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#1 NiRoMa

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:17 AM

Hey guys, i've been lurking the forums for years but never made an account. Finally got an accutane prescription yesterday and started straight away, i'm very excited but also scared as f**k..

Derm started by giving me 3 months worth - 40mg a day - took my first pills yesterday evening with dinner.

My background. Acne started on my upper back at about 14, went to the doc for the first time at 15. Since then i've tried all they have to offer - tetracycline, doxcycline, topicals etc etc. Now at 20 years old my acne is the worst it's been and i decided it was time to take the plunge and start taking the 'tane.

Photo below is just my face and chest - my worst acne is on my entire back, and my neck (but my phone camera doesnt have a self timer lol).

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UPDATE: New pic from day 14, see post #14


UPDATE 2: New pics on post #49 - awesome progress (30th nov)

Edited by NiRoMa, 30 November 2012 - 09:19 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:27 AM

Hey, I also started yesterday, Im really scared but I know it will be worth it. Starting my log today too, good luck, keep me updated x

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

Hey, I also started yesterday, Im really scared but I know it will be worth it. Starting my log today too, good luck, keep me updated x


Oh awesome! Good luck to you too :)

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:57 AM

hey bro, i have acne like you on my body. Its very depressing.

Please let me know how accutane is working for you

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:05 AM

I must say, you're cute. Acne or not, you're still cute :)
Accutane will clear you up for sure.
Good luck!

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:52 AM

hey bro, i have acne like you on my body. Its very depressing.

Please let me know how accutane is working for you

Sorry to hear that, you on the 'tone yet?

I must say, you're cute. Acne or not, you're still cute :
Accutane will clear you up for sure.
Good luck!


Haha, why thank you. Hopefully I'll look better when I clear up CD


Day 5
Whiteheads everywhere and more facial acne than I've ever had at one time. I guess this is what the call the initial breakout. I hope it doesn't last too long, body acne can be hidden, but this is the first time I'm experiencing constant facial acne, usually its just a few spots here and there. I hate that wearing clothes doesn't hide it.

On the plus side, apart from waking up thirsty as hell every day I haven't really noticed any sides. Skin is dryish but Its always been dry so its hard to tell if there's any difference there. Lips, eyes and nose don't feel any different but I do think I need to get some ChapStick soon for when it inevitably happens.

Probably no pics until about the 30th unfortunately as I have no internet and am on my phone.



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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:28 PM

Just taken my 7th set of pills. Today seems to be the arrival of the standard sides. My facial acne is worse than ever, tonnes around my mouth and even a couple of my cheek which I've NEVER had before :(
As well as this IB, my face is a little peely and I've had to moisturise the rest of my skin numerous times today. Gonna take a pic tomorrow and upload it

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:40 PM

More cheek acne today, hate it! Skin is very dry and my lips are a little dry and swollen. Eyes also feel kinda sore, possibly from dryness?

How long do IBs usually last? And how long till improvements start?

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:39 PM

Hows the body acne bro? Any huge breakouts?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

Hows the body acne bro? Any huge breakouts?


Same old same old tbh, existing spots are dry as hell but i havnt noticed any breakouts being worse than they were before accutane.

My eyes have been horribly dry over the past few days, need to pick up some eye drops on monday i think. Lips are very swolen but not too chapped. i've been using vaseline lip balm but i may have to upgrade so i ordered some of that Dr dans cortibalm online.

The huge facial breakouts i had are slowly starting to heal, although my jaw and neck are still pretty covered. The ones around my mouth arnt as red anymore so that's a relief i guess.


Bought some QV cleanser from amazon - it's pretty nice on my skin. I went for it because it doesnt contain SLS which i believe irritates my skin, plus its a fairly gentle cleanser, frag free etc. It's a great product and my skin has been far less itchy than it was when i was using regular shower gel.

Still using E45 moisturiser, does the job, when it runs out i may try cetaphil to see what the hype is about.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:57 PM

do you moisturize your back/shoulders while on tane?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:02 PM

That's weird your derm gave you a 3 month prescription at one time...I'm guessing accutane is not as strictly regulated outside the states. How bad was your initial breakout on your face? Glad you are starting to heal up already. I start on October 1st! I am so nervous but so exctied. Good luck with everything. I'll be following your log!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

do you moisturize your back/shoulders while on tane?

i have always moisturized my upper body

That's weird your derm gave you a 3 month prescription at one time...I'm guessing accutane is not as strictly regulated outside the states. How bad was your initial breakout on your face? Glad you are starting to heal up already. I start on October 1st! I am so nervous but so exctied. Good luck with everything. I'll be following your log!

Haha, funny you should say that. As far as regulation goes the UK is generally very strict. It took me almost a year from my GP telling me she recommends accutane to actually getting it because you have to be forwarded to consultants in the hospital rather than regular GPs

The 3 months thing i believe is because im away at uni so i wont be back home until christmas. I'm still going to be getting bloodwork done after a month though.

The breakout on my face was pretty bad - they were big, angry and puss filled - but whether or not that was an initial breakout i'm unsure of, it may have been coincidence (people seem to have them a few weeks in from what i can tell)

Do you have body acne too or just facial acne? I was pretty nervous too but im glad i made the decision to do this and so far i havnt noticed any abnormal side effects. Good luck with your cycle.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:27 AM

Day 14!

Lots and lots of breakouts on my chest, back and neck - awesome. I dont think i've ever had this many brand new spots at a given time. Can also feel the early stages of some angry f**kers on around my mouth so that should be fun. Been trying not to touch the facial ones cause it seems to make them heal quicker but the ones on my chest and back i just can't leave alone - they're itchy and painful and so i just find myself picking without even noticing.

Got new lip balm thing because the vaseline wasnt working at all - Nivea Hydro Care. Picked it up for about £1.50 at tesco express and it does a much better job than vaseline. Also have some aquaphor on the way from ebay since so many people here rave about it - £5 seems pricey but it stops my lips from being so big and weird looking it'll be worth it lol.

Uploaded a new pic, lighting is slightly different because im at my student house now (really to fill this place with posters, walls are looking very bare lol) but i'm going to make sure all of my comparison photos are done in natural light for the sake of consistancy.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:55 AM

hey mate, that breakout on your chest is something similar to what i have right now on my shoulder/back area as well.

Which moisturizer do you use on your upper body? Any reason why you moisturizer your upper body? Couldn't that be causing your breakouts?

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:14 AM

Excuse my language but: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu*k.

3 Days ago i woke up my the right hand side of my lip all swollen and weird. It seemed that a nearby deep spot had caused it to swell up weirdly. Out of reluctance to stop accutane and take antibiotics i decided to leave it and see if it improved as the spot healed. NNow the spot is less painful and inflamed but the lip swelling is still exactly the same size.

Looks like i'm gonna have to go to the doctor for this and either - find out that its an infection and take antibiotics, therefore a week off the accutane, OR find out something worse and have to stop taking accutane altogether. Which would be devastating.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

have you taken antibiotics for acne before?

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

Ah mate, serious crap time at the moment!! It's day 17 today, like you I guess, and it's been ok up until now. Ive been sooooooooooooooo thirsty it's stupid, drinking 4 plus litres of water per day, Guess my liver is working it's nuts off. Lips have bled, using blistex moisturiser cream for it, £2.20 from tesco. Done the job so far. Ive had headaches, tiredness, nose bleeds and my pores are on the surface. They don't notice but if I out my tongue behind my lower lip and push it out you can see all of them. Ive has about 20 small spots in total over the past 2.5 weeks. No IB so far. Good luck matey x

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:36 PM

Good news! Went to the doctor and she thinks the lip swelling will go on its own, so no need for antibiotics - i just need to walk around with a weird swollen lip for a little while longer =/

Ah mate, serious crap time at the moment!! It's day 17 today, like you I guess, and it's been ok up until now. Ive been sooooooooooooooo thirsty it's stupid, drinking 4 plus litres of water per day, Guess my liver is working it's nuts off. Lips have bled, using blistex moisturiser cream for it, £2.20 from tesco. Done the job so far. Ive had headaches, tiredness, nose bleeds and my pores are on the surface. They don't notice but if I out my tongue behind my lower lip and push it out you can see all of them. Ive has about 20 small spots in total over the past 2.5 weeks. No IB so far. Good luck matey x


Ahh sorry to hear you're having such a hard time with it - we were so positive 16 days ago Posted Image I havnt had any nose bleeds but when i blow my nose theres always blood in there so it must be dry and bleeding a little bit. Also insanely thirsty lol, i've been sleeping with a bottle of water next to my bed for when i wake up each morning feeling like i've slept in an oven.
I'd look out for the blistex cream but my lip balm collection is already getting a little ridiculous - Vaseline, nivea hydro care, Dr dans cortibalm, Aquaphor lip repair. I definitely dont need them all but the last 2 were widely recommended on here and the first 2 i bought instore while i waited for the others to be delivered.

The past few days have been fairly normal acne wise - no noticable increase or decrease in the rate at which i get new spots, just same old same old.

Bought some cetaphil since its raved about on here - going to start using it instead of my e45.

Also, i'm going to an 'olympics themed' party tomorrow as a relay team with 3 of my friends and the outfit we're wearing involves a white sleevless vest. Pretty self concious about having my back, chest and shoulders showing since they're covered in acne, scars and red marks but i think im just gonna man up and do it anyway.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:38 AM

Actually, i think my skin is currently a LOT worse that it was when i started, looking at my first pic =/