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Day 37 (With Pics)

Two new developments: I haven't had a new active in 10 days! And I've decided to go back down to 20mg, and not continue on 40. I was on the new 40mg for about 4 days and it was all I could endure. My skin got a lot redder, instantly drier (flakes/hard to put on foundation/painfully dry lips/strange new breakout on chest where I never get spots), more severe headaches/nausea/fever spells and emotionally I just started feeling a lot more disoriented and like I wanted to cry at random intervals.

tamerlane

tamerlane

09/13/12

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09/17/12

 

Day 32

One month officially down!! Now I'm into my second day on the new dose of 40mg (20mg previously), taking one in the morning and one at night. Stupidly didn't realize my prescription cost would be doubled, that was a bit of a bite out of the wallet, but hey, may mean I won't have to be on it as long. I'm definitely noticing the effects of alcohol on my skin. Not that I've had a whole ton of it, but, my coloring definitely goes down the toilet if I partake in a couple beers for an evening.

tamerlane

tamerlane

09/07/12

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09/13/12

 

Day 27

So I haven't updated in awhile - but that's only because the only thing to report is that I'm continuing to have stellar results!! I was gloomily anticipating the third week initial breakout that's apparently common, but have had no sign of it. I'm starting to wonder if that Day 7 horrible breakout was actually my initial breakout. I do react to medication quite quickly, so that may be the case. Since Day 18, my last post, I've only had two or three new actives, but they were quite smal

tamerlane

tamerlane

09/02/12

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09/02/12

 

Day 18

So I did have two new actives today and my color wasn't as great as yesterday - BUT - I'm not complaining. Still miles better than even 10 days ago (as you can see from the pics). I think this little flareup (tiny, really) - is owed to my recent laziness. I've been going to bed without washing my face (for shame!) and have even indulged in a little bit of alcohol and no-no foods like pizza and movie popcorn - but damn it I deserve a little indulgence! At this point - not that I'm going out o

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/24/12

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08/28/12

 

Day 17 (With Pics)

Skin continues to look good. A couple minor new actives, but nothing to write home about. This positive progression has gotten to the point where I may only update on this blog when something relatively interesting happens, haha. No new side effects today- continuation of lips starting to get dry, but nothing major. I've posted 4 pictures. The first two were taken on the morning of Day 7 (the day of the film shoot). The last two were taken today, Day 17. All pictures are me withou

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/23/12

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08/24/12

 

Day 15, 16

Skin continues to look great. While I did have 2 tiny new actives (one of them those annoying ones that's just above the lip and the other by my nose) - they were small to begin with and are almost completely gone now anyway. The new thicker texture to my skin has me looking A LOT less greasy. It seriously looks like I have new skin - especially when looking into mirrors with natural light. I kind of can't believe it. The red and brown scarring has also been fading dramatically... The

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/23/12

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08/23/12

 

Day 14

Not much to report. No noticeable side effects today. Had one new active, but very manageable (in chin area, where my bad breakout last week was). I've noticed that my skin's texture seems to be changing - as if it's thicker somehow. When I walk around outside now, it feels as though I've an invisible mask protecting my skin- whereas before, it felt completely susceptible to any environmental irritant and I could feel a new breakout forming. We'll see how this progresses. One oth

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/20/12

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08/21/12

 

Day 11, 12, 13

Been a busy last few days so haven't updated since Day 10. As it goes with journal writing, part of why I haven't written is because I've been quite happy - my skin's been *amazing* the last few days. Day 10 was really my last flare up - since then, I've only had 1 new active, which wasn't much to worry about. My color has been a LOT more even - to the point where it almost looks like I'm wearing foundation when I wake up. And even on the couple days where I was out and about in town, I

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/19/12

 

Day 10

One pack down! In other news: I think I may have jinxed myself when I mentioned how maybe not having side effects anymore meant that it wasn't working anymore - cos boy - today was chock-full of 'em! While my skin was a bit better today - I still got a couple (very painful) new spots on my chin. But even more painful was the swollen lymph node on my jaw line and the on and off earache and headache I had throughout the day. Was also majorly fatigued throughout most of today and had a sli

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/16/12

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08/17/12

 

Day 9

Skin gradually getting better, but had a bothersome new spot in my danger zone. My chin is still breaking out a lot with whiteheads (sigh) and the lymph node directly under my chin is sticking out because of it. Oh joy! Other than that - no other news. Side effects continue to be nil (because of which, I'm strangely starting to wonder if the meds are already not working!) Skin 4 new actives (1 large) cyst near eye the same skin a tad bit drier than normal Side effects

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/16/12

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08/16/12

 

Day 8

Hallelujah - my skin didn't feel like it was burning today! First time since Day 4. While I had a couple new actives - the ginormous spots on my chin calmed down a bit and I think they'll be totally gone in just a few days. Even though my skin still looked pretty bad today, I was able to go outside with a lot more confidence, not having to deal with that constant face-on-fire/my-entire-face-is-breaking-out feeling. So - definitely think the jojoba is just not for me (though I'm willing to us

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/14/12

 

Day 7

One whole week today!! Trying to be excited about it in the midst of my skin gradually getting worse and worse. Those 3 cysts are in fact not cysts - just really deep spots that keep turning into whiteheads - SIGH. Today's film shoot was an exercise in humility and tolerance - my skin today didn't feel like it was burning so much as one big festering open wound. I could feel myself breaking out everywhere - the extras for the film were made to wait in a VERY well-lit restaurant and it was al

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/13/12

 

Day 6

Bad news. I've got 3 new cysts on my chin. I've a feeling it's the jojoba oil. I went back to aveeno yesterday and my skin (while still feeling like it was burning) didn't break out this much. I figured it'd be ok to go back on the jojoba since the burning feeling didn't go away - but I've broken out more on both days I've used it, so I think I'm going to have to rule it out. Sigh. I had to go and buy some new clothes for tomorrow's film shoot - which brought me face to face with thos

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/12/12

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08/14/12

 

Day 5

My face was still burning this morning. Finally figured out that it wasn't the jojoba oil - it was being in direct sunlight for several hours yesterday - somehow didn't put two and two together about that - I suppose because it's only every full moon Ireland has a sunny day. So yup - it was sunlight. Have pretty sallow skin - so this is a new feeling... Skin continued to burn throughout today - switched back to aveeno today as I had a rather large function to go to and didn't want to risk

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/11/12

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08/12/12

 

Day 4

I woke up this morning with several whiteheads on my chin and the area around my nose feelng quite painful (because of new spots forming there). I tried using the jojoba oil for the first time today - it felt very greasy going on and my face felt like it was burning for most of the day, though strangely was less oily than usual. Towards evening, my face felt like it was on fire and as if I were forming several new painful spots... I've had to amend yesterday's post re: side effects. I we

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/10/12

 

Day 3

Today I woke up with the strangest of feelings: it felt like I had no new actives and that my skin wasn't oily at all. And sure enough! I only have 1 new active and the rest have already gone down dramatically from yesterday - not used to such rapid diminishing! That said, I had two quite painful headaches yesterday (of the pounding head variety) in the early afternoon and late evening - made sure not to take anything for them so I didn't overwhelm my liver. Today's been a bit better in term

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/09/12

 

Day 2

Hi Jay - thanks for the comment! I'd heard of the eye dryness side effect - just didn't think it would take effect so soon! Though it's calmed down already since yesterday. Day 2: woke up with 2 new active spots in my 'danger zone' = the sides of my nose and chin- as these are the most fertile breeding grounds for spots to grow roots. I meant to say that I'm also on Dianette - a birth control specifically designed to help with skin issues - which I've been on for the last 10 months or s

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/08/12

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08/09/12

 

Some More Background Info

While I never had severe cystic acne - like I said, it's been a ongoing, persistant problem for the last 17 years. I was never able to get an accutane prescription in the States - it was only til I moved to Ireland that my doctor suggested it because of the continued scarring (duh!) Of course it took a lot longer than I hoped to actually get the darn prescription here - much better than not getting it at all. My GP referred me to a derm back in January - my first appointment was then in April

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/07/12

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08/09/12

 

Day 1

Hello there. I'm a 28 year old woman starting Roaccutane for the first time. I figured I'd document my course of treatment to track my progress. I've mild acne, though it used to be much worse. I've had acne for 17 years now and am just kinda done with it! Though my skin's gotten better throughout the years - thanks in large part to this site - I still suffer daily breakouts and go through life constantly thinking/worrying about my skin. I've been put on 20mg and today is Day 1. I'm

tamerlane

tamerlane

08/07/12

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