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Week 1, Day 1

Allie C


Well, It's finally the day I get started.

A little history-

My name is Allie, I am 24 years old and I have been dealing with hormone related cystic-acne for about 10 years. When I was 14 I got on accutane for the first time and I was on it for 5 months. It worked for a couple of years but in my late teens and early 20's my cysts came back with a vengeance. They only occur on my chin or right about my top lip. I have never in my life had a blemish on my face about my mouth. It's very strange. My reason for getting on accutane is that my cysts are not small and they are extremely painful and they are constantly around. The scarring is even worse then the actual bumps.

I work as a professional cheerleader and having a messed up face really hinders me from feeling as confident as I would like. SO, here I am...1 pill deep.

I'm thinking I will start increasing my water intake and start using the Carmex or Aquaphor on my lips tomorrow. Can anyone make some suggestions on if I should be moisturizing my face during this process? Is it best to let it dry out?

I don't even remember my first round of accutane so I would love people telling me what to expect.




Best of luck on your course, Allie, hope it works for you! :)

If you're looking for tips and advice on products to use to help you get through the course as comfortably as possible, have a look at the message board and check the Accutane posts: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/forum/46-accutane-posts/ and the Accutane logs: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/forum/36-accutane-logs/

The logs especially are worth a look, great for getting a clear idea of what people experience and how things progress on Accutane.


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Hey, hope this course will finally kick those cysts in the a$$$$$$$$!!!

You definitely need a goooood moisturizer. No, don't let your face "dry out." If you don't moisturize, your face might crack and bleed probably and hurt to move it. That was my experience on accutane at least. But like you, I don't really remember it. I used eucerine intensive repairing lotion (it's horribly thick) and would apply a thick layer at night on my face, and wake up in the morning with my face still dry!

Now, everything listen in eucerine lotion is horrible. You could try the sensitive face lotion w spf 30. I don't know your budget or what moisturizers you use, but I've been using Pratima's products for about 2 months now. This moisturizer is seriously the only one that doesn't give me clogged pores. I don't care about that crap that so many labels have "non-comodegenic" because I had so many black heads and clogged pores right in my T-zone. Pratima doesn't use any preservatives or silicones, and my skin LOVES it. i'm not sure if it will be moisturizing enough on accutane, but it may be worth a shot. Good luck!!! use this site all you need as a resource!

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Best of luck Allie, I know it will all get better. I really wish people could understand the horrible emotions that come along with acne.. Like you ive been dealing with it for so long, I have these phases where its all gone and everything is great, then it all creeps back AT ONCE. I wish you luck with your treatment, you're beautiful!

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