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Elizabeth's Accutane Adventure

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Day 23

The first month on accutane is flying by!! Feeling great so far...only side effects are dried lips and mild dry skin on my chin and neck. Best news is I am 100% clear! I woke up the last 5 days with not one zit! My skin is looking great...hoping it is too late in my treatment to get the dreaded initial breakout!! A month before I started Accutane I had counted the zits on my face and it was 22. Today almost a month in I am perfectly clear! Have a derm appointment next week to get blood work done and to see if my dose needs to be increased. I really like the low dose of 20mg. Posting a pic oh my skin today! Love having clear skin and love accutane so far!

evg5gd

evg5gd

06/22/2012

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06/25/2012

 

Day 14

2 WEEKS DOWN!! I can't believe it took me almost 10 years to convince myself to take this drug! The only side effect I have experienced is dry lips. The oil production on my face has significantly decreased! I can not wait to continue on and see continued improvements in my skin. Will update you when I go to my one month appointment with the derm.

evg5gd

evg5gd

06/14/2012

 

Day 7

One week complete of Accutane!! Not really much to mention....No side effects so I am happy! My skin is about the same. I had maybe three new pimples surface over the week but they were small and healed in a day. Not sure if that was because of Accutane. Will report more next week!

evg5gd

evg5gd

06/06/2012

 

Day 1

May 30th is the start date!! Just took my first pill. 20 mg once a day. I called the pharmacist to make sure that was right because I see that a lot of others on this site take their pill twice a day, but it was right so I guess my doctor is just doing things a little different. I ate and took it with a full glass of water. Excited to get this started and done with soon! So I am not great with computers but am going to try to post some pictures so I can track my progress. Sorry these pictures I look gross with no makeup but wanted to show my acne without covering it! So today I just have some minor bumps on both sides of my face, but woke up with a giant gross cyst on my forehead. Hoping the Accutane will dry that out!

evg5gd

evg5gd

05/30/2012

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05/30/2012

 

Starting Accutane This Week

Hey Everyone!! I decided to start a blog on my journey using accutane. This website has been a life saver to read about others who are going through the same problems with acne as me! Acne is hard enough so it is really helpful having a website where you can go to learn more about products, hear others success stories and problems, and have a place to vent about stupid acne!!! So here is my story: I am a 27 year old female and I live in St. Louis Missouri. I have suffered with acne since the age of 14. Went to a dermatologist around age 16 and tried antibiotics, differin gel, Klarin lotion, benzaclin, retin-A, the whole nine yards! This all kept my acne at bay but never cured it. I would have pimples pop up a few times a week, nothing that was unmanageble. I never had ones that scarred but I always had some sort of acne on my face. From age 22-24 my skin was its best and I rarely broke out. Then I don't know why but from about age 25-27 my skin has been a disaster. I have had cysts and horrible break outs. My derm tried Spiro 100mg, a higher dose of retin-A and nothing seemed to work. Finally after putting it off for a few years the decision came to start Accutane. I was like most people, horrified of all the side effects. I am still worried but have been so down about my acne that I really want to try Accutane. Reading blogs of other people's good results on acne.org has been inspiring. I want to blog my progress so that I can help someone else out there who is struggling with acne. So here it goes! I dropped off my prescription this afternoon and of course am already having difficulties with the pharmacy communicating with I-pledge. Apparently there is something wrong with my I-Pledge number account even though I answered all the questions and everything. So Hopefully sometime this week I will pick up my script! I weigh 100 lbs or 45 kg. So my derm is starting me out the first month on 20mg and then hopefully work me up to 40-50mg. My little picture is of me and my husband on our wedding day last June. It was the happiest day of my life and luckily I did not have any bad break outs that day so my skin looked beautiful in all my wedding pictures!! Hoping to get my skin back to looking good! If anyone has any products they used while on Accutane that worked well for them let me know. I have stocked up on Cetaphil wash, Cereve lotion and moisturizer, nasal spray for my nose, Aquaphor, and Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. Any other great products that helped with dryness for anyone I would love to know!

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evg5gd

05/29/2012

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06/26/2012

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