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I am starting accutane on 2/15/10

well my skin cleared on the regimen over the summer but since october while I was still on the regimen it got bad again. Today the derm said its time for accutane which I am starting monday. I dont know the MG on it all I know is he said I will take one pill a night for the first month. He basically promised me results by the end of 4 months, and it seems accutane really does work for everyone.

I have been on dans regimen for a year, and I will stop it on monday and only use a gentle wash/moisturizer along with accutane. I am very afraid that stopping the BP will cause a massive breakout, but I guess accutane is worth it at least I hope it is.

Does anyone have any tips they'd like to share to make this work for me? Like eating habits, sleeping, stress, or just stuff that helped you out!

I am 16, male, 5'10 175 pounds(sounds large but im really not that large haha)

Pretty sure my acne is hormonal. I have crysts around my chin and my cheeks just seem like alotta little red bumps.

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HEY THERE RYAN. YOUR THE EXACT WEIGHT I AM. IVE BEEN ON 40 MGS TWICE A DAY- OF CLARAVIS(GENERIC ACCUTANE) FOR 4 MONTHS GOING ON MY 5TH AND FINAL MONTH NEXT WEEK.

I HAVE TO APPLAUD YOU FOR GOING ON IT AT YOUR AGE. I DIDNT HAVE THE BALLS TO DO IT THEN. GOOD FOR YOU !

ANY WAY HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

HAVE PATIENTS.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND I MEAN WATER NOT SODA IF YOU LIKE SODA TRY DRINKING SELTZER, DRINK ABOUT 2 LITERS A DAY. GET A TUBE OF AQUAPHOR OINTMENT, THIS IF FOR YOUR LIPS. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT. TRY AND EAT HEALTHY. AVOID THE SUN. USE A GENTLE SUN SCREEN EVERYDAY ON YOUR FACE. UNLESS YOUR A HIGHLY ACTIVE 16 YR OLD YOU DONT HAVE TO SHAMPOO EVERY DAY. I USED CONDITIONER AND SKIPPED THE SHAMPOOING. YOUR HAIR WILL DRY SOME. YOU MAY EVEN WANT O USE A GENTLE SOAP FOR BATHING. USE A GENLTE MOISTURIZER ON YOUR FACE AT LEAST 2 X A DAY. I USED CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING LOTION ON MY FACE AT NIGHT ALONG WITH A COUPLE DROPS OF JOJOBA OIL MIXED IN. DURING THE DAY I USED CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL MOISTURIZER(SPF15). WHEN THE BREAKOUTS DID HAPPEN I HAD ALOT OF INJECTIONS, THIS REALLY WASNT ALL THAT BAD.I SOMETIMES USED A MILD 2.5% B.P. ONLY AT NIGHT AFTER THE MOISTUREIZER. THIS DID HELP BUT I ONLY USE IT 2 OR 3 TIMES PER WEEK.

HERE WERE MY SIDE EFFECTS:DRY FACE -AROUND THE MOUTH MOSTLY. DRY LIPS TRUST ME AQUAPHOR IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL KEEP YOUR LIPS FROM DRYING. DRY HAIR : NOT AS BAD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE THOUGH. HEADACHES, ONLY IF I DIDNT DRINK MY 2 LITERS OF WATER A DAY. DRY NOSE SOMETIMES A LITTLE BLOOD WHEN I WOULD BLOW IT BUT NEVER A FULL OUT BLOODY NOSE.IN THE 3RD MONTH I HAD MILD JOINT PAIN IN MY LEFT SHOULDER AND LOWER BACK PAIN BUT I THINK MY BACK PAIN WAS BECAUSE IM OUT OF SHAPE.MY EYES ARE KINDA DRY BUT NOTHING I HAVE TO TAKE DROPS FOR. I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY BLOOD LEVELS. I AVOIDED THE SUN BECAUSE IT DID TURN MY SKIN RED IF I STAYED OUT SIDE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.OHH AND BYTHE WAY I DIDNT START TO SEE RESULTS UNTIL THE 3RD MONTH,AND NEVER ANY DEPRESSION OR ANY OF THAT STUFF PEOPLE SOMETIMES WRITE OF WHEN TALKING ABOUT ACCUTANE.

AND NOW I HAVE NO ACNE ON MY FACE.. THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS ! MY CHEST ACNE IS FADING TOO. I CANT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT ACCUTANE. IF IN THE FUTURE I HAVE TO GO ON IT AGAIN- ALTHOUGH I HOPE NOT IM 34 YEARS OLD- I WOULD IN A HEART BEAT.

STAY POSOTIVE

STEVE

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HEY THERE RYAN. YOUR THE EXACT WEIGHT I AM. IVE BEEN ON 40 MGS TWICE A DAY- OF CLARAVIS(GENERIC ACCUTANE) FOR 4 MONTHS GOING ON MY 5TH AND FINAL MONTH NEXT WEEK.

I HAVE TO APPLAUD YOU FOR GOING ON IT AT YOUR AGE. I DIDNT HAVE THE BALLS TO DO IT THEN. GOOD FOR YOU !

ANY WAY HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

HAVE PATIENTS.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND I MEAN WATER NOT SODA IF YOU LIKE SODA TRY DRINKING SELTZER, DRINK ABOUT 2 LITERS A DAY. GET A TUBE OF AQUAPHOR OINTMENT, THIS IF FOR YOUR LIPS. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT. TRY AND EAT HEALTHY. AVOID THE SUN. USE A GENTLE SUN SCREEN EVERYDAY ON YOUR FACE. UNLESS YOUR A HIGHLY ACTIVE 16 YR OLD YOU DONT HAVE TO SHAMPOO EVERY DAY. I USED CONDITIONER AND SKIPPED THE SHAMPOOING. YOUR HAIR WILL DRY SOME. YOU MAY EVEN WANT O USE A GENTLE SOAP FOR BATHING. USE A GENLTE MOISTURIZER ON YOUR FACE AT LEAST 2 X A DAY. I USED CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING LOTION ON MY FACE AT NIGHT ALONG WITH A COUPLE DROPS OF JOJOBA OIL MIXED IN. DURING THE DAY I USED CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL MOISTURIZER(SPF15). WHEN THE BREAKOUTS DID HAPPEN I HAD ALOT OF INJECTIONS, THIS REALLY WASNT ALL THAT BAD.I SOMETIMES USED A MILD 2.5% B.P. ONLY AT NIGHT AFTER THE MOISTUREIZER. THIS DID HELP BUT I ONLY USE IT 2 OR 3 TIMES PER WEEK.

HERE WERE MY SIDE EFFECTS:DRY FACE -AROUND THE MOUTH MOSTLY. DRY LIPS TRUST ME AQUAPHOR IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL KEEP YOUR LIPS FROM DRYING. DRY HAIR : NOT AS BAD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE THOUGH. HEADACHES, ONLY IF I DIDNT DRINK MY 2 LITERS OF WATER A DAY. DRY NOSE SOMETIMES A LITTLE BLOOD WHEN I WOULD BLOW IT BUT NEVER A FULL OUT BLOODY NOSE.IN THE 3RD MONTH I HAD MILD JOINT PAIN IN MY LEFT SHOULDER AND LOWER BACK PAIN BUT I THINK MY BACK PAIN WAS BECAUSE IM OUT OF SHAPE.MY EYES ARE KINDA DRY BUT NOTHING I HAVE TO TAKE DROPS FOR. I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY BLOOD LEVELS. I AVOIDED THE SUN BECAUSE IT DID TURN MY SKIN RED IF I STAYED OUT SIDE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.OHH AND BYTHE WAY I DIDNT START TO SEE RESULTS UNTIL THE 3RD MONTH,AND NEVER ANY DEPRESSION OR ANY OF THAT STUFF PEOPLE SOMETIMES WRITE OF WHEN TALKING ABOUT ACCUTANE.

AND NOW I HAVE NO ACNE ON MY FACE.. THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS ! MY CHEST ACNE IS FADING TOO. I CANT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT ACCUTANE. IF IN THE FUTURE I HAVE TO GO ON IT AGAIN- ALTHOUGH I HOPE NOT IM 34 YEARS OLD- I WOULD IN A HEART BEAT.

STAY POSOTIVE

STEVE

Thanks man! Did you have any bad breakouts during the treatment?

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Hey man, good luck with your course! I just started too and this community is SUPER supportive on here.

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I will make sure to keep a log here! I'm more nervous about the initial breakout then anything else...

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Don't worry about the IB that much. I rarely seen anyone on these posts with IBs that last for months or even a month. It's not that bad. Just keep aquaphor with you and you're pretty much good to go lol. Drinking water will be good to help clear the IB though so i will suggest doing that. But other than that, you can ask anyone on here for suggestions on products if any other side effects pop up. Best of luck!!

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Don't worry about the IB that much. I rarely seen anyone on these posts with IBs that last for months or even a month. It's not that bad. Just keep aquaphor with you and you're pretty much good to go lol. Drinking water will be good to help clear the IB though so i will suggest doing that. But other than that, you can ask anyone on here for suggestions on products if any other side effects pop up. Best of luck!!

thank you! I heard about aquaphor but my derm gave me a thing called CortiBalm for my lips so I assume that works well, but if it doesen't I can always try something else.

I plan on using my eucerin moisturizer because it worked great on dan's regimen, does anyone have any better moisturizers I should look into if Eucerin fails?

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honestly,try a little bit of olive oil. like less than a dime size all over your face. Won't clog your pores (dermatologist reccommended i use this yearsss ago) and helps fade red marks.

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honestly,try a little bit of olive oil. like less than a dime size all over your face. Won't clog your pores (dermatologist reccommended i use this yearsss ago) and helps fade red marks.

Good tip to remember

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Ahhhh dude, I think we'll be starting 'Tane in like the same week. Sweet.

I can't wait! Good luck!

thanks! but for anyone watching this log my start of accutane got delayed one day. I will be starting 2/16/10

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Are you clear yet...LOL! Congrats on starting today, I am only 9 days ahead of you! Good luck

haha in a dream world id be clear today. But this reality and theres no changes to my skin, not even any dryness or side effects.

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Get lip ointment, lot of people use aquaphor but i used blistex. I had an IB for the first month then my dosage was upped and I had another breakout. Finally started seeing improvement at about 2 and half months

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well I am on day 3 of taking 1 pill a day at 40MG. Im taking the form called isotrention or something like that.

I still have NO drying or NO chap lips. No other side effects. Today my skin looked slightly better.

Personally since ive started accutane my emotions have gotten happier. I walk through school feeling good about myself, probably because I know I'm on something that will eventually get my skin to where I want it. After 3 days mentally I feel so much better about my skin and its only improved a tad. I can't wait until I get the full affect.

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Day 12

Parents have told me my acne looks a good amount better. I have photo booth on my computer and during acne times I take a ton of pics of my face. I went back and looked at pictures I took right before accutane and compared them to today and now I see my acne has gotten better. I mean I still have pimples that are noticeable but it's not as bad.

I still don't have dry skin but I think im preventing it. From day 1 even when my skin wasnt dry I still put on moisturizer acting as if it was dry, I do this morning and night everyday and I still have no dryness. Latly my lips have been getting chap but nothing terrible.

It's only been 12 days so maybe the bad is coming but right now I have no complaints.

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Ok, so Its been almost 1.5 months. For the last half a month I upped my dosage to TWO 40mg pills daily. Overall my skin looks a lot better, people are noticing my skin getting clearer. I still have pimples but not as many, smaller, and less redness.

Still don't suffer from dry skin, but I always use moisturizer because I think that also helps prevent the dryness from occurring. My lips do get pretty dry, but chap stick has helped greatly.

Overall, I am very happy with accutane so far and its only been about 5 weeks! Hopefully it continues to improve!

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