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Accutane Log - Acne Be Gone! (17/f)

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day 113

well im getting there, aproximately 2.5 months left :)

I am like, 70% sure that the depressed scars / hyperpigmentation on my forehead has practically cleared. My forehead doesn't look "smooth" but it's filling in. I think. Hopefully if my forehead goes back to the way it looked pre acne / accutane I will then have hope for the rest of my face. It's all uneven and the hyperpigmentation all looks sunken in :/

Got a couple actives at the moment, nothing big though. Skin's still healing up.

Anyone else have a constant runny nose? it's really weird ever since I started treatment I've had a runny nose.

I am at the point where i have to moisturize my whole body or else it gets little bumps all over.

Trying to quit smoking because it decreases collagen! It's HARD. I've cut down my smoking to a few cigarettes a day usually but when I'm out on the weekend it's hard.

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day 117

nothing too much to say...hyperpigmentation has gone down at least 60% since december! Wow..can't believe its been a month since christmas.

cannot wait to get offfffffffff accutane. I;m tired of my dry skin, dry lips, sore joints, runny nose, hair shedding, fatigue, fragile skin, and inability to drink!

I want my normal life back

bit of a pointless post but I cant really whine about these things to my friends haha :P

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day 124

woke up to a GIANT cyst yesterday, on my upper cheek bone, right under my eye. UGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH its probably the size of a penny, no longer painful but its a massive one. for some reason my cysts just wont budge.... i've had a couple buggers just chillin on my face for a good month now.

This cyst isnt too obvious because a lot of it is under my skin, but when i stretch the skin around it its obvious.

Anyone have some tricks to get them to drain, im certain they wont come to a head. I've been trying tea tree oil which helps a bit. I have apple cider vinegar at home, might dab a bit of that on there. I've only just started to use bandaids + polysporin on my face overnight and i am not yet sure if its working

Also am in a slight breakout, the zits are miniscule (not counting the cyst)

I've totally neglected my anti acne diet lately, so there's a possibility of that being the culprit. Then again it could just be accutane doing its thing.

just need to keep being patient......

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day 140

well its been a couple weeks since my last post, skins doing okay, my body not so much....still having problems with adjusting my cycle to alesse.... i didnt get my period for a month, and just recently i've gotten it twice in the past 3 weeks....

I don't break out in the sense that I get actual zits. I have some little bumps under the skin that I can only feel, a cyst that is pretty stubborn and occasionally I get little 'mini pimples'.

Starting to produce some oil again....very little though. Exremely fatigued all the time, my friends have been asking me if I've been on drugs because of how much weight ive lost (probably a good 15 lbs just this past month) along with the dark circles under my eyes and torrad of scratches all over my arms. lol

Since going back to school I have extreme problems with concentration, everything takes me twice as long to finish, I keep loosing my train of thought as I write.

Anyone have experience with taking ADHD meds (adderall, dexedrine, vyvanse) and accutane? I don't have a prescription for it but I occasionally ask for some from my friend who has a script he doesn't actually use. It helps a lot, I wonder if I could get a prescription just for this next semester because of my course load...

Also....I've found apple cider vinegar to be most helpful in healing cysts! I just dab it with a hot compress for a bit, then rub some ACV on it and it shrinks each night :)

Approximately 2 months to go...I'm going to a derm specializing in aesthetic skin care this week (scars, wrinkles, ect), hoping to get some positive feedback for my skin texture....It's hard to tell if my indented scars are going away or if its just the redness that's making it look like it is.

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Day 150ish

Well if anyones actually reading this log, nothings really going on with my skin... I can see why people stop posting in there logs after the first couple months haha.

So the dermaestician I went to a couple weeks ago told me that my skin healed/healing surprisingly well considering the amount of inflamation I had. yay .

Still on 40mg, will be on it for another 37 days. So close...I can finally see the finish line. I'm so excited to see what my face will look like in 2 months

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I'm reading! I think what inspires me more than your success with your skin is the positive progression in your attitude. It makes me really hopeful! Good luck with the rest of your course.

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I'm reading too! Not long to go now, good luck on the last stretch :D


Month 1 - 20mg/day

Month 2 - 20mg/day

Month 3 - 40mg/day

Month 4 - 40mg/day

Month 5 - 40mg/day

Month 6 - 40mg/day

Month 7 - 40mg/day


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Thanks everyone, the change in my attitude has been dramatic. My friends have noticed how much happier I am, and everything is so much easier when you take life on with a smile on your face. It's hard when you're plagued with painful acne, both physically and emotionally. I wish no one would have to go through this kind of pain. But it has also showed me life from another perspective, and made me much more mentally stronger. To the point where I know I can choose to feel sorry for myself or I can take advantage of what I have. There used to be no choice, it was just me sitting alone in my room feeling horrible.

For any ladies out there who only went on BC because of their accutane course, should I be worried about breaking out after stopping? I really really dislike taking BC and plan on getting off of it as soon as my course is over. I won't be abstinent for my last month, or else I would have gotten off of it earlier.

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day 79

woke up to a wonderful GIANT red zit pulsating right by my mouth. How wonderful!

Definitely thought that taking BC would help my acne but it seems like my breakouts are so much more severe during my period than before BC :/

my chins a battleground at the moment, lookin like the himalayan mountains over on the left side, extending all the way to the craters on my cheek and the galapagos islands over on the right that lead ya to a few volcano type whiteheads ready to burst at any moment!

nose is peeling, chin is peeling.

I have about 50 more pills left.

FIFTY!

Somehow I don't see my future becoming much 'clearer' in the next 50 days,..... sad.png

omg, i know the situation isn't funny at all. but the way you talk about it... it's hilarious. you are a true comedian! :) i'm sure we would be great cracking a few jokes about our rocky mountain faces together hahahahahah!!!!

you don't have a rocky mountain face anymore by what you are saying. but i'm just saying, as i was reading through your log, you made me laugh many times. almost to tears. :) i'm so happy for you that the accutane worked. i hope you can post an after pic, because i saw a before pic you had posted. good luck!

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CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:

1) Acne.org Regimen

2) Spot treat with AHA+.

3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:

1) Acne.org Regimen

2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.

3) Double moisturize.


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day 160ish (28 days to go)

got a small zit today, but im sure thats because im on my period and i have been not taking care of myself as much as id like to. (sleep deprivation, eating bad food, drinking alcohol too often) because it's spring break. scars are fading, my forehead almost looks like someone's who's never had acne before : O

so anyways, i was wanting opinions about just using condoms as BC?

i really can't stay on the pill any longer, my cycle is soooo messed up. i am worried to be on it longer. for the past two months i've gotten my period twice a month, it almost feels like im getting my natural period and then i get my "alesse period" ....i cant deal with the PMS!!!!

need some advice plz!

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Hmm if you only have 28 days to go then it might not be such a big deal to stop as long as you're super careful with condoms. Worst case scenario you get pregnant and have a retarded baby but you can just get an abortion, if you're okay with it.

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Uhhhhh I would not seek advice from us for an issue like that. The worst case scenario above is really terrifying. I'd say if you need to stop BC then just don't have sex for 28 days.

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21 pills left

I have an appointment with my derm in about 2 weeks, just before my pills run out. (fingers crosses I'll be done)

i know most people want oil free skin after their course but I would feel so weird if I did : / I miss not having to moisturize my entire body twice a day! Im looking forward to my skin healing normally again and for my PIH to dissapear faster... i still wear makeup everyday because my PIH literally covers my cheeks. and gets ridiculously red when im hot / flushed.

my face is about the same as it has been for a while. All cysts are GONE! those buggers were SO annoying.

I got off the pill, and OMG i was pretty insane.

So I stopped after my last "period" and i was supposed to take those sugar pills for a week, but haven't (im still counting that week as a part of my BC cycle because i wouldn't be taking any pills anyways)

i've officially been off my Alesse cycle for 4 days now I think.

I was a complete mess yesterday, I don't even know how many times I burst into tears for no reason, got close to violent when my dad asked me what was wrong, (hah...poor fellow, only trying to help) my vision is all funny, im retaining water like a gdamn camel. Also... i discovered that my hairloss was in fact due to the pill! i can't believe it... I figured this out because since my period had been all wonky the past two months I had been experiencing some more hairloss than normal (nothing to what it was when I first got on Accutane / Alesse. Which I both basically started on the same day so I chalked it up to accutane haha) and now that I've stopped BC im experiencing hairloss yet again! ughhhh. At least it'll be over in a month or so. Also, I am slightly in hibernation, sleeping 14+ hours a day, eating sugar like it's sent from the heavens. Also have gotten a few tiny zits on my chest/back and a little one on my forehead.

today was okay though! still a bit irritable, but I didn't burst into tears haha, and could actually get out of bed before noon! I am going to be...fairly abstinent for the rest of my treatment and for a month after it but if I do have sex I'll make sure theres a condom being worn. I've always been really anal about protection, hah :P

anyways this looks like more of a journal entry but I think a lot of women might find this info useful. I wish I had looked into birth control more, rather than stressing about the side effects of accutane

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33 pills left

so I went to my derm a couple weeks ago and she put me on 40mg for another month. She actually wanted 2 more months but I don't think i could handle that.

My face is doing well, I have a small white head that popped up this morning but it's from a pervious cyst that was on my cheek a couple months ago. All that gross stuff from my old cysts is coming out now. I do tend to get small little bumps under my skin but nothing comes form them, they're just little bumps. I don't really know what they are. I do still get some blackheads on my nose, but it seems to change day to day with that.... im not getting anything red/inflammed though which I'm so happy about : )

Emotionally, I'm feeling pretty good but I find that after taking my one pill in the morning my energy level greatly decreases about an hour or so after ingesting.

Physical side effects...my joints are cracking a lot! Minor lower back pain, fairly dry lips...hmmm that's about it at this point.

I am so excited to see what my face will look like in a couple months!!! I'm thinking that my scarring will definitely improve in that time. Redness is still there but definitely fading :D few little ice pick scars here and there but none that I really care about. I'm sure in time they'll fill in anyways.

Anyways hope everyones doing well, accutane's not an easy journey but it'll be worth it in the end.

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LAST PILL

haven;t updated in a while, been a bit busy with life and all that...

so after 7.5 months of accutane im finally done!!! its been a LONG journey. I saw my derm yesterday and we both hoped to never have to see eachother again :P

my face is looking great, no zits, few little dry bumps which should go away soon enough. There's still definitely redness and some scarring but i'll wait a good month before I even begin to think about doing anything to my skin.

Side effects experienced at beginning of accutane course

-extreme dry/cracked lips

-joint pain

-peeling skin

-flushing

-thirsty all the time

-rashes

-hairloss

-nausea

-stomach pain

-fatigue

-general apathy/depression/demotivation

-decreased appetite

I feel as though a lot of these symptoms were to do with stress more so than the accutane itsself.

side effects at end of course:

-mild dry lips (very easy to take care of with chapstick)

-mild joint pain

-occasional peeling skin

-sensitive skin

thats about it!

In the end, i'm so happy to have done this and gotten through it. It was really bad for a while there but even though my skin is not perfect at this point I have felt more confident than any other time in my life. I am graduating from highschool in a month and feel like I can take my life head on. I am only seeing things positively now and in hindsight I see most of my problems have been caused by my own negative thinking. I didn't let myself be happy, I dwelled on negative thoughts and let them take over my life. Right now everything in my life seems to have aligned in my favor, I met a new boyfriend, I'm doing something I want to do after graduating, I've got a wonderful and supportive friend group, I am getting over fear and instead my curiosity has returned.

I'll give an update in a few weeks or so and post pics, don't have time at the moment.

Hope everyones doing well <3

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1 month post treatment

hey all, so its been a while. well its been a month since my last pill and im feeling pretty good.

Have not had a legitimate zit for months :)

I notice an increase in bumps but nothing red or inflamed. My skin is still a bit dry, and just recently in the past two days my joints have been hurting for some reason.

Skin still heals slowly...

heres some before and afters !

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/gallery/image/46399-1st-month-of-accutane/

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/gallery/image/46400-1-month-post-accutane/

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Hello, you stopped when you go bud? Which month? I am in the sixth month and still have breakthroughs on the chin and lips over forest nite (I'll be happy to answer.

Also do you have a picture in the middle of treatment? 4th-5th month somewhere?


Never give up ;)


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4 months post accutane course

everythings still good! I break out more than I did right at the end of my treatment but I can hardly call it breaking out. Before my period I'll get a few little zits, barely noticeable. I was a bit worried at the end of August there because of an increase in acne but that was because of an unhealthy lifestyle and stress. I feel confident that my acne won't come back.

anyways not much else to say.

Scarring is down to about 10% left. I'd give it another month before its totally gone! Can't wait :)

I have a few ice pick scars that will probably take a nother year to really go away but I don't care.

If you are wondering wether to take accutane or not, do it! It's not worth it hiding behind acne and wasting your life away. I've had the best 6 months of my life just now.

Come to think of it it's been almost a year since starting accutane, i'm such a different person now than I was. More confident than I've ever been in my life. I am so happy to have gone through with my accutane course. there were a LOT of hard times, the lowest point in my life was a year ago in the start of my accutane treatment. I am so thankful to be past that :)

good luck to everyone fighting acne!

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so good to hear another great success story... well done!!! x x


25 Year Old Female

125 pounds

Facewash - Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash

Moisturiser - Cetaphil

Lips - Lypsyl

Nose - Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment

Month 1 - 30mg/day

Month 2 - 60mg/day

Month 3 - 60mg/day

Month 4 - 60mg/day

Month 5 - 60mg/day

Done!!!


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I just read through your log and it looks like you saw results just after your third month... this gives me hope because I'm almost 3 months in and I really want to see noticeable results!! Happy for you


Cetaphil Daily Cleanser 2x day (morning & night)

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 1x day (before bed)

Month 1: 40 mg/day [complete]

Month 2: 60 mg/day [complete]

Month 3: 60 mg/day [complete]

Month 4: 60 mg/day [complete]

Month 5: 80 mg/day [complete]

Month 6: 80 mg/day [complete]


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So my pih will go only 1 most post accutane?gasp.gif

No sorry I doubt it will. I still have some red marks (although minimal...) almost 5 months post accutane....And my skin has always healed extremely well. I am so fortunate to have not gotten worse scarring from the severity of my acne. My derm was shocked at how well I healed.

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So my pih will go only 1 most post accutane?gasp.gif

No sorry I doubt it will. I still have some red marks (although minimal...) almost 5 months post accutane....And my skin has always healed extremely well. I am so fortunate to have not gotten worse scarring from the severity of my acne. My derm was shocked at how well I healed.

Ok then when will they become less visible ?

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So my pih will go only 1 most post accutane?gasp.gif

No sorry I doubt it will. I still have some red marks (although minimal...) almost 5 months post accutane....And my skin has always healed extremely well. I am so fortunate to have not gotten worse scarring from the severity of my acne. My derm was shocked at how well I healed.

Ok then when will they become less visible ?

i cannot answer that and no one else can. everyone's skin is different.

just wanted to give everyone a quick update that I just got a tattoo about 4 days ago and it's healed very well.

(I know some people have read horror stories about tattoos after accutane and all that)

Also, right after I gave my last skin update I broke out a litte bit and it scared me so much. But I changed my regiment, I was only using tea tree oil and cetaphil moisturizer on my face. I switched to those oxy acne pads for sensitive skin (I found they've always helped) and switched to the cetaphil specifically for face moisturizer. It worked very well, a week later with using this I am back to where I want to be.

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