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#1 Lilypad89

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:57 PM

Hello,

I am new here. I've had mild acne since last year. Never has acne before hence when my skin broke out, it was pretty depressing. Changed dermatology couple of times because acne keeps coming back.

Resorted to accutane. My derm prescribed me nimegen another form of accutane. I am 25 years old and weighs 45kg. Hence for the first month I started with 10mg a day.


I'm at my 4th week and derm increased my dosage to 20mg a week.

First two weeks I had no IB and my skin looked great. 3rd week I started breaking out on my jawline, with more clogged pores.

Just took my 20mg dosage yesterday and got another cyst. But it became smaller the next day. Maybe because derm prescribed me with erythromycin.

My skin is not dry only on my right jawline which is wear most of the breakout is.

Lips are dry though.

Anyone one 20mg a day as me? How's your Ib?

Edited by Lilypad89, 27 March 2014 - 05:14 AM.


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:39 AM

today i took my 12th pill(20 mg per day),so far so good, the only problem is dryness, my lips get dry when i wash my face, but with a good moisturizer i keep it at bay. moisturizing is very important while you are on accutane. btw 10 mg is not enough to cure acne, people take it for oily skin or shrink pores.



in my opinion after lunch is the best time to take your pills, don't take accutane with breakfast.headache is likely during the day.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 02:15 PM

today i took my 12th pill(20 mg per day),so far so good, the only problem is dryness, my lips get dry when i wash my face, but with a good moisturizer i keep it at bay. moisturizing is very important while you are on accutane. btw 10 mg is not enough to cure acne, people take it for oily skin or shrink pores.in my opinion after lunch is the best time to take your pills, don't take accutane with breakfast.headache is likely during the day.



Hey! Thanks for your reply. Yup, I'm at 20mg this week instead of 10!

So no INitial breakout for you? Thatt's wonderful!

I'm still not dry yet, and more blocked comedones are starting to surface, with heads. I guess that is the only way to go away right?

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 06:15 PM

good luck!! <333 and i know how you feel about getting upset after having clear skin...

i went from have the clearest skin of my teenage life this september/october to a skin disaster (worst i've ever had) in only a few months! it was so sudden and i was very depressed..but we will get through this!! :) hope all goes well!!

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:30 PM

good luck!! <333 and i know how you feel about getting upset after having clear skin...
i went from have the clearest skin of my teenage life this september/october to a skin disaster (worst i've ever had) in only a few months! it was so sudden and i was very depressed..but we will get through this!! :) hope all goes well!!
 
-Rachel



Thank you! Are you done w accutane?

27th day of accutane.

2nd day of 20mg.

Two whiteheads which have been there forever got inflamed. I've just iced them.

Last week was the start of my IB. It has been a week of IB.

Hoping for better days!

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:57 PM

good luck!! <333 and i know how you feel about getting upset after having clear skin...
i went from have the clearest skin of my teenage life this september/october to a skin disaster (worst i've ever had) in only a few months! it was so sudden and i was very depressed..but we will get through this!! smile.png hope all goes well!!
 
-Rachel



Thank you! Are you done w accutane?

27th day of accutane.

2nd day of 20mg.

Two whiteheads which have been there forever got inflamed. I've just iced them.

Last week was the start of my IB. It has been a week of IB.

Hoping for better days!

no i'm not even close to being done! its been almost a month now since i've started.. i just started my IB too around last week (3rd week of accutane). everything is still healing and im still breaking out..esp on my left cheek and jawline! hopefully it settles down soon :( 

im on 40 mg a day but i will soon be bumped to 50 mg! (im around 52 kg). 

Yep keep us posted on your progress!!



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:59 PM


good luck!! <333 and i know how you feel about getting upset after having clear skin...
i went from have the clearest skin of my teenage life this september/october to a skin disaster (worst i've ever had) in only a few months! it was so sudden and i was very depressed..but we will get through this!! smile.png hope all goes well!!
 
-Rachel


Thank you! Are you done w accutane?
27th day of accutane.
2nd day of 20mg.
Two whiteheads which have been there forever got inflamed. I've just iced them.
Last week was the start of my IB. It has been a week of IB.
Hoping for better days!
no i'm not even close to being done! its been almost a month now since i've started.. i just started my IB too around last week (3rd week of accutane). everything is still healing and im still breaking out..esp on my left cheek and jawline! hopefully it settles down soon :( 
im on 40 mg a day but i will soon be bumped to 50 mg! (im around 52 kg). 
Yep keep us posted on your progress!!



Looks like we are on the same page! My jawline has cleared slightly. But right now I have a huge (not painful) cyst on my right cheekbone. And like 10 mini whiteheads that hasn't ripen yet. Usually when it ripens I can just remove the head coz it becomes hard.


But this few whiteheads has been there forever, my derm said I might have to laser them off(???). Or if I'm lucky they will go away.

I mean I'd rather have whiteheads than cysts right. But the only thing is, it shows under my makeup as bumpy skin

Anyone w same problem?

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 12:55 AM

I have the small bumps too that look like white heads waiting under the skin. I won't touch them because anytime I have I take skin off trying and they look worse! Yikes! Although my skin had cleared significantly those bumps are persistent. I'm just passed one month on 40 and no initial break out yet, I'm wondering if they will clear with the big breakout when it happens. I plan to have laser resurfacing done once I'm cleared for treatment post meds. On my 3rd month I go up to 50 which is my goal dosage. I'm 115 lbs! Ps. So far, I've discovered Vaseline lip therapy is my best friend :)

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 02:41 AM

today i took my 12th pill(20 mg per day),so far so good, the only problem is dryness, my lips get dry when i wash my face, but with a good moisturizer i keep it at bay. moisturizing is very important while you are on accutane. btw 10 mg is not enough to cure acne, people take it for oily skin or shrink pores.in my opinion after lunch is the best time to take your pills, don't take accutane with breakfast.headache is likely during the day.



Hey! Thanks for your reply. Yup, I'm at 20mg this week instead of 10!

So no INitial breakout for you? Thatt's wonderful!

I'm still not dry yet, and more blocked comedones are starting to surface, with heads. I guess that is the only way to go away right?

 

you should wait 2 weeks to see extreme dryness, initial breakout? himm, 10 or 20 mg per day is too low to cause initial breakout. dryness is the most severe side effect. don't expect miracle, low dose accutane needs patience, it definitely works, but in long term.

 

wish you the best of luck


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:45 AM

 

today i took my 12th pill(20 mg per day),so far so good, the only problem is dryness, my lips get dry when i wash my face, but with a good moisturizer i keep it at bay. moisturizing is very important while you are on accutane. btw 10 mg is not enough to cure acne, people take it for oily skin or shrink pores.in my opinion after lunch is the best time to take your pills, don't take accutane with breakfast.headache is likely during the day.



Hey! Thanks for your reply. Yup, I'm at 20mg this week instead of 10!

So no INitial breakout for you? Thatt's wonderful!

I'm still not dry yet, and more blocked comedones are starting to surface, with heads. I guess that is the only way to go away right?

 

you should wait 2 weeks to see extreme dryness, initial breakout? himm, 10 or 20 mg per day is too low to cause initial breakout. dryness is the most severe side effect. don't expect miracle, low dose accutane needs patience, it definitely works, but in long term.

 

wish you the best of luck

Hey but I did have break outs here and there, but not that many. So i am not sure. I am starting to want to give up :( just by looking at the state of my skin. 



 

today i took my 12th pill(20 mg per day),so far so good, the only problem is dryness, my lips get dry when i wash my face, but with a good moisturizer i keep it at bay. moisturizing is very important while you are on accutane. btw 10 mg is not enough to cure acne, people take it for oily skin or shrink pores.in my opinion after lunch is the best time to take your pills, don't take accutane with breakfast.headache is likely during the day.



Hey! Thanks for your reply. Yup, I'm at 20mg this week instead of 10!

So no INitial breakout for you? Thatt's wonderful!

I'm still not dry yet, and more blocked comedones are starting to surface, with heads. I guess that is the only way to go away right?

 

you should wait 2 weeks to see extreme dryness, initial breakout? himm, 10 or 20 mg per day is too low to cause initial breakout. dryness is the most severe side effect. don't expect miracle, low dose accutane needs patience, it definitely works, but in long term.

 

wish you the best of luck

 

THANK YOU :) But i am not sure, I do not have severe dryness even. So i am not sure what is happening :( all I know is that I am getting sad 

 

 

That is one of the effects right. 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:08 PM

I have the small bumps too that look like white heads waiting under the skin. I won't touch them because anytime I have I take skin off trying and they look worse! Yikes! Although my skin had cleared significantly those bumps are persistent. I'm just passed one month on 40 and no initial break out yet, I'm wondering if they will clear with the big breakout when it happens. I plan to have laser resurfacing done once I'm cleared for treatment post meds. On my 3rd month I go up to 50 which is my goal dosage. I'm 115 lbs! Ps. So far, I've discovered Vaseline lip therapy is my best friend smile.png

 

Hello! yes, I keep clear of trying to touch them. WOW good!! NO IB!!!! Congratulations. I am struggling with IB, but they are all spots that has been hidden since forever. 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:22 PM

me too!! i have so many under the skin bumps/! pretty sure they are cysts... i can only feel them, can't see them. hopefully they don't surface :(



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 09:49 PM

Thanks Lily89! Hang in there, I think initial break out is a good thing, it means things are clearing out, which is great!!! I know it's hard taking such harsh meds and if like me you saw an initial improvement before your breakout it's frustrating! Hang in there!!

Rachelll1995 - mine are visible but not red, You can see them in natural lighting and makeup seems to excentuate them. Guess they are called closed comodones and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will rupture and come out of the dark place they are hiding.. Hehee! But I've read they can be stubborn. You're lucky yours can't be seen ;)

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 09:59 PM

Thanks Lily89! Hang in there, I think initial break out is a good thing, it means things are clearing out, which is great!!! I know it's hard taking such harsh meds and if like me you saw an initial improvement before your breakout it's frustrating! Hang in there!!

Rachelll1995 - mine are visible but not red, You can see them in natural lighting and makeup seems to excentuate them. Guess they are called closed comodones and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will rupture and come out of the dark place they are hiding.. Hehee! But I've read they can be stubborn. You're lucky yours can't be seen wink.png

 

 

Hello! Just asking, what cleanser are you all using? Any additional cream? 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 10:31 PM

Hi Lilypad!

I'm using cetaphil gentle face wash, after I use a warm baby wash cloth to remove any dry skin I splash with cold water than use Thayers witch hazel toner with lavender and aloe ( I will never stop using this product! ) and finish with cetaphil daily moisturizer with SPF 15

I do the same thing at night but was 2x bc I need to get the make up off

I also use jane iredale bb cream with SPF 25 and compressed mineral powder with SPF 25

Probably more info, but I'm really happy with these products!

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

Thanks Lily89! Hang in there, I think initial break out is a good thing, it means things are clearing out, which is great!!! I know it's hard taking such harsh meds and if like me you saw an initial improvement before your breakout it's frustrating! Hang in there!!

Rachelll1995 - mine are visible but not red, You can see them in natural lighting and makeup seems to excentuate them. Guess they are called closed comodones and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will rupture and come out of the dark place they are hiding.. Hehee! But I've read they can be stubborn. You're lucky yours can't be seen wink.png

is they like tiny little bumps ?? mine feel pretty big like "O" size and its under the skin!! i think theyre cysts just not surfacing yet :( 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:32 PM

Thanks Lily89! Hang in there, I think initial break out is a good thing, it means things are clearing out, which is great!!! I know it's hard taking such harsh meds and if like me you saw an initial improvement before your breakout it's frustrating! Hang in there!!
Rachelll1995 - mine are visible but not red, You can see them in natural lighting and makeup seems to excentuate them. Guess they are called closed comodones and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will rupture and come out of the dark place they are hiding.. Hehee! But I've read they can be stubborn. You're lucky yours can't be seen wink.png

is they like tiny little bumps ?? mine feel pretty big like "O" size and its under the skin!! i think theyre cysts just not surfacing yet :( 

Yeah, they are probably about the size of that O actually! I have been experiencing cystic acne with a worsening degree as time progressed for about 6 months before I started accurate but had never had it before. They are very deep and sore/ painful. These bumps under the skin started a couple months before I started accutane all over my cheeks & chin area. I'm hoping they all come to the surface and disappear like my black heads did. Are your bumps painful? When I had them I felt like I wanted to pop them because they were so big and painful.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:48 PM

 

Thanks Lily89! Hang in there, I think initial break out is a good thing, it means things are clearing out, which is great!!! I know it's hard taking such harsh meds and if like me you saw an initial improvement before your breakout it's frustrating! Hang in there!!
Rachelll1995 - mine are visible but not red, You can see them in natural lighting and makeup seems to excentuate them. Guess they are called closed comodones and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will rupture and come out of the dark place they are hiding.. Hehee! But I've read they can be stubborn. You're lucky yours can't be seen wink.png

is they like tiny little bumps ?? mine feel pretty big like "O" size and its under the skin!! i think theyre cysts just not surfacing yet sad.png

Yeah, they are probably about the size of that O actually! I have been experiencing cystic acne with a worsening degree as time progressed for about 6 months before I started accurate but had never had it before. They are very deep and sore/ painful. These bumps under the skin started a couple months before I started accutane all over my cheeks & chin area. I'm hoping they all come to the surface and disappear like my black heads did. Are your bumps painful? When I had them I felt like I wanted to pop them because they were so big and painful.

 

 

Hello my bumps are no longer painful. Except for one under my eye, that hurts! 

 

How's your journey>



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:15 PM

Hello, I need to figure out how to write a new entry without quoting someone's reply. 



Ok! Got it. 

 

 

Updates on my journey. 

 

30 days of accutane.

5 days since I started 20mg

 

IB started on the 3rd week.

According to my derm, the small pimples will appear and go away first. Which was what happened in week 1 and 2. Most of my small pimples are on my forehead, right jawline and left lower cheek. What weird places. Guess what? Most them are gone! 

 

I am left with 2 or three whiteheads on my left jaw.

 

Right jaw acne- GONE. left with the bumps from the acne. - this one was bursting w acne last week.

 

Lower left cheek - the erupting pimple from last Sunday has subsided, but not flat yet.

 

Whiteheads underneath my chin has erupted, somehow I am not sure if I have gotten most of the gunk out.

 

One under my nose - this is my fault, itchy hands burst it.

 

Forehead - CLEAR. 

 

ONLY ONE MORE ANNOYING CYST UNDER MY RIGHT EYE!!! Which left such a dark pigmentation, still not down but not so painful.

 

Thankful no new actives today. 

 

How about the rest of you?



Hi Lilypad!

I'm using cetaphil gentle face wash, after I use a warm baby wash cloth to remove any dry skin I splash with cold water than use Thayers witch hazel toner with lavender and aloe ( I will never stop using this product! ) and finish with cetaphil daily moisturizer with SPF 15

I do the same thing at night but was 2x bc I need to get the make up off

I also use jane iredale bb cream with SPF 25 and compressed mineral powder with SPF 25

Probably more info, but I'm really happy with these products!

 

Hello!!! I am using cetaphil too! High 5! ... I do not have any dry skin though :( I am using a toner with a bit of salicylic acid. Used to work wonders on me. Not sure if it will now. I just restarted using toner. I use cetaphil lotion! 

 

My bb cream has SPF so I skip. But my derm told me to apply a separate suncreen.

 

I am using mac studio fix!



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:03 PM

Hey! good luck on your journey, I see it's starting to get better. Skin will get worse before it gets better and I think you've seen your worst! again good luck it only gets better from here

 

I will follow along on your progress


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