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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:22 AM

yes..thats what im doing..i have a list started..my biggest fears are hair loss and my poor liver! chapped lips and dry nose seem like a given....gonna make my top drawer of my nightstand product central..lol

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:55 AM

Shady,
I purchased milk thistle to aid in liver function. Hoping it will help.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:45 AM

Day 4

I'll take my fourth dose this evening. I've had a couple of headaches that I'm not sure I can attribute to the drug - it could be the excessive heat we've been experiencing lately. No other side effects at this time.

However, this morning I woke up to see that some of the cystic acne along my jawline (which has been there for months) was Greatly reduced in size - some of it even gone! Wow! I am still seeing new breakouts, but I was really excited to see that improvement.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:40 PM

Hmmm... I am starting to break out on my hand and ankle with what appears to be poison ivy. I hope that's all it is and not a weird side effect!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:42 PM

BodyandSoul:

Do you use any natural makeup of any kind?

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:32 AM

BodyandSoul:

Do you use any natural makeup of any kind?

Summer


Hi Summer,
I have tried so many different things and while I would prefer to use only mineral powder, I find I need liquid makeup in order to cover my blemishes and help combat oil. I use Bare Minerals (in MATTE - which does not contain bismuth oxychloride. The other formula does). I also really like Everyday Minerals. I hope that once my skin clears and I'm not as oily, I can use just mineral foundation (or nothing!) :)

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:08 AM

On day 3, I developed tiny water blisters on one hand. Today is Day 6 and I now have hive-type breakouts in other areas of my body. My mother had something similar on her hands and it was due to anxiety! I am wondering if it's the same for me or possibly a side effect of accutane. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:19 PM

I'm not sure what hive breakouts look like, but I've had random rashes ever since starting Accutane. Mine were patches of little red bumps that just itched like crazy. I also had scaly/red bumpy rashes on both of my forearms at the same time. It was weird.

Accutane can cause rashes or patches of eczema. If what you have is caused by Accutane, it might help if you moisturize if you aren't already. I know my rashes were caused by my dry skin. Not sure if that's what you have though...

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:57 AM


BodyandSoul:

Do you use any natural makeup of any kind?

Summer


Hi Summer,
I have tried so many different things and while I would prefer to use only mineral powder, I find I need liquid makeup in order to cover my blemishes and help combat oil. I use Bare Minerals (in MATTE - which does not contain bismuth oxychloride. The other formula does). I also really like Everyday Minerals. I hope that once my skin clears and I'm not as oily, I can use just mineral foundation (or nothing!) Posted Image


Thank you! That is what I hope for too. I tried Jane Iredale's liquid mineral foundation but I find I look like an oompa loompa, it appears very cakey and rough. I will check out BM in Matte. I didn't realize they had a liquid version. Cool!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

I'm not sure what hive breakouts look like, but I've had random rashes ever since starting Accutane. Mine were patches of little red bumps that just itched like crazy. I also had scaly/red bumpy rashes on both of my forearms at the same time. It was weird.

Accutane can cause rashes or patches of eczema. If what you have is caused by Accutane, it might help if you moisturize if you aren't already. I know my rashes were caused by my dry skin. Not sure if that's what you have though...

Thanks, Rachel. After calling the derm's office, it sounds like this is all eczema. The stuff on my hand is definitely, but the other rashes on my body probably are too. I'm going to moisturize better and see if it improves. If not, I'll go see the derm next week. I was just so surprised to see this reaction so quickly after starting and before my skin ever felt dry.



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Do you use any natural makeup of any kind?

Summer


Hi Summer,
I have tried so many different things and while I would prefer to use only mineral powder, I find I need liquid makeup in order to cover my blemishes and help combat oil. I use Bare Minerals (in MATTE - which does not contain bismuth oxychloride. The other formula does). I also really like Everyday Minerals. I hope that once my skin clears and I'm not as oily, I can use just mineral foundation (or nothing!) Posted Image


Thank you! That is what I hope for too. I tried Jane Iredale's liquid mineral foundation but I find I look like an oompa loompa, it appears very cakey and rough. I will check out BM in Matte. I didn't realize they had a liquid version. Cool!


Oh, actually, the BM in Matte is a powder. I use it over top of my liquid foundation but I'm hoping at some point I can use only the powder. I tried Jane Iredale powder and found it to be very cakey and the color just looks all wrong on me even though I had someone match me. Have you tried a tinted moisturizer with a mineral powder?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:26 AM

Day 7


A few things to report as I approach the one week mark!

On Day 3, I developed a rash on one hand that was very tiny little blisters. I thought at first it was poison ivy, but then began to see other itchy spots arise on other areas of my body, though my hand and elbows are the only spot that there are actual raised bumps. Yesterday, a red rash was showing up in more places, with a very large portion of my lower back/hip area and the back upper parts of my legs. My arms are a bit splotchy as well and the same rash that is on my hands is popping up on my elbows. Sometimes it itches and other times it doesn't bother me. After reading about other's side effects on this medicine and talking to the dermatologist this morning on the phone, it seems that this is a very common ezcema reaction to Accutane. Even though my skin doesn't feel very dry yet, the dermatologist believes that intense moisturizing will help. If it gets worse, I can go in and get a steroid cream, though I'd like to avoid that if possible. I was very surprised to see such a quick reaction to this medicine, especially because my skin did not yet feel dry. But this is nothing I can't handle!

This morning was the first morning I woke up and my face did not feel oily! That was a good feeling. My face also seems to feel much smoother and I am still seeing some of the cystic acne along my jawline (which has been there for months!) reducing in size and clearing up. Feeling very positive so far about this working well on my acne.

I'm still working on my skin care routine and I'll be happy once I get settled in to something that works well. I really like using the lanolin on my lips and I really haven't experienced dry lips yet.

My eyes are starting to dry but I hope I can squeeze in a little more time with my contacts! I did receive my Maui Jim prescription sunglasses in the mail, so I'll be all ready to switch over to my glasses when it's time!

I stay EXTREMELY thirsty all the time and I've greatly increased my water intake. My appetite has decreased but that could be due to drinking more water and feeling fuller, although I've heard of this side effect from others too.

Overall, feeling pretty good about it all, especially now that I have a more clear answer about this rash.

One week DOWN! Posted Image

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Edited by bodyandsoul, 12 July 2012 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:11 PM

Wooo Hooo week 1 complete!! Sounds like things are going smooth for you! Congratulations!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:35 PM


I'm not sure what hive breakouts look like, but I've had random rashes ever since starting Accutane. Mine were patches of little red bumps that just itched like crazy. I also had scaly/red bumpy rashes on both of my forearms at the same time. It was weird.

Accutane can cause rashes or patches of eczema. If what you have is caused by Accutane, it might help if you moisturize if you aren't already. I know my rashes were caused by my dry skin. Not sure if that's what you have though...

Thanks, Rachel. After calling the derm's office, it sounds like this is all eczema. The stuff on my hand is definitely, but the other rashes on my body probably are too. I'm going to moisturize better and see if it improves. If not, I'll go see the derm next week. I was just so surprised to see this reaction so quickly after starting and before my skin ever felt dry.



BodyandSoul:

Do you use any natural makeup of any kind?

Summer


Hi Summer,
I have tried so many different things and while I would prefer to use only mineral powder, I find I need liquid makeup in order to cover my blemishes and help combat oil. I use Bare Minerals (in MATTE - which does not contain bismuth oxychloride. The other formula does). I also really like Everyday Minerals. I hope that once my skin clears and I'm not as oily, I can use just mineral foundation (or nothing!) Posted Image


Thank you! That is what I hope for too. I tried Jane Iredale's liquid mineral foundation but I find I look like an oompa loompa, it appears very cakey and rough. I will check out BM in Matte. I didn't realize they had a liquid version. Cool!


Oh, actually, the BM in Matte is a powder. I use it over top of my liquid foundation but I'm hoping at some point I can use only the powder. I tried Jane Iredale powder and found it to be very cakey and the color just looks all wrong on me even though I had someone match me. Have you tried a tinted moisturizer with a mineral powder?


ohhhh...That would explain why I haven't found it! haha. I haven't yet found a tinted moisturizer that I am in love with. Do you have a favorite?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

ohhhh...That would explain why I haven't found it! haha. I haven't yet found a tinted moisturizer that I am in love with. Do you have a favorite?


I can't say I have found one I love either. Let me know if you find something and I'll do the same! Posted Image


Day 8


I spoke too soon yesterday when I said my lips hadn't started drying out...definitely started feeling/seeing that last night. But the lanolin is really nice.

Face is still much much less oily. So is my hair! Not seeing any flakiness on my face but my scalp is a bit itchy.

My throat is constantly very slightly sore. I think it's just the dryness.

The eczema rashes are much better now that I'm moisturizing frequently. I got this more natural cream at Whole Foods and it's helped more than the hydrocortisone I was using on my hand: Florasone

~bodyandsoul

Edited by bodyandsoul, 13 July 2012 - 10:11 AM.


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:24 PM

i too have decided to do the accutane journey..i am 45 years old and have been suffering from acne for 29 years now..it wasnt always bad, i had some good years, some bad years, but was always manageable..it wasnt till when i was in my early 40s, yes, early 40s that it became a nightmare for me..this is when i developed cystic acne..devastating..i wld have clear times, but every couple of months wld get a huge cyst..and then the beginning of this year, it has basically been nonstop with the cysts..i dont get tons at one time, but as soon as one heals another one comes, i just dont get a break anymore..im always running to the derm for cortisone shots..she offered me accutane about a year ago, and i said no way..never going to do that..well let me say, i cant be anymore excited to start now, im sorry i waited. this past year i have spent so many weekends hiding, crying, my self esteem has suffered, ive changed as a person..and when i say i have tried everything, i have..29 years worth!! so congratulations bodyandsoul, bc like you, i did not make this decision lightly..i was put into the ipledge system today, and if all goes right, i will start august 7th..now that i made the decision and am starting the process...i wish i cld have the pill NOW..lol..gonna be a long month!


My start date is also August 7th!

It's a long wait!!!!!!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:43 PM

BodyandSoul-

I (like many on here) completely relate to you. It's nice to know there are people out there that understand what it's like to be an adult with cysts and other acne popping up all over the place. I have been dealing with this nonstop for about a year (I always had little, manageable stuff and the occasional cyst- but something in my hormones/oil production has drastically changed in the last year). I cannot wait to start my course on August 7th.

We are also so alike-- I just spent $200 shopping yesterday. I got my regular groceries and then I stocked up on EVERYTHING I can think I'll need once I start. I have started taking individual supplements instead of the multi-vitamin. Here's what I got-

-Vitamine E
-Vitamine C
-Vitamine B12
-Omega 3 Fish Oil
-Glucosamine (joints)
-Calcium (of course!)

Other items I purchased:
-Eurcerin Calming Cream (I've heard you can put this everywhere)
-lip balm with spf
-Aquafor and other lip stuff to put 1 in every room of my house, car, and bags!
-small lotions to put everywhere
-Coconut Oil (great for the hair!)
-Pure Shea Butter
-Hydrocortisone Cream 1%-- I read online that if you get a crack in your lip or on the sides of your lip, you put this on and it heals it overnight. I read this is the same active ingredient as in the other "fancy" cracked lip creams.

Hope your skin keeps getting better from here! Can't wait to keep up with your progress :)

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:21 AM

BodyandSoul-

I (like many on here) completely relate to you. It's nice to know there are people out there that understand what it's like to be an adult with cysts and other acne popping up all over the place. I have been dealing with this nonstop for about a year (I always had little, manageable stuff and the occasional cyst- but something in my hormones/oil production has drastically changed in the last year). I cannot wait to start my course on August 7th.

We are also so alike-- I just spent $200 shopping yesterday. I got my regular groceries and then I stocked up on EVERYTHING I can think I'll need once I start. I have started taking individual supplements instead of the multi-vitamin. Here's what I got-

-Vitamine E
-Vitamine C
-Vitamine B12
-Omega 3 Fish Oil
-Glucosamine (joints)
-Calcium (of course!)

Other items I purchased:
-Eurcerin Calming Cream (I've heard you can put this everywhere)
-lip balm with spf
-Aquafor and other lip stuff to put 1 in every room of my house, car, and bags!
-small lotions to put everywhere
-Coconut Oil (great for the hair!)
-Pure Shea Butter
-Hydrocortisone Cream 1%-- I read online that if you get a crack in your lip or on the sides of your lip, you put this on and it heals it overnight. I read this is the same active ingredient as in the other "fancy" cracked lip creams.

Hope your skin keeps getting better from here! Can't wait to keep up with your progress Posted Image

hi zodi..its cool we have the same start date..this wait is excruciating lol! i am going to go out and stock up too, i want to be prepared! i"ve been writing down all the stuff i want to get, recomendations people have made...i just cant wait to get started!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

I can't say I have found one I love either. Let me know if you find something and I'll do the same! Posted Image

Will do!!


Day 8


I spoke too soon yesterday when I said my lips hadn't started drying out...definitely started feeling/seeing that last night. But the lanolin is really nice.

Face is still much much less oily. So is my hair! Not seeing any flakiness on my face but my scalp is a bit itchy.

My throat is constantly very slightly sore. I think it's just the dryness.

The eczema rashes are much better now that I'm moisturizing frequently. I got this more natural cream at Whole Foods and it's helped more than the hydrocortisone I was using on my hand: Florasone

Yay! Sounds so good!! Increasing water could help with the throat. It did me. I feel like I could float away I am drinking so much water.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:26 PM

BodyandSoul-

I (like many on here) completely relate to you. It's nice to know there are people out there that understand what it's like to be an adult with cysts and other acne popping up all over the place. I have been dealing with this nonstop for about a year (I always had little, manageable stuff and the occasional cyst- but something in my hormones/oil production has drastically changed in the last year). I cannot wait to start my course on August 7th.

We are also so alike-- I just spent $200 shopping yesterday. I got my regular groceries and then I stocked up on EVERYTHING I can think I'll need once I start. I have started taking individual supplements instead of the multi-vitamin. Here's what I got-

-Vitamine E
-Vitamine C
-Vitamine B12
-Omega 3 Fish Oil
-Glucosamine (joints)
-Calcium (of course!)

Other items I purchased:
-Eurcerin Calming Cream (I've heard you can put this everywhere)
-lip balm with spf
-Aquafor and other lip stuff to put 1 in every room of my house, car, and bags!
-small lotions to put everywhere
-Coconut Oil (great for the hair!)
-Pure Shea Butter
-Hydrocortisone Cream 1%-- I read online that if you get a crack in your lip or on the sides of your lip, you put this on and it heals it overnight. I read this is the same active ingredient as in the other "fancy" cracked lip creams.

Hope your skin keeps getting better from here! Can't wait to keep up with your progress Posted Image


Zodi,
This all sounds great! Glad you are getting stocked up before Aug 7! I need to find something for my hair and scalp! Maybe I will try the coconut oil. My scalp has gotten very flaky!! Posted Image

hi zodi..its cool we have the same start date..this wait is excruciating lol! i am going to go out and stock up too, i want to be prepared! i"ve been writing down all the stuff i want to get, recomendations people have made...i just cant wait to get started!


Shady, I can't wait for you to get started too! Posted Image

Yay! Sounds so good!! Increasing water could help with the throat. It did me. I feel like I could float away I am drinking so much water.


Agreed - more water does seem to help! I too feel like I'm constantly full of H20!



My scalp is a flaky and itchy! booooo. I probably need to back off washing my hair to every other day but conditioning every day and finding some kind of deep moisturizer/conditioner for once or twice a week. Any suggestions for hair care from any of you ladies?

Edited by bodyandsoul, 15 July 2012 - 01:27 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:55 PM

My scalp is a flaky and itchy! booooo. I probably need to back off washing my hair to every other day but conditioning every day and finding some kind of deep moisturizer/conditioner for once or twice a week. Any suggestions for hair care from any of you ladies?


A lot of people have the flaky and itchiness going on too! From all the ladies and gent I talk to on here are either using head and shoulders ( I hear that the one with eucalyptus smells really good) or Neutrogena T-gel. It seems to take care of the problem. I have been able to avoid flakes and itchiness lucky me! I have been able to do that by like you said backing off washing my hair. Before Accutane I needed to wash my hair daily because it was so oily by the end of each day. Since I have stopped producing so much oil I can go seriously 3 days with my hair looking great. I can go longer if I wanted too. I also do a deep conditioning once a week. Which I think is helpful.