First of thanks for posting your log - very informative and helpful for other people trying the low dose Accutane route. I have been taking 60mg week of Accutane (3*20 tablets/week) for 51 days now. I had a couple of questions I thought you might know the answer to, particularly as low dosing is more popular in Korea.
Do you happen to know what the upper limit dose of Accutane is if you want to take it continuously?
As yet I have been unable to get and stay 100% clear on 60mg week. I am wondering if even at low dose that it can take a few months to get totally clear and I need to be patient, or do I need to up the dosage?
Thanks a lot and please continue to update your own log for people like me.
Very very good question. It something I asked myself because I found that my oil levels (especially my oil levels) decreased very slowly but gradually. This is why I played around with 30 mg a week (I was previously at 10 mg). But I did not like the dryness of 30 mg a week so I just stuck it out with 10 mg to 20 mg a week. I am glad I did because my oil levels are much lower than when I started 211 days ago. So I believe it will take a lot longer for the accutane to really do it's work. This is why doctors prescribe a lot more months to patients who take lower doses because it takes time. If I were you, I would stay at 60 mg. Do not increase. Just stick with it for a bit longer man.
However, if your acne is severe to moderate...I would take a lot more than 60 mg a week. I would not play around with ultra low dosing yet.
Good luck bro!
Hey yunchang! I am like you, I have had 3 courses of 'normal' accutane treatments! It works wonders every time but acne always seems to return. I finished my 3rd course about 5 months ago but im so anxious my acne will return again! (can already notice my skin getting oilier). I have been looking a lot into longer term low dose accutane just to keep the acne at bay, however here in the UK derms are not really willing to do this as the medication is free and they see it more as 'your acne has gone, you dont need accutane anymore'. Not to mention it takes months just to get an appointment with them. Really dont want to start buying online as this seems a bit dodgy, so might have to end up paying to go private . I know there are 'potential' risks with long term use but surly there is risk in the physical, social and mental impact that reoccurring acne can cause! Anyways, keep up the posts!
"Your acne is gone, you don't need accutane anymore" =( that sucks. My derms in the USA are like this. They don't really know any other method of using accutane. They only know the high dose, one time one try way. I understand your frustration. It is so much easier in foreign countries (Asian countries) to get this drug. Don't stop trying though, don't just accept acne as fate, it's not! Best wishes to you guys and merry xmas!
Yeah, you sound like me ^^. Accutane did wonders for me but it came back. So now I'm doing this to maintain my skin and keep my oil levels down.
I keep promising you guys picture of my face, I am sorry it took so long. I've always been sensitive about my acne problem. But if it means it helps someone, I am happy.
Thank you to those who kept reading my blog and staying with me for 211 days! I will not stop posting and updating for you guys. Please keep commenting, it really helps me continue this blog!
Edited by yunchang, 19 December 2013 - 08:32 PM.