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Posted 24 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

Do you use eyedrops ?
And is it that hard to get into the habit of applying Chapstick every hour after 3 months lol? Maybe you need to switch to something more potent. I've heard of Bag Balm which is sold at ski resorts for chapped skin and lips..
Is it safe to dye your hair or pluck facial hair while on accutane?

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:08 AM

Day 89

Just over a week ago when my neutrogena moisture was about to finish I got the Ponds Clarant b3 because I wanted to use something to help fade my hyperpigmentation. After about 5 days my skin was less smooth then gradually I started getting tiny pimples. I got three. They're the first pimples I can remember that didn't leave marks probably since I was using the ponds buttttt I'm convinced that's what gave me the in the first place. Anyway. Two are gone now. There's still a smal bump on my nose that needs to go away.

Side effects
I'm sick of people asking me why I'm not drinking any water - my lips are that dry
If I don't reapply lip balm every hour then they look terrible.

My eyes are all dry and sandy feeling for the entire week I guess.

My hairdresser who I haven't seen since April said my hair seems thinner. honestly I think it's breakage. And I have a ton of hair. I can afford to lose a lot and still have more than the average person. Would make me sad if people stop telling me I have gorgeous hair but skin trumps hair in my book. I'm about 80% sure it's breakage though and that my hair isn't falling out of the root but I'll be looking out for this.

No back pain right now. Not much during the day about 3-4/10. My neck feels stiff right where it meets my shoulders. That's hurting now about a 7/10. Strange that I still have pain today since I didn't have an active day.

Thinning hair is my biggest worry with Accutane, because I'm pre-menopausal and was beginning to shed more prior to starting. But I think your instincts are right: hair loss on Accutane seems to be more about breakage than actual loss, and that stops once you're off the drug.

 

I need to get a cut and color soon, but my colorist says she's never had experience with Accutane heads, so I don't really know what to expect. Have you colored while on Accutane? I'm wondering if it might be a good idea not to, but then again, what's worse? An irritated scalp or creeping greys?


Glad to hear your back pain has lessened. So far I haven't experienced any muscle pains, but my eyes are pretty bad. Constantly using lubricating drops.Terrible.



Do you use eyedrops ?
And is it that hard to get into the habit of applying Chapstick every hour after 3 months lol? Maybe you need to switch to something more potent. I've heard of Bag Balm which is sold at ski resorts for chapped skin and lips..
Is it safe to dye your hair or pluck facial hair while on accutane?

Plucking seems to be fine. No waxing, though. That's a no-no.

 

I don't know about hair dying. I'm wondering about that myself, since it's time or me to go in for a color.


Edited by DawgDaze64, 25 July 2014 - 07:09 AM.



My regimen:

Mornings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:06 AM

Do you use eyedrops ?
And is it that hard to get into the habit of applying Chapstick every hour after 3 months lol? Maybe you need to switch to something more potent. I've heard of Bag Balm which is sold at ski resorts for chapped skin and lips..
Is it safe to dye your hair or pluck facial hair while on accutane?


The thing is I had dry lips before even starting accutane so you'd think I would get used to it by now but I'm really not. I'm also limited by what brands I can find where I live. The only thing I've found that works a little well is Carmex and I've never found it again. (I live in the rainforest by the way... No ski lodges here)

I use artificial tears for my eyes and those work well. They wash the "sand" from my eyes. I don't usually need them everyday.

I've been plucking my brows with no problem. Just be sure not to wax. The hot wax just rips the skin off along with the hair. I've seen pictures. I also wouldn't use a hair removal cream.

Thinning hair is my biggest worry with Accutane, because I'm pre-menopausal and was beginning to shed more prior to starting. But I think your instincts are right: hair loss on Accutane seems to be more about breakage than actual loss, and that stops once you're off the drug.
 
I need to get a cut and color soon, but my colorist says she's never had experience with Accutane heads, so I don't really know what to expect. Have you colored while on Accutane? I'm wondering if it might be a good idea not to, but then again, what's worse? An irritated scalp or creeping greys?


I think a small minority do lose hair from the root. Mine is most likely breakage though since my hair is dryer and I haven't been doing anything about it. I guess I can start deep conditioning though. Can't hurt.

I got my hair chemically relaxed. I usually do this about every 4-6 months since my hair is super thick (I'm half indian) and super curly (I'm half black). It wasn't any different from the times I got a relaxer while off accutane and that's a pretty harsh chemical. I haven't gotten my hair bleached since on accutane and I'm not planning on it. Reason being because my colorist isn't as careful as the woman who relaxes my hair. I'm terrified she'll get some on my scalp and I'll end up with a gaping hole on my head.

I really can't say if it's safe to dye your hair on accutane. Maybe ask whoever colours it.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

My colorist has never worked on anyone who was taking Accutane, so she doesn't really know. She said she'd ask around and let me know if she thinks it's a danger. I have a vacation planned mid September and really would like to have my hair colored for that. If it turns out to be a bad idea, then I'll wear hats until the course is over :)




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CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:28 PM

My lips are cracked! Bleeding and burning.
My Carmex ran out completely... I cut it open and scraped the last bit out :( not a good day

My colorist has never worked on anyone who was taking Accutane, so she doesn't really know. She said she'd ask around and let me know if she thinks it's a danger. I have a vacation planned mid September and really would like to have my hair colored for that. If it turns out to be a bad idea, then I'll wear hats until the course is over :)


Hats until it's over? You could just embrace your hair for a bit. It won't be that long.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:38 PM

There's that, too :)




My regimen:

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CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:29 PM

So my skin is perfectly clear. Had a huge zit about a week ago but that was my own fault. I tried using the ponds clarant b3 again for the hyperpigmentation (which is still there) and I got a zit. It also lasted long. All the pimples I got since being on accutane were really small and lasted for three days total. But this was big and lasted about a week.
Anyway I'm no longer touching the stuff! The mark from that zit is the worst one on my face since the old PIH has faded a bit. It's just not fading fast enough :(
Gone back to my old faithful neutrogena moisturiser, and I guess I'll stay there forever and just wait for the marks to fade by themselves.

Side effects
Tired, difficult time concentrating
My back still hurts but it's a lot less lately which is great. Hasn't been more than a 3 in a long time. Very grateful the back pain eased up.
My face and chest always look flushed
One nose bleed about 3 was ago not terribly bad bleeding.

My lips! They're a constant struggle to keep from cracking. So worried about my Carmex stock running out it's the only thing that works for me.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

Hi Tanna,

 

Congrats on being breakout free!

 

Strangely, most of my pigmentation has faded, with one exception: the stupid clogged pore I messed with SIX WEEKS ago, which turned into a mother of an inflamed zit, took forever to go down, and now is a very tiny, maybe pin-head sized red mark that is still just slightly raised. It covers easily with make up, but just refuses to go all the way down or fade. Grrrrrrrr.

 

Did your doc ever bump you up from 20mg? I couldn't find anywhere in thread where you mention whether or not you were. If not, congrats on amazing progress on the low dose!


Edited by DawgDaze64, 26 August 2014 - 07:00 AM.



My regimen:

Mornings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 09:27 PM

Last night I mixed palmers cocoa butter formula moisturising body oil with my Vaseline men's lotion and it felt amazing on my skin! Neither work that well in their own but together they're unbelievable smooth. My skin felt so soft, and was soft this morning too.
From now on I'll be using this on my body every night.

I've decided to try the ponds clarant on my back. It's such a giant jar I don't want to throw it away. If it makes my back break out well then I'll throw it out. If not then hopefully it fades my marks.

Excruciating headache for most of the day. Had to leave school and didn't go to work. I can actually work from home everyday but my boss is an idiot. I must goooo there. Anyway, eased up around 7pm. Must have started around 7am and got worse throughout the day. I don't know if this headache is related to the accutane. It's the first time I've gotten anything like this.

I did have a larger than ever nose bleed yesterday. Scared me a bit... Just a bit. Today my nose was just very very very dry even though I got my regular 3 liters of water.

My lips...well.. They suck. I'm siCk of complaining about them.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:19 AM

Hi Tanna,
 
Congrats on being breakout free!
 
Strangely, most of my pigmentation has faded, with one exception: the stupid clogged pore I messed with SIX WEEKS ago, which turned into a mother of an inflamed zit, took forever to go down, and now is a very tiny, maybe pin-head sized red mark that is still just slightly raised. It covers easily with make up, but just refuses to go all the way down or fade. Grrrrrrrr.
 
Did your doc ever bump you up from 20mg? I couldn't find anywhere in thread where you mention whether or not you were. If not, congrats on amazing progress on the low dose!


Sorry I typed a response to this a while ago but never posted it.

I've always had a really bad problem with PIH. Even an insect bite will leave a mark. Even though my skin is really smooth it doesn't look all that clear because of all the spots.

Anyway, the plan was always to keep me at a low dose of accutane for a long time instead of the usual high dose for 4 or 5 months. So I'm still on 20mg. I feel like my doctor is experimenting on me but I've read a study that says there's an increased chance of a cure if you suppress your oil glands for a linger time even with a smaller dose, but it was only one accutane study.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 06:55 AM

That sounds like a good plan, tanna. I just started my third month and am not being bumped up from 40mg. I'm okay with that. If it takes me into a sixth or seventh month, fine. I'm tolerating the drug really well and have, with the exception of a small whitehead here and there, been clear for nearly two weeks now.

 

My main problems are lips and eyes. Lips and eyes. And nose, which I spray with Ayr twice a day.

 

I'm the same as you regarding pigmentation. I burned myself baking last month, that is just now starting to heal. Got some scratches on my arms from gardening a couple weeks ago, it looks like I was raked through a shredder. Now I've got an insect bite on my leg to contend with. But for some strange reason, all the pigmentation except one spot is gone from my face. Which is weird, because I hold on forever too.

 

I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed that you remain clear and that the pigmentation begins to fade.




My regimen:

Mornings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 06 October 2014 - 12:29 AM

It's been a long time. I'd say I'm enjoying my newly found clear skin. Everyday I wake up and look in the mirror I feel happy.

I had a crack in the corner of my lips for 2 weeks. It's healing now though thank goodness, it was more painful than it looked. Easily covered though, only 2people actually noticed.

My back pain went away for a bit but came back yesterday. Still here today. It's about a 6/10 today, yesterday was about 8/10 at the worst point. I started doing yoga every morning and I think it's really been helping.

I'm convinced accutane makes it harder for me to concentrate... But not impossible so I won't stop using it just because of that. I've had horrible skin since I was 11. Not gonna give that up because I have to drink some extra coffee to do the work I used to.., I'm just gonna drink the damn coffee.

No breakouts since I removed the ponds clarant from my routine. I will never even look at that product ever again.

Current routine:
AM: wash face back and chest with aveeno clear complexion foaming cleanser
Rest of body with olay moisture bar , dove beauty bar, or johsons baby soap,
Apply aveeno positively radiant with SPF 30
Eyeliner, line brows, lots of Carmex (dries on my way to school)

Afternoon: will rinse face when before work, might wash again if I'm oily
Yes... I get oily on accutane now
If I shower I will wash my face

Night: I shower if I didn't in the after and wash my face and back
Apply my aveeno moisturiser
Apply ponds dry skin cream as an eye cream, around areas where I used to get dryness when I started accutane, and on my neck
Apply some kind of lotion mixed with the palmers cocoa butter formula moisturising body oil
Just before I sleep I might apply some morebody oil on top of any dry areas
And lots of lip balm

Once weekly i exfoliate with some yoghurt and turmeric

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 07:14 PM

Day 158

Really seems like I've been on accutane forever.

My back pain was actually pretty bad today.. But it's easing up. It was around 8/10 earlier and I just kept sitting every chance I got, then when I got home I went to bed so I could just lie flat for a while. Enough about that though.

My skin is very clear. It feels super soft all over. My fiancé definitely noticed the difference and he says my skin feels soft everywhere. It's actually on my arms and can get dry on my legs but I moisturise a lot. Dry skin is so much easier to deal with. I also exfoliate with one of those netty things they sell with shower gel from my next down once a week. It's never done anything awful to my skin and I suppose it's because I'm on a low dose. It feels great to take my clothes off and not worry about what strange things people will see. My lips are extremely dry though which I hate.

At my last visit my doc was telling me he wanted to put me on a lower dose because of the back pain but I'm thinking that it will just keep me on meds longer. Would be nice though to get rid of the pain. He also said he was going to send me to a shrink because of how much I talk. I just feel so much better though, don't mean to sound big headed or anything but I love all the attention I get from men now. I like people hitting on me. Feels fantastic. People who were nice to me before are even nicer.

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:54 AM

So happy to hear you're enjoying clear, smooth skin. Isn't that an awesome feeling? Congrats.

 

I'm looking at the low dose/fewer side effects, higher dose/get it over with quickly conundrum as well. I'll be at 16 weeks on 40mg/day at the end this month. I'll need to go to 80mg in order to finish by December with the proper cumulative dose for my weight. If I only go to 60mg, I'm on this until January. Six months versus seven. I guess four weeks doesn't make much difference. But my insurance may balk. Then again, they only pay $50 a script anyway. May as well go for broke. smile.png


Edited by DawgDaze64, 10 October 2014 - 07:55 AM.



My regimen:

Mornings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 10:05 AM

Heh, I've been lurking on your log for a while now, Tanna. I'm glad to hear that your skin is looking good. I am due to start Accutane next week. I am excited, but also a little nervous about side effects. I am 18 years old, 5'9" and weigh 60kgs. I am too starting off on 20mg a day. I am scheduled to be on 'tane for six months. I am a bit of a worrier/hypochondriac, so am probably worrying unnecessarily about having horrendous side effects. My brother was also on Accutane a couple of years back (bad acne runs in the family, unfortunately) and it worked wonders for him. His skin is still completely clear two years after finishing treatment!

If you don't mind me asking, what was your cholesterol before you went on Accutane? How much did it rise by? After my first blood test four days ago, my cholesterol was pretty good (3mmol/l), and I'm worried about it rising.

Thanks! And congrats on the great skin! Here's hoping mine will improve soon!

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 03:08 PM

Heh, I've been lurking on your log for a while now, Tanna. I'm glad to hear that your skin is looking good. I am due to start Accutane next week. I am excited, but also a little nervous about side effects. I am 18 years old, 5'9" and weigh 60kgs. I am too starting off on 20mg a day. I am scheduled to be on 'tane for six months. I am a bit of a worrier/hypochondriac, so am probably worrying unnecessarily about having horrendous side effects. My brother was also on Accutane a couple of years back (bad acne runs in the family, unfortunately) and it worked wonders for him. His skin is still completely clear two years after finishing treatment!
If you don't mind me asking, what was your cholesterol before you went on Accutane? How much did it rise by? After my first blood test four days ago, my cholesterol was pretty good (3mmol/l), and I'm worried about it rising.
Thanks! And congrats on the great skin! Here's hoping mine will improve soon!


I'm happy th accutane worked out for your brother. Hope it works for you too. About my cholesterol I'll have to check my file when I go back to the doctor next week, but before I started it was really good. my LDL was nice and low and my HDL was nice and high. They went haywire I think in July, LDL was 138, HDL was 50mg/dL but went back to normal quickly with diet and a bit more exercise than I was getting before. I came off the diet and my cholesterol has never gone wrong again. (I only ever recorded the bad one). I do have a very active lifestyle though so even though i have a family history or heart attack, stroke, recurrent heart attacks, bypass, recurrent strokes... I'm not even a little worried. Because I get a lot of exercise every day but Sunday!

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 03:26 PM

So happy to hear you're enjoying clear, smooth skin. Isn't that an awesome feeling? Congrats.
 
I'm looking at the low dose/fewer side effects, higher dose/get it over with quickly conundrum as well. I'll be at 16 weeks on 40mg/day at the end this month. I'll need to go to 80mg in order to finish by December with the proper cumulative dose for my weight. If I only go to 60mg, I'm on this until January. Six months versus seven. I guess four weeks doesn't make much difference. But my insurance may balk. Then again, they only pay $50 a script anyway. May as well go for broke. smile.png


It IS an an awesome feeling having clear smooth skin. There are some days when I wash my face in the morning when it's smoother than others and I just want to tell people to touch my face. Lol.

Anyway, I don't worry about how much insurance has to pay for my scripts because I pay through my teeth for insurance every month. I've also been paying it for a long long long time so really... I've paid for my accutane. Also, insurance companies have lots of money... Me... Not so much.

I read about your recent side effects. Sorry about those. So what dose are you on now?

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 04:54 PM

I have been on 40mg for the past four months. Hope to be able to bump up to 80mg, and get this over with by December and not drag out until end of February. Not sure why my doc had me on such a low dose . . . And I didn't learn about dose/weight until just recently.

 

Yeah, I pay through the teeth for my insurance, too. Only it doesn't cover a single thing. Thirty 40mg pills of Amnesteem runs $365—my insurance picks up $50 of that. I pay the rest. I expect that I'll be paying double that if I go to 80mg.




My regimen:

Mornings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Amnesteem 40mg daily, 6-month course started June 30, 2014

Evenings:
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):
Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation





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