I think my skin cleared up.1. I stopped having long hot showers, and I stead had shorter cooler showers.2. I started to wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. 3. I started to use Cetaphil moisturising cream (non-comodogenic) instead of heavy, oily E45. 4. I was on Accutane 5. I was more gentle with my face 6. I stopped picking/popping my spots 7. I drank lots of water 8. I did not eat as many greasy/sugary foods 9. I started going to the gym 3 times a week 10. I started having a fruit smoothie every morning (nutribullet). I hope this has helped you! I have attached a picture of what it was like at its worst and now at its best PS: Accutane is totally worth it!!!
  24. Hi everyone, I am just about to finish my first month of accutane, and I've been taking 30mg per day. I have had several side effects such as achy joints and muscles (neck pain, back pain, ribs are sore), dry eyes, mild/moderate upper abdominal pain and a little headache now and then. But all of these things are perfectly tolerable...... except for the fatigue. About an hour after I take my dose (around 5pm) I start to get tired and can't maintain concentration on anything! It is so unbelievably frustrating!! I also have ADD, which I've been managing with Adderall. Except the adderall has become pretty much ineffective since I started accutane. I'm supposed to move up to 40mg of accutane in a few days, and I'm worried the fatigue/concentration issues will get worse. It's difficult for me to even get out of bed some days because im just soo exhausted. Even as I'm writing this, it is difficult to stay on task! Has anyone experienced this before on 30mg or within the first month? Did it stop and if so, when? I appreciate any advice you can give me! I definitely don't want to stop taking accutane, I'm hoping I can make it through the next 4 months.
  25. Yup, I'm at this point where my face or specifically, 90% of the time on both my cheeks area, getting new cystic acnes for approximately every 2 weeks, though normal pimples are very less frequent nowadays. But to deal with the persistent cyst, I'm thinking of doing Accutane since none of the antibiotic prescription seems to offer long term solution. (I've done more than just antibiotic, changing diets, hygiene, blablabla but yea, eliminated dairy did address part of the problem, like 20%) My dermatologist prescribed me Isotretinoin with 40mg daily as the standard, recommended me to take 2 weeks of 20 mg to allow body adjusting, before proceeding to 40mg. Furthermore, he'd suggest me to increase the intakes to which my body could still handle, or otherwise, reduce below 40mg. He also mentioned that regardless of what dose I'm taking, as long as I'm consistently on it daily, and completing the whole course, that will be fine as well. What are your opinions on this?