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Well I'm 19 and I finally got my roaccutane pills. I've been struggling with mild cystic acne for just over 5 years now, I'm not gonna write down my entire story since all of you are (or have been) in the exact same situation as me :P

I've been on countless other antibiotics and topical gels, lymecycline, doxycycline, BP, duac.. Isotrexin topical gels, you name it I've tried it. I've tried several different diets, such as cutting out sugars, milk, etc and nothing has worked for me. I even resorted to homoeopathy which did.. absolutely nothing.

Anyway after researching accutane for the last few years I decided to just go for it, I'm at the point where the possible benefit outweighs the possible risks. I suffer from anxiety issues and depression issues, both of which are pretty much brought on by my skin.. So I'm hoping these little pills will work, since they're pretty much my last resort. I've got several tubs of Carmex ready and some Cetaphil for my face and E45 for my body if needed.

I'll post pictures whenever (/if) my skin makes an improvement.

Month 1: 40mg (30/03/11 - 27/04/11)

Month 2: 40mg (27/04/11 - 25/05/11)

Month 3: 40mg (25/04/11 - 22/06/11)

Month 4: 40mg (22/06/11 - 20/07/11)

30/03/2011 - Day 1 - Start

20mg 2x a day, 1 at 2:30 (w lunch) and another at 9:30 (w dinner)

02/04/2011 - Day 4

Well my lips are already starting to dry out, not a huge problem since I have a stockpile of carmex lip balm. I have a few actives that seemed to pop up since starting accutane, but that could just be since I came off of lymecycline. My face is quite a bit redder than normal and my eyes feel kinda dry, might need to get some eye drops.

Other than that, all fine.

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Yuuh but it'll totally be worth it since we'll look awesome :>

03/04/2011 - Day 5

Not sure if it's the tane or something else but I'm noticing myself becoming more impatient, the smallest things seem to piss me off which wouldn't have even bothered a week ago. Like if I'm texting and it autocorrects it into something I didn't want, normally I'd be like "k" and fix it, now I feel like throwing my phone out the window.

Also woke up with a persistent headache, could just be an off day or could be the tane, we'll see.

05/04/2011 - Day 7

Well I woke up this morning and for the first time (ever?) my skin wasn't insanely oily. Normally when I wake up it's like.. a thick layer of oil D:

So yeah it's kicking in pretty quickly, I'm seeing my derm tomorrow so we'll see what he says.

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12/04/2011 - Day 14

Well second week, the effects have been here for over a week anwyays. Major dry lips, dry flaky skin etc. I went for a run on Saturday and the day after I had a huge breakout. So I'm thinking I should maybe avoid cardio for a while, that or it was just a poorly timed initial breakout.

In terms of dryness, I can wake up in the morning and there wont be like.. anything on my face at all. So I pretty much just wash my face with warm water since I'm worried about completely drying it out or something. I used to wash my hair every day and never condition, but I pretty much have to condition and rinse now.

I've also been getting frequent headaches, they're usually a pulsating behind my left eye.

Found out from my derm that I'll be on accu for a minimum of 4 months, hopefully it does the trick. When we spoke he was surprised I had only been on it a week, even though he told me to start on the 30th, oh well :P

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21/04/2011 - Day 23

Well just got past 3 weeks, accutane is definitely working. I wake up every day with dry skin which is amazing. Got 2 cysts up still, a giant one between my eyes which is incredibly frustrating.. But I guess I just need to power through it.

Most people who I've spoken to about my skin tell me to stop worrying about it since nobody cares, which is true I suppose, doesn't change the fact that whenever I look in the mirror I feel like a freak.

Anyway wish me luck :>

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27/04/2011 - Day 29 (1 Month)

First month down, still alive, yay. All the blackheads on my nose sort of just vanished, which is awesome because it seems to be working well, plus a month ago my nose was COVERED. Haven't had any major side effects.

Mentally I've been a bit sketchy, it could just be like, a bad month or something, or it could be the accutane. I've been depressed because of other circumstances in my life anyway.. Recently I've found it very difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

I've been having a lot of nightmares which wake me up in terror, quite frequently actually. But I'll put up with the chapped lips, dry skin and nightmares for 3-4 more months.

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04/05/2011 - Day 36 (1M/1W)

Skin has completely cleared up, haven't had any major spots in a week. My chest is completely smooth, before there were like.. blackheads n crap there and it was all bumpy. My shoulders are so much better, just some blemishes of previous spots etc

Only side effects I'm getting are dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. Oh and slight redness of the face. Most of my early assumptions about it affecting my mental health were probably wrong, I think I just read into Accutane too much :P

The only thing that really sucks is, for the last few weeks it's been so sunny and hot in England, but I have to keep out the sun for the most part :( But I can feel my confidence building up though.. So if I have to be a vampire-hermit for 3 more months, no problem.

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25/05/2011 - Day 57 (2M)

Saw my derm today, he said since my skin is doing so well I'll remain on 40mg a day, he also gave me some Ixotrexin to put on my scars and some Nicam gel for the redness. He told me to finish out my 2 remaining months and see him 2-3 weeks after I'm off the accutane.

I'm still having problems with my bipolar disorder and anxiety, but I'm guessing that has more to do with certain circumstances rather than the accutane.

Either way I'm very happy with my skin, I haven't had an active spot in about 2-3 weeks (which is incredible!) I'll take some pictures soon. I don't think I have any before photos though.

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Ha I'll take some soon(ish,) I've been busy passing my driving test like a pro :P

05/06/2011 - Day 68 (9 weeks)

My skin has been pretty much the same for the last month now, slight redness, no new spots. I haven't had a cyst in like... over a month which is amazing! I was given Isotrexin to put on my scars but I've only been able to do it once, my skin is just waaaay too dry to use it, when I put it on last time it felt like my skin was burning :(

As for my shoulders, well I have one or two spots which kinda sucks, but honestly I've never really felt self concious about my shoulders.

7 more weeks to go and I'll be done, and I can enjoy some sun hopefully :P

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16/06/2011 - Day 79 (11 weeks)

All is good, haven't had a spot in months which still amazes me. Most people who knew what I looked like before I went on it tell me I look like a completely different person.

The redness kinda sucks but well it's so much better than having acne.

Just under 7 weeks left till I'm done :)

I'll post pictures eventually, my SLR is boxed away since I've been in the middle of redecorating, and my iPhone doesn't really capture how good my skin looks now.

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pictures pictures pictures of before and after please lol. Anyways you basically saw results in less the month. I start 40mg in a couple days and I hope I can see results that quickly to god bless.

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pictures pictures pictures of before and after please lol. Anyways you basically saw results in less the month. I start 40mg in a couple days and I hope I can see results that quickly to god bless.

Not sure if I have any before photos since obviously I used to avoid showing my skin when it looked bad, however I used to get really bad cysts every other month :/

And yeah I keep meaning to take a picture :P

22/06/2011 - Day 85 (3 Months)

Well it's been 3 months of chapped lips and dry skin, one month left. Unfortunately I've been really ill since Saturday, not sure if it's related to tane or not but eh, got some sort of flu.

Anyway I have no active spots anywhere.. I had a little whitehead the other day but, other than that I've been clear for like 2 months.

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Jay: Wow.. u are making such progress. Only 1 month and u are clear??

Congrats!!

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Thanks :)

Yeah after a month I was clear. It probably helps I drink around 4 liters or water a day or something :P

06/07/2011 - Day 94 (3 Months something something)

Well I got 3 weeks left, had a nightmare last night that I broke out really badly. Ran into the bathroom and stared at my face for a few minutes, fuuuh.

Well my lips have been getting even drier, haven't had a spot for over 2 months, s'all good.

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06/07/2011 - Day 96 (3 Months something something)

Quick update. Might just be my paranoia.. but I swear my hair is thinner than it used to be.

I took a couple of pictures of my skin on my phone, but ehhh the camera doesn't do justice to how good my skin actually looks.

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19/07/2011 - Day 111(?) or something (3 Months 3 weeksish)

8 more days left, but I only have enough pills for 6 D:

Ah well. Let's hope my skin stays this way when I'm off it, got a derm appointment in a month.

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Well I've been off Accutane about a month now.

Never thought I'd say this but I miss the dry skin, the oilyness has come back. Not as bad as it used to be, but like before my face is slightly oily several hours after washing it.

Had a whitehead or two pop up which vanished after a few hours.. but I've been spot free for 2-3 months now. The redness is still noticeable in sunlight, but it's not really something I worry about.

I feel a hell of a lot more confident now and despite how rough accutane was I'm so glad I went on it.

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