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my accutane log :)

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I took my first pill this morning :)

is anyone else paranoid that the generic version of accutane doesn't work as good? i know, it's silly. but yes, i did call the pharmacy (i'm a f'ing geek) & tell them i only want the real version, but it wasn't there, so i had to get the generic. i asked them if it was the same thing and they said yes, that it's the law for them only to carry like legit generics. drrr. i just needed some reassurance. anyway i hope this goes smoothly for me!! i have a really sensitive stomach, and i alwaysss get some sort of reactions to anything new that i try. i break out in hives like nobody's business soooooo.... we'll see.

:)

wish me luck! i'll take & current pictures tomorrow when i go back to my apt where my camera is.

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Hey good luck with your course and I am taking Claravis an accutane generic brand and I think it works just fine. I mean my lips are dry as all heck so that means it is working. My skin is doing pretty good too so in my opinion the generic works just fine, plus you save money with buying the generic.

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DAY 3!

i am soo happy whenever i pop one of those pills :) i can't believe i am FINALLY on it! i've tried SO LONGG to be on accutane.

i'm losing my health insurance in about a week because school is starting and i'm going back down to part time at my job & losing my benefits.. i don't know what to dooo!

my derma was originally going to prescribe me prednisone for the first couple months along with accutane so i didn't get a bad breakout at first. but, she said it probably wasn't necessary because my skin has been really good lately, and i guess the more you have your acne under control when you begin accutane, the better it's going to look during the beginning of your course. she said if i do start breaking out bad she'd give me prednisone.

i'm also really scared about my triglyceride levels, because they are already wicked high. does anyone think it will help if like every week before my blood tests i eat a lot of oatmeal and stuff???

this is hard for me because i don't really have my family to back me up. my dad is really really against me taking this medication.... but my boyfriend is supportive so that's good i guess.

my skin is the same.. i have no cysts right now but i have a lot of like, under the skin bumpy things. as alwayssssssss. when i try to pop them (I SHOULD KNOW BETTER BY NOW THAT NOTHING REALLY COMES OUT) it just makes it scabby, then i get impatient and keep peeling off the dry scabiness. so yeah i have like 3 of those.

i'll take pictures when i buy batteries :doh:

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DAY 10!!!!!!!

let's see. i am going to attach a couple pictures of my skin that i took this morning. it looks the same as when it did before i started my course. spiro pretty much got it under control. here is the good news: since my acne is hormonal, right before my period i always break out in 1 or 2 cysts, no matter what pill or cream i'm on. WELL, i started my period 4 days ago & NO CYSTS CAME OUT!!!!! yay!

bad news: i'm losing my health insurance.............. wtf am i going to do??????

i woke up with a headache the other day & it lasted all day & i couldn't get rid of it. accutane related? probably- i barely ever get bad headaches. hmm. oh yeah & my lips are chapped.

right now the only thing on my face really bugging me is a small red spot because i picked at a spot & now it's all dry :wacko:

IT SUCKS NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TANNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have been using dove's energy glow crap but it's not the same!

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DAY 11

my skin looks good today! not much oil, no read marks really. i have barely any powder on. i woke up with another pounding headache that lasted for hours. that's like, my 4th one so far.. it's annoying..other than that, my lips are chapped & that's it. the only thing i'm worried about right now is being able to pay for next's months stuff! i'm losing my health insurance in a week.. so i don't know what i'm giong to do... but i'll figure it out. work my ass off i suppose & devote my paychecks to my prescription & dr visits! it's worth it to me y'knoww?

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9/8

my skin is so greattttt right now :dance:

here is my previous ruitine for when i stay the night at my boyfriend's house:

he wakes me up & i hide my mouth/chin parts of my face (that's where i always break out) under the blanket until i'm ready to get up. then i run to the bathroom w/ my toothbrush, hiding my concealer under my toothbrush in my hand & proceed to cover up certain spots so i feel comfortable walking around & stuff w/ him around the house in the morning (yes this behavior continues even after years of dating). later when i take a shower i lock the door so i can have privacy while i do my morning process (washing, exfoliating, examining up close in a mirror, picking, peeling, etcccc).

HERE IS MY NEW RUITINE:

GET UP

DON'T HIDE MY FACE

GO DOWNSTAIRS WITHOUT PUTTING ANYTHING ON

PUT MY FACE UP CLOSE TO MY BOYFRIEND'S W/OUT CARING

can you believe itttttttt!!!!!!!???

i have dry lips. it's annoying because i tend to want to pick off the dry skin instead of keeping them hydrated with my aquaphor. gotta work on that. my i do slather it on as much as i can stand it.

my eyes are so red & dry i've had to wear my glasses the past couple days & leave my contacts out..

weird thing: for the past few days, my skin has been like, flushed or something. like it's pink- especially my cheeks.. it looks like i've been tanning, or in the sun a littleee too long, or like i just ran a couple miles. but i have not been doing any of that. howeverr it's not bad. i actually don't mind it because i'm so pale right now.

i am pretty sure this luck streak of fabulous skin won't last the whole course. so i'm bracing myself but enjoying this for now.

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Wow I don't see any acne. That's awesome. I wish I was having as good luck as you. I can't wait to have my dosage upped! I think my derm was so cautious since I was all nervous about side effects so she only gave me 30mg and I weigh more than you too. Here I am close to finishing my third week wishing I was slightly more dry. I love my scalp though it's so dry but not too dry! I wish my forehead (where I have no acne but seems to be more oily than my cheeks, where I do have acne) would dry up a bit more. Oh well. Will see the derm in about 2 weeks. I hope she'll put me on 60mg or 70mg. Anyways, sorry for the rant haha. Good luck!

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Sophiena! Your skin already looks terrific so Im sure tane will take care of the problem for u for good!!

Im glad ur gaining more confidence around your boyfriend too :)

Enjoy your skin and hopefully its just uphill from here on!

Thanks for the advice on my guy situation too -- I think I'll just let him know Im in town and see what he says. I miss him!

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YAY Sophiena =)

Grats that accutane is working for you. Although you've only taken it for a couple of weeks now, lets pray that it stays consistent and does its job. =)

I actually saw your pics and I'll be totally honest... YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL SKIN~! as it is....sigh...if I had skin like yours, I wouldn't worry about acne. That shows how bad my skin is right now, but whatever makes you happy =P

Please keep me posted. I am very anxious/nervous about popping my first pill in about a week. Yikes.

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day 15

i'm in the process of trying to post a few pictures of myself as of this morning...i can't f'ing figure it out so i'm going to put them on photobucket.

i have no makeup on- except i just dabbed a little bare mineral's Bisque (it's like a powder to cover problem areas) w/ a q-tip over scars that are standing out now because i'm not going tanning. just in a few spots though. everything else looks good. if you click on the one of the side of my face so it enlarges, you can kinda see spots... but i don't really notice them in the mirror so they aren't bothering me.. they are mostly blackheads that are like coming to the surface? also my skin is still flushed looking, i'm not sure if you can really notice in the picture. kinda looks like i'm wearing blush but i'm not.

anyway i'm happy right now :)

THANKSSS for all the lovin from you guys! makes it easier!

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day...16?

let's see. my skin is still good. but i've noticed the other day that when i examine my face in harsh lighting up close, my blackheads on my nose are getting worse- like they're showing up more. also the two areas underneath like the sides of my nose, and also my chin. i've read on here that some people's blackheads like, fall out when they're on accutane, which i really wouldn't mind since blackheads are annoying & i've never been able to get rid of them, even w/ a good facialist. so yeah. other than that... my eyes are still dry & my lips are dry too.

no complaints really :)

alsooooooo- got a new job as a waitress at this really busy restaurant in my hometown. good news-i'll make good money. bad news-i turn into a crazy, unsocial weirdo when my skin is bad! i am sooo hoping my skin stays decent during my course. IF IT DOESN'T & takes a turn for the worst, i will deal w/ it as it comes & you all will help me through it, riiiiiight? :angel:

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DAY 10!!!!!!!

let's see. i am going to attach a couple pictures of my skin that i took this morning. it looks the same as when it did before i started my course. spiro pretty much got it under control. here is the good news: since my acne is hormonal, right before my period i always break out in 1 or 2 cysts, no matter what pill or cream i'm on. WELL, i started my period 4 days ago & NO CYSTS CAME OUT!!!!! yay!

bad news: i'm losing my health insurance.............. wtf am i going to do??????

i woke up with a headache the other day & it lasted all day & i couldn't get rid of it. accutane related? probably- i barely ever get bad headaches. hmm. oh yeah & my lips are chapped.

right now the only thing on my face really bugging me is a small red spot because i picked at a spot & now it's all dry :wacko:

IT SUCKS NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TANNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have been using dove's energy glow crap but it's not the same!

I am brand new member...just a concerned mother of a 21 year old daughter who has finally connected with a doctor who will treat her acne hormonally prob with spiro. I think your pictures are sensational and was wondering why you discontinued the 100mg of spiro if your skin looks so good?

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hi gustopher,

spiro is probably a great idea if your daughter has hormonal acne & nothing else has really worked.

this is my spiro story:

i have had acne since i was like 12, and last year it was declared hormonal (i get cysts around my chin area. it was never really severe but i'm really picky about my skin soo..). i was on antibiotics and all kinds of crap but they all would eventually stop working, so about 6 months ago she said i had two options left: spiro & accutane. i wanted accutane (always have!!!), but when she gave me this option at my appointment i already knew that in 2 months after that, i was going on a trip to thailand for a few weeks. this concerned her because she did not want me taking accutane while i was out of the country (being in the sun, being away from a dermatolgist, i wouldn't be able to get bloodwork done, or even been able to get my perscription for that matter, etc). so we settled on spiro for the time being and decided we would talk about it again when i was back from my trip. she told me that it would probably help my skin, and clear it up so when i do get to go on accutane, it would help my course go smoother (the 'tamer' your skin is when you begin accutane, the better your skin will look throughout the course/the better the outcome). so i was on spiro for about 6 months. it really worked great. although- it took about 2 months to start working!!! if your daughter does end up taking it- tell her to hang in there!!!! she may also break out during the transition stage, although i don't know what she's taking now. so anyway, it helped my pores shrink, i had barely any oil, barely any cysts. however around my period i would get 1 or 2 cysts and although they were small, i would always go get them injected because they bug me! so anyway... i just began accutane a couple weeks ago because i've always wanted to go on it, my derma just wanted it as a last resort. also- i want to take something that gets rid of my acne FOR GOOD! even after i'm not taking the medication anymore.. y'know? spiro works as long as you continue taking it (forever?!) but accutane is a course that ends after 4 months for me and then i will (hopefully) have clear skin after that w/out ever having to take anything else :) so that's my story, sorry, i wrote a book & tend to ramble.

but i do recommend spiro; if accutane fails me it is what i will go back on. i got NO side effects from spiro (except it made me pee more.. and i think i lost a couple pounds on it).

SO! let me know if you have any more questions. what kind of acne does your daughter have?

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Hi Sophiena

Do you think hormonal acne is mostly on the chin? Im on spiro as you know and do breakout a bit on my chin but most of my acne is on my cheeks towards my cheek bone. Would that be hormonal as well?

Thanks and hope you're doing well!

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we have a problemmmmmmmm :(

i jinxed myself!

i went to bed last night noticing a little hard lump under the skin like on my cheekbone kinda up high- which is weird because i neverrr break out there! so i was like, greattt a cyst. so i woke up this morning it came to a head!? all the cysts i get never come to a head. so what did i do? POPPED IT OF COURSE!!! so now it's REALLY red, and hurts to the touch, and i can still feel a lump under there. so i'm about to call my derma to see if she can inject me today because i do nottt feel like dealing with this over the weekend cause i have a lot of stuff to do!

i will post a picture of it. i have no makeup on in these pictures, haven't even taken my shower yet. tell me if you guys notice my flushed cheeks???

also, i am less oily, and all my blackheads are more noticeable and seems like they're coming to the surface, which makes me tempted to pop them out!!!! but i havent... YET :doubt:

it's annoying that my face color doesn't match my body colorrrr.. because i've been using dove energy glow for my body but nothing for my face cause i don't wanna risk breaking out from the energy glow lotion for your face y'know? i feel like even when i put bronzer on it's not the same y'knowwww!? also- the cysty/pimply thing on my cheekbone is more noticeable because my face is so f'ing paleeee! hate that. also when my face is really pale i notice my scars a lot more. ehhhhhhh.

as you can see by my pictures my chin & cheeks are starting to get bumpy from blackheads coming to the surface! it's not that bad looking in person though. hasn't really bothered me yet. i still feel pretty good about my skin at this point :) (& all you guys who look at the picture of my pimply thing & plan on telling me 'it's not that bad!' C'MON! I AM OBSESSING ABOUT IT & IT HURTS!)

my lips & eyes are dry. & that's all for side effects.

sunrise25, hey hun, i'm not sure about the cheek thing. all i know is i remember when my derma told me that my acne 'turned' hormonal at 20 because all my cysts and breakouts were on my chin area , like the sides of my chin & kindof around my mouth -ish. she said that's where hormonal acne usually is placed, so i'm not even sure about your question haha i basically just don't know what i'm talking about :rolleyes: BUTTT i wouldn't doubt if yours was hormonal too! how's the spiro doing? has it began to work yet a little? how's your hair?

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Hi Sophiena

Do you think hormonal acne is mostly on the chin? Im on spiro as you know and do breakout a bit on my chin but most of my acne is on my cheeks towards my cheek bone. Would that be hormonal as well?

Thanks and hope you're doing well!

Hey sunrise,

My derm told me that my acne is hormonal and it's mostly on my cheeks. I don't get much on my chin and almost nothing along my jaw line (although I did at some point). I got those clogged pore type acne which was mild but mix that with retinoids and voila, mucho flare! But I think generally, acne on the lower part of the face is deemed more hormonal. Hope that helps.

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day 18

welllllll i did go get injected yesterday so i feel better now. looks a lott better today. when i first began accutane, my derma told me it would be okay to continue getting cortisone injections throughout my course. howeverr when i went in yesterday, it was her husband who 'did me' haha (they are in practice together!!! HOW CUTE IS THAT. they are my favorite people ever) and he was reluctant to give me a shot because accutane does slow down the healing process & i should let accutane clear it up on its own because that's its job. but he didn't disagree because he knows it bothers me and i've never had any problems w/ injections. so he just gave me a little one (meaning just a little cortisone in the syringe). and everything is fine todayyy.

hmm what else.. i also complained to him that my face is too pale and he told me it WAS okay to put that energy glow face mouisterizer on & that he recommends neutrogena. and he said it won't clog my pores or make me break out. but i'm still not sure if i wanna put that on my face because i don't like the way it smells! pr feels. i'd rather find a good liquid face bronzer and mix it with my face mouisterizer, no? any suggestions?

mustangblue- thanks for the comment. trust me those pictures i just posted don't do my skin justice. i have tried EVERYTHING in the book & nothing has worked for me for more than a couple months! i have a lot of scars and i get a lot of cysts and under the skin bumpy things.... blech.

welll gotta go get ready for work. everyone have a greatt weekend!!!!

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day 21 .. ?

let's see. no pimples or cysts as of right now. howeverr each individual pore on my f'ing face seems to contain a blackhead in it. it's mostly noticeable on my nose & chin. i'm getting a facial tomorrow so she can clean them out!!

the cyst i got injected a few days ago is completely gone but it left a small red mark which i have a feeling is going to take forever to go away along with all my other red marks.

no complains really right now. :whistle:

my lips are chapped and my eyes are dry. my back hurts a little bit when i move in certain spots but this could very well be my imagination and/or not linked to accutane.

i watched true life: i have acne on mtv the other day. i always wished they'd make a true life about acne!!!!!! it was really good & i want alllllll of you to watch it :D it was a really good portrayal of young people struggling w/ acne & i'm glad it's on tv. 1 of the people being filmed went on accutane and it filmed her progress (her outcome was great by the wayy). the 2nd person had laser treatments done & it was so expensive his mom had to take a loan to pay for it! the 3rd person (my favorite) is a pretty girl trying to model but no one will book her until she 'gets rid of her skin problem' but she doesn't want to go on accutane because her little brother developed a health condition from accutane & died from it years ago. yeah pretty intense. so she is trying everything else possible besides accutane to get rid of her acne. as you can see i am excited about the show hehehe. so anyway yes i always wished they'd make an acne true life but i wish they'd have filmed me ;)

ta taaaaaaa Off to class now!

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That's so cool, I've always wished they put something on tv about acne. That's really sad about that girl's brother though, are they sure it was linked to accutane though? I hope accutane doesn't get too bad of a rep because of it because accutane helps sooooo many more people than it hurts I think. I would have saved myself a lot of pain, agony, and scarring, had I gone on it sooner but I was too scared :(

Anyways, glad to hear things are going well for you! And facials are totally wonderful. :)

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9/16...... almost a month down i think!?

jdruler. so okay. about the girls brother on tv (i am an mtv junkieee). i guess when he was young he got in a really bad car accident right? then like 5 years later he went on accutane. in the middle of his course, he died, and the doctors said it was due to like internal bleeding or complications from the surgery or something from the car crash. but the sister is convinced it was accutane related because it was a coincidence he died while on the medication (kindof lame, i know. i just feel like she wants to blame it on accutane because she's angry at acne y'know? and it must be scary for her to take that while her brother died on it). but it did portray accutane in a positive way because it explained it really good and the people who did take it had great results in the end.

I HAATEE REDMARKS!!!!!!!!!!

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aaandd this is me again first thing in the morning, no makeup. as you can see my skin is looking good (yay) except for the redmarks & TONS of blackheads that you can't see in these pictures.

aaaaaandddddd here i am again

and for good measure, here is a picture of my boyfriend & i hehehehehe

awwwwwwww

^ and that picture was taken last weekend ACTUALLY WHILE WATCHING TRUE LIFE:I HAVE ACNE!!!! you can see my facial flushing in that picture. no makeup on there except maybe i dabbed over scars & redspots.

as far as redmarks- what do you guys put on them?? i've been using polysporin or neosporin or something but i'm not sure it's doing anything? my grandfather told me to get a vitamin E oil capsule, break it open, and use the stuff inside for it. he said it prevents scars as well as takes away scars if you do it consistently, and it helps the healing process go faster. what do you guys think of this?! i'm going to try it.

have a wonderful dayyyy :)

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Hey soph, your skin looks great. My redmarks look like acne haha.

Anyways, I forgot to mention this in my reply to you in my log, but I bought Burt Bee's Res-Q ointment. I'm not a huge fan of Burt's Bees to be honest as I did not find their products particularly effective, but I read the RAAAVE reviews on amazon.com, drugstore.com, and makeupalley.com so I decided to give it a shot. Some people said it was better than neosporin and read about each ingredient and they basically work together to encourage skin cell renewal (eg, comfrey). The lavender oil also has anti septic properties. I've only been using it one day and some scabb-ish old pimples and so far I already see improvement but I can't say how things would have gone without it but I think it's good. For just a day or two, my skin is healing I think... anyways, try it out. I'm not sure though what it can do for just red marks since the skin I guess is healed (but then again, it has ingredients to stimulate skin cell turn over anyway). Some reviews did mention lightening of red marks. Anyways, check it out.

Anyways, thanks for clearing up the death. That does make more sense :)

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9/17

day 21

so i got my blood work done a few days ago & saw my derma this morning. she is raising my accutane dosage to 60mg. she said i will be on it for 5 months, maybe 6. she said she wants to increase my dosage because the higher the dosage & longer the course, the better chance i have of accutane 'curing' me and not just give me an improvement. she said everything else looks good. she examined my skin & told me that if my blackheads haven't improved or fallen out in a month, she will extract the big ones for me. she told me to expect more side effects with my increased dose (bleeding lips in the corners of mouth, dry eyes- no contacts, etc). she was worried that the dose would be too high for me so she told me to call her if i have any problems. she also told me that if i were going to have a big breakout, i would have had one already (knock on wood); since spiro tamed my skin so well before my course, i can expect it to stay this way throughout my treatment. YAYYYY.

jdruler- i am DEFINITELY going to find that burt's bees stuff!

hmm what else.

i'm stressed out about money (lack of..), my job, my school, lack of sleep, my classes, etccccc.....

i don't have time to do anything i want to do it seems like. i can't remember the last time i exercised because by the time the end of the day comes, all i want to do is SLEEEEEEEEP.

my boyfriend is irritating me- because when i get stressed out, i get needy, which annoys him (obviously), which annoys ME. the list goes on.

blech.

gotta go to class.

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Good luck with the increased dose. Definitely keep aquaphor or some other lipbalm on hand at all times!

Hope your financial matters and other things resolve soon too. I think Im getting my first cortisone shot tomorrow...eek! Excited and scared. Does it help the redness go down too?

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