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second time on accutane, let's hope this works!

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Winter plus accutane = DRY!!!

Just went to the derm today, and I'm a week into my second month. I'M JUST SO DRY! He said he wanted to bump my dose but because of how dry I am he wont do it. I'll probably have to stay on 20 mg twice a day and just have to be on accutane a little over 6 months Cetaphil will be my new best friend until I'm finally done with this stuff! I'm hoping I can be clear and carefree for prom in June, thats what I'm hoping for, fingers crossed!

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01/29/2011

 

starting month two

After being off accutane for six months, although my skin was a lot better from when I first began, I was still breaking out more than i thought i would be after completing the corse. My back NEVER broke out again my face was still not how i thought it would be My derm decided to put be back on accutane, and now im one month in. All im noticing is really dry skin and lips and somewhat of an achey back, nothing too terrible. I'm also on ortho tricycline lo birth control which is also supposed to help with acne. I didn't notice so much of a difference during the first month, I'm just extremely dry and I look a little washed out. I'm hoping that this will be my final course on accutane. keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully I'll see more results during the second month and maybe soon i wont have any active breakouts! I have one now, it's pretty red and annoying I know that the first few months are the worst and I know from experience its normal for your skin to et much worse before it gets better, but i notice that the second time around my skin is much more sensitive to touch, much dryer this time but thats probably because the first time i went on i was a complete oil silk. I'm just hoping i see results sooon

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01/27/2011

 

not again

Since I started accutane at the end of July, I was supposed to stop at the end of January, a full 6 month corse. I was still breaking out on my face left and right, up until I was supposed to end my treatment. My derm had me prolong my course so i wound up staying on accutane until the first week of march. I didn't have very severe side effects, my triglycerides skyrocketed at one point so i had to get off for a week, but then i went right back on and just had to watch what i ate very closely. I tried many different moisturizers but many made me break out even more, then i started using dermologica active moist and that seemed to do the trick for me. Around march my skin started to improve a lot. I wasn't really getting those big painful pimples on my cheeks anymore. I broke out occasionally, but i still was never seen without my liquid makeup, which hid every imperfection there was. I started to feel a lot better about myself, and I loved accutane for letting me be carefree about my skin for the 3 months it did. But then i started breaking out again and i was not happpy

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01/27/2011

 

journey continues

The day I got the prescription I couldn't have been happier. I was nervous about getting an initial breakout but I wasn't too worried, I was just looking forward to getting clear skin. My derma started me on 20 mg and after two weeks he bumped me up to 40 mg. The first month the only thing i noticed was chapped lips, but nothing aquaphor couldn't fix. I started getting a really bad initial breakout on my face. Pimples I never used to et before accutane. Big painful ones on my cheeks, and what made it worse was I would try to pop them. BIG MISTAKE. Your skin on accutane is like a million times more sensitive, the slightest touch will make your skin super red for days. I was the first two months, july and august. I couldn't stand looking at myself in the mirror. I felt ashamed, depressed, and hopeless. My mom then suggested I wear some liquid foundation to try and cover up long of the bumps and marks. At first i was hesitant because i didn't want to look like i caked on a bunch of makeup on my face because i know that it could just make everything look worse. But it was the best decision i ever made and it didn't look like i caked it on or anything, it went on smooth. When i put that stuff on my skin looked absolutely flawless. I would wear it around the house when i wasn't even going out because it was such a confidence booster. I would recommend it for anyone, helped me get through a lot of tough times. And when school rolled around in september, I was about 3 months into my treatment. I still broke out on my face, and my back was actually clearing up! I couldn't believe it It was the first time in three years i wasn't self conscious about my back, a miracle. My face on the other hand, as long as i had my makeup on i was okay, for the time being, but who wants to hide behind makeup for the rest of their lives. I had a lot of ups and downs, depression, but not due to the accutane since it is known to cause depression, I was depressed because my skin was still breaking out on my face, and my trying to pick at the spots to make them go away faster only prolonged the healing process.

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01/27/2011

 

Accutane journey

So a little over a year ago I was prescribed accutane for my skin. My back was pretty terrible and I wasn't responding to any topicals or antibiotics All i wanted to do was be able to wear a bathing suit with my hair up and not have to constantly worry about how terrible my back looked! Especially since it was summer and all and this would be my third summer in s row having to hide my back all summer long with my hair and hope no one could see what was underneath all my hair. Anyway, feeling desperate I begged my derm to put me on accutane, my mom was on it, my cousin, a few friends, and I've seen awesome results, I just wanted clear beautiful skin. He told me that he would do it for me because he noticed that it was causing me a great deal of depression, and it certainly was. I didn't want to go out places looking the way I did, while my back was severly broken out, my face wasn't as bad, but it was bad enough to start making me feel depressed. Anyway, he said he would put me on it and I was so relieved, but then he told me about pledge, and whoever is familiar with pledge you know that it makes you have to have a negative pregnancy test before treatment, have two primary forms of birth control, and after a month you need to have another negative pregnancy test since accutane can cause severe birth defects if you take accutane while you're pregnant. Needless to say I had to wait another month before I could take my first pill. I literally counted down the days until I could begin my accutane journey. Since I was only 15 at the time my forms of birth control were abstinence and none, but my derma still made me go to a gynecologist and have him lecture me of the dangers of having sex on accutane, yeah awkward Anyway, it was a longggggggg 1 month before I got to start my accutane, and let me tell you it was a very long, painful, rewarding, and bittersweet journey.

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01/27/2011

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