Continue updating! I have been curious about this ultra low dose as well. I've got yet Another derm appointment Thursday and will ask about this.
I'm still here! Going strong! What did your derm say?
Update: Been low dosing for 146 days! My average dosage per week has been 15-20 mg. 30 mg per week was too much for my lips. My skin is not perfect perfect but it is perfect for me! I am usually 98% clear all the time. My skin is white like a Japanese Geisha and my oil levels are still controlled (not gone but much lower). Sometimes I get little flare ups or random acne, but they disappear rapidly in a day and my doubts are gone. I will keep you guys posted and I promise to deliver a proof picture!
Is it true that I can avoid flushing/red face by taking low dose? (like 5mg/day ?)
Yes yes yes yes! Hell yes. At 35 mg a week you should see very little reddening. I have zero flushing and reddening at 10 mg, 20 mg, or 30 mg a week. I fucking hated the redness when I was taking 60 mg everyday.
Same as you, I'm on low dosage maintenance program....have been on it for more than 2 years actually ^^;
I don't recommend it at all unless for a short period of time. You never know what damage it can do to your body. But as you and many others have said, I'm already at my wits' end, tried almost everything so I have no other choice but to stick to it.
I'm so paranoid I kept asking my dermatologist the same old question every time I see him: if there's any problems/issues with such low dosage maintenance program. And he said no. I even asked for a double confirmation every single time.
You are really lucky that you are totally cleared up at only 10mg per month and I'm really happy for you!! ^^
I'm taking 10mg 3 times per week and I'm not clear...unless I stick to a very strict regimen of exercising, eating properly, don't be stressed, get proper sleep, use correct products etc. But without the accutane, the acne comes back even with the strict regimen *cries*
Because I'm so scared of the side effects, sometimes I further reduce the amount I take. Like not taking for a few weeks, or just take this week, then not take the next week. It's not a very good idea but it's the best I can do to try to prevent the acne flare up while making sure my body system gets some rest time. My dermatologist doesn't have an issue with me doing this either.
I really wish to stop accutane though. I'm a girl and I wish to have my own kid, so I can't go on taking accutane forever. I don't mind having to stick to a very lifestyle so long as it keeps the acne away, but right now nothing except accutane works...
Sorry for posting so many out of topic stuff ^^;
That being said, I can identify with the low dosage program and it does help even without the overloading, just don't keep to it for too long ok? Go off it once you are able to =)
Wow, thank you for sharing your lovely story and I wish you all the best from a fellow low doser. Stories like ours will help people make informed choices later. I am glad you are seeing the doctor and getting check ups. I will keep your advice to heart. Hehe, I do feel like a guinea pig for sure. But I will keep continuing as long as my doc says my levels (especially trig and liver enzyme levels) are good. In my opinion I have better skin than some models because I low dose, and I don't need airbrush or photoshop! =)
I have a tip for you! If you remove breads, wheat, pasta, sugary foods, sugary drinks, chocolate, and candy from your diet your acne will improve!
Drop in more Melie! By the way, where are you from?