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Paige's Accutane Log (2Nd Course)

14 January 2015 - 08:33 PM

I started my second course of accutane 3 days ago (1/12/15). I'll be taking 40mg my first month. Thankfully my insurance is covering the accutane (zenatane) this course so I only had to pay $10 this month. During my last course the medication cost over $200 and I also had to pay for the blood work and derm appointments.


My last course was 7-8 months I think, and my dose was adequate for my weight. It completely cleared me, but after about two years, the acne started coming back. Lately my acne has become quite bad and has started to scar. I've tried everything to clear my skin including retinoids, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, aczone, birth control pills, and spiro. Nothing has cleared me so I feel like accutane is my only option right now. I'd really prefer not to take accutane because I worry about hair loss, slow skin healing, and nasal cartilage changes. I had nose surgery 4 years ago, and I have read about some having issues with accutane and past nasal surgeries and that really worries me.


Today is day 3, but I don't notice any side effects yet. My lips haven't even begun to get dry yet.

High Triglycerides

09 January 2015 - 02:29 PM

I recently got back some blood work and my triglycerides are high.


Total cholesterol: 173
Triglycerides: 157
HDL cholesterol: 69
LDL cholesterol: 73
T. chol/HDL ratio: 2.5


I only eat oats, rice, fruit, veggies, and lean meats. Have any of you guys had issues with triglycerides? How did you improve them?

Diet After Colon Resection

03 January 2015 - 09:53 PM

For awhile now I've been eating really well to help keep my skin clear. In September I had to have an appendectomy and then in October I had 6-8 inches of my right colon resected due to complications. Initially after surgery I had to eat a low residue (low fiber) diet, but now I'm back to eating my usual foods. I am really struggling with bloating after meals now, though, and I don't know what to do. I eat lots of fruit, veggies, lean meats, oats, and rice. Do you think there are any changes I can make to help me with my bloating problem?


Oh, and my doctor isn't much help... He just said I should avoid dairy (already do), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and beef. I was eating a lot of broccoli and cauliflower, but eliminating these recently has not helped.

Hirsutism And Diet?

20 December 2014 - 04:53 PM

Slightly off topic, but since for many women hirsutism and acne seem to be related I think it's ok. Have any of you had success with getting rid of excess hair by changing your diet? My diet right now seems to help my acne, but does nothing for the excess hair.


08 December 2014 - 08:29 PM

The derivative of chlormadinone, chlormadinone acetate, is an anti-androgen and is the active ingredient in Belara birth control pill. Belara seems to be working well for me so far. I've done a little research on chlormadinone to see if it is at all similar to spironolactone which people can take in addition to birth control pills. Chlormadinone is offered by itself in certain countries, and some women seem to be taking it long term, but I'm not sure if that is a good option because it is a steroidal progestin. I'm not sure if you can get too much progestin from chlormadinone. Just looking for other people's thoughts. I like to research future hormonal treatments.