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Day 114 - Journey Complete :)

I came off the medication for a week due to my chest infection, but came back on once it cleared up to finish the course. I have my final appointment tomorrow to get my post-treatment check up. All in all, it's been pretty smooth sailing for me. I still don't know if the medicine was behind taking a long time to recover from my chest infection, but aside from that it's been fine. Skin and lips have been dry, but not overly so. Nothing some lipsalve and a bit of moisturiser can't fix.

kevon

kevon

05/13/13

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05/14/13

 

Day 94 - Accutane - Chest Infection

With three weeks to go, the end seemed in sight. So from the title I'm not saying my chest infection was caused by accutane. However I'm unsure if it's contributing to me being so unwell. I got a cold about 2 weeks ago, and from that got a bacterial chest infection and infection in my trachea (tracheitis) from coughing so much. I'm on antibiotics which has stopped the symptoms such as coughing up blood (still coughing a lot though) but what has never happened to me before is the other ill e

kevon

kevon

04/23/13

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04/23/13

 

Accutane - Day 74 - Dry Nose!

So I’ve been on the Accutane for a good while now. Think I have about 6 weeks left to go, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. All in all it’s been good at treating my acne. I had a couple of zits come up recently which was odd because I haven’t had any new ones for weeks. Hoping that it’s a one off! They aren’t big ones at all, but they seem to take longer to come to a head, I guess it’s because there’s no oil or moisture on my skin. Skin is very dry, there was one point where

kevon

kevon

04/03/13

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04/04/13

 

Day 44 – Accutane – Update

So I’m now on Day 44 of my course, been on the full dose for nearly a couple of weeks now. So far, my skin is still really good. I have one spot at the moment and the rest is completely clear. Even the red marks that are left after you have a bout of acne have cleared which is great. Was concerned that I’d get another IB when I upped my dose but so far so good. On the side effects front, my main complaint is my stomach. I’ve always had light IBS, but assumingly the medicine is really not a

kevon

kevon

03/04/13

 

Day 32 – Accutane – Full Dose Time!

So yesterday I started my full dose of 70mg. I spoke to my dermatologist about how I’ve had some great effects from the lower dose and mentioned the possibility of staying on the 40mg dose if it was working. He said he’d be inclined to stick to the plan, which I was expecting. He said it was good that I’m not getting too many side effects and that’s normally a good indicator that I’m not going to suffer too much on the full dose, but when I have my review in another 4 weeks if that changes they

kevon

kevon

02/21/13

 

Accutane - Day 22 - Good Improvements, Some Side Effects

So I'm into my 4th week of Accutane. It's been pretty smooth sailing despite the bumpy start with my initial breakout. Start off the the positive, my skin is great! I'm surprised it's cleared so quickly that I'm thinking "this can't be it already". I still expect to get more breakouts particularly when I go to my full dose in a week or so's time (70mg, as opposed to the 40 I've been on now). In terms of side effects, I'm still pretty tired a lot of the time though it is passing and n

kevon

kevon

02/11/13

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03/21/13

 

Accutane - Day 16 - Tired...

Skin looking a lot better today, I'm surprised it's cleared up so fast considering how bad it was just a few days ago. I hope it's not the calm before another breaktout... Skin isn't too dry at the moment which is good. Little bit of moisturiser in the morning and before bed seems to be enough. Lips are a bit dry but nothing lipsalve can't fix. Things have definitely settled since last week, I wonder if my body is getting used to the 40mg dose. I have another couple of weeks or so o

kevon

kevon

02/05/13

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02/06/13

 

Accutane - Day 13 - Ib Fading

So this is me where I'm at today. As you can see my 'initial breakout' has calmed as quickly as it came (praying this continues, though I expect another one in a fortnight when I up my dose). I only have a couple of 'active' ones at the moment, all the other ones are dead. Other than that, no side effects. My skin doesn't even feel too dry today which is odd, though was a bit dry yesterday. I also don't know if it's the medication or over-analysing but I do feel quite tired despite getting

kevon

kevon

02/03/13

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03/21/13

 

Accutane - Initial Breakout! - Day 8 (Pic Included)

Good lord - I thought I was getting away with the side effects but apparently not. First few days were fine. Then I started noticing around Day 4 my skin was starting to go red - it kind of looked like sunburn, and felt exactly like it too (a bit stingy when applying moisturiser). Didn't look too bed just like I'd been in the sun. Dry lips generally kept a bay with chapstick, but if I don't apply it I could feel it starting. Day 6 was when I started getting what I presume is my 'init

kevon

kevon

02/03/13

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02/14/13

 

Background - Why I'm Taking Accutane

I am currently a couple of weeks into my course but I have been keeping a log so I will post the entries up til where I am now! So, a bit of background, I have intermittent acne, in that I always have a few spots, with the occasional really bad breakout. It comes in waves for me. I've had this since I was about 12. I have always thought I will wait and see if I grow out of it. Here I am, 15 years later and no different. In recent years I've had acne on my scalp, and when it got so bad that

kevon

kevon

02/03/13

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