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#41 Lilypad89

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 08:46 PM

Hello!

Day 128 over here, 40 mg throughout my course.

Just wanted to drop by and say - don't give up! I broke out like crazy until about day 30-40. After that, things got slowly better, but it was slow. I continued to get a couple things a week until around day 80. It was hard, because every time things seemed better - bang - another ouchy one would pop up. Even though I could tell things were improving, every pimple that happened was so frustrating.

Knowing that many people don't clear up until around month 3 or 4, I set a goal of day 100 and decided I wasn't going to stress out about it until then. I found this helped my state of mind a lot. It was also a good prediction, because my acne totally stopped a couple weeks before that, so I was clear on day 100 and super proud.

The red marks are frustrating, but I have noticed that even that is looking quite a bit better in the past few weeks.

 

So hang in there. It is well worth it.

 

Hey thank you :) 

 

I am at my 40th day and 2nd day on 40mg. My derm gave me about 5 more months too for things to be absolutely clear. He showed me pics of others who have recovered. 

 

WOW!! You are clear!!! AHHH Can't wait :) 

 

Looks like I have about 60 more days to go.

 

I hope so :( I was about to give up this week. 



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 02:08 AM

41 days on accutane
3rd day on 40mg

No new actives but I'm not gg to be all excited about it. The last time it took two weeks of clear skin for all the gunk to appear.

Forehead and nose clear.
All the whiteheads and blackheads that appeared weeks ago which made my nose rough are gone. Nose feel smooth and shinier.

But still treating some old spots that have been there since weeks ago. One on my cheek, which has so much pus. Looks inflamed and injured.

One near my chin which I thought was flat but the bump is still there w a hard whitehead. Which means, not clear.

My right jaw are filled w bumps from old spots, still have whiteheads. Just gotta wait for them to dry out.


Lips were dry but after washing my face I exfoliated them and all dried skin came off revealing smooth red lips :)

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:32 AM

Just an update: 

My body is getting drier, I can feel it. I am getting itchy bumps, looks like mosquito bites. But I am not too worried.

 

Just realised by reading accutane users blogs, most will start seeing an improvement on their 2nd month, so I am looking forward to it :) 

 

Reading accutane success stories make me feel happier. 

 

There is still hope! 

 

 



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 06:57 PM

42 days on accutane
4th day on 40mg

No new actives.
Most of the spots on my face have dried up. Face feels rough because of
Increase in the amount of whiteheads purging out of the skin. And the scabbing of old spots.
Right jaw, no new actives but very bumpy from the dried up actives that have not become flat.

Forehead and nose still clear.

Lips very dry.
Face still not very dry.


Not going to jinx anything but only 4th day on 40mg so.. The IB might come soon. Or maybe not? Who knows.

Overall, as long as no actives I'm good.
But I'm not sure if there is a pattern, first two
Weeks of whitehead purging then the huge pimples arrive.

We'll see how it goes

Edited by Lilypad89, 30 March 2014 - 09:44 AM.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:37 PM

43 days on accutane

5th day on 40mg

 

no new actives, went out the whole day yesterday with make-up on. 

Always have a tissue with me to do the touch test, thinking that one pimple would pop out. 

But thankfully no. 

 

A lot of whiteheads though, should i get them extracted? They are those small mini hard ones, that I know would be easy to extract. Any thoughts on this? Purging of whiteheads are making my face bumpy ..and rough. 

 

There might be a pattern, like how I started out, purging out whiteheads first, then the mega huge ones. arhhhh not looking forward to that :(

 

Weird fact: Woke up to a slightly oily face. What is happening?

 

Body ache like crazy though. 

 

Can't wait to reach the end of two months!


Edited by Lilypad89, 30 March 2014 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:35 PM

44 days on accutane
6th day on 40mg


Lips hurt from the dryness, lips look red and swollen. Once I apply Vaseline it is not as painful.

Woke up to a scare, saw a red bump at the side of my mouth.

Not sure what that is, not painful, but the redness is gone. I think it might be a cysts forming.

But other than that no actives.

Whiteheads are forming around my left cheek, that area has always been my weakness.

Right jaw no new actives still, but left with old spots that has dried up but not completely flat.

Seeing my derm end of this month, hoping to see results! And not get an IB.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 07:20 PM

45th day on accutane
7th day on 40mg
 
One active on my eyebrow. Since it is covered, I am not disturbed by it.
 
Other than that, still clear. 
 
Whiteheads are slowly clearing too. Mostly my whiteheads are beside my mouth area. Anyone knows why?
 
Right jaw.. slowly clearing, less my bumpy.
 
I stopped using moisturizer at night, because I keep waking up with an oily face. My face is not dry yet. Only my body, but the dryness is manageable..
 
So far so good. 
 
Pigmentation all over.. but still feeling positive!

BUT MY LIPS ARE GOING CRAZY! Super DRY
 

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 07:31 PM

Sounds great!



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:42 PM

46th day on accutane

8th day on 40mg

 

Lips are red and swollen but dry. Anyone has the same problem? 

 

Still no new actives, but I am only 8th day on 40mg. I am not sure if the IB will come soon or not



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:36 PM

Hello accutaners, 

 

does anyone has the same issue as me? My marks are not red, but dark pigmented marks from the old breakouts. How do you make them go away? 

 

Will accutane help to lighten the scars eventually?

 

 



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:33 PM

So far as I know, Accutane does nothing for scars, and can actually make them appear worse. A lot of people find (myself included) that they start to fade much faster after your course ends. This is because Accutane tends to slow down the healing process, and the dehydrated state of your skin emphasizes the scars and redness. There's a pretty good chance the Accutane is making your scars look worse than they are.

 

However, time is the best of all. When my face first cleared up completely this round (it's my second), around day 80ish, I was pretty concerned with the amount of leftover blah I had. I am at day 134 now, and it has gone away substantially.

 

So I would say, you don't have to start worrying about it or thinking about treatments until at least a few months post-Accutane when you will get a better sense of whether or not you have any scars or PIH that won't resolve on their own. Everyone is different, though, so you should ask your derm about it, and they can better advise you of what to expect and how to plan for it.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 04:13 AM

I've noticed a similar pattern.

Clear for a week, then the breakouts come in.

Been clear for a week, but I've had this bumps on my right jaw that has been around since the start of my accutane journey. The acne never really went away, they subsided into small bumps and has become bigger now.


Why don't they go away fully?

So far as I know, Accutane does nothing for scars, and can actually make them appear worse. A lot of people find (myself included) that they start to fade much faster after your course ends. This is because Accutane tends to slow down the healing process, and the dehydrated state of your skin emphasizes the scars and redness. There's a pretty good chance the Accutane is making your scars look worse than they are.
 
However, time is the best of all. When my face first cleared up completely this round (it's my second), around day 80ish, I was pretty concerned with the amount of leftover blah I had. I am at day 134 now, and it has gone away substantially.
 
So I would say, you don't have to start worrying about it or thinking about treatments until at least a few months post-Accutane when you will get a better sense of whether or not you have any scars or PIH that won't resolve on their own. Everyone is different, though, so you should ask your derm about it, and they can better advise you of what to expect and how to plan for it.



Thanks Kim! I hope they go away too. My derm said just concentrate on clearing my face first.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:55 PM

47th day on accutane 

9th day on 40mg

 

One active on my right jaw (the main problem) closer to my chin. This was an old pimple which never fully went away. 

The other one is on my eyebrow like I said before, but because it is covered, I am not too bothered.

 

I woke up with a little red bump on my left temple. I hope it does not increase in size or anything :(

 

Maybe it is a cyst growing. 

 

Skin is not oily, not dry either. 

 

Lips are crazy dry, my friends are all asking. 

 

 



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:30 PM

48th day on accutane
10th day 40mg

Bump on left temple went away. (Forever I hope)


Whiteheads on left lower cheek clearer slightly.

Right jaw bumps emerged again. 5 bumps. Three painful, but drying up.


The other two are just sitting there.

Other than that, no new actives actually. All mostly old bumps.

the eyebrow cyst still painful though

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 05:21 PM

49th day on accutane
11th day on 40mg

1 mini bump under my eye. Which I hope will go away like the one on my left Temple.

Other than that, new no actives.

Right jaw updates:
One bump has come to a head and erupted. (Gross) Good news: bye bye bump!

One has completely dried up.

Two are just sitting there.

Only one alive bump- painful and gg to come to a head soon!

Cyst in eyebrow drying up.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:39 PM

50th day on accutane (I HAVE REACHED THE 50 MARK!!)

12th day on 40mg

 

No new actives

Bump under my eye is still there, I am afraid it will be inflamed. Looks small, but lethal.

 

Raw jaw updates:

 

the active pimple is 3/4 dried up. Still tender when touched.

two completely dried up

two just sitting there. (I suspect one will be inflamed soon )

 

Cyst on eyebrow dried up. 

 

All right, so that's it. 

 

Hoping my right jaw pimples go away fast! 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:06 PM

Yay! Sounds like you're making good progress. 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 07:18 PM

Yay! Sounds like you're making good progress. 

You think so? 

I am not so sure.. BUT I HOPE SO!



51 days on accutane

13th day on accutane

 

Sadly, yesterdy, I had an inflamed whitehead on my left cheek, never saw it coming. Itchy fingers me saw the pus and squeezed out the gunk. I am not sure, if I got everything out. But the patch is still tender to touch. The whitehead might come again. 

 

No new actives other than that.

 

Bump under my eye has decreased in size and looks like it is going away nicely.

 

Raw jaw update:

 

3 flat/dried up old bumps

1 active, still a huge bump but slightly dried up.

1 which has been sitting there forever, seems like it might rupture again.

 

The rest, clear, except for a few close comedones on my right temple. Which I know will go away. 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:34 PM

Love your blog! The day-to-day details are really insightful. I am on day 1 of 40 mg so I have a ways to go. :)

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

52 days on accutane

14th day on 40mg

 

Sadly, there was this deep (those watery kind) whitehead that obviously I didn't touch and let it grow for a month. Now it has finally become inflamed... the pus is forming, it is red now. I swear not to touch/squeeze it. I might go to my derm for a shot, but it is a pimple, and not those huge cystic acne. So I am not sure.

 

Right jaw update: 

1 bump, might be inflamed soon. 

3 are completely dried up. 

1 looks like it is drying up soon.

 

The whitehead which I burst few days ago has turned into a scab, (raw skin around it too)

 

So overall, other than the inflamed whitehead. 

 

I am still ok. I try not to let one affect me. 

The whiteheads on my left cheek are slowly going away.

 

 






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