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Hi everyone! I just picked up my first Accutane (Absorica) prescription (40mg once a day), and will begin taking it later this week! I just wanted to keep a log of my experience and maybe help others who are thinking about using it! I have had moderate to severe acne ever since I can remember, probably starting around 7th grade. I am now 21, and I am still struggling with it. I have tried topical creams, antibiotics, and every secret home remedy, but to no success. It has definitely affected my self esteem, and I am ready to finallly (hopefully) see some results! 
I am currently on anxiety medication, and my joints already hurt a lot (oops) but I’m optimistic that the medication will not affect that. I will attach some pics of my face as of this morning and hopefully take some more along the way. 
Feel free to leave some comments! BF0866E7-CAE3-478F-A864-6E2638011E8C.jpeg3C7A0D1D-4996-4CC4-B253-A5454A50BAC7.jpeg500C7072-0687-450C-BFE7-9F1F9E569777.jpeg

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Hi, i wish you the best for your medication. I start later this month aswell and know how you probably feel :)
The part about anxiety is something that will go away forsure!:smileys_n_people_21:
Again, good luck and i will try to follow this one as it starts close to mine ;)

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4 minutes ago, SalocinRH said:

Hi, i wish you the best for your medication. I start later this month aswell and know how you probably feel :)
The part about anxiety is something that will go away forsure!:smileys_n_people_21:
Again, good luck and i will try to follow this one as it starts close to mine ;)

Hi! Thank you so much! I wish you the best of luck in your medication as well! Let me know how yours goes as well!!! :)
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Thank you!
I think having a log even if its just for yourself has some kind of therapeutical (is that a word?^^) vibe to not get crazy over time haha.
I will tell you when i finally start :smileys_n_people_40::) 

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I'm hoping my derm will suggest this next time I see them!

How long is your 40mg for? I would like a low dose as such to try and reduce severity of side effects. 

Wishing you best fortunes with it, I hope it does you well.

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13 hours ago, jPablo said:

I'm hoping my derm will suggest this next time I see them!

How long is your 40mg for? I would like a low dose as such to try and reduce severity of side effects. 

Wishing you best fortunes with it, I hope it does you well.

Hi! I'm not really sure how long, my derm just said we will see how it goes, maybe 5 months? Thank you, I hope you get your prescription! 
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I saw you commented in my accutane blog , here to wish you good luck! Im also 21, f and on 40 mg. Hopefully we will both see lots of improovement. (Sorry for the bad english ) good luck!!

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1 hour ago, Scully21 said:

I saw you commented in my accutane blog , here to wish you good luck! Im also 21, f and on 40 mg. Hopefully we will both see lots of improovement. (Sorry for the bad english ) good luck!!

Hi!! thank you for commenting!! I start my medication tonight so hopefully we will see some results in the weeks to come! Keep me updated on your progress!
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Day 1 
Hi everyone! Today’s the day! I started my Accutane treatment today. I’m kinda nervous about side effects but I’m staying positive. My skin is about the same as my previous post, still pretty bad. But I’m excited to see results in the coming weeks! C9A65A43-3D85-4A9B-958F-4A2E989C6CBC.jpegD13A8B37-ED4B-4F83-B082-2F760CF0756A.jpeg50A12CAE-647E-4E08-84EC-ECAB9129A232.jpeg
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Day 3
Not much to report... my skin looks and feels about the same. My lips are a bit dry and cracked but that may be because it’s 15 degrees and windy outside lol. Further updates to come! :D 
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Day 7
7 days down!! I’m still not noticing much of a difference. My skin still looks the same, and is still super oily. No initial breakout yet either. I hope it holds off because I have a very important interview on Tuesday lol! My lips are still flaky and my hands are dry but that’s probably due to the cold... no joint pain when I’m working out, and I’m still as happy as ever. Everything’s going good with accutane so far, will update soon. :D Edited by Lindzzzz
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Day 8
MY FACE IS SO ITCHY! Has anyone else had this problem? It just started today and I don’t know if it has anything to do with accutane but wow it’s driving me crazy! Anyway, besides that everything is fine. I’m still getting new acne spots which is annoying but expected. Also I don’t think I mentioned this but I have acne on my chest and shoulders too. Hope this medicine helps that as well! 
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Give it time and everything will be clear! I promise.
Drink a lot of water and moisturize! And remember to take it with food! 
Also don't be discouraged if IB appears. It sadly works like this and afterwards you'll be clear. Goodluck and I hope time will go fast for you!

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DAY 9
okay, so my face is still EXTREMELY ITCHY. I moisturize every morning and evening and it’s still driving me crazy lol. Also, I think my IB is gonna start soon. It seems like every pore on my face is raised, and my skin feels so rough :( so annoying. My face is also super shiny and looks sunburned. But I’m still staying optimistic! (Also sorry the light is so weird, idk what happened lol) A7B42509-9F11-4A6D-B1AC-378978E80043.jpegF56281A5-6034-47D8-9008-E85AA14596E4.jpegB78925BD-C862-46D8-B9CA-3147E89785A2.jpeg Edited by Lindzzzz
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Day 11 
So my face isn’t as itchy anymore, but it’s starting to get dry. My lips are the worst... they hurt so bad and are super red and swollen... whenever I have makeup on, my skin is so flaky. Still moisturizing twice a day. Also, it still feels like every pore on my face is raised, it’s only probably going to get worse as the IB kicks in, I feel like my face is just going to be one giant spot... also my hands and feet are super dry. Staying strong though! We got this, accutane warriors!
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1 hour ago, Lindzzzz said:
Day 11 
So my face isn’t as itchy anymore, but it’s starting to get dry. My lips are the worst... they hurt so bad and are super red and swollen... whenever I have makeup on, my skin is so flaky. Still moisturizing twice a day. Also, it still feels like every pore on my face is raised, it’s only probably going to get worse as the IB kicks in, I feel like my face is just going to be one giant spot... also my hands and feet are super dry. Staying strong though! We got this, accutane warriors!
Omg! I totally feel you! My face looks so bad with makeup because of the dryness ☹️  And my lips are starting to get very dry... on the bright side tho, they look more plump! Lol I just keep telling myself “this will be so worth it!”
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Day 13
So my face is barely itchy at all, and feels so much smoother as compared to a few days ago! I can now wash my face without cringing because it felt like sandpaper lol. I also think my face is looking clearer already? Is that possible? I still have a lot of tiny little bumps but no active major cysts or anything is is new! Lips and hands are still dry but I’m managing. Everything is goin great!6023794E-13F0-4F4C-BD49-C54E9D0BD269.jpegD432A0A1-8AEC-4B0D-ABEB-66378B47C55F.jpegD73662E8-E6F8-42D6-BB11-870B3A7C50DA.jpeg Edited by Lindzzzz
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Definitely looks smoother than the first pictures!! Yay!! Happy for you!!! I hope it continues to go well!! I’m exepriencing extreme dryness!!! are you wearing makeup every day?

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It does look smother. That was the case with me as well, but then IB hit me in first and second month, be prepared mentally for not squeezing pimples. I tried my best not to apply any makeup :D

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20 hours ago, lisfmurillo said:

Definitely looks smoother than the first pictures!! Yay!! Happy for you!!! I hope it continues to go well!! I’m exepriencing extreme dryness!!! are you wearing makeup every day?

thank you!! and yes i am wearing makeup every day. I wish I didn't but I still feel too self-conscious without it. :( 
14 hours ago, sanjam95 said:

It does look smother. That was the case with me as well, but then IB hit me in first and second month, be prepared mentally for not squeezing pimples. I tried my best not to apply any makeup :D

Yeah I am still dreading the horrible IB... and I'm such a bad skin picker so its gonna be sooooo hard! But I will do my best. Also, I wish I could go out without makeup. I just feel so bad without it. :(
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Day 15

Everything is still going good. My face is still pretty smooth aside from a few tiny bumps around my jaw line and chin. I did have a cystic one come up around my nose though. :( my face is mainly scarring but that should fade hopefully. Still waiting for the IB. Also my face is still pretty flaky and it makes it so hard not to mess with it! OH and I have a question: around the time I started this medicine, I also started eating low carb, meaning I stopped eating bread, pasta and basically all sugars. Do you think this has helped my face clear up? Thanks accutane warriors!
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11 hours ago, Fraz_2010 said:

Be sure to drink plenty of water. Skin needs hydration from the inside out as well.

For sure, I drink as much water as I can :)
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