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Started Roaccutane On 20Mg

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Hello,

I'm 20, male, 90 kg and has been suffering from moderate to sever acne but only on the face for number of years. I've been prescribed Roaccutane by an NHS dermatologist, starting out on 20 mg for first month followed by 40 mg in second before I see him again.

I need some advice regarding looking after my face and skin,

What face cleanser, moisturizer etc... should I get? please recommend me products that I can easily get from a high street store or super market and are not that expensive as I'm an student so low on budget, I live in UK btw.

As I'm starting on low dose, will I have initial outbreak in the first month or second month? will I have more outbreaks when my dosage is increased in month 3.

When does initial outbreak and how long does it last and how frequent are they.

I'll really appreciate your advice.

Thank you,

Lugo

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Lugo, I've moved your post to the prescription meds forum where I'm sure you will get many supportive responses from the many accutane users that use this site.


After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo. I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month. I can live with that

I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry. In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.


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I think the two most popular brands for gentle cleansers and moisturizers are probably Cetaphil and CeraVe. I personally use Cetpahil cleanser as well as a Cetaphil moisturizer w/ SPF for day time and Cetaphil cream for night time/extra dry patches. The Cetaphil cream is quite a lot thicker and greasier so that's why I only use it at night time. If i do use it in the morning or through out the day it's just on extra dry places. Also, for dry lips the only chap stick that works for me is Dr. Dans cortibalm which unfortunately is quite pricey. I also use vaseline on my lips when I'm at home.

Cleanser: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/gentle-skin-cleanser

Moisturizer: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/dermacontrol-oil-control-moisturizer-spf30

Cream: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/moisturizing-cream

Lip balm: http://www.drdanslipbalm.com

The lip balm I had to order from www.ebeauty.ca because I'm in Canada. I assume you should be able to get all this in the UK.

As far as an initial outbreak goes I think most people experience it during the first month, however starting at such a low dose if you do experience an IB I don't think it would be too severe. And when I went from 40mg/day to 80mg/day in my second month I did experience a bit of an IB but not too bad.

Good luck!

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As the above poster noted. Either cerave or cetaphil is very gentle on skin. My son used both. As for lip balm , we found Bag Balm from local costco or rite aid to work wonders. It comes in a green can. You will find it in the first aid ( think neosporin) isle. We put some into a little container from target so he could carry it around in his pocket. The bag balm is also good to put on any open pimples or cuts. You may notice your hands and arms my become easier to get scrapes and cuts as accutane thins the skin somewhat. For the body use a moisturizing soap such as dove body wash. It does leave a somewhat oily film but that's what you need right now.

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Hi Lugo,

I started on a low dose as well (10mg and I weigh 50kg) and it's been going well so far. I definitely think that starting at a lower dose minimizes the IB, which is why I specifically asked my doctor for this dose. Like you, I might double my dose after the first month depending on how things go.

I use Cetaphil cleanser and Cetaphil moisturizer, and Aquaphor for my lips.

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Eucerin cleansing gel is also very gentle and they also have Eucerin cleansing milk which is good when your on Accutane becuase it´s better for dry skin(more moist in it).


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Lugo, I've moved your post to the prescription meds forum where I'm sure you will get many supportive responses from the many accutane users that use this site.

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Eucerin cleansing gel is also very gentle and they also have Eucerin cleansing milk which is good when your on Accutane becuase it´s better for dry skin(more moist in it).

thanks for the suggestion but cant really find it in uk stores expect for ebaysad.png

Hi Lugo,

I started on a low dose as well (10mg and I weigh 50kg) and it's been going well so far. I definitely think that starting at a lower dose minimizes the IB, which is why I specifically asked my doctor for this dose. Like you, I might double my dose after the first month depending on how things go.

I use Cetaphil cleanser and Cetaphil moisturizer, and Aquaphor for my lips.

Good luck with your journey on accutane, hope it goes wellbiggrin.png

I already have a lot of red scars and pimples and have got few new ones since I've started so dont know if am suffering from IB already or not. My derm put me on the current dosage and i just agreed with him because I have no idea how my body would react on lower or higher dose

As the above poster noted. Either cerave or cetaphil is very gentle on skin. My son used both. As for lip balm , we found Bag Balm from local costco or rite aid to work wonders. It comes in a green can. You will find it in the first aid ( think neosporin) isle. We put some into a little container from target so he could carry it around in his pocket. The bag balm is also good to put on any open pimples or cuts. You may notice your hands and arms my become easier to get scrapes and cuts as accutane thins the skin somewhat. For the body use a moisturizing soap such as dove body wash. It does leave a somewhat oily film but that's what you need right now.

I think the two most popular brands for gentle cleansers and moisturizers are probably Cetaphil and CeraVe. I personally use Cetpahil cleanser as well as a Cetaphil moisturizer w/ SPF for day time and Cetaphil cream for night time/extra dry patches. The Cetaphil cream is quite a lot thicker and greasier so that's why I only use it at night time. If i do use it in the morning or through out the day it's just on extra dry places. Also, for dry lips the only chap stick that works for me is Dr. Dans cortibalm which unfortunately is quite pricey. I also use vaseline on my lips when I'm at home.

Cleanser: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/gentle-skin-cleanser

Moisturizer: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/dermacontrol-oil-control-moisturizer-spf30

Cream: http://www.cetaphil.com/products/moisturizing-cream

Lip balm: http://www.drdanslipbalm.com

The lip balm I had to order from www.ebeauty.ca because I'm in Canada. I assume you should be able to get all this in the UK.

As far as an initial outbreak goes I think most people experience it during the first month, however starting at such a low dose if you do experience an IB I don't think it would be too severe. And when I went from 40mg/day to 80mg/day in my second month I did experience a bit of an IB but not too bad.

Good luck!

Thanks for suggestions

I've been using simple brand soap for sensitive skin but is it good for people on acne?

I'll try cetaphil because I think it will be available at boots, currently for the past few days I've been putting on E45 lotion at night even though I havent experienced dry skin yet but E45 is making my face really greasy and shiny meaning the spots and scars are really beaming which is not what i need atm and even makes me sweat. would cetaphil moisturizer be greasy and shiny as well?

what moisturizer would you recommend that would not make my face all shiny and greasy,

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The A-Derma brand is also awesome for sensetive and irritade skin from accutane check it out it´s really an awesome brand.


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one month done on 20 mg

just started second month on 40 mg

1st month:

no side effects (minor dry lips on some days)

not using any moisturizers or lotions on my face as i don't have dry skin or feel any irritation.

hopefully this second month goes smoothly as the first month.

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Hi Lugo!

I started out on 20mg, and broke out awfully during month 2. Hang in there!

I'm also in the UK and have found it difficult to get hold of so many of the products that people recommend on here so I've had to find my own.

So...

Burt's Bees for your lips, a generic pharmacy Aqueous cream moisturiser to use as a face wash and Palmer's cocoa butter (solid formula) as a moisturiser.

These are all available from Boots :)

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16th May-27th October 2013

15 Years Old/Female/52kg

Month 1- 20mg

Month 2- 40mg

Month 3- 40mg

Month 4- 50mg

Month 5 and 1/2- 50mg

Also see page 4 on my log for the before and after photos :)

"You can't make a rainbow without a little rain"


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I use Sanex for Sensitive skin and Vaseline Aloe Vera moisturiser (it's oil free, light and non-clogging). These keep the skin clean and balanced, it's tempting to use harsh products on skin but you need to be gentle. I'm sorry to hear you are using accutane, that can't be nice, be sure to get hormones checked and a food intolerance test incase that's causing your acne & maybe Google demodex parasites, they live on the skin and can cause acne.

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Hi Lugo!

I started out on 20mg, and broke out awfully during month 2. Hang in there!

I'm also in the UK and have found it difficult to get hold of so many of the products that people recommend on here so I've had to find my own.

So...

Burt's Bees for your lips, a generic pharmacy Aqueous cream moisturiser to use as a face wash and Palmer's cocoa butter (solid formula) as a moisturiser.

These are all available from Boots smile.png

thanks

i'll look in to the products you mentioned.

i hope i dont break out much, i have had spots for past 7 years so I've gotten used to it but just dont wont white heads or big one on my lips or nose

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Hi Lugo!

I started out on 20mg, and broke out awfully during month 2. Hang in there!

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u were right, its only been a week into second month and i've broken out on my chin and lips.

how long does it last? do you break out every time the dose is increased

I use Sanex for Sensitive skin and Vaseline Aloe Vera moisturiser (it's oil free, light and non-clogging). These keep the skin clean and balanced, it's tempting to use harsh products on skin but you need to be gentle. I'm sorry to hear you are using accutane, that can't be nice, be sure to get hormones checked and a food intolerance test incase that's causing your acne & maybe Google demodex parasites, they live on the skin and can cause acne.

thanks, i'll keep this in mind

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Hi Lugo!

I started out on 20mg, and broke out awfully during month 2. Hang in there!

smile.png

u were right, its only been a week into second month and i've broken out on my chin and lips.

how long does it last? do you break out every time the dose is increased

I broke out constantly throughout the second month but it cleared up wonderfully halfway through month 3 :)

When my dose was increased from 20mg to 40mg my skin got really bad. Recently my dose was increased from 40mg to 50mg and I only got one new spot though.

Whatever happens, try not to think about the IB, think about how amazing your skin will look in a few months time :)


16th May-27th October 2013

15 Years Old/Female/52kg

Month 1- 20mg

Month 2- 40mg

Month 3- 40mg

Month 4- 50mg

Month 5 and 1/2- 50mg

Also see page 4 on my log for the before and after photos :)

"You can't make a rainbow without a little rain"


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