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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:47 PM

how long were you on antibiotics for?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:14 AM

how long were you on antibiotics for?


Huh? I was never on antibiotics.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

you wrote this in your first post:

"well I've been on most of the things mentioned: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Tetracyclines, Clindamycin...)"

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:27 AM

you wrote this in your first post:

"well I've been on most of the things mentioned: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Tetracyclines, Clindamycin...)"


Oh yeah, I don't really remember for how long...

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:38 PM

Week 2:

My face feels like sandpaper, specially my nose. Things have started to pop out of my pores, which is good.
However, in terms of mood today hasn't been very good. I've been wondering what's going to happen if after I finish taking Accutane my acne comes back.

EDIT: here's a pic
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:25 PM

Question: is it a good idea to manually remove all the things coming out of my pores? I find it so irresistible Posted Image

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:11 PM

Try not to think that far ahead or you'll drive yourself nuts. In my opinion, getting on a retinoid to keep pores clear is an option as accutane is not a cure for many, myself included.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:09 AM

Day 18:

I'm very happy to report that I haven't had any side effects other than the dry skin & lips Posted Image and today my face feels smooth! Posted Image Yay!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:25 AM

Day 21 (end of Week 3):

Cons:

My skin is dry, my lips are dry, my eyes are dry (this is new)... I even had some blood on my lips, nothing serious though.
I counted one active whitehead on the side of my nose.
My face is a little redder than usual.

Pros:
My skin feels 10x smoother (except for my nose which still feels like sandpaper), and my pores look slightly smaller.

So happy right now!Posted Image

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:45 PM

Day 25:

Y'all know that saying, "If something is too good to be true, it probably is"? Well that pretty much sums up how I feel right now. Either I am an extremely lucky person who didn't have to endure an IB, or this is the calm before the storm.

Seriously though, my skin feels smoother than ever, and I can go for days without washing my hair because it's so dry. And I haven't had any whiteheads for days now.

I really don't understand what is going on here. My acne was not severe but I had it for like 10 years, I honestly expected a lot worse than this.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:09 AM

Day 26:
I woke up today feeling very dizzy... I don't know if Accutane is to blame though. I stayed til 4 am yesterday.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

Day 27:
The dizziness has gone, but now I have this odd feeling... Idk how to explain... it's like someone is applying pressure on the back of my brain.
I've googled it and the words "intracraneal hypertension" came up. Okay, now I'm scared. I don't want to be taken off the med :s

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:14 PM

END OF MONTH 1!Posted Image

I am SO HAPPY! I've been getting compliments from relatives that my skin is looking better! And it is, I can see it and I can feel it! My face feels A LOT smoother, and most of my blackheads just.. vanished!

I have dry skin and 2 cysts right now, but oh well, who cares haha.

Go Accutane, go! Do your magic! Clear my skin!

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:34 AM

Day 33:

The cysts I mentioned earlier haven't dissapeared yet. No new zits though, fingers crossed.
Two new things: my lips are starting to chap (before they were just dry). And I noticed i'm losing eyelashes and hair (not very badly)
Also, my ankles kinda hurt when I wake up, but the pain disappears after 10 minutes or so.

So far, benefits >>>>>>>>>> side effects.

Edited by lila19, 24 October 2012 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:46 PM

Day 38:

Uh, not much to report... I've got some zits on my face but it's not that bad.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:20 AM

Hi lila, I am french so sorry for my english :)

i have exactly the same skin of yours ( clogged and enlarged pores) and I will beggin an Accutane treatment soon. I will follow your experience and I expect that it will help you with your enlarged pores. what is your posology right now?

Courage!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

Hi lila, I am french so sorry for my english Posted Image

i have exactly the same skin of yours ( clogged and enlarged pores) and I will beggin an Accutane treatment soon. I will follow your experience and I expect that it will help you with your enlarged pores. what is your posology right now?

Courage!


Good luck on your treatment!
I'm on 40 mg right now, I take one pill at lunch and the other at dinner.
Your pores will definitely unclog (mine have). I don't know about the shrinking, I guess they have shrunk a bit, I'm not sure.
Just remember: it gets worse before it gets better!


Day 42:

Yesterday something odd happened, my face was completely fine until around 12 pm midnight when I looked at myself on the mirror and OMG there was this HUGE bump on my forehead! It looked like a mosquito bite but 10 times bigger!
I was so freaked out, but then I thought, how come this appeared out of nowhere? And then I remembered... maybe it was my cat, I had let my cat rub against my face. Big mistake guys, never do that (or at least not while on Accutane... just to be on the safe side).

Today I woke up and the bump was gone.

Edited by lila19, 02 November 2012 - 09:00 AM.


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

thank you for your answer! Im happy to read that it will unclogged my pores. Do you still have a breakout ? Im afraid about that when i will beggin Accutane.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:30 PM

Do you still have a breakout ?


No, I don't. I think my breakout lasted for like 2 weeks.
Now I get the ocassional zit but it's nowhere near that.

1 month and 18 days:
My back is looking better I think, but my chest and shoulders look pretty much the same.
Today I felt really tired even though I slept a lot, I just didn't feel like doing anything. I fell asleep on the bus and did 0 (zero) work.
I hope this doesn't last long..

Edited by lila19, 07 November 2012 - 11:31 PM.


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:17 AM

Day 50:

Okay my lips are getting drier by the minute hahaha. My eyes get very dry as well.
EDIT: also, this is actually the first time in my life that I have to use a moisturising shampoo!
I'm having trouble using the mouse for a long time, since my hand gets sore easily. But hey, I can use this as a perfect excuse to go earlier to bed! Posted Image

Aside from that, nothing else.

Now to the "psychological" issues.

I have ups and downs. Ups because, believe it or not, I feel more confident about myself. Even though my skin looks redder and my lips are very cracked, I don't feel as nervous as talking to people as I did before (seriously, I used to get very nervous). So that is, for me, a HUGE improvement. It's as if I don't care about people's opinion as much as I used to.
Also, I have set myself the following goal: if all goes well and Accutane clears me up at a reasonable extent, I will get a job. (A serious job, not the one I have now.)
I've always believed that acne made me who I am today, so if I can change that, I feel like my whole life will change. I reaaaaaaaally hope this is true!

I have my downs when I feel very tired; hence, I feel sad. Not depressed though, just sad. Because I feel like a complete useless human being who is perfectly well in appareance but ... "feels tired". It sounds really stupid when I say it, because I can imagine people thinking "but erm, aren't you young to be tired?"
I don't usually tell people that I'm taking Accutane.

I'm gonna try to upload some pics soon.

Edited by lila19, 10 November 2012 - 12:22 AM.





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