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My Accutane Journal

Im 16 year old male. I've had acne since 7th grade. Im currently in 11th grade. My acne is pretty bad. You could clasify it as severe (nudules and cysts).

I've pretty much tried everything. (minocycline, retin-a, clynamcyn(sp?) phosphate, LOTS of over-the-counter, klear action).

At first my acne hit my forehead. 7-10th grade it was all about the forehead. but all of a sudden when i get rid of most of it . it moves down to my cheeks!!!!! im so bad about that. btw i used klear action when the acne on my forehead went 85% away.

My dermatologist instantly told me to go on accutane. he first put me on retin-a (ugh). Well i went to walgreens to get the accutane. Price tag $536 shock.gifshock.gifshock.gifshock.gif

i just cant imagine paying 536 for 5 months. AHHHHHHHHHHH.

well day 1 starts today at dinner time.

40 MG.

I have cetaphil and aquafor ointment. Im prepared

----------------DAY 1-------------------

forehead- pretty clear. few white heads.

cheeks- cysts and nudules. RED. bumpy.

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---Day 2---

Nothing happening so far. no dryness. no nothing. same acne severity.

a few headaches through the day. most likely from our pep rally. LOAD. ahh

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500 bucks. man thats not cool. well i think thats what i pay im not sure. i think i pay like 100 a month and im on it for 5 motnhs so yeah i guess its the same. my insurance covers most of it i think. oh well but yeah.... good luck bro im on day 10/11 now and so far its not goign too bad. by day 3 you should feel some mild lips and by day 6 or so your lips are dry man. every time i wake up in the morning i have some whitheads come up but when i shower theyre gone. i have severe acne like you do and im 17. gl to you and keep your hopes up because its goign to work!

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hey thanks man. gl to you too.

yeah mines 536/month. ouch. we'll see what insurance has to say

---Day 3---

Still nothing. I had minor headaches early in morning. Nothing bad.

i put some cetaphil on my face because my skin was skill dry after Retin-A.

Otherwise nothing has changed.

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---Day 4---

No noticeable changes so far.

Couple hours after shower, my cheeks were quite dry. not BAD but dry. so i used some cetaphil lotion. Other than that, nothing. Lips feel fine still.

oh and very minor headaches in the morning.

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--- Day 5 ---

i used moisturizer bar in shower and cetaphil lotion after shower. my skin on face is drying up without it. My lips still feel fine. My face seem to be getting a little worse. Things seem to be "surfacing."

Mid-day minor headaches returned. (is this bad?)

thats it for now.

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---1 week---

After 1 week, my acne has stayed the same if not a little worse.

White heads popped up. most were big ones.

I've had to use cetaphil just about every morning now and blistex A LOT!

Side affects:

dry skin

dry lips

back aches

minor headaches

joints feel wierd

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tomorrow (sunday) = day 11.

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---DAY 12---

I forgot to bring my blistex to school and omg my lips felt bad. it wasnt HORRIBLY dry but i could feel it the whole time. anyways my routine is still the same. cetaphil in the morning and blistex throughout the day.

oh and NO MORE HEADACHES!!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

my acne is about the same. white heads through out my cheeks. i felt my face today and omg the huge cysts (? i think ?) are everywhere. they are like really close together so its like a "chain of islands" on my cheeks. stretching from my cheekbone going around and ending up at my jawline.

only smooth parts on my face is forehead (barely) and sides of my nose

SIDE AFFECTS

Lower back pain when i lay down

dry face

dry lips

somewhat dry inside my nose. (kind of)

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---2 weeks---

Well whiteheads just popped up like crazy today. arghh. it almost seems like im getting more cysts. they are still all over my cheeks. looking bad. not much if at all any improvements.

Cetaphil lotion in morning

aquaphor morning and night.

blistex inbetween

SIDE AFFECTS

dryness (the usual)

lower back pains when laying down. (short)

glad to say that is it.

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---Day 18---

Hey everyone. well my acne is ummm lets see...

...white heads popping up everyday.

cysts seem to be barely reducing in size.

face is VERY bumpy and red.

SIDE AFFECTS

The usual dryness (lips, face)

lower back pain while laying down.

and just today i got a headache again. (i hope it was just the lack of sleep)

back to the derm. on Thursday!!! cant wait to see what he has to say.

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---DAY 35---

Im back. sorry for major lack of updates but here i am. Day 35. I went to my 1 month re-visit to my derm awhile ago and that idiot barely talked to me about my acne. he just did blood test and gave me another prescription. he even circled female on my sheet. I HATE him . He also switched brands. Claravis to Sotret. err

Anyways my face...

my left side - has improved. Still a few, maybe around 5, cysts. Some parts almost feel smooth but not quite. Red marks are fresh and plentifull. (HOW long do these things take??)

Right side - Ugh. It really seems like it is getting worse. White heads still coming up like crazy. My cysts dont plan on going away. RED. looks horrible. bad bad bad bad bad BAD.

Forehead - Best looking part. But 2 big "pimples". Smooth i guess. White heads come up 1 or 2 times a week.

Side Affects

Dry lips

Dry face

Lower back pain when laying down

Joints feel bad (not painful but ache-ish) when i run and stuff

Dry hands and some arm (i just squeezed some aquaphor on it lol)

ahh long list . think thats it...

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---Day 36---

Hmm not much as changed. Heres my little schedule...

cetaphil anti-bacterial in morning and before bed

Cetaphil lotion on face in morning

Aquaphor on lips and other parts if needed

My face is umm pretty much the same. Right side still looking bad. Not much improvements besides some white heads going away.

Left side is same.

Side Affects

Dry Lips

Dry Arms

Dry Face

Joint pains. (not bad)

Lower back pain

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---Day 36---

Hmm not much as changed. Heres my little schedule...

cetaphil anti-bacterial in morning and before bed

Cetaphil lotion on face in morning

Aquaphor on lips and other parts if needed

My face is umm pretty much the same. Right side still looking bad. Not much improvements besides some white heads going away.

Left side is same.

Side Affects

Dry Lips

Dry Arms

Dry Face

Joint pains. (not bad)

Lower back pain

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Hey guys, what's up?

I'm from Louisiana and I fully intend to start Accutane tomorrow. I've taken it before (in 10th grade). I'm now in 12th grade and my acne has come back, and I blame it on stress; because I've been going to a gifted boarding school where the academics are really rough. I know my doctor will give me accutane tomorrow, so I plan to start it then! Good luck to you all...

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---Day 86---

(time sure does go by fast...)

My dermatologist sucks... this is how my check-up goes.

Derm: Any side affects? dry lips? nose bleeds? joint pains?

Me: yeah all of those

Derm: Ok heres you're new prescription , see you in a month.

ME: (WTF??)

Schedule:

Cetaphil anti-bacterial Face wash in the morning

Ceaphil moisturizer in the morning

Aquaphor throughout the day

Drink gatorade (yeah they told me too, said it helps the joints)

Cetaphil anti-bacterial face wash at night

pretty simple

Progress on face:

Well both sides of my cheeks have improved A LOT!! I can still feel some under there, couple of cysts maybe, but barely any breakouts at all.

The red marks are nice and fresh though. Both sides have em, but the right side the worst. Hope these fade fast...

My forehead is clear! Scarred.

Side Affects

☼Dry face, lips, arms, hands. (using the cetaphil for this. and i even spread aquaphor on my hands to see if it would work, and sure enough it was smooth in 3 days

☼Joints dont feel "natural".

☼Back isnt as bad as it used to be. (yay)

☼nose bleeds

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-End of 5th month-

I went in for my end of 5th month visit. ( i was put on accutane for 5 months) and my stupid doctor wants me to go on 20 more pills. He also said after im done, depending on how i look, hes gonna put me on a cream for scarring. i thought i couldnt use creams or whatever after accutane... whatever. i hate my doctor

Side affects

Nose bleeds

back 'pain' when laying down

the usual dry

NEW ADDITION!

Irritability

lately ive been getting mad pretty easily. and im ignoring people and junk. It first i thought its just me, but my doctor is linking it up with accutane.

I'll be back... maybe...

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