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A detailed account of my accutane experience

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UPDATE**7 Months Post-Accutane

....and I'm still clear for the most part. My oil is still slowly and steadily returning. I would say each month since stopping accutane it has increased about 5%, but it's no where near as bad as it used to be. There are so many things I can do with confidence now that I never would have been able to before accutane. A few that top the list... 1. Being able to face my husband the moment I step out of the shower 2. Going to the gym without wearing makeup 3. Not having to skip social events or call in sick to work because of embarassing breakouts 4. Being able to take an 8 hour plane ride to Hawaii without having to pack face wash, concealor, oil blotters, and dry shampoo in my carry-on!!! 5. Never feeling like everyone in the room is STARING at the huge cysts on my face thinking "eeewww, why doesn't she do something about that!?" Accutane truly has changed my life and I still say that every moment of chapped lips, flaking skin, and dry eyes was worth it! My only regret is that I didn't take accutane 10 years ago!

Knass

Knass

08/24/2011

 

6 months after accutane

...Well, almost 6 months. I still say accutane was totally worth it. I'm almost six months post treatment and my skin is still very clear. Not that I don't have some scarring, dark spots, or a few clogged pores, but overall my skin still looks good. I ran into an old friend a couple of days ago-A friend I haven't seen since I took accutane. Immediately she asked what I had done to my skin. She said, I quote, "your skin is glowing, what did you have done?" I was pretty shocked to hear that, since no one in my life has ever complimented my skin-especially after twelve hours of makeup and 105 degree weather! I wish none of my oil would have come back, but it's still no where near what it used to be. My hair fell out for a good two months after treatment, but has since stopped. While my pores dissapeared during the treatment, they have now returned to what I would call "small" or normal sized. Overall, I am completely satisfied with my results from accutane. If my acne does come back, I would absolutely consider another course. Again, thank you accutane!

Knass

Knass

07/27/2011

 

Accutane Update/B5?

I'm about 4 months out from the end of my accutane course (5 months, 20, 20, 40, 60, 80mg). My oil is very slowly returning, my pores are clogging back up and I've had a few very tiny pimples. Still nothing I need more than light coverage makeup for and definitely no cysts or real zits! Overall, I'm very happy, but I know the digression will continue over the next few months. Anyway, now that my oil is coming back, I'm curious about Pantothenic Acid. Has anyone tried B5 for oil reduction?? Or any other tips? I tend to forget my old life sometimes (amazing, because the horrible acne lasted the greater part of a decade). I honestly forget just how bad it was because I have a completely different life now. Yesterday, I went scuba diving for a couple hours, combed out my hair, and spent the rest of the day hanging out with my inlaws. NO MAKEUP. For those who don't know me, or haven't read my entire blog, me without makeup is like Marilyn Monroe without platinum hair dye. Thank you Accutane!

Knass

Knass

06/21/2011

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06/21/2011

 

Accutane-Was it worth it?

I have been off of accutane for 9 weeks, or a little over 2 months. I still haven't had any breakouts, save for a few minor clogged pores - certainly nothing I would call a "zit". The oil on my face and hair are returning very slowly. I had to fish out my old packets of oil blotters yesterday but I only needed to use one throughout the day and I didn't even soak it through. Considering I used to go through a packet a week, this is pretty good for me! I'm noticing my pores again and a few on my nose are clogged again, but for the most part, my skin still looks good. My hair is still falling out and I'm wondering when it's going to stop. My intestinal problems are getting worse and this is one that I most certainly WILL blame on accutane. I have never in my 27 years had any sort of digestive issues until I took accutane. I've said a million times before, I eat a very healthy diet of mostly raw fruits, vegetables and whole grains and I'm at a healthy weight. There is no reason I should have acquired IBS at 27, but as my cummulative dosage of accutane increased, so did my intestinal issues. So again, I ask myself the question, "Was it worth it?" .....and I maintain that yes, it was.

Knass

Knass

05/10/2011

 

IBS is better than horrible skin...

7 weeks after my accutane course and I'm sad (no, frustrated, pissed, panicked, etc.) to report that I can see my old skin returning. Over the weekend, I had my contacts out and got to checking my skin out in the mirror. If you've done this you know how dangerous it can be! Much to my horror, I noticed that I could see all of the pores on my nose again. I can also see that they are starting to...fill back up. I notice a little oil on my face at the end of the day {aside: 6 months ago, if I could have seen myself typing that sentence in the future I would have scoffed at the notion that I would be upset about "a little oil at the end of the day" but hey, you go through accutane, you expect damn good results!} I still have yet to have a cyst or a "real" pimple, aside from the occassional clogged pore, so I'm not complaining yet. I'm simply noticing that every day my skin digresses back to it's oldself just a little bit more. It scares me to see where I will be in another few weeks. My hair is continuing to thin at a rapid rate. Every time I run my hands through it, I pull out about 15 strands. Yes, I'm counting. I'm so horribly embarrassed that my maids came today and had to pull all of that hair off my bathroom floor. I hear it's only temporary and I hope hearsay rings true just this once. Nonetheless, I'm plotting my next accutane course already. No derm in their right mind would put me back on accutane right now, so I think I'm going to lie and say I've never taken it? [Thank you delayed electronic medical records]. Then I'll get a scipt, take one pill every 3 or 4 days and hopefully maintain some semblance of clear skin. Is that psycho? Whatever. Horrible skin is worse than IBS.

Knass

Knass

04/26/2011

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04/27/2011

 

6 weeks after accutane...

...and clear skin has pretty much become my norm. It's something I don't even really think about anymore. It's funny because I try not to take it for granted-my acne could theoretically return at any time-but I've sort of grown accustomed to not worrying about my skin. It's almost as if those horrible days of hiding out at home and calling in sick to work because of awful breakouts never happened. I keep checking my t-zone for oil, but nothing appears between face washings. A tiny clogged pore will pop up every now and then and I'll freak out remembering how they so quickly turn to huge cysts, but they sort of just go away overnight now. So this is what it feels like to be normal, huh?? Pretty good stuff

Knass

Knass

04/20/2011

 

Just starting accutane? Look forward to this...

I have now been off of accutane for more than a month and I'm happy to report that I'm still 99% clear! I still have completely oil free skin too. I had surgery last week and didn't shower for 2 days (I know, I know, gross. I was on vicodin and was sleeping pretty much the whole time so give me a break!) Anyway, the point in confessing my poor hygeine, is that I noticed I didn't have any oil production in that entire 2 days. My skin did get moist, but not oily-moist, if that makes any sense. It felt like normal skin with just the right amount of moisure. I'm dreading the day it comes back with full force, but for now, I'm on cloud nine. I'll now sing accutane's praises for a bit, just to give hope to those who are in the early weeks of accutane. A few things that have changed in my life since accutane: 1. NO MORE PORES! Literally, they are invisible now. I used to have giant gaping pores that you could probably measure with a ruler. And with invisible pores comes zero black heads. Not even in the creases of my nose. Amazing. I'm no longer afraid to get within two inches of my husbands line of sight. 2. Smooth skin. I remember reading a blog a long time ago where the author mentioned having smooth skin. I didn't quite get it. Of course when you have no acne, you have smooth skin, right? But it goes beyond that. It's an entirely new sensation when you wash your face. All of a sudden, I don't have an intense phobia of someone touching my face. I also don't slap my husband's hand away if his hand gets near my cheek. I'm sure he appreciates that. 3. Makeup only goes on my FACE now! I exercise for a living and I used to get huge pimples on my back and chest after every super-sweaty workout. I actually had to put on concealer if I wanted to wear a cute top! Doesn't make for sexy cleavage, ladies. 4. No oil! This has to be the most amazing side effect and honest to god, I would go on accutane again if just for the purpose of keeping oil at bay. I have always suffered from massive oil production and there is no way to describe what it feels like to have dry, normal skin and hair. 5. No zits! Well I'm stating the obvious here, but it's true. I don't glance in the mirror every five seconds to see how much of my concealer has rubbed off and I don't spend hours using special makeup effects and lighting tricks to hide my zits. 6. No more sneekin' around! I was doing a lot of it pre-accutane. Sneeking oil blotters in my purse, trying to swipe my t-zone without anyone noticing (I actually became quite the master at it), hiding half my face with my hair, strategically manuevering my body positioning to put people on the side of my face that wasn't currently harboring a half inch cyst, [Note: stay away from round tables - you just can't win], Putting on my makeup before I "put on my makeup" so my husband/family/friends wouldn't know just how bad it was. Well, I could go on and on, but my therapuetic rantings are probably boring you. Good luck to everyone who is still powering through the treatment! Better days are ahead

Knass

Knass

04/12/2011

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04/13/2011

 

One month after Accutane

Hello again, I decided to update today because, a) I saw a dermatologist yesterday, and b) I have some new lingering side effects to report. Let's start with the derm. I saw my old doctor from years ago - the one who refused repeatedly to put me on accutane because of the horrors of ipledge. (Note, I saw a different derm for my 5 month accutane course but I no longer live in that city). I asked her about doing some kind of "maintenance" therapy to make sure my acne doesn't come back. She pretty bluntly said it won't come back, and if it does, it won't require anti-biotics. That seems like good news, huh? But she did say the oil will return, though maybe not quite as bad. She ended up giving me some samples of differin to try every third night. The second thing I asked her about was the huge hole in my face from a cortisone injection several months ago. Much to my dismay, nothing will heal it but time. And on to topic B...I've noticed a new side effect in the last few weeks that I was hesitant to mention bc I've always been quite the hair shedder. I didn't want to be another person who assumes everything is accutane's fault, BUT, it's been getting worse and worse. Everytime I brush my hair, the brush is completely full of hair and I have to clean it out. My shower and bathroom floor are covered in hair like I've never seen in my life. I can run my hand through my hair and several strands easily come out. Like, clumps. I'm terrified that it won't grow back. I'm done complaining, though. Accutane truly has changed my life and I try not to discount that! If my acne does come back, I would seriously consider another round of accutane.

Knass

Knass

04/05/2011

 

3 Weeks Post Accutane. Hmmmmm.....

Since stopping accutane almost 3 weeks ago I've had a couple of clogged pores here and there, but my skin is still really clear. My oil has not come back yet (woohoo!!!!) and I can still go a day without washing my hair. But accutane has got me thinking...Now I'm no hypochondriac and I tend not to try to "blame" accutane for everything that goes wrong in my life. I'm one of those people who likes to look at the research and say, "okay, did accutane really cause this side effect, or is there just a correlation?" ie. depression and accutane. Hell, I was practically begging for Ulcerative Colitis if it meant I could take accutane! But after the treatment and the initial joys of clear skin start to wear off, I find myself wondering...Was it really worth it? (Note: I'm still leaning toward "YES!", but I'm just wondering.) I mentioned in previous posts, I'm a very healthy person in general. I eat a mostly raw, vegan diet, am at a healthy weight, and have no history of any health problems. But since accutane, I'm always sick, getting wierd rashes, or developing new allergies. Over the past couple of weeks, my stomach has not been right. It feels incredibly bloated all the time and I get sharp pains a lot. Anything I eat upsets my stomach and it becomes really agitated. Also, over the weekend, I was diagnosed with kidney stones, which can result from dehydration. I've also been reading that kidney stones are a side effect of Chron's Disease. Ringing any bells, accutane users??? [And when I say "reading" I don't mean googling, I mean medical literature.] Now please, no verbal accostings! I haven't turned into one of those crazy accutane bashers or anything. I'm just saying I have an eerie feeling that those people have some reason to say what they're saying about accutane. Anyone else feel this way?

Knass

Knass

03/29/2011

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04/05/2011

 

2 WEEKS POST

Hey everyone, So I'm two weeks post-accutane today. Nothing much has changed. My oil has not come back yet, but my lips aren't quite so dry. I got one really big pimple last week but it's almost gone now. I definitely don't see the same amount of inflammation that I used to. I'm taking a daily Vitamin A supplement (8000 IU) which I understand isn't even as much as one mg of accutane (and a different chemical compound altogether) but what can I say, it makes me feel like on some microscopic level, I'm prolonging the effecs of accutane The best part is that I can actually get some sun and I'm not so terribly pale anymore!

Knass

Knass

03/24/2011

 

One Week Post Accutane

Hey everyone, So today marks the seventh day I have been off of accutane (after 5 months of 40, 60, and 80mg). Overall, I haven't noticed much change at all. My lips don't seem to be quite as dry and I no longer look like Rob Pattinson in the first Twilight movie, so that's good. I'm still using Aquafor but probably half as much as before. My skin is still dry but not peeling and my oil hasn't returned yet. I figure it took about 2 weeks for my skin to stop producing oil, so it will probably take about the same to start up again. My arms are still very dry and I'm still getting rough patches and eczema flair ups. My skin is pretty much clear, but still splotchy, and the red marks from blemishes that occured while on accutane are still present. i had one new, tiny, 'normal people zit' this morning but I'm not upset about it. What I am upset about is the hole in my cheek from that cortisone shot. NEVER AGAIN. This scar is far worse than anything acne has ever left behind. BEWARE CORTISONE INJECTIONS. It's sort of funny that I'm so used to having clear skin now. I almost can't remember how terrible things were before. I actually had to go back and read my own posts to recall how I was feeling pre-accutane. I'm trying to prepare myself for relapse because I've heard that people with incredible oily skin relapse more than others. We'll see...

Knass

Knass

03/17/2011

 

1st Day Post Accutane!!

Last night, I swallowed my very last accutane pill! It feels so good to finally be done! I still don't feel like I can make a proper evaluation until I see the post-tane results, but as of today.... I have one active pimple. It's teeny tiny and it's on its way out so I'm not complaining. I would have begged for a pimple like this 6 months ago! Last night, I practically searched with a magnifying glass to find a blackhead or clogged pore, but literally, I don't have one. My previously huge pores are invisible now. Accutane cleared my skin beautifully, but I can't bring myself to be completely happy because of this massive indentation left by my cortisone injection. I'm very frustrated....No, PISSED, that my dermatologist told me the shot has NO side effects whatsoever. Now I am left with a 1/2" by 1/4" hole on my cheek. It looks horrid and it's way worse than any scar I have ever had from acne. If the hole doesn't fill in soon, I'm seriously considering taking legal action.

Knass

Knass

03/10/2011

 

6 more days of Accutane!!!

I don't think I mentioned before, but I just moved to a new city, so I won't be seeing my regular derm at the end of my accutane treatment (which is only 6 days away!!!) and I couldn't get in to see another doctor in my area for a couple of months. As soon as I see my new derm, I'm going to ask for a "maintenance antibiotic" to make sure my acne doesn't come back. I'm also going to see about having a filler injected where my last derm put a hole in my face with cortisone!! I'm really completely happy with my skin aside from that. I still have some scarring that makes my skin look less than perfect, but accutane has definitely helped fade a lot of it. I truly wish I would have taken this drug in my early twenties and avoided some of these bad scars. Oh, well, such is life. I'll keep y'all posted on my post-accutane days as soon as they are here

Knass

Knass

02/26/2011

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03/03/2011

 

2 Weeks to Go....

...On this wretched drug! Ok, ok, I shouldn't be so hard on accutane, but it's beeen hard on me!!! This last month has just been awful! I'm finally experiencing the joint pain I've heard people talk about. My entire rib cage, sternum and spine feel like those of an 80 year old. I can barely function. I'm so tired all the time--I'm falling asleep before 7:00pm at night and barely waking up after 10 hours of sleep. Through the day, I can't even keep my eyes open. This drug is really taking its toll. My hair and skin are so dry that I dread showering and washing my hair. I don't work out any more because there is no way I could add an extra post-workout shower to my regimen. I can't wait to take my last pill, but at the same time, I am so afraid to go back to the way things were before accutane! As for my skin, I'm completely clear. I still have to wear makeup for a few reasons: One, I still have a rad scar from a cortisone injection last month. It's a huge indentation that is bright white all around and a dark spot in the center. Two, I have discoloration from previous breakouts. Three, all things considered, my overall skin tone isn't really good. (I still Highly recommend that Almay makeup I mentioned before. It has jojoba oil in it so it helps hydrate while evening skin tone) I know I sound negative, but don't get me wrong, accutane has done wonders for me! My pores are invisible, my oil is gone (for now), my face is completely smooth (with the exception of the freakin' GRAND CANYON on my cheek), and I have zero active pimples. With everything I've been through on accutane, I am just plain picky at this point. I expect perfect skin by the time I'm done with this shit! How is everybody else doing???

Knass

Knass

02/19/2011

 

Month 5: 80 mg

As expected, with my recent dose increase, came side effect increases. My face is red today and really flaky. If this goes anything like the rest of my dose increases, it should subside pretty quickly. I hope this last month really does the trick!

Knass

Knass

02/08/2011

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02/19/2011

 

Starting month 5!

Today I pick up my last prescription of accutane. I find it a little odd that I'm ending at my highest dose, 80 mg/day (not like I'm a doctor or anything, but it seems like most people do a sort of pyramid dose). My skin tone and pores are about 90% improved at this point. I still have flushing during any temperature change, mild irritation, or physical exertion, but I'm expecting that to go away once I'm off accutane. I have one active pimple right now and it seems like one more pops up every time the last is healing. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing like before but a little frustrating. I'm starting to get very scared about going off accutane. Having no oil production these last few months has CHANGED MY LIFE. That is no understatement. I'm starting a new job next week, which involves about an hour drive/metro/walk commute (in Texas heat & humidity) before and after a 9 hour work day. Before accutane, I would have turned it down. There was absolutely no way I could go more than 11 hours without washing my face (or even my hair, chest, and back) and if my oil returns after accutane, I don't know what I'm going to do. After seeing what it's like to be normal, I don't know how I could possibly go back to that. Does anyone have any experience with post-accutane oil? I'm starting to get really nervous!

Knass

Knass

02/05/2011

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02/26/2011

 

End of Month 4!

I haven't posted in a LONG time-the reason being that not much has changed in the last month. I saw a lot of improvement in months 2 and 3 and everything sort of came to a halt in month 4 (I didn't digress, but didn't progress either). I saw my derm today and let her know that I wasn't completely satisfied (I had a couple of clogged pores and one cyst) in the past month. She bumped me from 60mg/day to 80mg/day. I'm very happy about this as I was expecting to be weening off accutane by now. I know, it sounds like a good thing, but I am seriously dreading the return of my oil, so I want to be on accutane for as long as possible. In fact, I'm already planning my next course.. Compared with my preaccutane state, my skin looks great. I still have some scarring (including one particularly large indentation from a cortizone shot) and some red spots from old acne, but alltogether, I'm amazed at the results. My skin is the last thing on my mind, where it used to consume my life. I can do so many things now that I never could before and I don't think anyone but fellow acne sufferers could understand that. Current side effects aren't bad. My lips are still chapped of course, but it's manageable with aquafor (constant aquafor-I'm talking wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-to-reapply constant). My eczema is still pretty bad, but also manageable if I stay ahead of it. I'm curious to see if this increased dose evokes any new side effects. I will update soon!

Knass

Knass

02/02/2011

 

New Makeup Suggestion for Accutaners!

Throughout my accutane course, I've recommended quite a few different makeup products. Because your skin changes so much (from oily to dry, dry to scaly, scaly to red and raw...you get the picture) I think it's helpful to know ahead of time what kind of makeup works best for each stage. In month 4, I am using Almay Pure Blends makeup. This is something I had tried pre-accutane and absolutely despised! I used it once and quickly tossed it into my "makeup reject basket". My friends, Accutane will make you do things you never thought you would. This makeup is essentially an oil-base. I mean, if you don't shake it up, a big drop of oil leaks out of the tube before the makeup dispenses. Perfect. for. accutane. I still put a bunch of Olay moisturizer under it (water based, so it doesn't burn my skin), but it keeps my face hydrated all day and gives it a really pretty glow. My only complaint is that it doesn't stay on super-well--but I don't have any crazy zits to reveal when it does wipe off, so I'm okay with that WOW. If somebody showed me this paragraph 4 months ago, I would have a bet a million bucks I didn't write it.

Knass

Knass

01/07/2011

 

3 Month Follow up w/Derm

Yesterday, I had my 3 month follow-up with my Derm. She kept me on the same dosage for month 4 (30mg twice a day). She also gave me my first cortisone injection! She took a look at my face and just asked if I wanted her to inject the one remaining cyst I had. I was hesitant because I've never had it done before and I HATE shots. But, it didn't hurt one bit and literally, the thing thing is gone this morning. The only thing left is a tiny bruise (?). So, now that that is gone, all I have left is one zit (not a cyst but it's pretty big) that came up a couple days ago. Otherwise, my face is clear! I can't wait for the day when I don't have to spend time with cover-up!

Knass

Knass

01/04/2011

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01/06/2011

 

Day 83: Did I mention I love accutane?

I love accutane! But I'm starting to get nervous about the post-accutane days. What if my skin returns to the way it was? What if this was all for nothing? I have my 3 month follow-up next week and I plan to express my concerns to my derm. I sort of feel like I'm going to experience the 'Green Machine' effect--you know, you get a glimpse of perfection and then nothing can ever compare to it. You see what it's like to have flawless, poreless, oil-free skin then when everything returns to normal you're even more depressed because you've seen how great it is. Time will tell, I guess... So anyway, an update on side effects: My skin and hair remain completely oil-free, but I'm not peeling much any more. I barely wear makeup and a lot of times I find my skin actually looks better without it (woah! never thought I'd say that!). My pores are very small, skin tone is even, and scars are fading and less noticeable. I can't seem to get enough sleep. Even 10 solid hours leaves me feeling drowsy. Accutane? I'm not sure, but I'd be curious to see if others have had this problem. My skin has become Hypersensitive to EVERYTHING. I've developed allergies to almost everything that touches my skin, namely octinoxate, which is used in all things SPF-lip balm, face lotion, sunscreen. I can't use cleaning agents like windex, 409, or pledge. They all make my skin breakout in wierd rashes. I never had sensitive skin before accutane, so I confidently link the two. Other than that, I continue to be greatful that I stumbled upon this amazing drug!

Knass

Knass

12/28/2010

 

11 Weeks, 5 days (Day 82)

I could be wrong on the day, but I know I'm almost done with month 3! I had a shocking experience over the holiday weekend and I thought I would share... I live in South Texas in an extremely hot, humid climate and over the holidays I spent about 5 days in the upper midwest where the weather was about 50 degrees colder and much drier. From the second I got off the plane, my accutane side effects went rampant. My eczema flared up like nothing I've seen before. My shoulders, arms and hands were covered in a burning red rash and I literally had to sit in front of a box fan for an hour (When eczema first appears, it feels reminiscent of a chemical burn-like you spilled bleach on your skin and let it sit). Now, I'm left with scaly, dry skin on the tops of my arms and no amount of lotion is softening it. My face was peeling a lot more and I had 4 bloody noses in 3 days. Now that I have returned to the South, things are better. I guess I'm pretty lucky to be living where I do during my accutane treatment! As for my skin, it is looking pretty good. I still have one lingering cyst that will sort of swell up for a few days, then go down, and repeat. It's been there for about a month and once it leaves for good, I think my cake-make-up days just might be over. Accutane is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me! It has completely changed the look and feel of my skin. There's one thing I notice recently that I absolutely love...before accutane, I would wash my face and it would be really red and splotchy-not just where I had blemishes, but all over. Before I could let anyone see me, I would have to dot coverup pretty much all over my face. Now, I can wash my face and it is all one smooth color. It doesn't have that irritated, inflamed, splotchy look anymore. Even right when I get out of the shower, it is very....calm looking. I am so excited to see the end result of my accutane treatment, but even if this were as far as it went, my life would be changed forever. Early accutaners, happy days are in your future

Knass

Knass

12/27/2010

 

Half-way through my accutane treatment: an update

I am just about half way through my accutane treatment. I'm at 2 1/2 months and my derm estimates that I'll be on accutane a total of 5. For anyone who hasn't been following my blog (or doesn't want to trek through all the hairy details!), I wanted to give a summary of my experience on accutane so far. I started out at 40mg/day (at 125lbs) for the first two months and just bumped up to 30mg/twice a day for month three. I would say days 5 to 15 were the worst for me. I experienced horrible redness, itching, IB, you name it. I didn't want to leave the house for two weeks. As I moved through the first month, the side effects gradually began to subside. Looking back, I think a lot of my grief was caused by an allergic reaction to medicated lip balm in week 2 or 3. It was a miserable experience where most of the skin on my lips peeled off, I had an awful rash all over them, and they swelled to about 3xs their size. I blamed my misery on accutane, even though it was only indirectly involved By month 2, things were much better. My skin really started to change for the better. When my dosage was upped, all my side effects came back and I even had a bad breakout. I was afraid this would all last another month, but it was much less eventful than the first few weeks of accutane. I've yet to be completely clear throughout these first two and half months, but things are getting a lot better-and not just because my skin is more clear, but it just looks so much better! The pores are much smaller, I have zero black heads anywhere on my face (even my nose) and none of those tiny little bumps that I used have all over my face. My skin has this glow to it that I've never had - even when I was young (or younger considering I'm only 26). So far, I'm frustrated that I'm still breaking out, but I'm still loving accutane! Sometimes I forget what it was like to have extrememly oily, splotchy, horrible-looking skin. I know I still have a long way to go, but I think the end result is going to change my life! For those in the beginning, stick with it. Tough it out. You'll be where I am in no time!

Knass

Knass

12/16/2010

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12/27/2010

 

Day 70: Lookin' Up!

Last time I updated I was a little....perturbed. Now, things are looking up a bit! My increased dose caused a sort of shock response from my body, but after a few days, things have calmed down significantly. I'm very happy because I was prepared to be miserable again for the next month and half! The only crappy thing right now is I've had another allergic reaction. Over the weekend, I used my husband's medicated chapstick because I forgot to put my aquaphor in my purse. This morning, I woke up with blisters and bubbles all over my lips! I look positively nightmarish at the moment, but it's starting to subside. Not much new acne now, but some pretty bad spots from that horrible breakout last week. Note to self: Never use anything but aquaphor!!!

Knass

Knass

12/13/2010

 

Day 66:ugh!!!!!

Major breakout at day 66 I guess I should have expected it with the increased dosage but it really sucks! And ok, I call it a major breakout but it's actually just 3 big cysts. The rest of my skin is clear but that's pretty much void bc you can't even tell when my face looks like a sunburnt lizard. Ugh!! This is so frustrating!

Knass

Knass

12/10/2010

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12/10/2010

 

Day 65: holy skin flakes!

Sorry, it's gross. But you want the truth, right? Although I'm at day 65, I've only been at an increased dose from 40mg to 60mg) for 5 days and holy hell are the side effects back! I had my first official bloody nose last night. My eczema is back-mostly on the tops of my hands and back of my arms. My skin is really inflamed and looks raw. My face is peeling like you wouldn't believe. I feel like I'm back to week 1. The major difference this time is that I'm not simultaneously suffering from the worst breakout of my life. Anyway, I'm just hoping I get used to the new dosage soon!

Knass

Knass

12/08/2010

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12/09/2010

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