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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:54 PM

And to beautiful disasters, I'm sorry you haven't seen massive improvement yet. Accutane is a weird drug and works at different times for different people, stay positive! Make sure to update me on your process I want to hear how it goes in month 4.


Hey! I have had a turn around in my progress! For the best. All of a sudden last week things started to heal up. I have a lot of red marks that are left behind but I know that they will heal! Any tips besides time on fading those up? I can't wait to see my progress by the end of month 4!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:58 PM

brain..what a great post..and ty for the honesty! im seriously thinking about accutane, and your information is helpful! i wish i had done it 25 years ago...lol

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:49 PM


And to beautiful disasters, I'm sorry you haven't seen massive improvement yet. Accutane is a weird drug and works at different times for different people, stay positive! Make sure to update me on your process I want to hear how it goes in month 4.


Hey! I have had a turn around in my progress! For the best. All of a sudden last week things started to heal up. I have a lot of red marks that are left behind but I know that they will heal! Any tips besides time on fading those up? I can't wait to see my progress by the end of month 4!


Haha you sound exactly like how I felt about this exact time in the course. The red marks will slowly fade; I'm sorry but I didn't try anything to expedite the healing process, I still have a few slight marks but I would say a fair timeline for 95% of the marks to clear from now would be about 2-6 months based on experience and advice from my dermatologist. Obviously it can vary a lot. But that's great to hear that it's finally working for you! If your course goes anything like mine, you'll probably start waking up to dramatically better skin virtually every morning. It's a truly amazing feeling.

And to shadylee, I love to hear that. The whole reason I created this post is for people like you, and I'm very glad that it helped. If you have any questions feel free to message me.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:25 PM

Brain...I know I am not supposed to pick at the pimples and I normally do a decent job, at least in my opinion. Just when it comes to huge white heads, I cannot be around people without thinking that they are staring at me and the actual white heads I have. So when it comes to that, I do pop them, but I don't really force them, I just push/pop them with q-tip ends hard enough to relieve the pressure or get some of the pus out. I know it is bad and I should just leave them alone, but sometimes I just cannot help it.

I am 67 days into my course and I have just noticed that a lot of the marks on my forehead where pimples used to be is now red. Does the redness ever calm down or go away, it seems like it is bright red? I am hoping at the end of month 3 that I start seeing improvements, if not earlier.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

Brain...I know I am not supposed to pick at the pimples and I normally do a decent job, at least in my opinion. Just when it comes to huge white heads, I cannot be around people without thinking that they are staring at me and the actual white heads I have. So when it comes to that, I do pop them, but I don't really force them, I just push/pop them with q-tip ends hard enough to relieve the pressure or get some of the pus out. I know it is bad and I should just leave them alone, but sometimes I just cannot help it.

I am 67 days into my course and I have just noticed that a lot of the marks on my forehead where pimples used to be is now red. Does the redness ever calm down or go away, it seems like it is bright red? I am hoping at the end of month 3 that I start seeing improvements, if not earlier.


Based on my own and other friends' experiences, unfortunately no, the redness does not really go away until a few weeks after you are finished with the course. I do understand about the bright red marks, I had them as well and although they cleared slightly during the course, the real improvement happened once I was off for a while. Patience is probably the best remedy for now, but it will more than pay off.

Edited by AccutaneInMyBrain, 12 June 2012 - 02:51 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:31 PM

UPDATE: 50 days post-accutane...

Well I went back to my dermatologist and I shouldn't be needing any microdermabrasion or any scar treatments, as there are virtually no scars! Still can't believe it worked this well, it is truly only getting better even 2 months after I took my last pill. Any scars I had left just kept fading, and my oil levels have returned to normal at this point; but still not a single pimple since I've finished my course. My skin looks radiant and healthy and clear! Still pinching myself, I can't believe this is real. I hope this lasts and it's not just a temporary thing.

All side effects have gradually faded, including:

-Hair loss
-Dry skin
-Dry nose
-Moderate joint pain (especially knees and elbows)
-Constant fatigue
-Dry eyes
-Nose bleeds
-Muscle loss
-Weight loss

Although I do still have slightly dry lips, but hopefully that will be gone soon.

Till next time.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:38 PM

Thank you so much for this post! I'm on my first day and this really just makes me pumped for the future and giving me that extra want and need to stick it out :)

Courtney / Age: 21 / Weight: 160 / Height: 5'5

Accutane Start Date: 02/07/12


1st month: 20mg

2nd month: 20mg ?

3rd month: 20mg ?

4th month: 20mg ?


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:45 PM

Thank you so much for this post! I'm on my first day and this really just makes me pumped for the future and giving me that extra want and need to stick it out Posted Image


Hey courtney, I'm glad this helped! Accutane is by no means easy, but if you take it one day at a time and focus on other things you will find yourself done with it before you know it. It's a great drug and I hope that you get as much out of it as I did. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or just updates on how you're doing, I love to hear other people's stories.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:03 AM

Yeah, my thought process at the moment is that with the way I'm feeling about myself now and going through this constant battle can be helped with a little bit of time and a little bit of work then what's stopping me. :) Thanks hun, I most definitely will. I've also started a log too, so feel free to check that out if you wanna check up on my process <3 Again, thanks for the post.

Courtney / Age: 21 / Weight: 160 / Height: 5'5

Accutane Start Date: 02/07/12


1st month: 20mg

2nd month: 20mg ?

3rd month: 20mg ?

4th month: 20mg ?


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

UPDATE: 50 days post-accutane...

Well I went back to my dermatologist and I shouldn't be needing any microdermabrasion or any scar treatments, as there are virtually no scars! Still can't believe it worked this well, it is truly only getting better even 2 months after I took my last pill. Any scars I had left just kept fading, and my oil levels have returned to normal at this point; but still not a single pimple since I've finished my course. My skin looks radiant and healthy and clear! Still pinching myself, I can't believe this is real. I hope this lasts and it's not just a temporary thing.

All side effects have gradually faded, including:

-Hair loss
-Dry skin
-Dry nose
-Moderate joint pain (especially knees and elbows)
-Constant fatigue
-Dry eyes
-Nose bleeds
-Muscle loss
-Weight loss

Although I do still have slightly dry lips, but hopefully that will be gone soon.

Till next time.


Awesome news!! I love that you are coming back and doing the updates afterwards! It is really nice. Seems like a lot of the other people fell off the the boards once they finished the course.. Glad to hear you are still seeing amazing progress!

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

UPDATE: 6 months Post-Accutane

Hi again everybody. So 6 months post-accutane... still can't believe it's been that long since I ended.

The only side-effects that remain are:
- Mildly dry lips
- Joint aches, especially in my knees and elbows, after long periods of staying in the same position (bending, sitting, etc,).

My oil production levels have come back to about 50% of what they used to be, in a good way! My skin looks healthy and glowing, I do not have any acne and 90% of my scarring has cleared and still improves every day.

But the biggest difference has by far been the change that it has impacted in my life. I used to think about my acne ALL the time, it would stay with me all day and when I was never consciously thinking about it, it was still in the back of my mind when I talked to people, when I thought about dating, about how my friends saw me, EVERYTHING. Even when I talked to my family I would notice them looking at my face, and not my eyes. Now, I can honestly say that I do not think about acne anymore, not for one second out of the day. It has cleared my mind and I think about other things now, like life in general, what productive things I should start, whether to ask this girl to dinner, you get the picture. This has been a miraculous transformation for me and I did not expect these results based on how terrible my acne was, as well as the deep scarring I had. Now it looks as though I've never had acne, and it feels good.

After having acne for so long, I truly appreciate having clear skin and carry that appreciation with me every day. Acne definitely taught me humility and the mental hardships that people deal with because of it, and if anything, acne left me with that positive perspective. Although I will say gaining your confidence back is not a matter of acne disappearing; after so many years of suppressed self-esteem it takes willpower and fortitude to put yourself out there again and live. But you can do it.

Given the lingering side effects and results, I am still a strong advocate of Accutane and everything it is about. It changed my life.

Thanks for listening.

Edited by AccutaneInMyBrain, 22 October 2012 - 11:43 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:17 AM

I am on my 62 days taking 20 mg per day. There are prominent red marks on my face..on the verge of giving up.
Till I saw your post, I have the strength to carry on.
This pill really caused one mood to go up and down :(


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

9 Months Post-Accutane

 

Still clear! I get occasional pimples here and there, but they are all surface and usually dry up the same day I notice them. My joints are still mildly affected and my lips still, 9 months later, need chapstick to prevent from drying out. The chapstick is not a total necessity, but its pretty close to being one.  

 

The only reason for these updates at this point is to give a little hope out there to those who need it. I know I needed it. Besides that there's not really much to update. But to all those out there still on it, have hope and know that it is temporary.

 

I will do a 1 year update in a few months and probably close my account soon after, so if anybody has any questions or anything please respond soon.

 

And to InSonia, I'm sorry I didn't respond to you sooner but I haven't been on in months. Hopefully your course went well.

 

Until next time...



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

9 Months Post-Accutane

 

Still clear! I get occasional pimples here and there, but they are all surface and usually dry up the same day I notice them. My joints are still mildly affected and my lips still, 9 months later, need chapstick to prevent from drying out. The chapstick is not a total necessity, but its pretty close to being one.  

 

The only reason for these updates at this point is to give a little hope out there to those who need it. I know I needed it. Besides that there's not really much to update. But to all those out there still on it, have hope and know that it is temporary.

 

I will do a 1 year update in a few months and probably close my account soon after, so if anybody has any questions or anything please respond soon.

 

And to InSonia, I'm sorry I didn't respond to you sooner but I haven't been on in months. Hopefully your course went well.

 

Until next time...

 

Thanks so much for your update! Did you have any indented scars at all? Or just dark marks? I have a little bit of indented scarring, some of it kind of old, and my derm said some of it should clear up but I'm just curious if you had any input on that. I've read alot of conflicting things here on the board!



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Great post. My son is on day 28 and had quite an ib after day 4 or 5. Everything has gotten pretty red this week. This post gives us hope. Thank you for continuing to update months after your treatment.

Edited by Mosey mom, 12 February 2013 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:38 PM

Hey, I honestly have all of the same stats that you did while you were on Accutane (age, weight, dosage), so your post has really helped keep me optimistic and temper my expectation.

 

Given that you're all cleared up and have completed the course I don't expect you to answer these questions any time soon but I hope they get to you at some point.

 

1) Did you have any hyper-pigmentation(red marks) going into your treatment? I had a lot of red marks going into my treatment from old acne. So I'm just wondering how that is affected, if at all, during the accutane treatment? (or compared to newer red marks that form during the course)

 

2) You mentioned that you had some hair loss. Just wondering how you experienced this. Was it noticeable? Or just noticeable to you?

 

I'm going to start month 2 in a couple weeks so I'll be around for a while to see your response if you get around to this.

 

So far my results have been virtually identical to yours as this stage, which is a little discouraging, but at the same time I'm hoping it continues at your rate.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Excellent freaking excellent post.  I am 6 months in and I discovered Aquaphor at Wal-Mart 30 days in.  That stuff is a GODSEND!!!! USE IT.  Nothing else.  Accutaneinmybrain is absolutely right.  Use a humidifier in your home is something I would like to add it really helps to heal while you are at home. I drank twice a month as well and everything is normal so far.  Accutaneinmybrain is also right about the side effects.  If you know in your mind and heart that the risk is worth living acne free rather than non because it is that bad than the side effects have no bearing on your decision.  I am acne free, no aches, no pains, no side effects really at all except very chapped lips, but Aquaphor heals them everyday I wake up.  Mild nose bleeds have been consistent as well I guess but nothing else.  60 mg a day for 5 months now (going on 6) 170 pound male.  I am thinking about upping to 80 mg a day.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:37 AM

Thanks so much for your update! Did you have any indented scars at all? Or just dark marks? I have a little bit of indented scarring, some of it kind of old, and my derm said some of it should clear up but I'm just curious if you had any input on that. I've read alot of conflicting things here on the board!

Yes, I had both indented scars and dark marks.  For the indented scarring, that obviously took the longest time to clear, but it did within about 6-months post-Accutane. That's one thing to remember, is that a good amount of healing occurs after the treatment is done. I still have a few indents but they are virtually unnoticable.

Great post. My son is on day 28 and had quite an ib after day 4 or 5. Everything has gotten pretty red this week. This post gives us hope. Thank you for continuing to update months after your treatment.

IBs are the worst part of Accutane. It all gets better from here on out!

 

Hey, I honestly have all of the same stats that you did while you were on Accutane (age, weight, dosage), so your post has really helped keep me optimistic and temper my expectation.

 

Given that you're all cleared up and have completed the course I don't expect you to answer these questions any time soon but I hope they get to you at some point.

 

1) Did you have any hyper-pigmentation(red marks) going into your treatment? I had a lot of red marks going into my treatment from old acne. So I'm just wondering how that is affected, if at all, during the accutane treatment? (or compared to newer red marks that form during the course)

 

2) You mentioned that you had some hair loss. Just wondering how you experienced this. Was it noticeable? Or just noticeable to you?

 

I'm going to start month 2 in a couple weeks so I'll be around for a while to see your response if you get around to this.

 

So far my results have been virtually identical to yours as this stage, which is a little discouraging, but at the same time I'm hoping it continues at your rate.

1)I did have red marks, and I would say that the accutane most definitely exaggerated them until about month 3 when they started to fade and my skin significantly changed in both texture(more fragile) and color(paler).

2) My hair loss was only noticeable to me, and I would basically be studying at a desk, run my hand through my hair, and notice that 4-6 strands would fall out, so I'd run my hands through my hair again, and another 5 strands would fall out. That's how I noticed it at first, and later on my hair did feel a little thinner to me. It was only temporary though and my hair is nice and thick now.

 

Good luck with your course. Stay strong.

 

Excellent freaking excellent post.  I am 6 months in and I discovered Aquaphor at Wal-Mart 30 days in.  That stuff is a GODSEND!!!! USE IT.  Nothing else.  Accutaneinmybrain is absolutely right.  Use a humidifier in your home is something I would like to add it really helps to heal while you are at home. I drank twice a month as well and everything is normal so far.  Accutaneinmybrain is also right about the side effects.  If you know in your mind and heart that the risk is worth living acne free rather than non because it is that bad than the side effects have no bearing on your decision.  I am acne free, no aches, no pains, no side effects really at all except very chapped lips, but Aquaphor heals them everyday I wake up.  Mild nose bleeds have been consistent as well I guess but nothing else.  60 mg a day for 5 months now (going on 6) 170 pound male.  I am thinking about upping to 80 mg a day.

Thank you for the support bud. I like the humidifier idea.


Edited by AccutaneInMyBrain, 05 April 2013 - 01:38 AM.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:32 PM

Nice post man, I'm on 'tane right now and its good to see positive experiences like this :)

I'm hoping my only regret will be not taking it sooner too haha


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:45 PM

Well... it's hard to imagine that it has been a year since I finished my course of accutane. I can gladly say that acne is a distant thought in my mind, which is amazing considering I only thought about it 24 hours a day before accutane. My complexion is great, and my face's oil balance is perfect.

 

Before all of this, my entire life was obsessed with acne. Treating it, curing it, hating it, looking at it, refusing to look at it, thinking about how my life would be different without it. It was on my chest, my back, everywhere. I had no confidence whatsoever and let it run my life for too long. So to everybody out there who is feeling the same emotions right now, I know how you feel, and you're never alone. I said previously that my only regret is not taking accutane sooner, and I stand by that. If you feel bad side effects, obviously stop and be safe first; but I would argue that the risk of getting to that point is worth the benefit because you are giving yourself the best chance at curing the damn thing.

 

I'll check in from time to time if anybody has questions or comments. If you read my journey, thank you. It meant a lot to me to put this out there and share my experience, and even more to have people that thanked and shared their own thoughts with me as well. A lot has changed in the past year, but my intention of writing this has remained very still: if I have positively affected at least one person by writing this, then it was all worth it.






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