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clearforall2010

FORGET IT!!

I am done - by choice. I quit Accutane with two weeks left, just last week. Couldn't do it. I want moisture back! I wanna tan! I wanna put lipstick on without it showing cracks! You get it.

It has been a few days and things are great. My lips - oh my lips! They are mine again! The dry skin on my face is gone!

I have acne from the past couple of months but I am hoping it will clear once it can breathe and have a drink.

I'll keep ya posted!

clearforall2010

Hey guys! Two weeks left. My face was waaaayyy better months ago. Ever since progressing to the 40mg my skin has been very dry with pimples under the dryness. I am hoping that when I am done and the dryness subsides it will dissappear. I have came so far.

clearforall2010

It feels so good to write that. I have one month left and I cannot wait for it to be over. Accutane delivers amazing results but is a harsh treatment. I have been having some pretty bad side effects. All have been mentioned is previous posts. Presently, my skin is clear - other than my chin. It has "broken out with weird red bumps" and is so dry and flaky - painful. I have also got a few bumps around my eyes which is weird.

I "love" accutane results. At the end of the month, I am spoiling myself and skin. Tanning, facials, peels. It's been a looong time.

clearforall2010

Hey all, just updating my blog here. I cannot wait for this to be over b/c I am soooo over accutane. I am so freaking dry everywhere. My chin is beyond repair - so chapped and crusty. My lips are killing me and I have the ezema on my hands in a bad way. My eyes are so dry and yellow. I have constant buggers in my nose. I have no acne. Its not even exciting anymore. I just want to be done (2 more months) so I can do laser re surfacing b/c the scars aren't pretty. C'mon!!!!

clearforall2010

Week 16

Just about the same as last week. My skin is not pretty. It is dry and flaky and dull. I have a few pimples, and a lot of dry skin on my face - exema looking. I would still say I am clear b/c I have really only 1 pimple and the rest is little cuts. I am seeing my derm this week and I will not be upping my dosage whether she suggests or not. My skin and hair is too dry and I am having a hard time coping with the joint pain. Other than that all is good. Cant' wait for spring!!!!!

clearforall2010

Week 15

This week I am a little annoyed. I believe the 40 mg has made me break out (officially 2 weeks of the 40 - which is when I first broke out on my initial dose and the 30mg.) I have a few tiny pimples scattered across my face. My skin and lips are super dry, especially in the chin area which again, is flaking off. The corners of my lips are often white with gunk. Not too mention my buggers. Tiny little dry flakes that always sit in the bottom of my nose - I never had before Accutane. I feel kinda gross at times. I hope to whoever, that this goes away and it's just another IB. I have been so mean for the past couple months. I yell now - I never did before - it hurt my throat - lol. I'll let you know what goes on from now till next week. Like I said - just annoyed at this point. Talk to you soon.

clearforall2010

Week 14

Now on 40 mgs for a week or so. Got a pimple right away. Kinda big too. It's gone now though. I am starting to get dry patches of skin all over my body. My lower back is killing me all the time. My mood hasn't changed much. Things are going really good - not too much to report.

clearforall2010

Week 13

Hi Guys. I begin at 40 mgs today. It's only one pill - much more conveinent. My skin is really dry on my hands and body. My hair is extremley dry as well (I did not suffer from oily hair) - I hate it - I need a treatment asap! Everything is going well. Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and it catches me off guard, I don't even look like me. I have been drinking on the weekends and the hangovers are insane. Next steps - taking down all of my acne covered facebook pics!!! LOL. Can't wait to tan, wax, exfoliate, and do a microderm. Good luck guys.

clearforall2010

Week 12

3 months!!! I made it ya'll!! I saw my derm today and we agreed to up my doasge another 10mg. I will be going from 30 to 40. I am prepared for the dryness and a little breakout and whatever other side effects Accutane chooses to throw on me. I haven't had a pimple since the 3 tiny ones that didn't even come to a head when I upping my dosage last month. :D:) I asked my derm about my scarring and she told me that the redness could reduce and go away on its own but if the skin is indented in anyway it's permanent. Sooo, bring on the laser. If I stay at 40mg my course will be complete complete in 4 months - June 1. I plan to keep increasing my dose if I can handle it to reduce the waitng time. I am going to need to some sun and soon!!!!

Has anyone tried tanning on Accutane???

clearforall2010

Week 11

Ok, so I have definatly had a small breakout due to my upped dosage. My skin is alot drier and flakier. Something I have noticed - Accutane is trying to fill in my earring holes!!!! My hands are quite bad at times, I get the rash and so many small cuts. I'm feeling over all quite well. My joints really only hurt when I am physically active but my mood continues to be just plain mean. Another thing that has been really cool - for girls - is that I used to get the oil crease in my eyshadow by early morning but I haven't had that since beginning Accutane! I hope it never comes back!! Other than that not too much to report. Accutane has been a blessing thus far.

clearforall2010

Week 10

Hey Guys,

Week 10 is good. I did get 2 small pimples over the last couple of days, wondering if it is from the dose increase. My derm told me I should not have another breakout due to the upage - but what does she know? She don't have acne hahahaha. The initial dryness has subsided, the flaking has stopped. I wish so badly I didn't have scars cause my skin would be near perfect now. :) I hope everyone else is doing great on their treatment. Talk soon!

clearforall2010

Week 9

At 30 mgs for the last couple of days. The dryness is back, my chin is falling off! Gross really. I love accutane. All weekend I partied, wearing a crazy amount of makeup and I did not wash my face any of the nights, waking up to still, a clear face. Cannot remember this ever happening! Same side effects.

clearforall2010

Week 8

Hi, Happy Holidays All! I am now on week 8 and have seen my Derm who has upped me to 30mg. She wanted to put me up to 40mg but I refused for this month as I am already experiencing some bad side effects (depression, joint pain, tired). My skin is ok, I got 3 small pimples last week which is a pain. I was loving washing my face in the am and feeling no bumps. The scarring is really bad now. I don't start the 30mg until late this week. I hoping it will not worsen my current state.

clearforall2010

Week 7

Week 7 - I see my Derm this week and hope to up my dosage to 30-40 mg (currently at 20). Really not a whole lot happening. My skin is pretty clear other than scars. When I look at my face straight on, it looks great - from the sides, my skin is indented and not pretty. I only have 2 very small actives.

The rash on my hand got really bad last week. It's gone now with the help of Glysomed. My face and lips continue to be dry but manageable. I have joint pain, mainly in my lower back, hips and knees.

So far so good.

clearforall2010

Hello All!

I regretfully retract my statement from last week because this week is no good. My skin looks really bad. I have broken out on my cheeks mainly and a couple on my forehead. Last week even the scarring looked better, this week it's bad. I think it has to do with the cold because my scarring goes purple looking and is more noticeable. Also, the end of last week I fell asleep 3 time without washing my face (removing make up) and that is really bad for my skin. The cysts I had on my jawline are still there, they are not full, but the sacs remain. My skin is quite dry. Over the weekend I do not drink enough water or use enough moisturizer and the rash on my hands returns as well as the dry skin on my face, mainly in my eyebrow area.

clearforall2010

Week 5 Still

Hey!! I am writing cause I am having a really good day, my skin looks really great :redface: . Do you know what it's like to not remember what you look like without acne? (I'm sure a few do). I feel like I don't recognize my skin right now. I mean - it's not perfect. I have scarring and in the winter it turns that purple colour when cold. I will be undergoing scar treatment once my accutane course is complete and I have the safe go ahead. I read someone's blog urging people not to pick, squeeze or pop pimples while on accutane b/c it will leave a black mark - well they are right. I had to "deflate" this cyst on my left jawline or it would have just sat there for what sees like forever. Ok - so I squeezed it and I have really bad blood spot there. Better than an unsightly cyst though right? Other than that all is good. I keep telling you guys I am using Avene products because they are amazing, I am pitching others use their products as they are designed (certain line) for those on acne meds such as accutane. Talk to you soon!

clearforall2010

Week 5

Hi Guys,

I'm thinking no one is reading my blog but that's ok - I'm writing it. So I am on Week 5 and my IB is dried up but still sits under the skin. My breakouts mainly happen on my cheek and I get cystic acne under my jaw line.

I drank a $5 milkshake yesterday just to break out today. I got 2 spots. Guys - there really is a connection between acne and dairy. :redface:

Other than that I'm doing good. The skin that is clear looks really nice, really healthy. I use Avene products (wash, moisturizer, thermal spray) for my face and lips (Aquafor as well) and Glysomed for the hand rash that if taken care of is not noticeable.

Update soon!

Side Effects

Dry lips/Dry Skin

Anger/Aggression

Joint Pain

Rash on Hands

clearforall2010

I lied - Week 4

Hi everyone! Ok, so I was supposed to document the past couple of weeks but I have been so busy reading everyone else' accutane experience. I am now on week 4 and going through the IB. It began late week 2 and is nasty. Way worse than my skin originally was. I am getting huge cysts on my jawline mainly and many pimples on my cheeks and around my mouth. I feel a pimple coming on as I type. At the end of week 2 I could feel them multiplying. I am overall happy with accutane, I do trust it, and will wait as patiently as I can for progress. I also have a lot of scars and an uneven texture to my skin.

Side Effects

Dry lips - lips cannot be bare

Dry skin - good moisturizer - dry within hours

Joint pain (lower back)

Anger, aggression

What I'm using:

AVENE Cleanser, Moisturizer, Cold Cream for lips, but most important - the thermal spring water spray

Aquaphor is amazing as well

clearforall2010

Hello All

Hello All. My name is Brit, I am 24 years old and have been suffering from acne since I was 12. My acne is moderate/severe. I have tried what seems like everything (over the counter face washes, lotions, creams - prescription washes, creams, lotions, antibiotics, facials, microdermabrasion and the herbal green peel) to rid my acne. It is very stubborn and my skin is now scarred. I am now on Accutane. Please follow my Posts and feel free to ask me questions, because I do believe I can shed some light on what is effective and not. My next one will describe my first week of Accutane.

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