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#1 The Outfield

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:32 AM

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I am a 19 year old male in college. I visited my dermatologist a week ago about my acne, and she decided it would be best I start Accutane (Amnesteem) treatment. I picked it up on Friday, February 24th and am currently on day 2. I am taking the 40mg pill once a day.

My acne really started up when I was around 16-17, and last year I visited the same dermatologist and was prescribed a treatment of Benzoyl peroxide, Tretinoin cream, and some sulphur face wash. The treatment lasted for about half a year, but then my Benzaclin expired, I stopped using it (but still used the other stuff), and the acne returned in full force.

So about 5 months after the acne returned, I decided to do something about it. I'm tired of feeling embarrassed and that I'm one of the few at my college who still have acne. So I hope Amnesteem will help get rid of it once and for all.

Status at start of treatment:
I have pimples on my forehead and cheeks. I usually have at least one cyst somewhere on my face every day. The acne on the forehead is annoying because it can be quite itchy (and scratching it would only make it worse of course). My skin has had dryness problems for the past couple years, but has been kept under control by moisturizer. The weird thing is that my forehead gets quite oily, but the rest of my face is dry and sometimes flaky. I've also battled dandruff over the years, but haven't had any major dandruff problems as long as I don't scratch my scalp.

Day 1:
Took the pill at night after dinner and thus there wasn't much time to notice a difference.

Day 2:
Woke up, noticed a couple more whiteheads around my mouth. Otherwise, no change in the acne. Face dry and a bit flaky, but hard to say if it was different than before. Throughout the day, my lips started feeling a bit dryer than usual. Went to the grocery store and picked up some Aquaphor and Nivea lip moisturizers as suggested here on the forums. My scalp is starting to feel itchier than normal. Thinking that I should pick up a dandruff shampoo in case it starts getting much worse.

Thanks for reading!

Edited by White Stang, 05 April 2012 - 10:03 PM.

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5 month course

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Month 2 - 60mg
Month 3 - 60mg
Month 4 - 60mg
Month 5 - 60mg

#2 Quiescence

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:21 AM

Good luck on your course! I'm 3.5 months in and really happy with how it's all going... Any questions pop them on my log! x x

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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

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:02 AM

Good luck man! Stick with it, it may take a little while but the results will show eventually

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:17 AM

how about try dieting, eliminate wheat/dairy/sugar from your diet and start eating more vegetables/fruits and drinking more water

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:37 PM

I don't need to lose any weight, but I could do more of those other things.

Thanks everyone.
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:58 PM

Good luck! I started the same day as you. My scalp is getting itchy too! I've never had dandruff before but I might get a shampoo like you suggested as a preventative measure :P

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Month 2 - 20mg/day

Month 3 - 40mg/day

Month 4 - 40mg/day

Month 5 - 40mg/day
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:55 PM

Thanks, it will be cool to track my progress along with you :)

Day 4:

My acne seemed to go down in the past couple days. Might be because I've been self-conscious about my face and thus haven't been touching it as often as I may have been in the past. It may also be resultant of ditching the Tretinoin cream and Sulfur wash - it's hard to say with multiple factors going on. Anyway, I had a presentation today so I'm glad I didn't have an initial breakout yet! My scalp is still itchy, but fortunately it doesn't appear to be shedding much. I still need to go out and buy some kind of dandruff shampoo to use every once in a while. My face does seem to be getting a bit drier than usual, but I have been keeping it moisturized with CeraVe.
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Month 2 - 60mg
Month 3 - 60mg
Month 4 - 60mg
Month 5 - 60mg

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:43 AM

Best of luck with your course! Clear skin ahead :)
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:38 PM

Thank you :)

Day 6:

Wow the days do go by fast. The acne has stayed about the same, but a couple more actives have popped up since it decreased over the past several days. My cheeks are itchy and warm-feeling, which really makes me want to rub/scratch them but I've been very good about not doing so. My lips and skin were drier today so I had to use more moisturizer.
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Month 2 - 60mg
Month 3 - 60mg
Month 4 - 60mg
Month 5 - 60mg

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:54 PM

Nearly one week down man! I keep rubbing/scratching my cheeks, I think I need to discipline myself a bit more like you have.. :)

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Month 2 - 20mg/day

Month 3 - 40mg/day

Month 4 - 40mg/day

Month 5 - 40mg/day
Month 6 - 40mg/day
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:56 PM

Day 7:

Well darn, some small white heads are starting to pop up around my cheeks and chin areas. Face and scalp still itchy. At least it is the weekend for me.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:26 AM

Finally went out and bought some Neutrogena T-Gel and T-Sal dandruff/flake shampoo that I will try tomorrow. Cost an arm and a leg, but I don't care at this point. The scalp itchiness combined with the face itchiness is driving me up the wall.
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Month 4 - 60mg
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

Day 10:

Finished the first pack of pills. I think I am going through my initial breakout stage because each day I'm getting a batch of whiteheads and occasionally a cyst. The white heads seem to come and go extraordinary fast, possibly because they pop so easily. Kind of weird.

My face is quite dry, and thus it takes a fair amount of lotion to moisturize it in the morning. My lips are dry still, but kept under control with the lip balm stuff.

Also, scalp is far less itchy and flaky now. I used the T-gel on Friday, the T-Sal on Saturday and the T-gel again today. I'll probably take a break from those tomorrow and see how it goes.
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Month 2 - 60mg
Month 3 - 60mg
Month 4 - 60mg
Month 5 - 60mg

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:14 AM

Day 12:

Well it appears most of the white heads have gone away for now, just a couple lingering. Unfortunately, the cysts are still around, some new, some old. Face is getting really quite dry. Have to moisturize like once right after a shower, and then at least one more time like 30 minutes later.

Presentation in front of the entire class tomorrow. Yay.

Edited by White Stang, 07 March 2012 - 02:15 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:35 AM

Day 13:

First significant nosebleed after waking up. Do not like. Posted Image
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:04 PM

I've never had a nosebleed my entire life so in a weird kind of way I wouldn't mind experiencing one! Glad to hear your whiteheads are going away.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:54 PM

Never in your life? That's quite amazing!

It's weird this occurred, because I did not touch my nose whatsoever after waking up. So not sure what sparked it.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:29 PM

Hey good luck my man... im actually on day 2 right now. check out my post if ya want, posting pics and stuff. Did you take any beginning pics to save for the end? haha i cant wait to see if this pill works
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:41 PM

Yeah I took pics right at the start. I'm too shy to post them lol. Anyway, good luck to you!

Day 15:

Half way through the first month already Posted Image And geez, I'm really starting to realize the effects of this drug. Everything from (occasionally) extremely flaky hair to constantly dry lips and skin.

Looks like the initial breakout may have passed. Still have several cysts and larger pimples that will take a while to go away. >.>

Oh and final exams next week, so the stress will probably cause initial breakout v2 lol
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Month 2 - 60mg
Month 3 - 60mg
Month 4 - 60mg
Month 5 - 60mg

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:56 PM

Hey :) Seems like you are a week ahead of me, best of luck, acne shouldn't be a problem for much longer :D