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#61 richardb

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

Third Month, Day 1

 

First 2 months are DONE.  Triglycerides came down, and hepatic panel looks great.  I'm on 80mg and have a followup with my derm tomorrow afternoon.

 

My skin is dry.  My legs and the tops of my feet are itchy, so I smeared on a bunch of hydrocortisone.  My face is really red.  I went out of my way Sunday to wear sun block, but I think I burned anyway.  Patients keep pointing out how much sun I got lately, so I have to keep telling them I've been outside at the beach, or whatever :o

 

I can't tell if I'm more tired than I usually am since I haven't been NOT taking accutane since 2 months ago... just sort of accepting it for what it is, only a few months left.

 

So, my red, inflamed face looks terrible.  I covered it in Desonide, and even put Denoside on my lips (topical corticosteroid).  I'm hoping that calms down things.  Letting that sink in, then will moisturize my face and stay inside until morning.

 

I hope I don't have to lower my dose, I'm thinking it was the sun that did me in, even though I wore sunblock (I think it was SPF 30 or 40).  And, it's hard to stay inside because it's summer.



Also, I have this large cyst on the back of my neck.  I'll have to remember to ask my derm if he can I&D it tomorrow at my appointment.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:31 PM

I just discovered another large cyst on the back of my neck (a newly forming one), so I took a bleach bath again (took one a week ago when i first noticed the other cyst).  Last time I did accutane that worked.  But that won't help the 2 cysts I have now on the back of my neck.  Hopefully the derm can do something about them tomorrow.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 06:52 AM

yo bro hang in there. I hated the redness too, but it goes away after you finish the course. you are an accutane veteran like me so I am sure you know what you are doing. Just don't do too much and use a good night cream to keep the skin moist during the night, it helps a bunch.

 

by the way, is your skin type very oily?



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

My skin is very oily usually, yes.

 

I just got back from my 2nd doctor appointment and got my 3rd prescription, 40mg twice a day.

 

My face is really red - he said not to go out in the sun, wear sunblock, and wear a hat.  The other doctors where I work yelled at me and told me I wasn't supposed to be in the sun at all while on Accutane.

 

For the cysts on my back and what keeps erupting on my face, he gave me oral Keflex 500mg bid x 10 days.

 

And for the whiteheads on my forehead, he prescribed Tazorac 1% and told me to use it on my forehead area every other day.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:56 PM

I didn't think you were supposed to use any topical while on accutane. My dermatologist was strongly advising that I only use a very gentle cleanser and a great moisturizer and nothing else. How do you feel about using a topical when you skin is already so dry?

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:52 PM

Patience and the accutane is all you need, man. 2 months is early yet. Let it work and don;t stress about it. You are healing from the inside out. Topicals will make you even more sensitive to the sun. Stop that or you'll be sorry. Also, put sunscreen on your face before bed. It gets in there and works well this way. Of course, do it again in the morning. Some of the spray kind is the easiest. Get the hhighest SPF you can find that's dry/no shine. I fish and am on the water for hours at times. A widebrim hat and spf on the face is crucial to survival. also sunglasses. My eyes are super-sensitive to the elements now. 



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:54 PM

I think I'll just pickup the tazorac and keep it for later, because I think it would further irritate my skin and cause more redness and pealing.

 

What do you guys think about the Keflex, is that okay to use for a little while on accutane?



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:35 PM

So I just bought this:  Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, SPF 85+, 5 Ounce

 

Spray that all over my face every morning?



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:44 PM

So I just bought this:  Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, SPF 85+, 5 Ounce

 

Spray that all over my face every morning?

 

Are you going to use this on your face? Let us know how that goes. The Cetaphil sunblock paints my face pretty white, which mixed with the "tane burn" looks strange.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:05 PM

Yeah I don't want to look strange either, I ordered this one off Amazon, i'll post here how it works.  it looks easy because you just spray it on instead of rubbing it all evenly.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:03 PM

CeraVe makes one with a SPF 30 in the moisturizer. It's called CeraVe AM.. Works really nicely doesn't make you shiny like most spas do!

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:44 AM

Yeah only use moisturizer and gentle cleanser! Nothing else! U will only hurt your skin and accutane can do it all anyways. I should try crave sometime. It seems like people use it a lot.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:32 AM

I would not use that neutrogena spray on your face, it's a chemical sunscreen and it seals to the skin like glue, also it's loaded with alcohol which will irritate your skin.

 

So I just bought this:  Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, SPF 85+, 5 Ounce

 

Spray that all over my face every morning?



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:43 PM

Day 68

 

I cancelled my order for that spray sunscreen.  When I'm in the sun for a long time I just use the Neutrogina SPF 30 moisturizer.  I don't wear it ALL the time though, like to walk from my car, driving, standing next to a window, etc.

 

I'm posting less frequently... Accutane's just doing its thing.  I filled more of it last week so my drawer is just overflowing with boxes of accutane and little pregnant woman popouts.  :)



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:55 PM

some people have been on 5 or 6 courses. 



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:40 PM

Is 5 or 6 courses healthy?  I keep thinking each course is going to give me a longer 2-3 year period of being clear.  I'll spend 6 months doing this, but be good for about 2 years anyway.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:29 AM

Good to hear that it's working well for you! I just started my second course. I went through the exact same thing, my first course cleared my skin up COMPLETELY! I looked great! But after about 2 years it's come back! I've heard a lot of people says that their acne comes back after 2 years... strange!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:48 PM

Day 77

 

Could it be that I made it past the IB?  I hope so.  I've been at this 80mg/day dose for a while now, and it's not getting worse.  It's actually getting a little better.  I have a few nasty, hostile spots/clusters, but I used to have many of those, and most of my skin looks clearer.

 

Still redness and easy sunburn.

 

Dryness, esp. lips.

 

Finished the Keflex, and now i'm getting new cysts on my body.  I guess I'll go back to the bleach baths for now, but I like the way that Keflex cleared me up.  I might call and ask for another 10 days of that.

 

Any experience from anyone else using Keflex or similar during accutane?



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:23 PM

Ouch!  Today I woke up, my mouth is so dry and sore on one corner it hurts to open my mouth.

 

Been applying aquaphor, no help.  Applied some Desonide my derm gave me for ezcema, hoping that will help.

 

Also only took 1 x 40mg pill today instead of 2.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

Day 78

 

Here's a current picture, mostly of my lips.  Notice that crater looking thing on left corner of my mouth.  It hurts!

 

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Edited by richardb, 21 June 2013 - 06:39 PM.





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