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#1 Hexagon

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:19 AM

Hi I've been taking accutane 10mg for just over two months for mild to moderate yet persistant acne i have had from the age of 13, I am 18 years old, female, and very small, 5 foot tall and 38kg
my skin has gotten progressively worse it is rough and blotchy with new acne emerging almost every day and lots of blackheads and comedones appearing. can anyone tell me when I should start to see improvements on this dose?
I am planning to up my dose to 20mg in a couple days, however I am scared of the side effects because although the breakouts I am getting at the moment are not cystic they are leaving me with horrible marks and scarring and my healing is dramaticalllyyy slowed down just on 10mg. Do you think upping my dose will help speed up the progress and start improving or make my breakouts worse?
Also, I have gotten this horrible rash all over the top of my arms and neck, which i believe is common. Can anyone recommend me and non prescription creams or anything to help with this?
Sorry for the overload of questions and any info is appreciated, thanks

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

Heyaaa. I can't comment on 10mg as i think i started on 20mg but to be honest i didn't notice much improvement on this dose at all, which resulted in myself going from 40mg to finally 80mg. Finished my treatment some time in October last year and i'd say i probably started seeing result in my own skin during 40mg period.

If you're not seeing results it may be worth while trying to up the dose, 10mg is fairly low. They do mention that increased breakouts can occur during the start of treatment and with increased doses. I was extremely fortunate with the side effects, only problems i got were dry skin (Oh man, the lips and nose), joint pain/stiffness and rash/eczema on my arms,legs and neck. 

Speaking of which they gave me a cream called Eumovate (believe it needs prescription) which worked wonders on the affected areas, strongly recommend that if you're having problems. Completely clears mine up (still hold onto it today, still get lesser outbreaks of eczema.)

Of course, discuss with doctor/whatever first and best of luck!



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:43 AM

Heyaaa. I can't comment on 10mg as i think i started on 20mg but to be honest i didn't notice much improvement on this dose at all, which resulted in myself going from 40mg to finally 80mg. Finished my treatment some time in October last year and i'd say i probably started seeing result in my own skin during 40mg period.
If you're not seeing results it may be worth while trying to up the dose, 10mg is fairly low. They do mention that increased breakouts can occur during the start of treatment and with increased doses. I was extremely fortunate with the side effects, only problems i got were dry skin (Oh man, the lips and nose), joint pain/stiffness and rash/eczema on my arms,legs and neck. 
Speaking of which they gave me a cream called Eumovate (believe it needs prescription) which worked wonders on the affected areas, strongly recommend that if you're having problems. Completely clears mine up (still hold onto it today, still get lesser outbreaks of eczema.)
Of course, discuss with doctor/whatever first and best of luck!


Well I'm going to be taking my first 20mg tomorrow and I eventually want to up to 40mg although that's the highest I dare to go. As for the breakouts and side effects, I guess I will just have to embrace it all haha. Also, I've seen eumovate for sale over the counter before, just wasn't too sure how well it would work but now ill go out grab some and give it a go. thanks for your reply :)

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

I'm currently 45kg and am currently on 60mg of accutane (Absorica).  I in my 5th month now, but started out at 30mg the first month then bumped up to 60mg in month two.  I did get more side effects and drier skin when I was bumped up to 60mg, but I also think being on the higher dose helped clear my acne sooner.  I'm currently 100% clear and had a total of about 4-5 pimples in month 4.  I had dry patches of skin on my arms and have been struggling with eczema on the tops of my hands.  The best cream I found to use both all over your body every day and a few times a day on your dry patches, rashes, or eczema is Aveeno Eczema Therapy Cream.  It works better than CeraVe SA cream and all kinds of other random creams I've tried.   Bring the rashes up to your derm and they can prescribe you a steroid cream.  I haven't had too much luck even with the strongest steroid cream available (clobetasol), but they may help you.






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