Accutane - Very Mild, But Persistent Acne

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to start a new topic because when I had previously searched through the forum, I found it very hard to find any stories for people with very mild, but persistent and long lived, marking acne. I understand that Accutane is marketed towards those with far more severe acne than myself, but I just wanted to be able to give some information to people who are in the same position as me.

I've tried several methods to keep my acne at bay over the years, successfully with Lymecycline, but only for a small period of time (4 month I believe) until once I began my degree. At this point I had a large break out on my chin consisting of a group of cysts, which I had never had before, which was understandably, quite a scare for me. I was switched to Minocycline to see if this could help control it again, but this had no to little effect after 5 month of use, and I'd been left with quite significant red marks on my cheeks and chin. My skin is extremely sensitive and these marks in my case, can last from 6 month to a year, they are also very noticeable. But still, my acne would only be classed as very mild, as I do not have a large number of active spots, I am more so prone to getting large, swollen pimples. Also, I get quite a few on my back and occasionally chest.

I finally arranged to see my dermatologist to get his opinion and he asked me if I would like to give Accutane a try. I had been offered this previously, but I had said no, as I wanted to give the antibiotics another chance. This time I said yes, and I am now on my first week of Accutane. I have begun a course of Accutane 20mg daily, which so far I haven't noticed any changes, though this is expected due to the small amount of time I have been taking the medication.

I understand that a lot of people may not agree with people with a low level of active acne actually taking this medication, which I totally understand myself, but I think the level of marking that some of our skin can produce can seriously lower self esteem, and with the persistence of this acne, I found this to be the right choice (so far!)

I will post pictures of the current state of my face shortly!

Thanks!

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I think it's fantastic that you've found a derm open to giving you Accutane. Mild acne isn't given much attention, but it can be crippling just the same. My acne too was on the mild/moderate scale, and I'm on 40mg of Claravis. You'll be so glad you made the jump! Stock up on moisturizer, sunscreen, and a ton of lip balm! Good luck!

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Thank you! A lot of people with more severe acne understandably find it hard to empathise, though its important to know that it can also be psychologically affecting. The lip balm and moisturiser is already on the go, slightly dry lips but my face is unusually oily at the moment.. (Maybe my oil is fighting back?) I also have a few more spots too, though this is the first time since August 2012 I have not been on antibiotics!

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to start a new topic because when I had previously searched through the forum, I found it very hard to find any stories for people with very mild, but persistent and long lived, marking acne. I understand that Accutane is marketed towards those with far more severe acne than myself, but I just wanted to be able to give some information to people who are in the same position as me.

I've tried several methods to keep my acne at bay over the years, successfully with Lymecycline, but only for a small period of time (4 month I believe) until once I began my degree. At this point I had a large break out on my chin consisting of a group of cysts, which I had never had before, which was understandably, quite a scare for me. I was switched to Minocycline to see if this could help control it again, but this had no to little effect after 5 month of use, and I'd been left with quite significant red marks on my cheeks and chin. My skin is extremely sensitive and these marks in my case, can last from 6 month to a year, they are also very noticeable. But still, my acne would only be classed as very mild, as I do not have a large number of active spots, I am more so prone to getting large, swollen pimples. Also, I get quite a few on my back and occasionally chest.

I finally arranged to see my dermatologist to get his opinion and he asked me if I would like to give Accutane a try. I had been offered this previously, but I had said no, as I wanted to give the antibiotics another chance. This time I said yes, and I am now on my first week of Accutane. I have begun a course of Accutane 20mg daily, which so far I haven't noticed any changes, though this is expected due to the small amount of time I have been taking the medication.

I understand that a lot of people may not agree with people with a low level of active acne actually taking this medication, which I totally understand myself, but I think the level of marking that some of our skin can produce can seriously lower self esteem, and with the persistence of this acne, I found this to be the right choice (so far!)

I will post pictures of the current state of my face shortly!

Thanks!

I think you'd be a little surprised what qualifies as severe. It can be severe if there are hundreds, if not thousands of blackheads and whiteheads all over your face, and if no other treatment worked (like in your case). It's "quality" and/or "quantity".

Beware, the dryness shows up within the 2nd to 3rd week!

Out of curiosity, do you have eczema or rosacea? Those could easily get worse during your course.

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to start a new topic because when I had previously searched through the forum, I found it very hard to find any stories for people with very mild, but persistent and long lived, marking acne. I understand that Accutane is marketed towards those with far more severe acne than myself, but I just wanted to be able to give some information to people who are in the same position as me.

I've tried several methods to keep my acne at bay over the years, successfully with Lymecycline, but only for a small period of time (4 month I believe) until once I began my degree. At this point I had a large break out on my chin consisting of a group of cysts, which I had never had before, which was understandably, quite a scare for me. I was switched to Minocycline to see if this could help control it again, but this had no to little effect after 5 month of use, and I'd been left with quite significant red marks on my cheeks and chin. My skin is extremely sensitive and these marks in my case, can last from 6 month to a year, they are also very noticeable. But still, my acne would only be classed as very mild, as I do not have a large number of active spots, I am more so prone to getting large, swollen pimples. Also, I get quite a few on my back and occasionally chest.

I finally arranged to see my dermatologist to get his opinion and he asked me if I would like to give Accutane a try. I had been offered this previously, but I had said no, as I wanted to give the antibiotics another chance. This time I said yes, and I am now on my first week of Accutane. I have begun a course of Accutane 20mg daily, which so far I haven't noticed any changes, though this is expected due to the small amount of time I have been taking the medication.

I understand that a lot of people may not agree with people with a low level of active acne actually taking this medication, which I totally understand myself, but I think the level of marking that some of our skin can produce can seriously lower self esteem, and with the persistence of this acne, I found this to be the right choice (so far!)

I will post pictures of the current state of my face shortly!

Thanks!

I think you'd be a little surprised what qualifies as severe. It can be severe if there are hundreds, if not thousands of blackheads and whiteheads all over your face, and if no other treatment worked (like in your case). It's "quality" and/or "quantity".

Beware, the dryness shows up within the 2nd to 3rd week!

Out of curiosity, do you have eczema or rosacea? Those could easily get worse during your course.

Oh i see! Thanks. I don't have many whiteheads apart from on my chin, where i have a few. I do suffer from a LOT of blackheads however, mainly in my T-zone, though I cannot remember a point in my life where I did not. I'm currently 19. I don't suffer with either eczema or rosacea though I do have certain areas of my face which do suffer from quite a lot of dryness and peeling pre-accutane, such as between my eyes and either side of my nose. My skin in general is excessively oily, to the point where I had a moment one day at uni where I looked in my car mirror and saw oil on my forehead which resembled drops of sweat.. It was a shock, as I'd never seen my skin so oily. I have noticed that though my nose is still oily, I am beginning to peel a lot on it...

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to start a new topic because when I had previously searched through the forum, I found it very hard to find any stories for people with very mild, but persistent and long lived, marking acne. I understand that Accutane is marketed towards those with far more severe acne than myself, but I just wanted to be able to give some information to people who are in the same position as me.

I've tried several methods to keep my acne at bay over the years, successfully with Lymecycline, but only for a small period of time (4 month I believe) until once I began my degree. At this point I had a large break out on my chin consisting of a group of cysts, which I had never had before, which was understandably, quite a scare for me. I was switched to Minocycline to see if this could help control it again, but this had no to little effect after 5 month of use, and I'd been left with quite significant red marks on my cheeks and chin. My skin is extremely sensitive and these marks in my case, can last from 6 month to a year, they are also very noticeable. But still, my acne would only be classed as very mild, as I do not have a large number of active spots, I am more so prone to getting large, swollen pimples. Also, I get quite a few on my back and occasionally chest.

I finally arranged to see my dermatologist to get his opinion and he asked me if I would like to give Accutane a try. I had been offered this previously, but I had said no, as I wanted to give the antibiotics another chance. This time I said yes, and I am now on my first week of Accutane. I have begun a course of Accutane 20mg daily, which so far I haven't noticed any changes, though this is expected due to the small amount of time I have been taking the medication.

I understand that a lot of people may not agree with people with a low level of active acne actually taking this medication, which I totally understand myself, but I think the level of marking that some of our skin can produce can seriously lower self esteem, and with the persistence of this acne, I found this to be the right choice (so far!)

I will post pictures of the current state of my face shortly!

Thanks!

I think you'd be a little surprised what qualifies as severe. It can be severe if there are hundreds, if not thousands of blackheads and whiteheads all over your face, and if no other treatment worked (like in your case). It's "quality" and/or "quantity".

Beware, the dryness shows up within the 2nd to 3rd week!

Out of curiosity, do you have eczema or rosacea? Those could easily get worse during your course.

Oh i see! Thanks. I don't have many whiteheads apart from on my chin, where i have a few. I do suffer from a LOT of blackheads however, mainly in my T-zone, though I cannot remember a point in my life where I did not. I'm currently 19. I don't suffer with either eczema or rosacea though I do have certain areas of my face which do suffer from quite a lot of dryness and peeling pre-accutane, such as between my eyes and either side of my nose. My skin in general is excessively oily, to the point where I had a moment one day at uni where I looked in my car mirror and saw oil on my forehead which resembled drops of sweat.. It was a shock, as I'd never seen my skin so oily. I have noticed that though my nose is still oily, I am beginning to peel a lot on it...

Slather up, even on your nose! You could use Vaseline or Theraplex HydroLotion, though the latter is friendlier for oily skin.

I like Accutane because it can reduce sebaceous gland size. Sometimes, a few have to go on another course to reduce excessively oily skin.

Are you on BCP during your course? (Women usually have to, but sometimes they can get away with not going on BCP.)

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I've been using a Nivea sensitive moisturiser, which seems to be applying ok so far! And Burt's Bees mango lip balm, which I think keeps my lips moist due to the honey in it. Hopefully I will start seeing some results too!

No i'm not on BCP being a male... Haha. My picture may have caused some confusion.

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I've been using a Nivea sensitive moisturiser, which seems to be applying ok so far! And Burt's Bees mango lip balm, which I think keeps my lips moist due to the honey in it. Hopefully I will start seeing some results too!

No i'm not on BCP being a male... Haha. My picture may have caused some confusion.

I read your about me thing, but forgot when I saw the woman in the pic.

Expect increased dryness around the 2nd week. Since your on the low dose, it wouldn't be too bad, but I'd watch it because the UK is experiencing a cold snap and the humidity could decrease a lot soon.

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I've been using a Nivea sensitive moisturiser, which seems to be applying ok so far! And Burt's Bees mango lip balm, which I think keeps my lips moist due to the honey in it. Hopefully I will start seeing some results too!

No i'm not on BCP being a male... Haha. My picture may have caused some confusion.

I read your about me thing, but forgot when I saw the woman in the pic.

Expect increased dryness around the 2nd week. Since your on the low dose, it wouldn't be too bad, but I'd watch it because the UK is experiencing a cold snap and the humidity could decrease a lot soon.

It's no problem! Tomorrow is my 7th day I believe.. So we're going to be leading into the second week very soon! Thanks. So far only slightly dry lips and a bit of exacerbated muscle pain, but I'm sure the dryness will be coming as you've mentioned. The weather is very fickle so seems to go between sunny and cold, icy this morning though so we'll see how dry I end up!

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Day 7 - Reached the end of my first week!

So I've now reached day 7 of my Accutane course. Today is the first day I've noticed any significant dryness on my face. The spots I have on my cheek which are lumps that never come to a head, have seemed to have shrunk... Even overnight. I've been experiencing some muscle pain on my lower back from where I had a previous injury, which seems to have returned, and my hands are starting to feel drier than usual (this was a problem pre-accutane!) I've been feeling a little more tired also, but being a student, I think I can handle this! :P

I've been apprehensive about posting pictures of my face due to being so insecure!!! But tonight I'm going to pluck up the courage and do it!

Thanks!

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Hi, my acne is considered mild ( covers less than 10% of my face) but my God it is persistent! Short of using a blow torch nothing touches it.. I was on Lymecycline for years (did nothing) BP irritated the hell out of me and Retin A seemed to aggravate it and BCP makes me moody..So I am on Roaccutane too! 10mg a day. For me there has been a big improvement in 3 months, however I am still breaking out but its only 2-3 at most, they are bloody painful though! Its like everything is speeded up and and you can feel your skin pushing them out. the overall condition of my skin is massively improved but that could be because I am not burning the hell out of it :) I am 40 and wish I had done this years ago so I think you are doing the right thing. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, if you are ok and your doc is ok then bugger other people's opinions. If your acne bothers you (mine does!) then you go for it and best of luck!! x



P.S MOISTURIZE!!! Seriously don't wait for the dryness to kick in and I know you are a boy and all.. but you need hand cream! Trust me on this x

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Hi, my acne is considered mild ( covers less than 10% of my face) but my God it is persistent! Short of using a blow torch nothing touches it.. I was on Lymecycline for years (did nothing) BP irritated the hell out of me and Retin A seemed to aggravate it and BCP makes me moody..So I am on Roaccutane too! 10mg a day. For me there has been a big improvement in 3 months, however I am still breaking out but its only 2-3 at most, they are bloody painful though! Its like everything is speeded up and and you can feel your skin pushing them out. the overall condition of my skin is massively improved but that could be because I am not burning the hell out of it :) I am 40 and wish I had done this years ago so I think you are doing the right thing. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, if you are ok and your doc is ok then bugger other people's opinions. If your acne bothers you (mine does!) then you go for it and best of luck!! x

P.S MOISTURIZE!!! Seriously don't wait for the dryness to kick in and I know you are a boy and all.. but you need hand cream! Trust me on this x

Thank you for understanding! I'm glad you're seeing an improvement! Hopefully a little further into the course and you'll have the results you want! :) I currently use a Nivea Pure and Natural hand cream, which I used pre-accutane anyway as during the winter, in between my fingers dry out and get sore! Ouch! I'm using a Burt's Bees lip balm and Nivea Sensitive moisturiser. I'm hoping anticipating the extreme dryness will help me avoid it (or at least reduce it!)

Being a law student, I'm often having to stand up in front of an audience and argue cases, and eventually maybe even stand up in court. My acne does bother me as you mentioned yours does, so I think its about time (after all these years) of stopping it in its tracks!

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Hey!! I'm stoked to find this topic because my situation is very like yours. I've had acne for six years or so, now. I don't get many actives, but the ones I do get are large, painful, hot, and leave marks or scars. I do have some indents in my cheeks now and even the ones that haven't properly scarred will sit on my face for a year as a bump. I still have painless bumps from old zits on my cheeks that have been sitting there since September last year.

Outside of that my entire cheeks are covered in blackheads and flesh coloured lumps that don't seem to contain anything, but are raised from my face and so numerous that they'd distorted the shape of my cheekbones. They were also invisible in certain lighting so it was really difficult to get doctors (NHS) to take me seriously until I started taking pictures in natural daylight to show them.

So while I don't have many active bumps or any cysts, the NHS referred me to a dermatologist who then immediately suggested accutane upon seeing that I've started to scar. I'm on my second week at the moment and have had no side effects outside of having some trouble concentrating. I'm on 25mg/day. I'm not on a super low dose course, I'm just quite small and light so 50mg will be my max dose and it'll start next month. Fingers crossed for the both of us!

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Hi, my acne is considered mild ( covers less than 10% of my face) but my God it is persistent! Short of using a blow torch nothing touches it.. I was on Lymecycline for years (did nothing) BP irritated the hell out of me and Retin A seemed to aggravate it and BCP makes me moody..So I am on Roaccutane too! 10mg a day. For me there has been a big improvement in 3 months, however I am still breaking out but its only 2-3 at most, they are bloody painful though! Its like everything is speeded up and and you can feel your skin pushing them out. the overall condition of my skin is massively improved but that could be because I am not burning the hell out of it I am 40 and wish I had done this years ago so I think you are doing the right thing. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, if you are ok and your doc is ok then bugger other people's opinions. If your acne bothers you (mine does!) then you go for it and best of luck!! x

P.S MOISTURIZE!!! Seriously don't wait for the dryness to kick in and I know you are a boy and all.. but you need hand cream! Trust me on this x

Thank you for understanding! I'm glad you're seeing an improvement! Hopefully a little further into the course and you'll have the results you want! I currently use a Nivea Pure and Natural hand cream, which I used pre-accutane anyway as during the winter, in between my fingers dry out and get sore! Ouch! I'm using a Burt's Bees lip balm and Nivea Sensitive moisturiser. I'm hoping anticipating the extreme dryness will help me avoid it (or at least reduce it!)

Being a law student, I'm often having to stand up in front of an audience and argue cases, and eventually maybe even stand up in court. My acne does bother me as you mentioned yours does, so I think its about time (after all these years) of stopping it in its tracks!

Watch for rashes. Some people get rashes on Accutane, or whatever rashes they have gets worse!

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Hey!! I'm stoked to find this topic because my situation is very like yours. I've had acne for six years or so, now. I don't get many actives, but the ones I do get are large, painful, hot, and leave marks or scars. I do have some indents in my cheeks now and even the ones that haven't properly scarred will sit on my face for a year as a bump. I still have painless bumps from old zits on my cheeks that have been sitting there since September last year.

Outside of that my entire cheeks are covered in blackheads and flesh coloured lumps that don't seem to contain anything, but are raised from my face and so numerous that they'd distorted the shape of my cheekbones. They were also invisible in certain lighting so it was really difficult to get doctors (NHS) to take me seriously until I started taking pictures in natural daylight to show them.

So while I don't have many active bumps or any cysts, the NHS referred me to a dermatologist who then immediately suggested accutane upon seeing that I've started to scar. I'm on my second week at the moment and have had no side effects outside of having some trouble concentrating. I'm on 25mg/day. I'm not on a super low dose course, I'm just quite small and light so 50mg will be my max dose and it'll start next month. Fingers crossed for the both of us!

Hi Kiyanna! I'm happy you've been able to find me so we can relate! It seems to be difficult to find other people who are in similar situations to ours, so thank you for commenting! Though your acne could be slightly more severe than mine? I'm glad that they've put you onto Accutane and that you're not having any side effects so far!

We're also in very similar places in our Accutane journey! Fortunately, even though I do get bumps and large pustules, I do not particularly scar, only mark. The scars that I do have are quite small, and I believe it is from more severe acne when I was younger! Good luck and if you don't have a log, please keep me posted on your experience! :)

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I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.

After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.

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I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.

After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.

Thank you! I'm glad you're seeing results and have taken action! I have however noticed I'm still getting a few zits, but hoping they will leave as soon as possible as I can't really use my medicated gels/creams to get rid of them at the moment!

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I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.

After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.

Thank you! I'm glad you're seeing results and have taken action! I have however noticed I'm still getting a few zits, but hoping they will leave as soon as possible as I can't really use my medicated gels/creams to get rid of them at the moment!

It's too bad you can't do anything topically on Accutane. It makes your skin sensitive to everything!

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I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.

After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.

Thank you! I'm glad you're seeing results and have taken action! I have however noticed I'm still getting a few zits, but hoping they will leave as soon as possible as I can't really use my medicated gels/creams to get rid of them at the moment!

It's too bad you can't do anything topically on Accutane. It makes your skin sensitive to everything!

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I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.

After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.

Thank you! I'm glad you're seeing results and have taken action! I have however noticed I'm still getting a few zits, but hoping they will leave as soon as possible as I can't really use my medicated gels/creams to get rid of them at the moment!

It's too bad you can't do anything topically on Accutane. It makes your skin sensitive to everything!

I see we're both having problems with quoting. xD

Quick! Someone invent a topical that'll help Accutane-users clear up their acne faster! :D

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I see we're both having problems with quoting. xD

Quick! Someone invent a topical that'll help Accutane-users clear up their acne faster!

I second this!! Haha

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I see we're both having problems with quoting. xD

Quick! Someone invent a topical that'll help Accutane-users clear up their acne faster!

I second this!! Haha

If it's any consolation, researchers are looking into Vitamin D derivatives and EGCG just for general acne. Looks promising so far.

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I see we're both having problems with quoting. xD

Quick! Someone invent a topical that'll help Accutane-users clear up their acne faster!

I second this!! Haha

If it's any consolation, researchers are looking into Vitamin D derivatives and EGCG just for general acne. Looks promising so far.

I used Vitamin B5 for a while though i didn't notice much effect... I may have not used it for long enough.

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Day 12 - Progress

So I'm now on day 12 of my course, I haven't had any new side effects, lips aren't particularly chapped, only slight dry and kept under control with Carmex and Burt's Bee's lip balm. I'm unsure whether my face is looking a bit ashy from dry skin.. But I'm only slightly dry on my nose and forehead. Back pain seems to have gone, though I do have a small rash on my chest which I'm unsure whether it is linked to the Accutane or not... Hm. I had a small break out on my chin over the past 2 days, though nothing too severe.

It's been difficult avoiding the alcohol, being a university student, but so far I have only touched it once, which was 2 cocktails, and I didn't feel too great afterwards.. So I've decided I will only drink on special occasions!

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In the UK mild to moderate acne which is unresponsive to other treatments such as topicals and oral antibiotics is being treated with isotretinoin (accutane) much more frequently now.

My daughter is 25, she had mild acne since the age of 15 - sometimes it would clear and then it would flare up again. She mainly had spots on her face with blackheads.

Eventually, after trying every treatment prescribable from her GP as well as us spending a fortune on chemical peels, blue light treatment, microdermabrasion and expensive creams/cosmetics I paid for her to see a Dermatologist who suggest roaccutane.

She's in her 3rd month and was given 60mg daily, quite high for an 8 stone girl. Her skin is now perfect - no spots, no blackheads and the texture of it is somehow finer.

At first her acne got quite a lot worse but this is just due to the sebaceous glands shrinking which squeezes the contents - it is actually a sign the accutane is starting to work.

The main side effect is very dry cracked lips but this is manageable with salves. The only other real side effect she has noticed is that she gets a bad hangover if she drinks much alcohol. Apart from that she is fine.

It has really transformed her life - she was quite down and low self esteem before and now she can go out with no make up and feels more confident.

She is worried her acne will return when she stops the treatment but her dermatologist reassured her that he will put her on a low maintenance dose if this happens.

So I just wanted to reassure people that accutane does work, it does have side effects but in our experience nothing too bad and it can be transforming!

Good Luck everyone.

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