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Samantha's accutane log!

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My name is Samantha, I am a 16 year old girl, 5'1" and 145lbs. I just started Accutane on January 30th 2009. I have been struggling with acne since I was 12 or 13. Most of the time it is pretty mild, but I break out a lot. It is not pretty. I am not a big makeup person, it doesn't cover it up very well anyways.

I have tried lots of creams and stuff, and Proactiv only made my skin itchy and red.. I was on birth control for a while and it helped a lot, but everything came back. So now I'm ready to get rid of it for good. As well I'm hoping that this will be a good start to eating better, losing weight and becoming healthier overall.

I will start documenting everything tomorrow (day 3) once I get my camera charged up.

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Didn't get my camera charged till today. But my pictures won't upload in the post. So whatever, here goes.

Day 4

My skin is increadibly oily, moreso than ususual, I don't know if it's the accutane or not since it's only day 5. It is a nuisance. :( I am dreading my IB..

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hey samantha!

good luck on your course and I hope accutane will clear you up!

Some people's skin gets more oily then dry at first on accutane. Enjoy it! Soon your skin will get really dry! Don't worry about the IB, if it happens it happens but soon enough you will have clear skin and it won't even matter :D

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Thanks Brianna :)

Day 5

I have very dry lips today. And I keep picking at my pimples, they hurt. I cannot help it :P And today I got a papercut and it was gushing, it would just not stop bleeding, I'm pretty sure that's related to Accutane.

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Hi, cassadaga. My lips also started to get dry about the fifth or sixth day of my course. I am heading into my third week and I am riding out an IB. It looks like its beginning to taper off and hope that I will see some improvements. Actually I did notice that my skin texture improved after the first week although I was break it out. The skin around my actives look very smooth and soft so I am have great hope that the IB will end soon. I am reminded by others, on this forum, that it will end and we WILL be clear of acne. Just keep that in mind and good luck with your course.

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Thanks Samantha! ;) Good luck to you too.

Day 7

Lips are about as dry as yesterday, and the right side of my face seems a little dry too. That's about it.

I hope everything carries on going okay.

Hopefully the side effects wont get any worse and your clear skin will become visible!

I start my course tomorrow! Im so excited. :)

Click Here For My Accutane Journal!

16 Years old - Female - England

Start Date: Monday 9th February 2009

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Thanks carmelle, perhaps I can assume my IB will come around the same time as yours did too. And good luck to you too! :)

Thank you little-miss-sunshine, I wish you good luck on your course. :D Hopefully you won't need to endure painful dry lips too. :pray:

Day 8

My skin is a touch dry, not too bad though. My lips are cracking so bad! They hurt like crazy :( nothing else has happened.

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I remember I was on Accutane for the first ten days or so...and wondered when the heck is it going to make my skin dry or lips chapped.

I swear it happens when you wake up one morning...and BAM!

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Day 17

Haven't updated in a while, nothing has happened. Except my lips are becoming even worse.. I didn't think it could get any more painful! :( Also my forehead is getting pretty dry and flaky. But other than that, nothing.

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Day 21

I noticed today that my forehead is pretty clear! I took a picture and compared it to my first one and the grease looks like it's completely eliminated! For some reason the uploader always freezes so I can't show :(

Nothing else has changed.. my lips are soooo painfully dry.. ugh.. :'(

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Day 38

My face still hasn't cleared up. Argh.

My lips hurt so bad. The other day I smiled and they bled.

I really hope they stop being dry soon..

Lol, I had a similar experience this morning when I was waking up except I moved my lips and they bled really bad (hadn't gotten a chance to put any Aquaphor on) Anyway, you really NEED to get a moisturizer for your face and apply it daily. Good luck.

Also - you might want to try using Aquaphor on instead of lip balm. Aquaphor is love.

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Thank you for the tip KL. I've never heard of that stuff but I will definitely look into it.

Day.. 56 I think?

My face does seem a little smoother. My lips hurt soooo bad, it is an absolute nightmare. If I don't have lip balm on them they burn and turn bright red. Not only that, but there is still acne.. it's so frustrating. There are also little red dots on my cheek that look like acne except they are flat, could it possibly be scarring?

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