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#21 zodistarr

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:18 PM

Hmmm.. Fiber related, huh? That's interesting...

So you are only taking 20mg the 1st month and now the same for the second? Are you and your Dr. trying to get you to the "cumulative" dose?

I read if you don't get a certain amount in your system, you have a higher chance of relapse. This makes me nervous!

So happy for you that your skin is looking great!! :) YAAAAY!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:01 AM

Hmmm.. Fiber related, huh? That's interesting...

So you are only taking 20mg the 1st month and now the same for the second? Are you and your Dr. trying to get you to the "cumulative" dose?

I read if you don't get a certain amount in your system, you have a higher chance of relapse. This makes me nervous!

So happy for you that your skin is looking great!! Posted Image YAAAAY!


Hi Zodistarr:

My doc is wanting to get to a cummulative does but also is aware I did an unsuccessful course 15-16 years ago where I ended up with keloid scars and so she wanted to be very conservative with me, to avoid a repeat of that. I know that some people have had success with lower dose/longer periods. It is all a lot to weigh and consider but for me, I think it is more important that I get this treatment into me and stay on it. I know myself and if I upped my dose right now and experienced any worsening side effects, I'd go off it. We'll see how things are at the end of 2 months. She originally thought I'd be at 40 for month 2 and 60 for month 3 but life happens, you know? I turn 40 in November and my goal is to be done with treatment by then, so we shall see...also, one thing I didn't add in my original post was that I also have a history of depression and so there was real concern that this might trigger a relapse, but so far, so good. Positive thinking!! :)

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:30 AM

Day 37.

Holy crap! The blackheads on my nose are gone. Just a little over a week ago they looked like they were jumping off my nose, it was awful. My nose was super rough and they were soooooo noticeable and my nose looked like a freakin strawberry. Sorry, gross, but true. I've NEVER not had blackheads on my nose. Until today. Unreal! :)

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:00 PM

Day 39.

Wish I could take my own advice and not pick at my skin. :(

Noticing back pain in AM.

Everything else remains the same.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:29 AM

I have a bit of a picking problem too! I'm sure it will get harder as my skin starts to dry more.

Hope the back pain improves! Maybe some stretching or yoga first thing could help?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:53 PM

I have a bit of a picking problem too! I'm sure it will get harder as my skin starts to dry more.

Hope the back pain improves! Maybe some stretching or yoga first thing could help?

~bodyandsoul


Thanks! It does fade after I have been up for a while. I am keeping up with my exercise routine but notice I don't have quite the same flexibility and/or stamina.

Day 42.

Skin continues to improve!

I feel dreadfully tired all day, my back is little sore first thing in AM, belly feels bloated a lot, lips soooo dry but skin continues to improve....so, I can deal. I actually go whole chunks of my day now without thinking about my skin. Not picking = happy skin. When I remember that, all is well. If this is me @20/mg, why would I increase?!?

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:56 PM

Day 46.

Nothing new to report. That is a good thing! :)

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:51 AM

Day 51.

Yesterday at work, a coworker said to me "Your complexion looks lovely. I know you have been working hard on it and it shows. It's radiant." Whaaaaat??? Me? Those are words never used in connection with MY skin before.

So far I am tremendously happy with my results and very glad I finally gave it a go. I'd be remiss if I didn't add that I am having some pretty painful side effects (primary doc on Tuesday to follow up & then next derm appt on 8/9) but at this point the benefits still outweigh the negatives for me. That is what chronic, severe, 15+ years of cystic acne has done to me. Completely skewed my perspective of what is most important. My health or my skin. But, what can I say? I'm a few months from 40 and I don't want to have bumps all over my face that make people stare at me like I have some contagious condition. I tried the natural health approach. Went vegan, tried every alternative practitioner in my area. It didn't work for me. Accutane seems to have stopped the viscious cycle. It's not a coincidence. My instinct tells me to keep on it. We will see what the doctors think.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:53 AM

Summer, I love the comment from your coworker!

I would argue that your perspective of what's important is NOT skewed..... your skin is a huge part of your health! It's all connected! I too took the natural health approach and it hasn't worked for me. I feel comfortable starting accutane because I literally have tried everything else. You should too! Go with your gut and know in your heart that you ARE doing the best thing for you and your body!

Have you tried the Real Purity makeup yet??? I got my samples and so far I am really liking it!! I'm not sure I've figured out my best shade but I think this makeup will be just perfect to apply under some mineral powder. It feels super light and airy. The coverage isn't great, but of course I expected that and prefer light coverage at this point anyway to let my face breathe.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:22 PM

I received my samples just today at work, so I will be trying them tomorrow morning! I cannot wait. I really had no clue on the colors per the website, so I tried a bunch. The feel of it (tried a dab on my hand) was wonderful. I'm excited. And thank you, so much, for reframing what I wrote. You are right. I have to go with my gut and having done everything natural and getting no results, here I am trying the dreaded Accutane (reframe: Vit A) and it's working.....so. :)

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:10 AM

I received my samples just today at work, so I will be trying them tomorrow morning! I cannot wait. I really had no clue on the colors per the website, so I tried a bunch. The feel of it (tried a dab on my hand) was wonderful. I'm excited. And thank you, so much, for reframing what I wrote. You are right. I have to go with my gut and having done everything natural and getting no results, here I am trying the dreaded Accutane (reframe: Vit A) and it's working.....so. Posted Image


I can't wait to hear what you think! I had to order one more sample yesterday...the light beige...I do find that this makeup is on the pink side - which I don't like for my already red face. The coverage is definitely light, but that's what I'm looking for at this point to allow my skin to breathe. I miss the look of my other makeup, but not the feel of it!

I'm thinking about trying this too: http://www.gabrielco...-foundation.cfm
Whole Foods carries is and I can return it if I don't like it. I tried another foundation by that same brand (ZuZu) but I hated it. I wonder if this one is better.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:59 AM


I received my samples just today at work, so I will be trying them tomorrow morning! I cannot wait. I really had no clue on the colors per the website, so I tried a bunch. The feel of it (tried a dab on my hand) was wonderful. I'm excited. And thank you, so much, for reframing what I wrote. You are right. I have to go with my gut and having done everything natural and getting no results, here I am trying the dreaded Accutane (reframe: Vit A) and it's working.....so. Posted Image


I can't wait to hear what you think! I had to order one more sample yesterday...the light beige...I do find that this makeup is on the pink side - which I don't like for my already red face. The coverage is definitely light, but that's what I'm looking for at this point to allow my skin to breathe. I miss the look of my other makeup, but not the feel of it!

I'm thinking about trying this too: http://www.gabrielco...-foundation.cfm
Whole Foods carries is and I can return it if I don't like it. I tried another foundation by that same brand (ZuZu) but I hated it. I wonder if this one is better.


I know what you mean about not needing to add pink to red! I tried the concealer, a couple colors of the powder and two colors of the foundation. Yesterday I didn't put anything all over my face, but rather spotted it and used powder to even out my complexion. It looked good but was very light. Today I tried the light beige and I did more of an all over and so we will see how it looks (too early for me to tell--too tired!). I do like the feel of it, a lot. I'll check out the other suggestion. Like that Whole Foods carries it and you can return it....:)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:22 AM

Day 56.

Saw my primary doc the other day. She is of course very concerned with some of my side effects but thrilled with my skin. She gave me a script to try to help one side effect (the belly stuff) and if it is no better in a week, I need an xray and she probably will not support me continuing further treatment. She feels I should not increase the dose if I do stay on it, given A) my results and B) my side effects. So, here is hoping that in a week I am doing a lot better because I see my dermatologist next Thursday! :)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:00 AM

Summer, I'm so sorry about your gut issues! I know that is so difficult and frustrating. Did you have any of those problems pre-accutane? I hope the prescription helps. Maybe once you "get things moving" with that, your good diet and water intake will keep things balanced.

Good luck!!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:49 PM

I did have issues (sometimes serious) but it was well managed for the last year through my diet and exercise. That is why it is so concerning - long history. Want to avoid going back there!!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

Hi Summer, I just found your log...I'm 45 years old and starting accutane next thursday..the 30 day wait has been terrible..i have gone back and forth so much on taking it..i have been suffering from acne for 29 years, but was manageable for the most part till a couple of years ago..thats when it turned cystic which i had never had..devastated me! I would get a couple of cysts, big ones, would get them shot with cortisone and i would be fine for weeks...the past 5 months tho have been pretty bad..i just have been getting cyst after cyst..i get rid of one, another one pops up..its so hard to deal with, and gives me such anxiety..my derm had offered me accutane awhile back and i was like no wayyy, i was so scared of the stuff! after coming on here and reading all the logs it gave me the confidence to say yes..but as time is winding down, im getting terrified again..i'm scared bc of my age that it will be so tolling on my body..i am going to def do it..i actually just got back from derms office bc i needed cortisone shot, lol..i cant deal with this anymore..and it sucks bc my skin just doesnt heal like it used to...jeez 45 and suffering from acne SUCKS!! sorry im ranting but im happy to see someone close to my age is having success..i hope everything goes well with the derm and your side effects become manageable!! i will be following your log!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:50 PM

Hi Summer, I just found your log...I'm 45 years old and starting accutane next thursday..the 30 day wait has been terrible..i have gone back and forth so much on taking it..i have been suffering from acne for 29 years, but was manageable for the most part till a couple of years ago..thats when it turned cystic which i had never had..devastated me! I would get a couple of cysts, big ones, would get them shot with cortisone and i would be fine for weeks...the past 5 months tho have been pretty bad..i just have been getting cyst after cyst..i get rid of one, another one pops up..its so hard to deal with, and gives me such anxiety..my derm had offered me accutane awhile back and i was like no wayyy, i was so scared of the stuff! after coming on here and reading all the logs it gave me the confidence to say yes..but as time is winding down, im getting terrified again..i'm scared bc of my age that it will be so tolling on my body..i am going to def do it..i actually just got back from derms office bc i needed cortisone shot, lol..i cant deal with this anymore..and it sucks bc my skin just doesnt heal like it used to...jeez 45 and suffering from acne SUCKS!! sorry im ranting but im happy to see someone close to my age is having success..i hope everything goes well with the derm and your side effects become manageable!! i will be following your log!


Hi Shadylee!

Oh...I can relate! Boy, can I relate. Here is what I can tell you. Waiting was awful. Too much time to imagine the worst and dread the experience. There are horror stories out there. I literally avoided them like the plague. I only read positive posts and tried to follow the logs of people I resonated with and were having good experiences. Trust your doctor. Trust yourself that having tried everything else, your body might really just need this to wipe out the cystic acne cycle. I tried to focus on my healing and started seeing my skin improving in my mind before I saw it in the mirror.

I completely understand what it feels like to be an older woman suffering with this. I actually had a "friend" say to me "It's just not right...at your age...you need to get that looked at." Um, okay. Thank you for that?!

I am being really conservative with my dose. I know the cumulative dose is important in terms of the "cure" but I do feel at my age, my body responds to medicine differently and I want to trust my body. I've had amazing results so far at 20, so I don't want to increase unless I have to, because I want to keep the side effects to a minimum. The side effects are real but most, if not all, are manageable.

Good luck with your journey! One day at a time. Focus on healing with this medicine. Write anytime and keep me posted. This is kinda silly but every time I take my pill I say something positive. I also take it at dinner time with food and a little fat. Take good care! :) Summer

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:59 PM

Month 2 done. Month 3, here I come!

So, the bloodwork was fine. My derm wants to up my dosage (big surprise, eh?). I am SO nervous about this, given my side effects and my results. But, she is the specialist and I get the cumulative dose factor AND I do not want to have gone through all of this for nothing. So, beginning tomorrow - from 20->40. Depending on how month 3 goes at that dose, we may do the same again in a month.

Here is where I need to remind myself of the big picture. The end result. It's still a very low dose in reality. I just dread breaking from the status quo. It's all good though. That is why I come here...to read about other people's experiences and get that feeling of "I can do this." :)

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:21 PM

Hi Summer! i'm so glad your bloodwork was fine. i got my scrip today to start at 40 mg, i too am so nervous! I was too tired to run to the pharmacy today so will do it tomorrow after work..tomorrow will be my first day...i'm so excited, but still quite scared! Its funny how each step of the way brings new "worries" to me..I was worried that there wld be something wrong with my bloodwork, now i'm so worried abt side effects, IB..etc...then along the way i know i will start to worry it wont work for me..it seems to be a never ending worry fest lol..i wish i cld fast forward 5 months!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:01 AM

Hi Summer! i'm so glad your bloodwork was fine. i got my scrip today to start at 40 mg, i too am so nervous! I was too tired to run to the pharmacy today so will do it tomorrow after work..tomorrow will be my first day...i'm so excited, but still quite scared! Its funny how each step of the way brings new "worries" to me..I was worried that there wld be something wrong with my bloodwork, now i'm so worried abt side effects, IB..etc...then along the way i know i will start to worry it wont work for me..it seems to be a never ending worry fest lol..i wish i cld fast forward 5 months!


I hear you Shadylee! Trying to calm the worries is a big part of this process for me. I truly believe my body responds better to the medicine when I am not worrying and when I believe it is healing my skin.

Good luck today! Think of today as the beginning of your clear skin journey rather than your accutane journey. Take it believing it will help you. You can manage whatever IB comes your way and the side effects, if you believe this will work for you. Keep me posted! :)