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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:34 AM

Day 122

 

So, we've officially crossed the 4 month border, now entering the fifth month. So I was clear most of last week till it hit Sunday and I had one pop up on my chin. This is almost healed and I had a tiny one pop up between my eyes but it's not really anything. So they are less frequent but still appearing here and there at infrequent times. I've not squeezed the one between my eyes because they always look worse (plus i'm heading out to a new spanish restaurant tonight... haha.)

 

Lips are getting more dry than usual. Maybe its due to the hot weather (hot for the UK) but throughout the course they have never been so bad. I have a split in the corner of my lips that is killing! Persevere.. Persevere.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

Day 127

 

I'm currently all clear with no actives at the moment which is great news. It seems to be hitting the point where I am no longer getting actives, apart from the odd one or two on occasion, which is a huge improvement from what my face once was! I also have no actives on my chest or back. My eyes have been getting dry I've noticed, which leaves them a little bloodshot, and my forehead is quite dry today, but apart from that.. No worries!



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 06:58 AM

Day 133

 

Haven't had an active in well over a week now! I'm extremely happy! Can't remember being this clear for a long, long time.. It just shows that if you persevere through the process of Accutane, then it will eventually work. Hope this helps to inspire people who are only just starting or aren't as far through the process as me. It gets better.. Unfortunately, it takes time. On the other hand - good things come to those who wait! :)  



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:44 PM

Day 142

 

So time has passed again and still no actives.. which is pretty amazing. I'm not sure whether to keep writing here as i'm still on my course, but had not much activity going on.. I'm back at the derm on the 27th for my checkup which i believe will be the end of my course. However, that will only be 5 month which is unusually short, however, as stated in the name of this topic, I only had mild acne, so.. maybe it was enough?

 

I have been on 40mg for the past 4 month and have only missed one day to my knowledge. I'll update as to whether they up my dose, keep me on the same, or if they decide to take me off it!

 

I've enjoyed keeping this log if I'm honest.. It's been good to feel that I'm not alone and that I can kind of "vent". If that's the right word.. Even if it is just to myself here. I hope my experience will help other people in my position, but I promise you it gets better. When you have the horrible cysts that accutane brings out like I had, know that it will soon be over. Thanks to anyone who has contributed here and if anyone has any questions I will answer them the best I can. I just wish I had more questions to answer, so I feel that my experience and chance to help others isn't wasted! But if merely making this log has done that, then I am happy. :)



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:55 PM

Day 142

 

So time has passed again and still no actives.. which is pretty amazing. I'm not sure whether to keep writing here as i'm still on my course, but had not much activity going on.. I'm back at the derm on the 27th for my checkup which i believe will be the end of my course. However, that will only be 5 month which is unusually short, however, as stated in the name of this topic, I only had mild acne, so.. maybe it was enough?

 

I have been on 40mg for the past 4 month and have only missed one day to my knowledge. I'll update as to whether they up my dose, keep me on the same, or if they decide to take me off it!

 

I've enjoyed keeping this log if I'm honest.. It's been good to feel that I'm not alone and that I can kind of "vent". If that's the right word.. Even if it is just to myself here. I hope my experience will help other people in my position, but I promise you it gets better. When you have the horrible cysts that accutane brings out like I had, know that it will soon be over. Thanks to anyone who has contributed here and if anyone has any questions I will answer them the best I can. I just wish I had more questions to answer, so I feel that my experience and chance to help others isn't wasted! But if merely making this log has done that, then I am happy. smile.png

I appreciate your log and like knowing what I might expect. I'm only on week 3 and 40 mg. I'm so glad to hear how clear you are! Rest assured your blog is very helpful to us newbies!



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:03 PM

Day 142

 

So time has passed again and still no actives.. which is pretty amazing. I'm not sure whether to keep writing here as i'm still on my course, but had not much activity going on.. I'm back at the derm on the 27th for my checkup which i believe will be the end of my course. However, that will only be 5 month which is unusually short, however, as stated in the name of this topic, I only had mild acne, so.. maybe it was enough?

 

I have been on 40mg for the past 4 month and have only missed one day to my knowledge. I'll update as to whether they up my dose, keep me on the same, or if they decide to take me off it!

 

I've enjoyed keeping this log if I'm honest.. It's been good to feel that I'm not alone and that I can kind of "vent". If that's the right word.. Even if it is just to myself here. I hope my experience will help other people in my position, but I promise you it gets better. When you have the horrible cysts that accutane brings out like I had, know that it will soon be over. Thanks to anyone who has contributed here and if anyone has any questions I will answer them the best I can. I just wish I had more questions to answer, so I feel that my experience and chance to help others isn't wasted! But if merely making this log has done that, then I am happy. 

I appreciate your log and like knowing what I might expect. I'm only on week 3 and 40 mg. I'm so glad to hear how clear you are! Rest assured your blog is very helpful to us newbies!

 

Thank you Rwpennell, I hope it's all going well for you so far. I think the most nerve wracking time through the whole process is the periods of break outs, but they will subside gradually. Any questions, feel free to ask :)



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:54 PM

Day 150

 

So still no actives, had a couple of tiny tiny red dots that have faded, but they were barely visible so couldn't count them as actives. Returned to my derm who said that I should finish what I have left of my tablets (just under a month's worth) and then return in 8 weeks for a review, and if everything is well, then I will be discharged. Hopefully everything will continue at a positive rate.

I have noticed one downside from this entire process is the slight weight gain (maybe 2-3 pounds) I've had, which I've attributed to the intake of fat with every tablet, which I usually wouldn't have done. I am thin with a small frame so this is noticeable (to me) so this part sucks a little! But can be something exercise and diet can deal with. But overall, the process has been extremely successful and positive! 



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:00 AM

Hi! So how's yr skin now? I Just started on accutane 2weeks ago, as prescient by my derm. I'm so excited to see the result, but I'm also freaking out right now bsc SO MANY people saying about the side effects

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 05:25 AM

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. 

Did it really helped with spots?

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. 

Did it really helpe with clearing spots? I'm going to take accutane in another week and I'm curious to know.

Day 150
 
So still no actives, had a couple of tiny tiny red dots that have faded, but they were barely visible so couldn't count them as actives. Returned to my derm who said that I should finish what I have left of my tablets (just under a month's worth) and then return in 8 weeks for a review, and if everything is well, then I will be discharged. Hopefully everything will continue at a positive rate.
I have noticed one downside from this entire process is the slight weight gain (maybe 2-3 pounds) I've had, which I've attributed to the intake of fat with every tablet, which I usually wouldn't have done. I am thin with a small frame so this is noticeable (to me) so this part sucks a little! But can be something exercise and diet can deal with. But overall, the process has been extremely successful and positive! 

Did it help with clearing red marks? It would mean alot if you'd answer.

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:14 AM

Hi, in a word - YES!!!   She finished the treatment in April/May last year.  She has not had any spots since, her skin is so perfect that people don't believe she ever had acne.   She's not needed anymore treatment at all.  Long term effects - her skin is drier but nothing drastic that can't be sorted with a good moisturiser.  

One thing she does wonder - and I would love advice on here - when she works with or meets someone with bad acne she really really wants to tell them her story but is too afraid of offending.  She usually waits until they say something then she  tells them she used to have acne and encourages them to get professional help.  

People, you don't have to suffer for years.  Don't put up with being fobbed off by lazy doctors, insist on referral to dermatologist - acne is a terrible disease and it is entirely treatable.  How I wish I had helped my daughter years ago.  

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Posted Yesterday, 05:56 AM

Hi, in a word - YES!!!   She finished the treatment in April/May last year.  She has not had any spots since, her skin is so perfect that people don't believe she ever had acne.   She's not needed anymore treatment at all.  Long term effects - her skin is drier but nothing drastic that can't be sorted with a good moisturiser.  
One thing she does wonder - and I would love advice on here - when she works with or meets someone with bad acne she really really wants to tell them her story but is too afraid of offending.  She usually waits until they say something then she  tells them she used to have acne and encourages them to get professional help.  
People, you don't have to suffer for years.  Don't put up with being fobbed off by lazy doctors, insist on referral to dermatologist - acne is a terrible disease and it is entirely treatable.  How I wish I had helped my daughter years ago.  

Have you heard it causing infertility? Do you know anyone who had babies after taking accutane?


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