I had two courses of Accutane
1st course -- AUG'08 - JAN'09 (oil/acne came back 6 months later)
2nd course -- SEP'09 -JUN'10 (oil came back a month later, very mild acne came back a few months after)
and obviously, both times my skin was dried out completely. This was a really good feeling!
When I noticed the oil returning after my second course, I was pretty frustrated and angry. I knew that the oil would more than likely come back, since it did with the first course. But I hoped it wouldn't.
Honestly, I'd love to find a dermatologist who would prescribe Accutane for me. For my oily skin issues, though. I would LOVE to be on a long-term (indefinately), low dose (5-10mg daily) course of Accutane. Though, this is not realistic. I am also aware, if a derm were to do so, of the long-term side effects of Accutane.
What I've been doing to control oil
I got really discouraged with this returning of oil; I started taking 100mg (50mg 2x daily) of zinc. I felt that this helped a bit with my oily skin issues. I reduced it recently to 50mg daily.
I also make sure that I exercise 5-7 days out of the week. I feel that exercise helps to regulate horomones; helping oily skin issues.
I now have started to take 25,000 IU's of Vitamin A daily in hopes that it might produce similar effects of Accutane.. I am currently on my third day. I will log my "progress" so that all of you interested/curious in Vitamin A may follow along. To be perfectly honest with all of you, I feel that I'm shooting around in the dark a bit here with this "treatment" of mine; I haven't done EXTENSIVE research, but I have definately looked into it before going out and buying the vitamins.
I am taking Carlson Vitamin A - 25,000 IU Natural - Soft Gels, which I bought at the Vitamin Shoppe.
This is exactly what I'm taking:
25,000 IU (1 soft gel) daily
Please do keep in mind that I am NOT taking the recommended dosage as labeled on the bottle. I am taking more than the recommended amount, in order to hopefully achieve my desired results.
Supplemental Facts: Serving size = 1 soft gel
Vitamin A (from fish liver oil) 25,000 IU - 500% daily value
Other Ingredients: Safflower oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Water
Directions: Adults take one soft gel three times weekly. Do not exceed recommended dosage. Do not take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
This does not contain: Wheat, Corn, Yeast, Sugar, Preservative, Salt, Soy, Milk, or Gluten.
Natural source and color.
WARNING: The recommended daily serving of this product contains more than 10,000 IU of Vitamin A from retinol. Large amounts of Vitamin A from Retinol are known to cause birth defects.
Edited by kimberly_ann, 11 September 2010 - 04:01 PM.