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#1 iCogito

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:27 PM

Hello!!

I've been on this board since 2008. I had acne since I was 13 years old.

I've tried it all out there, and finally decided to go with Accutane. My acne gets worse with time, right now it's OUT OF CONTROL bad.
Today I got my Accutane and took first pill. yay!!!

I am very scared, but also very hopeful to be okay and just have clear skin.

I didn't really buy much things to help me with my Accutane journey.
I use Cerave cleanser and moisturizer.
I use Hyaluronic Acid serum before my moisturizer twice a day.
I also bought Dr Dans CortiBalm Lip Balm to help with dry lips.

So, there we go...

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:49 PM

Congratulations on starting! I am in month two.

I will follow this log, and I wish you all the best!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:25 PM

Congratulations on starting! I am in month two.

I will follow this log, and I wish you all the best!


Thank you! I am very excited!! I am also on 20 mg once a day right now.

Day 3

I am not sure if I am taking my pill too late, around 8 or 8:40pm...yesterday it was at almost 10:40 pm(came home late). I woke up at 3 am and didn't sleep since...
I feel no different, my face is just as bad.
I got some more stuff:
Palmer's Body Butter
Avene's Water..travel size pack of 3
African tea
Coconut oil
Vitamin E and Fish Oil
Eye cream

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:13 PM

Day 4

Took my 4th pill. Absolutely no changes in anything. I think my dose (20 mg a day) is too low. I am 5'8 and I weight about 130 lb.
Anyways, no dry skin or lips. A bit trouble sleeping but that might be due to stress at work. I dont have any new acne, only existing deep cysts( about 3) and bunch of tiny acne around chin, cheeks and forehead.

Edited by iCogito, 04 August 2012 - 10:28 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:30 AM

I found on 20mg I didnt notice much until about 2 weeks in when my skin dried out enough for my makeup to stay on all day! Then around 2/3 weeks in the black heads on my nose started to push out.

Dont worry about initial progress being slow, its all about cumulative dose, and the first month is all about getting your body used to the drug and checking for side effects. It'll appear to kick in eventually.

(I'm 110lbs for reference)

oh and I had SERIOUS issues sleeping, pretty sure it was related, but that has settled down now, most of the initial side effects have so hang on in there.

Edited by ClearDreaming, 05 August 2012 - 12:32 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:38 AM

I found on 20mg I didnt notice much until about 2 weeks in when my skin dried out enough for my makeup to stay on all day! Then around 2/3 weeks in the black heads on my nose started to push out.

Dont worry about initial progress being slow, its all about cumulative dose, and the first month is all about getting your body used to the drug and checking for side effects. It'll appear to kick in eventually.

(I'm 110lbs for reference)

oh and I had SERIOUS issues sleeping, pretty sure it was related, but that has settled down now, most of the initial side effects have so hang on in there.


Oh, thank you for replying. I feel relieved now, I thought my body was not reacting to Accutane.lol I actually have some issues sleeping right now. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night for 3 hours. hehe
Did you have your initial break out yet? How is your skin now? Doctor told me that with 20 mg my initial break out should not be bad.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:26 AM

Yeah, I used to have trouble getting to sleep (but that is fairly normal for me) then I would wake up all the time! I think that took about 2 weeks to stop. It was really annoying because the accutane made me tired all the time, but my body didnt seem to want to give me any sleep, very frustrating.

I have indeed had my IB Posted Image . It started towards the end of the month on 20mg and I thought it was bad, then when I got bumped up to 50mg all hell broke loose! I do have cystic acne though, and since I wasnt using any topicals before accutane I knew there was a load under my skin, basically everything that was a tiny bump has come up in a cyst. I'm super pale too so everything comes up bright red which is the worse when I'm looking at myself without makeup on. *sigh* I think it is calming down now though, touch wood!

So with that in mind, right now without makeup on my skin looks horrible! With it I'd say it looks pretty much how it before starting accutane, but my makeup stays on and my skin doesnt get oily anymore (sooo nice to wake up not all shiny!) The skin around where I have broken out looks much better and I find my red marks once the spots have gone are fading faster. I feel like I'm making slow progress and would prefer to be on a higher dose to speed it all up, but my derm is adamant, sooo.

I dont think I've had any 'new' spots as such, my IB has been mostly stuff I could already feel coming up, so even though mine was pretty bad, I think most other people would be ok! I do think the best thing about getting an IB on something like 20mg is that your skin isnt dry while it's happening! So its not going to be as painful, and you can def cover it all up with makeup.

On the 50mg now the skin on my face isnt that dry, nor are my lips, but I am getting some rashes on my arms that I'm moisturising.

Hope that helps :) I dont keep a log so I've just bombarded you with my experience there, haha

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:34 PM

Week 1 ( Day 7)

I feel like my lips a bit more dry since yesterday. Still breaking out around my jaw area. SOmeone said my skin looks "better"..less bumpy I guess.

Yeah, I used to have trouble getting to sleep (but that is fairly normal for me) then I would wake up all the time! I think that took about 2 weeks to stop. It was really annoying because the accutane made me tired all the time, but my body didnt seem to want to give me any sleep, very frustrating.

I have indeed had my IB Posted Image . It started towards the end of the month on 20mg and I thought it was bad, then when I got bumped up to 50mg all hell broke loose! I do have cystic acne though, and since I wasnt using any topicals before accutane I knew there was a load under my skin, basically everything that was a tiny bump has come up in a cyst. I'm super pale too so everything comes up bright red which is the worse when I'm looking at myself without makeup on. *sigh* I think it is calming down now though, touch wood!

So with that in mind, right now without makeup on my skin looks horrible! With it I'd say it looks pretty much how it before starting accutane, but my makeup stays on and my skin doesnt get oily anymore (sooo nice to wake up not all shiny!) The skin around where I have broken out looks much better and I find my red marks once the spots have gone are fading faster. I feel like I'm making slow progress and would prefer to be on a higher dose to speed it all up, but my derm is adamant, sooo.

I dont think I've had any 'new' spots as such, my IB has been mostly stuff I could already feel coming up, so even though mine was pretty bad, I think most other people would be ok! I do think the best thing about getting an IB on something like 20mg is that your skin isnt dry while it's happening! So its not going to be as painful, and you can def cover it all up with makeup.

On the 50mg now the skin on my face isnt that dry, nor are my lips, but I am getting some rashes on my arms that I'm moisturising.

Hope that helps Posted Image I dont keep a log so I've just bombarded you with my experience there, haha


Oh, please, keep sharing. I want to know what to expect.) I don't think my IB will scare me much. One time I had a breakout so bad, my whole face was covered with huge cysts. I just can't wait for my IB to start so it'd go away faster. hehe Do you use anything for your breakouts? I wonder if its okay to use aloe gel while on accutane.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:43 AM

good luck!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

Wishing you the best on your course! I'm just one month ahead of you. I'm still breaking out, but my skin is smoother and not as inflamed/congested. I just increased my dose from 40mg to 60mg for months 2-6. Hang in there!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:04 AM

Oh I didnt see you had quoted me! I've still been using mild spot treatment stuff (I know you say you arent meant to) and tea tree oil, as my skin doesnt seem that dry or delicate.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:48 PM

Thank you guys!

Oh I didnt see you had quoted me! I've still been using mild spot treatment stuff (I know you say you arent meant to) and tea tree oil, as my skin doesnt seem that dry or delicate.


I am using ointment for my spots. I should get some tea tree oil.

Day 10

I think I am gettng my IB since yesterday. I got 2 cysts on my hairline, and one big one on my cheek, one flared up cyst closer to my jawline. And a bunch of small ones. I hope it is my IB and it will get better. I am using oitment on them right now.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:17 PM

DAY 12
Dry lips. Face is better, I spot treated my cysts with Retinol (guilty). My lips look AMAZING! They are bigger and fuller. First I thought it was my imagination, but my mom commented this morning, "Gosh, you look like you got botox injection, what have you done to your lips?" Anyways, I hope my IB will not be too bad.
I am drinking African tea, taking Fish Oil and Vitamin E. I don't like Dr Dans CortiBalm Lip Balm-so heavy on lips. I put on coconut oil or Castrol oil on my lips before bed. On my eyes I use Bee's Burt Radiance Eye Cream. The rest is the same.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:28 AM


Congratulations on starting! I am in month two.

I will follow this log, and I wish you all the best!


Thank you! I am very excited!! I am also on 20 mg once a day right now.

Day 3

I am not sure if I am taking my pill too late, around 8 or 8:40pm...yesterday it was at almost 10:40 pm(came home late). I woke up at 3 am and didn't sleep since...
I feel no different, my face is just as bad.
I got some more stuff:
Palmer's Body Butter
Avene's Water..travel size pack of 3
African tea
Coconut oil
Vitamin E and Fish Oil
Eye cream


Wow. Whats a lot of stuff you're putting on your skin. I put nothing on mine and had no problem. The only thing I needed was lip balm about 3-4 x day but that's normal because your lips have no sweat glands.

Also, many times I would miss my pill by a few hours. Sometimes, I would forget to take for a day or two, but still had no problem.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:30 PM

Day13

Still those nasty little bumps all over my face-my skin looks SO uneven and bumpy on the light, and big ones are healing. I just cant stand this skin. My lips are dry, and thats it so far.



Congratulations on starting! I am in month two.

I will follow this log, and I wish you all the best!


Thank you! I am very excited!! I am also on 20 mg once a day right now.

Day 3

I am not sure if I am taking my pill too late, around 8 or 8:40pm...yesterday it was at almost 10:40 pm(came home late). I woke up at 3 am and didn't sleep since...
I feel no different, my face is just as bad.
I got some more stuff:
Palmer's Body Butter
Avene's Water..travel size pack of 3
African tea
Coconut oil
Vitamin E and Fish Oil
Eye cream


Wow. Whats a lot of stuff you're putting on your skin. I put nothing on mine and had no problem. The only thing I needed was lip balm about 3-4 x day but that's normal because your lips have no sweat glands.

Also, many times I would miss my pill by a few hours. Sometimes, I would forget to take for a day or two, but still had no problem.


I am only using Cerave moisturizer and cleanser, Hyaluronic Acid and some spot treatment on my face. What chapstick did you use?

Edited by iCogito, 13 August 2012 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:31 AM

Good luck, Accutane (especially the first three months) can be a bit tedious- and you will probably find yourself questioning why you did it, considering the annoying side effects (chapped lips, dry skin, etc) that go along with the IB most experience. However, around month 3-4 for most, things change faster than you could imagine, and for a lot of people your skin becomes flawless for the remainder of the course. It's really worth it. When you're done, you will look back on the time you spent in misery and feel it was allllll worth it. Patience isn't an easy virtue to have for anything- especially acne. But know you're on the right path.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:19 PM

I got a tube of Vaniply and a few Chap Sticks.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:07 PM

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Edited by iCogito, 17 August 2012 - 08:26 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:11 AM

Day17


All pretty much the same, dryish lips-hate them. I have breakout, got a couple cysts-I am not sure if its the IB or not since my skin was pretty bad this all year.
Also, I know for sure that alcohol and accutane = insomnia for sure.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:44 AM

Hey there!
I started 30mg/day about a week after you so I am interested in following your progress. I know it's going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride :/
I wish you the best of luck!!!
I have a log if you are interested in comparing notes! This is a journey better taken in the company of those who understand... :)

~Celia




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