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3Rd Course Of Accutane

This is my 3rd course. Its only been 6 months until I had to start my 3rd course so I was abit upset. My first course I had acne remission for about a year and a half until my second course. Each time I was on Accutane for 5-6 months if I recall.

Here are some pics. My acne isn't too flared up right now due to being back home and hitting the beach and relaxing and what not. It was looking pretty bad at school and I was getting alittle depressed my acne was coming back so fast.

I'll try and keep some monthly updates if I don't forget.

I only have acne on the face. I used to have bad back acne but after Accutane I never broke out on the back anymore; however, Accutane did leave me with some pretty deep hypertrophic scars that my dermatoligist says I can't get rid of. Right now I'm starting off low in 20mg because I usually have a pretty bad intial breakout. And it takes around the 4th month for me to see any results.

Also I'm 20, 5'8, and 150lb.

And anyone know the statistics for taking a 4th course? Obviosuly I'd rather not but knowing my skin I feel like I'll probably have to eventually.

Also is there any conclusive data about drinking alot and being on accutane?

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I have been on accutane four times and if i could give anyone any advice about multiple courses, it this, try something else. If by the third time you are not clear, most likely accutane will not work for you long term. Have you tried diet changes and such? Diet and lifestyle can definitely affect your skin so if you're living like a typical college student then there is indeed room for improvement.

Good luck on your journey

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Just a little update. After day 9 I've been breaking out everyday with new white heads. I've been using Mario badescu drying cream which helps reduce the size but each day it doesn't matter as new one pops out. Currently on day 12 and hoping to God my intial breakout ends its pretty bad.

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I forgot my 1st course as it was awhile ago but I beleive 6 months with starting 10, 20, than 40. 2nd course was 5 months going 20 than 40. Never went above 40 due to the side effects being to severe.

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Just thought I'd give alittle update.

Day 16. Some intial breakout stuff, mostly on my right side of the cheeck alot of new whiteheads and it seems abit more red and irritated.

Side effects wise there is nothing unusual. Just the normal skin dryness, hair dandruff, bloody noses, and dry lips.

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Just an update I'll get some pics. Keep breaking out and face is much more irritated. Kind of scared to get any more scars on my face. Doc bumped me up to 40mg.

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Did diet and lifestyle changes work for you? And what do you suggest?

Diet definitely makes it worse. I truly believe my acne stems from hormones so unless I get those under control, I'll always break out. Paleo seems to be a good one that cuts out most allergens. Give it a 3 month shot.

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3 days away from month 2. Prob the worst month I've had. Bad breakouts...way more redness. Started to breakout on my neck which I've never had before.

acne has single handedly made my college experience the worst. I used to have a blast now I hate going out in public. Can't even talk to girls at parties and am just constantly self aware and depressed because of acne. I'm hoping month 3 I can get some results. What's been really hard is people notice and ask me whats going on with my face.

Week away with school being done and being home will be great for me. But this month has just been a mental struggle.

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