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#1 twinsfan57

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Hey everyone, I'm  a 17 year old with moderate/severe acne. I started getting light acne in 7th grade and it became moderate in 9th grade. Just this past summer it became moderate/severe. So far, I've tried benzoyl peroxide washes, just plain cleanser, cephalexin (some type of antibiotic), the regimen from acne.org, some weird herbal soap, and .05% retin-a with minocycline. This is the only thing I really have left. I'm sick of all the topicals, scrubs, and antibiotics.

My acne is on my cheeks, chin, and below my nose. I also have some blackheads on my nose but that isn't too big of a deal.

I got my blood worked this morning and I have the green light to take my first pill tomorrow. I'm starting out on 60 mg per day and I may get bumped up to 80 mg depending on how my body reacts to it.

As for being nervous, I'm not at all. I've been studying and researching accutane for a couple months now and I'm aware of everything that could happen. Life is a chance, and accutane is a chance I'm willing to take if it means clear skin. It's been affecting my life for so long. It seems as if it consumes my life. I know I shouldn't worry so much about it, but it's not that easy.

I should have before pictures up sometime this week and I plan on updating with how I'm doing every week with new pictures every month.

Comment any suggestions or advice you have for me, it's going to be a heck of a ride..

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

good luck im also a 17year old male and know how it is to deal with acne wish you the best hope to see pictures of progress because im also thinking of trying out accutane

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

Pictures please !

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

Good luck! Im on day 7 today, and so far so good. My
Lips are drying out as well as my nose is peeling.
I'm pretty thirsty all day, a couple white heads but nothin else so far.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

good luck im also a 17year old male and know how it is to deal with acne wish you the best hope to see pictures of progress because im also thinking of trying out accutane


Yea man still having acne at this age sucks. I just want it to be over with.


Pictures please !


I should have pictures up sometime tomorrow or this weekend....I have to figure it out with my sister's camera!


Good luck! Im on day 7 today, and so far so good. My
Lips are drying out as well as my nose is peeling.
I'm pretty thirsty all day, a couple white heads but nothin else so far.


Hey thanks! We'll have to stick together! I hope I don't get too serious of side effects but I can live with dry skin, eyes, and nose if it means clear skin.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

I'm starting to get pissed because the pharmacy keeps telling me that they're going to have it in but then they don't. Now I have to wait until Monday because I guess there was some hoops they have to go through because no one in my town has been on it in awhile. I just want to get on and start already!

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

sucks dog but then again you didn't have to wait a week for the blood work to go through. Today should be the lucky day then anyways...

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

sucks dog but then again you didn't have to wait a week for the blood work to go through. Today should be the lucky day then anyways...


Yea dude bloodwork sucks.

Anyways,

Week 1 Day 1
I took my first pill tonight, woohoo, I'm on my way. I was hoping it wouldn't be so expensive with our insurance, but damn! it's still quite a bit. I'm having a really bad breakout right now on one side of my face, but overall it's not too bad.

Here are some pictures for you guys. Let me know what you think!

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

Yeah you look allright. You don't have any scarring. Doing it younger is a good idea. I thought I was going to grow out of it but never did. So now I have some light scarring. Nothing deep or anything.

So far for me my white heads have been drying up and disappearing at a much more rapid pace, which is sick. Hopefully the same will be for you and the bumps on that one side of your face will dissipate at a much more rapid pace.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

Yeah you look allright. You don't have any scarring. Doing it younger is a good idea. I thought I was going to grow out of it but never did. So now I have some light scarring. Nothing deep or anything.

So far for me my white heads have been drying up and disappearing at a much more rapid pace, which is sick. Hopefully the same will be for you and the bumps on that one side of your face will dissipate at a much more rapid pace.


Yea that's what I'm hoping for. My face usually isn't this good but it's still somewhat good from the antibiotics. That breakout is probably from going off of them. I'm thinking that the accutane is going to bring up a lot of gunk that's been under my skin for awhile. Hopefully it doesn't get too bad.

Maybe it's just me, but ever since I took my first pill I just feel a little different. My face feels a little warmer than usual and I just feel weird. It's probably all in my head, but who knows.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:55 AM

Well at least you aren't having crazy nightmares haha. That's the only thing side effects I have had. That and a cyst that looms... haha

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

I regret not starting Accutane even like a year ago, I would've saved my skin from so much scarring. Good luck!

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

I regret not starting Accutane even like a year ago, I would've saved my skin from so much scarring. Good luck!


Hey thanks, good luck to you as well!

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

I regret not starting Accutane even like a year ago, I would've saved my skin from so much scarring. Good luck!


Well, accutane isn't a guarantee to stop scarring. It can even worsen it sometimes

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

Update: Week 1

Well that's it for week 1. So far, I've seem minimal side effects. All I've had is a little bit of peeling around my nose and mouth. I haven't even had chapped lips. (probably because I slather on aquaphor 3x a day)

As for my skin goes, it seems like I'm still pretty oily. The bumps on the left side of my face have all flattened and turned to red marks. If I do get a pimple, it goes away very very fast. The right side of my face is always weird though. It's almost all flat but it has this weird rash thing that turns red sometimes. It's not from accutane, because I remember having it while being on the regimen, and I'm pretty sure the regimen caused it. It also has a lot of dead flaky skin on it, and I'm not sure if I should exfoliate it or just leave it be, to avoid irritation. As for my mouth area, I have some activity on my chin and maybe 2-3 small ones by my mouth, a lot of improvement though. Not sure if I'm going to see an initial breakout, because I was on retin-a for almost 3 months. Who knows.

Everything is going well so far (knock on wood) and I hope it continues! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Edited by twinsfan57, 24 December 2012 - 08:38 AM.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

Well, its not quite the end of week 2 yet, but I'm going to update anyways because I have some important things to say.

Week 2

Ihave seen a pretty good improvement in my skin so far. All the bumps on the left side of my face are flat and red marks, all clear. There is a little bit of activity under my nose, which is to be expected, I can tell my skin is very plugged there and there may be some purging. My chin has cleared rather well, and I got about 4 little zits all in one area by my mouth. They're all gone now so it's all good! I am starting to see some blackheads being pushed out of my nose as well. Now my right side of my face...is not the best. It probably looks better on the picture but it is really red, inflamed, and dry. I am positive it is not from the accutane because it has been like this ever since I went off the regimen. It's completely smooth but it seems like there is a layer of dead skin that is almost caked on. Does anybody know what this is? I think it could be a reaction to the bp. Also, today I really got tired of it and exfoliated the hell out of it Posted Image it turned really red but now it's really smooth and there is no more dryness. I put a bunch of moisturizer on afterwards so hopefully I don't break out there. Seriously though, someone should try to guess what this could be.

I have started to see some nasty side effects as well. I was hoping I would miss out since I didn't get any the first week. Darn.

Side effects:

Nosebleeds - I get these huge dry things in my nose and if I scratch them at all my nose bleeds really bad.

Soreness - We lift weights in basketball, and wow does my back hurt after those deadlifts! I'm never this sore and it's been taking me longer to recover after games and practice.

Eczema - This one is the worst, our basketball team went to a tournament and I had it all over my arms. People kept asking me what it was so I said I got a rash from the hotel beds lol. I told my mom, and she bought some aveeno eczema cream at walmart and it worked very well! My arms are fine as of now.

Surprisingly I haven't had dry skin yet. (besides that stupid red dry thing on the right side of my face) I'm not sure if my lips are chapped either, because I've been slathering on aquaphor a lot.

That's it for now, wish me luck in the next couple weeks.

Edited by twinsfan57, 30 December 2012 - 09:11 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:58 AM

Week 3

Everything has been going really well so far, and I don't think I am going to see much of an initial breakout, maybe I already did. I've broken out here and there for a couple days but overall my face looks a lot better. I have a lot of redness around my mouth and chin simply because I've been hammered with acne everyday there since about 8th grade. I'm just pretty much waiting for my natural complexion to come back.

As for the red patch on the right side of my face, it looks a lot better now that I started moisturizing it. It seems to be fading fast with the other red marks.

I think in another 1-2 months I am going to clear. Hopefully my blood levels are ok so I can move up to 80 mg a day, or maybe it would be safer to just stay at 60. I'm not sure.

Side effects:

Nosebleeds - These are really bad. It's a cold dry winter here and that doesn't help at all.

Dry skin - My skin wasn't dry up until this week, but now it's starting to dry out a little bit. I think there is a difference between accutane dry and bp dry. Accutane dry still kind of feels nice.

Dry hair - This one is crazy. I haven't had to wash my hair this week. It is so dry it's ridiculous. I also think it's causing dandruff, so if anyone has some advice with that feel free to post.

Those are all my side effects right now, back pain and eczema have subsided for the time being.

That's it, good luck to you and treating your acne.

Edited by twinsfan57, 07 January 2013 - 08:01 AM.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

You could try vaseline in the nose to help with the blood noses, read about other people doing it and I'm doing it as a precaution cause I'm prone to them in the summer heat (Summer in Aus). Feels a little weird, kinda like i have a runny nose but I don't use alot and do it before bed and just sleep with it in.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

You could try vaseline in the nose to help with the blood noses, read about other people doing it and I'm doing it as a precaution cause I'm prone to them in the summer heat (Summer in Aus). Feels a little weird, kinda like i have a runny nose but I don't use alot and do it before bed and just sleep with it in.


Hey thanks for the reply, I might have to try that.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Week 4

Not much of a change so far. In fact, I think it looks a little worse. I swear, these red marks are going to be the end of me. I don't even remember getting acne there in the first place. I'm starting to think I might not be clear by the end of April, which is my goal for prom, I don't want to look all gross and I want to have fun with my friends. Maybe 1 or 2 new breakouts this week, and my skin is getting very peely. My dermatologist appointment is next week and I hope my blood levels are ok. I am also going to ask if I can move up to 80 mg a day. I don't want it to come back, so I'll take the chance of my current side effects getting worse.

Side Effects:

Nosebleeds - This is getting unbearable. I tried vaseline, and it helps a little. The inner lining of my nose cracks and it's terrible.

Dry lips - Not a big deal, Aquaphor is a miracle.

Joint pain - This differs from day to day, some days my back and knees hurt really bad. I also noticed that I bruise easier and I'm sore a lot longer after basketball games.

Dry hair - Haven't had to wash my hair for awhile, so that's nice.

Eczema - It's back, I forgot to keep moisturizing my arms and it flared up at practice tonight.

I hope this stuff starts to work again, I'm getting anxious.




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