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Accutane - My First Month



This site has been extremely helpful to me over the past few weeks. I've read multiple blogs from people who are taking Accutane and I've found everyone's logs to be a great source of support/encouragement.

I suppose I should start with a little bit of back-ground. I'm 25 years old and I've had mild/moderate acne for over ten years now. During my teenage years it was what one might expect going through puberty. When I moved into my twenties though, it started to get worse. The past few years it has left scarring and like everyone here I'm totally fed up.

I feel as though I have tried everything. I've seen so many dermatologists/doctors etc. Noone has had a lasting solution. Solodyn helped for a while but as soon as I stopped my acne began reappearing within the month.

Accutane was always my last resort. I try to avoid medication in general if I can and Accutane certainly isn't your basic kind of drug! In an ideal world I would have found a 'natural' solution to my problem buuut even vitamin A, zinc, a completely changed diet or organic washes/creams etc did not provide results.

SO, about five years later (the length of time I've been trying to find a solution in earnest) - here I am. One month into my Accutane treatment. I think the best way to describe how I feel right now is: cautiously optimistic.

In terms of negative side effects I have not noticed a major IB yet - which might be because I'm distracted by the fact that my skin is SO dry. It is literally falling off in huge flakey chunks. My lips, eyes, ears, legs, nose - EVERYTHING. My hands are so dry that I've developed an eczema like rash that is scabbing and flaking (I only bought moisturiser yesterday so this is all entirely my fault - I should have been better prepared). My nose is cracking and bleeding and no matter how much Aquaphor I put on my lips, they too, are a cracking peely mess.

But yes, despite the fact that probably a pound of dry skin has shed off my body this past month I am positive and excited to get to the end of month six! I have quite a lot of large pores on my nose and those already seem to be shrinking??

The only other side-effect of note is the joint/back pain. I move around like a 120 year old woman. I'm going to start going to this yoga stretching class at my gym to see if that helps to sort of loosen me up a bit.

Right now the products I'm using are:

Facewash: Alba Acnedote Face&Body Scrub

Moisturiser: Eminence Organics Sugar Plum Oil Free Revitaliser

Cover-up: Clinique Redness Solutions foundation

Hands/Body Cream: Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy

Does anyone have any good suggestions for a foundation? I find the Clinique doesn't go on as well anymore. Does anyone know of a moisturising foundation that won't aggravate things??

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Here's to positive end results!! :)

<3 Marii03


Hi there! I have been dry also but I'm defently controling it. The firtst thing I would suggest is using cetaphil cleanser and moisterizer. Is sounds like the stuff your using is to harsh at this time. I have been using citaphil since I started my Accutane treatment and I am dry but I'm not flacking. At night I extra moisterize and I use vasaline all over my body (it is messy) but it works! :boohoo: I literally put clobs up my nose to prevent the nose bleeds, which I had...I put it on my feet and then wear socks to bed to keep the moister in. I also put it all over my face, and during the day I carry a small travel size that I use as lip palm. And that has worked better then anything else I have tried. I apply a little all around my lips then apply a little lipstick on top and it looks great. For foundation I would recomend Mac liquid foundation, full coverage. It really covers the red, and irratitated skin. It also looks really good all day. I usually put my makeup on by 530 am and at 8pm when I'm washing my face it still looks flawless. And to take off your makeup- use the citaphil cleanser as well, it removes everything, even waterprof mascara without irritating your skin. I also recomend the blot powder from Mac as well. I use it if I feel I get a little shinny on the nose or forehead. And it does not look cacky, just very natural. I never leave my house without putting my foundation on. It is also has sunblock in it which helps a ton. I hope all this information helps. :D Good Luck!

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Thank you soo much for all those suggestions KC! I will go out to the shops on the weekend and get some Vaseline and Mac foundation :boohoo::D

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