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This blog gives me something to do while I wait for the accutane to kick in and I hope there will be some benefit to other readers too.

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What I've read on the review forums is true: once your skin begins to clear you quickly forget to come back and post. I was checking this site a couple of times of day and now I hardly think about acne at all. I wish I tried accutane sooner. If you are in any doubt, do it.

I did have a bad breakout a few weeks in and some sporadic whopper pimples after that but it's been constant progress. Even when my skin was bad, I'd didn't feel as bad because I knew I was finally doing something that is proven to work (as opposed to the wishful thinking of vitamin pills, diets, ect).

There are very minor drawbacks: my lips and nose get dry and sore easily but both are preventable with frequent moisturising. I also go bright red if I go out without sunscreen but wearing sunscreen is a good practice to get into. I really can't complain at all.

After two months on 20mg, I'm on 30mg for the remaining 6 months.

At the beginning I was scared that even if accutane did work, the acne might come back. This doesn't worry me now. This drug works and if I'm one of the unfortunate ones who needs a second term on it, I will do that.



One Month Down

Was back at the derm today to renew my prescription - still 20mg. My face is really good now but my neck is still breaking out in unsightly red lumps. It doesn't look good but I'm not so worked up about it now that I'm on accutane. In any case, the derm said I should see real results from here on in.

She also told me not to use carmex on my lips because overuse can bring on an allergic reaction. She recommended La Roche Posay instead.




You can see the difference in the pictures! I still have some large red pimples on my neck and I’m sure I’ll continue to break-out but I’m really pleased with the overall improvement in the past few days. Less redness, less pimples…hope this lasts



Skin peeling and redness, nasal dryness, and pimples –lots of pimples: huge ones, red ones, hard ones, oozy ones, and those teeny tiny pinchy ones. The worst is concentrated around my mouth and neck but I also have pimples on my legs, back, belly and temples. I'm worried this will go on for weeks as my skin feels really uncomfortable and looks it too. Make-up just flakes and cracks like I dribbled porridge on my chin and forgot to wash it off.

There's something especially unappealing about pimples around the mouth; lips are for talking, smiling and kissing but pimples ruin them all. They even make smiling hurt. It’s a frown face day!



Day 6: Mini-Breakout

I wrote of great progress too soon. Today, I woke up to larger pimples, some inflamed, on my chin. I was already in the middle of a bad break-out so this isn't suprising. My skin looks much better overall (apart from some flaking).

SQUEAMISHNESS WARNING - The following description is a little disgusting:

I’ve noticed that the consistency of pimples had changed (darker & thicker) and pimples seem to refill with loads of pus to get out. I’m taking this as a sign that the accutane is pushing it all out. Also, my ears are full of waxy pus (I often get ear infections so I'm used to this).



Day 3

It could just be my imagination but I feel like there is some improvement: the large pimples I had have started to dry up and shrink. The derm said I don’t have clogged pores so hopefully there won’t be a dramatic purge in the next two weeks. I’m beginning to notice dryness in my nose, which I expect will be my biggest problem as my skin is already super dry. It also feels itchy and is flaking where I had red bumps.



Day 1

Got my 20mg prescription today and was seen by two dermatologists. They said all their patients have improved significantly on acutance but most experience two months of bad break-outs. Acne must be one of the few afflictions whereby the treatments make it worse to make it better. They also told me that their patients rarely complain of side-effects apart from dry skin, which is expected to kick in three days.

More importantly, the senior derm told me the kind of hormonal acne I have would not clear up on its own until I went through menopause. I went through the public system so the dermatologist visits and monthly tests are free but 30 pills cost 37 euro.


Starting Accutane Tomorrow

Hello troops,

I’m starting accutane tomorrow with a mix of excitement for the end-results, fear of the initial break-out, and regret that I did not try this drug years ago.

I’m 30 now and my skin is worse than ever before. It makes me mad to remember how dismissive so many doctors are about acne and I’m almost as annoyed when I think of the wasted energy I spent crying over it, the wasted evenings I spent hiding in my room, and the wasted money I spent on prescription and over-the-counter products.

If anyone reading this is getting no where with GPs and spending too much time and money on his/her skin, please go to a dermatologist. GP after GP tried to tell me it wasn’t an issue until eventually one got sick of me and sent me to the dermatologist. She thankfully took it seriously, which was a massive relief, and here I am ready to shrink those oil glands into order with the best medicine can offer.



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