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everythingthatshimmers

Member Since 07 Dec 2012
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In Topic: Preparing For Roaccutane In T-14 And Counting!

30 November 2013 - 07:33 PM

Good luck to you! I am 31 years old and finished a 5 month course earlier this year. I have also read that the older you are the more likely you are to have permanent results and my dermatologist agreed that older people are less likely to require a second course (thank goodness!). If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I found it really helpful to read the personal Accutane logs when I was taking it, just to know what to expect and not feel so alone. It's a tough medication to take but most people get great results.


In Topic: I'm Truly At Wits End. I Can't Live Life Anymore. Is This Hormonal? M...

28 November 2013 - 06:43 PM

I would agree with trying the regimen and if that's not effective, I would look into Accutane. I had acne from age 20-30, I refused Accutane twice before I finally broke down and started my course at the beginning of the year, I finished over the summer. It's not an easy drug to take and some people do get an initial breakout but most people have remarkable results. Since you're worried about the side effects, maybe you could talk to your dermatologist about starting a lower dose and gradually increasing based on how you tolerate it? If you decide to take it, my only advice would be to read some of the logs on this site to give you an idea of what to expect and be aware of the serious side effects so you can report them immediately to your doctor if needed. Good luck to you!


In Topic: Thinking About Starting Accutane

25 November 2013 - 08:31 PM

I have dry skin also and did a 5 month course of Accutane. I used thick moisturizers (alternated Cetaphil moisturizing cream and shea butter) and really didn't notice that my face was that much drier than normal, you just have to stay on top of the moisturizing. I did notice that my hands were a lot drier and my scalp got pretty dry and flakey in the beginning. Accutane really dried my hair out, but I naturally have pretty oily hair. Good luck to you!


In Topic: Started Accutane Today

09 November 2013 - 10:25 PM

Good luck to you! I am 31 years old and finished my Accutane course 3 months ago. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask. =)


In Topic: Shampoo While On Accutane?

09 November 2013 - 10:21 PM

I experienced the same problem and anti-dandruff shampoos did not help me either. I think it's because it's not truly dandruff but dry skin. Here's what worked for me:

 

1. I switched to a sulfate-free shampoo, these do not have the harsh detergents that most shampoos have in them and they are more gentle on your hair and scalp. I used DermOrganics for awhile (available on amazon.com) and I used L'Oreal's Intense Nourishing Shampoo for awhile, both were good. The L'Oreal shampoo is available at your drugstore and is very reasonable, DermOrganics costs a bit more.

 

2. I used an intensive moisturizing conditioner. I tried several brands, tried some hot oil treatments, etc and the product that worked for me was L'Oreal Power Moisture Moisture Rush Masque. It comes in a teal jar, I would put quite a bit of it on, let it absorb while I bathed, shaved, etc and then rinse it out. Sometimes I would also add drops of jojoba oil for added moisture but the conditioner itself seemed to be enough to stop the flaking.

 

3. I stopped washing my hair as often. I went from washing my hair daily to every other day, occasionally every 3 days. Like you, I normally had oily hair so that was a big change. Now that I have been off Accutane for three months, my hair is now oily again.

 

When I went to my salon I would also request a moisturizing treatment which was helpful but not absolutely necessary, just something else to consider. =)

 

Good luck to you!