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Moderate persistent acne for years. Hoping Accutane will finally clear up my acne.

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1 Month 2 Weeks

So my skin is VERY different from when I started accutane. For the past 2 weeks I have been moved up my dosage.


(If you're new--read my other posts)

-30 mg for 2 weeks

-60 mg for 1.5 weeks--too much too soon--BAD Initial Breakout

-30 mg odd days, 60 mg even days for 1.5 weeks

***60 mg every day for the past 2 weeks

Moving Up Doses Had SOME Side Effects:

((Went from 30 on odd days to 60 on even days)) to 60mg every day.

***DO NOT FREAK OUT FROM THIS LIST--the dryness is all VERY MANAGEABLE. I'd say the only thing that annoys me is the 1 zit that I got and the somewhat achy joints (which are still manageable). Plus, only 1 red mark from a zit--I really should be thankful those words just came out of my mouth.***

1) Dryness

  • LIPS--my lips got SO much more dry. Having Carmex/Blistex and Aquaphor on me at all times became a must. First, apply a bit of the Carmex/Blistex to heal your lips. Then apply a bit of aquaphor over to seal in the moisture. If you drink/eat something, repeat this process. If you feel like your lips are shedding a bit, take a warm *not hot* washcloth to them and GENTLY swipe it across your lips.
    • WARNING--DO NOT SCRUB your lips. SERIOUSLY. Don't do it. You will take off wayyyy too much of the skin (because it's so fragile). Then your lips could be sore, crack and bleed. Be careful!
    • FACE--my face got a lot more dry.
      • I could tell that I needed to apply my CeraVe moisturizer twice in the mornings & nights instead of just once. At night, if any places were very dry I would also spot treat with Aveeno Clear Complexion (non-comedogenic) moisturizer [moisturizes WITHOUT clogging pores].
      • 1 Under the ground/difficult zit?

        • So, I had 1 zit that I could feel under my skin. I let it be, but even after spot treating it with a q-tip covered in a bit of Olay gentle toner with salicylic acid, it didn't go away. For a couple of nights, I tried applying washcloths with medium warm/hot water, but it didn't come to a head. It was so weird. It was literally like a cystic zit that had come to the surface, but wouldn't come to a head no matter how much time went by. After a few days of this, it appeared similar to a whitehead but not as "on the surface." I decided just to get a washcloth hot and pop it--which probably wasn't the best idea, but I truly don't think it would have ever come to a "real" head because it was different than a normal zit.
        • Anyway, the zit mark was healing pretty well until today... when my skin was really dry and I wiped my face too hard with my washcloth and the thin layer of skin that had healed over it fell off. However, it's a small red mark that can be healed and covered up with one dot of concealer, so I'll live.

        [*]HOWEVER, I NOW VOW to treat my skin VERY GENTLY. No more forgetting or being rough to it. It's going to be hard not to mess with the red mark, but I'm going to keep applying hydrocortisone for a bit of time. Then at night, I'm going to apply Aveeno moisturizer & antibiotic cream & let it be.

        ***I KID YOU NOT when I say this--your skin will become SO FRAGILE.

        [*]You must treat it almost like a baby's skin (but more dry and fragile). Make sure to stay away from most face scrubs. The exception?

        [*]I have used a DAB of http:////dn4iqhjvtt39e.cloudfront.net/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png

        Hope this helps someone, somewhere!


I'm pretty excited because I am officially done with my 1st month on Accutane.

Beginning Dosage

I did like 2 weeks taking one 30mg pill per day, but then my derm bumped me up to one 30mg pill per day, and 2 30mg pills every other day. (so 30mg total on odd days, 60mg total on even days).

Initial Breakout

I think going up this much was too fast in the first few weeks because my skin had a pretty BAD initial breakout. The breakout itself wasn't terrible, but the redness was AWFUL. I had 2 HUGE red marks--one on each cheek from zits (granted--that I had messed with), and red marks on my forehead and other parts of my face.

I Had HUGE, Embarrassing, Annoying Red Marks

After a week of being really gentle with my skin and applying moisturizer and aquaphor/ antibiotic ointment like clockwork, they got slightly better. Then for another week I really babied my skin and applied the same moisturizer at night with aquaphor/antibiotic ointment over it to seal in the moisture and help the skin heal. During the day I wore concealer over the red marks and some powder (that wouldn't make them worse or clog my pores). Finally after 2.5 weeks, the red marks are not even visible (but it took a good 2 weeks for them to go away).

The Red Marks Got Better

If an Initial Breakout happens to you, be patient. Ask for recommendations from your dermatologist (that's what I did) and be gentle with your skin. Ask your derm if it's best for your skin to decrease your dosage until your skin adapts to the changes and gets rid of the clogged pores.

Since Then...

I've been taking 1 30mg pill per day. My blackheads on my nose and around it went almost completely away. Whatever you do--DON'T SQUEEZE your nose after a hot shower/washing your face! Maybe not at all. A thin layer of skin on my nose completely peeled off and it stung a bit. It also wasn't pretty and took a few days to heal. However--my face is VERY CLEAR now (knock on wood). There's only one teeny tiny mark on the bottom of my right chin from a zit that came to a head and went away pretty easily. I was really proud of myself for not messing with it.

Let It BE.

If you can tell that you have a small bump and are getting a zit, esp on accutane, let it happen. Don't mess with it. Don't squeeze it or put any type of harsh topical on it. I left it alone but put a bit of toner on the spot with a Qtip. Then after a day, I washed my face and pressed a very warm washcloth up to the spot and it came to a head. It was gone within ONE DAY--what more could you ask for?

Very Very Small Inconveniences

-Some extra tiredness, but not much

-Joint stiffness/pain, but it's manageable

-Headaches if I don't drink enough water during the day/ when I take my accutane

-Slightly dry skin and hair, but manageable with the right products (see my post about products to use)

That's about it!

I see my derm tomorrow morning, so I'll update more after talking with her.

I'm going to ask if I should go back to 30mg on even days and 60mg on odd days (if my skin is ready for that)

Let me know if you have ?'s or where you are in your Accutane Journey! http:////dn4iqhjvtt39e.cloudfront.net/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png


3 Weeks Into Accutane

Okay, so recap--

I am only 3 weeks into Accutane, but I started at a pretty medium dosage (30mg once/day). Then after a couple of weeks, I bumped up to 30mg once/day on odd calendar days and 60mg once/day on even calendar days. I think it might have been a bit too much too soon for my skin, and I had an initial breakout (which was made a lot worse by my hormones going crazy too).

Before my initial breakout:

  • Pores were much more visible
  • Tons of blackheads on nose and surrounding it
  • Blackheads on chin coming up
  • Dryness on face
  • Dry lips
  • A bit of dry scalp (fixed with head and shoulders shampoo, conditioner, and Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioner. Only washed every 2 days)

    Initial Breakout 2 Weeks Ago
    I had 2 big red marks on each cheek and last week I kid you not---my skin looked awful. So bad I really didn't want to go outside in public or slap on makeup just to make things worse. I pretty much stayed indoors, worked, and continuously applied moisturizer and aquaphor to the spots for a couple days. Sucky situation--but that's acne- life sometimes.

    This is what I did this week to fade the red marks:

    • Wash face with CeraVe hydrating cleanser
    • Moisturize face with CeraVe moisturizer

      • Dab just a few dots of concealer on the pinkish-red marks and a bit of powder to conceal them


      [*]Wash face with CeraVe hydrating cleanser

      [*]Moisturize face with CeraVe moisturizer

      [*]Apply Aveeno Clear Complexion moisturizer to spots and then EITHER neosporin/ aquaphor on top

      [*]OR apply hydrocortisone cream and aquaphor on top of that to seal in the moisture.

      Decided to Stick with 30mg/day for a While

      Under my dermatologist's directions--I have not been taking Accutane for 3 days to let the healing work a bit better. Today, I felt the marks had healed well enough (they're light pink and fading very well) to take 30mg with a big breakfast.

      I am going to stay on 30mg once/day for this entire week and until I see my dermatologist. While it sounds great to up the dosage and be done faster, I would like to AVOID bad flare ups. I had the somewhat exciting part of Accutane happen today when I had one pore that had always felt clogged come to a head overnight, so I didn't even have to worry/poke at it, I just applied a medium/hot cloth and gently pressed and the pore unclogged. Gross, but true.

      Right Now

      Right now all I'm really dealing with is 2 fading medium pinkish marks (one on each cheek) and a couple tiny, tiny, tiny red marks on one cheek. Knock on wood--but yay.

      If I stay on 30mg once/day for a while I am fairly confident like last time I took Accutane that my skin will clear out the pores and then get better. I may get a zit here and there, but with applying toner and letting them just be, they usually would go away within a day or so.

      General Advice:

      [*]At the beginning of Accutane--try your BEST not to mess with blackheads coming to the surface. Don't use a pore scrub. Consult your dermatologist if they're really bothering you. Ones I messed with never actually unclogged and I just broke the skin and it took 3* as long to even heal.

      [*]DRY LIPS are solved with Carmex (to heal them) and Aquaphor Healing Ointment on top (to seal in moisture). Seriously. I swear by it. If you go to Walmart, you can get a 1.75 ounce tube, which is exactly what you want. Your derm can also give you mini tubes the size of a chapstick for carrying around!

      [*]DRINK A TON OF WATER. Accutane dehydrates you, your body, and your pores. You need to drink a ton of water to keep your skin hydrated (lessening dryness) and to flush out the toxins the Accutane is releasing from your pores. Try to keep track of the # of glasses you're drinking daily. The normal person needs 8/9 glasses per day. I try to drink 10-12 on Accutane.

      [*]Be patient and when you get down, post on here or check out other peoples' blogs. It really does help to get advice & talk with others. Acne can make you feel alone, and it's great to know that there really ARE other people dealing with acne and going through some of the exact same things as you are.

      [*]It's hard--but let yourself get up, get ready, and then go about your day. Don't stress and don't worry if you'll have a new pimple later or not. Drinking tons of water throughout the day might make you feel better because each time you do--you'll remember that you're doing everything you possibly can to help the process of Accutane and the goal of clear skin.


Hey I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to heal very recent red marks from acne while on Accutane?

I've been using toner, Aveeno clear complexion moisturizer, Olay regenerist moisturizer, and Vitamin E, and they're helping but nothing's really healing the red mark.

I know most of this is due to the Accutane slowing the healing process, but if people have advice--I'm all ears!

I will just have to dab on a bit of concealer over the red marks in the meantime...otherwise I'd be too self-conscious to go anywhere :/


Healing Slowly

My skin still isn't looking that great..but the 2 huge red marks are slowly healing after applying toner and moisturizer to them for the past few days. I have a couple red marks on my forehead, which I'm less worried about because I could always cover those with my hair or a hat or something. But I'm hoping those go away too.

I only have one active, small, painful zit at the very top of my forehead near my hair line.

I'm hoping and praying that these marks heal mostly by Wednesday morning when I have to leave to go see family. I really, really want my skin to look clear. If I have to wear some concealer and powder to cover up a few blemishes, I will, but I really want to minimize the amount of makeup I'm putting on my face.


So I know this might sound stupid or weak, but I stayed home today...mostly because of my acne.

I knew that for my recent acne red marks/ scabs to heal, I had to moisturize them and not wear makeup.. I just couldn't bear to even slap on makeup and go through my whole day making my face worse (potentially).

This is why I hate acne...It makes me cowardly and so self-conscious. I'm really hoping that this 2nd week was my Initial Breakout (kind of like last time) and that now that my (overly long) period is also ending, my skin will start to heal and my acne will subside.

I have to go to work and run errands tomorrow...so I really don't have a choice about slapping on makeup, but maybe the night to rest and moisturize will do my skin some good. I really frickn' hope. I'm driving 8 hours to go see family on Sunday, so I might give my face a chance to rest all Saturday too. :/

Thoughts? Advice? I'm all ears!


Hey everyone...

So I took my first pill of 60mg today. It was fine, but I could tell my face and lips were a bit more dry.

But I am in need of major encouragement because of the crazy number of red marks all over my face :/

It's really, really disheartening to put concealer on like 10+ red marks on my face just to feel comfortable going outside. I can tell some are healing, but there are 2 that are pretty red and stubborn...and might take a week or more just to look semi-normal.

In need of encouragement or tips if anyone has some!!!

On the bright side, I guess my skin is looking better...just hoping the red marks go away and that my IB is over. Fingers crossed like crazy!!!!


So, if you are just starting to read my blog, I'm back on Accutane because I only did 3 months at 40mg before.

Previous 3 Month Experience with Accutane

I was on Accutane from the end of July to October (about 3 months) when I had an issue with a failed birth control method. My derm wanted me to go off Accutane for a couple of months until we knew that I would not have issues with taking it again. I was disappointed at the time, because it truly was an accident, but I completely understood her rules and logic.

After 3 Months of Accutane the Last Time...

So after 3 months of Accutane the last time, my skin got a lot better, but was still not clear enough. I would have hormonal acne still (while still on birth control) and would get at least one under-ground zit that would usually go away if I didn't mess with it within a few days or a week. I would also get 3-4 pimples that were pretty stubborn. However, I did have some weeks with no acne whatsoever, just clogged pores to be honest. So, overall I think the bit of Accutane that I took the previous 3 months helped, but I don't think it was enough or a high enough dose to get rid of my acne completely.

I've Been Back on Accutane for 2 Weeks

I am now back on Accutane and have been for exactly 2 weeks (I started at the beginning of March). For 2 weeks, I have been taking one 30mg pill per day. The first days of taking it, I noticed that my skin and hair became EXTREMELY oily. I believe that my skin was purging excess oil the first week or so. After that, I had a couple of breakouts (which might have just coincided with my period) or could be linked to purging oil from the skin.

Dry Skin & Lips

Then, after the first week, my skin became pretty dry and my lips became super chapped. The other day, a very, very thin layer of my skin on my lips was shedding off and I had to gently take a warm washcloth and wipe it off. It easily wiped off and then I slathered my lips with Carmex healing lip balm and Aquaphor.

Stupid Mistake

I made the idiotic mistake of continuing to use a fine Olay pore scrub on my nose and around my nose multiple times within a few days. The results were awful--my skin became INSANELY dry, sensitive, and even broke? It was very odd. I stopped using the scrub and have instead, switched to gently scrubbing off dry/dead skin with a warm washcloth and water. If desperate, I take a pinprick amount of the pore scrub and GENTLY GENTLY GENTLY massage it in a small area and then rinse off and follow with a ton of moisturizer.

Red Marks that Are Healing...Stubbornly

Right now, I'm not very happy with how my skin is because there are about 5 small red marks around my face (from small pimples/ clogged pores that I messed with) that are stubborn to heal. I've been washing my face morning and night with a gentle CeraVe Moisturizing Cleanser and then applying the CeraVe Moisturizer. Tonight I tried putting an Olay moisturizer on the spots as well as Jojoba oil. I'm hoping the combination of moisturzer and all-natural (non-clogging) oil will speed up the healing process.

Note to Self

I have to remember--DO NOT PICK. (So much easier said than done). But every time I want to, I just need to tell myself no and remind myself how sucky these marks are.

Later this Week (30mg on ODD days AND 60mg on EVEN days)

My derm wants me to bump up to 30mg EVERY DAY and 60 mg EVERY OTHER DAY later this week, so I will keep you updated on how that goes. The idea behind that is that she couldn't get 40mg pills for me, so by taking 30mg on odd days and then 60 mg only on even days, it will balance out to about 40mg every day within my body.

I'd love to hear comments, support, and advice! Let me know if you have questions. Excited to be back and have this support system and support others http:////dn4iqhjvtt39e.cloudfront.net/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png


Accutane Day 16

I finished the end of Week 2 a couple of days ago and not much has happened since. I got a couple of small pimples/ blackheads that came and went away. Right now I only have 3 tiny red marks from clogged pores that are healing and going away. My skin hasn't been that dry yet, but has been less oily, which is nice. Same with my hair, but only a bit.

I'll let you know if more happens!



I have been taking 40mg of Accutane (one pill) per day. Tomorrow will be Day 10. I have experienced a bit of dryness so far in my hair and scalp, lips, eyes, and face. I watched about 30 Accutane diary videos, have read more than 50 Accutane blogs, and have spoken with my dermatologist about products to use while on Accutane to combat the side effects--especially dryness. So if your scalp is itching like crazy and you're sitting next to a tube of chapstick, don't worry. Just read this post.


For lip dryness, the answer is Aquaphor. Unlike chapsticks and lip balms, Aquaphor actually replenishes the moisture in your lips and heals them at the same time. It is a bit thick and slightly shiny, but if you apply a little bit at a time, it does wonders for your lips! I apply Aquaphor all day long--probably 5 or 6 times. But, it's not a hassle because I try to remember to always have it with me. If not, I usually have a chapstick to tide me over until I can get back to wherever my Aquaphor is sitting!


So far, I haven't had too much face dryness, but I think it's because I've been very proactive about moisturizing my face. I cleanse my face with CeraVe moisturizing cleanser and then moisturize with CeraVe moisturizing lotion. Sometimes, I apply enough moisturizer so that my face is quenched, and then later I add just a little bit more, especially under my eyes and on my eyelids. There is also a VERY thick CeraVe moisturizing cream you can buy in a big tub and that is supposed to be great for ultra- dry skin.


Holy cow. If you're on Accutane, you probably know how dry your scalp and hair can get within a few days. To get rid of the dandruff and itchy scalp, I use Head and Shoulders Two-In-One Shampoo and Conditioner. I massage a quarter size into my scalp and hair and then rinse it out. I sometimes follow with a tiny bit of my regular shampoo, and then rinse that out. Then, I work Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Hair Conditioning Treatment into the last 3 inches of my hair and a bit on the line of my scalp and the roots around it. Leave it in for 3 minutes, and your hair will be soft and moisturized!


My body is pretty sensitive to lotions, so the only lotion I have found that doesn't make my skin breakout is Jergen's Ultra Healing Body Lotion. It's recommended by dermatologists and is free of all dyes and perfumes.


I haven't had too much eye dryness during the day, just in the morning and at night. I use ReNu moisturizing eye drops for contacts and they work wonderfully.

I hope these recommendations help! Let me know if you have any questions! smile.png

Also, if anyone has a moisturizing hand cream that I can try, please comment below!


At first, I mis-counted. It's Day 7, which means week one is done! Woo!

I have been taking Accutane (one 40mg pill per day) for 7 days and not much has happened. I had a few tiny whiteheads that came and went away. My lips got a bit more dry (but I already constantly use chapstick). Other than that, I haven't felt barely any side effects. My face is fairly clear, except for one healing spot in the center above my top lip.

Is the Accutane working yet? Or, does it take longer than 6 days to experience the effects? I called my derm today and left a message asking this question, so hopefully I will have an answer later tonight.

Did Accutane take a few weeks to start working for you? When did you feel the side effects?


Accutane Day 2

I am on Day 2 of Accutane. I took 1 40 mg pill with breakfast this morning. So far, I haven't experienced much of anything in the way of side effects. I did have a bit of a headache after taking my pill yesterday morning, but it felt more like a brain freeze and went away after a few minutes.

Here is what I'm using in the way of skin, body, lip, and eye products while on Accutane:

-Aquaphor for lips

-CeraVe Cleansing Lotion (Have been using for 2 months)

-CeraVe Pump Moisturizer (Have been using for 2 months)

-CeraVe Creamy Tub Moistuizer (just for hands and once I get extremely dry skin)

-Jergen's Ultrahealing Body Lotion (I've always used this)

-ReNu Moisturizing Eye Drops

-Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Hair Conditioner (love, love, love this!)

I stopped using my skin care regimen about a week ago before I started Accutane. I will not be using my Olay ProX Face Brush until I know how dry and fragile my skin is going to get. It's probably too harsh for my skin on Accutane.

I'll keep updating as the days go on, especially once I have more to report. Like I said, I'm REALLY hoping I don't have a bad initial breakout because my pores are fairly clear from the previous skin care regimen. Knock on wood.

If you have comments or suggestions for products, let me know!


Here Goes Nothing

I took my first pill of Accutane this morning with breakfast! Eeek! I'm nervous. I took 1 40mg pill with a protein bar, yogurt, and huge glass of water because the protein bar has some fat in it, which helps your body absorb the Accutane. My derm prescribed me to take 1 40mg pill once a day (with breakfast) for the first month. Then, after the first month, I will be back at school and my derm there will continue the treatment.

I am really, really scared for the initial breakout, honestly. I hope it's not bad. I am so sick of acne, that I'm not sure I can handle a terrible initial breakout right before I go back to school. But, I just need to keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end. If I get a bad zit or cyst I am going to call my derm and ask if there is anything I can get to help heal them while on Accutane.

I'm going to buy products to use while on Accutane later tonight. I plan to get these items to begin with:

Aquaphor Tub cream

Aquaphor lip balm

Vaseline tub

Saline nasal spray for nosebleeds

Refresh—moisturizing eye drops

desert essence Jajoba hair oil

Leave in conditioner or conditioning hair mask

Itchy scalp & dandruff shampoo

If you have advice, please share it! smile.png


Just Needed To Vent

So, I'm annoyed. I messed with a zit and now I have a fairly big red mark on the right side of my chin. And what makes me feel worse than the acne is the fun I miss out on because I'm not willing to slap on a ton of coverup to go outside and sit in the sun. I'm telling myself that it's actually better to put on moisturizer and let my skin breathe instead of sitting in the sun, but still. ugh. I hate acne. A month ago this one red mark and a few tiny healing spots wouldn't have phased me a ton. But now, it's like when I have a bad zit or red mark, I'm even more scared to look in the mirror. I don't want to see it. I don't want to cover it up. I just want it to go away.

I'm getting my blood work drawn on Monday for Accutane and then I have an appointment with my dermatologist next Thursday. I know the Initial Breakout for Accutane might suck...but I'm hoping somehow I can get through it. I want a long-term solution.

Someone tell me it gets better?


So, if you're a male, I suggest you veer away from this particular blog post.

I've been doing this skin care regimen consisting of an oral antibiotic, topical antibiotic, topical retinoid, benzoyl peroxide face wash, and cerave gentle cleanser and moisturizer for about a month now and I really, really like it. My face is SO much more clear. It's crazy how clogged my pores were--I always had dark pores or blackheads or even very little white bumps/clogged pores. Now, my face is so smooth--I haven't had any new acne in 2 weeks, just a really, really small clogged pore on my right cheek that I messed with and is healing (it just looks like a small pink mark now).

Here's the downside though--the oral antibiotic has given me a yeast infection. The antibiotic is doing it's job--it's killing off bad bacteria in my body that causes excess oil, clogged pores, and acne. However, it's also killing off good bacteria too, which my body needs to stay healthy and at a balanced pH level. Yes, yuck. But, I've taken antibiotics for other things before and have dealt with this on other occasions. I'm counteracting it with over the counter AZO Yeast Infection pills (taken up to 3 times max daily) and Alphadophilus pills (good bacteria).

Has anyone taken an antibiotic for their acne for a long time? Did you get a yeast infection and if so-- Did you continue taking the antibiotic, cut back on the dosage, or did you body eventually get used to it?

I'd like to know what the other women think, esp. if you've taken Minocycline before. I'm taking one 100mg pill in the morning and one 100mg pill at night.


Confused And Annoyed

My skin is looking a lot better. My pores are almost entirely clear, except for a few near my nose.

So what's the problem?

Red and dark marks. For some reason--maybe it's my antibiotic, the benzoyl peroxide facewash I use once a day (Panoxyl 4%) or the topicals (Atralin; Topical Antibiotic) I'm using, but each time I get a small red mark or scratch, it takes foreverrrrr to heal and go away. What the heck?

Anyone have ideas? suggestions?

I'm annoyed that my pores are really clear and I don't have acne anymore, but it looks like I do because of the red marks.


I posted about the skin care regimen that I am currently using (as prescribed by my dermatologist) until I can get Accutane and I am absolutely loving it! My pores are much, much smaller and the dirt/ oil/ blackheads are all gone (except for a few on my nose). I don't have any new acne, just two small red marks from previous blemishes.

Here's the regimen:


-Take oral antibiotic--100 mg Minocycline

-Wash face with 4% Benzoyl Peroxide face wash (PanOxyl brand) and leave on for 15 seconds before rinsing with warm water

-Rinse with cold water

-Apply a thin layer of a topical antibiotic to entire face (liquid gel) (Sulfacetimide Sodium Topical Suspension, 10%)

-Moisturize with CeraVe moisturizing face lotion


-Take oral antibiotic--100 mg Minocycline

-Rinse face with warm water

-Remove makeup/ cleanse face with CeraVe Moisturizing Face Cleanser and warm water (using Olay Pro-X Spin Brush--gentle setting)

-Rise face with cold water

-Moisturize with CeraVe moisturizing face lotion (let soak in)

-Apply a thin layer of a topical antibiotic to entire face (liquid gel) (Sulfacetimide Sodium Topical Suspension, 10%)

-Wait 30 minutes

-Apply very small amount of a topical retinoid (Atralin 0.1%) to entire face (thin layer)

Questions for you:

  • Have you used this regimen or something similar before?
  • Did you use a skin care regimen that did a fairly good job of clearing up your acne, but still decided to start Accutane? How did it go? Did you still have an IB?


So I think I had an initial breakout on this skin care regimen because my pores were getting rid of dirt/oil. But, my face is actually fairly clear besides a couple of small red marks that are easily hidden with concealer. I don't really like that my face feels a bit tight after using the PanOxyl wash in the morning, but since it has Benzoyl Peroxide in it, that is to be expected. After take my oral antibiotic, I apply a bit of the topical antibiotic to my entire face and let it dry. Then, I apply the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion and my face feels great. To see the skin care regimen I am following, look back to post #3.

Overall, I'm pretty excited. I'm somewhat annoyed that I have to wait 30 days to be registered in the I-Pledge system before I can start Accutane, because I really wanted to get my first month or so out of the way before I go back to school, but you can't always schedule everything out. In my head I'm thinking--what if I just keep on this skin care regimen and wait to take Accutane, but I've done this before. I've put off taking the long-term solution. I know the first month or two on Accutane might cause my skin to get dry and flaky, which being in my Senior Year of college won't be fun. But then again, hopefully my skin will clear up and I will have clear skin for the end of fall, Christmas, New Year's, Spring Break, Spring, Graduation, next summer, etc., etc.

If anyone wants to help validate this with their experiences, I'd really appreciate it! I need some words of encouragement and someone to say, "go for it. you can do it. the first couple months may be somewhat sucky, but you'll get through it, and the long-term benefit of having consistently clear, beautiful skin is worth it."




Somewhat Discouraged

So I've been using a new skin care regimen prescribed by my dermatologist for the next month or so until I can start Accutane. Before the regimen, my face was actually starting to clear up. Now, I think my skin had an initial breakout on this regimen because my pores were getting rid of built-up dirt/ oil. I have one small cyst/ zit? on my right jawline, another red mark near it, and healing red marks on the left side of my chin and right cheek. I'm somewhat annoyed and discouraged, but I'm thinking maybe this is how the regimen works-- it gets rid of all the stuff in your pores so that your skin becomes more clear. At least, I am really hoping that is what is happening.

Yesterday night I did not feel like slapping on makeup and covering up my acne to go out, so I actually missed out on my younger cousin's 8th grade grad party with my family. My mom was not very happy that I decided not to go, but I really needed the time away from the chaos that is my relatives/ family. I love them, and I love being around them, but I needed a night to myself. I feel a bit sad that I missed it but, it was nice that I got to let my skin breathe and have some time to relax.

I really, really hope that these red marks heal quickly.

My skin care regimen is the following:


-Take oral antibiotic--100 mg Minocycline

-Wash face with 4% Benzoyl Peroxide face wash (PanOxyl brand) and leave on for 15 seconds before rinsing with warm water

-Rinse with cold water

-Apply a thin layer of a topical antibiotic to entire face (liquid gel) (Sulfacetimide Sodium Topical Suspension, 10%)

-Moisturize with CeraVe moisturizing face lotion


-Take oral antibiotic--100 mg Minocycline

-Rinse face with warm water

-Remove makeup/ cleanse face with CeraVe Moisturizing Face Cleanser and warm water (using Olay Pro-X Spin Brush--gentle setting)

-Rise face with cold water

-Apply a thin layer of a topical antibiotic to entire face (liquid gel) (Sulfacetimide Sodium Topical Suspension, 10%)

-Moisturize with CeraVe moisturizing face lotion

-Wait 30 minutes

-Apply very small amount of a topical retinoid (Atralin 0.1%) to entire face (thin layer)

If anyone has any suggestions/ experience with this regimen, I'd love to hear what you think. No matter what, I will still be going on Accutane in a month (I just have to wait 30 days to be registered in I-Pledge before they will let me take it).




Hey everyone!

I have watched dozens of YouTube videos about people and their Accutane journeys, talked with friends who have taken Accutane, and talked with my dermatologist about products to use while on Accutane and I figured I would share the list of possible products.

While on Accutane you are not to use any type of acne-related skin care product or regimen. Your face becomes very dry and delicate, so you are to use gentle, moisturizing, non-comodogenic cleansers, moisturizers, etc. Your hair can also become very dry, so you are not supposed to wash it as much or apply as much direct heat/ styling. I am going to continue to use my leave- in conditioner (Garnier) until I've used it up and then possibly find another brand that is even more nourishing. I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days as it is, but I will be extra careful to look up vitamins and supplements that I can take to make my hair stronger and healthier while on Accutane.

So far, here is my list of potential products. Note--I'm not on Accutane yet and have not tried a few of these before, so make sure you check with your dermatologist and do your research before using these products. Also, note that I may try them and change my mind once I am on Accutane!

Possible Products to Try While on Accutane:

  • Aquaphor lip cream (in tub)
  • Aquaphor lip balm (in tube)
  • CeraVe face moisturizer--currently use and really like (very gentle), but may need to try something creamier, more nourishing, and more moisturizing once on Accutane
  • Vaseline tubs for lips and inside of nose
  • Saline nasal spray for nosebleeds
  • Refresh—moisturizing eye drops
  • Neutrogena Spectrum w/ SPF 100+ for body (sunscreen)
  • Nivea Lip Therapy Chapstick
  • Dessert Essence Jajoba hair oil
  • Itchy scalp & dandruff shampoo
  • Aveeno moisturizer for redness
  • Rose petal witch hazel toner
  • Hydrating, moisturizing eye cream and serum
  • Garnier leave in conditioner
  • Aussie catch the waves mousse and leave in conditioner

    Does anyone have suggestions for these types of products:

  1. Rich, creamy, nourishing face moisturizer
  2. Sunscreen for face (moisturizing but not too greasy) that I can wear if I am out in the sun for a bit some days
  3. Vitamins/ supplements for healthy, nourished hair, skin, and nails
  4. Moisturizing, gentle eye cream (not too expensive)




Part of me can't believe that I will be taking Accutane in a month or so (hopefully). I am so ready for this.

So, why am I finally deciding to take Accutane?

My Acne History

I am 21 years-old and have had acne for over 10 years now. I had terrible acne at the end of middle school, and also in high school. I had very few time spans when I did not have active zits of some form of acne on my face. I don't believe I've ever had a completely clear complexion (free of black heads, white heads, cysts, etc), even for one day, which is pretty scary to think about.

Acne Has Affected Me

Acne has held me back. I know as I write this that I have repressed how much acne has affected my life; I have made excuses in the past because I did not want to admit that my acne made me feel completely and entirely self-conscious, but it did. And in many ways, it still does. In middle school and high school, my acne could be as mild as one or two zits and blackheads to as severe as having numerous pimples on my face, chest, back, and upper arms, painful, deep cysts the size of dimes or even nickels, and blackheads. Even in college thus far, my acne has held me back. Many times I have decided to cancel on plans or going out because I was breaking out and did not want people to see me or did not want to be in pictures. In freshman year of college, I got mono, which made my skin a bit more clear. At the beginning of sophomore year, I had medical problems, roommate issues, emotional troubles, plus a great deal of stress, which at times, made my acne flare. For the most part, though, my acne was manageable during my Junior year in college. I still had very clogged pores and dealt with a few zits per week, but it was not so bad that I was hiding my face.

Major Freak Out = Major Break Out

Which, brings me to the end of this year. At the end of this year my stress was at an all time high. I was dealing with way too many things at once--a part time job, leadership positions and responsibilities, involvement in organizations and clubs, 21 hours of class per week, trying to find time to do homework, work out, hang out with friends, and sleep. Needless to say, I ran myself into the ground due to stress and a lack of sleep. My acne went crazy. Instead of one or two zits though, I got deep, painful cysts that would not go away unless I used a strong spot treatment to dry them out, which then made my face scab over, causing me to spread Aveeno moisturizer on the scabs to speed up the healing process. The past couple of months my acne and the healing scabs were s o severe from what I was used to that I was literally hiding my face/ parts of my face while doing makeup so that I could attempt to conceal one section at a time. With less stress, getting used to new water, and a bit of sun, my acne has gotten better. I only have a few zits on my face right now, blackheads and clogged pores of course, and healing acne marks. I saw a derm last Friday and he prescribed a 4 part treatment--a benzoyl peroxide facewash, a topical antibiotic, an oral antibiotic, and a topical retinoid. On Friday night, I realized I didn't want to deal with even more topicals, antibiotics, new face cleansers, etc, etc. It took the weekend for me to get the courage to call back on Monday and tell him that I wanted to try Accutane.

Exhausted of Having Acne

I want a long-term or longer-term solution. I know that Accutane is not a cure-all. Some people have very clear skin after Accutane, while some people have to do 1 or 2 rounds to clear up their skin. I understand that. I can't predict how my skin will react, so I will hope for the best, and go with what comes my way.

I am so tired of having "eh, so, so" or "decent" skin. I am so sick of having to put on concealer and powder and powder foundation to feel comfortable leaving my house. I want beautiful, clear, gorgeous skin. I am aware that Accutane has side effects. I have done research for the past few years. However, after 10+ years of dealing with acne that has ranged from mild to moderate/severe at times, I am ready to give Accutane a try. I already wish I would have tried it in high school when I wanted to, and I do not want to look back 5 years from now and regret not trying it. There's never a great time to face your problems. There's always going to be senior year of high school or the summer and a vacation you're going on, or your Fall Semester of your senior year of college. I think right now, I need to seize the time I have and try this.

The Pre-Accutane Timeline

Hopefully, I will have the 1st pregnancy test done by Monday. Then I can get the I-Pledge registration process begun, which I need to be registered as a member for 30 days before I can do anything else. Once that 30 days has passed, the next period I get, I need to take the 2nd pregnancy test within 5 days of starting that menstrual cycle. Then, finally, when it comes back negative and I answer I-Pledge questions online, I can get my first month of Accutane Pills for the month of August (hopefully).

My derm is in Minnesota, but I will be at college in a different state, so I will be getting my records faxed and continuing the Accutane there. Mostly, I am seeing the derm here and getting this set up now so that I can take the pills asap. My MN derm says the general course span is 4-5 months.

This post was crazy long but I promise the updates for my journey on Accutane will be a LOT shorter and to the point. I wanted people to be able to refer to my acne history in case they had questions.