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Half-way through my accutane treatment: an update



I am just about half way through my accutane treatment. I'm at 2 1/2 months and my derm estimates that I'll be on accutane a total of 5.

For anyone who hasn't been following my blog (or doesn't want to trek through all the hairy details!), I wanted to give a summary of my experience on accutane so far.

I started out at 40mg/day (at 125lbs) for the first two months and just bumped up to 30mg/twice a day for month three. I would say days 5 to 15 were the worst for me. I experienced horrible redness, itching, IB, you name it. I didn't want to leave the house for two weeks. As I moved through the first month, the side effects gradually began to subside. Looking back, I think a lot of my grief was caused by an allergic reaction to medicated lip balm in week 2 or 3. It was a miserable experience where most of the skin on my lips peeled off, I had an awful rash all over them, and they swelled to about 3xs their size. I blamed my misery on accutane, even though it was only indirectly involved :redface:

By month 2, things were much better. My skin really started to change for the better.

When my dosage was upped, all my side effects came back and I even had a bad breakout. I was afraid this would all last another month, but it was much less eventful than the first few weeks of accutane.

I've yet to be completely clear throughout these first two and half months, but things are getting a lot better-and not just because my skin is more clear, but it just looks so much better! The pores are much smaller, I have zero black heads anywhere on my face (even my nose) and none of those tiny little bumps that I used have all over my face. My skin has this glow to it that I've never had - even when I was young (or younger considering I'm only 26).

So far, I'm frustrated that I'm still breaking out, but I'm still loving accutane! Sometimes I forget what it was like to have extrememly oily, splotchy, horrible-looking skin. I know I still have a long way to go, but I think the end result is going to change my life!

For those in the beginning, stick with it. Tough it out. You'll be where I am in no time!


Thank you for this post! Its inspiring to hear encouraging words from someone who is further along in the treatment process :boohoo: And I'm so happy for you that things are going well! My dosage is going to be upped from 40mg to either 60 or 80mg at the end of the month, and I'm nervous and going through all of the initial side effects again. Its good to hear that yours came and went fairly fast with the increased dosage.Happy weekend! :D -Liz

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whoa!! im right about where you are just closed up my second month and onto my third! I haven't noticed too much progress, ive been feeling kinda down about all of it. My dosage is 60 mg a day, which is higher than what i started out on(45mg).I just hope to see more results soon because i heard the first 2 months are hell and then its suppse to get better...right? hahadang well congrats on the results! Im gonna keep an eye on you to see if you're doing well on accutane. I could use some advice about all of this because i feel pretty alone in this whole process:/anyway.. Have a great week!!benjamin.

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I felt pretty alone in the whole situation too--Acne.org has been a Godsend! I hope you start to see some progress soon--I know the entire process is different for everyone, but it seems like we all end up with the same results by the end of the treatment--perfect skin! Hang in there, I'll be rooting for you :boohoo:

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