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#1 Rich21

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:41 AM

Hello all,

 

  This is my first post here ..... But I've been reading so many informative posts on here for the last 8 weeks or so (before I agreed to start Accutane).

 

  So i'm now in week 5 of my Accutane treatment, I'm 21 years old and have had Acne since I was ~16. I've tried all of the 'usual' antibiotics, prescribed creams and gels etc, all to no avail. Then when I was 18 I was offered Accutane but declined it due to taking exams etc and was very cautious it may affect my results etc.

 

  Anyway I'm now in full time employment so decided to go back to the GP to get referred back to the hospital so I could be offered Accutane again, surely enough they offered it me and agreed I'd already tried everything else a few years back.

 

  I started on 40mg a day and took them for 4 weeks, during week 1 I didn't notice anything happening (which is to be expected), week 2 skin got a little red and lips got a bit dry, week 3 skin got more red and my neck broke out which is very unusual as I've never had Acne on my neck before, week 4 skin got dry and lips really cracked.  So all the usuals really, but all manageable with CortiBalm for lips from USA via Amazon, complimented with Nivea overnight cream for skin, and Nivea day cream which is the same really just a little less oily for the daytime.

 

   Then I went back to the hospital for a checkup, blood test etc.  I mentioned the side effects I'd had to the dermatologist (above) and she wanted to keep me on 40mg for another 8 weeks then review again. However I persuaded her to up the dose to 60mg as I can stand the side effects and want to get rid of Acne quicker.

 

  So I've been on 60mg for about 7 days now, lips are a lot more cracked (but again manageable) and my arms are really dry now.

 

  Anyway away from the side effects to my Acne, my face seems better, although my skin is very red so doesn't look as good as it could. My chest looks a lot better but my back remains the same really, and is very painful when lying down etc.

 

  So hopefully I will start seeing some improvements on the Acne front now, and not get any new side effects. Also hope no existing side effects worsen, as I feel I'm sort of on top of them - moisturising in the morning, the again in the car, 2-4 times a day in the office, when I get home and then again before bed.

 

  A few questions I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to answer? ....

 

- Does skin redness fade after a while whilst still on the course of Accutane?

- Did anyone have any major breakouts after the 5 week stage?

- Is 60mg about right?  I'm about 12/13 stone ish. But tall (5ft 10" ish)

 

 

  If anyone has any questions that I can answer please just reply, you guys have helped me loads in the first few weeks wth your posts etc that I've been reading. So if I can 'give' anything back, then I'd be more than happy to!

 

  I'll try and post again in a few weeks with a progress update?

 

  Cheers all!!!  rolleyes.gif

 

 

  

 

 


Edited by Rich21, 02 July 2013 - 11:50 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:43 PM

I'm 21 years old too and I've been on accutane for 8 weeks now. I was on 40 mg then was bumped up to 50 mg for the second and third month. I think your dermatologist will increase your dose again in the next appointment. Mine told me that he will keep increasing it until it works biggrin.png

Regarding the breakouts, yes. I have been getting very big pimples for a month now. I went on youtube and saw a few vlogs, and I can see that most users get clear-ish any where from week 10-15. 

Around week 5-6 I got heel pain and then I got eczema on the back of my hand. Good luck man.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

winterwolf, just replied to your topic! :)

 

Thanks for your post, i already have the eczema on my hands and arms but using Nivea at night on that too.

 

Happy on to 60mg for 60 days now, then see what its like and whether dosage needs increasing etc.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

Well its been around 3.5 months since I started Accutane now, and as I can now seen improvements I thought I'd post some images.

 

I am on 60mg a day currently, started on 30mg a day for a month, then 40mg for a month, 60mg for 2 months and 80mg planned for final 2 months.  So I have 2.5 months left now.

 

Hopefully the images will give some encouragement to those who've just started, having an IB or thinking about starting the medication etc.

 

Comments and questions welcome rolleyes.gif

 

Day 1

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Month 1.5

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Month 3

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:48 PM

That's a fantastic improvement, man! Congratulations! It's weird actually how similar our stories are - I've tried all the usual things the doctors recommended, but I never took them up on their offer of accutane. Now I'm out of education and into full time employment (and I'm the business end of 22 years old... sigh), I've got a GP appointment later this week for an NHS referral for the drug. It feels like I'm at the very start of an incredibly long journey, but your posts are encouraging.

 

Once again, well done on getting cleared! :)



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:29 PM

That's a fantastic improvement, man! Congratulations! It's weird actually how similar our stories are - I've tried all the usual things the doctors recommended, but I never took them up on their offer of accutane. Now I'm out of education and into full time employment (and I'm the business end of 22 years old... sigh), I've got a GP appointment later this week for an NHS referral for the drug. It feels like I'm at the very start of an incredibly long journey, but your posts are encouraging.

 

Once again, well done on getting cleared! smile.png

 

Cheers for the reply … Yep, I think its a good move to get exams and uni out the way first, then go for Accutane.

 

Once I'd seen my GP i got the NHS 'choices' letter 4 days later, then made my appt, one local hospital was a 3 month wait and one was 5 weeks, so I went with the 5 week one … After I saw the dermatologist she gave me an info booklet to look over and asked me to come back in 4 weeks once I'd read it, I was a little annoyed because I'd already researched side effects online etc etc. So I called the next day and asked for a cancellation, so went back in 2 weeks instead of the 4, and got my prescription.

 

Hopefully in the last 2.5 months I will completely clear as I'd say in 70% there now, just started taken Vitamin E supplements and Vitamin E cream at night to (hopefully!) help with scarring.



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:15 AM

Picked up some 'Eucerin Anti Redness Neutralising Day Fluid' earlier, used it once and very impressed, seems to even skin tone, and hopefully won't hinder the Accutane progress :)

 

http://www.boots.com/en/Eucerin-Anti-Redness-Neutralising-Day-Fluid-50ml_48728/






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