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Is My Dose Too High?

06 August 2013 - 03:23 AM

Hey guys,


I'm currently almost 2 weeks into my first accutane course. I'm pretty sure I'm going through my IB right now. Lots of pustules on my sore, itchy face. sad.png


The effects are kicking in. My lips and skin are getting a little dry, plus I'm going through a heavy period right now (don't know if that's connected to accutane?).


But, what's mostly worrying me is whether my dose may be a little high. My derm wants me to start off with 40 mg for the first month and then double it to 80 mg for the remaining 4 months. I weigh 110 pounds, so it seems a lil high to me, just by looking around at blogs. Is it too high? I also suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa (nodular/cystic acne on my armpits), which might be a reason why it might be a little higher.


Any thoughts?

Vitamins/supplements To Take While On Accutane?

04 June 2013 - 10:18 AM

I will be starting Accutane soon and I am wondering which supplements might be helpful to take while on the treatment (of course, I know not to supplement any vitamin A!). I've read that vitamin E can help combat some of the side effects. Is that true? What about other vitamins/supplements?

Doxycycline Question - Probiotics?

02 October 2012 - 03:32 PM

Hey guys!

I have had this deep sebaceous cyst in my armpit which I had to get drained. I need to take about 4-6 more weeks of antibiotics (doxy) in order to get rid of it. I know it's important to take probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. My question is: would it be as effective if I get probiotics from food (raw sauerkraut, kimchi, brine-cured pickles, miso, etc.)? Or would supplements be more effective?

I would prefer food sources of probiotics, because it's yummier and cheaper. Posted Image

Dermatologist Wants Me To Stop Using Benzoyl Peroixide And Aha

25 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

I have had this huge infected sebaceous cyst on my right armpit. I've never had something like this before. I believe it started out by ingrown hairs from shaving, but I am not 100% positive. Anyway, a couple of weeks after getting the ingrown hairs and them becoming gradually worse, I started the regimen to help with acne on my face. So, I started the regimen after I got the armpit infection.

I naively thought the lump on my armpit would go away but it started to get really painful so I went to the doctors. The Dr. prescribed me Doxycycline and told me to do warm compresses, while referring me to a dermatologist.

Today, I went to the dermatologist and, thank god, she was able to drain most of the cyst out. She took a culture and told me to keep doing warm compresses while I wait for the results. She also told me to stop applying benzoyl peroxide and AHA on my face until I get this armpit cyst all treated. In the meantime, I should just use cetaphil moisturizer or vanicream on my face.

I am just confused. She said that the armpit cyst is connected with acne, and I think so too. However, I don't see how using bp or AHA on my face can be detrimental to treating this cyst on my armpit (I'm not applying anything to it). Does anyone know why this would be?

I'm afraid she wants to treat my acne as well (I don't wan't to go through accutane or a ton of antibiotics). I know I can get my acne under control with the regimen. My face is a little dry because of the regimen (though it has gotten so much better in terms of breakouts) and maybe that is why she said her concerns.

I just don't want to go through another breakout from quitting bp cold turkey, even if it is just for a few weeks. I'm thinking of just using less of it and laying off the AHA for now..

Any thoughts?

Constant Pustules Under Nose :(

15 August 2012 - 09:51 AM

Lately, I have been getting constant pustules under my nose. As soon as one goes away, another one comes up. Now I have a cluster of pimples and marks, that are red, itchy and irritating. I've been trying hard not to touch the affected area. Aside from these pustules and a few red bumps under my lips, I'm pretty clear.

I have been eating very healthy. My diet consists of green smoothies, fruit + veggies, olive oil, eggs, fish (sardines, salmon, tilapia), chicken breast, beans (not canned), brown rice, black tea, and lemon water. I avoid sugar, high GL meals, dairy, gluten, and most processed foods.  I also exercise 1 hour everyday. As for supplements, I take turmeric capsules, a multivitamin and I drink diluted ACV everyday.

Several weeks ago, in an effort to switch to a more natural skin care regimen, I stopped Dan's BP and I switched to Green Tea/Sea salt toner, and my skin was looking better than ever. I was still using knock off versions of Cetaphil facial cleanser and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer but I planned to wean off of them and replace them with natural remedies.

Then, a couple weeks later, a few days before my period, I got a couple pustules on my chin and I ... kinda freaked out. I quit the cleanser and moisturizer I was using and I started experimenting with different things, like spearmint tea, epsom salt masks and aloe vera gel. My skin became pretty dry, itchy and irritated, which became even more exasperated when we my family got new carpenting, and there was all this dust and dirt in the air. The area under my nose was the most irritated and inflamed, but I also started to get pimples elsewhere, like my chin, cheeks, temples, and even one on my forehead (which I never get).

After that, I decided to slow down, I quit the spearmint tea, epsom salt masks and the aloe vera gel. Instead, I decided to use a more gentle routine, with organic raw honey as a facial cleanser and the green tea/ sea salt toner afterwards. I also became more strict on my diet. Since then, my face has been calming down. The only place that is really bothersome is under my nose, and I have no idea how to get it to stop.

I guess this is what I get for introducing too many things at once. Any help?