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day 4

my backache disappeared by the beginning of day 3, thank goodness. so maybe it wasn't related?

I think I'm starting to get that initial breakout. my pores are very clogged, and little blackheads and whiteheads are popping up everywhere on my face. I don't mind so much because there isn't much redness like I usually get with the bumps under my skin. I put a thin layer of differin on my face and some 10% bp on the active pimples to help keep things under control. I know we're not supposed to use any topicals with accutane, but I figure since I just started and my skin isn't drying out yet it would be okay to use them while I'm still breaking out.


day 1

alright, took my first dose this afternoon! starting at 30mg once a day. I took it with some full-fat yogurt, hoping that helps absorption.

my skin actually isn't horrible today. some leftover red marks and a few bumps under the skin, but not bad. when my brother did this his skin looked great two weeks in, so here's hoping!

I took a nap and woke up with a crazy lower back ache. I've heard that can be a side effect, but can it really happen after just one dose?? bc this is gonna be a long road of backaches if that's the case...

oh well, other than that, I'm excited!!


here we go!

well, I'm finally taking the plunge! I'm a 23-year-old female and I've had moderate acne for about ten years. I've used pretty much every topical, antibiotic, vitamin supplement, OTC treatment, and crazy home remedy there is. tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur washes, erythromycin, doxycycline, monocycline, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, the pill, Differin and Duac, etc. I feel like I've tried EVERYTHING out there and nothing has really given me the skin I deserve. I went to a new derm this year and she was the first derm to suggest I try Accutane. I'm a smart, funny, pretty, confident girl - but lately my acne has really been giving me major self-esteem issues. I'm an actress and hate showing my face on camera. I literally hide at home, afraid to go out in public and see my friends because I am so embarrassed by my skin. but this morning I had the last blood/pregnancy test I need to fill my first Sotret prescription!! so I'm waiting for my derm to get the results and confirm me in iPledge and then I'll start my journey early next week.

I'm really excited at the prospect of never having acne again, and never having to deal with painful cysts, and never spending any more time or money on makeup and irritating creams. but I'm also terrified. I'm really scared of all the side effects. and I'm really REALLY scared that this won't work. but I'm gonna do my best to stay positive. I've spent a lot of time on this website, and everyone's stories have been so helpful and encouraging - so I'm gonna document my Accutane experience in and hope that someone else will be inspired to finally take the plunge. :naughty:

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