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G's Accutane log (start Feb 1st)

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Sooo.. After having fought mild acne for about 3-4 years it finally started to up its game about 4-5 months ago. My brother and Sister both have recommended i go on Accutane since they both experience moderately sever acne as well (damn genetics!) and have both gone it as well.

So I got an appointment with our *family dermatologist, and he recommended i go on accutane right away to avoid serious scarring (like my dad has). So about a month later after blood tests i got my prescription Today and will be starting on Monday (after an intense weekend of binge drinking).

I know many people here have had their accutane experience and I just wanted to know your thoughts on what cleanser and moisturizers i should use, I am currently using the acne.org regimen but im on my last drop of treatment and my derm recommends i use spectrogel.

Any advice?

:(

p.s ill probly be uploading pictures the day I start to keep kind of a diary

dayy 1.......................................... :(

http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy229/g...01100953-01.jpg

http://s794.photobucket.com/albums/yy229/g...current=meg.jpg

UPDATE: before & after

http://s794.photobucket.com/albums/yy229/g...;current=ba.jpg



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our stories seem pretty similar. I have had two brothers and a sister go on accutane - and my dad has acne scarring which was the reason my derm put me on accutane. I'm a 19 year old male and have been on accutane for 6 months. I have two weeks left to go (I started on a low dose my first month which is why my course was a little longer than normal). I recommend cetaphil cleanser or eucerin redness relief cleanser. A lot of people recommend cetaphil moisturizer, I like eucerin moisturizer. A lot of people also use cerave moisturizer. Idk if one is really better than the other, but one of those three should be good for you. Get a good lip balm/moisturizer. I use vaseline (petroleum jelly) and dr. dans cortibalm. A lot of people use aquaphor for their lips. Good luck on your course. Don't get discourage - I didn't really clear until around month 4!

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Ya that is kinda strange, im also starting out at 40mg and im not looking forward to 6 months, but as long as I clear up ill be happy. I'll definitly give those a try, thanks for your post! :-

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Day 1Popped my first pill this morning... I'm taking 40 mg every morning and every other night.I'm not looking forward to not drinking, but hey, wants to drink first year of college? but im sure it'll be worth it in the long run.Should i keep using my ance.org cleanser and moisturizer till I run out or switch right away?Just took a before picture, I tryed to get some nice harsh lighting so it makes my final picture look even better, I think its called the proactiv effect.[post=http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy229/gm0ss/0201100954-00.jpg]*day 1* :-

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Day 2Nothing realy to comment on, got some nice big pimps on my cheeks but they started before I began.Is it alright to take a multivitamin and mineral while on Accutane, I wanna take it becasue it has biotin and zinc and all that fun stuff, theres no vit A but im not sure if it will conflict at allanybody got some advice? :-

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Hey there! You started one day before me. I asked my derm about vitamins and as long as you are avoiding Vit A you're good to go! I'm taking a B-Complex with Zinc for stress control, Vitamin E for obvious reasons, and Fish Oil to combat the inevitable joint pain.Just think of all the bad decisions you're going to miss out on this year due to not drinking :- Wishing you the best!Sarah

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Hey there! You started one day before me. I asked my derm about vitamins and as long as you are avoiding Vit A you're good to go! I'm taking a B-Complex with Zinc for stress control, Vitamin E for obvious reasons, and Fish Oil to combat the inevitable joint pain.Just think of all the bad decisions you're going to miss out on this year due to not drinking :) Wishing you the best!Sarah
Yea I think I have the same stressease formula, im gonna look into that fish oil becasue I hear it great.And dont remind me! I could be making bad decisions right now!Thanks for you're response, it was very helpfull! :-

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Day 4My skins starting to get a little flaky today, not too bad tho, I had to jog a bit today and my knees killed, not sure if its the tane or the fact that i havent been very active n a hwile. I cant wait to get over this acnee!!! it drivin me clazzy..

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I had trouble with the drinking thing at first, but got used to it. It kind of sucks, but I just think about getting clear and it makes not drinking easier. I am kind of pissed that I can't do anything big for my 21st bday but oh well, nothing i can do!In terms of moisturizers I use Cetaphil...it's honestly the best lotion I've ever used--it works very well to bring moisture to the face and it doesnt make you break out. It's not a heavy lotion either, and it doesn't take a lot of it at all to stop dryness.I take vitamins as well--multi, b-6, b12, c, d, and calciumanyways....good luck!!!

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I had trouble with the drinking thing at first, but got used to it. It kind of sucks, but I just think about getting clear and it makes not drinking easier. I am kind of pissed that I can't do anything big for my 21st bday but oh well, nothing i can do!In terms of moisturizers I use Cetaphil...it's honestly the best lotion I've ever used--it works very well to bring moisture to the face and it doesnt make you break out. It's not a heavy lotion either, and it doesn't take a lot of it at all to stop dryness.I take vitamins as well--multi, b-6, b12, c, d, and calciumanyways....good luck!!!
yea I think ill get over it, my first weekend was alright. ill give that cetaphil a try cuz im starting to dislike this acne.org moisutreizer. Thanks for your reply!

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Day 7Well pretty much one week down, my skins definitly getting dryer and my face is getting realy flaky/ kind of peeling, it also looks a little like iv been in the sun. ive been applying lots of lip chap and I dont know if its all that moisturizer or if my lips are getting drybut they feel weird. Im getting a new lip balm Aquafor something that my sis uses. Iv also been getting slight headaces that are annoying so iv been drinking lots of water which im not sure helps or not.im still not sure whether im having my IB or not but its a definite possibility.I cant wait for CLEAR SKIN again.

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Day 11Im just sarting to appreciate the fact that I started on the 1st of the month becasue every time I make a log I always know what day im on, and it also always helps me remember what the date is. Its realy a win win sitiation.Soo... I was gonna write one of these urvy day but theres just nothing to comment on. My skin just looks quite bad right now and seems realy red, my skin is dry but the second I put my moisturizer on it feels reaaally oily and uncomfortable all day. I get light headaches occasionaly but I think its only the days I take 2 pills instead of 1. I got the dry lips goin on becasue im just using chapstip for the moment so i have to apply it like 50 time a day I think. My eyes are dry occasionaly but I still dont have eye drops becase I forget to pick some up. I lost my lip chap last night before i washed my face and I was goin crazy tll the morning. Im also getting a lot of pimples around my jaw line, it seems to be a common thing...Not drinking SUCKKKS! if you didnt notice you could understood all of this by just reading the bold words :-

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Ah - I know about the drinking. Made the mistake of doing so myself last night and ended up feeling stoned instead of drunk. NOT recommended.

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Day 24sooo its been a while since my last update,hasnt been too much to comment on, my skin ist too dry and doesnt bother me much, my lips are dry but not too bad. Im pretty sure my hair is getting quuuuite thin, as well as my eyebrows :s :- hopefully it doesnt get too bad.... I have my next derm apointment on march 8th i think, and ill probly get a higher dosage. I drank last weekend, i didnt get wasted but I was feeling pretty good, it was my friends 19th birthday and i just couldnt miss it, im not gonna make it a regular thing obviously. Just found out a couple of days ago that one of my newer friends went on accutane years ago and i he doesnt have bad scarring or anything, so that was interesting. I think im gonna start drinking those green smoothies i read about in some other blog for breakfast, the ones that have spinach and crazy stuff like that in it. I could use the nutrition.My skins looking pretty much the same, I think my old red marks are fading a bit but nothing worth taking a picture for.Geeeeeee

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Im going to Punta Cana on Sunday(yay), anybody have have any advice on sunscreen or ways to not get my skin burnt off? :-

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Day 57So its definitly ben a moth since my last post and theres definitly nt too much gwannin,My face seems to be less red I think, i'll probly take a picture since it been forever. I just looked at my older picture and i was just like shiiii that sucks.I realy wanna cut my hair because I think I look dumb with longer hair but im afraid my hair will look super thin... so I donno what im gonna doo. :unsure:This month just flewww by it seems like yesterday I was picking up my second prescription, and my blood test came back A ok so thats gooood

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