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Hi guys! I'm initiating my second course of accutane this week after being crystal clear for five years. I consider myself a veteran on the subject of accutane and also on the topic of acne in general, having tried pretty much all of the antibiotics and creams there are -- both perscription and over the counter. I thought starting this blog would be a good way for me to get through these next couple of months, and also help out any others who are currently on accutane, or qho are thinking about taking accutane. Please feel free to add in any comments or ask questions!

A little about myself --

I developed acne as a teenager. It was always very mild, and i was always able to keep it under control. Around my senior year of high school, it started to get worse. I was put on pretty much every acne medication you can name -- pills, creams, you name it. Dan's acne regimen was the only thing that kept me extremely clear, but the amount of benzoyl proxide I had to use was giving me extrememly dry, flakey, red skin, not to mention the moisturizer was giving my already oily skin a shiny, greasy look. I was tired of it! After a summer of using proactive, my acne started to get really bad. My face was a oily disaster, and it seemed like I would wake up every morning with new pimples all over my face. I was losing my confidence, and my acne was the only thing I was ever thinking of. I can relate to anyone who agrees that depression and acne are closely related, as i became very depressed at times, not even wanting to leave the house or be in pictures.

After that summer I took the plunge and told my dermotologist I wanted accutane. He gave me a 5 month course of 40mg and 60mg on the final month. Taking 40mg, the dryness was not that bad and i was able to keep it under control with a good moisturizer. The most annoying part was the chapped lips. The final month was the hardest part because my dosage was 20mg higher, resulting in even dryer skin and lips that cracked and bled. None the less, I came out alive, with beautiful, clear skin.

The next five years were amazing, as I never had to worry about acne, applying product to my face, or covering up pimples. I had the most confidence I had ever had. Unfortunately, some people require two treatments to see the best results. Throughout those five years of clearness, I experienced periodic outbreaks when I was stressed out. They started off so mild that they were not even noticeable, but as the years passed, they would get worse and worse. Just this past year, my skin began getting extremely oily again, and to my horror, my acne suddenly came back in full force.

It was hard for me because I had gone five years making a ton of progress in my confidence, and now it seemed like i was going backwards, back to where I was in high school. I vowed I wasn't going to let this happen, and I vowed to take on acne yet again with a higher dosage to destroy it once and for all. I've always been a faithful visitor to Dan's page because he has helped me so much in the past with his regimen, so i figured I would give back by helping out other acne sufferers out there.

So that's that! Here is the start of my blog, and I hope it helps out alot of you out there. For those of you who are hesitant on taking accutane -- i can say from personal experience that it is so worth the risk. Having acne can pretty much ruin your life with depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. It takes over your mind and at times all you are thinking about is how oily your skin is, or how bad your face looks. It disallows you to live life to your full potential. Nobody should have to go through that. We are all meant to live at our best with beautiful healthy skin! That is why I am willing to tackle this problem and endure the dryness all over again -- i'm thinking of that beautiful end result!

AcneWarrier

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Good luck man. I'm starting this week as well. I'm starting at 20mg for the 1st month. Then 40 mg the second. From there, the derm is gonna either up it to 60 or keep it at 40.

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Good luck man. I'm starting this week as well. I'm starting at 20mg for the 1st month. Then 40 mg the second. From there, the derm is gonna either up it to 60 or keep it at 40.

Good luck to you. If your dermotologist gives you the choice of whether or not to bump up the dosage, trust me when i say bump it up! The higher the dosage, the better chance it has to work long term! Small price to pay for a long term of perfect skin! :-)

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If you don't mind instead of starting a new thread, I'll ask you this question. I have active pimples on my face, and also red marks left over from past acne. Will accutane help get rid of the red marks as well as the active acne? Thank u

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If you don't mind instead of starting a new thread, I'll ask you this question. I have active pimples on my face, and also red marks left over from past acne. Will accutane help get rid of the red marks as well as the active acne? Thank u

Accutane will not heal red marks. It will, however, give your red marks time to heal and dissapear since you will not have any new acne flare ups while on the drug.

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Friday October 14 2011 "End of Week One!"

Well I finished my first week. Skin got extremely dry and red in only a couple of days, as well as my lips. I managed to find a really good chapstick at CVS that contains all sorts of moisturizers. On my first course of accutane i used Bert's Bees Wax, and I found myself applying it as often as every half hour. This chap stick seems to keep my lips moist for much longer :-)

As for moisturizer, I started off by using Neutrogena facial moisturizer but after a couple of days my skin was starting to peel and get flakey. I couldn't even smile without feeling like my skin was about to tear.I tried Dan's moisturizer that he sells on this site (I had some stored away from years ago) but that had the exact same effect as the Neutrogena -- along with making my face shiny and oily. I ended up doing some research on this site on best rated moisturizers and arrived on Cetaphil facial moisturizer. I bought a bottle from CVS and it works so much better than the Neutrogena -- skin is less shiny and it does a much better job moisturizing.

As far as progress, my skin is getting used to the drug. I'm starting to develope what is called the initial breakout which is basically your skin pushing out all the dirt and bacteria as it adjusts to the accutane resulting in a sometimes severe breakout. I remember mine from my first course only lasted about a week or two and then it was smooth sailing for the rest of the 20 weeks. Hoping this time is similar! My skin is extremely oily and dry and it's actually frustrating to be getting those comments at work such as "your face is really red!" or "Do you have sun burn?" I am also avoiding the mirror as much as possible. It's hard from going five years with perfect skin to just wanting to lock yourself in a dark room for 20 weeks until i'm clear again!!!

Never the less, I am looking forward into the future when I will once again have flawless skin and never have to worry about pimples!

Comments and questions welcomed! Will update you next week!

AcneWarrier

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