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18 Year Old Accutane Journey 2013

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#1 astheticz

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:12 PM

ACCUTANE WEEKLY LOG:

Start Date: July 12, 2013

Introduction: Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my weekly progress on accutane with all of you. To start things off, I am an 18 yr old guy that has had acne since the age of 13. Although my acne is moderate, it is extremely persistent. Like everyone else, Ive tried everything . Antibiotics, Topical Creams, Changing my diet etc... My derm finally chose to put me on accutane starting at 90 mg a day. ( 40 mg in the a.m, and 50 mg in the p.m.). Keep in mind that i am 6 ft 2 and weigh 205 lbs (90 kg approx). I workout a lot, but now i have started accutane, i must discontinue due to derms recommendations. Hopefully i get clear skin!!

Week 1: During this first week, after about 3 days, my skin was actually clear!, but by day 5, I started to breakout with maybe 3-4 inflamed pimples on each cheek. just when thought it was working ,I breakout. If this is my IB then id be pretty happy because its not that bad. As for side effects, my lips are dry and peeling (using aquaphor), and I have an itchy scalp. Also, my skin seems to be oilier then usual.On day 2, my knees were hurting, but thats subsided. Lets see how week 2 will be

Week 2: This week, my skin still seems to be breaking out, but at the same time is healing aswell. My skin is definetly dry and flaky now, and my lips still get pretty dry, but using carmex and aquaphor helps alot. Also, my scalp isnt itchy anymore, but i did have joint pain in my knees when i exerted physical activity as well as one random nosebleed.My chest has broken out since last week, and my back and shoulders are doing alright. hopefully this is as bad as my IB gets, but well see. See you next week.

Week 3: During the third week of accutane, I experienced another breakout on my temples and forehead region, and i have a ginormous one on the middle of my forehead in between my eyebrows which is annoyng, my chest and back are still pretty broken out, but I really hope it gets better by the time i start school. Side effects werent bad. Just dry lips and skin and itchy eyes sometimes. My breakout from last week has improved signifigantly, and i notice my skin is peeling faster and creating new skin cells which is nice to see. as for any emotional side effects, none were experienced except for maybe i get aggravated easier than usual but i can still keep my composure. See you next week

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:53 PM

Sounds like all the norms of accutane~.. Just wanted to post and say welcome to the forums! And hope your skin clears up in no time! (:



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:25 AM

Thanks a lot. Appreciate the greetings. I hope so as well. Week 4 update coming up this Thurs

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 03:08 AM

Hi.. Just wanted to say good luck with your course.. I'm on about the same time as you an things are goin fine so far so fingers crossed we will both be sorted soon :)

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:01 AM

Awesome, good luck on your journey as well. Let me know how your progress is once in a while

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:49 AM

Good luck man, I'm on day 37 or 38...somewhere around there and have seen decent improvement so far. 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:40 PM

Nice, were around the same time. Wish you the best man, and thanks

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:27 AM

WEEK 4 update: Today marks my first month update, and its been alright. No new side effects other than dry lips and peeling skin on my face, arms, and hands. Now, yesterday I brokeout with with like 6 inflamed papules on my right cheek,and a few more on my forehead and temples, but already overnight, they`ve already started to heal. My chest, and back have also broken out pretty badly this week, but they are healing faster than usual. Question: would having bangs cause the breakouts I have on my temples and forehead even though I have dry hair? See you guys next week

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:35 AM

Week 5: This week, i encountered a new side effect and thats my face being so red, and it feels like each zit has a pulse (gross I know haha). As for my acne, its starting to die down abit more since last week as everything dries up and flakes off, however, my chest and back show little to no improvement. I`ve also been having these rash type marks over my arms but i can manage that. Overall, skin looks better then last week with less inflamed pimples.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:34 PM

Week 6: This week was a pretty good week. My face is really clearing up nicely, but my chest and back see, tp be getting worse since last week. Is that even possible? Anyways i went to see my derm today, and she said my blood results werent that great from 2 weeks ago. Apparently me going to the gym affected them pretty bad, so she made take an emergency blood test and luckily the results were fine since i hadnt gone to gym since that last blood test. Side effects remain the same, except for me getting a slight headache which was bearable. My eyes are dry and red, and lips are doing alright. Only thing that bothers me is when i laugh or get embarrassed at all, my face turns super red, and feels like its throbbing. All in all, this week was better than last week since my derm said my skin is improving tons and its only week 6. Lets see what week 7 has in stores for us. (No more loftong weights for me :(

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:36 PM

If you are having headaches, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:24 PM

Week 7: This weeks progress compared to last week was heaps better. My face chest and back are really starting to clear up. Im about 60-65 % clear and it can only get better from here. I did get 2 new zits. One on my chin and one on my forehead, but its not that big of a deal since theyre almost gone now. Looking back on some pics ive taken. 2 weeks ago my face looked horrible but now its beginning to get smoother, and a few girls have already told me how much better looking Im getting :). Few side effects include: bloody noses almost everyday, but have stopped due to application of vaseline inside my nose. Red and dry eyes, and of course lips. Forgot to mention my face is very red. Some froends have come up to me and ask why my face is so red haha. I just tell them its cause it is hot, which it is haha, but accutane may also be a big factor in it haha, but they dont have tp know that. Even though Im only about 60-65% clearer, my confidence has unconciously risen from having less acne. Cant wait to be clear, especially at the rate its going. See you next week for my month 2 update.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:47 PM

Hey everyone, I know it's not an update, but I just wanted some input on something. Last night went to a party, and I know that I shouldn't be drinking on Accutane, but unfortunately I did. I was able to handle my liquor about the same as I would without Accutane, and I didn't have a hangover or anything at all the next morning. My question is, if I take my blood test 2 weeks from now, would there be any change in my triglycerides or anything in my blood that would make my derm discontinue the use of Accutane? Just to say, I won't be drinking anymore just to be safe. Any input wouldbe greatly appreciated



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

2 weeks from now the alcohol that was in your system wont even be traced. You'll be fine :D. I'm currently taking accutane and they have me fast before getting blood tests that way all your liver levels will be unaltered from by-products such as alcohol/sugar/etc.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:15 PM

2 weeks from now the alcohol that was in your system wont even be traced. You'll be fine :D. I'm currently taking accutane and they have me fast before getting blood tests that way all your liver levels will be unaltered from by-products such as alcohol/sugar/etc.


Alright thanks for the input. I just dont wanna have to stop taking this miracle of a drug cause of one night i had. Its good to hear that itll hopefully be fine.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Week 8 update: alright so this week was unfortunately not a's good as last week :(. It pisses me off that i broke out slightly again when it was getting better. I hate acne so effin much and cant wait for the end of it. Its held me back from getting a girlfriend, being confident, and overall being comfortable in my own skin ( no pun intended :P). Anyways like i said, my forehead broke out with a couple zits, my right cheek is surprizingly pretty clear, but my left cheek broke out with 3 pimples that form a triangle. Whats also weird is that i have a symmetrical triangle of zits on my left arm where i have never broken out before. My chest seems to get better, and my back looks like crap because of all the marks that look like acne. And dont forget the 5-8 zits i have there as well. Side effect remain the same. Occasional nosebleed, dry lips and skin, and super sensitive eyes that get bloodshot red if wind goes against them. Hopefully this month will be a great turning point. Still trying to the of the positive. Also although its 1 day before the legit 8th week, it wont really make a difference of how my skin will look tmrw morning anyways. Also, my buddies invited me to go clubbing this weekend, but i dont want to drink, any tips to refuse it without being a killjoy?

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:14 PM

I always say I'm on an antibiotic for a tooth infection and can't drink. It was actually true once upon a time but I've sneakily used it a few times since then :) how's your accutane journey coming along? I'm almost at week 8 as well

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:30 PM

I always say I'm on an antibiotic for a tooth infection and can't drink. It was actually true once upon a time but I've sneakily used it a few times since then smile.png how's your accutane journey coming along? I'm almost at week 8 as well

ooh nice haha, that might just work, and as for my journey, well you can tell from my log haha. It's coming along alright, I just want to have clear skin you know. It's really a major setback in life. And whoever says it isn't obviously hasn't had acne that was bad. I'm not talking about the odd 1 or 2 zits. Id be stoked if I was able to get that, but oh well my shxtty genetics for skin won't let me which is why accutane is my last hope after wasting so much time on all these other prescription meds that didn't work for shxt or would'nt have long lasting effects. i really hope this all works out in the end, because I'm honestly just fxckin tired of it physically and mentally. Apparently month number 3 is the turning point from your skin going bad to good. I really hope itll play out this way. Anyways see you guys next week



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:42 AM

Hey I seem to be on the same week as you!yippeee! Glad to see you're progressing even if there are those slight set backs! I unfortunately had a mini breakout right before a wedding! Typical eh! Any who I was just wondering have you or anyone found you suffer from sickness more since being on accutane? I've either got a lowered immune system because of the drug or just unlucky in catching summer colds! Great to see your updates ill be following :)

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:39 PM

Have you been using eye drops for your dry eyes? They have helped me a lot. 






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