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In Topic: Old Lady On Accutane—50, Female, 40Mg

02 July 2014 - 04:00 PM

Awww Mandy, didn't mean to scare you.  dry eyes are a very common side effect and it seems the big majorityof people get thru it just fine.  I happened to be in the small minority.  If the margin of my eyes hadn't gotten so swollen I would never have stopped.  I think you will be just fine, especially since they already calmed down.  Don't be scared..you can always stop if you think they are getting bad.  As I said, if I hadn't had such a long way to go to finish my course, I wldve finished it..All the best Mandy, I always love hearing the success stories!!


DD..hope you're having a great day 3!!

In Topic: Old Lady On Accutane—50, Female, 40Mg

01 July 2014 - 08:46 AM

Hooray for day 2!


Yes it was so disappointing for me to have to stop my course.  It had taken me so long to finally to make the decision to go on it, and not being able to finish it was truly heartbreaking.  It had taken me about 10 days to decide to come off of it.  I was taking a pill every other day to see if a lower dose wld lessen the side effects, but mine just kept getting worse.  My eyes were so swollen that my derm also had given me prednisone to take down the swelling.  It was so upsetting to stop, I really do believe Accutane is the miracle drug for tons of people.  I actually have jealousy for people that are able to finish their courses.


DD wishing you luck everyday!  You must be very excited knowing your first course was such a great success!!

In Topic: Old Lady On Accutane—50, Female, 40Mg

30 June 2014 - 06:40 PM

Hi ya DD..


Being 47 I completely understand what you're going through.  Totally sucks to be dealing w acne at this age.  Like you I can go for weeks and weeks clear, and then BAM i'll get a terrible breakout, unfortunately I get cysts :(...


About 2 years ago I tried Accutane and unfortunately it wasn't for me.  It wreaked havoc on my eyes, I was only a month in on a 5 month course and thought it was best to stop it.   If I was well into it I wldve stayed on it, but with 4 months left was too scared to.  It took some time to get my eyes back to normal and to this day my eyes aren't 100%.  I wish I had tried Accutane years ago when I think my body wldve handled it better.


I was doing great upto a couple of weeks ago ..and bam...I think I got around 6 cysts on my chin.  I'm a cortisone shot junkie..if I get a cyst I go straight to the derm and get them shot.  My tend to get quite big and I just cant have them sitting there.  Unfortunately my skin marks so much now even when I get shots, so now im dealing with brown spots which will take awhile to go away.


I'm seriously thinking about spiro now, i'm totally at my wits end.  It gets really depressing.   You would think after 30 years of suffering acne I would be able to handle it better..but actually I think I handle it a lot worse.   Then again my acne didn't turn cystic til my early 40s and that's when the big time anxiety started with my breakouts.


Its funny bc when I first started to get acne I was told it will stop in your 20s...now i'm told I have a good chance of it stopping after menopause..lmao..great like that helps..thats still a few years away for me..and with my luck it wont change a thing.


sorry i'm ranting on your post, lol.  Its just I don't see many of us at this age still suffering!!


I will be following your journey and I wish the best of luck to you!!  I think it will work great for you!

In Topic: Dry red eyes from Accutane? Temporary?

01 June 2013 - 06:14 AM

hi dry eyes..

i was on accutane for only a month at 40 mg...i started to experience realllly dry puffy eyes..went to the ophta told me that the accutane attacks all oil glands including your eyes.  it shrivels the oil glands of your eyes and since your not getting the oil your eyes need, its also a breeding ground for bacteria.  well i stopped the accutane immediately.  


what he told me to do was warm compresses twice a day for five minutes each time..to get the oil flowing again.  i did this for abt a month and it did help, but didnt make it 100%..so then he put me on restasis eye drops.  with the use of restasis and doing warm compresses my eyes are abt back to 90%..i dont even do the warm compresses that much anymore, only when my eyes get irritated from my make up..


pls look into restasis, it really did wonders for me...good luck!

In Topic: Acne And Blepharitis

21 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

you can buy sterilid in a drug store, its non scrip..its made especially for the eyes..some drs recommend baby shampoo, but i found it very drying to the delicate skin around the eye..i really recommend sterilid bc its made so it wont irritate the delicate skin around the eye..it took me about 4 weeks of really diligent warm compresses  and washing the lids for me to notice my eyes were getting better..i've gotten lazy with the compresses lately, and i do wear eye makeup now, but not everyday..for the most part my eyes are ok..but after a week or so of wearing make up and not doing compresses my lids do get irritated, so then i'll start to behave again, lol