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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:38 AM

Your not ment tO use spot treatments when on accutane , and alcohol shouldn't really be consumed either !

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:15 AM

Your not ment tO use spot treatments when on accutane , and alcohol shouldn't really be consumed either !


I disagree in regards to drinking on Accutane. My physician was fully aware of my intent/follow through in drinking while on treatment. The only thing you need be aware of Is that consuming alcohol within 24 hours of your Lipid panel being drawn can cause an exogenous/artificial elevation in your liver panel; which may alarm your physician into blaming Accutane. That being said, for lack of better words, I routinely (weekly) reinvented being shitfaced on Accutane. I never had a lower tolerance, got hungover easier (I never get hung over though), experienced insomnia, etc. I personally think its alright to drink, just do it intelligently and in a manner not allowing it to interrupt your course.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:10 PM


Your not ment tO use spot treatments when on accutane , and alcohol shouldn't really be consumed either !


I disagree in regards to drinking on Accutane. My physician was fully aware of my intent/follow through in drinking while on treatment. The only thing you need be aware of Is that consuming alcohol within 24 hours of your Lipid panel being drawn can cause an exogenous/artificial elevation in your liver panel; which may alarm your physician into blaming Accutane. That being said, for lack of better words, I routinely (weekly) reinvented being shitfaced on Accutane. I never had a lower tolerance, got hungover easier (I never get hung over though), experienced insomnia, etc. I personally think its alright to drink, just do it intelligently and in a manner not allowing it to interrupt your course.


Yes, yes... I don't think it really matters that much. I am not drinking my life away, just 2-3 martinis a week and a glass of wine. I feel like I get drunk slower. lol I don't get hangovers just yet, but HORRIBLE insomnia the night after.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:30 PM



Your not ment tO use spot treatments when on accutane , and alcohol shouldn't really be consumed either !


I disagree in regards to drinking on Accutane. My physician was fully aware of my intent/follow through in drinking while on treatment. The only thing you need be aware of Is that consuming alcohol within 24 hours of your Lipid panel being drawn can cause an exogenous/artificial elevation in your liver panel; which may alarm your physician into blaming Accutane. That being said, for lack of better words, I routinely (weekly) reinvented being shitfaced on Accutane. I never had a lower tolerance, got hungover easier (I never get hung over though), experienced insomnia, etc. I personally think its alright to drink, just do it intelligently and in a manner not allowing it to interrupt your course.


Yes, yes... I don't think it really matters that much. I am not drinking my life away, just 2-3 martinis a week and a glass of wine. I feel like I get drunk slower. lol I don't get hangovers just yet, but HORRIBLE insomnia the night after.



Yes, compared to that weekly amount- I tortured my liver every weekend. Often times a liter of vodka, rum, or whiskey between 2-3 of us and at least half a dozen beers. As I said, reinventing shitfaced! And still here! I can definitely say that isn't healthy, even without Accutane. I'm sure you are fine. If anything red wine (assuming you're not going through cases is really good for your arteries as many studies suggest!

Here's to enjoying life- err wait 21 credit hour semester in 7 hours and I'm experiencing that aforementioned insomnia.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:04 PM

Day 21

Nothing major. My lips continue to be dry. Pores on my nose seem to be bigger like my blackheads want to get out,but can't. Have 3 healing cysts, a couple new acne around my hairline. Overall my skin is bumpy. Tomorrow at 7:30 am I have the blood work appointment before my work. My doctor's appointment is on 30th..NEXT week.:)

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:20 AM

Day 25


I just hate everything. My lips are chapped, blackheads seem to be disappearing. Got huge cyst on my left cheek and little nasty ones on my right cheek. I am SO SICK of acne!!!!! 


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:43 AM

So sorry you are feeling rough! I'm on day 50 and still breaking out and I know how you're feeling. I started feeling more confident after beginning accutane (because I saw improvement right off the bat) but now I'm kind of at a stand still and feeling self concious again. It's hard, isn't it??

It's still really early for both of us so hang in there!! Lots of healing time and try to think of these few months (a drop in the bucket of time really, right) as time for YOU :)

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:51 PM

So sorry you are feeling rough! I'm on day 50 and still breaking out and I know how you're feeling. I started feeling more confident after beginning accutane (because I saw improvement right off the bat) but now I'm kind of at a stand still and feeling self concious again. It's hard, isn't it??

It's still really early for both of us so hang in there!! Lots of healing time and try to think of these few months (a drop in the bucket of time really, right) as time for YOU Posted Image


Thank you for your reply. Makes me feel so much better.,

Today I am kind of worried. I took my last birth control pill yesterday and was supposed to get my new pack today, BUT the pharmacy screwed up at following up with me and I didn't get it today. So I missed a day..but I am worried can iPledge kick me out if they find out? do they keep track of me using birth control? can I not buy it at all? Insurance is starting to charge me now for it..(( My derm wasnt working today, I couldnt reach him.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:18 PM

SO got my birth control pills, and my nurse said that its okay that I skipped a day.

My IB is here. My face is pretty bad, the cysts are very big and stick out. I am using Double Wear Light and it covers all the redness but the bumps cant be hidden.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:17 PM

Day 30

Went to see my derm. He was like, "so would you like to increase the dose?" I am like ,"sure..." Anyways, he put me on 40 mg a day now. I wanted to pick up my accutane today, but the nurse sent them to the wrong CVS yuppieeee. I guess it will be ready tomorrow. My face is breaking out pretty bad right now. I think this is IB for sure..cysts everywhere. Right now I have like 7 cysts on my face. I am not gonna lie, I am scared to take 40 mg now... Good thing Ill have Sunday and Monday off..so 2 days to see the reaction.Ill just suck it up.

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, I often go back to your post to check with my progress. So far I seem to have the same journey as you did. Now that the doc increased my dose to 40 mg I worry it might get bad now.lol How are you right now? Did your IB go down?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:55 PM

Day 25


I just hate everything. My lips are chapped, blackheads seem to be disappearing. Got huge cyst on my left cheek and little nasty ones on my right cheek. I am SO SICK of acne!!!!! There is this bartender I have a little crush on (classic) and he is SO adorable, I go to his place every week. Yesterday he kinda ignored me. Every time he comes close I ask the most stupid questions and giggle like an idiot. All I think when he comes up to me is "cysts!! cysts!!! omg, he saw my skin, omg he think I am gross...CYSTS!!" And I just behave like a nervous wrack..no wonder he ignored me yesterday,anyways I came home and had hysteria for like an hour. Its just so exhausting to have no personal life because my skin makes me act all shy and scared, and I cant flirt when I look like shit.(((( F*cking sad.


Stop with these negative thoughts and emotions. For what? Just to impress some guy? Who cares if you have pimples on your face now there will be plenty of guys around after your cycle and when you have clear skin. Stop worrying about what some guy thinks of you.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:42 PM

So Five days on 40 mg
Day hm...36

Im still breaking out around jaw line, especially my chin, my left side is worse than my right side.. My lips are more chapped, no side effects beside that. I get at least 2 pimples a day, at least 1 of them is a cyst. Sigh.. Cant wait to be done.XD

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:52 PM

Hey there.
I hope you are feeling better about things. I just wanted to tell you that I can totally relate to everything you are saying (especially about the guys) Like craze321 says, we shouldn't care what guys think about our zits but it's so hard not to :( I used to be so confident and I never felt like anyone was too good for me, but now I am so embarassed of my face. I have been so uncomfortble arounds guys for the last several months I have virtually become a hermit. I haven't been on a date in probably 2 months...the last guy I saw TOTALLY blew me off after we went out. He hadn't seen me since we were still in school and I had broken out terribly since then. I
just know people are disgusted by my skin, I know I am. But hey, we ARE going to be clear and all this acne is going to be history. Then we can tell all of those fools to F**k off and kiss our AAASSSSSSS!!!!
I'm sure you are like me. I'm not shallow at all, and I know that there is MUCH more to me than just my appearance, but if someone can't even look me in the face...Well, they most likely won't take the time to get to know me. Maybe they are shallow?? Probably not, it's just a fact. Appearances make a big first impression. They don't have to waste their time. They can move right along to the next pretty girl who probably has great skin.

Chin up :)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:58 PM


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:46 AM

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:22 AM

Must share embracing moment.((( SOme guy at the bar commented on my chapped lips. I forgot my balms at home cuz I took different bag..... and I guess the guy was tipsy and kinda of annoyed that I was talking to some other guy. And he goes to the bartender (the one I like), " Hey, bartender, that girl seems to be in the desperate need of the chapstick..I guess she was skiing or something." WTF!!!!!((( FML



Did you mean embracing? Or embarrassing? I am guessing the latter...

I don't mean to be rude, in fact, I am trying to support you empathically. So here it goes: Why would you care what some drunk guy thought? ...Especially if his comments were hurtful? Douchebags are dime a dozen, looking for non-douches in a bar is probably not the best idea, I speak from my own experience with females. Don't let a drunken male offend you. Especially if he was upset about you ignoring him for another respective male. Seems like you should be flattered, especially since he was interested despite your chapped lips! I mean...I know most people, especially me who post on this forum are invoking in vanity, but come on- it's about moderation.

As far as your IB, it happens. I am on my second course and I have probably one of the most mild cases I have seen recently on this forum; to the point where I had to bribe, beg, plead to derms (and it took 5-6) to give me the drug. That being said, even as mild as my acne was the first time I took it, I had a horrible IB, tons fo cysts (which was not at all my skin-type), It lasted roughly three full months, then slowly declined, and my skin was clear by month-four. It's only been...6.5 months since that course, and I'm 32 days into the second course on 80mg/day, and I am almost 100% clear again. The IB is just accumulation of clogged pores purging. 95% of us have been there that have used this drug, the results are spectacular and worth the wait. Remember, if somebody is judging you based on your acne, they really aren't a good person (I know that's easier said then done to accept). If you can find somebody who can look past that, then you're onto something. Remember too, that you are young, and in another few months, you'll have marvelous skin, which you can be proud of- and these anxieties will poof, it's just a matter of time! Keep enjoying your life until it's at that point though, every day is a unique gift.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:38 AM

Oh, I often go back to your post to check with my progress. So far I seem to have the same journey as you did. Now that the doc increased my dose to 40 mg I worry it might get bad now.lol How are you right now? Did your IB go down?


Hey sorry I have been away!

Yes my IB has gone down! Yay! I am coming to the end of month 3, and clearing has started. I don't think my skin looks much better as I have lots of marks, but I can feel that it's less congested. I have one cyst by my mouth that has been there for like a month (really getting worried that it will never go!) and a few other cysts that are going down slowwwwllly. But I can honestly see an improvement, so stick in there!

I thought i'd be clear by the end of month 3, but my friend who was on accutane told me I was silly and it's a long haul and to be patient, so I'm going to go with what he said. I can see that in 3 more months at this rate I should be clear!

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:26 PM

Aw!! It must be hard for you with this IB. You should keep thinking that it will get better. I'm sure you expected it and you were ready for it. I hope your skin clears up and be smooth! Good luck!

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:06 AM

Thanbks everyone for the feedback. Means a lot!!!!!
Day 51
The last 4 days my skin seems better, its not as irritated.
I started sneezing a lot, I guess nose dryness?
Also, my eyes are itchy...also dryness?
I found a great way to help my lips..Neosperin Oitment..before bed and in the morning, made my lips so much better.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:14 AM

HELP
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About 5 days ago my eyes got puffy and red, still kind of red. BUT now I got these tiny bruises on both of my hips..very dark. I wonder if its Accutane?




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