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After being crystal clear for five years post accutane, gaining a ton of confidence and happiness, my worst nightmare happened: My acne came back at full force. Wanting to attack it and beat it once and for all, I will endure accutane once again!

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Week Four -- Some Advice On Drinking On Accutane

Well my third week was a success as my skin began to clear more and more. It's funny how the more clear your skin gets, the more confident and happy you feel emotionally. Have been dealing with acne for the past couple of months, it was a total refresher to finally look in the mirror and have clear skin rather than pimply oily skin. Some of you newbies to accutane (more specifically the younger ones) may be concerned about drinking alcohol while undergoing your course. Here is my personal advice: The first time I was on accutane I was just beginning college, so staying away from drinking was really hard. At first I was paranoid about the whole thing and wouldn't even have a beer but then I started pushing my limits. While undergoing my 20 week treatment, there were probably four or five times where I got completely plastered, and all of my liver work still came back fine. This time around, I admit I tried to have a differenty mindset, but last weekend there was a party for my brother in law comiing up that I had been anticipating for quite some time. I told myself I would only have a few drinks, but ended up getting completely plastered, which led to hoarsing around, which actually led to my brother in law accidently tackling me down and giving me a concussion! The whole week I was feeling guily about drinking while on accutane. Basically, you have to think of it this way: The doctor tells you not to drink while on accutane because of how taxing accutane AND alcohol are on your liver. You have to realize that everyone's liver is different, meaning some people can drink on accutane and be fine, while other will not. But is it really worth risking your doctor taking you off the drug? The last thing you want is to go back to dealing with acne just because you couldnt go 20 short weeks without drinking alcohol. Also, you have to think about the dehydration effects you will experience. Accutane dries you out completely, as does alcohol, which mean your hangover will be twice as bad... trust me, i know! It's not worth it. That's why I made a decision to not drink the remainder of my 20 weeks. I went out last night with a bunch of friends who I haven't seen in awhile and sipped water the whole night. I actually still had a great time, had no guilt, and didn't feel like death in the morning! So all in all, the choice is yours if you want to choose to drink on accutane, but I would recommend not drinking at all or keeping it only at a glass of wine or a beer. It's just not worth the risk! Anyways, I am psyched that we are already coming on week four! I am getting my blood work done next week and having an appointment with my dermotologist on Thursday where I will discuss with him bumping up the dosage to 70mg -- we are being aggressive! My skin is looking great. My initial breakout is still lingering, but its good because my skin is cleaning out every single pore in my face, and healing it quite fast.

AcneWarrier321

AcneWarrier321

10/29/2011

 

Week Three... Looking Better!

Well Its been officially two weeks since i've started the treatment. I've experienced the dreaded initial breakout this past week, where my face looked pretty terrible. It was oily, red, with tons of pimples popping out everywhere! Luckily, it cleared up in only a few days. The redness went down and the oil subsided as well. I've also noticed that the pimples have cleared and healed much faster than normal. I am now moving into my third week and feeling good. My face is much less red and is continuing to clear up. The only thing that is annoying at this point is the skin sensitivity. Being in the sun for even a minute makes my face all red and hot for a long period of time. I now get flushed extremely easily which is annoying, as i have fair skin to begin with and the redness can be extremely noticeable. In a few weeks I will have my blood work and dermotologist appointment. I am going to bump up my dosage to 70mg, as that is the higest we can go for my body weight, and i want to be as aggressive as possible! If i'm going to do this, might as well do it right! It'll all be worth it when i come out of this with perfect skin and never have to worry about my face!!!!

AcneWarrier321

AcneWarrier321

10/22/2011

 

Week Two: So Begins The Initial Breakout...

Well I finished my first week. Skin got extremely dry and red in only a couple of days, as well as my lips. I managed to find a really good chapstick at CVS that contains all sorts of moisturizers. On my first course of accutane i used Bert's Bees Wax, and I found myself applying it as often as every half hour. This chap stick seems to keep my lips moist for much longer ) As for moisturizer, I started off by using Neutrogena facial moisturizer but after a couple of days my skin was starting to peel and get flakey. I couldn't even smile without feeling like my skin was about to tear.I tried Dan's moisturizer that he sells on this site (I had some stored away from years ago) but that had the exact same effect as the Neutrogena -- along with making my face shiny and oily. I ended up doing some research on this site on best rated moisturizers and arrived on Cetaphil facial moisturizer. I bought a bottle from CVS and it works so much better than the Neutrogena -- skin is less shiny and it does a much better job moisturizing. As far as progress, my skin is getting used to the drug. I'm starting to develope what is called the initial breakout which is basically your skin pushing out all the dirt and bacteria as it adjusts to the accutane resulting in a sometimes severe breakout. I remember mine from my first course only lasted about a week or two and then it was smooth sailing for the rest of the 20 weeks. Hoping this time is similar! My skin is extremely oily and dry and it's actually frustrating to be getting those comments at work such as "your face is really red!" or "Do you have sun burn?" I am also avoiding the mirror as much as possible. It's hard from going five years with perfect skin to just wanting to lock yourself in a dark room for 20 weeks until i'm clear again!!! Never the less, I am looking forward into the future when I will once again have flawless skin and never have to worry about pimples! Comments and questions welcomed! Will update you next week! AcneWarrier

AcneWarrier321

AcneWarrier321

10/18/2011

 

Day One

Hi guys! I'm initiating my second course of accutane this week after being crystal clear for five years. I consider myself a veteran on the subject of accutane and also on the topic of acne in general, having tried pretty much all of the antibiotics and creams there are -- both perscription and over the counter. I thought starting this blog would be a good way for me to get through these next couple of months, and also help out any others who are currently on accutane, or qho are thinking about taking accutane. Please feel free to add in any comments or ask questions! A little about myself -- I developed acne as a teenager. It was always very mild, and i was always able to keep it under control. Around my senior year of high school, it started to get worse. I was put on pretty much every acne medication you can name -- pills, creams, you name it. Dan's acne regimen was the only thing that kept me extremely clear, but the amount of benzoyl proxide I had to use was giving me extrememly dry, flakey, red skin, not to mention the moisturizer was giving my already oily skin a shiny, greasy look. I was tired of it! After a summer of using proactive, my acne started to get really bad. My face was a oily disaster, and it seemed like I would wake up every morning with new pimples all over my face. I was losing my confidence, and my acne was the only thing I was ever thinking of. I can relate to anyone who agrees that depression and acne are closely related, as i became very depressed at times, not even wanting to leave the house or be in pictures. After that summer I took the plunge and told my dermotologist I wanted accutane. He gave me a 5 month course of 40mg and 60mg on the final month. Taking 40mg, the dryness was not that bad and i was able to keep it under control with a good moisturizer. The most annoying part was the chapped lips. The final month was the hardest part because my dosage was 20mg higher, resulting in even dryer skin and lips that cracked and bled. None the less, I came out alive, with beautiful, clear skin. The next five years were amazing, as I never had to worry about acne, applying product to my face, or covering up pimples. I had the most confidence I had ever had. Unfortunately, some people require two treatments to see the best results. Throughout those five years of clearness, I experienced periodic outbreaks when I was stressed out. They started off so mild that they were not even noticeable, but as the years passed, they would get worse and worse. Just this past year, my skin began getting extremely oily again, and to my horror, my acne suddenly came back in full force. It was hard for me because I had gone five years making a ton of progress in my confidence, and now it seemed like i was going backwards, back to where I was in high school. I vowed I wasn't going to let this happen, and I vowed to take on acne yet again with a higher dosage to destroy it once and for all. I've always been a faithful visitor to Dan's page because he has helped me so much in the past with his regimen, so i figured I would give back by helping out other acne sufferers out there. So that's that! Here is the start of my blog, and I hope it helps out alot of you out there. For those of you who are hesitant on taking accutane -- i can say from personal experience that it is so worth the risk. Having acne can pretty much ruin your life with depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. It takes over your mind and at times all you are thinking about is how oily your skin is, or how bad your face looks. It disallows you to live life to your full potential. Nobody should have to go through that. We are all meant to live at our best with beautiful healthy skin! That is why I am willing to tackle this problem and endure the dryness all over again -- i'm thinking of that beautiful end result! AcneWarrier

AcneWarrier321

AcneWarrier321

10/18/2011

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