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Day 39

Thanks rsa, I guess it's hard for me to tell because I see myself everyday.

So, my face looks terrible today. It's really sore, but I did pick a little :naughty: Skin is still really itchy, but as long as I keep lotion on it's manageable. Not much to report. I wasn't as tired today because I drank a Red Bull and I think it helped! I never drink them so I thought I would try them before I go back to my second interview with the company. A little research! Is anyone experiencing hair loss? I don't know if I am imagining it all, but I think my hair is looking thin on top. I need advice!

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Daroy99-- Thanks! We have got to stop picking :naughty: it's terrible for our faces.

Day 42

Skin looks pretty bad today. I think it is because I have been falling asleep with my make up on. I am not going to do that anymore. My lips are pretty dry and I couldn't find my Aquaphor for like two days. I thought I was going to die. Yes, I am an addict of Aquaphor! My arms are so dry and I can't stop scratching them. I have several scabs on both arms from scratching so much. I have got to go to WalGreens tonight and find something to fix this. Pretty tired today also.

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Daroy99-- Thanks! We have got to stop picking :naughty: it's terrible for our faces.

Day 42

Skin looks pretty bad today. I think it is because I have been falling asleep with my make up on. I am not going to do that anymore. My lips are pretty dry and I couldn't find my Aquaphor for like two days. I thought I was going to die. Yes, I am an addict of Aquaphor! My arms are so dry and I can't stop scratching them. I have several scabs on both arms from scratching so much. I have got to go to WalGreens tonight and find something to fix this. Pretty tired today also.

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Keep the faith!! I admire you so much to try accutane, it's the one thing I've been too scared of trying... Thanks for your blog, it motivates me a lot :angel:

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AcneProne-- Yeah I know it's really bad to sleep with makeup on and my face shows it in the morning! I am trying really hard not to do that anymore. I have put Aquaphor on my arms before and it does work, but about the same as lotion. I think Aquaphor is best for your lips for sure. It's amazing on your lips.

Mylle- Thanks, Accutane can be scary, but once you start it there really is nothing to be scared of. A huge majority of people only get the common side effects of dryness and not the scary ones that can happen.

Day 43

I think I am having another IB! My face is terrible today and I couldn't help but to pick at it. I mean it is bad. I just felt disgusting today. Also, I have a water aerobics class and the chlorine in the pool is killing my face. Dry, dry, dry! So tonight I came home and took a bath with softener in it and exfoliated my whole body. I put on self tanner since I've been getting so white from not being in the sun. I feel a lot better about myself now. I think I neglect my looks sometimes and get in a rut. As soon as I start doing things to make myself look better I instantly feel better. Well, my friends are all trying to get me to go out tonight no matter how much I tell them I don't want to. I'm sure you all understand with the break out and not drinking thing, going out isn't the same as it used to be. But, I am not going to be a hermit so here I go to put on many layers of makeup and make myself presentable

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AcneProne-- Yeah I know it's really bad to sleep with makeup on and my face shows it in the morning! I am trying really hard not to do that anymore. I have put Aquaphor on my arms before and it does work, but about the same as lotion. I think Aquaphor is best for your lips for sure. It's amazing on your lips.

Mylle- Thanks, Accutane can be scary, but once you start it there really is nothing to be scared of. A huge majority of people only get the common side effects of dryness and not the scary ones that can happen.

Day 43

I think I am having another IB! My face is terrible today and I couldn't help but to pick at it. I mean it is bad. I just felt disgusting today. Also, I have a water aerobics class and the chlorine in the pool is killing my face. Dry, dry, dry! So tonight I came home and took a bath with softener in it and exfoliated my whole body. I put on self tanner since I've been getting so white from not being in the sun. I feel a lot better about myself now. I think I neglect my looks sometimes and get in a rut. As soon as I start doing things to make myself look better I instantly feel better. Well, my friends are all trying to get me to go out tonight no matter how much I tell them I don't want to. I'm sure you all understand with the break out and not drinking thing, going out isn't the same as it used to be. But, I am not going to be a hermit so here I go to put on many layers of makeup and make myself presentable

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Hey Lauren-

I am on day 46 or so and I am totally having another IB as well. My chin, which was starting to look somewhat good just a few days ago, has gone completely crazy again. I haven't really been updating my log because I am too depressed about the state on my face. Plus my chin is really sore and dry, but still erupting in these nasty whiteheads and bumps. I don't know what to do because it's flaking off like crazy so I can't cover it up, but whenever I use a thicker moisturizer to help stop some of the flakes I totally break out more. I just want us both to get better. I am tired of feeling bad about myself. Good luck.

Emily

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Thanks AcneProne--

Emily-- Are we the same person or what? I am flaking too, but keep breaking out. When will this end. I thought my face was getting better for a while then out of nowhere, Bam! Ugh... What can we do, huh...

Day 44

Same thing today: my skin is flaking, but horribly broken out. I'm tired and moody. Goodnight

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Hey Lauren! It's been a while since I've checked your log! How is the hair loss thing going? That is my biggest fear. Do you know wethere or not if you experience hair loss, will it go back to it's normal state once the Accutane treatment is complete? Anyway congrats on your pretty skin - your updated picture looks great :clap: ! I just started my first dose yesterday!! They put me on 40mg 2x a day for a total of 80mg. I hope that's the right doseage for me... it seems a little high! Good luck this week and I'll be sure to track your log!

xoxo Katy

PS: I read that you are not supposed to exfoliate while on Accutane. It was in a pamphlet my derm gave me about Accutane. I'm not sure :shrug: . Did you notice any irritation or any problems?

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KatyLady-- Thanks for the compliment on my skin, although everyday is something new. Some days are good and some are bad. No consistancy. :confused: As for hair loss, my mom is a hair stylist and she just visited with me and did my hair. She said it all looked about the same before I started Accutane except for one spot near my crown. She siad it was looking a little bare, almost like alopecia (sp?). I exfoliated because the skin all over my body felt just ruddy and gross. I felt great afterwards and had no irritation.

Day 53

It's been a little while since I have updated, sorry. My skin is looking okay I guess. I have a few actives, but mostly just red marks from old ones and bumps under the skin that haven't made their way up yet. My lips are still really dry and so are my arms. Everything else is about the same. Still thinking my dosage should be higher. Is 30 mgs really enough for me? Oh, also, I used to be so tan and now I am back to my natural pale skin and I am disgusted with it. I am just not one of those people who look good with light skin. Once this is all over I don't want to hurt my new pretty skin with tanning beds though. Ugh....

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heyy glad you are doing well.. definitely dont go tanning after... i used to go all the time before i broke out and when i stopped is when i broke out .. miss being tan but clear skin is more important.

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Well congrats on everything! :D It sounds great! I'm starting to realize that the benefits of being tan are very slim. My father is dealing with skin issues and possible cancerous places on his face. They had to cut out a few spots, just to be sure. It's not something you can visually see either! So be healthy and use something like Jergens Ultra Glow Daily Lotion! I'm sure you look great! Good luck for the rest of this week! I want to be on Day 53 too!! :D

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Hey Lauren,

I've been meaning to check out your log, but I kept getting side-tracked... :)

WOW - day 53, that's awesome! I can't wait till I'm on day 53, I'm 37 days behind you. lol

I think it's sooo worth it to give up tanning beds for clear skin!!

Robyn

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Don't worry girls, it goes by so fast we'll all be done with it sooner than we think.

Day 59

Everything is going pretty good. I keep getting compliments on my skin from people that have known me for a long time and know the acne that I have suffered. I still have a lot of red marks from old pimples that left discoloration, but I am hoping when I am done with accutane the derm can help me get rid of those some how. I have a new developement which I think is eczema. I am sooooo itchy and dry and now I have patches of skin that are red or skin colored. They feel rough and are really itchy. Yuck! Anyone have suggestions?

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Don't worry girls, it goes by so fast we'll all be done with it sooner than we think.

Day 59

Everything is going pretty good. I keep getting compliments on my skin from people that have known me for a long time and know the acne that I have suffered. I still have a lot of red marks from old pimples that left discoloration, but I am hoping when I am done with accutane the derm can help me get rid of those some how. I have a new developement which I think is eczema. I am sooooo itchy and dry and now I have patches of skin that are red or skin colored. They feel rough and are really itchy. Yuck! Anyone have suggestions?

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Day 63

My lips are so dry today. I have to apply chap stick all the time. My face is pretty broken out right now, but I think it is just because it is close to TOM... at least it's not breaking out all the time now. Those compliments on my skin are still rolling in. A girl who suffers from acne really bad is now going on accutane because she sees the difference in my skin. Glad I can be of help to others who have acne. I am super tired, but it is probably because I am working two jobs and a full time student. I think I am going to Ulta tonight to find some better facewash and moisturizer because the cetaphil just isn't cutting it and it is irratating my skin even more. I am going to update pictures monday!

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Hey Lauren,

Have you tried Avene's line of moisturizer/cleanser called "Clean-Ac"? I was sooo happy that I found this stuff. It's amazing!! It gets rid of all the flakes and is non-irritating! It's actually made for people who are undergoing acne treatments like Accutane that dry out the skin. I'm inlove with this stuff!!

OMG - that just sounded like an ad. I swear, I don't work for them. LOL

Robyn

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Day 99

I know it's been a long time since I have posted. My face was clearing up great until I switched birth control to Yaz and now my face is pretty broke out. I am hoping my body adjust to the hormones and my face will clear back up. I go in the morning to get I think my third month blood work. Last time I was in there he told me my cholestorol was 230 which is not good. I hope it will go down with this diet I am on so I can continue on my path to clear skin! I wanted to post pics, but my face looks so bad right now I don't want to discourage those of you who have just started. I know it will clear up soon! I will post up pics as soon as it heals a little. I have had the most stressful month, but hopefully I can start posting regularly again. Best wishes everyone!

Lauren

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hey!

so, i've been considering going on accutane...and am going to see my doc tomorrow about what i should do with my skin (augh).

however, my post wasn't really supposed to be about that.

if you are still struggling with itchy skin...sarna lotion is truly a godsend. i got sunburned once to the point of sun poisoning, and when my skin started flaking and itching hellaciously, sarna was the only thing that helped. i wouldn't use it on my face...but it should truly help with other areas.

good luck!

cheers,

kristen

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