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#41 sarahlous

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:42 PM

 

Hi Sarah!!

 

I just TODAY had my first blood test to start accutane and now it's the 30 day waiting period before starting. Thanks for the log, it really helps me to feel more prepared for what's ahead!

 

Good luck, hopefully we both have clear skin soon!



>I feel the same way your not alone. I had gone on accutane back in high school and have only had small breakouts until just the past 3 months. I've started getting cystic acne which was completely new to me. Boy does it make you feel like crap. I loved going outside and live right by a beach but now all I want to do is stY coupes up inside because I feel like my face looks do terrible. I had finally gone to the derm but of course I get the one who would rather put me on a hormone pill which had only double my skin issue. I finally changed derms but now am just in the wAiting process of getting my prescription of accutane. It feels like times going by even slower and I just want to get it started. I'm also very worried about getting an IB but with how my skin reacted to the first medicine, I guess I can just deal. I just don't want to look at myself it looks do terrible and cover up doesn't even help

Your skins already on the path to recovery so just stay positive! Looking at so many peoples results of accutanes definitely worth it. Let's just hope we're lucky and don't get the terrible breakout in the begi

nning!

 

How long did you have clear skin before you started breaking out again after Accutane?

 

Thank you for your support.

It's been about 4 years. I had finally gotten rid of all my discolorations in July and was completely comftorable with not wearing any makeup. After that is when i started breaking out again, I'm guessing from stress? I'm really not sure what triggered it but it just keeps getting worse. Before the first round of accutane I didn't really get any cystic but now that's what I'm dealing with. Have you seen much progress? I feel like 6 months will take forever and I am still just waiting on getting the prescription, I had the first pregnancy test a month ago.

 

Well, 4 years is quite a long time so that's good. But I can understand how terrible it must feel to have to go on Accutane again. I'm hoping that this permanently gets rid of my acne. I could manage a few zits here and there, but not what I have now.

 

In terms of progress, I thought I was seeing some but then it just recently got worse again. I suppose I'm breaking out less than I used to but the breakouts are just as severe. I have these bumps on my forehead that WILL NOT go away, and I've never experienced pimples lasting more than a week before. I'm not sure if this means they're cysts or what...

 

Yes, it can be a real bother to wait until you finally get the darn prescription in your hands. I hated having to jump through a bunch of hoops. Acne was completely ruining my life! Honestly the 6 months will go by fast though, I can't believe I'm already on my 3rd month. 



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

Day 74..

Day 74 and I'm still breaking out, pretty ridiculous considering I had mild to moderate acne to begin with. I've seen tons of people with very severe acne who have had much more of an improvement in this amount of time than I have, so I don't really understand what's going on. Maybe Accutane just won't work for me..



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:35 AM

PERSIST!! I know its hard when you don't see the affects but do the 6 months honestly, its such a small amount of time for such brilliant long term results!! Keep spirits up by excercising, try and focus on good things about yourself - what helped me was having another focus that wasn't just my skin. I have never been a gym person but it helped me on Accutane. I just basically tried to focus on being healthy, setting myself targets etc. It's important to focus your mind on something other than your skin, even if it seems impossible. x



#44 sarahlous

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

Day 82: Haven't had a breakout in a few days. I still have some forehead pimples that are not totally healed, I've never had certain pimples stick around this long.... Weird. But at least it's starting to look better. Also I had DAIRY for the first time in gosh, 6 months? I can't even express how much I enjoyed drinking a latte again. I was sure I would get some new spots from it but I haven't yet. 

 

Also.... Before a few nights ago I hadn't consumed any alcohol for over a year. Recently, however, some things have happened in my life that have made me want to drink again and although I know it's bad to drink on Accutane I had a SMALL AMOUNT on halloween and it was okay, didn't get drunk or get any type of hangover and I feel totally fine. It certainly won't be a regular occurrence though.

 

Side effects:

Fairly dry skin - not as bad as I expected

Dry lips

Dry eyes

Fatigue



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 03:06 PM

Hi! I had similar issues of my face not seeming clear until about 4 months into taking accutane. I have no idea why...people react differently. I'm just jealous of the ones who get thier IB and then clear up by like...month 2. 

 

I have a question about joint pain, btw  (you mentioned you lift) how'd you get around it?


My LOG - ROUND 1
Accutane started May 26, 2008
(40mg - for 4-6 months) - 22 female 

Result: Only 6 months of being clear and a long lasting impression that the drug f-ed me up mentally

 

My LOG - ROUND 2

Clarus started November 1, 2013

(40mg - for 6 months) - 26 female (~96 lb)

Maybe not going on the drug has f-ed me up mentally


#46 sarahlous

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:02 PM

Day 103:

Passed the 100 day mark! 

Skin is looking better. I still get some spots 1-2 times a week but they are not as inflamed as they were before. I hope it continues to get better. Still on 40mg for another month. 

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin, eyes, and lips

Nose bleeds

Fatigue



Hi! I had similar issues of my face not seeming clear until about 4 months into taking accutane. I have no idea why...people react differently. I'm just jealous of the ones who get thier IB and then clear up by like...month 2. 

 

I have a question about joint pain, btw  (you mentioned you lift) how'd you get around it?

 

Hi there, yeah I guess this is the start of my 4th month now, although the first month was a very low dose so I'm not sure it even counts. 

 

Weirdly enough I had joint pain - particularly terrible back pain - in the first month, but after a while it went away on its own. I take fish oil everyday. 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:07 PM

Hey Sarah!

So happy that I could read your log. Its really helpful. Im a 20 year old girl next year January and I just went to a dermatologist (literally few hours before I posted this) first time ever since I moved to Holland. Ive been dealing with acne since i was 15 and it has never been completely gone. Before moving to Holland I lived in a tropical country somewhere in Asia. Been changing dermatologists, clinics, medicationsbut none of it gave a significant change on my face. To keep my face clear, I have to regularly visit dermatologist first time 2x a month and then it was only once a month. It helped, but once I didnt Put my creams on for few days, it came back and I was hopeless that I would survive without those creams. I was also given antibiotics but only whenthe acnes were really bad. I thought that by movibg to another country that is different in climate and also less polluted would give benefit to my face but apparently its just got worse here plus the creams from my previous dermatologist didnt work at all. After many considerations (trying tons of acne porducts), i decided to go visit a dermatologist because im afraid of the scars it would leave on my face. The dermatologist gave me a direct advice on taking accutane treatment. I realky had no idea about it at all, he only said that it was a kind of vitamine A, i cant get pregnant during the medication also some bad effects. He also warned me about exagerrating issues regarding the medicine on the Internet. At first i was like, okay vut then after reading reviews and articles about it, happened to read negative posts about it, i felt so nervous starting the medication. Fortunately i found the forum and your log here, it really relieved me. Thank you so much and also other people that replied to your posts, ibdont feel that anxious as before. I hope it would work for me. I will be starting my treatment in the end of this week with 20mg for one month. fingers crossed :)

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:43 PM

Day 120:

Although my skin is much better than it was, I was really expecting more progress by now. It seems that my skin has developed new kinds of acne, so I'm not even quite sure how to assess my "progress" thus far. My main problem area was always my forehead. For the past month or 2, it has been mostly clear but I get one small pimple every week or 2. The problem is now my cheeks and jaw, I have a bunch of very small pimples that come and go all of the time and cover my cheeks. Last week I got a cystic pimple on my jaw, I think I've only had 1 or 2 cysts before in my life. I don't really know much about them but this thing is just sitting there and it has not improved or began to fade at all. I'm getting really tired of waiting for clear skin... But I am obviously grateful that it isn't as bad as it was.

 

Side Effects:

Dry skin, eyes, and lips

Nose bleeds

Fatigue

Blotchy skin



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 04:05 PM

Day 127:

I have been bumped up to 60 mg for another 2 months. Hopefully the extra 20mg gives the results I should have by now.






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