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Gahhhhh, I know I'm one of many guinea pigs using accutane to fight severe oily problems. I wish I had more to say than, my skin is significantly less oily!, but I'm crossing my fingers for beautiful skin:D

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Wow, it's DAY 53.

Still healing from the breakout. No more dry eyes. I'm starting vitamin supplements, maaybe it will support this shenanigans and help my skin heal/not break out. I take my accutane with lunch, so I figure I'll take my Bcomplex with breakfast and zinc with dinner. Anyone else taking vitamins/minerals while on accutane?

Omg, I went for my monthly blood test yesterday and this is what happened: the nurse put a cotton swab and a strip of medical tape on told me to leave it for 5mins, just like every time I've gotten needles jabbed in my arm. I get home and attempt to take off the tape and oh god, it felt like it was ripping my skin off. Took 10 mins, but I got it off. Do not let them put tape when you get your blood test!tongue.png

I have exactly a week until I see the doc and get my next pack of pills. I don't know whether I should stick to 40mg or up the dosage.

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Accutane log for oily skin

Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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No, you're not a guinea pig (although I love them)!

And I think it's good that you don't have more to say than "my skin is less oily", because that means no (severe) side effects.


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Sorry to not have posted in a while. I had my convocation last Tuesday! And then got super busy with this new certification program I enrolled in.

I wore foundation at my convocation. My skin is still healing from those few awful pimples. But it's looking better. I had a completely matte face until the ceremony started. Ugh, it was so hot that day, and the place was packed.

I am starting to notice my back is sometimes incredibly stiff. And when I lean down my neck muscles hurt. Maybe I need to be active a bit more. I'm also taking to popping a zinc pill with meals every night.

I have a problem now: my derm will be gone abroad or something (she didn't clarify). So, now I have to persuade my doc to prescribe me for the next couple of months. Boohoo.


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Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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I hope you were able to enjoy the ceremony nonetheless.

But your doc has to prescribe you the pills, doesn't she? It's not your fault she's going abroad.

I think the prescription says you are not allowed to be (very) active while you are on accutane, because the joints are dry because of accutane and pressure on them could lead to arthritis. But I think that only goes for heavy workout like lifting weights. If you do light workout like jogging, it should be ok.

I have started to take pills, too. Not accutane, just a combination of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin, like zinc, vitamin A, etc. I have been taking them for two weeks now and right now I am experiencing a little IB, too.

My problem is I am a horrible skin picker. I just can't leave red bumps alone, even if they are tiny. So you can imagine what my face looks like right now, little red irritated bumps everywhere.cry.gif

I hope it will get better soon.


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I hope you were able to enjoy the ceremony nonetheless.

But your doc has to prescribe you the pills, doesn't she? It's not your fault she's going abroad.

I think the prescription says you are not allowed to be (very) active while you are on accutane, because the joints are dry because of accutane and pressure on them could lead to arthritis. But I think that only goes for heavy workout like lifting weights. If you do light workout like jogging, it should be ok.

I have started to take pills, too. Not accutane, just a combination of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin, like zinc, vitamin A, etc. I have been taking them for two weeks now and right now I am experiencing a little IB, too.

My problem is I am a horrible skin picker. I just can't leave red bumps alone, even if they are tiny. So you can imagine what my face looks like right now, little red irritated bumps everywhere.cry.gif

I hope it will get better soon.

I am a picker too! Because I had clear skin before, I just can't help but want to pick the pimples right off. But I know better than to do that now.

Anyways, OMG I am on DAY 67 and I am on my 2nd menstruation cycle since starting accutane.

I knew it. I'm going to be breaking out every cycle. I feel so depressed right now. One day before my period started, I get two red under-the-skin pimples. A day or so later they came to the surface, but they're huge. I never got pimples like this before accutane. Also, why is it mostly on my right cheek? lol, I don't want to jinx my left side. But OH PLEEEZ GO AWAY ACNE!


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Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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Lately I've noticed I no longer have dry lip problem. Is accutane losing its potency on me? My nose is slightly shiny, but not enough that I can actually feel oiliness. On accutane, any oiliness can cause me to break out, so I don't want to go through that.

Back, arms, chest are smooth. This morning, I just marveled at how smooth my shoulder blades felt. Before accutane, they were rough and bumpy, and my back felt kinda oily. My neck was the worst. It was an oil slick right under my chin. Somehow, I would never get pimples there. I would get deep pimples on my chin if I exfoliated too harshly. Now, I can rub my chin and pick at the skin and not get a single blemish. Can't say that about my CHEEKS :'( Oh acne, I will never understand you.


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Accutane log for oily skin

Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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Lately I've noticed I no longer have dry lip problem. Is accutane losing its potency on me? My nose is slightly shiny, but not enough that I can actually feel oiliness. On accutane, any oiliness can cause me to break out, so I don't want to go through that.

Back, arms, chest are smooth. This morning, I just marveled at how smooth my shoulder blades felt. Before accutane, they were rough and bumpy, and my back felt kinda oily. My neck was the worst. It was an oil slick right under my chin. Somehow, I would never get pimples there. I would get deep pimples on my chin if I exfoliated too harshly. Now, I can rub my chin and pick at the skin and not get a single blemish. Can't say that about my CHEEKS :'( Oh acne, I will never understand you.

Ive noticed the same ting with my back as well!! The first month my back got really rouht as the pores cleared and now it sooo smooth. And I can relate with the rubbing worry free, but mine is the oppsite; my chin is still giveing me trouble and my cheeks and forehead are perfect.

I also have noticed I'm not as dry as before, and this lack of dryness always coincides with same spots forming. Just when you think you've figured your ski out, it always throws ya a curveball.... ugh! lol.


Started Clavaris 5/21/2012 for chin cysts and cystic acne on my back. I'm a 21yr old male with sensitive combination skin (extremely oily t-zone). Been on antibiotics for 18 months and remained fairly clear on my face but my back is still breaking out, and the antibiotic is losing affetiveness on face.

Month 1: 50 mg/day 5/21/2012
Month 2: 50 mg/day
Month 3: 60 mg/day
Month 4: 60 mg/day
Month 5: 60 mg/day
Month 6: 60 mg/day
FINISHED: 150 mg/kg

Routine: AM: - Acne.org cleanser

- DML Mousturizer
- Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar for Body

- Gillete Sensor Excel w/ Acne/org cleanser
- Aquaphor on lips
- Cerave AM Mousturizer SPF (when outside)

PM: - Acne.org cleanser
- DML Mousturizer
- Veltin (clindamycin & tretinoin) Topical on T zone


Other: - Limited dairy(for digestive reasons and acne)
- Good, balanced diet (limited fried food and sugar)
- Heavy weight training & Cardio 5x per week
- Calcium/Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Multivitamin Supplements


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I am bad at updating. Maybe I'll consolidate this log so it's a better read for those googling "accutane for oily skin".

GOOD NEWS TODAY, I scored an extra 3 months of accutane courtesy of my awesome new family doctor. She's extremely understanding, open minded and honestly looks like she recently graduated from med school, lol. But she knows her stuff (and has neater hand-writing than me!).

So, I'm feeling good right now. I was thoroughly afraid I would have to get off accutane at the end of my 3rd month (which is 1 week away) because my derm is a cautious one who can't spare me the time of day to help quell concerns about my skin and health. The funny thing was she wanted to double my dosage but wouldn't extend the duration of my treatment:S

Okay, now that that problem is taken care of, I can rest assured that I will have gone through a full 6 month 40mg treatment of accutane. And if that doesn't zap my oily/acne problem in at least a half, then tough luck for me:(

Once again, I'm wondering about accutane efficacy...is it better to take high dosages, or stick to medium dosage and extend duration of the treatment? So many questions, I wish I had the monetary backing to do a wide scale survey/research myself!


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Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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I think a medium dosage is better. I read a post here on acne.org from a guy from Brazil who said in Brazil most people only take 20mg or 40mg of accutane and there are very little people who experience severe negative side effects (no matter how long they take it).

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Hey droidone! How's everything going? It's been a while since we've heard from you.

And on the dosing, I;ve been doing a lot of reading because I'm wondering these same things. From what I've read, the best results comes from a regular medium dose that falls within the recomended cumulative dose (120-150 mg/kg from what I've read). I've always wondered if getting there with a higher dose in a shorter time, or getting there slower with a lower dose is more affective as well. Ugh! I totally hear ya about having all these questions. It would feel better to know what would give us the best chance of long-term sucess.....


Started Clavaris 5/21/2012 for chin cysts and cystic acne on my back. I'm a 21yr old male with sensitive combination skin (extremely oily t-zone). Been on antibiotics for 18 months and remained fairly clear on my face but my back is still breaking out, and the antibiotic is losing affetiveness on face.

Month 1: 50 mg/day 5/21/2012
Month 2: 50 mg/day
Month 3: 60 mg/day
Month 4: 60 mg/day
Month 5: 60 mg/day
Month 6: 60 mg/day
FINISHED: 150 mg/kg

Routine: AM: - Acne.org cleanser

- DML Mousturizer
- Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar for Body

- Gillete Sensor Excel w/ Acne/org cleanser
- Aquaphor on lips
- Cerave AM Mousturizer SPF (when outside)

PM: - Acne.org cleanser
- DML Mousturizer
- Veltin (clindamycin & tretinoin) Topical on T zone


Other: - Limited dairy(for digestive reasons and acne)
- Good, balanced diet (limited fried food and sugar)
- Heavy weight training & Cardio 5x per week
- Calcium/Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Multivitamin Supplements


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I'M ALIVE!!

What I've been up to recently: couple of job interviews, lots of short distance traveling, lots of sun, and lots of fun.

I'm on day...107. Damn. I've been on this drug for 3.5 months now. It feels like last week I started this log.

Well no more whining today. In fact, I haven't been thinking about accutane and acne at all the past couple of weeks. When derms said it takes until the 4th month to see results they were right. KNOCK ON WOOD, I haven't had a single pimple for 2 weeks now. Is it the sun? The no-trash diet? Drinking water in the morning? Or the accutane?:P

I wish I could do a controlled experiment but I can't, so I'll accept this for what it is and enjoy the rest of the summer. I have to wear long sleeves when I go out because for the first time in my life, I tan easily (except my face). Also, the sun allergy I had in my teens is back, now on my hands and arms. But it takes a couple days to fully go away and it's hardly noticeable, but very itchy. Regular sun exposure reduces the flareups.

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Other than that, the oil is almost non existent, I don't have badly dry lips, my eyes DO get dry fast when I stare at the computer/television too long, and I strain a lot now. I have normal vision but the dryness blurs it sometimes. Other than that, great few weeks. Hope you guys are having fun in the sun :)

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Accutane log for oily skin

Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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If you are only using it for oily skin I would not recommend

Whether we have normal skin, or oily skin or combination skin or dry acne prone skin, everyone who goes on the drug will be facing the same risks, and it's just a matter of how fit your body is to deal with and break down accutane.

I researched this drug since way back when I actually had acne. I'm aware of all the side effects, I know of all the Crohn's disease lawsuits, and I made the decision. If accutane really was as destructive as we think, then we should be hearing terrible stories from our friends and peers. I haven't heard a single bad review from my friends, family friends, and friends of my high school sisters. The internet however is a different story. Just looking at my own log, when accutane was making me break out, and giving me those freaky pins and needles feelings, I'd seek the internet to share my bad experience. Two months later, now that it's working it's magic, I think nothing of it, and forget to post sometimes. I think we should have a little faith, keep tabs on any side effects and watch out for bad indicators (like diarrhea, which indicates intestinal problems) I think accutane is an amazing drug, but it must be used wisely. :)


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Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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Hey Droidone!

So what exactly is the skin in your face like now? Is it still a bit oily, is it just right or do you have dry skin now?


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Hey Droidone!

So what exactly is the skin in your face like now? Is it still a bit oily, is it just right or do you have dry skin now?

I have dry skin right now. Literally no oil, only obviously there must be some teeny bit of sebum production because my skin is not paper dry like it was in month 1. When the summer days are upwards of 30 Celsius my skin will be a teeny bit shiny on the nose and forehead, but it never actually feels oily.

As I'm writing this, I'm blinking every second because my eyes are soo dry! Before accutane, my neck was the oiliest, just under my chin. Now, I am positive I can withhold showering for a week and not feel oily, not that I intend to do that :P But the change is ginormous.

Currently, I'm almost 1/3 through my 5th month. Crazy how time flies! If my skin maintains its current state, after accutane, I will be one very happy girl. One very negative thing I have to complain about is the scarring left from the initial breakout. The red marks are taking quite a long time to fade, but they're on their way. But gahhh, how I wish I could have prevented the breakout. I think if I get a pimple even now, it might scar, so I'm being extra cautious.

I'm making some new observations that may or may not apply to others on the board.

I've noticed that if I'm active, my skin behaves a great deal. It's more elastic, less flaky, and overall looking great. I'm a computer addict, so I spend a lot of time in front of the screen, so this is a lifestyle change. I've never liked working out a sweat, but now I try to do at least 3 intense workouts a week to the point where my face sweats. Sweating is great for clearing the pores and it loosens dead skin on the surface. It's like a non abusive exfoliater!

Aaand once again sorry for not having updated more frequently :P I will have a great deal more to say after my course ends. Hoping for the best :D


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Clarus 40mg, began April 17, 2012


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Hi Droidone!

I was wondering how you are doing right now. Can you give me an update?


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25 female

This is very interesting as I am taking accutane, claravis 30g, to help with my oily skin and mild acne. And my acne is about 2 cysts a month a GREASY face in 3 hours, and tons of blackheads/clogged pores, some sebaceous hyperplasia from exessive oil in pores.

Well I just started claravis and on day one I thought my skin looked better... however 3 days into it my skin became inflamed. Like sore red nose other sore inflamed places on my face that may or may not turn into cystic acne. Only later on day 4 was there a "true cyst" but it went through its slow shitty cystic cycle way faster than usual and in 2 to 3 days I pushed out a seed. (I know I shouldn't pick but it neeeeeded to go...)

On day 9 for the first time I begin to notice the skin purging. This sounds like a good thing but I'm so disgusted with how rough my face feels there's a cystic type zit on my cheek. so far I think its less oil but its hard to say I think my skin is just still purging. Maybe its a good thing because that means its working faster having the breakout "earlier" for me... or maybe its bad because that means if I'm breaking out now, oh just i wait and see the kind of crap I will have to deal with in month 2.

I think that something to keep in mind is that our hormones play a role in our skin, and mine never does well a week and a half after my period ends. And that's when I started the drug. In fact, in a few days I will "start" so I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

None the less, it is hard not to pick. it is difficult to see the roughness on my face. Also, other than me being a poo right now about my skin I have no depression or anxiety side effects and I would know cause I've delt with that in the past.

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Gahhhhh, I know I'm one of many guinea pigs using accutane to fight severe oily problems. I wish I had more to say than, my skin is significantly less oily!, but I'm crossing my fingers for beautiful skin:D

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Wow, it's DAY 53.

Still healing from the breakout. No more dry eyes. I'm starting vitamin supplements, maaybe it will support this shenanigans and help my skin heal/not break out. I take my accutane with lunch, so I figure I'll take my Bcomplex with breakfast and zinc with dinner. Anyone else taking vitamins/minerals while on accutane?

Omg, I went for my monthly blood test yesterday and this is what happened: the nurse put a cotton swab and a strip of medical tape on told me to leave it for 5mins, just like every time I've gotten needles jabbed in my arm. I get home and attempt to take off the tape and oh god, it felt like it was ripping my skin off. Took 10 mins, but I got it off. Do not let them put tape when you get your blood test!tongue.png

I have exactly a week until I see the doc and get my next pack of pills. I don't know whether I should stick to 40mg or up the dosage.

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Even though I only posted just yesterday there was something important I wanted to add...

Not that I want to jinx this but accutane has although been drying my skin on my body its not that bad but I'm addicted to putting lotion on and chapstick, literally religious. Always put it on after i wash my hands before i leave the house when i wake up, and so on. So far so good I love this stuff its just tough seeing my skin look so bad with all the now very evident blackheads and acne. But hopefully in 20 days that can subside and i will be through the worst (my first month of accutane.)

I will say that allthough my acne wasn't "extreme," so far I'm pleased that i am on it, totally worth it. I tried everything and was on an antibiotic for 2 years, and I didn't want to continue to depend on that for the rest of my life (not healthy, also more costly). I would get a yeast infection semi annually. Where before on the medication I had never had one my whole life.

Plus I have EXTREMELY OILY SKIN, my antibiotic did nothing for my oily skin. I know what people say, ""omg oily skin is great, it prevents wrinkles." But you know what it does when its excessive? It creates sebaceous hyperplasia that never goes a way. Exessive amounts of blackheads that combined with seb hyp, leave a veeerrrry rough look to the skin. I would have to go to the derm at least once a month to have a sebaceous hyperplasia zapped or a cyst injected I can't afford 150.00 a month like that. Also Cortisone injections would often leave a dent in my skin and take over a year to subside. Not to mention painful and stressful. And the fact that my makeup will run off my face after three hours with messed up eye makeup and dirty looking face.

Its like my skin has gotten worse with age because its thinned and more clogged over time with producing increasingly higher amounts of oil.

I'm done with dealing with that, I just hope that accutane works and works quickly I'm tired of hating my skin (with the current purging and all)

Also, as a tip, always take your accutane with a meal I think it really eases the process of digestion. its kind of like instead of drinking a hot of liqour have it in a large glass of coke a cola. Its just easier on your body. Just food for thought. (literally lol)

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