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  1. Week 3 - WITH PICTURES!

    Hey guys, So I'm now on my 3rd week and still feeling fab. My skin is completely clear (aside from old marks) still and I am LOVING the no oil. My make up stays perfect ALL day! My hair has started to dry out a little this week but I have started putting a few drops of jojoba oil with my conditioner which sorts it out straight away. My lips are slightly chapped but barely bother me as long as I have a balm on. My favourite is still Blistex - Intensive Moisture, this stuff is brilliant and makes my lips silky smooth. I have experienced no dry skin on my body at all and barely any on my face either. In fact, the texture of my face is lovely. It is so soft and smooth! I am still using the same products and I swear by jojoba oil. It is the BEST stuff ever and can be used for everything. It is also 100% organic which is a bonus. On top of my Accutane treatment, I am also on my 4th week of quitting smoking which I am super proud of. I definitely feel this has contributed to the current condition of my skin. I have an appointment with my dermatologist Friday so will update after with my progress! See pictures attached from a couple of days ago.
  2. Hey guys, So I am now on day 11 into week 2 and feeling GREAT! My skin is clear and I have hardly any side effects. If I didn't know I was taking Accutane, I would never notice any side effects. My lips are slightly chapped and my skin is a little drier and redder than usual. My skin was very oily for the first week but this has now subsided (which I am loving). I also had my time of the month this week and I ALWAYS get a huge spot around my chin/mouth/cheeks area but this month I had NONE! My blackheads on my nose seem like they're pushing the gunk out but this is barely noticeable. I am wearing about a quarter of the make up I used to. You can actually see my face under my foundation instead on an inch worth of make up to cover the acne and scars! I used to wear double wear by Estee Lauder but I am now using Revlon ColorStay which is the foundation I used before my skin got really bad and it is agreeing with my skin so far. No flakiness and great coverage but looks natural. I am still using the same products as week 1 but I have started putting a couple of drops of jojoba oil with my moisturiser in the morning. I love this stuff! Below is my current skin care regime: Morning: Wash with Cetaphil gentle cleanser LUSH Tea Tree Water toner to remove excess dirt Moisturise with Clean & Clear dual action mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil (I find Cetaphil too heavy and greasy for the day) Blistex intensive moisture for lips (I can't recommend this stuff enough) Evening: Simple face wipe to remove majority of make up Wash with Cetaphil gentle cleanser Moisturise with Cetaphil cream Smother lips & inside of nose with Aquaphor I have attached 2 pictures below so you can see the HUGE difference. The first picture was taken at the end of November and the second was last week. That's it for week 2, skin is clear and feeling fabulous! Will update again in a few days x
  3. Hi guys, I have been on accutane for 15 days now and I haven't had any alcohol because my dermatologist said to avoid it. However, I am a college student and drinking/the bars are a big part of my social life. I don't need to drink a ton/binge but I would like to have a couple beers. Would it be okay to drink a couple beers for one night every week? I know a lot of people who have had alcohol on accutane but I don't want to damage my liver badly.... any thoughts on this subject and if moderate drinking is okay once or twice a week
  4. Also, does anyone know if your oil/collagen/sebum barrier has anything to do with facial blushing/flushing? I know that accutane ruins your skins natural barrier because it gets rid of oil and such (which is definitely true in my case at least). For that possibility that it has something to do with flushing/blushing, i want to know how to rebuild this barrier NATURALLY. I have def learned natural is the way to go. TIPS FOR REBUILDING COLLAGEN? SEBUM?
  5. I've heard that making a mixture of borax and water (possibly hydrogen peroxide?) and leaving it on your face overnight can decrease rosacea and facial flushing. Many people have used it for reducing acne caused by rosacea and demodex mites? I'm really unsure of this remedy but many people who have tried it say it has helped them. Anyone know if it's worth a try? Has anyone tried it and is willing to share their experiences???
  6. Hello, thanks for reading my log. Before I start my journey, here is a little bit about my situation... I am 17 years old with a combination of moderate cystic and inflamed acne. I have dealt with this for quite some time now, and have tried just about every diet alteration/natural remedy in the book. Although I am a health freak, I decided on March 1st, 2016, that I would begin taking Accutane. I am doing this for the betterment of my communication and social skills, as I am going into the political field and can't have this pestering acne hold me back I would love to hear from people who are going through or have gone through a similar situation,and any words of advice would be sweet, thanks. Pictures will be updated weekly. Day 1 and 2 Well, here we go I guess. It is currently March 2, 2016, a little less than 24 hours since I took my first 40mg pill of Amnesteem Isotretinoin. I was originally going to take 20mg a day, but due to insurance and cost issues I was only able to obtain tablets in 40mg dosages. So in hopes to match 20mg daily, I am taking a single 40mg tablet every other day until further notice. So far, the only side effect I have noticed is that the inside of my nose is abnormally dry. I fear that bloody noses could be an issue for me, as I am already prone to them and have them almost daily. They usually last 2-4 minutes. I am very active and do lots of running around in a dry gym, but with the basketball season coming to a close and my recent purchase of a humidifier I think the consistency of me getting them could begin to drop. My scalp has also been quite itchy this evening. Pictures Pictures will be updated regularly and kept in an album here: If you recognize me please keep it to yourself, thanks.
  7. What Is My Next Step?

    I'm a 21 male with acne on my face. I first got acne when I was a preteen and i've never been clear since. I did get it on my back, shoulders, and legs, but that has since cleared up. I'm a vegetarian, and try to eat very little dairy, and don't eat junk food or fast-food. I've broken habits of pinching/touching my face and acne, and by now lost my acne scars. I do however wear makeup, mostly foundation and powder on top of that. I only wear hypoallergenic products, and always wash it off the moment i'm home for the day. I wash my face with facial scrub in hot water twice a day, morning and night, and use a facial moisturizer after because I have very dry skin. (I've tested makeup-free periods of time up to 2-3 weeks, but it makes no difference). In the past i've used peel pads, tazorac, and a bunch of different products with benzoyl peroxide, but all of those dry out my skin a lot and give me redness. My best success has been in minocycline, and it works well in reducing and preventing the severity of my acne. The issue is that I have never taken it regularly, because my dermatologist only gives me 30 days to "take as needed" over 3-4 months. I usually use it all within the first month and a half. We briefly discussed trying accutane a few months ago, but my dermatologist changed their mind because they were concerned it would have reactions to my ADHD meds (Intuniv and Adderall) despite my doctor clearing the accutane as fine. I still have acne. I haven't seen my nose free from blackheads in eight years. It doesn't come in waves, it's constant spots around my face (and earlobes) and they take turns flaring and disappearing. I have a healthy diet, healthy skin practices, and religiously clean it. It DOES spike in severity when im stressed, anxious, and have had no sleep. So my questions are: 1. Is it my makeup? Like I said, i've done makeup-free breaks for weeks and it makes not difference. And I feel very uncomfortable in public without it. 2. Is it entirely stress-induced? I'm always overwhelmed, i'm a working college student, so its unavoidable. Will it maybe go away when I graduate and life chills? 3. Should I push for accutane, or find a new dermatologist that'll consider it? I know accutane is for more extreme cases, but i'm so tired of this... Any advice would be great, as I have an upcoming appointment with my dermatologist in two days. Thank you!
  8. So here is my story. I've been battling acne since the age of 18. Initially my acne was not too bad, i had few breakouts on my forehead, but still it made me feel very uncormfortable.I went to see a dermatologist and he prescribed tetraysal antibiotic for almost 2 years, which has helped me a lot. No blemishes at all while taking it. I stopped taking it and my acne was under control until i got married at 22. since then my acne has changed. i started having small cycts on my chin. I' ve used a number of harsh anti acne lotions; clean and clear, murad, ZO skin name it. it helped me only for a bit. no success with cycts. i gave birth in 2015 and after that my acne went crazy. i started having cysts on my cheeks!!!!! my cheeks used to be so beautiful and now they are covered by pimples and scars from them. So i've tried everything; dairy free diet, candida diet, gluten free diet, sugar free diet. nothing helped. i've tried doing accupunture, regular sports, drinking lots of water- nothing. i even went to see a naturopath and paid lots of money to get supplements and vitamins against acne. It does help but only a little bit, my acne is not under control. it gets worse when i ovulate and when i menstruate. I am so against taking accutane, but sometimes i think it is the only option that i have... i feel desperate and ugly. my skin looks horrible. i lost confidence and i feel so sad all the time. i try to approach my problem by using natural and chemical free products, eating organic food... but it does not help. i am so depressed i don't know what to do
  9. Hi all, so here is a little intro to who i am and what my issue is. I am a teenager who suffered from acne for 5 long years. I had SEVERE acne all over my face, but it was the worst on my cheeks. Last year, my skin was at its worst. I felt depressed and wanted to do something about it. My skin type used to be very oily, acne prone. I NEVER used to flush not even when I was extremely nervous or embarrassed. Redness in general was never an issue for me. I had the least sensitive skin ever. My skin was low maintenance in that sense (minus the acne). Over the past 5 years I had seen dermatologist after dermatologist but to no prevail. Then I came across accutane. Sometime before Christmas 2015, I went to see my family doctor. I had just found out about a product called accutane and saw that it had given such amazing long-term results to people all over. I researched the side effects but didn't feel any different on wanting to try it. It was my last resort and after seeing many youtubers speak about their amazing results, I decided it was worth a try. This could very well have been the worst decision of my life. My doctor said she would let me speak to a different derm but wanted me to try minocycline for a month before i began accutane. She wanted to know if i would see improvement with it. SO for a month I took minocycline, and I noticeably saw a HUGE improvement in my skin. I would say almost 50% of my acne had cleared up. Nevertheless, my skin was still terrible. Although the minocycline was helping, I read something online about how minocycline only works whil you're on it, and I wanted something permanent. SO after that month, I spoke to my derm about accutane. At my first appointment, I showed my derm a list of prescription meds that I had been on (benzaclin, aczone, differin, minocycline, and at least 5 more). She told me that accutane has worked on every single one of her patients to cure acne long-term. I told her I didn't want any long term side effects and she assured me that the only side effects her patients had dealt with were dry lips, dry scalp, reversible hair loss, and temporary eczema. I was naive and didn't bother to ask more questions (partly bc I wanted to believe accutane was a miracle drug with barely any side effects). Within the 2nd month of accutane, I was laughing one day and felt my face heat up. It was abnormal bc that had never happened to me before. I looked in the mirror and my entire face had turned a deep red. It took about 10 seconds for it return to normal. After that, anytime I laughed too hard or bent down too long or became hot, the deep red flush would appear. I went to speak to my derm about it and she told me it would disapper after I finished my dosage. She assured me that none of her patients had permanent redness after accutane, and told me that one of them had my issue but a simple cold washcloth and makeup took that problem away. Nevertheless, I continued taking accutane for a total of 7 months. My skin cleared up completely and it has been 5 MONTHS POST ACCUTANE AND I HAVE NOT HAD ANY SIGNIFICANT BREAKOUTS, NOR HAS THE FLUSHING SUBSIDED. The facial flushing became something that I woudl constantly think about. Whenever someone speaks to me, i turn red and their reaction makes me turn even redder. I feel more insecure without makeup then I did when I had acne. I flush at just about everything. Heat, strong winds, cold weather, spicy foods, sour foods, exercise, BUT MY MAIN PROBLEM IS ANXIETY. i flush whenever someone even speaks to me. There is virtually nothing that doesn't make me flush. I don't ever even go anywhere without makeup. I can't even imagine the horror of social interaction without makeup. I even plan my showers so that I can shower right before bed so no one talks to me without makeup. I purposely skip school presentations. I have to sleep on my back (which is painful still bc of accutane) because sleeping with my cheek touching a pillow turns my cheeks extremely hot and red when I wake up. On every other forum I read, their flushing seems cyclical. They flush at triggers and then stay flushed for periods of time. They sometimes even know when to expect a fllush. I on the otherhand, I flush at everything. Everything is a trigger because I am so socially anxious that if someone says hello to me i can turn red. I am becoming more and more depressed daily at the idea that this may be the rest of my life. I refuse to believe that. There has to be some sort of cure for this. I don't understand how some can take accutane and have perfect skin and I have to live with this. I need to find a cure or I don't know how I'll deal. I have become such an introvert, even hanging out with family has become hard work. How can I live like this with prom, graduation, university, and then jobs coming up? I need help!!
  10. Hey everyone, Intro - Benzoyl Peroxide & Minocycline I'm 24 years old, and I've suffered from moderate, persistent acne on my face and back for the last 8 years. I've tried a range of different cleansers & washes and found some success with Benzoyl Peroxide - however I found that it only suppressed and calmed my acne, it didn't clear it. I had incredibly oily skin and I got sick of the daily or twice daily cleansing process and still getting pimples, so I finally decided to see my doctor - not expecting much success. I got prescribed Minocycline and was amazed with the near immediate results - my acne cleared, inflammation reduced, my skin felt amazing. After so many years I suddenly realised that I no longer had pain in my face from blocked pores and cystic acne and I got to stop using Benzoyl Peroxide. Unfortunately, like most people, as soon as I finished Minocycline my acne returned. My doctor prescribed me with 1x 20mg "Oratane" isotretinoin daily. I forgot to ask him why it was such a low dose, and I was worried 20mg wouldn't be enough to work, however I was also nervous about the side effects so decided to stick with the low dose to get my body adjusted to accutane. Accutane Log Week one - Starting accutane treatment, I noticed very quickly my lips felt 'tight' then became very dry. I initially just used moisturiser to keep them hydrated. By the end of the first week I was getting minor headaches. My acne was clear, but this was because I had just come off Minocycline. Second week, my lips were becoming cracked, dry and painful. My acne started to return with a few whiteheads dotted around my face. My headaches were getting worse - and I figured they were from my eyes getting dry and sore later in the day. I found it difficult to focus my eyes on things. My job involves driving, so I just started wearing sunglasses when my eyes were sore, and found decent relief. Also noticed my skin becoming itchy - especially the inner-part of my elbows and my forehead directly above my nose. Week three - I broke out really badly. I had three massive 'clusters' each with 10-20 tiny whiteheads that turned up on the right side of my face, which I've never had before. My cheeks and mouth area became covered in big whiteheads, some cysts and red spots. My face became really oily, worse than usual. I ignored my acne for a few days before I couldn't take it anymore and used a Salicylic Acid cleanser and Benzoyl Peroxide. My lips were really bad so I followed the advice on this forum and used Hydrocortisone ointment (which annoyingly is a "pharmacy restricted" medicine here in New Zealand so was kinda hard to get) and my lips cleared up really well the next day - I still have to use lip balm every couple of hours. Week four - My acne subsided with the added Benzoyl Peroxide treatment. The clusters of whiteheads slowly healed and my other spots went away. I noticed my eyes were a lot better and I don't get headaches anymore. Skin is still itchy in random patches but not unbearable. I noticed my skin was getting very thin on my face (particularly noticed it because the pores on my nose stand out a lot now) so I resumed using Cetaphil spf30 moisturiser. Week five - my skin is very clear - I obviously still have acne scars and other blemishes from my 8 year battle with acne, but no new whiteheads, cysts, red marks. Even better, there's no oil on my face, even midday or end of day - it's dry and clear which is amazing to someone whose always had a greasy oily face. My skin is still very thin, I have stopped using Benzoyl Peroxide and only use a gentle Cetaphil foaming cleanser, plus the moisturiser. Still have to use lip balm all the time and my skin is still itchy, but I can't complain! I've been able to continue my cardio & some weights training without any problems, which is great because I'm trying to improve my fitness and lose weight and was worried I would have to stop while on accutane. Will keep updating! I'm currently on 20mg daily for 3 months, but I want to stay on it for 6 months to ensure my acne doesn't return.
  11. Hi all, I'm just over 4 months post accutane (second round, first was 15 yrs ago) I'm noticing a breakout....nothing major but a few new small spots each day. Is it normal to have a breakout after treatment? If it gets worse I can call the derm nurses who have said we can look at another course (I really hope that's the case and I won't have to go back to gp for a referral etc) just interested in people's opinions/experiences. I'm trying not to stress about it I feel that could make things worse. It it's hard to not be aware and slightly worried about it coming back....has been so freeing to have clear skin for the last 10 months I don't want to go back!! Thank you in advance for any help x
  12. Hi there! I just started accutane at 80mg per day and just want to use this as a way to keep track of my progress and talk to other people who are taking accutane as well! Im on my 11th day so it hasn't been too long but I can definitely tell some differences so far even though I'm still not sure if I might purge yet. My oil is definitely decreased and my skin is starting to feel itchy and dry but not unbearable and so are my lips, but like I said, not unbearable. My scalp on the other hand has been very itchy but t-gel shampoo from neutrogena has totally neutralized this. I feel like I have had some internal side effects but not too noticeable and am hoping most of those things just go away after some time. (the photos are after 10 days on 80mg) has anyone gotten brain fog? Or rib soreness?
  13. 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.
  14. I start accutane in 2 days and I have some questions. My skin is severe comedonal acne and moderate cystic acne from my face to my chest, back, lower back, and arms. I have tried Minocycline, Doxycycline, Clindamycin foam, topical tretinoin, and a sulfur wash, all with little to no success. I was wondering if anyone with comedonal acne has had success with accutane or did make it worse? Also, did you go through the so called purging stage, where you break out like crazy? What are some good facial cleansers and moisturizers while on Accutane?
  15. My Accutane log

    So, I've been on Accutane 20mg for 5 weeks and I'm really just making this log for others to see and to show you guys any improvements and to get advice from you guys. So far my side effects have been there but have been manageable; dry lips, dry eyes causing them to go red, back pain and slight depression but not too bad just the odd sign and feeling of social anxiety. Here are pictures I've been taking to document my experience so far: Day I started Accutane 20mg Second week Fourth week Please let me know if you have any advice or any queries, also I will be updating every two weeks during my accutane course.
  16. 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.
  17. Introduction After tackling my mild/moderate but persistent acne with creams, ointments, antibiotics for years, I decided to (more like finally) got on isotretinoin! For the longest time, my GP wouldn't even prescribe me antibiotics because of my other illnesses, which is... well, I get why now that I'm finally on accutane. So, I'm currently 21 days into my treatment, and I'm seeing my dermatologist again in a week tomorrow! Really excited, even if it's only the first month! But I've had so many side effects that it's probably something I should log. This log is to mark my progress, what products I'm using and how they affect me, and hopefully something to look back on when these six months are over and I have the clear skin I've always wanted! Plus, my optician (yes) recommended I did this. Background I'm a 21 year old combination but mostly oily skin typed female with ulcerative colitis and diagnosed anxiety disorder. Basically, I'm exactly the type of person you probably shouldn't put on accutane, but I've tried everything they've given me and they've basically just went into last resort mode. I've had skin peels for months to try and help the acne like they said it would (it didn't), changed my skin care, exercised, dieted, nada. Duac, sertraline, I've probably done it. They finally took pity on me and let me go on it! My anxiety is not as bad as it used to be so I don't take medication anymore, however I occassionally get panic attacks and take diazapem when those occur. Medication Isotretinoin (obviously) - 2 daily in the afternoon, 30mg in total 22/11 Update - 60mg, 3 a day afternoon Asacol (mesalazine) - 3 daily in morning, evening and night. To maintain my ulcerative colitis, as I have been in remission for a year or so now, and the roaccutane has officially flared it up again. (I also need to stop eating bread but I'm hopeless and ate it today again.) Dermol 500 - Not sure if I should count this, but it's a prescribed soap I use when washing my hands. I use it on my face now, too. Hydocortisone acetate 1% w/w cream - 99% sure I should have ointment but this is what they gave me when I asked! For dry lips. Viscotears Liquid Gel & Lacri-lube ointment - My eye is dying. Make-up Nyx Pore Filler - I picked this up on whim and it's so good. My pores are huge and this really airbushes my make up! Bareminerals Foundation in shade 'fair' - I conceal with the brush under my eyes and blemishes, then buff everywhere else. This is the only make up I can use that makes me feel comfortable because it's very light! Liquid foundations feel heavy on my oily skin, though now, my skin is obviously dry. Garnier BB Cream for dry skin, AKA the pink one - Lately, I use this in the morning just on my red areas because I'm lazy and can moisturise through the day with this on. Coverage isn't great, but I've become apathetic to people noticing my acne. Note: I'm cutting down on wearing make up as of late. My anxiety makes me very self aware but I'm conditioning myself. Note 2: I pretty much haven't worn make up since the very start of roaccutane. I wore it once and that was on Christmas. I feel soooo bad, like I'm just leaving my make up to go out of date, but I want to reward myself and see how good it looks by the very end. Skin care Anne French's Deep Cleansing Milk - I feel like this removes my make up it better than micellar water and I just like how fresh it makes me feel! Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner - Feels nice and doesn't lather. I work early mornings so I'm too lazy to do a seperate toner. La Roche Posay Effaclar Cleaner - I was recommended this way in the beginning and was hesitant because of the price, but I'm trying it out and it's super light weight. Because I'm hesitant, I use it first, then-- Dermol 500 Lotion - I used this way before I got on roaccutane and it maintained my skin kiiiind of well, but went off it because I wasn't sure if I should use something doctor prescribed on my skin while on it. Either way, I use this after the Effaclar just to be careful. I also use it on my dry spots or just spots in general and it sort of helps reduce inflammation and redness. Nivea Gentle Exfoliating Scrub - 2 or 3 times a week, depending on how my skin feels in the morning! This is very light and refreshing - doesn't make my skin feel sore either. Palmer's Coca Butter Formula - Okay, I use this really weirdly LOL. I put it on after exfoliating because it just makes my skin feel soft and pampered, but I immediately wash it off. I mostly just like the smell, and my skin feels healthier somehow. I don't keep it on because it clogs your pores if it does absorb. E45 Derma Protect Moisturising Lotion - Biiig healthy tub of moisturiser! Works great, and it's a pump which is a lot more hygienic. Simply Sensitive Hyrating Eye Cream with aloe vera - Just a cheap eye cream I picked up. Cannot feel a thing with it, which is good. Heliocare Advanced Gel SPF 50 Sunscreen - I used this back when I was given a specific routine at a skin clinic, and it's the only thing I continued to purchase. Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream (Dry & Sensitive skin) - I carry this around in my bag if I'm feeling particularly dry when out. Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa - Got this yesterday and plan to use it every day! The silicone brush is so nice but I'm going to try the others too since it seems too harsh for in the morning before I'm going to work. I've also been told you have to use all three, but that's too much time in the morning. In the mornings, I use the cleanser & toner, sometimes exfoliate, then the E45 and sunscreen. At night, I use everything in the order it's listed. Side effects so far Dry skin - I actually have very combination skin, so... I was used to flakiness. I just moisturize lots to help it. Dry lips - Sort of. My lips are dry, yeah, but it's around my lower lip at the bottom where it's flaky, raw and sore. I used the hydrocortisone cream on this, then apply lots of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Dark Choclate Lip Balm. It's very moisturising and it tastes great. (sweats) Joint pain - Mostly my wrists, knees and ankles. I usually remedy this by just... sleeping more... even though I sleep a lot as it is. Mild headaches - I never ever ever got headaches until now. It was a blessing. I suppose that karma hit me. Ulcerative colitis flare ups - My stomach/abdomen often hurts a looot lately. I've been told by my GP that this is very rare but to be honest, I expected it. I was prescribed Asacol on the 11/11 for this. I also make sure not to eat as much bread. Eye dryness - I wasn't expecting this to be so painful but my eye was bloodshot, inflamed and god did it hurt. Nosebleeds - Sooo irritating. It's less bleeding and more getting clogged inside my nose which means I wake up in the morning with dry blood and finding it hard to breathe. Tackling this with vaseline but it doesn't really help. As I write this, I'm having a nosebleed. I'll update this along the way. So... yeah! Feel free to post and chat. I'll just be updating this daily or bi-daily. I'll post photos when I remember to take them, but for now, I'm trying to stay ignorant to my acne so I don't give myself a heart attack when I look in the mirror LOL
  18. I live near cleveland, ohio. I have found no dermatologists willing to do low dose (10 or 20mg) long term accutane( say a year or longer?) . I was on 40 mg for 5 months age 17. The. 120mg for 5 months age 23. Now I'm 25 and my skin is still very high maintenance acne and rosacea. Anyone know how I can get on a low dose but long term acfutane course
  19. Hey guys. So I've been having really really awful skin for the past two months. Lots of big spots, discolouration, hyperpigmentation and dryness/redness. I went to my derm in distress and she suggested accutane. I've decided I want to give it a go. However, aside from acne my main concern is the redness/dryness I suffer from around my nose. It's quite severe and usually I've found that the only 'relief' is a sunbed, however this isn't possible as it makes my redness more red and my hyperpigmentation darker. My derm said that it was seb derm will probably get worse while on the accutane so, naturally, I'm terrified. She prescribed cetaphil moisturizing cream which I've only used for the past two days...however, this morning I woke up and the dryness was so severe the side of my nose was actually bleeding. I look awful. I was just wondering if anyone had ever used vaseline on their face as a face mask overnight? I was reading about the skin benefits and was thinking it might help by eliminating the dryness. My main concern is it aggravating my acne, and the reviews are very mixed on this (some say it aggravates, others say it helps). However, as I'm going to start using accutane soon it should hopefully eliminate the problem of acne, making vaseline even more usable, and useful, due to the dryness? Just wanted to see if anyone else has used it and what the outcome was? (Also... Is it actually seb derm? I read seb derm was caused by oil, however my dry patches are literally that - dry and flakey, no grease?)
  20. Spray Tan on Accutane?

    Hey guys, Has anyone had a spray tan on Accutane? If so, how did it come out? I am SO over being pale and with spring/summer approaching in the UK, I would like a bit of a glow. Thanks x
  21. Hi all, i am one my day 9 on accutane and I'm starting to realise I'm having a lot of breakouts (those that with pus) and my skin is much redder. Help. Is it supposed to be like that? is here anything I can do to expedite and get out of this initial breakout faster?? I think my skin is really horrible and I'm losing confidence Day by day. i never dared to look in the mirror anymore because I'm afraid what I might see will make me sad. I really hope accutane will work...
  22. 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!
  23. I am a Male 17 years old and This is my second course of accutane and mistakenly given 30mg instead of 60mg for my first month and after my first month of 30mg accutane.The first month my face was starting to dry up little to non oil produtuion then I had to wait two weeks after my blood test for my second prescription and I noticed my face starting to get oily again . I am very worried and upset that this will ruin the whole course since this is my SECOND course of accutane. Are the blood tests even necessary? if I had gone 60mg for the whole 6 months for my first course without monthly blood tests and I was all good after. I definitely need to see my old derm.
  24. I'm gonna make this real short because I'm on the toilet and my phone's about to die... been on accurate twice.. worked amazingly both times! Got away with super clear skin and no permanebt damage thank god! But after the 3 month mark I started getting spots again..I absolutely panicked..saw my deem, she said it wasn't bad enough for a low dose accutane course like I asked for..even tho I told her It was getting worse knowing my skin.. ended up getting accurate online.. off a very repu table site my friend had self medicated with and worked.. anyway..Theres a bit of backstop for you.. A week before I started my low dose of 20mg a day I noticed random scarring! Not super deep but like shallow rolling scars and long lines out of NOWHERE in places I didn't even have spots..I monitor my skin A LOT so I know they're 100% new.. A month to 5 weeks later and I'm still noticing new scars! Honestly wtf is going on I'm having a fanny fit! It can't have anything to do with the accutane because I had this shit starting a week before. I'm also getting like a rash of little headless come done looking bumps on my skin in clusters and apparently that and the random scarring are effects of a disease called AMVC..I'm pretty spsp00ped tbh! Please help! Oh I take vitamin C and Zinc tablets every day too and before any of this started..I used effaclar duo+ which used to sting a lot while I was using it..Only used it like 3 times tho but apparently it had salicylic acid in it.. If that's the cause then why am I STILL getting random scarring?
  25. Ive always wanted to get my nose pierced and im already planning to get it done in 2 weeks and i just remembered that i am already on accutane although its still a week and a half since i started taking them, is it still okay to get my nose pierced tho? Or it's too late now