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Day 18: No new improvements with my skin.. The top of my right hand is super dry and rough. I can't seem to stop trying to pick/peel at the corners of my lips even though they HURT BAD when i do... I can't really open my mouth very wide so eating is a little difficult. Going for my monthly blood work and check up on wednesday

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Did your vag stop itching? Mine started a couple days ago. I'm day 11. Sucks. I took a diflucan. Tried hydrocortizone cream. And tried a special itchy vag cream. Nothing has helped. I'm 32 and never had a yeast infx in my life. I take a probiotic daily. No discharge. Maybe it's just from dryness?? Anyone got the remedy??

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Use tea tree oil!! It literally stopped the burning and itching for a good half day, if not longer. and yes. my vag did stop itching. haha thank god! I'd say it probably only lasted about a week? but yeah, vag creams/vagisil doesn't even really work well. if theres a trader joe's around you, i'd recommend the tea tree tingle body wash. it's pretty decently priced and it'll tingle in the shower and what not, but it's SUCH a relief. I also tried taking probiotics that I had and those didn't help at all. Best of luck!

Day 20: I can't stop obsessing how bad my skin has gotten. I can see almost every blackhead in every pore of my nose and I couldn't help but to pop a few and now theres like holes left in the ones I popped :X fml. prob wasn't a good idea.... seriously though I have sooo many more cysts on my right cheek than on my left which is weird because before accutane, I'd notice only getting the big ones on my left cheek and popping some of those. which kinda makes sense if i didn't pop many pimples on my right, so now theyre all pushing their ways out. I have popped every ZIT i have gotten because I cannot stand to look at a yellow pus filled pimple yuckkkk i hate them so much!!

PLEASE tell me if you've had experience with this acne and whether or not popping them is ok for the future... i'd kill myself if i am causing myself to have a bunch of craters and what not because of not being able to handle this awful initial break out.

Here are what my cheeks look like now. Kill me.

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Dy 31: popped new dose of 60mg/day and will see how this goes.. Still getting new pimples. Literally had like a trifecta of pimples. Like three zits all touching into a triangle.... So I had to pop it at the end of the day. It scabbed, I picked the scab, then squeezed a little more pus... Now it's scabbed back and I'm so tempted to do the same, but I'm gonna just sleep on it and hope its on its way by the morning... Feeling ugly and I left my makeup at my place for the weekend by accident. Sooo ill be inside my parents house all weekend. Don't really care to see anyone.

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Hi foxtrotter. i think your a week ahead of me. My vag did finally stop itching, lol! It lasted about a week. Not sure why that happens to some of us and not others, maybe it just depends on our pH?? Who knows, just glad it went away. Don't feel bad, my face is totally broken out right now, too. Maybe it's good you don't have access to makeup so your face can just breathe. It doesn't really hide it anyway, just makes us feel better. Kinda like an ostrich. :) I actually don't mind the breakouts because I think of it as my skin purging....it has to eventually. I'd rather just get it over with.

I am single right now, and I thank God!! Every night I run around my apartment with my head drenched in vitamin E and olive oil for dry scalp and emu oil all over my face!! I am a real sight! :) Someone else was saying that already in week 3 their pimps would rise up and then dry the next day...not for me. My shit hangs out for a long time. I guess it's the difference in acne and cystic acne.

I am taking a rediculous amount of supplements, but really the ones that I notice make a difference are a multi, vit E, and fish oil. I am religious about biotin also, because I don't wanna lose my hair. I have great hair, that's about all I got right now! :) Oh and a good calcium, because research shows a considerable drop in serum calcium in the first few weeks of isotretinoin. Women need to be careful about their calcium anyway. It's a good habit to be in.

Take care!! Hang in there, girl. In the big scheme of life, it's not such a big deal. We know that...just easy to get consumed with this crap.

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Hey nomo! I'm sorry you had to go through the dreaded yeast infection! Haha do you really put all those oils on your head? I'm afraid they'd seep down and clog the pores on my face! But yeah I def do get pimples that hang out for a minute! But he fully that'll all change with my higher dosage. I'm not taking any supplements cause I wanna save my liver.. And I'm pretty sure you're not to take any vitamin supplements with vitamin A... And I am NEVER taking biotin again! Three days after taking a tablet a day, I broke out in the worst acne ever and I researched online that it can cause breakouts.. How much calcium do you take? Do you think drinking almond milk daily is enough for me?

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I'm taking 2000mg Ca twice daily. Interesting about the biotin, I haven't noticed because I am in that intitial breakout phase....hard to determine the cause. Maybe I'll stop it and only take it if I start to lose hair. You'll have to look at the box on the almond milk, but I would guess it is enough. I wouldn't be so concerned, however, I don't eat dairy and only occassionally drink almond milk in a smoothie.

Do you have insane fatigue sometimes? Thank goodness it isn't every day, but a couple days of the week I feel exhausted and take a 3 hour nap!

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I'm taking 2000mg Ca twice daily. Interesting about the biotin, I haven't noticed because I am in that intitial breakout phase....hard to determine the cause. Maybe I'll stop it and only take it if I start to lose hair. You'll have to look at the box on the almond milk, but I would guess it is enough. I wouldn't be so concerned, however, I don't eat dairy and only occassionally drink almond milk in a smoothie.

Do you have insane fatigue sometimes? Thank goodness it isn't every day, but a couple days of the week I feel exhausted and take a 3 hour nap!

Haha, I wouldn't say insane fatigue. But before accutane I had bad sleep and insomnia almost (I'd be lucky to get 6 hrs of sleep time). Now I can fall asleep at ease! And sleep a good 9+ hrs. I love it.

Day 4 Month 2: 60- no new improvement. I'be been getting this recurring pimple/zit. In the previous tripod zone of zits... And I'm afraid to say its beginning to scar! Like a hypertrophic scar.... The kind that's left behind after getting stitches or soomething off that sort. God I really hope and pray its not though! I will hate myself for picking. Must see improvements please!! Losing hopeeee

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Oh, funny (not...haha,but,intersting funny). I have said the same the thing= I have always had insomnia, but not anymore. I used to go to bed at 1, now 10...which I love. However, somedays, I am just exhausted. It's probably when I don't get a full eight -ten hrs. I'll have to to pay more attn.

Oh man, I hope it doesn't turn into a hypertrophic scar. Was it an old cyst? Try to keep it slathered in vit E or emu or some other oil. I hope it goes away! Don't touch it anymore. I oil my face and hair a lot, but with noncomodegenic oil...emu or jojoba. It won't clog your pores. Use it, and let accutane do the rest.

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Oh, funny (not...haha,but,intersting funny). I have said the same the thing= I have always had insomnia, but not anymore. I used to go to bed at 1, now 10...which I love. However, somedays, I am just exhausted. It's probably when I don't get a full eight -ten hrs. I'll have to to pay more attn.

Oh man, I hope it doesn't turn into a hypertrophic scar. Was it an old cyst? Try to keep it slathered in vit E or emu or some other oil. I hope it goes away! Don't touch it anymore. I oil my face and hair a lot, but with noncomodegenic oil...emu or jojoba. It won't clog your pores. Use it, and let accutane do the rest.

I dnt think it was an old cyst.. just a zitty one that popped up during IB and then it formed two others around it.. now like one big mess, I am praying it doesn't. But honestly the pimples on my cheeks kinda look like they could be hypertrophic a little since the skin around the pimple dot is like a smooth raised bump, instead of like my porous skin. If I'm making any sense...

And isn't sleeping more great?!? I personally enjoy it. Oh and the other day when I got like 7 hrs of sleep or like 6 hrs, I had the worst migraine towards the end of the day and it would NOT go away. The only time it would was when I'd be eating something. As soon as I wasn't eating, bam migraine. Finally healed with long nights rest.

Also I've been getting pain in my Achilles heels... Little sore. Prob due to increased dosage..

And I definitely gained weight!! I'm 5 lbs heavier. And my jeans feel tighter! Fmllll haha gotta stop eating all the junk n fast food.

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Oh, funny (not...haha,but,intersting funny). I have said the same the thing= I have always had insomnia, but not anymore. I used to go to bed at 1, now 10...which I love. However, somedays, I am just exhausted. It's probably when I don't get a full eight -ten hrs. I'll have to to pay more attn.

Oh man, I hope it doesn't turn into a hypertrophic scar. Was it an old cyst? Try to keep it slathered in vit E or emu or some other oil. I hope it goes away! Don't touch it anymore. I oil my face and hair a lot, but with noncomodegenic oil...emu or jojoba. It won't clog your pores. Use it, and let accutane do the rest.

I dnt think it was an old cyst.. just a zitty one that popped up during IB and then it formed two others around it.. now like one big mess, I am praying it doesn't. But honestly the pimples on my cheeks kinda look like they could be hypertrophic a little since the skin around the pimple dot is like a smooth raised bump, instead of like my porous skin. If I'm making any sense...

And isn't sleeping more great?!? I personally enjoy it. Oh and the other day when I got like 7 hrs of sleep or like 6 hrs, I had the worst migraine towards the end of the day and it would NOT go away. The only time it would was when I'd be eating something. As soon as I wasn't eating, bam migraine. Finally healed with long nights rest.

Also I've been getting pain in my Achilles heels... Little sore. Prob due to increased dosage..

And I definitely gained weight!! I'm 5 lbs heavier. And my jeans feel tighter! Fmllll haha gotta stop eating all the junk n fast food.

Hey,

I'm having such trouble with my achillies heel as well (have written about it in my log). Is steadily getting worse and starting to struggle. I have a high pain threshold, but when I get up from sitting down, or when getting out of bed it's a really intense pain. It only used to be if sat down for long periods, but now I can sit down for 30 seconds and get up and it will hurt. Once I find a cure ill let you know lol!

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Jojoba oil is the best oil, it's nice and light and helps loads with the scarring.

Last night I had a shooting pain down my left arm, it was the worst. Why does taking concentrated vitamin A hurt us so much? My Dad was like, 'why are you walking bent over?' and I said the Roaccutane makes your back and joints hurt, and he asked why and I had no idea why it is. Did any of your dermatologists say why this happens?

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Oh, funny (not...haha,but,intersting funny). I have said the same the thing= I have always had insomnia, but not anymore. I used to go to bed at 1, now 10...which I love. However, somedays, I am just exhausted. It's probably when I don't get a full eight -ten hrs. I'll have to to pay more attn.

Oh man, I hope it doesn't turn into a hypertrophic scar. Was it an old cyst? Try to keep it slathered in vit E or emu or some other oil. I hope it goes away! Don't touch it anymore. I oil my face and hair a lot, but with noncomodegenic oil...emu or jojoba. It won't clog your pores. Use it, and let accutane do the rest.

I dnt think it was an old cyst.. just a zitty one that popped up during IB and then it formed two others around it.. now like one big mess, I am praying it doesn't. But honestly the pimples on my cheeks kinda look like they could be hypertrophic a little since the skin around the pimple dot is like a smooth raised bump, instead of like my porous skin. If I'm making any sense...

And isn't sleeping more great?!? I personally enjoy it. Oh and the other day when I got like 7 hrs of sleep or like 6 hrs, I had the worst migraine towards the end of the day and it would NOT go away. The only time it would was when I'd be eating something. As soon as I wasn't eating, bam migraine. Finally healed with long nights rest.

Also I've been getting pain in my Achilles heels... Little sore. Prob due to increased dosage..

And I definitely gained weight!! I'm 5 lbs heavier. And my jeans feel tighter! Fmllll haha gotta stop eating all the junk n fast food.

Hey,

I'm having such trouble with my achillies heel as well (have written about it in my log). Is steadily getting worse and starting to struggle. I have a high pain threshold, but when I get up from sitting down, or when getting out of bed it's a really intense pain. It only used to be if sat down for long periods, but now I can sit down for 30 seconds and get up and it will hurt. Once I find a cure ill let you know lol!

Oh my. I'm glad I'm not the only one. But it concerns me that yours got steadily worse! I hope it goes away. Just like this awful IB!! And lately I have been getting lower back pains like when I lift something heavy and put it down. Losing so much hope.

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Jojoba oil is the best oil, it's nice and light and helps loads with the scarring.

Last night I had a shooting pain down my left arm, it was the worst. Why does taking concentrated vitamin A hurt us so much? My Dad was like, 'why are you walking bent over?' and I said the Roaccutane makes your back and joints hurt, and he asked why and I had no idea why it is. Did any of your dermatologists say why this happens?

Yes, I read a study that it depletes your calcium significantly in the first few weeks...however, it does return to baseline.

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Hey foxtrotter! Hows it going? I am almost done with month 1 and see a great change in the last couple days!! YAY! I also have high triglycerides...:( i don't want to stop the med. :( My doc is going to keep an eye on it for now. How were your triglycerides? mine were 71 to 255....yikes.

I am on a mandatory plant based, low carb diet. I think I am starving to death! :)

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Hey nomo. I'm sorry to hear your triglycerides are off! My doc never really went over my bloodwork with me, so I'm assuming they're ok? Hopefully? But I am glad you're seeing progress already!! I unfortunately am not.

Did your doc recommend that kind of diet for you?

I definitely have been eating pretty badly lately. Like fast food every other day and a bunch of junk food. It's bad.

And I just had Waffle House for dinner last night. Fml. Gaining so much weight!

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Month 2 Day 8: bigger bumps around my temples and cheeks... Seems like my IB is continuing. Had to part my hair more towards the middle today to hide the sides of my face cause its disgusting! I keep peeling the extra skin on the corners of my lips to the point where they sometimes bleed for a good 10 minutes. Ha. Yeah my lips look frighteningly clownish. Oh well. And I've noticed more dried boogers stuck inside my nose. Some of which are bloody. Gross yeah. My chin has been more flakey lately.

I had a dream my skin got cleared up most of the way with the accutane and woke up to two whiteheads on the big bumps that I have on my cheeks. Boo :(

Oh and I have also been able to go days without washing my hair. But I hope that's not what is keeping me from clearing since my long bangs always touch my cheeks and I always touch my hair with my hands causin bacteria to get on my face. Idk. Fuck it.

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No he just said low fat. I attempted the low carb and vegan, but no way....I'm gonna stick with super low carbs and low fat--chx and fish. we'll see. I may just one of those people that it raises my trigs ....if that's the case, I'm willing to go on lipitor for a few months in order to stay on it.

foxtrotter, you'll start clearing up.... still am breaking out due to old stuff...but, it's much better.

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I have the worst migraine. Ever.

I thought it was from poor sleep last night cause it was super hot and my dog kept waking me up so I took a nap, and woke up and the migraine was still there. Last time I had a migraine, whenever I'd eat, it'd be gone. So I ate a whole bunch of grapes thinking they'd hydrate me, but me. Migraines still there.. Just chugged a whole water bottle like 10 min ago, still here.

Seriously making me reconsider staying on this drug. Like wtf my Derm didn't even go over my bloodworm or my overall health. Or even cared to ask about the side effects I had or how I was doing overall.

Bye.

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I feel your pain foxtrotter! I'm on day 17 and my IB is awful! Starting to question whether the spots i had before accutane were so bad :/ But we started this process for a reason so we may as well finish it!! Try to stay positive and not lose hope :) I just tell myself that however i feel today is short term and come summer i'm going to be going out with no make-up on and full of confidence!! WE WILL HAVE CLEAR SKIN :) Stay strong :)

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I feel your pain foxtrotter! I'm on day 17 and my IB is awful! Starting to question whether the spots i had before accutane were so bad :/ But we started this process for a reason so we may as well finish it!! Try to stay positive and not lose hope smile.png I just tell myself that however i feel today is short term and come summer i'm going to be going out with no make-up on and full of confidence!! WE WILL HAVE CLEAR SKIN smile.png Stay strong smile.png

Thanks Charlotte. Yeah, I know I need to stay strong.. and I'm trying to! I try to believe that come summer time I won't have to put on any makeup too haha.

Month 2 Day 10: So there was a bump that had a flake on it, so i scratched the flake off and then saw a head to a pimple, I applied a teeny bit of pressure and BAM ooze of pus/blood. then more blood. then BAM it looked like a damn ice pick scar. I freaked out and washed it with some dial soap then put some vaseline on it so it would heal up really fast.. So scared I fucked up. GRRRRRR! HATE THESE DAMN PIMPLES!

I have came across some good products to use though:

Neosporin Cream- I apply a dot on the pimples I popped right after. Heals them up pretty well so they don't scab n what not.

Petroleum jelly/vaseline- I get a qtip and swirl some around my nose to prevent waking up with crusty ass boogers some of which are bloody.

Cerave Moisturizing Cream- still using. Love this stuff. Slowly clearing the rash on my right hand with it

Still praying for improvementeusa_pray.gif

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You GUYS.

I noticed a significant improvement these past two days. I did a few things differently and I'm not sure which one is the exact reason why I've had improvement.

First, I started taking Udo's 369 Oil Blend supplements. But only two capsules at dinner.

I washed my face THREE times a day. (This could be it) I wash once in the morning, once after I get home from school (wash my makeup off yuck), and once more before bed. I think this really helped because from the time I washed my face after school to just going to bed, bacteria built up on my face and sleeping with it over night just didn't do a thing to my cheek pimples (especially rubbing all over my pillow).

I started eating yogurt again.

I am feeling more hopeful these days!! I hope it continues to improve :):):)

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Forgot to take Oil supplements yesterday and now I'm feeling like my breakout is worsening. god damnnnnnn

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Does anyone have any experience smoking medicinal mj while on accutane?

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