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Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

21 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

Hi everyone - 


I am back on here after about 7 months of being away. I joined in 2012 because I had moved to Colorado and started having worse break outs than I had ever had in my life. I tried the oil cleansing method, amongst other things, which led me to getting very infected inflamed and cystic breakouts all over. I was put on antibiotics and spironolactone for a while, and it finally calmed down the inflamed acne. I had tons of clogged pores at the time caused by the oil cleansing method - after about 10 months of anxiety ridden acne hell, things got back to a manageable level. I moved back to Texas and got off all oral medications, but continued to use Retin a Micro and sometimes Differin when the Retin a was too harsh. After a few months I started getting more and more inflamed acne, including the occasional cyst. My face has not gotten back to the level it was in CO, but it goes in cycles throughout the month. I got back on Spironolactone for several months, but I still can't seem to get it completely under control. I have had mild acne since I was a teenager, but it has only recently turned into mild to moderate that is just so darn persistent. I am 28 and the Dermatologist has told me hormones sometimes do weird things at that age for females. Antibiotics help some, but can't be used long term. The Spirinolactone improves me about 20-30%, but the problem is, I am so petite that I can't take over 25mg without my period completely disappearing and muscle cramps starting. A higher dose might work better, but I can't go any higher. I have used every retinoid on the market over the years- Retin a micro and Differin work the best, but cause a lot of constant flaking and sun sensitivity after a while. I have been using Finacea for the past few months, which is much gentler than the retinoids, but still isn't cutting it. At current, my skin is super oily and always has clogged pores and black heads. I get inflamed pimples weekly, which increase 5 fold twice a month, especially around the period, with occasional cysts. I am starting to get some small scars now, which I attribute to aging.

My dermatologist has recommended accutane and we are talking about going on a low dose - maybe starting on 10-20 mg and then doing 20-30 mg for 8-9 months. Since my acne is not severe, just persistent, the low dose might work with less side effects. There are a lot of new studies showing that accutane is just as successful in lower doses for mild to moderate acne as it is in people on higher doses with severe acne. I have done my initial pregnancy test and am now waiting 3 weeks until the big plunge! I am hoping to get some advise from anyone who has fought moderate acne or used low dose accutane. 

Initial break out?

What chapsticks and moisturizers did you use?

What supplements?

How long until results show and what kind of side effects?

How long was your course?

Anything to avoid?


Any tips are greatly appreciated as I begin this journey!

Fish Oil Good Or Bad?

18 July 2013 - 02:39 PM

I have been timid about taking the fish oil I recently bought. I have read many reviews and studies stating that is is good for the skin, hair, nails, brain, heart etc. and people saying it helped decrease their oil production and breakouts. But then I have read a bunch of anecdotal stuff online, including on this site, about it causing breakouts in oily skin. Anyone have experience with supplementing fish oil? 

Moisturizer On Oily Skin?

18 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

This seems to be something that is widely disagreed upon by dermatologists and aesteticians...I have had derms tell me it doesn't matter what you put on your face, its your internal hormones and genes that determine how much oil you will put out. I have had derms tell me, your skin's oil COULD be effected by environment and most aesteticians swear up and down that outside stuff and climate causes more or less oil production. I have read that if you have oily skin you should not use moisturizer unless you feel dry, but have also read that you should always use it whether your skin is oily or not. 


Does anyone have any advice on whether oily skin can indeed benefit from moisturizer? I live in a dry climate and my skin always feels pretty oily.

What Should Your Acne Goal Be?

12 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

I have been on a topical retinoid for the past 5 months. My face is 80-90% clearer than it was (in my head), but I am still getting new clogged pores. They are all really small and unnoticeable to others (says my husband)...I have a hard time telling what is "normal" or not and tend to freak out about every tiny new one cause I fear going back to the mess using the oil cleansing method caused me (worst breakout of my life when I had previously been clear for my entire life). Sometimes I wonder if the way I over exfoliate my face now (Differin and BHA and AHA) could be causing tiny clogs. 


Does anyone know if never having any tiny bumps/clogged pores is achievable? After the trauma of the breakout I have been dealing with over the past 10 months, I have a hard time remembering what my face was like before. I never looked at it as closely or examined it every day like I do now...so I wonder if I just didn't ever notice the tiny clogs before or if I really do have more now...I think I lost site of what my actual goal should be. Any advise much appreciated. 

Oil Cleansing Method Wrecked My Skin

19 June 2013 - 07:02 PM

I discovered this blog here on OCM and all the negative experiences these women had that exactly matched my own. - Read all the comments - http://beautyeditor....e-on-your-skin/


Around April of 2012 my boss told me about OCM and finally convinced me to try it so I bought castor oil in the drug aisle and mixed it with my extra virgin olive oil in the kitchen. I used it off and on maybe once every 2 weeks for several months...never noticed a major effect but did start noticing slightly more clogged pores than usual. I attributed it to stress and stopped using OCM for a while and used gycolic acid...I picked OCM back up more frequently in Sept-Oct 2012 and then we moved to Colorado Springs. I started noticing more and more clogged pores around my mouth and nose, where I normally did not get pimples (I have always been Tzone for breakouts). I attributed this to the dry air we had moved to and started using OCM even more. Early November I bought grapeseed oil and used it to clean and moisturize my face almost daily...my face continued to get worse and for some reason I thought I needed more oil. In mid February I went to see an aestetician for the first time and she told me not to use the oil since I was already oily. I stopped and went back to moisturizer and in March is pretty much when all hell broke loose. Since I wasnt really using OCM at that time anymore I didnt think of it...it was like every single pore in my lower face was clogged and I started getting swollen breakouts too (which are not common for me). In April the derm told me it was hormonal and recommended Spiro to accompany my retinoid use. March-April were the worst acne I have ever had in my life. I think the antibiotics were finally controlling the swollen ones...but I had to literally manually extract every single clog as the retin a was bringing it up over the period of 2-3 months. I don't know how many I extracted...but they were all stuck under the skin. I always commented that my skin had seemingly changed in the way it functioned...Ide never had major issues on my cheeks and jaw...and some of the clogs were in lines across my cheeks, like every pore effected and took sooo long to come out. After finally getting most of all that gunk out (4 months after stopping OCM) I am still getting occasional clogs rising to the surface, but it was nothing like it was. After reading the comments in that blog as well as the negative reviews on makeupalley - http://www.makeupall...sp/itemid=73176  and her story - http://beautyandinsp...-review-be.html I finally realized how what had happened to be was EXACTLY what happened to so many of these women, seeing effects for months later. I even read some saying there's took over a year to correct after OCM. Mine has gotten so much better in the past few months that I am hoping my skin is pretty much clear of all that stupid oil and possible infection now. I am still going to take Spiro to control any excess oil and antibiotics for the next month. I hope I am over it, but I can't believe I was the cause of it. I am 90% sure using OCM was the worst thing I could have ever done to myself. It caused so much anxiety and trauma over the past several months. The stress caused from that may very well be affecting my skin too....but I cant imagine that my experience is a coincidence if so many women using OCM had literally the exact same experience, type and location of pimples. I have my 6 week derm checkup tomorrow and will be talking to her about this in depth. The retin-a micro (and microdermabrasian) has been a godsend in getting this stuff out of my skin much faster than it would have. 


This gives me hope in that this shouldn't continue. Since I caused it myself with oil...once all that is out of my skin it shouldn't be something inside of me that is causing it...however it makes me so angry at myself...that I did this to myself. Such a simple stupid mistake could cause such terrible effects. Wow. What I did to myself in the pursuit of perfection. It is definitely humbling. Anyone reading this, DO NOT TRY OCM!!!


Has anyone else had a similar experience with OCM they would like to share?