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ACCUTANE DIARY started 19/09/09

Okay. Iv always come on and checked out the sight but never really posted much. Iv just started Accutane last week and having a initial outbreak which really got me contemplating whether I ve done the right thing. Upon reading various logs I think it would be a good idea to follow suit. Check out Pedors log. He inspired me to started a log right away.

Iv been battling acne for ages now but only gotten severe this year which severely dented my confidence; especially the fact it was my final year at uni! Should be the best time of my life. Shouldn't be worrying about this kinda shit! ( mind my language)

Iv decided to to go on accutane after rejecting it in June after reading horrid stories about it.

I have been put on 40 mg and I weigh 150 pounds.

FIRST WEEK day 1-7

First few days I got really bad head aches. My face became more tight and drier. 3rd day I got an IB with cyst on my cheeks and jaw line! really bad! Iv got a really sore patch along my left jaw line which hurts like hell. Anyways today is my 7th day on accutane. My face is tight , sore and red. I have cyst and scabs on my jaw line. Every time I wake up the next day some of the spots turn black and scabby. I dont know if this is normal.

I just wanted to know if you guys moisturse twice a day? Im thinking of moisturising more but Im scared itll break me out and counteracts the drug.

Iv purchased a bottle of bio oil and going to use it to get rid of flakes and moisturise my face.

Any advice much welcome!!

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Hello :)

It's always recommended that you moisturize, because it's almost a certainty that your skin WILL get as dry as a chip. Look for something that provides SPF protection and is NON-COMEDOGENIC (sp?). That pretty much means that it won't clog pores. I'd tell you the one I'm using now but I really don't remember it's name and it's not around me at the moment. It's made by Neutrogena though. I only use it once daily for now and even when my face starts actually getting dry (it's still as oily as ever) I think I'll only moisturize once for the day because of the SPF in the moisturizer. Don't want it on my face at night. I'll see how that goes though.

My scabs don't turn black, they just turn a really dark red, almost purple. Afterwards though, the area gets dark brown, but that's because I'm black. I don't know if that's what you mean? Maybe it appears they get dark because of the deoxygenated blood? Best person to ask is your dermatologist. They're the experts. :)

Sorry to hear about the headaches and the IB. I'm experiencing one as well. Sucks, but keep in mind the light at the end of the tunnel! :)

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Stay positive, you will have clear skin before you know it. I have been moisturizing twice a day since starting Accutane on Wednesday, once in the morning and then I moisturize again at night. I haven't seen an increase in breakouts due to moisturizing more often.

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hey kimminz :You just started accutane too? Yea Im going to start using bio oil as a moisturiser at night because when I wake up my face is tight as hell. Guess I need to moisturise twice a day. hows yours going along?

all the best! just wait in a few months we going to be full of confidence. Nice to know ppl going through the same stuff. Keep me posted!

MellisaD: Thanks....yea just gotta stay positive....just hoping itll be all clear by xmas! all the best!

DAY 8

Still in the middle of an outbreak! woke up today with a tight sore face this morning and few more white head around the mouth area. What is up with that! Also I find I seem to find it really hard to get up in the morning....dunno if thats to do with accutane.

Anyway my lip if really annoying me cos it chapped and sore regardless of what I put on it!

My face is red constantly after going to the gym and I seem drained of energy and ended up leaving early :(

Im going to put loads of bio oil on after I shower tonight and see if that helps.

I guess this is the hardest stage of accutane when you go through a IB and you feel like shit. It has put a damper on my social life this week. Just avoiding party invitations and stuff. I shouldnt let this get me down put my face is sore and painful when i smile too much!

Family relatives came around today too. They noticed my face and was like how come you got so many spots now. I never know what to say back and normally go red. Embarrassing or what. But then my uncle lightened the mood and told me when you find a wifey itll all disappear just like my bro ( my older bro used to have acne too)

erm Im tired now my mouth is sore and so im gonna go bed. See ya! :D

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DAY 8

Family relatives came around today too. They noticed my face and was like how come you got so many spots now. I never know what to say back and normally go red. Embarrassing or what. But then my uncle lightened the mood and told me when you find a wifey itll all disappear just like my bro ( my older bro used to have acne too)

Yes, I started about 6 days ago. I know exactly what you mean about the comments. I'm at a birthday get together now and one family friend saw me and said " How comes your face is breaking out so much? You need some Proactiv!"....

Then I was talking to a little boy and he was telling me about an allergy he used to have. Convo was something like ..."...yeah, I used to be allergic to cheese. It used to make my face get alot of bumps." Then he turns and looks at my face and says " Bumps like that, big and red".

Prayers for the earth to swallow me instantly went up in vain. He's a young child though so I didn't even think anything of it.

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hey kim. yea its sucks but guess we have to take it on our chin. Just think 3 months in the future we would be clear of it and have the rest of our lives to look forward to. Its hard I know right now but we gotta look to the future.

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Hey DudeinFl,

How did the first month go for you? Have you seen an improvement ?

The IB had made it worse then it was before! Iv only been on it it for like 10 days now!

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hey kimminz :You just started accutane too? Yea Im going to start using bio oil as a moisturiser at night because when I wake up my face is tight as hell. Guess I need to moisturise twice a day. hows yours going along?

all the best! just wait in a few months we going to be full of confidence. Nice to know ppl going through the same stuff. Keep me posted!

MellisaD: Thanks....yea just gotta stay positive....just hoping itll be all clear by xmas! all the best!

DAY 8

Still in the middle of an outbreak! woke up today with a tight sore face this morning and few more white head around the mouth area. What is up with that! Also I find I seem to find it really hard to get up in the morning....dunno if thats to do with accutane.

Anyway my lip if really annoying me cos it chapped and sore regardless of what I put on it!

My face is red constantly after going to the gym and I seem drained of energy and ended up leaving early :(

Im going to put loads of bio oil on after I shower tonight and see if that helps.

I guess this is the hardest stage of accutane when you go through a IB and you feel like shit. It has put a damper on my social life this week. Just avoiding party invitations and stuff. I shouldnt let this get me down put my face is sore and painful when i smile too much!

Family relatives came around today too. They noticed my face and was like how come you got so many spots now. I never know what to say back and normally go red. Embarrassing or what. But then my uncle lightened the mood and told me when you find a wifey itll all disappear just like my bro ( my older bro used to have acne too)

erm Im tired now my mouth is sore and so im gonna go bed. See ya! :D

Arrrrgggh people are so rude sometimes!! Thank goodness I only have my Ma & Pa at home to pass comment (although I try not to bite their heads off when they say it looks better when it SO doesnt heheheheehee)

Keep your chin up and wer all here to help ya hon!!! *hugs*

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DAY 13

Okay this IB sucks big time. Its been gettin worser since I last wrote. Im gettin friggin cyst on my cheeks jaw line and and now around my eye brows! wtf!!! and thing si they hurt!! Acne was never like this before! Im getting al these white heads too around mouth and jawline. Went on a lil rampage today and popped most of them after my shower with a pin. I was careful with the cyst and only poping those with white heads. Whats even more weird is slimey pus/blood comes out! wtf! These cyst start of like a small whitehead but then then turn into a cyst after a couple days!

Enough of the rant now. My face is really red and sore.....looks like I got sunburnt!! Face is also tight around the mouth....I cant laugh properly!

OK face is really bad right now. Just washed my faceed and put E45 cream on my face. Eucerin 5% urea stings me for some reason. E45 is the only one so far that doesnt sting me.

CAN anybody else recommend alternative moisturisers that are available in the UK??

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DAY 13

Okay this IB sucks big time. Its been gettin worser since I last wrote. Im gettin friggin cyst on my cheeks jaw line and and now around my eye brows! wtf!!! and thing si they hurt!! Acne was never like this before! Im getting al these white heads too around mouth and jawline. Went on a lil rampage today and popped most of them after my shower with a pin. I was careful with the cyst and only poping those with white heads. Whats even more weird is slimey pus/blood comes out! wtf! These cyst start of like a small whitehead but then then turn into a cyst after a couple days!

Enough of the rant now. My face is really red and sore.....looks like I got sunburnt!! Face is also tight around the mouth....I cant laugh properly!

OK face is really bad right now. Just washed my faceed and put E45 cream on my face. Eucerin 5% urea stings me for some reason. E45 is the only one so far that doesnt sting me.

CAN anybody else recommend alternative moisturisers that are available in the UK??

Hey hon!

Dont fret, I am having the exact same thing, word for word!

Quick reply about the Cetaphil and Doublebase! My Ma went to a big Boots (not the little ones you get, the larger stores) she went to the Pharmacy and they gave her both of them! Just go in and ask at the Pharmacy and if they dont have them in stock they will order you some (they dont stock it on the shelves) Get some of that, the bottle for the Cetaphil will look different to the ones you see on the net but I checked the ingredients and exactly the same! So go get yourself some Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, I cleanse with this in the evenings (as also takes my makeup off), put a little on a cotton pad, cleanse and repeat etc, then apply the Doublebase, leave on over night, I then cleanser again in the AM and apply the E45 under my makeup. DONT USE ANYTHING ELSE, let the Accutane do its work!

Oh I also saw they sell Cetaphil and Doublebase on Amazon.co.uk if you get really stuck! GOOD LUCK HON!!!! *HUGS*

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DAY 17

OKay been busy with work and stuff and havent had time to update.

Ok IB has calmed down. Less white heads around mouth now. Where I haven got spots looks pretty smoothed now. Forehead is clearing up with one cyst smack in the middle! great...

Quite a few cyst along my right jawline to my ear. Theyve been around since the beginning of the IB and hasnt improved. I seem to be getting more cyst now which is really annoying. ALso these cyst seem to bleed everytime I have my shower and then half scab up the next day. They then kinda pus up too and then the whole process starts again! Dont know what to deal about that but they definetely feel like they are going to leave marks!

Left side jaw line has imporved alot . Few cyst still persist but most of the oters have gone. Howver Loads of horrible red/purpe marks from the IB are still visible!

Still have a few bumps/cyst on my cheek bone. Really annoying. They do not seem to want to go away even tho there is no head now!.

Still seem to get acne on the corners of my eyebrow?!?! wtf!!?! dont know why Im geting spots there.

Really need to stop picking spots or itching my face! does anyone else experience this? Also whn I work out I get all itchy on scalp and face/neck.

gd night!

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Day 28 ( I Think)

OK havent writen in a while. My acne was clearing up last time I wrote but now its gotten WORSE! another IB!?!?! I seriously dont know whats going on!! Im getting red lumps/cyst on my jawline and cheeks and they are taking forever to go?!?! it looks really bad now, way way waaay worse than before. I dont get why accutane is not working?!?! why is it making it SO much more bad. i know its suppose to get worse but come on!?! the zits Im gettin now are so much mre bigger and painful! The thing I have loads of red marks from the first IB too. Every zit I get tend to leave scabs and fucking red marks!!!! My skin does not heal no more!? :(

Side effect wise is ok. I moisturise lip and face regularly. O and now Im getingred rashes/spots and exzema on my arms. Itchy too which pisses me off!

Ok sorry I just need to vent my anger out and this is prob the best place to let it out.

Iv also bought avene extremely gentle cleanser which you can wipe off and the skin recovery cream. I think washing even with water really dries and irritates my skin, especially after having a shower which seems to make my spots bleed. So im thinking Im not goin to wash my face with water but with this cleanser. Bit expensive but I dont care.

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Day 28 ( I Think)

OK havent writen in a while. My acne was clearing up last time I wrote but now its gotten WORSE! another IB!?!?! I seriously dont know whats going on!! Im getting red lumps/cyst on my jawline and cheeks and they are taking forever to go?!?! it looks really bad now, way way waaay worse than before. I dont get why accutane is not working?!?! why is it making it SO much more bad. i know its suppose to get worse but come on!?! the zits Im gettin now are so much mre bigger and painful! The thing I have loads of red marks from the first IB too. Every zit I get tend to leave scabs and fucking red marks!!!! My skin does not heal no more!? :(

Side effect wise is ok. I moisturise lip and face regularly. O and now Im getingred rashes/spots and exzema on my arms. Itchy too which pisses me off!

Ok sorry I just need to vent my anger out and this is prob the best place to let it out.

Iv also bought avene extremely gentle cleanser which you can wipe off and the skin recovery cream. I think washing even with water really dries and irritates my skin, especially after having a shower which seems to make my spots bleed. So im thinking Im not goin to wash my face with water but with this cleanser. Bit expensive but I dont care.

Hello hon!

Just a few comforting words for you! DO NOT WORRY! I have had ups and downs this month too! My derm has said the first 3 months are the worst!

I will have had my 30th pill tomorrow and for the past few days, mainly with the Prednisone to be fair! Although I was starting to have good days last wednesday and taking the Prednisone since Friday and from then on I have been so happy in my skin (80% clear not 100% but IM HAPPY) I am also on Antibiotics for this month and was on them for the first month. I do think that helped with my IB maybe call your derm? If there is something out there like Prednisone and Antibiotics that can help you then I really dont understand why some derms dont automatically prescribe them to ease the pain etc!

HUGS HON! Update me! :comfort:

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