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Accutane Log With Pics!

Hey everyone, so after many years of suffering with acne I finally got Accutane. I've tried all the typical creams, antibiotics and natural remedies which never got me 100% clear.

So I am suffering with acne on my face, neck, upper arms, shoulders, chest, back, and stomach. I've got it really back on my face, neck shoulders and upper arms. The acne on my stomach and chest is mostly just black heads and really small little bumps which I suspect to be folliculitis, but my derm said Accutane should take care of them.

I am currently on Day 17 at 40mg daily but, I did take pictures before starting Accutane of my face and upper arms:

Face: (open at your own risk, its really bad)

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...1-RightSide.jpg

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...k1-LeftSide.jpg

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...Week1-Front.jpg

Arms: (again, its really bad)

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...k1-RightArm.jpg

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ek1-LeftArm.jpg

so heres my log starting from Day 17

Day 17

My acne has really inflamed, especially on my arms and back. It is even painful to go to sleep because when ever I turn the pimples make my arms and shoulders hurt. Even if somebody touches my arm, I'll feel like a sharp pain due to the pimples.

Side Effects:

  • Dry Lips- There not to bad, sometimes I forget to put vaseline on them at night, and there still okay in the morning
  • Dry Eyes- About half way through the day, my eyes get dry
  • Dandruff- LOTTSSS of dandruff, Im using head and shoulders every other day
  • Nose Bleeds- So far I have gotten 3, one last week, one last night and one this morning. Luckily I was at home when all of them happen.
  • Dry Skin- Only a little bit of dry skin on my face, but my arms are starting to flake a bit

Other than that, I have been going to the gym like usual and doing heavy lifting. I have also changed up my diet, because before starting Accutane I was avoiding a lot of foods to try to keep my acne under control. But now since Accutane is going to take care of my acne anyways, Im going to eat what ever I like :). So everyday I am going to try to get 175 grams of high quality protein into my diet in order to gain more mass.

Edited by MysteriousMe

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Welcome.

I recommend using eye drops. I've gotten 5 or 6 styes during my course and I think it was related to dryness.

For your lips I recommend Aquaphor, you can use it on your hands too. And I use a q-tip and apply vaseline in my nose to prevent nosebleeds.

Good Luck!

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Hey buddy! Good luck with your course. I just finished week 1 of my second course of accutane (first course wasnt complete)

My acne is really inflamed and painful too! If you have any questions just ask since i have been through this once already. Even though it wasnt a complete 6 month course it was worth it. Keep strong!

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Hey, I am going to give a small update right now. I'll give a another update with more detail and pictures in 8 days, which will be the end of my first month.

So today I had an appointment with my derm and he said I'll be going up to 80mg for the rest of my 5 month starting on month 2. Other then that, I'm still breaking out, I don't know if I should call this my IB because I'm always breaking out.

and I'm going to lay off the dead lifts and squats at the gym for 2 weeks, I'm feeling a little bit of lower back pain so I'm going to be extra cautious to not aggravate it more.

dorismarilyn: Hey, I tried looking for Aquaphor at Wal-Mart, but they said they didn't have it, so I'll just have to do with Vaseline for now and I haven't gotten any nosebleeds since I started applying Vaseline regularly to my nose at night. As for the eye drops, I think I'll pick some up tomorrow if I get time :). Thanks!

flyboykp: Thanks! I just read your log, it sucks that you couldn't complete your first coarse, but goodluck with your second coarse :)

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When I went to Wal-Mart they also didn't know where it was. Check out the moisturizer section. It close to the Eucerin since it's by the same makers :)

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Just yesterday I said I was going to give another update in 8 days, which is the end of month 1, but I'm feeling really down about my acne right now and can't get it off my mind. So I'm going to do it now.

Day 23

So here are the pictures

Face:

Left Side

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23018.jpg

Front

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23017.jpg

Right Side

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23021.jpg

Arms/Shoulders:

Right Arm

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23010.jpg

Right Shoulder

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23011.jpg

Left Arm

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23007.jpg

Left Shoulder

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23015.jpg

and these are the little annoying stubborn bumps on my stomach :wall:

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...ne/Day23005.jpg

As you can see, the acne on my arms has gotten worse, and so has the right side of my face and forehead. But my left cheek is clearing up pretty well and I know my skin has a lot of discoloration as well as acne, the discoloration was caused by all the harsh topical medications I have used, which dried my skin out like crazy and made it itchy and discolored. I am going to ask my derm what I can do about it once my acne goes away...*if it goes away.

I feel like my face will be 100% clear by using Accutane, but I am very skeptical about my body acne going away. Maybe it's because I have seen so many before and after pictures of face's but not so many body acne pictures before and after Accutane. But I guess only time will tell, and I pray that accutane will take care of my body acne as well.

Side Effects:

  • Dry Lips
  • Dry Skin
  • Little Bit of Back Pain
  • Dry Eyes

dorismarilyn: I asked one of guys working in the pharmacy area, and he took me to all the lotions and everything, and the Eucerin lotion was there, but no Aquaphor. I live in Canada by the way, maybe its not sold here.

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I wouldn't worry too much about the aquaphor.

Aquaphor is basically the same as Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly, the active ingredient in Aquaphor is Petrolatum which basically what vaseline is made of. Same crap different name and more expensive lol.

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Hey good luck with your treatment i can relate to a lot of what u posted. One thing about the food though im guessing u tried a diet like i did at some point to help with the acne? Well u said youd eat whatever u want but maybe its just me but i feel like every little bit helps im stacking diet with hopefully exercise again soon (though its tough now with the current Breakout i have now) to help with the tane.

Im starting out on the same dossage as you but just started not 3 days ago so ill be checking up on your log to see what i can expect.

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I know it can work for you. I looked just like you when I took it the first two times. Afterwards for 5+ years basically all the cysts were gone, except for the scars of course. Just get through the next 6 months and you will def feel good. Accutane was made for people like us!

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Day 27:

ahah, its a Saturday night and I'm on acne.org, hopefully it wont be like this in a few months.

I'm hoping my face will be clear by December and as for my body acne...I don't even know if it will ever clear.

On my body, I think I have both folliculitis and acne because it doesn't look like normal acne. It's just so frustrating!!! :(

The acne on my cheeks is starting to clear really well, but my forehead is a mess.

My arms are a little less inflamed now I guess. They don't look much different from the last picture, but they hurt less when I turn on my side at night. My shoulders are less painful too, but I've gotten a few random cysts on my back like 2 on my lower back, 1 in the middle and about 3 on my upper back and they KILL just if I touch them, or my back touches against anything else.

The bumps on my stomach haven't changed.

Side Effects:

  • Dry Lips - My lips are only a little bit dry
  • Dry Skin - Only dry on my nose and around my nose
  • Dry Eyes
  • Harder to deal with my personal problems and controlling my emotions - I feel really sad, confused, frustrated about my acne and other problems. I think I just need to spend more time with my family and people who I feel comfortable around with my acne.
  • Hair Loss - A bit more shedding than before, or I could be just paranoid because I never really paid attention to the amount of hair I lost everyday before Accutane, but now when I wake up in the morning I brush my hair and notice like 20-30 hairs fallen out and maybe another 20 in the shower. I think thats normal but it still kind freaked me out :P
  • Pain - Nothing unbearable, just when I lay down theres pain from under my ribs all the way to my middle back and lower back, I only feel it for the first 5 minutes when I lay down

bio_nerd: Thanks for the info :). btw I saw Aquaphor at Shoppers Drug Mart, it was pretty expensive, I didn't get it cause vaseline is good for now.

Hoopsjunkie631: Yeah I tried a diet to help with Acne. Last year it worked pretty well it made my face 80% clear but never 100% and it had no effect on my body acne. I was on that diet for 3 months but for some reason it stopped working. My face slowly starting getting worse so I just went back to a normal diet. And before starting Accutane I tried the acne diet thing again for the summer. It didn't work. You are right about everything helping, but I feel like I shouldn't have to worry about what I eat while on Accutane, because Accutane is supposed to be so powerful.

sippycup: Thank you sippycup, your comment really helped me feel better when I read it. Did you have body acne as well?

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Day 37:

I am really worried right now. My acne seems to be drying out, but I'm really worried about my hair. In the morning when I brush my hair over the sink, about 30 hairs fall out and some more in the shower...which is normal because average amount of hair loss is 50-100 hairs per day. BUT MY EYEBROWS!!!!! I don't know if this is normal, but I lose like maybe on average 9 hairs from each brow a day. I mean the hair doesn't just fall out, but when I go through my eyebrows with my fingers and VERY GENTLY pull some of the hair I usually get 1 or 2 hairs at a time. So throughout the whole day its 9 hairs from each brow on average. I am not really even pulling the eyebrow hair, I just grab some hair on my eyebrow with the tips of my thumb and 2 fingers and just sorta let the hair slide through my hands. IS THIS NORMAL? I'm really worried. I also loss maybe 2-3 hairs from each eyelash a day when I do the same thing. My eyebrows are pretty thick.

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Day 37:

I am really worried right now. My acne seems to be drying out, but I'm really worried about my hair. In the morning when I brush my hair over the sink, about 30 hairs fall out and some more in the shower...which is normal because average amount of hair loss is 50-100 hairs per day. BUT MY EYEBROWS!!!!! I don't know if this is normal, but I lose like maybe on average 9 hairs from each brow a day. I mean the hair doesn't just fall out, but when I go through my eyebrows with my fingers and VERY GENTLY pull some of the hair I usually get 1 or 2 hairs at a time. So throughout the whole day its 9 hairs from each brow on average. I am not really even pulling the eyebrow hair, I just grab some hair on my eyebrow with the tips of my thumb and 2 fingers and just sorta let the hair slide through my hands. IS THIS NORMAL? I'm really worried. I also loss maybe 2-3 hairs from each eyelash a day when I do the same thing. My eyebrows are pretty thick.

I think the eyebrow thing should be fine.

as I was reading your entry.. I kind of tried it on my eyebrows haha.. and i got one each time i tried.. so like 3 from each eyebrow.. from three total times I tried :P

we shed hair constantly ... everywhere nose hair, head hair so eyebrows too.

eyebrows DO grow back too as long as u dont damage teh follicles underneath (thats why girls who overpluck.. just gotta play the waiting game) But I really don't think you need to worry too much :)

Good Luck!! I just started taking accutane about a week ago :]

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Day 81

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Here are the pictures:

Face- Front

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410098

Face- Right Side

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410133

Face- Left Side

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410159

BODY

Left arm

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410187

Right Arm

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410338

Right SHoulder

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410354

Left Shoulder

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410494

Stomach

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410514

Chest

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz47/my...pg?t=1291410539

So as you can see, my face has cleared up pretty well, but my body...is really bad. I really hope Accutane does the trick because I don't know what I'll do if it doesn't work.

Side Effects:

  • Dry Lips
  • Dry Skin
  • Tired
  • Appetite Lost -- Weight Loss
  • Hair Loss? or am I just paranoid

So when I last posted I was really freaked out about my eyebrows, because I have been losing a lot lately. Like this morning I was just brushing my eyebrows over the sink with my fingers and 7 fell out and then throughout the day when ever I go through my eyebrows with my fingers I loss like maybe 7-9. So thats approximately 15 hairs a day from my eyebrows, sometimes more sometimes less. I am really really worried about my eyebrows, but what can I do? I can't stop accutane, because its the only thing that is working for my acne, and my acne is...everywhere. I'm not losing any noticeable hair from my head, but I am losing pubic hair, which is weird. I've also lost a lot of weight since starting accutane, I've lost 14 pounds. When I started accutane, I said I was going to eat a lot and gain mass, but that didn't last very long, because I fell out of my workout routine because of school work and I am overall very tired all the time. So now I don't get hungry a lot, and when I do, I can't eat as much as I used, but I still force my self to eat more. Some people get through accutane fine, and others have a hard time, I'm having a really hard time. I really feel the effects of it, I'm always so emotional now, every little thing worries me, and when ever I'm alone I can't stop worrying about stuff like my skin, my hair, and so on. I told the derm about my eyebrows and he said that my eyebrows are fine and it was up to me if i wanted to discontinue taking tane, but I;m still continuing. But he really scared me cause I told him I was really worried that my eyebrows might not stop falling out when I stop the drug, and he said "yeah there is a possibility they might not stop." So I took some pictures of my eyebrows, and I'll take more pictures of them in a month and post them and you guys can judge and see if theres a difference or if I should be worried.

The derm also gave me 2% Fucidin creme for my body. Should I use that? because its a creme and I think it might break me out more:S

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