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Starting My Accutane Journey!

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Hi everyone! I'm Courtney....I'm 21 and I'm starting Accutane today! I've been struggling with acne for the past 8 years. cry.gif Heres a little bit about what my experience with acne has been like. I first went to the dermatologist when I was 13. I was put on Benzaclin, Vitamin C cleansing pads and Sodium Sulfacetamide lotion. After about 6 months of no success, my doctor put me on Doryx. The Doryx instantly cleared my skin! I stayed on Doryx for 3 years until I decided to stop taking it, because I thought my acne was gone forever. I stayed clear for almost a year until my acne came back worse than ever. I tried to fix it with over the counter products, but after nothing worked I headed back to the dermatologist. I was then put on Atralin and Acanya and once again after 6 months of no success I was put back on the Doryx and also gave Spironolactone a try. My skin got better, but was still pretty bad. I've now been on both antibiotics for a little over 10 months. Looking in the mirror everyday and still not having perfect skin is a struggle everyday..so after thinking long and hard I decided to talk to my doctor about Accutane. I had to take a negative pregnancy test and have blood work done, then 30 days later I took another negative pregnancy test and now I'm ready to begin Accutane! My doctor has me on 60mg of Claravis....30mg in the morning and 30mg at night. I also bought moisturizers that she recommended. (Elta MD UV facial SPF 30 for the am and Elta MD intense moisturizer for pm) Oh and before I forget..if anyone is wondering about price...I have Aetna insurance and my prescription was $109.63 for a 30 day supply.

Anyway, I will try to update every week or so. Any advice, tips or feedback is greatly appreciated and if anyone has any questions I will try my best to answer them as I complete my Accutane journey!smile.png

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Drink lots and lots of water. Also be proactive about your chapstick. Once your lips get chapped, it's hard for them to heal. I'm on day 55, so you can ask me questions too. :) good luck!!

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Thanks!!

How is your skin at day 55? I feel extremely dry already and it's only been two days!!

Good luck to you as well! I hope it's working for you!biggrin.png

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Honestly, my face isn't too dry right now. My body is, but my skin is just about the perfect amount of oil. It doesn't look oily or feel oily, but it doesn't feel dry either. And my skin has gotten so much better now. I don't have any actives right now! Just healing pimples and no cysts. I think it's because of the antibiotic though. Right now I'm really glad I decided to take the leap :)

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Day 5-

I can't believe I'm noticing side affects already being only day 5. Over the last 2 days my skin has gotten a lot worse. Lots of red spots everywhere..even on my forehead which is somewhere I don't experience breakouts very often. How long does the initial breakout usually last? I'm hoping it's a good sign...bringing everything to the surface! eusa_dance.gif My skin isn't too dry. I only notice some dry patches after showering, but the moisturizers I use help a lot! I defiantly recommend them to anyone on accutane! I've also been experiencing some weird dreams. The past two nights I've had dreams that people in my family are dying. Has anyone else experienced bad dreams/nightmares?

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Good Luck! I started yesterday!!


Currently on Accutane(Started Jan. 18 2013, Finishing Early June 2013)

First 3 Weeks - 20mg(Myorisan)

Month 2 - 80mg(Claravis)

Month 3 - 80mg

Month 4 - 80mg

Month 5 - 80mg

Overall cumulative dose will be 9600mg which equals 120mg/kg. 175lb = 80kg

21 year old Male

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Thank you! Good luck to you as well!.. I hope it works for you!!

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How much do you weigh? I'm wondering that starting on a high dose will cause some serious initial breakouts and you also mentioned that your skin is already dry. So its gonna be super dry and flaky on this high dose for the first month.

Well the initial breakout varies from person to person. It depends on how worse your acne was prior to accutane and what skin tone you already have (oily, dry or neutral). It also depends on what diet you are on while on accutane. I ate healthy when i started on 20mg/day. Though my acne was worse and severe before accutane and this drug made it even more worse. My IB lasted for 1 month and i started to see improvements right from the second month.

As for the nightmares LOL, I haven't had such experience and you are the first one to have this situation. Hope this goes well for you. Goodluck

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Started Oratane 3rd October, 2012
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Month 1 20mg/day
Month 2 40mg/day
Month 3 40mg/day
Month 4 40mg/day
Month 5 40mg/day
Month 6 40mg/day


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Hi!

I weigh about 120lbs. The breakout I was experiencing earlier in the week seemed to heal and now it's pretty much back to the way it was before Accutane..just more red than usual. I started moisturizing right after a shower and that has also helped the dryness so I'm not experiencing that anymore either! eusa_dance.gif My acne was never super awful..just constant. Usually one or two large cysts around my chin area and a few red spots here and there on my cheeks. And I've ALWAYS had pretty oily skin.

Anyway, as for the crazy dreams. I haven't had one since so I guess it was just those few. Maybe it had absolutely nothing to do with the accutane..lol!

Thanks for the response and I hope accutane continues working for you!!

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Day 11-

Not too much has changed lately. My skin is still dry... I'm noticing my spots are peeling a lot more than usual and they're still really red.. Which makes it hard to cover them with makeup! cry.gif I've been sick for the past few days so the area around my nose has been peeling extremely bad..I'm sure it's a combination of the accutane plus me constantly blowing my nose and it's starting to get irritated. I've still been getting a new spot or two everyday but they haven't been the painful cysts that I used to get...they're just small white heads that I pop and then they start to fade (yes, I pick at them and I know I shouldn't!) I also haven't had anymore crazy dreams which is great! So other than the few things mentioned above I feel completely fine. No mood swings or depression. So far I'm really glad that I started accutane and I can't wait until this summer when I'm done!

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Day 16-

Wow..end of day 16 already? Time is flyinggg! Half way done with my first month..woohoo!

Well things have been blahh lately. I think I jinxed myself after my last post. I now have 8 big painful cysts along my chin and jaw line. I'm not sure if I'm having the initial breakout or if it's due to my period..maybe a combination of both? Either way it sucks! I've been trying so hard to stay positive but it's defiantly tough!! Plus the blackheads on my nose are HUGE!! They had to atleast double in size over the past few days. I'm hoping all this stuff means it's working and bringing everything to the surface?!

My birthday is next month..(feb 22nd) so I'm hoping my skin is better by that point. I would love to be able to go out and feel comfortable!! I've heard month two is usually better than month one so fingers crossed!! (True?)

Any positive feedback from people farther along on this accutane journey would be greatly appreciated right now!!

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For me once I got my IB over with in month 1, it's just continued to get better. I'm now in month 3. I no longer get cysts, only small pimples. :) it does get better!

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I sure hope it gets better! It's so hard to stay positive! I was hoping for no IB at all..haha..wishful thinking. I'm over halfway done with month one so I'm hoping it starts getting better soon!smile.pngsmile.png

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Day 5-I can't believe I'm noticing side affects already being only day 5. Over the last 2 days my skin has gotten a lot worse. Lots of red spots everywhere..even on my forehead which is somewhere I don't experience breakouts very often. How long does the initial breakout usually last? I'm hoping it's a good sign...bringing everything to the surface! :dance: My skin isn't too dry. I only notice some dry patches after showering, but the moisturizers I use help a lot! I defiantly recommend them to anyone on accutane! I've also been experiencing some weird dreams. The past two nights I've had dreams that people in my family are dying. Has anyone else experienced bad dreams/nightmares?

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Thanks Mosey Mom! Good luck to your son as well!

Day 21-

I'm always in such shock when I come on here to make an update and realize what day I'm on!

So my skin isn't worse or better..pretty much the same as it was before Accutane. Still dry and peeling though. I also have four dry patches on my left arm... They're about the size of a dime..I've been using a ton of lotion but they don't seem to be going away. neutral.gif I haven't experienced any technical nose bleeds but everytime I blow my nose there is blood..(tmi!) Not sure if that's a big deal or not? And I haven't had anymore nightmares either..woohooo!

I go to my doctor a week from today so hopefully everything is going in the right direction! Almost one month down!!surprised.gif

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I have absolutely no idea how to upload pictures since I use the mobile version of this site on my phone..but once I figure it out I'll def upload pictures!

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Am in the same boat I start my claravis on jan 18 and my acne is at it's worst my face hurts you name I got am on 80 mg per day the first week it clean up second week went to hell and 3 rd same lets hope this gets better am praying wish you all the best of the luck if you have any tips for red on the face please tell me I would appreciate have a great day everyone

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Can you switch to the full version just to upload pics? That's what I do on my kindle fire. Not sure if that's possible with your phone though.

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BMarie-

I've tried to get to the full version and it never works :( I'll try to get on a computer within the next few days though!

Candygirl30-

Thanks for the support! I wish you the best as well! As for my red spots well they always turn into scabs (since my skin is so dry) so every night I put neosporin on them and that seems to help! Good luck!:)

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I found out what I was doing wrong I was basically scrubbing my face every time I got out of the shower with my towel so I was hurting my face now I just pat dry it and my skin is getting alot better thank god and I will try the neosporin thanks

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Day 29-

So I went to the doctor today for my one month check up and she thinks my skin looks better than it has in awhile! Yay! She told me by month 3 (12 weeks) I should be completely clear and just coast thru the last 2ish months. She gave me a lot of hope so I'm extremely excited!! I'm staying on 60mg and continuing with the same moisturizers, but since I'm peeling a lot around my mouth and chin she told me to put vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my face every night. Hopefully that helps since my makeup looks crazy during the day because of the dryness! I also asked her about the dry patches that I have on my left arm and she said that it's eczema..which apparently is a side effect of accutane. If any of you are dealing with this as well she told me to keep it moisturized with vaseline!

And I'm still trying to upload pictures! :(

I finally got on a computer and I still can't upload pictures. Someone help! I'm not very good at this computer stuff!! Thanks!! :)

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