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#41 milesconn

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:17 PM

About a month. I saw him on around the 4th of December 2013 (when I took my first tablet) and I'm booked in for a 3 month review. I really don't feel any terrible side effects other than a little bit of back pain after the gym, dry eyes and a bit or dry skin so i reckon I'm ready to up my dosage. I haven't really seen any improvent so far in fact my skin looks worse but fingers crossed it gets better soon

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

Yeah I'm sure that after 3 months at 20mg your dosage will be upped! I haven't felt too many side effects apart from mildly dry skin and lips, on 20mg and the same now that I'm on 40mg!



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:41 PM

Day 55-60

Haven't updated in a while and I've got to say that I think I'm actually seeing improvements! That last IB has finished healing and is now just red marks, while the jawline seems to have calmed down a bit, and as of now, I have 2 or 3 active spots, the lowest amount in a long time! I'm trying not to get too happy, as I've heard that it could all go downhill again and I could have another IB, however for the moment, I'm allowed to at least be a bit more confident!

Roll on the next 4 months!



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:45 AM

Day 61-68

This past week has been quite difficult for me. So I noticed that whilst I was still seeing improvement, that my face was extremely dry, including my parents telling me about this. So I decided to use the Cetaphil moisturiser that I haven't used that much on my whole journey so far! So a couple of days on it and I was breaking out all over the place, it was going back to the days of my IB! So a couple of days ago I stopped using it, and like magic, it stopped breaking out as much! Now I'm left with healing spots, that I'm sure was due to the moisturiser (which I've stopped using). I used a clay facial mask to calm down my face a bit too, which helped a lot! Now I'm back to feeling a bit better about the situation, at least better than I was a couple of days ago! Not quite sure what to do now though, should I go back to not moisturising, this has made me very aware of putting anything on my face while on accutane!

Anyway, things are calming down now and, as of now, I'm about halfway through my third month - on 40mg/day.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 03:37 AM

Dude I had exactly the same problem. I was using that cetaphil moisturizer every night for about two months and I was getting all these red marks and for the life of me couldn't figure out why. So I stopped using it to see what would happen a couple of weeks ago and the red marks started to go away I was so stoked. I definitely wouldn't put it all over my face again but it does come in handy for when I get some dry parts around my mouth and chin. All the best bro chin up

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

milesconn - Yeah do you reckon dabbing the moisturiser just on dry patches is better than putting it all over the face too!?
Also, what a coincidence, after stopping using the cetaphil moisturiser, breakouts have decreased a bunch!

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:42 PM

Yeah man using it on dry spots and when pimples peel a bit works well. Good to hear the breakouts are going down



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:33 PM

Day 69-71

These last few days have been really good to me (I'd say since last Sunday - Day 67). Since I stopped using the moisturiser my face has calmed down a lot and I've barely seen any breakouts (about 1-2 minor spots per day). Having a blood test tomorrow to check how my body tackles the 40mg/day - shouldn't be a problem. Then I have an appointment in early March for my end of third month check up and the possibility of moving up a dosage maybe, who knows!?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:35 PM

Day 72-79

I had my 18th birthday this last week, therefore I had a few drinks, which I thought was fair enough. Anyway, I think this brought along a mini breakout, which has died out around now. Otherwise, I've noticed that maybe my skin tone is getting paler (which is better than it was) and my skin is a lot drier now! Have a derm appointment in a few days, will see what happens then!



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:37 PM

Day 72-79

I had my 18th birthday this last week, therefore I had a few drinks, which I thought was fair enough. Anyway, I think this brought along a mini breakout, which has died out around now. Otherwise, I've noticed that maybe my skin tone is getting paler (which is better than it was) and my skin is a lot drier now! Have a derm appointment in a few days, will see what happens then!

 

Happy Birthday!

 

What are you using to combat the dryness?



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:39 AM

Day 72-79

I had my 18th birthday this last week, therefore I had a few drinks, which I thought was fair enough. Anyway, I think this brought along a mini breakout, which has died out around now. Otherwise, I've noticed that maybe my skin tone is getting paler (which is better than it was) and my skin is a lot drier now! Have a derm appointment in a few days, will see what happens then!

 

Happy Birthday!

 

What are you using to combat the dryness?

Thanks! I'm a bit clueless in this area.. I haven't been using anything and leaving my face to look dry - the Cetaphil moisturiser broke me out the last time I applied it so I'm reluctant to use this...



Day 80-82

Face maybe getting a bit smoother now which is great. Just had my derm appointment for the end of my third month and I'm staying on 40mg for this month then moving up to 60mg for the last two months of my course. All seems to be going okay, albeit slowly, scarring (hyperpigmentation) will be an issue, however I'm much happier dealing with this than active acne!

Fingers crossed



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:43 AM

Day 83-88

Still the same story really, skin still very dry although I've noticed that my face does feel a lot smoother!



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

 

Day 72-79

I had my 18th birthday this last week, therefore I had a few drinks, which I thought was fair enough. Anyway, I think this brought along a mini breakout, which has died out around now. Otherwise, I've noticed that maybe my skin tone is getting paler (which is better than it was) and my skin is a lot drier now! Have a derm appointment in a few days, will see what happens then!

 

Happy Birthday!

 

What are you using to combat the dryness?

Thanks! I'm a bit clueless in this area.. I haven't been using anything and leaving my face to look dry - the Cetaphil moisturiser broke me out the last time I applied it so I'm reluctant to use this...



Day 80-82

Face maybe getting a bit smoother now which is great. Just had my derm appointment for the end of my third month and I'm staying on 40mg for this month then moving up to 60mg for the last two months of my course. All seems to be going okay, albeit slowly, scarring (hyperpigmentation) will be an issue, however I'm much happier dealing with this than active acne!

Fingers crossed

 

Vaseline, Vanicream's Skin Cream, Eucerin's Aquaphor, and Theraplex HydroLotion are good options. The HydroLotion is the most compatible/feels less greasy on oily skin, but they're all similar. Aquaphor is more hydrating.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 04:00 AM

Day 89-95

Skin definitely feeling much better at the moment, I currently have a couple, if any, active spots and am thinking about starting to treat my hyper pigmentation. I've bought tea tree oil and Aloe Vera creams that have been recommended to me so that when I'm ready I can start the process of healing the skin. Quite happy right now about the general condition of it though!



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 03:58 PM

Day 89-95

Skin definitely feeling much better at the moment, I currently have a couple, if any, active spots and am thinking about starting to treat my hyper pigmentation. I've bought tea tree oil and Aloe Vera creams that have been recommended to me so that when I'm ready I can start the process of healing the skin. Quite happy right now about the general condition of it though!

 

Hyperpigmentation as in brown spots or red marks?



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 12:14 PM

Michelle, they're more of a red colour...

 

Day 96-109

So haven't updated this post for a long time, mainly due to the lack of activity on my face! Since last updating, I've got very few 'proper' spots that come to a head. Now and again, I'll get a slightly raised red bump but rarely they grow into anything bigger. So at the moment I'm starting to use Aloe Vera 99.9% lotion on my forehead, just to check out how it deals with decreasing redness of hyperpigmentation. My biggest problem at the moment is actually the dryness around my chin area, which is mainly why I haven't yet started to deal with the hyperpigmentation around that area (using the aloe vera). Yesterday I started my dose of 60mg/day, which my dermatologist told me will be my maximum dose for the last 2 months of my course.

So hopes are high that I don't have an initial breakout for the higher dose, as I started the final stretch of my course. My main problems are dryness and scarring, which bother me way less than active spots do!

Fingers crossed...



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:04 PM

Hi. Sounds like we're both hitting the home stretch! My face has cleared up remarkably and my back is seeing improvements as well.  To combat drying I've been using a technique that may not be recommended but has worked wonders for me. After washing my face 2-3 times with Cetaphil to make sure it's good and dirt-free, I use bar soap on my hands to get them completely free of oil. Then (this is the gross part) I exfoliate by rubbing the skins away back and forth, almost as if you were rubbing dead skin layers off after getting a sunburn. I do this all over my face maybe 2-3 times a week, and then use lotion when I get out of the shower, and I'm telling you, my skin has never looked better. It's absolutely radiant and almost "glowing" as some may say. Anyway, I'm not sure if this is the healthiest thing for your skin, but it doesn't seem to be doing me any harm, and I'm sure liking the results. Congrats on your acne clearing up. Cheers. 

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 04:23 AM

Hey man good to see its all going well with the treatment. I'm still on 20mg if you can believe it and it cleared me up tremendously! I have had not one pimple over the last month or so and I'm real glad I listened to my derm to keep taking this low dose because I now have clear skin and only dry lips as a side effect. How are you finding the 60mg dosage?

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:16 PM

Hey man good to see its all going well with the treatment. I'm still on 20mg if you can believe it and it cleared me up tremendously! I have had not one pimple over the last month or so and I'm real glad I listened to my derm to keep taking this low dose because I now have clear skin and only dry lips as a side effect. How are you finding the 60mg dosage?

 

Well I never took anything lower than 40 so I don't have much to compare it to. My eyes have been REALLY sore and dry lately, and my distance vision is getting blurrier. Part of it may just be me getting older and maybe I'll need to wear contacts or glasses at some point down the road, but I'm really hoping it's due to the Accutane and that it'll go away once I'm finished. Oh, and sensitivity to brightness is a big deal too lately. Other than that, not much to complain about. Dryness, I guess. Joint pain from the first few months has subsided and I'm just rolling along, slowly approaching the end of this journey. Pretty exciting to think where we'll be in two short months or so.

 

Edit: Aaaaand just realized you probably weren't talking to me. Haha. Oh well.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 07:07 AM

Hahah no worries dude its all good. Just check my box and I've only got 41 pills so I'm super pumped it'll be over soon. Just hang in there and I'm sure all the side effect will go away after you've finished your course :)




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