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the best pill i'll ever pop: My Accutane Journey

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Day 13!!!

when did y'all notice extreme dryness?

I dont think you will get extreme dryness. ur only on 40mg like me. ive been on 40mg accutane for 2 months now and ive only gotten dry lips and nothing else.

Its usually people that are on a higher dose such as 80mg+ that get the more severe side effects.

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was on 40mg my first month.. derm wanted to kind of ween me onto accutane.. then bumped up to 80mg my second month and that is when the real dryness came. Skin has adjusted tho, just takes time to get used to it. Recommend getting a good moisturizer b/c the dryness will eventually come i'm sure!

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Day 18!!

So not much to report really. i'm still breaking out, but the right side of my face is a lot better than the left. not really sure why.

as side affects go: i haven't had many. i guess i have to apply chapstick more often throughout the day and my oily skin is slowly going away which is nice :dance: i love not having to worry about if my face looks super greasy at school. i have a lot of closed comedones, does accutane help with clogged pores?? the areas around my nose feel rough so maybe the blackheads are slowly moving up to the sruface. so overall, nothing really that drastic has happened. :shrug:

here's a picture i took yesterday, which was day 17:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC03972.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC03973.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC03975.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC03978.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC03980.jpg

do you guys see any improvement?

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I see slight improvement, but it could be the lighting. It's only been a couple weeks, girl, don't worry too much about it. Look at it this way: you're attractive now, imagine how gorgeous you'll be in a few months!

Although, looking at yours, I think you'll be one of those people who hits it hard pretty early in your course. Don't take my word for it, but it kinda looks like you'll be one of those people who starts their hardcore improvement in month two and rides it out until you've steamrolled this mofo outta your skin.

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Day 22!

So not much to report!! Still breaking out, but that's expected. I'm lovin' how my hair doesn't get super oily anymore!! I didn't wash my hair today and it looks like I did!! My face would probably fall under "normal" category, while before I under "oily". It's not dry at all, it's nice and.. normal. haha but I figure super dry is the next step.

Kirbatha: yeah i don't think i've had much improvement so far, but i wasn't really expecting much this early in my course. and i sure hope month 2 is the month that makes me super clear!! that'd be awesome :D thanks for stopping by my log :]

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Day 28!!

yaaay almost one month down!!!

so i had my derm appointment today and she was surprised to see that i'm not dry at allll. sometimes i don't even moisturize in the morning OR night and i'm perfectly fine :shifty: so as a result, every monday, wednesday, and friday i'll be taking two of my 40mg pills (so that means 80 mg three times a week) on at breakfast and one at dinner and the rest of the days i'll just take 40mg a day. so my overall average for a week's dose is about 57mg. tomorrow i'll start with my new dose regimen i guess you could call it

other than that, not much new to report. still been breaking out but i've noticed my skin being a lot smoother.. if that's possible since i'm breaking out.. :think: the areas around my nose are very smooth except for a couple closed comodones which i'm sure will disappear soon and a lot of blackheads on my nose are gone as well. the area between my eyebrows also seems much less clogged than before.

anyone else notice that tweezing eyebrows is much more painful now?? ow! :ohno:

as for my hair, it doesn't get oily anymore throughout the day, especially my bangs, which is nice. i'm trying to only wash it every couple of days as i don't want it to become super dry.

hope everyone is having a nice day! :wub:

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Day 44

it's been a while since i've updated. nothing good has happened. i've had a pretty bad breakout for a while. haven't had it this bad in a long time. maybe the two 40mg pills on mon, wed, fri caused me to have another IB? has anyone experienced this? also, i take my pill every night with a large spoon of peanut butter, the peanut butter couldn't possibly be the cause of my breakouts, could it?

overall, my skin sucks.

i'm still not very dry either.

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not uncommon to have another breakout when you up your dose. The peanut butter is not the cause of the breakout, and the accutane is absorbed much better with a fatty meal, so keep doing that. The results will come!

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Day 44

it's been a while since i've updated. nothing good has happened. i've had a pretty bad breakout for a while. haven't had it this bad in a long time. maybe the two 40mg pills on mon, wed, fri caused me to have another IB? has anyone experienced this? also, i take my pill every night with a large spoon of peanut butter, the peanut butter couldn't possibly be the cause of my breakouts, could it?

overall, my skin sucks.

i'm still not very dry either.

When my derm bumped me up from 40mg to 60mg I definitely had another IB. It was actually a little worse than my first IB. But now 3 weeks later I think things are starting to look better! Just try not to let it bring you down, soon we will all have beautiful clear skin! :)

Edited by Live_Life_Loud!
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Day 46

hmmm i see a slight improvement. i really really hope this second IB (at least that's what it feels like..) is almost through :pray: my lips seem a lot more dry and i applied vaseline about a million times at school today. hmm not liking that too much. oh well, it's a price i'll have to pay.

halifax & live_life_loud- thanks for the input!! i'm glad to hear that what i'm experiencing is expected. also nice to hear that peanut butter is most likely not the source of the breakouts, which is glad because i love peanut butter :shifty:

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day 52

ugh i'm so tired of this. my skin is crap crap crap. nothing seems to be getting better at all. asjlcjlaskflas i hate this. it doesn't even seem like the drug is doing anything except making me break out like crazy. the only side affect i've had is dry lips and it's not even bad. should i be at least somewhat dry with 40 mg a day and 80 mg 3 times a week???

i've seen no improvement at all.

sorry for the rant.. i'm just really tired of this.

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day 60

2nd derm appt today, she was surprised on how much i was breaking out and how i wasn't dry at all.

bumped up to 80mg a day

no other news.

i reallllly really hope i don't get another bad IB. :pray::pray::pray:

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Hey...I hope things improve for you! It's frustrating to be taking all the pills and have such crappy dry lips and not see results, but stick with it because it will be worth it! :)

Good luck with your new dose!

Carly

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Day 70!!

my skin is FINALLY starting to clear up!! :dance::dance:

i'm soo excited :D

here are some pictures from about 3 weeks ago pretty much in the middle of my bad breakout

note that this is not the current condition of my skin

i will try to get a recent picture up soon

as most of you know, pictures make everyone look much better so please don't be deceived if you think that it's not that bad.

i had this cluster of pimples on the right side of my chin that are finally drying up after about 3 or 4 weeks

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04010.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04013.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04015.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04016.jpg

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!! :xmas::xmas::xmas::xmas:

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Hellllooo! I just started reading your log and I am happy I found you, because we have lotttss in common! I am also 17 and a senior, and sooo done with my acne, especially since I'm going to college for theatre in the fall and appearance really matters. And we're like the exact same height/weight too which is exciting. From your pictures we have similar type of acne (BLECH I hate that word.) I can tell your skin is going to look so beautiful when you're done, though!

Anyway, I'm not on Accutane yet but should be getting it on Jan. 27th :dance: I'm kind of scared. I hope everything continues to go well for you :)

Ps. You're gorgeous, no lie.

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DAY 94!!

ahhh i know it's been soo long since i've updated but i've just been really busy with school and everything.

well good news on the skin-front. my face is finally clearing up!! i think the change to 80mg/day really helped. i didn't get a new IB with it either so i was sooo grateful for that.

here are some pics to compare my skin from a few weeks ago:

a few weeks ago:

left side-

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04013.jpg

right side-

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04015.jpg

front-

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04010.jpg

today!:

left-

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04083.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04094.jpg

right-

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04082.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04088.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04091.jpg

with makeup:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04107.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04102.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/lucky...ne/DSC04101.jpg

so what do you guys think?? :D:D

i'm sooo happy it's finally working!! :dance::dance::dance:

but the weird thing is i'm hardly dry at allll!! i dont even have to put moisturizer on in the morning and im totally fine. the only things that are dry are my lips and the inside of my nose.

is this normal?

my derm says she doesnt want to take me up on a higher dose and my triglycerides were a little bit on the high side at my appointment a few days ago so i need to make sure i try to lower them or else i might have to go on just 40mg a day like before. i'd rather stay on 80mg.

graffiti_eyes- aww thanks :):) sorry this is such a late reply, i haven't really been on the site lately. ahh so i guess you get your prescription soon!! i hope everything goes well :):) are you keeping a log??? you really should, or at least take pictures and keep them on your computer. it really makes you feel a lot better when you can compare. hope to talk to you again soon! keep me updated on how everything is going.

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Yeah, I haven't been on the site much lately, either. I'm sooo happy you're starting to clear up! There really is a marked difference and your skin is starting to look awesome. I don't think the no-dryness is something to worry about at all, just be thankful for it! :)

Hopefully I will get my prescription on the 27th! Unless Retin-A magically clears up my skin by then...not likely. I might keep a log, but I'd be so bad at updating it, lol, but we'll see. Does your doctor make you take birth control with it? Mine is, and it kind of sucks, it's making me really tired.

Anyway, congrats on your improving skin, that's so exciting :)

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day 102!!

woooh! triple digits! hahah. so not much to report. i have two small actives that have been here foreverrr. they were part of the huge cluster of pimples on the right side of my chin. hopefully they'll go away soon. got a pimple a couple days ago on the right side of my mouth-area but it's pretty much dried up now. now i just want the red marks to heal!! ahh :doh:

how long does it usually take for red marks to go away after your course is done? because i know that since your skin is shedding cells slower that they linger for longer than they usually would.

not many side affects, i actually only have two: dry lips (but they're manageable with aquaphor) and a dry inside of my nose. so not bad at all. i DO have cracks on the corner of my mouth which hurtss. i've been putting antibiotic cream on them thinking this may help heal it.

well on a non-acne note: today marks halfway through my senior year and the senioritis is hitting hard. oh boy :wall::wall: definitely ready to get out of high school.

hope everyone has/had a great day :)

herecomesthesun- Thanks!! i'm definitely loving my skin right now. finally!!

graffiti_eyes- well the 27th is only in two days, hope you can get your prescription then! and no, i don't have to take birth control. my first form of birth control is abstinence.

claraxrox- ah that's so exciting! good luck :) i'm just about to go check out your log..

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Day 118!!

sooo not much new to report. skin is getting soo clear. i have one tiny tiny active on my right cheek, but other than that, nada! :D the only things left are redmarks which are quite annoying. uugh how long do they usually take to fade after you stop treatment?

swim season started this week so i'm a little worried that my lips are going to get super dry as well as my hair. i know that accutane dries out your hair and unlike before swimming started i could get away with not washing my hair for a couple of days and have it still be perfectly clean. but now i'll have to shower every night soo we'll see how that goes.

for the past few weeks i have had the worst nights sleep!! it takes me forever to fall asleep (even when i'm exhausted) and i can't recall a single night where i've slept the whole night through. anyone else experience this?? anything i should be worried about?

anyways here are some pictures, i'm wearing makeup but you can kind of get a feel for my skin's current condition:

left side:

http://www1.picturepush.com/photo/a/2908334/640/2908334.jpg

(as you can see i'll have some scarring which sucks :()

http://www3.picturepush.com/photo/a/2908336/640/2908336.jpg

right:

http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/2908337/img/2908337.jpg

http://www1.picturepush.com/photo/a/2908339/img/2908339.jpg

front:

http://www2.picturepush.com/photo/a/2908340/img/2908340.jpg

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lets_dance: U are doing great!! Just to sidetrack a little.. may i know what makeup/foundation are u using?? The coverage look pretty natural to me! I always have had problems with make up.. it just doesnt go on my face smoothly n doesnt cover my blemishes well...
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