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Accutane The Wonderdrug!

24 October 2014 - 10:46 PM

I finished Accutane about four months ago, and I'm elated to say that I am still acne free. I've had one small pimple on my back, but that's it. The hyperpigmentation on my face has healed,  and I've been left with no sign that I've ever been an acne sufferer. I got a lot of negative feedback from friends and family about my decision to start Accutane (they had heard some of the horror stories). But I wish I had gone on it a lot sooner. I would have saved myself a lot of grief. 


Aside from dry lips and some dry skin patches (and hair that never got oily), I didn't have any serious side effects. And after stopping the medication, my lips and hair have gone back to the way they were before. My skin isn't nearly as oily as it had been, and I no longer have to blot my face throughout the day. My BDD (body dysmorphia) which my doctor thinks may have begun with my severe acne in middle school is also gone. After 6 weeks of CBT and Viibryd (a new antidepressant) I'm feeling wonderful! My move to California didn't work out, I couldn't find employment in San Diego, so I drove myself back to Michigan in August. Now on November 1st I am packing up and heading to South Carolina to find employment. I never would have ventured these distances a year ago. I'm not perfect by any means, but I am proud of these small accomplishments, because I never thought I would get this far and feel content.


I haven't been on acne.org for a while now, simply because I haven't needed to. But I love being able to share my success story, and I'm sure Accutane will clear many others. 

Mauled Lips Help!

01 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

I've been on Accutane since December, and have had slightly chapped lips for the duration of my treatment. But within the past three weeks or so, my lips have become a gruesome mess. They are red, sore, and itchy. And my lips seem to have extended, and above my lip lines are dry red, sore patches. Almost like a raw ring around my mouth. I have a month and half left to Accutane, and I don't know what to do about this. It's getting worse by the day, and my dermatologist won't see me. He just continues to tell me it's from Accutane, and to use Aquaphor.


So far I've used Aquaphor, Eos, Burt's Bees, Dr. Dan's Cortibalm, Carmex, Chap-Stick, Baby Soft Lips, etc. I've also used Cortisone 10 and Neosporin. So at this point I'm at a loss as to what I should do. Does anyone have any suggestions at all? I'm begging you.





Accutane Pimple

11 April 2014 - 11:42 AM

So I'm in the early days of my 5th month of accutane, and I developed a dark red pimple about four days ago. Every day it grew a little larger, and today it is a huge whitehead the (size of the head of a pencil eraser). It's sore and I'm afraid of popping it. Is there a way to get rid of this nasty zit without getting a scar or a huge hyper pigmentation spot? Scarring is my biggest concern. 


And importantly, should I still be getting large pimples like this on accutane? I was under the impression that I wouldn't be getting these anymore. Is this an indication that the treatment isn't going to work as hoped? 

Recurring Pimple Of Doom

11 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

I have a giant pustule that has reappeared four times in exactly the same spot over the past two months. It becomes a giant red whitehead that leaves red hyper pigmentation after it leaves. However, it never REALLY leaves. After it bursts (I don't pick it), I can still feel a tiny little speck, which lets me know that it's going to rear its ugly head in another week or two. How do I get rid of this sucker once and for all? I'm also on Accutane, so I have to be cautious about that as well. I just began my third month.

Hair More Oily

22 December 2013 - 10:56 PM

Prior to taking Accutane, I could go about two days without washing my hair. I'm 18 days into my 40mg treatment, and my hair has never been oilier. It is now dirty after about 12 hours. My face is flaky and dry, and so are my lips, and oddly enough, my scalp is constantly flaking. I'm not really sure why my hair is so oily, has anyone else experienced this? If so, does the oil tend to dry out as the treatment goes forward?