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#1 sarahlous

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:26 PM

Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I'm 20 years old. I've decided to start an Accutane log because I'm really in need of support right now and everyone on this forum seems very friendly! 

 

I might as well share my whole story with you, just in case anyone is interested. 

 

In my early to mid teens, I did not have any problems with acne. I had a small pimple maybe once a month that last 2-3 days. I never had any self-esteem issues, in fact I was very very happy with my appearance. When I was 18, I noticed I had at least one big pimple on my forehead all of the time. Since then, it's progressively gotten worse and worse. My forehead is the biggest problem, however to some people it wouldn't be deemed "severe" acne I suppose. It's hard for me because I feel so unbelievably unattractive and that's something I've never dealt with before. I've become severely depressed, had to quit my job, avoid hanging out with my friends, and my 5 year relationship is under a lot of stress due to my acne. I currently have 4 active pimples on my forehead that have stuck around the past few days.

 

Other treatments I've tried - with no success:

-Birth control pills (Yaz, Yasmin, Diane 35. I believe taking these made my acne worse in the long run.)

-Dozens of drugstore acne products

-Clindamycin

-Retin-a-micro

-Dalicin T

-Tea tree oil

-Complete diet change (no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods, ect.)

-Minocycline 

 

Over the past few months I've been on Minocycline. It seemed to help a little, but when I would breakout it would be just as bad if not worse than before. The past week my skin has been terrible so it clearly stopped working altogether. 

 

Dosage:

Doctor recommended I go on 30mg but I expressed my anxiety about side effects and IB, so I pretty much asked if I could start on 10mg and see how it goes. He agreed. I weigh 110 lbs.

 

I took my first pill last night at dinner, so I guess today is day 2?

 

Day 2: 

4 active pimples, no sign of them healing any time soon. My mood is terrible, I'm so desperate for this medication to start working so I can get my life back on track. Today I have to go to the drugstore to pick up moisturizer, lip balm, and eye drops. I am also dreading a phone call I have to make to my boss to tell him I'm not coming in to work ever againunsure.png

 

Side Effects:

None.

 

Any words of encouragement, advice, or comments would be very deeply appreciated. This medication scares me to pieces and I'm praying that I'll at least feel somewhat better by the time college starts up again on September 4th. 

 

Nice to meet you all.

-Sarah


Edited by sarahlous, 03 September 2013 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

Hey Sarah! Just some background on myself: I'm 22 and i've struggled with acne for about 9 years. I've tried everything on your list too, and none of them got rid of my acne to my satisfaction. I finally decided to give accutane a shot, and am currently on my 30th day! I weigh around 110lbs too and started off with 30mg/day, and am about to take 50mg/day starting tmrw. I was HORRIFIED of the initial breakout that many people seem to experience, and low and behold...i did get an initial breakout. BUT, what you have to realize is that it's going to suck while on accutane no matter what. I'm super self conscious about my acne, I hate going outside in the daytime when you can see everything more clearly, I avoid social outtings, I never leave my house without makeup on...and when i do go out to meet people, i try to hide my acne with my hair, and it's uncomfortable for me to talk to people close up. TRUST ME...we are not the only ones that suffer from this problem. The most important thing to acknowledge is that you WILL be acne free at the end of the treatment. You have so much to look forward to! Yes, it's going to be crappy for the next 6(ish) months, but hey, 6 months out of your entire life that you have ahead of you is nothing. And what's even more promising is that most people see results within 3 months. I would recommend that you take a higher dose so that you can finish the treatment ASAP. I was scared to up my dose straight to 50mg but whatever...i'm going to keep my head up and follow through so that I can get this over and done with. By the way, i'm a month in and i'm already seeing a slight improvement. Have faith, be confident, and power through. 

 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:31 PM

Hi there!!! Thanks for the support and advice it's greatly appreciated!

 

That's great you didn't get an IB. I'm terrified of it, that's really the only thing I'm worried about during the process. The dry skin and other side effects I can deal with. In fact, I actually sit around hoping for my skin to dry up! Were you by any chance on an antibiotic before starting the Accutane? I heard that taking antibiotics for a few months helped people avoid the IB for some reason. 

 

I am still thinking about going up to 20mg sometime soon. I probably will after week 3 or 4.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:54 PM

Day 3:

3 active pimples. Nothing new to report really, I have just been hoping to see side effects so I at least know it's working.

 

Side Effects: 

None. 



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Day 4:

3 active pimples. Last night I noticed that my skin felt more dry than usual!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited. I never thought I'd be so unbelievably happy to get dry skin! At least I know that the Accutane is doing something, despite being on a slightly lower dose. I hope by tomorrow I'll be even more dry. I haven't needed to moisturise yet.

 

Side Effects:

Skin is slightly more dry than usual.



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:25 PM

Day 5:

2 active pimples. (I caved and popped the 3rd one..oops). Face continues to be more dry than usual.

 

Side Effects:

Skin slightly more dry

Irritable/Angry



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:36 PM

I've Moved you topic to the Accutane Logs thread where it will receive more views and responses.


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Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:46 PM

I've Moved you topic to the Accutane Logs thread where it will receive more views and responses.

Thanks!



Update: 

Yesterday I noticed some small red bumps on the back of my hands. I thought nothing of it, but today they have become bigger and very itchy!! I read that this is a side effect. I am going to apply some hydrocortisone ointment which hopefully helps. Praying it doesn't spread to other parts.. neutral.gif 



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

I've Moved you topic to the Accutane Logs thread where it will receive more views and responses.

Thanks!



Update: 

Yesterday I noticed some small red bumps on the back of my hands. I thought nothing of it, but today they have become bigger and very itchy!! I read that this is a side effect. I am going to apply some hydrocortisone ointment which hopefully helps. Praying it doesn't spread to other parts.. neutral.gif 

 

Yep that's a very common side effect from Accutane, due to drying/dehydration of the skin.

 

If over the counter hydrocortisone doesn't work, you can get a stronger prescription strength steroid cream from your Dermatologist.

 

 

Good luck



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 03:01 PM

Day 6:

2 active pimples but they're actually healing now.. Skin looks decent today. I am curious about something though - I've seen a lot of people say that in the first couple of weeks their skin gets oilier and this is normal because the Accutane is pushing all the junk to the surface.. But I haven't gotten oilier, I just went straight into dry skin. Maybe this means I won't get a huge IB.. Hoping and praying..

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin

Little itchy bumps on hands, legs, and feet. 

Dehydrated despite drinking 3L of water every day.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:38 PM

Day 7:

2 active pimples - slowly healing. A couple of very small bumps around my nose which is unusual for me. Feeling pretty good about my skin today, but at the same time I'm waiting for another breakout to happen... I cannot believe how thirsty I am! I drink 2-3L of water and I still feel dehydrated! So weird. 

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin

Itchy bumps on hands, legs, feet, and arms. Not improving despite applying hydrocortisone.

Dehydrated

Headaches



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:29 PM

Day 8:

2 active pimples. A couple of smaller zits as well. Today I feel more depressed than usual. Not sure if it's caused by the Accutane. The depression is making me really negative and I've been worrying about if my acne will come back after I'm done this treatment.. I don't think I could handle that.

 

Side Effects

Dry skin

Itchy bumps on hands, legs, feet, and arms.

Dehydrated

More depressed (?)



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:40 PM

try cerave sa on your itchy bumpy skin...it's great!  make sure you buy the cerave SA not the regular...safer than hydrocortisone



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:03 PM

Good luck! I'm on my second course now, but I never really had an IB the first time (at least I don't remember having one, just gradual clearing), so you might not either. :) It'll be worth it anyway!



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:47 PM

try cerave sa on your itchy bumpy skin...it's great!  make sure you buy the cerave SA not the regular...safer than hydrocortisone

I have Cerave cream already, do I really need the SA one? What does SA mean?



Good luck! I'm on my second course now, but I never really had an IB the first time (at least I don't remember having one, just gradual clearing), so you might not either. smile.png It'll be worth it anyway!

Thank you!!! After hearing so much about IBs on this website, I was fully expecting it. I've taken my 8th pill and so far I just have had little zits that come and go in a matter of a day or two.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:53 PM

Day 9!!!! Wow. Time is flying by.

2 semi-active pimples. These ones are very stubborn, been hanging around for almost 2 weeks.. The past 2 days I noticed a lot of very small pimples around my nose - not a common area for me to breakout - but today they seem to have faded almost completely which is good. I was worried they would grow. I've been wanting to test my sensitivity to the sun, because I absolutely love sitting out in the sun and while on Minocycline everyone warned me to wear sunscreen but I never did and I didn't burn. So yesterday I sat out for 15 minutes, no burn. Today I sat out for 30 minutes, I'm curious to see if I wake up tomorrow with a red face.

 

Side Effects

Dry skin (no dry lips yet...weird)

Itchy bumps on hands, legs, feet. They are improving slightly I think.

Dehydrated

Fatigue

Depressed (?)

 

Edit: I forgot to mention I've also been experiencing join pain in my elbows and knees. I take fish oil but it doesn't seem to be helping much.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

Day 10:

2 semi-active pimples. My joints feel a bit better today. I am also happy to report that although I have been out in the sun quite a bit I haven't burnt at all! I guess being on a low dose doesn't have much of an effect on sensitivity to the sun. I'm happy that I haven't gotten an IB - other than the little tiny bumps around my nose - hopefully it just continues to improve. I'm still really conflicted about my dose, I think I should start taking 20mg soon and see how that goes. But I would like to avoid an IB from upping the dosage so I might start with 10mg one day and 20mg the next, alternating for a few weeks. Thoughts?

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin

Itchy bumps on hands, legs, and feet. Improving.

Dehydrated

Joint pain

Anxious



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:18 PM

Day 11:

2 semi-active pimples. The area surrounding my nose is definitely purging I think, because it feels very congested and kind of painful because there are a lot of little whiteheads. If this is the only form of IB I get, I'll be a happy camper. I can definitely deal with small spots for the time being. 

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin

Itchy bumps on hands, legs, and feet. Improving a lot.

Dehyrated

Joint pain

Anxiety 



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:59 PM

When I was on tane I had joint pains as well. I took fish oil which helped to a degree, but not well enough. I started taking glucosamine supplements which are alittle pricey but they helped me a lot. When I look back at my course and I think of the must products I used that is one of them. I know it saved my joints a lot of aches and pains. So it might be something that you should look into and give a try because I really do think it is worth it. It's a wonderful supplement.

I was constantly thirsty during my course too and I drank about a gallon and a half of water a day give alittle take alittle. I was drinking water at all times. The fact that you are having headaches makes me think that you probably are dehydrated. A good way to find out if you are dehydrated is if your urine is yellow then you arent drinking enough, if it's clear then you know you are properly hydrated. That's what my dermatologist told me! I find it to be true.

For the itchy bumps and the red rashes you are getting make sure to apply hydrocortisone cream multiple times a day. They are usually from your skin drying out. Most people can just load on body creams and with persistent application those rashes go away. But since they itch I would go ahead and use the cortisone, another thing that I used a lot while on my course was neosporin cream and I used it as a spot treatment. Since accutane lessens your body's ability to heal at a normal speed. It is important to keep any raw acne moisturized and clean of any bacteria. It also helped avoid getting nasty Hyperpigmentaion all over the place.

If you are feeling depressed and experiencing anxiety now that you are on accutane, make sure that you really keep a eye on that. Accutane can cause major mood issues where someone prior to accutane was a happy individual and once taking accutane people have taken their own lives. So please keep a close eye on your emotions. Make sure that you tell someone you are on a medication that can effect your mood and ask them to let you know if they notice anything unusual with your mood.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:26 PM

When I was on tane I had joint pains as well. I took fish oil which helped to a degree, but not well enough. I started taking glucosamine supplements which are alittle pricey but they helped me a lot. When I look back at my course and I think of the must products I used that is one of them. I know it saved my joints a lot of aches and pains. So it might be something that you should look into and give a try because I really do think it is worth it. It's a wonderful supplement.

I was constantly thirsty during my course too and I drank about a gallon and a half of water a day give alittle take alittle. I was drinking water at all times. The fact that you are having headaches makes me think that you probably are dehydrated. A good way to find out if you are dehydrated is if your urine is yellow then you arent drinking enough, if it's clear then you know you are properly hydrated. That's what my dermatologist told me! I find it to be true.

For the itchy bumps and the red rashes you are getting make sure to apply hydrocortisone cream multiple times a day. They are usually from your skin drying out. Most people can just load on body creams and with persistent application those rashes go away. But since they itch I would go ahead and use the cortisone, another thing that I used a lot while on my course was neosporin cream and I used it as a spot treatment. Since accutane lessens your body's ability to heal at a normal speed. It is important to keep any raw acne moisturized and clean of any bacteria. It also helped avoid getting nasty Hyperpigmentaion all over the place.

If you are feeling depressed and experiencing anxiety now that you are on accutane, make sure that you really keep a eye on that. Accutane can cause major mood issues where someone prior to accutane was a happy individual and once taking accutane people have taken their own lives. So please keep a close eye on your emotions. Make sure that you tell someone you are on a medication that can effect your mood and ask them to let you know if they notice anything unusual with your mood.

Good luck Sarah

 

Thanks for your suggestions!! I will definitely look into those supplements. I do like to lift weights and I haven't been able to for the past week, it's quite frustrating.

 

I drink about a gallon a day, I've been doing my absolute best to drink as much as possible but I still get headaches. My urine is clear the majority of the time. I was wondering if it maybe had something to do with electrolytes (or lack thereof) so I got some Gatorade to have once a day and maybe that will help.

 

I had issues with depression and anxiety long before starting Accutane (past 10 years) but I had been quite stable for the past year. There are a couple of people who know to look out for any mood changes during my course. I just hope it doesn't get too much worse.






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