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Day 187 - Success...and sweat.

Today is day 187, or 26 weeks and 5 days. That's over half a year I've been taking Accutane. I've been on 40mg/day for about 3 months now, and the derm tells me I'll stay on it for four more months. The good: No acne! Since about week two, and it took about another three weeks for the existing acne to calm down and heal. I have had the occasional boil elsewhere on my body, maybe 4 or 5, but no face acne at all now. Red marks are fading and skin tone is evening out. No oil! I can n

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Polypep

03/21/11

 

Day 99 - High cholesterol

I haven't had any real change with my skin since last month. No peeling, no oilyness, but I have to keep up the face and body moisturising day and night to keep the itching at bay. I haven't had any new face acne since week 2 or 3, so that has been wonderful. I got a few large pimples/boils on my body though this week, don't know what that is about My last blood test showed all my cholesterol levels were too high, above acceptable limits, so I've started a cholesterol-lowering diet an

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Polypep

12/23/10

 

Day 70 - Derm appointment

Derm appointment today. He was happy with my progress. I told him I was stoked with the results so far. My blood test showed high cholesterol, which can be a side effect of Roaccutane, so I have to see my GP and get it sorted. I stay on this dosage until I've done it for 8 weeks then go up to 40mg daily, and see the Derm in 3 months. New side effect since increasing dosage to 20/40 mg...dry eyelids. WTF? so now I'm making sure I'm moisturizing them twice daily, along with some serious lip

Polypep

Polypep

11/25/10

 

Day 58 - 40mg one day, 20mg the next...

At my 8 week mark, it was time to up the dosage for the first time. So now I'm on 40mg one day, 20 the next. I think it would have been easier to get a 10mg and 20mg prescription and just take 30mg per day, but whatever *shrug* Lips are peeling a bit, a couple of days this week I've had skin hanging off my lips and had to pull/bite it off with my teeth so it didn't keep annoying me when I talked. My skin is still great, haven't had a new pimple or any oil on my face for about 6 weeks n

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Polypep

11/13/10

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11/21/10

 

Day 47 @ 20mg - Rash on arm :(

After my eventful attempt at a blood test last week, I took the tape and cotton ball off my arm on Sunday night. The area under the tape was itchy and red and I scratched like crazy. The next day it was far worse and I had a spotty rash above and below the tape mark, so I had a trip to the dr. who prescribed a new type of cortisone cream. It has been very slow to do anything but a week later the rash is receding and it's less itchy. I have had the odd allergy before but wonder if the Orotane mad

Polypep

Polypep

11/02/10

 

Day 41 @ 20mg

Still really happy with the results of 20mg accutane daily. My skin is not dry or oily. My face is not peeling or flaking, just un-oily. I've been using a light moisturiser daily, and a heavier one on my body. Very occasional itching, but not much else. I have dry lips, and have to use lip balm every hour or so, with a thick layer on at night before I go to sleep. Also some light moisturiser on a cotton bud and I apply it up my nostrils, as they have felt stiff and I don't want them to bl

Polypep

Polypep

10/26/10

 

Day 27 @ 20mg

I'm really pleased with the results so far. My skin looks heaps clearer than it did 27 days ago. I don't have any active acne at the moment. I have a few red marks from previous pimples. About 4 are really red and don't seem to be fading. My lips are very slowly but gradually getting drier. Until yesterday I would just have tingling dry lips, but yesterday and today I woke up with actual dry peeling skin, and I've had to really smother them with lip balm to try and get them back to normal t

Polypep

Polypep

10/12/10

 

Day 22 - Cleared up but not dried up.

My skin is looking clearer every day. My red marks are slowly fading, and the new pimples go very quickly and quietly or don't leave a red mark. Lips are dry but not peeling, hair is dry but head not peeling, face is only 1/10th or 1/20th as oily on my forehead as it used to be. The rest of my face is lovely, not dry, not peeling, and not oily. I'm still absentmindedly touching my face to feel my smooth and unoily skin. Every few days I get nausea, and it even woke me up last night. I

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Polypep

10/07/10

 

Day 18 - Still going OK

My skin looks like it's improving. I see more clear areas with no dots than I have before. I still feel hard sore lumps under my skin that previously would have grown into massive cysts, but now they seem to sit there, get sore to get my attention, then fade into the background again. I'm sure they are still there but just waiting for the right time to make an appearance. My flakiness went after one day. I put a tiny bit of moisturiser on it and it vanished for a few days, but yesterday I n

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Polypep

10/03/10

 

Day 12 - I have liftoff!

I have peeling! My chin had very tiny peely bits this morning, so I put a little bit of moisturiser on today and it went away. I have peeling lips too, just a tiny bit but enough to show that the 'tane is kicking in, so I'm keeping the lip balm beside me at all times and smothering it on. Yay! Still have a moderately oily forehead and nose, but now I have hope that it will all dry out soon... I have two lumps under my skin between my top lip and nose. You can't see them yet,

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Polypep

09/27/10

 

Day 11 - Face is slightly better...

I think my face is looking a tiny bit clearer. My last breakout has all but gone, and for the first time ever it didn't leave any red marks. Still no real dryness, itching or flaky skin. A few times a day I get an itch somewhere on my body, and my scalp is getting a bit itchy, but only about 1 on a scale of 1 - 10. This week I'm going to get a leave in conditioner for my hair that hopefully will spread onto my scalp a bit and ease the itching. If it doesn't, I'll have to look for a gentler

Polypep

Polypep

09/26/10

 

Day 8 - 20 mg/day slight improvement?

Skin hasn't really changed much since my last post. I've faithfully taken my 20mg pill every night with food / dinner. I can't believe that I haven't forgotten one yet I've also been good with drinking. I've told a few people that I won't really be drinking cos I'm on medication so it should be easy to avoid. If anything I can be the designated driver. Lips are very slightly itchy sometimes, I am keeping up with the lip balm as practice and preparation for when they get really dr

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Polypep

09/24/10

 

Day 6 - Same old same old

Not much change. Taking 20mg Oratane a night. The only side effect I can recognise is the odd itch somewhere on my body through the day, even though I'm putting heaps of QV cream on all over twice a day. Lips are fine. Breakout still active, about 7 active spots on my face. I wore makeup to work again on Monday they were so bad, that's only the second time this year that I've worn makeup anywhere. It wasn't worth it though, I was mopping oil off my face all day. They aren't terribly big or

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Polypep

09/21/10

 

Day 3 - Reset

As I've now stopped using Dan's regimen and I'm now on Oratane, I thought it's a bit confusing with the day counter. I've reset it to when I started Oratane. Day 1 went smoothly, although I had a horror breakout that I've already decided was hormonal. On day 2 they were worse, and a couple more pustules appeared, so for the first time this year I wore foundation to work to cover them up. Well I was shiny and oily by 9am, at lunch I bought some blotter sheets to help soak it all up, and by 3

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Polypep

09/18/10

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09/18/10

 

Week 3 Day 3 - Lots to tell :)

I have the answer to my breakout of a few days ago. I have a few other indications (ahem) that it is hormonal. I've still got all the zits that arrived, plus a huge egg on my forehead that hasn't got any colour but boy is it sore. I've still been doing the regimen faithfully, with mixed results. Of course I have the recent breakout, and seem to have a slick of oil sitting over the top of the BP and moisturiser every day. With hot humid weather coming up, it's only gonna get worse. So..

Polypep

Polypep

09/16/10

 

Week 3 Day 1 - Oh no!

Was it the weekend sunburn? The chocolate feast on the weekend? The late nights? I've broken out!!! :( 1 above my eyebrow, 1 beside my nose, one on my temple, and a possible one on the other side of my nose. So this isn't going to be a dream recovery. I'll just smother them with BP at night, normal regimen in the morning, and ease off a bit on the Cetaphil moisturiser. I've felt a bit shiny and oily the last few days and think I'm putting too much moisturiser on. The Cetaphil cleanser al

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Polypep

09/14/10

 

Week 2 Day 6 - Meh..

I tried the Cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser on Friday night. I was surprised that the cleanser felt so greasy, but left no residue on my face and my skin felt clean after I rinsed the cleanser off. Then the Benzac, then the Cetaphil moisturiser. FANTASTIC! I was really pleased with it, for the first time in nearly 2 weeks my face felt soft and moist, not dry and like a mask that would crack if I smiled. Yesterday morning I had to rush out of the house, Did the regimen, did a full pump of

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Polypep

09/12/10

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09/12/10

 

Week 2 Day 4 - I spoke too soon

Yesterday I said no major disaster happened when I didn't do my face before going to bed. Well...the disaster happened today. One large, slightly raised pink pimple on my chin. I'm gonna hit it hard with the BP and see if I can get rid of it before it is too big or sore. Went to the pharmacy near work today and got: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for all skin types Cetaphil Moisturing Lotion for all skin types Another tube of Benzac 2.5% (so my daughter can take the half-used one to he

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Polypep

09/10/10

 

Week 2 Day 3 - a tiny step backwards

I got home quite late last night after going out with a friend, and I was too tired and lazy to do my face. I was dreading what might happen, but no major breakout or disaster happened. My lips have been dry since I started the regimen. I don't know why, the BP isn't going on my lips. Maybe the face oil that I used to have ran onto my lips and protected them. Anyway, I've had to use a lip balm/chap stick for the last week and a half, and have had one out permanently on my desk at work, whic

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Polypep

09/09/10

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09/11/10

 

Week 2 Day 1 - If it ain't broke...

...don't fix it. I went back to 1 dollop of BP last night and this morning, and my skin softened up and lost its sunburnt appearance. I had slightly less oil today too. Soooooo...I'm going to go back to 1 dollop of BP morning and night for as long as I can. Dry skin on hands good today, skin on face good, no active acne. Receding one is now flat and fading. Other red marks still prominent. No new pimples since I started the regimen.

Polypep

Polypep

09/07/10

 

Not so impressed now

Well, I put 2 blobs of BP on last night, instead of 1. This morning my face was bright pink and looked sunburnt. My skin also felt tough and leathery, so I went back to 1 blob of BP this morning. I know the idea of all of this is no pimples, and so far it’s working, but boy my skin feels yuk. I’m wondering if my future acne-free face will be hard and stiff like it feels now. It feels like the top layer of skin needs to be sanded off. I still have no peeling. Today went ok, had some slig

Polypep

Polypep

09/06/10

 

Day 6

So far, so good. No active pimples, one receding, one dry and aching to be picked, 3 bright red marks, and 2 dull red marks. I don't have the peeling that I expected, I thought it would be like a bad sunburn that comes off in flakes and sheets, but all I have is some ?possible? microscopic flakes on my chin...but they could be the tops of blocked pores that are lifting off. It's really hard to tell, it could even be BP residue. My face is slightly pink, but not embarrassingly so, it just lo

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Polypep

09/05/10

 

First week, and it's promising...

I don't know what I was searching for when the acne.org site appeared on my screen. I've booked an appointment with a dermatologist a month and a half away, and think I was looking for possible new treatments. Anyway, EUREKA!!! As a long time sufferer of acne (nearly 30 years) I had some BP laying around, but the 10% strength. I tried a distant version of the regimen that night, using my normal cleanser, the 10% BP just on the problem areas, and an oil-free moisturiser with SPF 15. The foll

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Polypep

09/04/10

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