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My Accutane Log !

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A big hello to all those who decide to read this , hopefully someone does . For those who care , my name is Gwen . I'm 16 and your average teenager . Unfortunatly , I've dealt with blackheads since grade 8 , and now , going into my 12th year of school , with graduation around the corner - my acne has only gotten worse . I have pimples , scars , deep pores , bacne (sadly) , whiteheads and yes , those damned blackheads . My acne is on my forhead and under the jawline (and the back) , and I have blackheads across my cheeks and chin . I have a few small pimples on my chest , but they're easy to cover up . The whiteheads are mainly forhead and back .

It's hard to see , as most of you probably know , all of your friends have smooth skin , free of blemishes and never wearing coverup and then you looking like you dunked for face in paint . Thats how I felt , and still do . I have to wear foundation , stick cover up and powder and you can still see the acne ! Most people say it isnt bad , but I know it's there and that's what upsets me .

So over the past few years , I've gone through antibiotics , topical creams , birth control and of course , much to my dismay , nothing worked . Many people say 'teenage acne' comes and then goes , but sadly , mine only gets worse . So I went to my doctor and she hooked me up with a dermatologist . Unfortunately , she said , it looked like I would have to wait until January . Lucky for me , my aunt had an appointment in late October and hooked me up with her instead .

So I went to the derm , and was told to go on Accutane . I expected I was going to , a few of my friends have been on it , and I had been researching it for a while . Plus , my doctor hinted she would probably put me on it . So I went for the blood work , and finally , today , I took my first pill .

I'm on 40 mg , for the first two weeks I have been told to take it every other day (to make sure I wont be allergic , or have any odd side affects) and once that time is up , I'm on it every day for five months . I believe that brings me to April of 2010 . So sadly that means I'm missing partying on New Years , and my birthday , BUT , by the summer , I'll have wonderful clear skin and that is my ultimate goal .

So after reading the man logs on here , I decided to join the troops and make a log , so maybe one day when I have wonderful success , someone who has been sad , angry and upset over their acne reads my log and can have as much hope as I do at this moment .

Day One

So , as you already know , I've taken my first pill . I swallowed it after eating a big breakfast and that was that . I'm on the road to victory . I noticed some people said getting side effects the first day , and I don't really have any except my cheeks are red . Either I'm just really hot , or maybe the Accutane is doing something . Time will tell .

I expect dry skin for sure , and for this I have the following :

La Roche - Posay Ceralip Lip Repair Cream ; made specifically for people with extremely dry lips as a result of medications .

La Roche - Posay Effaclar Face Wash and Spectro Face Wash ; stuff for dry skin and stuff .

La Roche - Posay Effaclar Face Cream ; made for people with extremely dry skin .

So , here I go , popping little yellow pills , to rid myself of the annoyance called acne once and for all .

Thanks to any of the people who actually read this , and good luck to everyone else out there ! :)

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Day Two

So , I haven't taken the pill today because like I said yesterday I'm only supposed to take it every other day for two weeks . So far I haven't noticed anything , but I suppose thats also quite typical . Do drugs really work on the first day haha ? I feel like my forehead has broken out more , but I don't know if I'm just being optimistic and hoping that I'll be a special case and my acne will clear up sooner then it should , or I'm just having a regular break out .

I guess time will tell :think: .

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Day 3

Woohoo , pill two . No change really , but I feel like my forehead is having a breakout because when I touch it , I feel tons of pimples growin in underneath . I'm not going to look forward to when I'm on Accutane everyday and have my IB . But , hey , by April I'll be good I hope .

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Day 4

Well , day four . No side affects , I guess they'll come later then most people . My nose is dry , I can see it peeling or something on the one side , I guess that means I'm going to have fun times with this drug when I get on it for everyday .

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good luck with your course :)

i just started 22 days ago on 80 mg a day

& i dont even have severe acne.

are you on name brand or a generic?

I am on claravis.

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Day Five

Took my third pill today , I'm not sure if it's just me or it's how it actaully goes but my lips are definately chapped . I can usually rub my lips together and theyre nice and smooth , but no longer can I say that is possible :think: . Around my nose was itchy and sore , maybe it was just my makeup , but it began occuring a few hours after I took the pill , and it didn't feel better until I put cream on it . I guess my journey has begun for sure now . Ahh ! My next pill I take on Friday , so I expect the more I take it , the more I'll be whipping cream out during class . Eep .

its tough but hang in there girl. im in accutane hell and have 3 months left!

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HEY :) Good luck with your course! I'm sure you'll turn out fine with clear skin :) Anyway sounds like your on the same dosage as me since your alternating 40mg every 2 days while I'm on 20mg a day! Anyway we're of the same age too! COOL. Will check in on your log to see your progress! Take care :)

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Day Six

Crikey , almost a full week on Accutane . I guess my side effects aren't / wont be that terrible until I start taking it everyday , but the skin around and on my nose is sore , itchy and dry as a desert . I have to put cream on it , and I can only assume it's from the Accutane because I have multiple blackheads / future pimples around that area . My lips are sparatically dry , so one quick wipe of cream and I'm fine . Tomorrow I take another pill , and I assume I'll begin to have some really fun side effects .

HEY :) Good luck with your course! I'm sure you'll turn out fine with clear skin :) Anyway sounds like your on the same dosage as me since your alternating 40mg every 2 days while I'm on 20mg a day! Anyway we're of the same age too! COOL. Will check in on your log to see your progress! Take care :)

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Day Seven

Took another pill , and three new pimples formed on my cheeks . My blackheads look slightly more noticable . Not as much oil as usual , but my face is feeling over dried . I can't win . :doh:

Day Eight

Don't take a pill today , but my pimples are super sore when I touch them . I have new pimples forming on my back , and a few emerging ones on my face . My face is super dry , and my lips are slightly chapped . My mom says my blackheads are very noticable , sigh . I just want to get into the actual IB so I can get it over with .

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Day Seven

Took another pill , and three new pimples formed on my cheeks . My blackheads look slightly more noticable . Not as much oil as usual , but my face is feeling over dried . I can't win . :doh:

Day Eight

Don't take a pill today , but my pimples are super sore when I touch them . I have new pimples forming on my back , and a few emerging ones on my face . My face is super dry , and my lips are slightly chapped . My mom says my blackheads are very noticable , sigh . I just want to get into the actual IB so I can get it over with .

Hey Gwennie, good luck with your course. I am on day 16 and I am FEELING the side effects LOL. My skin is so dry and itchy, and for the first time in my life I have dandruff. The sides of my nose felt weird at first too, they didnt appear dry but when i touched it the skin was rough and itchy. When do you start taking your pills back to back?

This accutane journey is hard but thats why I came here because there are so many people that understand. We're all in this together. There are so many of us on the same pill right now and hopefully in a few months we are all recovered. =]

OH AND, question for you all. how do I place a link to my accutane log as my signature? :)

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Hey Gwennie, good luck with your course. I am on day 16 and I am FEELING the side effects LOL. My skin is so dry and itchy, and for the first time in my life I have dandruff. The sides of my nose felt weird at first too, they didnt appear dry but when i touched it the skin was rough and itchy. When do you start taking your pills back to back?

This accutane journey is hard but thats why I came here because there are so many people that understand. We're all in this together. There are so many of us on the same pill right now and hopefully in a few months we are all recovered. =]

OH AND, question for you all. how do I place a link to my accutane log as my signature? :)

Oh boy , now I'm super excited for my sixteenth day . Haha , I know , I wake up and I almost don't want to wash my face because it's so like not oily . It is such a wierd feeling not having oil on my face for the first time in years .

I start Friday morning actually , so really soon ! I'm almost nervous really , because then thats when the IB will definately kick in .

It's true , and we all will be flaunting our new skin sooner then we think . My friend has two months left , and he said to me that he never gets new breakouts and that his face looks pretty well perfect . Hopefully we all have that luck .

If you go to 'My Menu' under the "Welcome back ," thing up in the top left , and scroll to my controls , then click it - somewhere on the left side it should say something about a signature , and a link is put in by clicking the green arrowy blob thing with a + near the smiley . You'll see what I mean !

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Hey Gwennie, good luck with your course. I am on day 16 and I am FEELING the side effects LOL. My skin is so dry and itchy, and for the first time in my life I have dandruff. The sides of my nose felt weird at first too, they didnt appear dry but when i touched it the skin was rough and itchy. When do you start taking your pills back to back?

This accutane journey is hard but thats why I came here because there are so many people that understand. We're all in this together. There are so many of us on the same pill right now and hopefully in a few months we are all recovered. =]

OH AND, question for you all. how do I place a link to my accutane log as my signature? :)

Oh boy , now I'm super excited for my sixteenth day . Haha , I know , I wake up and I almost don't want to wash my face because it's so like not oily . It is such a wierd feeling not having oil on my face for the first time in years .

I start Friday morning actually , so really soon ! I'm almost nervous really , because then thats when the IB will definately kick in .

It's true , and we all will be flaunting our new skin sooner then we think . My friend has two months left , and he said to me that he never gets new breakouts and that his face looks pretty well perfect . Hopefully we all have that luck .

If you go to 'My Menu' under the "Welcome back ," thing up in the top left , and scroll to my controls , then click it - somewhere on the left side it should say something about a signature , and a link is put in by clicking the green arrowy blob thing with a + near the smiley . You'll see what I mean !

Thanks for the tip! =]

This is day 17 for me and I think my breakout is kind of starting to clear up, but who really knows with accutane right? I dont want to get all excited and then have a massive breakout so im just trying to go with the flow and avoid the mirror haha.

Isnt it strange not having oily skin? Its so nice I mean even though my skin is dry I can run my hand over my face and its so soft and smooth. =]

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Day Nine and Ten

Man oh man , I start back to back on Thursday / Friday and I sure am nervous . I have two massive boily painful and sore type pimples . I am very displeased with it . It hurts and it is a bitch and a half to cover up . I didn't take a pill today , I will tomorrow though .

My friend has been complaining about her acne lately , to which I constantly have to say you don't even understand . She has a few pimples , and while I know that sucks , I WISH i could say that is all I have . Urg . I'm frustrated , I've pretty much just started and I already want to get this over with .

Thanks for the tip! =]

This is day 17 for me and I think my breakout is kind of starting to clear up, but who really knows with accutane right? I dont want to get all excited and then have a massive breakout so im just trying to go with the flow and avoid the mirror haha.

Isnt it strange not having oily skin? Its so nice I mean even though my skin is dry I can run my hand over my face and its so soft and smooth. =]

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Day Eleven

My pimples hurt and my lips are dry .

That is all .

Mine too! My lips are starting to crack back. Ouch!

Day Nine and Ten

Man oh man , I start back to back on Thursday / Friday and I sure am nervous . I have two massive boily painful and sore type pimples . I am very displeased with it . It hurts and it is a bitch and a half to cover up . I didn't take a pill today , I will tomorrow though .

My friend has been complaining about her acne lately , to which I constantly have to say you don't even understand . She has a few pimples , and while I know that sucks , I WISH i could say that is all I have . Urg . I'm frustrated , I've pretty much just started and I already want to get this over with .

Thanks for the tip! =]

This is day 17 for me and I think my breakout is kind of starting to clear up, but who really knows with accutane right? I dont want to get all excited and then have a massive breakout so im just trying to go with the flow and avoid the mirror haha.

Isnt it strange not having oily skin? Its so nice I mean even though my skin is dry I can run my hand over my face and its so soft and smooth. =]

I know ! No oily skin is a miracle . But that is a problem with accutane . You get excited once and BAM you'll have a whole bunch of pimples . Eep , I guess you will know before me !

Ya, my skin seems to be clearing up, but im not gonna get my hopes up. There always seems to be disaster around the corner. lol

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Day Sixteen

Man I'm breaking out like a bitch , everyday three more pop up, my lips are cracking and I just want to squeeze every pimple on my face . I'm so used to squeezing them and seeing them on my face and knowing if I do squeeze they'll scar is a horrible feeling . Yucky . I have grad photos on Thursday and I can only hope that no new pimples pop up Wednesday night . This is such a hassle and I've just started .

Ya, my skin seems to be clearing up, but im not gonna get my hopes up. There always seems to be disaster around the corner. lol

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Day Seventeen

Well as if all the new pimples wern't fun , I'm getting a cold now . So not pleased . I have a headache and I don't know if it's my brain 'exploding' cos of the accutane , or cos I'm sick ... arg . Well my lips are so dry and peeled a bit . Yuck . My right side of my face has tons more new pimples then the left , I don't understand that at all . And my blackheads are REALLY noticible . Arg . I wanna get to month 5 too fast already :wall: .

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Day Eighteen

Honestly , no new pimples , no new side effects . The cold is killin' me more then the accutane . My lips are still chappin and dry , but people have been saying my skin does look better ... is that possible ?

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Day 22

Almost a month , I'm anxious . Some people say the IB goes over the first month and somewhat stops . If this was the IB then I'm slightly dissappointed (in a good way) . I was expecting a shit load of pimples to expel from my skin , cause me to break out everywhere - but no . I constantly get pimples on right cheek , nothing on my left , and a few on my forehead . My back is soft and when I touch anything that was there , a pimple , or a white head , it just kind of gets off my body and leaves . My blackheads are everywhere though . Like I always had them but could never get them out , now they're all very visible and some are actually coming out . Fingers crossed I'm blackhead free sooner then later !

My lips are TERRRRRIBLE . I have to play lip chap every 20 minutes . It's brutal . Theyre cracked , and I lick them , making them worse . Horrid !

My nose is dry , but other then that , nothing is dry .

I have back pain too . Lowerback , and bending over hurts a lot . It hurt to lay down yesterday too .

No other notable side affects though , perhaps I'm a lucky one who won't break out so bad ?

Hey Gwen! Hang in there!! :) Things will get better, so don't give up!

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That's so not true :\ IB doesn't happen to anyone. I only broke out with like 2/3 more spots everyday for 8/9 days the first weeks.

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Day 27

Almost a whole month ! Words can't describe how excited I am . My pimples are settling down , though 3 appeared on my shoulder where my bra strap rubs . How exciting . My blackheads are all super noticible . Gah . My mom said that my skin color seems to be evening out . My cheeks used to always be super red , and the rest of my face blotchy . I looked in the mirror and it appeared true - my face matches my neck . I think this calls for chamapgne (metaphorically - damn accutane.)

My lips are really dry , so my derm perscribed Prevex HC . It seems to work AMAZING so far , like I put it on , and the dryness is gone . It's my little wonder drug :dance: . Almost four more months to go ...

That's so not true :\ IB doesn't happen to anyone. I only broke out with like 2/3 more spots everyday for 8/9 days the first weeks.

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30 Days - ONE MONTH

I'm extremely pleased because today is my one month ! :dance: ! Four more to go ! Three new pimples popped up as a welcoming commitee on my forehead , and one on my neck . Thanks for the presents kids . Extremely dry lips , nothing new otherwise though .

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Hey im 16 also and on day 17. The IB is a bitch. I was doing really well and then it began.

Damn.

And the dry lips are a killer.

Well ill keep reading your sarcastic, yet funny log and monitor your progress.

Good Luck

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