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Just Began Accutane

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IntenseCow

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Hello all. I have just began taking Accutane (yesterday actually) and have found this site very helpful for advice and preparing myself for what is to come. A little bit about myself:

  • female
  • 23 years old
  • acne began around 18 years old
  • type of acne: moderate (and quite persistent) with occasional deep cysts
  • have tried just about every antibiotic, cream, and wash available

The plan is to update here throughout the treatment. For the time being, any past or present Accutane users have any tips or things they wish they would have known to start out the treatment?

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I'm nearly 3 weeks into my Accutane treatment, and I wasn't prepared for how sensitive my skin is. Make sure you wear a good, strong sunscreen EVERY DAY. Not even on sunny days either, wear it in cloudy, rainy, stormy days as well. I've forgotten to put it on twice, and both times I've ended up redder than a tomato.

Also, the initial breakout can be very depressing. I went through last week, and I have never ever felt so self conscious in my entire life! Not an easy treatment, but it will certainly be worth it.

Good luck with your treatment! I hope the side effects are minor for you. All the best x

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