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Will Stopping Accutane For A Few Days Decrease My Dehydration, Flushing, And Sun Sensit...

15 May 2013 - 01:31 PM


Has anyone stopped Accutane for a few days in the middle of their course?  I'm debating whether to go to a music festival in a couple weeks.  Right now I'm really sensitive to sun and constantly dehydrated and flush a lot which could make the experience not fun.


Would taking a break from my pills for a few days help alleviate these symptoms?  I'm actually most worried about getting dehydrated and having a red face from flushing- I think I can protect myself from the sun pretty well with some effort.


If anyone could share their experience that would be a huge help! Thanks so much!

25/f Journeys With Accutane!

05 May 2013 - 02:23 PM

Hello! Well first off I'm a 25-year-old lady in the U.S.A.  I'm almost 2 months through my second course of Accutane.  It's going pretty well but I wanted to share my experience with Accutane while it's still fresh in my mind.  I've gotten a lot of help reading others' logs so I thought I would make my own contribution!


Okay, brief history:

I've been around acne.org for a while... 

My acne has never been worse than mild-moderate, but it is very persistent. It's also in the central area of my face so it's hard to cover up and it bothers me a lot.  When my skin is bad I get a lot of anxiety and depression over it.  So Accutane was not a hard choice for me, despite the side effects and risks.


I took it for the first time when I was 19. This was just after Minocycline stopped working for me and my skin became very oily and probably in the worst state it's been in.  The accutane course cleared me up really quickly, but a year later it came back. It was much more mild, but I was still disappointed.  I've never thought my acne was hormonal (I never really have it on my chin or jawline and don't break out too much on my period) but I tried Spironolactone just for the hell of it. And it actually worked! I think it's because it decreased my oil production.  It's kept me clear for a few years until this past fall, when I turned 25.  My skin wasn't oily anymore, it actually became pretty dry before these breakouts started.  Sooooo I'm not sure what made me break out. But here we are again.  


I started Accutane on March 14. I'm 118 pounds (about 54 kg). The first month I was on 40 mg/day.  Now I'm on 80 mg but I've been doing more like 60 since everyone on here seems to be on 1 mg per kg?  Also my lips were getting super dry.  But besides the dryness I haven't had a problem with side effects.


Here's a rundown of my course so far:

Weeks 1-2: Not much happened except my skin got a bit oilier actually.

Week 3: Bit of a breakout. Nothing different from the breakouts I had gotten before. Skin got drier.

Week 4-5: Some small pimples, but at this point I was certainly noticing progress

Week 6: Broke out before my period, I don't usually have problems with this but then again I'm not on Spiro anymore. It wasn't bad and the zits kind of came up fast and left fast

Week 7-present: I've had a couple spots come up. Again, they come fast and leave fast. Right now I'm pretty clear.

However, I think all of the lip balm I use has caused some breaking out a bit on my chin and around my lips.  Not super flattering as they look a bit like herpes, haha. I tried to take a break from my lip balm but I neeeeeed it!  



Side effects:

Dryness, especially lips. I'm always whisking away little flakes of dead skin, ugh. Also flushing, especially after running outside.  My pores look a little larger sometimes and the scars more noticeable. But I guess I shouldn't expect so much from my skin already!



That's all to report thus far, besides products I use:


Lips: Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. I survived my first Accutane course with just Aquaphor but this time I needed something more.

Moisturizer: Elta MD AM Therapy and in extra dry spots the Cetaphil Moisturizing Creme in the tub

Sunscreen: Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46: http://www.eltamd.co...etail.aspx?p=18

Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Formula

Makeup: I usually don't wear any but about once or twice a week I use Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Liquid Foundation: https://www.physicia...ions/02447.html

Sometimes I spot treat healing zits with Neosporin, but it's just what I had on hand


I also try to run a humidifier at all times. 


Here is a picture of me at Week 6 which was a fairly bad week and in some harsh lighting. It's pretty mild, but again, very persistent.  I'm happy to answer any questions about Accutane!

Music Festival On Accutane

12 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Has anyone had any experience at a weekend-long music festival on Accutane? I'm debating whether or not going will be a bad idea. This venue has no trees- just a wide open field in a sunny place for 3 full days!



Accutane Again?

12 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Why, hello. SO I have a decision to make and I'd love to hear the opinions of others...

First, a little about myself-
I'm 25 years old and have dealt with mild to moderate acne since high school. When I was 18 I went on Minocycline for about 9 months- it totally cleared me up for freshman year at college! BUT... it came back the next summer. This time, I think maybe a little worse. To this day I am still afraid to go back on antibiotics because it seems a common theme that antibiotics not only stop working, they make your skin worse than before when you come off them. Though everyone is different I suppose.

Anyways after a summer of hell (my skin wasn't TERRIBLE, but I get REALLY upset about having acne) I started Accutane when I turned 20. Worked great- my skin has been better ever since. However after about a year after ending my course it came back again. Much better that before, but still not good. So I started Spiro around when I turned 22.

This worked great. However, about a year later and some random breakout - it only lasted a week and must've been an allergic reaction. However, it made me freak out so much that I thought I would do accutane again just in case. So I went through the whole drill for 6 months, but I only ended up taking one or two months worth of pills.

UGH! I'm so annoyed at myself now for doing this! My skin was just so great for so long, I thought I was cured so I didn't want to take it again. But now, about a year and a half later- it's been getting worse. I guess taking accutane for one or two months wouldn't give me any remission? So if I did a full course now then I could be good to go? (I'm 25 and I believe that my first course at 20 has kept me clear for 5 years (with the Spiro).

It's a big decision because I don't think I could do Accutane again after that and it's the only thing besides Spiro that had worked for me. Any suggestions? Keep in mind this isn't really a third course as my second course I took very little of the pills. Has anyone been able to do a 4th course because another course was stopped?
Thanks for letting me ramble, guys...

PS - My skin hates BP! It is very sensitive to topicals.