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Roaccutane (Nhs) Log With Pics!

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For itchy scalp I used a 2 in 1 shampoo called Alphosyl. I was prescribed it by GP years ago and takes away the itch with 1 or 2 washes for weeks after (for me at least). I find using that, then just using normal shampoos after gets rid of them both until the itch comes back. But my dandruff is very temperamental and will suddenly come and go for no apparent reason. You get it in boots too.

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Welcome! I just started my course today and we're almost on the same schedule smile.png Will be keeping up with your updates! I've read that a couple people suffered from itchy scalp in addition to the dandruff, so I also picked up some anti-itch shampoo at the store this afternoon. Honestly, if dandruff and dry lips are the most serious side effects we get, I'd say we're pretty well off!

What dose are you on?

Best of luck with your course, and I love the username btw! tongue.png

Thanks! I'm on a 20mg dose for the first month, then I believe 30mg and then 60mg for the rest of the course.


My log :

http://www.acne.org/...king-acnes-ass/

Month 1 (May 2012)- 20mg

Month 2 - 40mg

Month 3 - 60mg

Month 4 - 60mg

Month 5 - 60mg

Month 6 - 60mg


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DAY 8 ON ROACCUTANE

Painful breakout got worse over night and it hurt to move my chin or curl my lip. I had to go out today, so I did my best at removing the heads by gently exfoliating with a wash cloth. Throughout the course of the day, the pain settled down a bit and the hasn't got any worse. I had a shave later on and went out again. From what it looks like, it has calmed down now and has flattened out a bit. Hoping tomorrow will see an improvement around that area,

I rushed my shave, which I shouldn't have because I had plenty of time. I think I might have promoted a few new spots around my jawline.

There has without a doubt been a reduction in my oil production. I'm dry and not shiny for the first time since I can remember. I'm going to be looking out for a reduction in my pore size over the next couple of weeks. My face is still smoothing out.

The tiredness has seemed to have subsided, or isn't as bad as it was a couple of days ago. Lower back pain still persists and a dry scalp is proving to be a problem. I will take on the recommendations above and visit my GP tomorrow to see if he can prescribe anything.

Here's a few pics from day 8. ​Sorry for the lighting, it was late evening. I'll try and take pictures during the day from now on...

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Looking better already on day 8! Wow! Keep it up. Seems tempting to pop those whiteheads, but I would only let them pop naturally when you wash your face, without rubbing. That can spread infection. Just my experience.

Love your log! Can't wait to start mine! :D

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blah blah acne forever. let's kick it in the nutz, accutane.

Barlean's omega 3-6-9 swirl, probiotics, Thorne liver support, vitamin D

Started Claravis May 16, 2012

Month 1: 40 mg

Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Ending October 18, 2012


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Looking better already on day 8! Wow! Keep it up. Seems tempting to pop those whiteheads, but I would only let them pop naturally when you wash your face, without rubbing. That can spread infection. Just my experience.

Love your log! Can't wait to start mine! biggrin.png

Thanks!

When you do you start? I look forward to reading your log when you do :)

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Monday May 14. My birthday! I'll be singing this song, "Happy Birthday to meee. Now take some Acutaneee!"

It's supposed to rhyme....albeit terribly. Hah.


28 years young female nutrition ninja

blah blah acne forever. let's kick it in the nutz, accutane.

Barlean's omega 3-6-9 swirl, probiotics, Thorne liver support, vitamin D

Started Claravis May 16, 2012

Month 1: 40 mg

Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Ending October 18, 2012


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Monday May 14. My birthday! I'll be singing this song, "Happy Birthday to meee. Now take some Acutaneee!"

It's supposed to rhyme....albeit terribly. Hah.

That's an awesome birthday present! Happy birthday for the 14th if I don't sign in smile.png

My 'Simple For Men' range arrived today, can't wait to put them to the test!

Briefly tested them out on my arm and so far, I love them! I have always been a fan Simple, so I thought I would try their mens range. I'm a little bit weird when it comes to choosing products, I like everything to be the same brand... OCD?

Anyway...

The cleanser foams really well. It's like a clear see through gel which feels lovely and foams really nicely. It feels great to spread around.

The Shave Gel is fantastic! You only need a small amount to achieve a really nice creamy, foamy consistency.

The Aftershave balm is really light and has an unusually nice natural fragrance to it. It feels soft, spreads really well and leaves the area well moisturised.

The moisturiser is almost the same as the balm. It is light enough and spreads really evenly and easily. You only need a small amount of it.

I can't wait to test these on my face. Will report back later this evening with results.

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Avenger, I like that you're a male who isn't afraid to try out products! I know so many guys who feel "unmanly" if they're taking care of their skin, which is just plain stupid if you ask me eusa_think.gif

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My log :

http://www.acne.org/...king-acnes-ass/

Month 1 (May 2012)- 20mg

Month 2 - 40mg

Month 3 - 60mg

Month 4 - 60mg

Month 5 - 60mg

Month 6 - 60mg


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I hope those products work well for you! I agree with veruca, I think its refreshing to see a guy who will test our products and truly cares about the health of his skin! Let me know how those work out, I'm still trying to find a moisturizer that won't break me out, I'm going to Walgreens to buy Cetaphil tonight, I've heard that's pretty good, hopefully it works well, anyone else have suggestions?


My Accutane Log! - Starting 4/17/2012!

Month 1 - 80mg

Month 2 - 80mg

Month 3 - 80mg

Month 4 - 80mg

Month 5 - 80mg

Month 6 -80mg

Accutane is my new best friend <3.


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Avenger, I like that you're a male who isn't afraid to try out products! I know so many guys who feel "unmanly" if they're taking care of their skin, which is just plain stupid if you ask me eusa_think.gif

I hope those products work well for you! I agree with veruca, I think its refreshing to see a guy who will test our products and truly cares about the health of his skin! Let me know how those work out, I'm still trying to find a moisturizer that won't break me out, I'm going to Walgreens to buy Cetaphil tonight, I've heard that's pretty good, hopefully it works well, anyone else have suggestions?

Thanks both of you! I enjoy taking care of my skin. It's as much of a hobby as anything else I do. I just generally enjoy taking care of myself inside and out. I try to eat as healthy as I can without strict dieting, whilst enjoying a few take aways and fast foods every month.

Cetaphil seems to be the brand of choice whilst on Accutane. If they sold it in the UK I would have tried it by now, but I can only get it online but it's expensive.

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DAY 9 ON ROACCUTANE (Yesterday)

Ouch! I've never known anything to be so painful. About 5 or 6 whiteheads next to my mouth and a couple on my upper lip.

Lips are cracking, but I haven't been as strict as I could have been with applying Blistex.

My new products have arrived today and I really look forward to testing them out later on.

Will update on day 10 later on today.

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Hi, I've been reading your log all along (sorrrryy, little bit of lurking there), and just wanted to say I'm really enjoying the way you post and wish you the best of luck :)

ALSO you can now by cetaphil in the UK from boots, certainly online if not in store, but I've love to hear how the male simple products go as I got my bf using their moisturiser (just a normal one, not a 'for men' one) and I know he'd be interested in the full range.


Started (Ro)Accutane :)

Month 1- 20mg

Month 2- 50mg

Month 3- 50mg

I literally do not care what you think about accutane, it was MY choice to take it, respect that.


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Hi, I've been reading your log all along (sorrrryy, little bit of lurking there), and just wanted to say I'm really enjoying the way you post and wish you the best of luck smile.png

ALSO you can now by cetaphil in the UK from boots, certainly online if not in store, but I've love to hear how the male simple products go as I got my bf using their moisturiser (just a normal one, not a 'for men' one) and I know he'd be interested in the full range.

When I initially went for Roaccutane I started looking in to the Cetaphil range and was dead set on using it. I began to drift away from it when I realised how much it would cost and how limited their products are in the UK. It would have been nice to see their full range. They do indeed sell it in Boots but I've only ever seen it online, never in a store, and I live near two large Boots stores.

I swear by the Simple range. I used quite a few of their 'Kind To Skin' products for two years when I was on the regimen and they worked fantastically. Most, if not all of their products contain oils, but I've never had any issues with their ingredients.

I used the full Simple For Men range this evening. Cleanser, shave gel, after shave and moisturiser. Loved them! No complaints so far.

Thanks for keeping up with my log!

DAY 10 ON ROACCUTANE

Things are going quite good so far. I'm still feeling quite tired but not as tired as before. The dandruff/dry scalp has got a lot better.

It seems that every single spot I get is incredibly painful regardless of size. I have quite a few under lying spots that I hope will go away without emerging, but we'll have to wait and see.

The breakout I had the past couple of days has eased up quite a bit. It's still painful in some areas but nowhere near as bad as it was. I'm still breaking out around my mouth, chin and upper lip.

At the moment, my skin is quite dry and peeling, but I have been lacking with the amount of moisturiser I'm using. I'm used to only applying a small amount, so I think I'll be loading up on moisturiser before I go to bed. I still have the Simple Kind To Skin Light Hydrating Moisturiser, so I think I'll use this as my night time moisturiser.

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DAY 11 / 12 ON ROACCUTANE

Quite a number of changes in the past week, and a lot of improvement since day 1.

The breakout on the right side of my face has completely gone and is no longer painful. It's smoothed out leaving only a bit of redness behind. I'm confident that with the frequent use of Retin-A that will hopefully fade within the next few weeks. It's not too noticeable. I have worse PIH marks around my cheeks that I've had for months.

It's been almost a week since I stopped taking Erythromycin. The breakout I had could have been because of the sudden stoppage of antibiotics. Either way, I'm not bothered - it's gone. There have been no bad signs of stopping antibiotics, I feel a lot healthier now and I feel as if my body is getting back in to a naturally healthy state.

I might as well throw it out there, but I strongly believe that taking antibiotics for the treatment of acne is a terrible decision.

Since beginning Roaccutane, my pimples look a lot calmer and don't appear to be as aggressive in size, shape, colour or number.

My face is a bit red in areas at the moment, perhaps due to the combination of Retin-A and Roaccutane. I use Retin-A three times a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I've began to settle in to the routine though. Next week I might use it only Monday and Friday. I'm using Retin-A purely for the correction of fine lines, evening out skin tone and improving the texture of my skin. So far, I've noticed an improvement in all three aspects.

Currently, I have a few smallish whiteheads around my chin and nose and a couple of underlying pimples on the left side of my cheek. Only a few tiny pimples on my forehead, not worth taking a picture because the camera wouldn't pick them up.

I've uploaded some pictures to a different site because I was having problems uploading them here, it kept saying the file size was too big.

Right side (the good side):

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DAY 13 / 14 ON ROACCUTANE

Day 13 was good. My skin looked great and didn't look oily.

Day 14...

Whiteheads! Lots of them too. I am nesting about 6 or 7, scattered over all areas of my face.

My lips are incredibly dry. I forgot my blistex for a few hours and my lips felt extremely dry and uncomfortable.

My dry scalp has improved loads.

My eyes are feeling quite dry too, might have to invest in some eye drops tomorrow.

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DAY 15 ON ROACCUTANE

Mixed day really... I went to bed last night really positive but when I woke up this morning and checked the mirror... I've broken out everywhere, chin, cheeks, forehead. Mainly whiteheads, but they're inflamed, and they hurt, a lot.

Took a shower and shaved which took off most of the heads, but I was still left with quite a few lumps. Throughout the course of the day, no whiteheads have appeared and it seems like the lumps are beginning to flatten out. I'm hoping that the breakouts calm down or better, completely stop all together. Let's see what tomorrow brings...

Lips are dry beyond belief...

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The first month I was on accutane my breakouts were everyday, and they hurt so bad. It's like the acne was coming from somewhere deep down, I have never had that feeling before. The white heads kept coming and coming for me too. When I was in my first month, maybe month in half I would get like 19 new white heads a day! I could check out my face and count how many I have and 2 hours later I could check out the situation again and I could count 3 more. I didn't think your skin could change that fast. Funny how they come so quickly and take so long to go away! Accutane really is a up and down process, just when you think things are going better bam a new breakout. I am at the beginning of month 3 and am finally starting to see improvement which my derm says is normal and clearing in the first month or 2 isn't "normal". Hopefully you stop the purging process soon and clear up quickly! Best of luck!

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Hang in there! What are you currently using on your lips?

Still using Blistex, but last night I loaded up on the stuff and then put a thick layer of vaseline over the top. The results were: no dry lips in the morning! I think I'll keep doing this combination and see how it goes. I like Blistex because it takes care of the flakiness and heals the cracks really quick.

The first month I was on accutane my breakouts were everyday, and they hurt so bad. It's like the acne was coming from somewhere deep down, I have never had that feeling before. The white heads kept coming and coming for me too. When I was in my first month, maybe month in half I would get like 19 new white heads a day! I could check out my face and count how many I have and 2 hours later I could check out the situation again and I could count 3 more. I didn't think your skin could change that fast. Funny how they come so quickly and take so long to go away! Accutane really is a up and down process, just when you think things are going better bam a new breakout. I am at the beginning of month 3 and am finally starting to see improvement which my derm says is normal and clearing in the first month or 2 isn't "normal". Hopefully you stop the purging process soon and clear up quickly! Best of luck!

I agree. It's great to see the drug working though :)

Thanks for the advise!

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DAY 16 ON ROACCUTANE

A much better day than yesterday. Haven't broken out as bad as yesterday, but the whiteheads are still persisting.

My lips aren't as dry as they were yesterday either, I think the combination of Blisten and Vaseline seems to be doing the trick. I'll keep it up for the rest of the week to see how it goes.

I brought a shave brush yesterday to compliment my shaving routine. It makes a huge different in reducing irritation by making the hairs stand up more and assists in creating a thick rich lather with the shaving gel. I've noticed that I can use less shaving gel to get a better consistency as opposed to using what I would normally use if I was creating the lather with my hands. Great investment on that part!

I'm starting to look in to supplements to take alongside Roaccutane to aid in overall general health...

What do you guys recommend?

Can you take probiotics alongside Roaccutane?

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Yes, you can take probiotics. I don't see any contraindications. Just can't take any supplements containing Vitamin A, which includes Beta-Carotene, I'm pretty sure. I think it's fine to eat foods that contains beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, but not supplements.

I highly recommend Barlean's omega swirl fish oils if you can get them in the UK: http://www.barleans.com/omega_swirl.asp

I have the Orange Cream flavor and the Chocolate Raspberry for Women. They taste like dessert! If you can't get this brand, I recommend trying to get an Omega 3-6-9 supplement that contains fish oil, flax, and borage. These will all work to nourish your skin and lubricate your joints.

Since you're also in the UK, are you taking any Vitamin D? I live in Seattle, so I have to take it year round. I had my levels tested and they were super low. So, I'm sure with avoiding the sun because of accutane, you may be low in Vitamin D.

:)

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28 years young female nutrition ninja

blah blah acne forever. let's kick it in the nutz, accutane.

Barlean's omega 3-6-9 swirl, probiotics, Thorne liver support, vitamin D

Started Claravis May 16, 2012

Month 1: 40 mg

Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Ending October 18, 2012


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Hi, thanks for the motivation. I can't buy Cetaphil in the UK, apart from online and it's quite expensive, but I'll consider it for the future.

I'm in the UK, you can buy Cetaphil from larger Boots - it's not too pricey either and worth the cost.

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Roaccutane Round Two - 40mg/daily.


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I was just about to say the same thing as the previous poster! I'm from the UK too and cetaphil is amazing. It does cost about £8 but a bottle lasts such a long time. (I used it whilst I was on retin-a and I've still got a 3/4 full bottle left, and I can tell that I'm going to be needing it now that I've started accutane.) It's funny, I was just browsing through your log and I noticed that you have alot of the same things as me! (even the simple moisturizer!) and now I feel relieved because I know that they didn't give me too many boxes of accutane!! Hopefully you'll clear up in no time.

Good luck with your journey!

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Hi, thanks for the motivation. I can't buy Cetaphil in the UK, apart from online and it's quite expensive, but I'll consider it for the future.

I'm in the UK, you can buy Cetaphil from larger Boots - it's not too pricey either and worth the cost.

I was just about to say the same thing as the previous poster! I'm from the UK too and cetaphil is amazing. It does cost about £8 but a bottle lasts such a long time. (I used it whilst I was on retin-a and I've still got a 3/4 full bottle left, and I can tell that I'm going to be needing it now that I've started accutane.) It's funny, I was just browsing through your log and I noticed that you have alot of the same things as me! (even the simple moisturizer!) and now I feel relieved because I know that they didn't give me too many boxes of accutane!! Hopefully you'll clear up in no time.

Good luck with your journey!

I visited a larger boots the other day and was surprised to find Cetaphil. The only stocked the gentle cleanser and moisturising lotion. I'm not too fussed though, because the products I'm using at the moment are fantastic. I'm still using the Simple For Men range, but instead of using their moisturiser I am using the Simple Light Hydrating Moisturiser. The Simple For Men moisturiser was too small and cost quite a bit. Still the same brand which I like.

DAY 21 ON ROACCUTANE

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been quite busy.

Three weeks on Roaccutane!

The results so far are amazing. I haven't broken out in atleast a week. I have one very small active pimple and one very small whitehead. My skin is soft and smooth. The texture of my skin looks and feels great.

But with pleasant results comes harsh side effects...

Lips are horrendously dry. I've been lacking with apply blistex and vaseline so I'm only to blame for the cracked lips.

I get occasional back pain which hurts like hell, but thankfully only lasts for a few seconds.

My scalp is still dry, but nowhere near as bad as it was when I first started Roaccutane.

I still sometimes feel tired, but find it difficult to get to sleep at night. I've had a lot on my mind recently which might be contributing.

The positives are still outweighing the negatives. I look forward to venturing in to week 3 and seeing what it has to offer me.

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DAY 28 ON ROACCUTANE

Apologies for not posting in a while, I've been busy with some other stuff.

Things are great. We're having a heatwave in the UK and I've been enjoying it while it lasts.

Since my last post things have been getting better and better. My skin is incredibly smooth that it's an actual pleasure to put moisturiser on as it glides across my skin. It feels fantastic not feeling any bumps or that rough texture with dozens of clogged pores.

I have only broken out with two or three tiny whiteheads on my chin but they quickly dried up and disappeared very quickly.

In terms of side effects, nothing out of the ordinary. Lips have gotten a lot dryer but with the help of vaseline they're under control. It's not just my face that is dry but my entire body is dry so I brought some cream to help with that.

I'm not feeling as tired as long as I'm moving about and doing something.

Back pains are still persisting but it doesn't really bother me too much.

I'm still using the same skin care products and love them. Haven't had any problems at all.

Here's some pictures. I'm a bit shiny, it's because I went for a walk and it's incredibly hot and humid out.

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