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#41 AuguriesofInnocence

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:28 PM

Youre so cute Roisin, best of luck honey. Im 20 days in and have to take a break for a bit because of wisdom teeth but I believe its really going to work.

Keep your chin up! It will get better.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:10 AM

Sorry to hear about the new breakouts! Posted Image I hope they clear up soon!

Accutane can damage the liver, but it's good that your derm doesn't seem to be worried about it. Some people take liver supplements while on Accutane to help combat this. The reason your derm asked about painkillers is probably because you should avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol) during your course. Acetaminophen can damage the liver as well and you certainly don't want to risk mixing it with Accutane!

Another thing you might want to try for your nose is a saline solution. Early in my course I dealt with a lot of dried blood in my nose, but the saline solution I purchased helped with that by moisturizing my nose. It can also be used to flush your nose, so it could help to clear up any stuffiness.


Yeah, I think I'm going to avoid taking painkillers at all costs now! I just really hope nothing goes wrong or I end up damaging my liver :(

Thanks, I'll look into that! Apart from the worsened acne it's definitely the most annoying side effect right now. Did it stop the dried blood?

Youre so cute Roisin, best of luck honey. Im 20 days in and have to take a break for a bit because of wisdom teeth but I believe its really going to work.

Keep your chin up! It will get better.


Hehe aww thank you! :) aww man but at least it's still in your system and you can go straight back on it when the wisdom teeth have settled down :D I believe in this drug too, the results are visible and permanent and it's worked for so many others and given them their lives back so I can only hope it works for me too :)

My chin will be up as soon as it's not spotty! Haha :P

DAY 29

A good night's sleep seems to have made my chin less red and bleedy, nonetheless the spots are still there. I seem to have stopped breaking out, fingers crossed they'll heal from here and I won't have a horrible mass chin breakout again during this course. Two hairline spots creeped up right next to two old ones that have pretty much gone, luckily they aren't as bad or noticable as their predecessors though still painful. Forehead, cheeks and back are clear :) for now anyway...

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:18 AM

Hey beautiful rooting for ya!!! (:

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:38 AM

The only other pills I've taken while on Accutane are Aleve and Advil for when I hurt my neck and had headaches. I try not to take much though, so I've been fine. If you ever do need any kind of painkiller, just avoid Tylenol! Your blood work will monitor your liver enzymes, so your derm will tell you if there's anything to worry about. You could also think about taking a liver supplement if you're worried.

The saline solution really helped with the dried blood. It got rid of it completely! Such a relief too because the dried blood is the worst!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:04 AM

Hey beautiful rooting for ya!!! (:


Thank you! :)

The only other pills I've taken while on Accutane are Aleve and Advil for when I hurt my neck and had headaches. I try not to take much though, so I've been fine. If you ever do need any kind of painkiller, just avoid Tylenol! Your blood work will monitor your liver enzymes, so your derm will tell you if there's anything to worry about. You could also think about taking a liver supplement if you're worried.

The saline solution really helped with the dried blood. It got rid of it completely! Such a relief too because the dried blood is the worst!


I've taken some ibuprofen for some nodules but I'm not planning to take a lot. That might be a good idea; I'll look into it :)

That's awesome! And it really is grim isn't it :(

DAY 30

I have a nodule right in the centre of my hairline that luckily my fringe can cover, but it's a very unfortunate spot :( The other two are still going strong, so I'm trying to tackle them as best I can by putting a hot flannel/ frozen peas on them and taking ibuprofen for the inflammation. Such a pain though, the higher dosage may be behind this :(

My chin is so red and flaky and dry. To top it off I've got lots of little lumps emerging from where my last breakout just was. I'm praying they dry up and flake off! This must be my real IB, but for it to start 1 month in really really sucks :( 1 spot on my back, nothing serious or painful.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:00 AM

DAY 31

Skin still a mess, nothing really changed except for new nodules... my chin where I had the huge breakout has gone a reddy-orangey colour and it's really scaly and feels like a burn. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do about it? I'm meant to be going out tomorrow for a friend's birthday but I really don't want to go looking like this...

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:21 AM

DAY 30

I have a nodule right in the centre of my hairline that luckily my fringe can cover, but it's a very unfortunate spot Posted Image The other two are still going strong, so I'm trying to tackle them as best I can by putting a hot flannel/ frozen peas on them and taking ibuprofen for the inflammation. Such a pain though, the higher dosage may be behind this Posted Image

My chin is so red and flaky and dry. To top it off I've got lots of little lumps emerging from where my last breakout just was. I'm praying they dry up and flake off! This must be my real IB, but for it to start 1 month in really really sucks Posted Image 1 spot on my back, nothing serious or painful.


I'm on Day 28 and I also just had a big chin breakout. I saw improvement on my whole face within the first two weeks, but the second half of this month has seen a fair amount of breakouts. Overall my skin still feels less congested and the breaking out is nothing I'm not used to so I'm not sure if I can classify it as an "IB"...either way, I'm ready to stop breaking out for good!

I hope your second month shows lots of improvement!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:53 AM

It sucks doesn't it! I'm glad to hear you're feeling like there's improvement bodyandsoul :D tell me about it, my skin is really breaking out at the moment and it makes me want to hide under a rock, but the parts of my face that don't get spots seem really lovely... I hope the rest of my face will follow suit!

DAY 32

Ergh :( I feel like my skin is getting worse by the day, most of my actives came to a head my skin is still peeling and the skin underneath is raw and sore and horrible. Luckily I was able to pop the big hairline 3 but I look like I've been bruised even though they've shrank significantly in size. I had a blackhead and a tiny zit beside my eyebrow that needed to get squeezed, plus 2 on one of my smile creases that are now huge due to being over squeezed. My skin is so fragile and red and painful and I really wish it could repair, I'm doing all I can but right now I just feel like a monster and I don't want to leave my home :( I'm going out tonight for a friend's birthday but I really, really don't want to. Guess I'll just have to see how it goes.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

Aw I feel your pain on the breakouts! I swear my skin looks ten times worse than it ever has before, and I too have a load of social commitments coming up. It sucks so bad. Hopefully if we can all get through it we wont have to deal with this again!

I've heard a lot of people saying 3 months is the charm, and my god do I hope so!
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:34 AM

Aw I feel your pain on the breakouts! I swear my skin looks ten times worse than it ever has before, and I too have a load of social commitments coming up. It sucks so bad. Hopefully if we can all get through it we wont have to deal with this again!

I've heard a lot of people saying 3 months is the charm, and my god do I hope so!


Yeah same, it's NEVER been this bad :( I just hope it's true what they say and it does suddenly just click and get better... lucky to say I'm not breaking out anywhere that's unusual for me to break out, but I think there isn't a clear place where I do at the moment! So annoying :( Still, I'd rather have it all in one go for a month and then never have to deal with again :P My friends have been really supportive too which is lovely, but I'm not so good with meeting new people.

DAY 32

Well the breaking out SEEMS to have slowed down... lots of red marks and clogged pores, a few will probably have come to a head by later on or tomorrow. Praying for improvement, or at lease a huge delay in the amount of spots coming up at once. Nothing painful apart from a hairline nodule just in front of my ear where my sideburn sort-of hairs are. Some clogged pores/ blackheads I've had for months got forced out yesterday so I'm guessing the accutane is really starting to kick in now. I just hope this month goes quickly.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:35 AM

DAY 41

Not posted for a while... still breaking out, no immediate improvements but I continue to have faith that the drug is working Posted Image Got a spot on my nose this morning and I was really upset, I never get them on my nose Posted Image One thing I really need to do is stop over squeezing these bastards, I really went for it last week and I can guarantee my skin wouldn't look as bad as it does now if I didn't, I ripped large areas of the top layer of skin too whilst doing this and I can only pray that once it heals the breaking out really slows down or stops. I'm going to uni in a months time and I really REALLY hope it's better by then Posted Image My skin also seems to be oilier this week too? :S

Side effects wise I got really dry skin on the backs of my hands and patches of dry skin on my arms so I went to the doctor who gave me a cream for eczema which has got rid of it brilliantly Posted Image If only there was a magic cream for acne!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:00 AM

DAY 43

Breaking out with lots of little tiny spots that were bumps under the skin... being very good at leaving these alone bar one kind of under my chin! It had to go Posted Image I guess the quality of my skin is better, the bumps have really gone down and the remainders are being shoved out now, it looks almost normal with makeup on but the red marks just look so awful from all the breaking out Posted Image My next appointment is on Monday so I may ask about that. Back still feels great, only two spots came up when my dosage was increased so if anything that is keeping me positive Posted Image

In other news my A level results come out tomorrow, and I really want the day to come so I can get it over and done with. Ahh!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

DAY 43

Breaking out with lots of little tiny spots that were bumps under the skin... being very good at leaving these alone bar one kind of under my chin! It had to go Posted Image I guess the quality of my skin is better, the bumps have really gone down and the remainders are being shoved out now, it looks almost normal with makeup on but the red marks just look so awful from all the breaking out Posted Image My next appointment is on Monday so I may ask about that. Back still feels great, only two spots came up when my dosage was increased so if anything that is keeping me positive Posted Image

In other news my A level results come out tomorrow, and I really want the day to come so I can get it over and done with. Ahh!


Ahhh good luck with your exam results! We got ours last week (I'm Scottish). I start uni in a month aswel n I'm sooo hoping my skin is alot better! I don't wanna start this course n be constantly wondering if people are looking at my imperfections, if my make-up hase rubbed off or whatever. It's a stress you really don't need when starting uni!

I haven't read all of your log and I was just wondering when you mentioned your back feeling great, I'm guessing you were experiencing back pain? I've been getting some rather annoying back pain whenever I lie down. It's a strange feeling. How did you combat this?

Anyway, I hope your skin improves and you have much more confidence come uni time :)

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:56 AM

Sorry to hear about the tiny breakouts! At least you know all that gunk is getting out of your skin! And I totally feel your pain about the red marks. They are seriously the worst. I can't wait till mine go away!
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:49 PM


DAY 43

Breaking out with lots of little tiny spots that were bumps under the skin... being very good at leaving these alone bar one kind of under my chin! It had to go Posted Image I guess the quality of my skin is better, the bumps have really gone down and the remainders are being shoved out now, it looks almost normal with makeup on but the red marks just look so awful from all the breaking out Posted Image My next appointment is on Monday so I may ask about that. Back still feels great, only two spots came up when my dosage was increased so if anything that is keeping me positive Posted Image

In other news my A level results come out tomorrow, and I really want the day to come so I can get it over and done with. Ahh!


Ahhh good luck with your exam results! We got ours last week (I'm Scottish). I start uni in a month aswel n I'm sooo hoping my skin is alot better! I don't wanna start this course n be constantly wondering if people are looking at my imperfections, if my make-up hase rubbed off or whatever. It's a stress you really don't need when starting uni!

I haven't read all of your log and I was just wondering when you mentioned your back feeling great, I'm guessing you were experiencing back pain? I've been getting some rather annoying back pain whenever I lie down. It's a strange feeling. How did you combat this?

Anyway, I hope your skin improves and you have much more confidence come uni time Posted Image


Thank you! Good news is I'm into where I want to go :) I hope yours went the way you wanted too! And I know the feeling, I think I'm approaching the post- IB stage where I just look like I get normal teenage spots that can't really be called acne. Huzzah! I think if you're starting this course fairly soon be prepared for your skin to get a lot worse- I'm so glad I've taken it during the summer where I didn't have to leave the house when it was both breaking out and dry- so it may be worth explaining to your housemates what's going on and I'm pretty sure they'll all sympathise/ not really be bothered by it in the first place anyway :) Most people aren't, but we're our own worst critics! But it'll only last about 1-2 months, just ride it out and you'll think it was nothing compared to the years you've had to deal with your skin :)

And in terms of my back I get spots on my back so I was referring to them (spoke too soon though...) but I'm getting back pain when I lie down too! I'm not really doing anything to deal with it because it's pretty bearable, but what I'd recommend is treating it with heat. When I get bad period pain I buy this thing that's like a heat patch you can stick onto your clothes and it really helps to ease it and you can get the same sort of thing designed for your back that you can just stick on and hid under a jumper or something :) You can buy these from most Boots stores I think!

Sorry to hear about the tiny breakouts! At least you know all that gunk is getting out of your skin! And I totally feel your pain about the red marks. They are seriously the worst. I can't wait till mine go away!


Yeah true! I can't believe I have nearly 2 months worth of crap stored under my skin... kinda depressing really haha! But glad to know I have a lot less than what I would have originally had :) Most definitely! I always think the hardest part of a breakout is when it's almost nearly gone and the red mark left behind is very fresh and glowing- and I hate looking in the mirror after a shower!

DAY 47

I feel like I almost have a whole new chin, it's doing great minus the red marks and a few little bumps left :) above the corners of my mouth and between my nose creases the breaking out seems to have slowed and are going, but I have two purple, sensitive to the touch but kinda flat spots on my left cheek that seem to be going down quickly. I find that leaving things alone makes them go quicker, so that's what I'm opting for. Holy flip the blackheads on my nose!!! They're being shoved out, my nose feels all grainy- tried to exfoliate via my fingernails and ended up with little scratches all over it so I'm just going to have to ride the sandpapery nose out! Two new spots on my back :( Both in the same places as where I've had some before... bizarre!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:18 AM

DAY 52

Skin has had a little breakout around my cheeks near my T zone- though it looks vile, I'm seeing it as progress as that area has been quite bumpy for months so hopefully it's shifting now! Though my skin isn't looking great with all the hyperpigmentation and little spots and stuff I can say it's improving. I'm really really hoping it'll look better before uni though. Another thing to throw into the equation is 3 bug bites on my forehead I got a few days ago that make it look even worse! Definitely staying indoors for the next week.

Side effects wise its pretty much the same, I find myself flushing very easily when I'm nervous or embarrassed (usually when driving!) and back when the evenings were hot I found myself waking up in bed sweating and overheating. Sometimes I feel my heart speeding up but I don't think it's anything serious :) My second checkup with the dermatologist brought up the same issue of something rising in my liver continuing to rise. He asked me if I'd been drinking- and I haven't!- so my dosage hasn't been increased. I'm just really hoping it evens out so I can carry on taking the medication :(

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

Sorry for double posting, just thought I'd upload some pictures to show what's going on at this point in time as I don't like to keep personal stuff on my laptop for long incase my friends or boyfriend see them:
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Obviously I have makeup on in these pictures, in reality it looks a lot worse :P

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:30 AM

Just thought I'd post on here, as I finished my course today. My skin is beautifully clear on my face and back. There are still red marks and the odd tiny pimple but compared to before it's amazing- I'll put a picture up soon. Roaccutane really does work, I'd do it all again if I had to and I'd recommend this drug to anyone. Thank you Roaccutane for giving me my life back!!

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:38 AM

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This is my face now- tiniest bit of BB cream on for a little redness but you'd hardly be able to tell. Thank you accutane for giving me my life back!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:24 AM

Hey glad to hear it and your skin is looking awesome. Also You're spelling your name wrong; it's Róisín Posted Image Posted Image