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Day 180 - End Of Month 6

I haven't had a painful cyst or whitehead in over 1 month!! Definitely took me a full 5 months to clear. I still get small noninflamed pimples, which don't bother me too much. Maybe one a week or every other week. Red marks are SLOWLY lightening. I started using Elta MD UV clear spf with niacinamide in it, which supposedly helps to decrease redness and irritation. It is a good sunscreen that has not broken me out. My derm said sunscreen is important to prevent the hyperpigmentation from worsenin

lilem13

lilem13

04/24/14

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04/28/14

 

Day 127...month 5.

I haven't posted for a while because not much has changed. I switched to Absorica a little over a month ago and noticed a little bit more joint discomfort and some dryer skin/lips. I continue to break out pretty consistently. They are still spots under the skin that turn into inflammed, painful whiteheads. Pretty rare that I get a cyst. I do get some smaller whiteheads that go away pretty fast. The hyperpigmentation is just awful. My derm still thinks i'm having too much activity for this late i

lilem13

lilem13

03/03/14

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03/03/14

 

Not Absorbing?

I saw my derm this morning and she suspects i'm not absorbing the accutane well. She said I should be more red, dry and definitely noticing a decrease in breaking out at this point. She is switching me to the brand absorica, which can be taken without regards to meals. She said I should see changes within 10 days. Sounds like i'll be on it for another 3 months, which sucks. Anyway will post next week if anything exciting happens.

lilem13

lilem13

01/16/14

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01/19/14

 

Day 79. Week 11-12

Not much new to report. Have 11 days left in month 3. Still breaking out. Will have a few good days where I don't break out, followed by a few bad days. Have a lot of under the skin bumps that will likely turn into pimples in the next few weeks. Side effects are pretty minimal thankfully. See my derm on Thursday. Not sure if i'll be increased from 60 to 80 mg. Still waiting for that miracle that everyone talks about...

lilem13

lilem13

01/15/14

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01/15/14

 

Day 52 (Week 8)

Not much new to report. Stilllllll breaking out. Nose is covered in what looks like whiteheads, it is gross. Have 8 more days until I start the 3rd month and increase from 40 mg to 60 mg. Chest breakouts are clear already thankfully. Face is noticeable more red, flush pretty easily and acne scars/hyperpigmentation are very apparent. Also still super dry and flaky. Other than face looking rough, feeling ok. Happy holidays & new year everyone! Hoping 2014 brings clear skin to all of us accutan

lilem13

lilem13

12/19/13

 

Day 44 (Week 7)

Saw Derm today (early due to the holidays). Will be increasing my dose to 60 mg for the third month. Now I'm scared about another flare! At least I'm nearing the 3rd month so hopefully things are calm. I'm continuing to break out. Have about 2-4 actives at any given time. Still getting about a cyst/week. Today I also noticed that my chest is breaking out! I haven't had acne there ever. Is this normal? Tried to get some makeup but unfortunately too dry & flaky. Ended up getting tal

lilem13

lilem13

12/11/13

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12/12/13

 

Start Week 6. Month 1 Over!

Finished my first month, which was not fun!! Will be taking 40 mg again for the second month. Thankfully that initial breakout has calmed down. Have a lot of post inflammatory marks that will probably take forever to fade. Also still breaking out. Currently have 3 actives and for some reason accutane has to make them bigger, redder and painful. I'm so tired of waking up with new pimples!! My dermatologist said that things really get better between the 2nd and 3rd month. So i'm waiting patiently.

lilem13

lilem13

12/04/13

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12/11/13

 

Start Of Week #4

Well what I thought was the initial breakout was nothing compared to the actual initial breakout. It started on Day 20 and it's rough!! Everything is large, red, inflamed & painful! My acne is 100x worse than before I started. Of course, I am away at a conference for work. Tough to face my colleagues looking like this. Thankfully, my Derm prescribed a prednisone taper and azithromycin today. Hoping this kicks in quickly. She says that this can happen. I don't quite understand why it happens

lilem13

lilem13

11/19/13

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12/05/13

 

Start Of Week 3.

The first month is definitely rough! New spots show up fast - what feels like overnight. Some heal quickly and others unfortunately are taking about a week; leaving yet another red mark. Trying not to pick or obsess as much as possible. Fortunately was able to get 4 cortisone shots before a wedding this weekend, which definitely helped. Wish I could just get inflamed pimple injected! As far as side effects, skin is getting very dry and flaky. Started using cetaphil cream. Chapped lips still

lilem13

lilem13

11/11/13

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11/12/13

 

Week 2 - Day 10

Definitely breaking out. Seems like things are surfacing quickly. Have about 2-3 very inflamed spots & many potentials, which stresses me out! As far as side effects, chapped lips (controlled with aquaphor & carmex) & flaky skin on chin and around nose. Minor joint pain (r knee). It's tough but I keep telling myself it has to get worse before better, I'm doing everything I can and it's only temporary. Unfortunately have a wedding this weekend. Seeing my Derm tomorrow for a cortisone

lilem13

lilem13

11/07/13

 

Week 1 Of Accutane (Claravis) 40 Mg

Have been reading a lot of blogs prior to starting my treatment and thought it would be therapeutic to write about my accutane adventures... I am a 31 year old female, with mild to moderate, persistent hormonal type acne (pustules/whiteheads mostly located around my mouth and on chin). My acne was controlled on Spironolactone 100 mg daily but was told by my dermatologist last March that I did not need it anymore. Starting in May, I would get one whitehead/pustule a month. In August, I noti

lilem13

lilem13

11/03/13

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11/05/13

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