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#1 Kris1787

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:33 PM

My accutane journey started today! I am 25, female with moderate acne. I've had acne since I was about 13, light acne, normal teenager acne. As I got older it slowly got worse. Then in January it just exploded and I got acne that I never had before. Huge painful cysts and nodules all along my jawline. It looked like I had a beard of acne. 3 months later I broke down and went to the dermatologist. She mentioned accutane right away, but I put it off and decided to think about it. She put me on minocycline and I was on that for 2 months.

I then decided on accutane, and just started today! The minocycline definetely helped, I no longer got cysts anymore, but I was still getting tiny little bumps all over. So I am very anxious and curious as to how I will react to accutane!

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Accutane (Claravis) 30mg

 


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:51 PM

Tips:

  • Drink 3-4 L of water per day to minimise Accutane-related dehydation
  • moisturise 2/3 times daily to minimise dry skin rashes common on Accutane
  • avoid the sun and don't tan; use sunblock when in the sun
  • don't drink alcohol
  • take your pills with food to maximise absorption
  • have lip balm ready

Good luck!



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:05 PM

I'm a little over 20 days in and so far its been smooth sailing (knock on wood). Good luck!



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for the tips! I already stocked up on lip balm, and I'm not quite sure what cleanser I want to get. I've been getting recommendations on CeraVe. I also drink a lot of water already so that wont be a problem. I also got a high spf lotion already, so I just need a good cleanser.


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Accutane (Claravis) 30mg

 


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 02:39 AM

I'm on day 5 today so just a little ahead! Good luck!

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:40 AM

I'm 25/f also and just started Friday! My acne also sounds similar to yours. I tried minocycline, which gave me really bad dizziness, and then doxycycline right before the accutane, which didn't seem to have much of an effect (besides breaking me out right now, which I'm pretty sure is a result of weaning myself off of the antibiotic and not the accutane IB). What sunscreen are you using? I've liked the cetaphil products in the past so that's what I'm using as a cleanser, but I've heard cerave is good too. Good luck with everything! I'll definitely be interested to follow your journey as we both brave this drug =)

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

I have cetaphil moisturizing cream, but when I tried the regimen I didn't like how the cream felt greasy after putting it on. They say cerave cream is good but I don't want to pay $15, when I still have a tub of cetaphil. Well pre-accutane I always used coppertone SPF 15, but now I have SPF 50. For my face I have eucerin daily moisturizer with SPF 30. I go to my local pool a lot so it'll be interesting how the sun will affect me.

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Accutane (Claravis) 30mg

 



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