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Hahaha You are hilarious. Screw those people who look at us like druggies. I just put on BIG sunglasses and a hat so I look incognito whenever I go to the pharmacy. Still, the pharmacists remember me and are sympathetic cause they know what I'm going through. The hardest part i've faced in the last few months has been the stares at the gym. People look at me like wtf happened to that girl's face? as I'm zooming along on the elliptical. I try to ignore it, cause I know deep down, everyone lacks confidence in at least one area of their lives.

I'm going to try that next time. I'll probably get even worse looks like I'm trying to hide my blood shot eyeballs under those big ol sunglasses. If only they knew what was in that bag, the story is a lot less cool. I'm just some chick trying to get rid of acne haha. No cool drugs in this girls bag. Oh my god I was a Walgreens member before I had to change my insurance to a ghetto one and Walgreens doesn't take it. Never the less I was there picking up crap like every other day and eventually the girl working there didn't need my name or for me to verify my address or birthday because she knew it... How bad is that. I'm a regular at the pharmacy... Yikes

Pretty soon those people at the gym are going to be checking out your sexy clear face. Your right though, there is something everyone is uncomfortable with about themselves. I just wish ours wasn't our damn faces..

Sounds like everyone is going incredible hulk on these boxes and just ripping them up. Haha Awesome. I love how I'm getting all the tips from my accutane friends so there is less to figure out. I keep OBSESSIVELY checking my iPledge status to no avail--my derm hasn't entered the prego test results in yet from yesterday. I'm SO IMPATIENT. Grrr grrr grrrr! Hahaha

I definitely had to rip mine up tonight! I just could not get the damn pill out! It's ridiculous. Fortunately, my pill boxes come tomorrow (hooray for Amazon Prime!). It'll be much easier having the pills in a little container!

I know what you mean about getting tips beforehand. I have spent the past month obsessively reading logs on this site so I knew what I was getting myself into. Always good to be prepared!

Hope your derm enters your test results soon! After already having to wait over a month it sucks to even wait a few extra days!

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Day 1

I picked up my prescription of Claravis yesterday. My pharmacy only had half of the medicine in stock, so I have to pick up the rest tonight. Could these boxes be covered in any more pregnant ladies?! They're everywhere!

I took my first pill this morning. 20mg. I'll take the other one tonight. I'm not sure if it really matters if you take them together or not, but I'll go with what my dermatologist told me to do. No side effects yet, of course. Although, I was super nervous to take the first pill! Hopefully this process won't be too difficult, but it'll be worth it in the end.

The attached photos were taken yesterday. No makeup (well, except my eye makeup). As I stated in my first post, I really don't have terrible skin. (I hate it though.) So, I'm sure someone is going to think I'm crazy for taking Accutane. My acne is usually just on my chin, so it's pretty weird for me to have had acne on my cheeks lately. Most of the spots you see in the photos are red marks or small bumps that haven't gone away. I have a cyst on my left jawline that popped up in the last few days, a small whitehead on my chin, and a lovely red zit on my right cheek. There's also a zit in between my eyebrows, but that's been healing over the last couple days.

I laughed out loud when I read "Could these boxes be covered in any more pregnant ladies?! They're everywhere!" SERIOUSLY THOUGH! The blister packs are ridiculous. They should just put a big huge one on the front of the pack! They're hard to open too, I always hurt myself. I ended up putting them all into a container so I don't have to pry them open every day. Much easier!

And you are gorgeous!


23 year old Female, 133 pounds

Light/Moderate Acne

Previous 'Tane treatment May '09 - July '09

Claravis 80mg/day

Start date: March 28, 2012

Month 1 - April : 60mg/day

Month 2 - May : 60mg/day

Month 3 - June : 80mg/day

Month 4 - July : 80mg/day

Month 5 - August : 80mg/day

Month 6 - September : 80mg/day

Finished September 28, 2012!!

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I definitely agree all of the packaging is rather unnecessary. It would be much simpler to have them in a bottle. Fortunately, I haven't gotten any weird looks from people! Lol. Although, it's still not ideal to have to pick up two big boxes of pills.

My pharmacy couldn't fill my entire prescription yesterday, so I picked up the remainder tonight. They didn't make me pay for it until today. One thing I was wondering about was the cost... It's worth it to me to spend some money to potentially clear up my skin for good, but I wasn't looking forward to spending hundreds of dollars every month on medication. So, I was bracing myself to pay $300+ and then the guy told me it was $5.

$5 for 60 pills. Yeah... I'm glad I'm still on my parents' insurance right now. Thanks, Mom! biggrin.png

Don't you love amazon? They are awesome

Yesss! I'm always ordering stuff through Amazon. Signing up for Amazon Prime was a terrible decision in terms of my wallet. Lol! It makes me order more stuff. tongue.png

I laughed out loud when I read "Could these boxes be covered in any more pregnant ladies?! They're everywhere!" SERIOUSLY THOUGH! The blister packs are ridiculous. They should just put a big huge one on the front of the pack! They're hard to open too, I always hurt myself. I ended up putting them all into a container so I don't have to pry them open every day. Much easier!

And you are gorgeous!

Lmao! The packaging for these pills is just insane. I ordered some pill boxes, so I'll be keeping them in there instead of dealing with the blister packs every day!

And thank you so much! smile.png You are absolutely gorgeous too, my dear!


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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I was scared to pick up mine too and it was 5 bucks too! Gotta love generics!

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Definitely! Especially since the retail price is over $1300 (according to my paperwork anyway). So glad this won't cost a fortune! My copay at my dermatologist's office is $15. That costs more than the pills!


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Hahaha isn't that funny how it works out. I hate that I need to pay a copayment every time I go in. I feel like it should be considered a follow up appointment and therefore be covered under my first copayment. Unfair but I'll do what I need to do for clear skin and what not

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That's a good point, especially in a case like this where we have to go in monthly. But I guess they have to make their money somehow. confused.gif


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Oh they are making thier money left and right from us, a girlfriend of mine has hyperhidrosis and gets Botox injections every 5 months which basically stop her from sweating in her problem areas like arm pits. Her insurance denied payment at one point claiming it was a preexisting condition or something like that. She had to pay the derm clinic 1500.00 per arm pit. Not to mention the 5 dollar Mickey mouse bandaid and 20 dollar cotton ball they use. Next time you get a copy of a insurance bill look at it the things the charge for is insane. I'm suprised they don't charge for us to step up and get weighed. Ugh

Ohh well I'm not going to complain about it. The guy in front of me yesterday had a 60 dollar copayment! I'm glad mine is under 10! I would never go see a doctor if I had to drop 60 bucks everytime!

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Oh they are making thier money left and right from us, a girlfriend of mine has hyperhidrosis and gets Botox injections every 5 months which basically stop her from sweating in her problem areas like arm pits. Her insurance denied payment at one point claiming it was a preexisting condition or something like that. She had to pay the derm clinic 1500.00 per arm pit. Not to mention the 5 dollar Mickey mouse bandaid and 20 dollar cotton ball they use. Next time you get a copy of a insurance bill look at it the things the charge for is insane. I'm suprised they don't charge for us to step up and get weighed. Ugh

Ohh well I'm not going to complain about it. The guy in front of me yesterday had a 60 dollar copayment! I'm glad mine is under 10! I would never go see a doctor if I had to drop 60 bucks everytime!

That's insane! I'm on my parents' insurance, so I have no idea how much anything like that costs. I'm kind of curious though. I'm gonna have to ask my mom. A $60 copay is ridiculous though!

It costs around ~$150 for my blood tests!! Thank god my prescription was only $15... I also was slightly worried it'd be hundreds of dollars...

I haven't been billed for any blood work yet, so I'm not sure how much mine will be. I didn't even think about that. At least the prescriptions are cheaper than we thought though! The price of finally getting clear skin!


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Just wanted to say guys it's so good to hear a group of girls talking about accutane! So often the logs are from boys and just dont cover it the same way.

Love the way it is written too rachel!

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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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Just wanted to say guys it's so good to hear a group of girls talking about accutane! So often the logs are from boys and just dont cover it the same way.

Love the way it is written too rachel!

Thanks so much! :)


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Hello Ladies!

Like many of you, I've been using this site for a few years as a source of information and support. Lately I've been following BeautifulDisasters and Taylor Sydow - you've both been very helpful. :) And Ginanutrition, you too have been helpful, I'm into all the health stuff like you so I relate to your approach. Here's my sad acne story in a nutshell.

First of all, I'm the oldest at 48 (Holy cow! Just had a birthday and that's the first time I've written that number down, how did I get to be 48?!) and have been dealing with acne on and off since I was a teenager but until I went off the pill in my 30s I was able to control it. Once I hit my 40s it turned into typical adult acne and the cysts and nodules began. I've tried it all, resisted accutane like all of you but finally had the last straw when my chin broke out in 6 painful cysts and I ended up in my derms office in tears a few months ago. Fast forward to today - I am on day 17 of my accutane journey. My derm is awesome, very empathetic and very patient with me. Her policy is to start everyone on 80mg and go for six months but I was very nervous with that amount of mgs based on all my research (I am 5'3 and around 112 pounds) and she listened to me and we agreed to start me off on 40mg a day (two 20mg pills a day) for the first month. Tomorrow I go for my first blood test since being on the medicine and my appointment for my next allotment is next week. So far I've experienced the typical side effects - the first was a really itchy scalp but it's getting better (really hoping not to have hair loss - I have fine hair and really want to keep it all), a few nose bleeds but vaseline took care of that, dry lips that are getting drier by the day but I'm lip balming the crap out of them and my body skin is itchy but I'm just living in the Cerave cream. My face is drier which is nice and I don't have to blot my oil 20 times a day which has been wonderful. The worst part has been the breakout. I knew it was going to happen but you just can't prepare for it. I've told my husband, I've got the Rocky mountains on my chin and the Sahara desert on my lips. It's been very tough dealing with the breakout - I don't cry easily and I've been in tears several times over the painful cysts on my chin. It's not like I haven't dealt with this before but it just seems harder I guess because I'm taking a medicine that's supposed to be helping but feels like it's just making it worse.

I can relate to almost everything each of you has said even though you're all younger. I can tell you that at age 48 it is absolutely mortifying to be with my peers and have such a different set of skin problems than they have - it's truly embarrassing to have all these red inflamed bumps or oozing sores on my face when my peers have beautifully smooth skin and are only worrying about a few wrinkles here and there. Recently I sat at my son's soccer banquet with the other parents and the entire time I was constantly worried my makeup was coming off the two cysts that had turned into wounds or that their scabs were coming off and bleeding - it was so awful! I'm really skilled at talking to people while strategically keeping my hand around my mouth to cover up the latest disaster. Ugh!

When I'm really feeling down, I read all of your posts and it keeps me going. I really never thought I would end up taking accutane and I too felt so much anxiety when I took that first pill - I sat on my bed for about an hour reading encouraging posts with the pill in my hand. :) But now I look forward to taking each pill and think of it as one step closer to the clear skin I've always dreamed about. My husband and two kids have taken turns holding my hand or giving me a hug to keep going so I feel lucky to have a great support system.

And for the record, I also was completely floored when I picked up my first set of pills and they basically gave me a freaking huge bag. The packaging is absolutely ridiculous - getting a pill out is like breaking into Fort Knox!

Good luck to all of you and keep those encouraging posts coming!!

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Hi Tiger 1!

Thanks for sharing your story with us! It definitely sounds like you've had a rough time with acne, which is obviously something we can all relate to. But at least we're all on the road to clear skin now! Just remember to stay strong and think positive! Your skin will be flawless before you know it. :)

And I have to agree... The logs on this site have been very helpful. For the past month I've been reading a lot of logs so I knew what to expect while taking this medication. It's really helped me prepare. And I'm sure the logs will be even more helpful now that I'm finally taking Accutane because I know there are plenty of people experiencing the same thing I am.

Just remember we are all here for you if you ever need any encouragement! We'll all have clear skin soon!


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Thanks Rachel! It looks like we are both at about the same point - my first day was April 30th, 4 days before my 48th birthday - it was a present to myself. I noticed you said you had been taking biotin and thought it was breaking you out. I started taking biotin a month before the accutane in hopes it will support my hair and nails. I didn't seem to have any problems with it. I also started taking fish oil to help with inflammation and joint soreness. I don't have any sore joints but I am an avid exerciser and will be kooked out if my joints get too sore to workout. So far, so good. My derm said she rarely has a patient that experiences joints so sore they can't workout and says her patients rarely have hair issues so I'm hoping for the best.

I hope your journey is going better than expected so far! I am starting to get to the point where I have to have lip balm on my lips at all times, especially at the end of the day, so annoying. :) And currently my lumps and bumps are in the healing stages. I am praying that my initial breakout is coming to an end but that seems to good to be true.

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Tiger 1 -

Yep! We're about two weeks apart, so that's not too much of a difference. Sounds like a great birthday present to yourself! It'll be an even better birthday present when you're finished your course and have clear skin! smile.png

I'm not sure what it is about biotin. I took it for the first time in 2006 and again last August. Both times I've taken it my face breaks out like crazy in places I never get zits! But that's great you haven't had any problems with it! It'll surely help during your time on Accutane.

I'm actually not taking any supplements. Not yet at least... I do think I should take something though. I asked my derm what kind of pain reliever I should take if I experience any back pain or anything like that. I thought back pain was a normal side effect considering how many people mention it in their logs. He told me I shouldn't have any aches or pains and if I do to contact him. Hmm. Maybe that's because he'd want to monitor any pains to make sure they don't become something worse? I asked if I'd have to stop taking Accutane if I developed back pain, but he said we'd talk about that if it happened. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed for pain-free journeys on Accutane!

So far everything is going good, but it is only my second day! I'm sure things will start changing by the end of the week.

You're having your initial breakout right now? How has it been? I'm hoping mine isn't too bad... eusa_pray.gif


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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Hello Ladies!

Like many of you, I've been using this site for a few years as a source of information and support. Lately I've been following BeautifulDisasters and Taylor Sydow - you've both been very helpful. smile.png And Ginanutrition, you too have been helpful, I'm into all the health stuff like you so I relate to your approach. Here's my sad acne story in a nutshell.

First of all, I'm the oldest at 48 (Holy cow! Just had a birthday and that's the first time I've written that number down, how did I get to be 48?!) and have been dealing with acne on and off since I was a teenager but until I went off the pill in my 30s I was able to control it. Once I hit my 40s it turned into typical adult acne and the cysts and nodules began. I've tried it all, resisted accutane like all of you but finally had the last straw when my chin broke out in 6 painful cysts and I ended up in my derms office in tears a few months ago. Fast forward to today - I am on day 17 of my accutane journey. My derm is awesome, very empathetic and very patient with me. Her policy is to start everyone on 80mg and go for six months but I was very nervous with that amount of mgs based on all my research (I am 5'3 and around 112 pounds) and she listened to me and we agreed to start me off on 40mg a day (two 20mg pills a day) for the first month. Tomorrow I go for my first blood test since being on the medicine and my appointment for my next allotment is next week. So far I've experienced the typical side effects - the first was a really itchy scalp but it's getting better (really hoping not to have hair loss - I have fine hair and really want to keep it all), a few nose bleeds but vaseline took care of that, dry lips that are getting drier by the day but I'm lip balming the crap out of them and my body skin is itchy but I'm just living in the Cerave cream. My face is drier which is nice and I don't have to blot my oil 20 times a day which has been wonderful. The worst part has been the breakout. I knew it was going to happen but you just can't prepare for it. I've told my husband, I've got the Rocky mountains on my chin and the Sahara desert on my lips. It's been very tough dealing with the breakout - I don't cry easily and I've been in tears several times over the painful cysts on my chin. It's not like I haven't dealt with this before but it just seems harder I guess because I'm taking a medicine that's supposed to be helping but feels like it's just making it worse.

I can relate to almost everything each of you has said even though you're all younger. I can tell you that at age 48 it is absolutely mortifying to be with my peers and have such a different set of skin problems than they have - it's truly embarrassing to have all these red inflamed bumps or oozing sores on my face when my peers have beautifully smooth skin and are only worrying about a few wrinkles here and there. Recently I sat at my son's soccer banquet with the other parents and the entire time I was constantly worried my makeup was coming off the two cysts that had turned into wounds or that their scabs were coming off and bleeding - it was so awful! I'm really skilled at talking to people while strategically keeping my hand around my mouth to cover up the latest disaster. Ugh!

When I'm really feeling down, I read all of your posts and it keeps me going. I really never thought I would end up taking accutane and I too felt so much anxiety when I took that first pill - I sat on my bed for about an hour reading encouraging posts with the pill in my hand. smile.png But now I look forward to taking each pill and think of it as one step closer to the clear skin I've always dreamed about. My husband and two kids have taken turns holding my hand or giving me a hug to keep going so I feel lucky to have a great support system.

And for the record, I also was completely floored when I picked up my first set of pills and they basically gave me a freaking huge bag. The packaging is absolutely ridiculous - getting a pill out is like breaking into Fort Knox!

Good luck to all of you and keep those encouraging posts coming!!

Hi Tiger!! Im glad that you find my log useful in some way proud.gif ... I know that when I started accutane I was on these logs every single night reading everything I could. I couldn't get my hands on enough information I swear. I am still looking for useful tips if anybody has any. I know how you feel about hiding your face, my jaw broke out so bad while on this medication. I've never had acne the way I did my first few months on Accutane. Pain in the butt if you ask me. Finally I am starting to see improvements here and there. Lots of up and downs on this medication. LOTS and LOTS actually.

At 26 years old I am also mortified during a breakout to see or speak to anyone but my immediate family. No one I am in touch with that is my age has acne anymore. If they did it was during teenage years when it was supposed to happen. I was clear as a bell when I was in high school and I swear I am paying for it now. Its terrible, it really is. You would think by now there would be something that could take it all away. I think we are on the medication that will provide us with the closest thing to that. Hopefully it works out and we are clear in no time!

Congratulations on starting the medication. Long journey to get to this point and not a easy process either. Join in on the chatter on these logs, it helps a lot.comfort.gif

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Hello Ladies!

Like many of you, I've been using this site for a few years as a source of information and support. Lately I've been following BeautifulDisasters and Taylor Sydow - you've both been very helpful. smile.png And Ginanutrition, you too have been helpful, I'm into all the health stuff like you so I relate to your approach. Here's my sad acne story in a nutshell.

First of all, I'm the oldest at 48 (Holy cow! Just had a birthday and that's the first time I've written that number down, how did I get to be 48?!) and have been dealing with acne on and off since I was a teenager but until I went off the pill in my 30s I was able to control it. Once I hit my 40s it turned into typical adult acne and the cysts and nodules began. I've tried it all, resisted accutane like all of you but finally had the last straw when my chin broke out in 6 painful cysts and I ended up in my derms office in tears a few months ago. Fast forward to today - I am on day 17 of my accutane journey. My derm is awesome, very empathetic and very patient with me. Her policy is to start everyone on 80mg and go for six months but I was very nervous with that amount of mgs based on all my research (I am 5'3 and around 112 pounds) and she listened to me and we agreed to start me off on 40mg a day (two 20mg pills a day) for the first month. Tomorrow I go for my first blood test since being on the medicine and my appointment for my next allotment is next week. So far I've experienced the typical side effects - the first was a really itchy scalp but it's getting better (really hoping not to have hair loss - I have fine hair and really want to keep it all), a few nose bleeds but vaseline took care of that, dry lips that are getting drier by the day but I'm lip balming the crap out of them and my body skin is itchy but I'm just living in the Cerave cream. My face is drier which is nice and I don't have to blot my oil 20 times a day which has been wonderful. The worst part has been the breakout. I knew it was going to happen but you just can't prepare for it. I've told my husband, I've got the Rocky mountains on my chin and the Sahara desert on my lips. It's been very tough dealing with the breakout - I don't cry easily and I've been in tears several times over the painful cysts on my chin. It's not like I haven't dealt with this before but it just seems harder I guess because I'm taking a medicine that's supposed to be helping but feels like it's just making it worse.

I can relate to almost everything each of you has said even though you're all younger. I can tell you that at age 48 it is absolutely mortifying to be with my peers and have such a different set of skin problems than they have - it's truly embarrassing to have all these red inflamed bumps or oozing sores on my face when my peers have beautifully smooth skin and are only worrying about a few wrinkles here and there. Recently I sat at my son's soccer banquet with the other parents and the entire time I was constantly worried my makeup was coming off the two cysts that had turned into wounds or that their scabs were coming off and bleeding - it was so awful! I'm really skilled at talking to people while strategically keeping my hand around my mouth to cover up the latest disaster. Ugh!

When I'm really feeling down, I read all of your posts and it keeps me going. I really never thought I would end up taking accutane and I too felt so much anxiety when I took that first pill - I sat on my bed for about an hour reading encouraging posts with the pill in my hand. smile.png But now I look forward to taking each pill and think of it as one step closer to the clear skin I've always dreamed about. My husband and two kids have taken turns holding my hand or giving me a hug to keep going so I feel lucky to have a great support system.

And for the record, I also was completely floored when I picked up my first set of pills and they basically gave me a freaking huge bag. The packaging is absolutely ridiculous - getting a pill out is like breaking into Fort Knox!

Good luck to all of you and keep those encouraging posts coming!!

Hi tiger! I'm so happy to hear that some of the things I have said have been helpful or reassuring for you. I can definitely relate in the way that my acne turned into cysts and nodules, almost rash-like in my adulthood. Before I made the decision to take this medicine, I literally read a bajillion of the personal accutane logs until my eyes hurt. I even read the negative experiences, but after a while, I couldn't bear to read them anymore because they were making me depressed. I felt trapped, but then I realized that I am in control of my health and no one can make me feel like a victim. I am making this decision because I deserve to not have my face oozing pus and blood. You deserve it. We all deserve it. As long as we are taking care of ourselves on this medicine, I think we will be pleased.


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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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The negative Accutane experiences thread freaked me out!! I started researching right after my derm told me I needed Accutane. Unfortunately, one of the first things I stumbled upon during my researching was that negative thread. It scared the crap out of me! But it's important to remember that people are more likely to write negative things like that than positive ones. Plus, who knows how many of those issues were truly caused by Accutane.


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Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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How do you guys make your reply specific to each other-meaning you put the little box of who your talking to in your reply? I have never been on a message board before and remember I'm the 48 year old and I've been a stay home mom for almost 20 years - kinda missed some of the technology train. :)

Anyway, until I learn how to do that here's my reply to each of you so far....

Rachel, My derm also said she hasn't had anybody have body aches and pains. I did have a backache last week but I am pretty sure it was due to an extra hard workout I did and I stretched it for a few days and it's fine now. My initial breakout started on day 6, it was localized to my chin which is my main problem area and went from two big painful cysts to 5 or 6 other smaller cysts that are either still small harder bumps or came to a small head and just went away (after I popped them). The two big ones turned into yucky little wounds and are the ones that are giving me the most trouble but they are healing. I do have a few other random under skin bumps here and there but they haven't done anything and are going down. So it's been about 11 days of yuckiness but compared to some I guess I can't complain too much. Hopefully this is it but it sounds like most people have ups and downs. I LOVE not having to blot my face a million times a day, usually I'm a greasy mess. My derm said she would clasify my acne as moderate and recalcitrant meaning very, very stubborn and unresponsive to most treatments. But I know accutane is going take care of it! Positive thoughts for all!! :) I hope you skip the IB and just skate right into the smooth skin. :)

Ginanutrition, I read some of the negative stuff too but once I made the decision to do it, I only read the positive stuff while I waited the month to get my perscription. I totally agree that we are in charge of our health and we need to do what's best even if we're not completely comfortable with it. None of us should have faces oozing blood and pus, it's so wrong!! I'm sure you can relate but I sometimes feel everyone has beautiful skin but me. I constantly am looking at other women's skin. At night when I take off my makeup is the hardest but I've recently not allowed myself to turn on the bright lights in my bathroom and sometimes brush my teeth in the near dark. :) No need to punish myself and all it causes me to do is pick, pick, pick. So hard to leave your face alone, right? I'm so glad all of you are taking charge of your skin now and not nursing it along because of fear of accutane. I want all of you to get to your 40s and love that part of life. It's awesome and shouldn't be ruined by the disease of adult acne..

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The negative Accutane experiences thread freaked me out!! I started researching right after my derm told me I needed Accutane. Unfortunately, one of the first things I stumbled upon during my researching was that negative thread. It scared the crap out of me! But it's important to remember that people are more likely to write negative things like that than positive ones. Plus, who knows how many of those issues were truly caused by Accutane.

Very true... all the thousands upon thousands of people who've had success are likely to just be pleased and go on with their lives (because honestly, who wouldn't rather just forget about it altogether?).

My derm also has never had anyone with really bad side effects either, so that makes me feel better.

How do you guys make your reply specific to each other-meaning you put the little box of who your talking to in your reply? I have never been on a message board before and remember I'm the 48 year old and I've been a stay home mom for almost 20 years - kinda missed some of the technology train. smile.png

At the bottom right corner of each person's response, you should see a "Quote" button. Click that and you can quote that person in your response!

And I forgot to add: there's people who have negative side effects because they either aren't using the pills correctly, or don't take care of themselves while on the medication.


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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Rachel, My derm also said she hasn't had anybody have body aches and pains. I did have a backache last week but I am pretty sure it was due to an extra hard workout I did and I stretched it for a few days and it's fine now. My initial breakout started on day 6, it was localized to my chin which is my main problem area and went from two big painful cysts to 5 or 6 other smaller cysts that are either still small harder bumps or came to a small head and just went away (after I popped them). The two big ones turned into yucky little wounds and are the ones that are giving me the most trouble but they are healing. I do have a few other random under skin bumps here and there but they haven't done anything and are going down. So it's been about 11 days of yuckiness but compared to some I guess I can't complain too much. Hopefully this is it but it sounds like most people have ups and downs. I LOVE not having to blot my face a million times a day, usually I'm a greasy mess. My derm said she would clasify my acne as moderate and recalcitrant meaning very, very stubborn and unresponsive to most treatments. But I know accutane is going take care of it! Positive thoughts for all!! smile.png I hope you skip the IB and just skate right into the smooth skin. smile.png

Everyone definitely has their ups and downs, but the one thing to remember is that it WILL get better! smile.png Hopefully your IB starts clearing up soon and the acne stays away for good!

And thank you! I can only hope I somehow manage to avoid the dreaded IB. eusa_pray.gif

Very true... all the thousands upon thousands of people who've had success are likely to just be pleased and go on with their lives (because honestly, who wouldn't rather just forget about it altogether?).

My derm also has never had anyone with really bad side effects either, so that makes me feel better.

Exactly! Those people are content with their clear skin and they move on with their lives. People who post negative reviews of things just want to complain to someone usually.

But that's definitely good your derm hasn't had anyone experience any bad effects!


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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The negative Accutane experiences thread freaked me out!! I started researching right after my derm told me I needed Accutane. Unfortunately, one of the first things I stumbled upon during my researching was that negative thread. It scared the crap out of me! But it's important to remember that people are more likely to write negative things like that than positive ones. Plus, who knows how many of those issues were truly caused by Accutane.

Very true... all the thousands upon thousands of people who've had success are likely to just be pleased and go on with their lives (because honestly, who wouldn't rather just forget about it altogether?).

My derm also has never had anyone with really bad side effects either, so that makes me feel better.

How do you guys make your reply specific to each other-meaning you put the little box of who your talking to in your reply? I have never been on a message board before and remember I'm the 48 year old and I've been a stay home mom for almost 20 years - kinda missed some of the technology train. smile.png

At the bottom right corner of each person's response, you should see a "Quote" button. Click that and you can quote that person in your response!

And I forgot to add: there's people who have negative side effects because they either aren't using the pills correctly, or don't take care of themselves while on the medication.

Thanks Veruca Salt! I hope this works. :) I'm still learning all this messageboard stuff. I just realized there's a notifications thingy that tells me who's responding to me, haha! My kids would be mortified. I don't even have a facebook, would definitely be time waster for me - I would get totally sucked in! I completely agree with you on the negative responses regarding accutane. This is definitely a drug where you have to follow the directions and take very good care of yourself.

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I honestly think we'll be fine as long as we take care of ourselves. We all have dermatologists checking our blood monthly, so that'll let us know if something starts to go wrong. We just have to pay attention to our bodies!

And speaking of which... What supplements are you all taking? I didn't discuss this with my derm, but I meant to. I'd like to take the essentials though so I know I'm staying healthy.


Accutane Log

Month 1: May - 40mg

Month 2: June - 40mg

Month 3: July - 40mg

Month 4: August - 40mg

Month 5: September - 40mg


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I honestly think we'll be fine as long as we take care of ourselves. We all have dermatologists checking our blood monthly, so that'll let us know if something starts to go wrong. We just have to pay attention to our bodies!

And speaking of which... What supplements are you all taking? I didn't discuss this with my derm, but I meant to. I'd like to take the essentials though so I know I'm staying healthy.

- multivitamin

- fish oil

- acidophilus

- milk thistle

- omega 7

Whew! I've always been big on taking vitamins and supplements, though.


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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