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6 months post Accutane

Well here I am almost 6 months post Accutane and no cysts have occurred!! It is amazing. So happy I decided to use Accutane, I love the freedom of not having to deal and worry about acne. I get one or two teeny tiny pimples a month but other than that a clear face. The biggest thing is to not pick at any imperfection on my face. Sometimes a very small almost hive like bump will pop up but as long as I leave it alone, it's usually gone the next day. The hair is the same as my last post, I have be

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/19/18

 

The good and the not so good- 2 months Post Accutane

So I've been off Accutane for 2 months now and it's been interesting to see how some things have changed. The first thing I noticed was about 3 weeks after stopping Accutane my hair started getting oiler and oiler. I now can barely go without washing it every other day whereas on Accutane it was over 3 days. I was hoping it wouldn't go back to this but at least it's not as bad as before Accutane....yet. About a month after stopping Accutane, my face got oiler (though that could have been the ext

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

09/12/18

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10/04/18

 

8 Months

So I have officially been on Accutane for 8 months now. Cyst free for over 5 months! A couple weeks ago I decided to go down to 20mg (10mg in morning and 10 at night) as the sides of my mouth were so raw and peeling the size of a penny. I looked like the joker, haha, but really it wasn't funny. As soon as I decreased the dose, it healed up and so it will just take me a week or so longer to finish up my course. While my lips are super dry, the rest of my skin isn't and I just need my regular loti

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

06/04/18

 

7 Months

So it's been exactly 7 months since I first started Accutane. My doctor FINALLY realized the dose and length of time needed and so I have 2 more months to go. I have been clear (no cysts) since January and it is the best feeling ever. I actually have had the occasional nightmare about getting a cyst, shows how scared I am to go back to that life. My red marks have faded and the only place I use concealer now is under my eyes. It truly has transformed my life physically, emotionally and socially.

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

05/04/18

 

5 months 1 week

I continue to be cyst free! Since going off of Dianne 35 birth control 2 months ago I have noticed a couple of things; I am sweating more than I was and the odor is more potent however, my emotions are also much more stable and I've lost some weight. I also went up to 30mg a day about a month ago and I did notice a tiny push of black heads and a tiny back break out of little pimples. On 30mgs I have noticed lips are very dry and I got the cut in the side of my lips that is difficult to heal, it'

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

03/13/18

 

Week 17 or 4 months-

20mg in the evening and 10mg in the morning. No longer taking Dianne 35 In a few days it will be 4 months since I have been on Accutane and yes, I am now among those that am saying it works amazing and I wish I would have went on it sooner or that the doctors would have suggested it sooner. Even though I was just breaking out with cysts on my chin, it had damaged my self-esteem so bad that there were many days that I turned down opportunities and activities because of the way I looked. I thoug

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

01/31/18

 

Week 13

Week 13 - Just this week I started doing 20mg at night and 10 in the morning every other day and 10mg at night and 10mg in the morning the rest of the days. I hope to be at 30mg everyday within the next 2weeks.  So this was the first month that I was cyst free! It felt amazing to go through Christmas and New Years holidays with a cyst free face! I am not sure if my antibiotics from my kidney infection and then for after my surgery helped bring cyst free cause after being off of them for a wee

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

01/10/18

 

Week 10

Week 10- 20mg split dose, dianne 35 birth control, and antibiotics.  I've had to add some antibiotics this week as I have another kidney infection. I go for surgery next week on my kidney but they say there should be no interaction with Accutane and I can continue on it as is. Despite skin being dry and fragile, it is doing really good; no cysts, but the next 2 weeks will be the true test.  Only other symptoms this week are lips and eyes continue to be very dry. 

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

12/12/17

 

Week 9

Week 9 - 20mg split dose and Dianne 35 So it's been 2 months since I've started on this journey. While I still have got a cyst every month, it is better than the multiple ones I was having every month. My complexion as a whole has improved and while I am still getting the occasional teeny tiny pimple, they are now often small enough or go away fast enough not to pick. The dry skin and lips is a constant battle, especially in this dry winter weather. The new products continue to help though. Oth

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

12/06/17

 

Week 8

Week 8 - 20mg split does and dianne-35 birth control pill  I got so fed up with my dry skin that I got all new products. I got a serum and another intense moisturizer plus a very gentle exfoliator that I have been using when needed (usually every other day). I have noticed a big positive difference in my skin and it's too much of a coincidence with the new products. My skin is now more plump and soft and the tiny bumps went away. I have not noticed any breakout associated with moisturizing and

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/30/17

 

Most of week 7 - argh

Well I decided to write early because well, it's my birthday and what did I wake up to? A nice big, painful, deeply inflammed spot. Almost a month exactly since my last cyst. Didn't quite make it from period to period. I don't know whether to BP it or just leave it or what. I'm pretty disappointed. I was SOOOO hoping I was done with this. It doesn't seem as much of a solid nodule as before but who knows what time will bring. I realize it is only week 7 and break outs are still common and such bu

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/20/17

 

Week 6

Week 6 -20mg split dose and dianne 35 birth control   No new cysts! Definitely had spots that would have turned into cysts before but they were gone the next day. I'm hopeful this continues but scared to be hopeful because if I end up getting cysts again I will be devastated. It is quite interesting to see the changes in skin on a daily basis. A couple little spots pop up one day but are gone the next. My skin continues to be quite dry and flaky and so I have decided to very gently exfoliate ev

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/14/17

 

Week 5

Week 5 - 20mg split dose Well the good news is NO new cysts!! I was able to enjoy the busy weekend with minimal embarrassment. My old cyst  bumps continue to go down. The not so good news is my skin is so itchy and i'm getting almost hive like spots pop up more and more along my jaw line and neck and places I wouldn't have issues. I noticed that scratching them only makes them worse and they take quite a bit of time to heal so I am trying my hardest to keep my hands off. Speaking of keeping my

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/07/17

 

week 4

Happy Halloween! So I went to my doc and she said the 20mg is all she wants to do right now. I'm not sure if she is educated on the cumulative dosage, relapse rates etc and I wasn't in the mood at that moment to discuss with her and show research data. I am looking at a year if I stay at this dose as well as a higher rate of release according to the research. I'm ok with it for another month as my body continues to get used to the drug and minimizing breaking out but I want the best chance at

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

10/31/17

 

Weeks 1-3

Hey everyone, Just going to repost the description details in case anyone missed it and wanted the info: A few important details of my Accutane journey: 33 years old, 125pounds/56kg/ 5' 6" Starting off at 10mg Started taking Dianne 35 after realizing Alesse (which I started a few months ago) made my breakouts much much worse.  Been suffering from hormonal cystic acne for just over 10 years now. At first it was a couple a year and progressively has gotten to the point

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

10/23/17

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