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#61 wombat666

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:45 PM

Day 83

 

A couple cysts on face, another big cyst growing on chest... lips are extremely peely. Also the dry eczema / rash thing on the back of my hands has become more severe. I've started putting Lubriderm moisturizer on it, hopefully it helps some what.

 

My "dandruff" has eased up though, so that's good.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:02 PM

Day 87

Still breaking out, at the rate of maybe one cyst a day. Skin on face continues to peel / shed a lot. Old cysts take FOREVER to heal unfortunately. Not having fun atm.. Accutane really likes to mess with me, getting me clear-ish and then ruining my face again. Supposed to see my derm for start of 4th month appointment this coming week. Time flies by fast!

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Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:32 PM

Day 89

 

Nothing new. Lots of huge embarrassing cysts on my face, and still breaking out on my back - with numerous small ones and one cyst-type one. There are a few smoother areas on my face that give me hope, but unfortunately these tend to get lost in the massive pimples I am getting on a daily basis.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:28 PM

Day 91

 

My left cheek / cheekbone area looks like I have severe acne because of all the inflamed redness, cysts and pustules pushing out. Also have a couple cysts on my chin and stuff along my jawline. It's amazing how much acne affects me. Days when I'm semi-clear I feel like I'm on top of the world, but days like this I just feel so low. Typing this at work because I have nothing better to do at the moment. Bloodwork / dermatologist appointment tomorrow.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:58 PM

Day 92

 

Had derm appointment and bloodwork. Was told I'd get my blood results Monday. The derm told me they'd keep me on 60mg for month 4 because of the eczema I've developed on the backs of my hands and on my upper arms. Honestly, I'm fine with that. If the dosage was increased I have no doubt that I'd break out even more than I currently am.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:08 PM

Day 93

 

Left cheek continues to break out with no end in sight. In fact, for some reason the whole left side of my face is doing horribly while the right side is only having minor, non-cystic breakouts.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

Day 95

 

Breaking out hard and not healing AT ALL. My skin looks horrendous. Red, flaky, irritated, dry, and broken out like there's no tomorrow. Haven't gotten my month 4 accutane yet. Called pharmacy today and they said they only had 30 pills in stock and had to stock more.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:31 PM

Day 97

 

Got my new month of pills yesterday. Trucking along. The huge cysts I had aren't as red / tender / swollen anymore, drying up a little and coming to heads, but still really big and really embarrassing. Still breaking out too.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:13 PM

Hi,

 

I just started Accutane 8 days ago and feel like I am sort of hitting my initial breakout. It's not nearly as bad as your seems to have been 8-10 days in but I'm guessing mine is just going slower and it'll probably get worse. I'm taking 40 mg a day. Hope your skin is doing well, thanks for writing this log, I love reading about others in the same situation as I am.

 

On a side note, perhaps you've already mentioned this, but care to share what kind of soap you're using? My derm said not to use bar soap, and I read online that lots of people use Cetaphil, so I've been using that on my face in showers and using their facial moisturizer where my skin's getting dry. 

 

Thanks

 

Austin



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 03:58 PM

Hi,

 

I just started Accutane 8 days ago and feel like I am sort of hitting my initial breakout. It's not nearly as bad as your seems to have been 8-10 days in but I'm guessing mine is just going slower and it'll probably get worse. I'm taking 40 mg a day. Hope your skin is doing well, thanks for writing this log, I love reading about others in the same situation as I am.

 

On a side note, perhaps you've already mentioned this, but care to share what kind of soap you're using? My derm said not to use bar soap, and I read online that lots of people use Cetaphil, so I've been using that on my face in showers and using their facial moisturizer where my skin's getting dry. 

 

Thanks

 

Austin

 

For the face I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. Try that one... bar soap will really dry you up, especially later in the course.

 

At the moment, though, I find that I don't have to cleanse as often just because my skin isn't producing any oil whatsoever. Sometimes just water is enough, and cleanser ends up irritating my skin more than it should. Also, especially right now since I have active cysts, I try to avoid rubbing my face with my hands because any pimples I accidentally pop can lead to scars. A lot of times I just let the water run over my face in the shower.

 

Also try to get a shampoo formulated for dry hair. When I used regular shampoos on accutane I got extreme "dandruff" (but it wasn't really dandruff, it was just really dry / flaky skin on my scalp). I ended up switching to Head & Shoulders "dry scalp care with almond oil" and since then I've had literally no dandruff. My hair is still dry all the time, but at least my scalp doesn't flake. Although, I can't be sure if it's the shampoo or my body just adjusting to the medicine, but I'm not taking any chances :)

 

Hope that helped somewhat. Good luck on your journey, and remember, no matter how bad it gets, don't give up!


Day 99

 

Left cheek cysts continue to push out / tighten up / dry up. Right now they're kinda bloody and crusty which is really unsightly. I'm going to resist picking though, and wait for them to heal on their own. Also have another painful cyst growing on my forehead. Other than that, my face hasn't had any new breakouts aside from small comedonal stuff. My back continues to break out though.


On Accutane as of September 13, 2013

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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:25 PM

Day 105

 

Past the 100 day mark! Merry Christmas to anyone reading. My left cheek cysts and any other cysts I had last time I updated have continued to dry up / push out. Healing is reeeeally slow so I figure the remnants will still be around for a while. Besides that, I've had maybe 3-4 new ones come up, some of them also really big and unsightly. Overall though, I can tell the breakouts are slowing, despite being pretty intense when they do happen. Hopefully by the end of the fourth month there'll be noticeable improvement.


On Accutane as of September 13, 2013

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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 29 December 2013 - 06:48 AM

Day 108

 

Old breakouts are slowly but surely dissipating and so far no major new ones have formed. My right cheek is super-smooth at the moment. I'll probably break out again and again, but I have to say, despite how annoyed I get when I get new cysts, I have to give accutane credit for what it's done thus far. I haven't broken out near my mouth or on my lipline in AGES, which was one of the major reasons I took accutane to begin with. I've also more or less stopped breaking out along my jawline / beard area and my back breakouts are limited almost to the point of nonexistence.

 

Overall, breakouts just seem really controlled now... as in, I can always tell when I get a new pimple just because they've gotten so few and far between. I don't even get much comedonal acne anymore.

 

Also, my left eye hurt last night, and I thought it was just dryness and I'd sleep it off... but this morning I realized I'd gotten a little stye on the upper eyelid. Although it's my first stye (my dad, mom and brother have all had them though) I don't think it's accutane-related.


Edited by wombat666, 29 December 2013 - 06:49 AM.

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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:33 AM

Day 110

 

Face looks horrible for New Year XD

 

Got two new cysts since my last update, my old cysts are all crusty and bloody, and my left eye is swollen from the stye. I got put on antibiotics for it because the doctor was sure it was infected. Sorry for the graphic details! XD

 

One of my new cysts was along my jawline too, of all places. And here I was celebrating that I'd stopped breaking out there. Yay accutane. I can't wait till I can actually go a couple days without getting a new pimple.


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:30 PM

Day 112

 

Happy New Year!

 

Drank a lot on new year's eve, but since this is my first time having more than 1-2 drinks in my entire course I don't think it should be a problem.

 

My skin continues to suck... got another pimple on jawline and some more on my forehead. Also, my stye / swollen eyelid have dissipated thanks to antibiotics. However, instead I've gotten red patches of dermatitis / eczema on both sides of my nose and between my eyebrows. Not sure which one it is, although I'm leaning more towards eczema, since SD is associated more with oil, and my skin hasn't been oily in months. Anyway I've started putting the prescription steroid lotion I got for eczema back in September (near the start of my course).

 

Also shaved the crazy beard I've had for over a month now. I can't decide if I look "cleaner" or "dirtier". I definitely look less like a hobo, but now my acne / scars are a lot more apparent.

 

Anyway I hope everyone gets clear skin in 2014!


On Accutane as of September 13, 2013

My log

 

Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 03:52 PM

Day 113

 

Noticed new pimples today. I just realized I'm over 3.5 months in. Time flies so fast!


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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:45 AM

Day 116

 

Got a pimple or two near mouth. Thought I was done breaking out in that area. Matter of fact, thought I was done breaking out along jawline too, until recently. I know I should be patient, but it's hard, considering I'm starting month 5 soon and my skin is covered with red painful cysts.


On Accutane as of September 13, 2013

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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 03:30 PM

Day 119

 

Seems like I'm getting another painful pimple near the lip. So frustrating. One of the main reasons I took Accutane to start with was so I wouldn't have to smear BP near my lips anymore, and for maybe two months I didn't get ANY acne near the mouth. Now it seems like it's starting back up again.

 

EDIT: It seems like ever since I started 60mg, I've been breaking out like clockwork. A new pimple every 1-2 days that takes FOREVER to go away. Also I forgot to mention, I recently started breaking out on the back of my neck again.


Edited by wombat666, 09 January 2014 - 03:39 PM.

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Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:17 AM

I got upped from 40 to 60 today at the one month mark. Hope it isn't too rough. The back of my neck and hands have been super dry lately, and I think I'm going to have to stop using soap on my neck/back in the shower and just rinse them good with water until the skin gets a little less sensitive. Still dealing with a little bit of back pain when I sit or lie in an awkward position. Had a few bloody noses recently, my first ones in years. On the bright side, the sides of my cheeks and jawline are looking the best they have in a long while. I've had some minor breakouts around my mouth recently and those kind of pimples are the absolute worst ones, just hoping they go away soon. There's a real cute girl in my new second semester catering class and I can't be looking like I've got herpes while talking to her. rolleyes.gif

 

P.S. Sorry I've been kinda borrowing other people's log threads to share my own details. If you'd prefer I started my own thread instead of hijacking yours just let me know and I'll gladly do that.



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:34 AM

Sorry to jump into your log but I am about to pick up my first pack of accutane tomorrow and I needed to get some input: I am going on to New York on the 17th-21st and didn't know if I should risk getting a (initial) break out or extremely dry skin/lips during my trip. Based on everyone's experience would you guys recommend starting my doses tomorrow when I pick it up (10th) or possibly compromise and start my doses on the 14th, or completely wait till after my trip to begin? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

* I have moderate persistent acne, prescribed 40mg.... Thanks

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 11:55 AM

Day 138

 

Haven't updated in a while! Been really busy. Moved a new apartment with my gf and have been really busy getting everything set up before the new semester starts. I'm actually taking the semester off to work FT though, so I can make double-sure all the bills get paid on time.

 

In terms of Accutane, I've been upped to 70mg since my last derm visit (around 2 weeks ago). However, there was about a week where I didn't take any Accutane because the price of the pills (30mg + 40mg) came to around $700 for the month, and I was waiting on a check so the medicine wouldn't leave too big a hole in my bank account.

 

Anyway, been on 70mg for about a week. I've been getting random pimples here and there on my legs (?), the backs of my hands are red / dry / rashy... still breaking out of course. Have some on the back of my neck and a bunch on my face. The facial acne has actually been coming in slower than usual - I woke up to a big, swollen red one on my left temple today, but other than that I haven't had any new major pimples in a couple days now.

 

Still frustrated, mainly because I'm paying big money for a medicine that so far has given me mediocre results. I hope my complexion improves drastically in these last two months. I'll extend my course if I have to (and if the derm thinks it's necessary)...


On Accutane as of September 13, 2013

My log

 

Month 1 - 20mg (finished)

Month 2 - 40mg (finished)

Month 3 - 60mg (finished)

Month 4 - 60mg (finished)

Month 5 - 70mg (finished)

Month 6 - 80mg (finished)

Month 7 - 80mg (finished)

Month 8 - 40mg (finished)

Month 9 - 20mg





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