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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 soci

Knass

Knass

08/24/11

 

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 he

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Knass

07/27/11

 

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??

Knass

Knass

06/21/11

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06/21/11

 

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

Knass

Knass

05/10/11

 

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

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Knass

04/26/11

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04/27/11

 

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

Knass

Knass

04/20/11

 

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

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Knass

04/12/11

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04/13/11

 

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.

Knass

Knass

04/05/11

 

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 ther

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Knass

03/29/11

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04/05/11

 

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 micro

Knass

Knass

03/24/11

 

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 proba

Knass

Knass

03/17/11

 

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 p

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Knass

03/10/11

 

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

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Knass

02/26/11

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03/03/11

 

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 i

Knass

Knass

02/19/11

 

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!

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Knass

02/08/11

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02/19/11

 

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 e

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Knass

02/05/11

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02/26/11

 

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.

Knass

Knass

02/02/11

 

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, Acc

Knass

Knass

01/07/11

 

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 h

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Knass

01/04/11

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01/06/11

 

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 no

Knass

Knass

12/28/10

 

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 we

Knass

Knass

12/27/10

 

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 horri

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Knass

12/16/10

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12/27/10

 

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

Knass

Knass

12/13/10

 

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

12/10/10

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12/10/10

 

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 sufferin

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12/08/10

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12/09/10

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