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#41 Michelle Reece

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:51 PM

Days 36-7: For now, I can exfoliate to get rid of all the flakes, then cleanse to get rid of all the oils I've scrubbed out of the skin and then rub a heap a moisturiser in for five minutes. It appears to be working. 

 

I feel a little happier about my skin, the redness is further going down. Also I went to the Ally Pally which was good.

 

When will be your next dose increase?

 

What's Ally Pally? Alexandera Palace?



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:18 AM

@Rassendyll: Yeah! There you go mate. Nice one! Glad that's worked out for you. I knew it would. Just remember to only exfoliate twice a week, maybe 3 at the VERY most. Your skin is thin and fragile while on this stuff and over exfoliation can do more harem than good. But I'm pleased that it's helped you. 

I had my 3rd derm appointment 2 days ago. Overall he (and myself) was pleased. He said that I should be done in another 4 months. He also said that I'd managed to stay on top of the dryness very well and to keep doing what I'm doing. 

So, today my dosage has gone up to 60mg per day. Just had my first 60mg with a bowl of porridge, a banana and a protein shake. 

He's said the side effects are going to increase but not too dramatically. He said that I shouldn't get another flair up (yet not to be surprised if I do get one) but I will get the occasional few spots here and there (which I'm not bothered about) and that the dryness/muscle aches will increase by around 20%. 

Will update on side effects in around a week. So far they've been very tolerable for me. 

Have a good weekend everyone.x



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:32 AM

@Rassendyll: Yeah! There you go mate. Nice one! Glad that's worked out for you. I knew it would. Just remember to only exfoliate twice a week, maybe 3 at the VERY most. Your skin is thin and fragile while on this stuff and over exfoliation can do more harem than good. But I'm pleased that it's helped you. 

I had my 3rd derm appointment 2 days ago. Overall he (and myself) was pleased. He said that I should be done in another 4 months. He also said that I'd managed to stay on top of the dryness very well and to keep doing what I'm doing. 

So, today my dosage has gone up to 60mg per day. Just had my first 60mg with a bowl of porridge, a banana and a protein shake. 

He's said the side effects are going to increase but not too dramatically. He said that I shouldn't get another flair up (yet not to be surprised if I do get one) but I will get the occasional few spots here and there (which I'm not bothered about) and that the dryness/muscle aches will increase by around 20%. 

Will update on side effects in around a week. So far they've been very tolerable for me. 

Have a good weekend everyone.x

 

Be sure to relax so you don't worsen any muscle pain. :)



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:43 AM

@Rassendyll: Yeah! There you go mate. Nice one! Glad that's worked out for you. I knew it would. Just remember to only exfoliate twice a week, maybe 3 at the VERY most. Your skin is thin and fragile while on this stuff and over exfoliation can do more harem than good. But I'm pleased that it's helped you. 

I had my 3rd derm appointment 2 days ago. Overall he (and myself) was pleased. He said that I should be done in another 4 months. He also said that I'd managed to stay on top of the dryness very well and to keep doing what I'm doing. 

So, today my dosage has gone up to 60mg per day. Just had my first 60mg with a bowl of porridge, a banana and a protein shake. 

He's said the side effects are going to increase but not too dramatically. He said that I shouldn't get another flair up (yet not to be surprised if I do get one) but I will get the occasional few spots here and there (which I'm not bothered about) and that the dryness/muscle aches will increase by around 20%. 

Will update on side effects in around a week. So far they've been very tolerable for me. 

Have a good weekend everyone.x

 

Be sure to relax so you don't worsen any muscle pain. smile.png

Haha, thanks. Will try my best! Fortunately my line of work isn't the most physically demanding. Managed to have a little sleep in this morning too which was nice. 



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:55 PM

 

@Rassendyll: Yeah! There you go mate. Nice one! Glad that's worked out for you. I knew it would. Just remember to only exfoliate twice a week, maybe 3 at the VERY most. Your skin is thin and fragile while on this stuff and over exfoliation can do more harem than good. But I'm pleased that it's helped you. 

I had my 3rd derm appointment 2 days ago. Overall he (and myself) was pleased. He said that I should be done in another 4 months. He also said that I'd managed to stay on top of the dryness very well and to keep doing what I'm doing. 

So, today my dosage has gone up to 60mg per day. Just had my first 60mg with a bowl of porridge, a banana and a protein shake. 

He's said the side effects are going to increase but not too dramatically. He said that I shouldn't get another flair up (yet not to be surprised if I do get one) but I will get the occasional few spots here and there (which I'm not bothered about) and that the dryness/muscle aches will increase by around 20%. 

Will update on side effects in around a week. So far they've been very tolerable for me. 

Have a good weekend everyone.x

 

Be sure to relax so you don't worsen any muscle pain. :)

Haha, thanks. Will try my best! Fortunately my line of work isn't the most physically demanding. Managed to have a little sleep in this morning too which was nice. 

Do you sleep on your back? It'll help with your head/jaw tenderness and knees.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 05:52 PM

Hi! Yeah, it's the Alexandra Palace. I don't know when my dose increase will be, but the bloods are done, so I'll try and see when my appointment is on Monday! I'll be happy if I can get it doubled to 60mg. I just want the acne gone before it gets sunny.

 

Day 38: No change



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 05:33 AM

Just to update: 5 days into 60mg daily of my second month and I've started to produce a little more oil around my nose again after being oil free for 2 weeks, which has led to a couple of new spots forming. Strange how this has happened after my dosage going up?! Also had another flair up on my right shoulder. Very sore! Going down now though. Had a couple of headaches days 1 to 3 of 60mg which have subsided now. Got one small spot coming up on the underneath right hand side of my chin. 

That's about it for now. Still feel ok though. Dry skin is minimal and dry lips are too. Been sticking to the exfoliate twice a week, plenty of moisturising/lip balm and its still working. 

Not enjoying the pink/red face though!



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:23 AM

Days 38-42: I've got a fairly hefty spot, but it's fading really quickly. My hospital has forgotten to book me a second consultation for my next lot of pills, so I had a shout at them today and hope I'll manage to get seen before my pills run out in 5 days time. I am no longer very dry at all, so I think my body might have become used to the stuff.



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 05:27 AM

Day 43: Managed to get another appointment quite quickly, so no worries there. As you can see from the attachment, I'm fairly dry, but no-where near where as spotty as my initial picture. Nil points for lighting.

 

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:09 PM

Days 44-6: Skin continues to get better



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hey! I'm happy to hear your skin is getting better, and yea I can see the dryness in the picture. ouch!

 

I will follow along as our demographics are similar, I am also 19/m except I am not nearly as deep into the treatment as you. Good lucK!



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:06 PM

Hope it's going well, anand00123! 

 

Days 47-53: Not really any visible improvement, but it's a slow process I guess. Will post once something actually happens!



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:32 AM

Hello all. 

Hope things are going well for you. 

@Rassendyll - how's things? Any more improvement/side effects? 

Day 51 for me today. Been on 60mg daily for nearly a month now. Skin on face has REALLY improved. Still having flair ups on my back and had one around the back of my neck in my hair line last week, which thankfully has now subsided and I can go for my hair cutting. 

Been moisturising every day and using plenty of lip balm and because of this, my side effects have been minimal. If I don't put lip balm on every 50 mins then they look pretty bad, but as long as I'm on the ball with the vaseline and moisturising then you'd never know I was on Roaccutane. 

Also, started the gym again recently and the muscular pain I was getting in my side has now gone - so I can get a good nights sleep. 

Got my next derm appointment on the 3rd April which is where I'll go up to 80mgs per day. I'm finding it pretty easy to tolerate this stuff once I know how to keep on top of everything. 

Will probably post something else in a couple of weeks when I've been on the 80mg for a bit. But so far - so good!



 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 03:48 PM

Hello all. 

Hope things are going well for you. 

@Rassendyll - how's things? Any more improvement/side effects? 

Day 51 for me today. Been on 60mg daily for nearly a month now. Skin on face has REALLY improved. Still having flair ups on my back and had one around the back of my neck in my hair line last week, which thankfully has now subsided and I can go for my hair cutting. 

Been moisturising every day and using plenty of lip balm and because of this, my side effects have been minimal. If I don't put lip balm on every 50 mins then they look pretty bad, but as long as I'm on the ball with the vaseline and moisturising then you'd never know I was on Roaccutane. 

Also, started the gym again recently and the muscular pain I was getting in my side has now gone - so I can get a good nights sleep. 

Got my next derm appointment on the 3rd April which is where I'll go up to 80mgs per day. I'm finding it pretty easy to tolerate this stuff once I know how to keep on top of everything. 

Will probably post something else in a couple of weeks when I've been on the 80mg for a bit. But so far - so good!



 

 

Yeah! Continues to improve. My acne has definitely gone down, but my lips have gotten dryer and dryer. If anyone knows any secret lip moisturising products, that'd be cool. 



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 02:29 PM

Days 53-70: All of my active acne has gone and all I have now are marks. Will update with a picture soonish. 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

Longtime no talk!

 

I'm glad treatment is going well for you. smile.png

I'm on 60 mgs at the moment - save for the few days I sporadically/occasionally/accidentally skip, and my skin is doing quite well. There are a few dry spots here and there, but I'm rarely getting huge breakouts anymore. Dry lips and nose are under control for the most part, although I do need to reapply chapstick often. My doctor (not dermatologist) recommended the cream that nursing mothers use on their nipples for a night lip cream but I couldn't get past the strangeness of it...


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:49 AM

Good morning! 

Think it's been a while since I updated with you all so here I am :)

This is my 6th week on 80mg/per day and it's my 14th week in total. Face is completely clear now as is my neck/back of neck. However, over the past 4 weeks I developed one massive spot on the side of my neck and also one under my chin on my neck which has been there for 2 weeks now with no signs of a head. It's just there! My derm said that this can sometimes happen. Although I've been applying a tiny dab of topical isotretinoin to it (just a dab on that one lump under my chin) and it's shrinking/drying up albeit extremely slowly. 

My back is taking much longer to clear. Still getting spots on my lower back. Shoulders have cleared up considerably. My derm also said that the back can be the last place to clear and takes a bit longer. By the looks of things I'm going to do a full 6 month period on this stuff. My dosage will now stay at 80mgs daily for another 9 weeks/end of July. Then, I hope that I'll be done! I do have a feeling that it'll come back to be honest but we'll see. I'm also going for some Fraxel laser treatment in December which will help get my skin tone to something like it was before I started suffering with this awful disease.  

So, how's everyone else getting on? 



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 05:11 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Tomorrow i will be on accutane for 3 months... After 40 mg for a long while I now take 60 since a few weeks.

My experience with accutane hasnt been great so far. I've suffered a lot of nose bleedings (luckily not so much at the moment), very dry lips and also an extremely dry skin. At the moment my arms are full of rash (i hope that is the right english word). They are red and irritated, and its really hard not to scratch them and make it worse :/ Did anyone else experience this??

 

My face has almost cleared. Most blackheads are gone. But when i woke this morning around 5 new acne spots seem to be growing in my face again :(

Just like smallguy my chest and back are still pretty full with acne, though i have the feeling it is getting better a little...

 

i just hope it will be over soon, with summer coming nearer and nearer :/

 

Good luck everyone!



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:27 AM

Hello! How's everyone getting on?

3 weeks left on this now and seen a real improvement. Face is 100% clear as is my neck and chest. My back still has a little bit of activity but is getting there and should be clear come the end of this final 3 weeks. Been on 80mg for 4 months now, started on 40mg then went to 60mg, then 80 for the final 4 months. 

Redness on my face seems to be going. Dryness still there but controllable. Dry lips are a nuisance but I'm used to it now, just need to be proactive with the vaseline. Some nose bleeds which led to an infection in my nostrils but some antibiotic ointment cleared that up. No other side effects than what was to be expected so I'm happy and to honest I feel that this has changed my life. Will make a final update in 3 weeks time when I (hopefully) have finished my course. 

So, how are you guys finding the treatment? I hope it's going well for everyone?






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