1. Last Month
  2. It took me 5 months to START to see results. It is not uncommon to see results late in the treatment.

  3. More Than a Month
  4. Well i had a breakout when i upped my dosage from last month but so far no huge breakout... I am still getting new spots, so I do no classify that as clearing. I am still hewling from my prior breakout.

  5. Hey JPablo, how you been?

  6. 1 hour ago, troydeloci02 said:

    Aye thanks man, are you on accutane at the moment?

    btw I increased my dosage from 40mg a day to 60mg.

    Yea, I am on accutane now. I started at 20mgs a day for the first 3 months and then on my 4th i upped to 60mgs and my 5th month starts today. I think i habe about 4 or 5 more months of treatment before i am done - not sure...i am actually in my docs office right now and will ask her.
  7. Hey Troy, just tell yourself that you wont clear up until the end of your treatment, that way you wont be disappointed if you get a new spot here or there. I too was like you and i would condtantly get disappointed each time i saw a new spot. Now i just tell myself Im not going to clear up until the end of my treatment and when i do see new spots its not as frustrating as before.

    then, if you do clear up before the end of your treatment, you can be happg that it happened sooner than what you expected.

    just my 2 cents :-)

  8. Yes, you can switch derms at any timr during your treatment. I am actually going to do the same thing and thr new derm told me that i need all accutane paperwork from the old derm, your latest blood test results and you need to go into ipledge to change your prescriber to the new derm. Thats pretty much it

  9. Hey Andy, 

    thanks for sharing your treatment experience. I am also a 30 year old male and on my 4th month of accutane and so far no results, just worsening skin since day one unfortunately.

    how are you doing so far?

  10. Hi Tomh,

    I am also a male in his 30s dealing with this damn disease known as acne. I am 4 1/2 months into treatment and unfortunately still no results and still breaking out, which is a horrible feeling. I wish you much more success than what I am currently experiencing and thanks for posting your experience on your treatment. Its reassuring to know that Im not the onlg 30+ year old male still dealing with acne, but i hope we both clear up quick!

  11. 20 hours ago, Usama said:

    How are you doing?
    any updates?

    Im ok, but im still breaking out. Im 4 1/2 months in and still no results as of yet. Im kind of losing hope and might just stop taking accutane because I feel like this is just making my skin worse. I looked at a picture when i first started compared to now and i wish i had the skin i had 4 1/2 months ago. My derm raised my dosage to 60mgs so im no longer on the low dose route...

    how have u been?
  12. Hi rileytime,

    i would suggest you make an account on reddit and join the skincareaddiction subreddit group. There have been alot of folks who have received help from that reddit group and alot of folks are helpful as well. If you do post on there, include pictures so the individuals in that group can give you better advice on what to do. I think the complete URL to that group is www.reddit.com/r/skincareaddiction

    also, you could try taking your son to an LICENSED master esthetician who is very good with acne. They could be very helpful in clearing your sons acne or at least recommend skincare products that will help with his skin and clear him up. Derms know the science behind your skin, but estheticians go to school to make peoples skin nice, clean, and clear. Do your research on estheticians in your area by checking google, yelp and maybe even groupon reviews to see if they focus on helping folks with their acne issues and just to see what their rating is from other users reviews so you can choose the correct esthetician. Please do not just go to the nearest one to you because they may not be the best qualified.

    i am currently on accutane (30 years old) and even though my side effects have been minimal (dry skin and lips) I would not recommend it so quickly even for my own children (i have a daughter 5 and son 8)...i would take those routes i suggested to you above before jumping on accutane.

    I have dealt with acne for 15 years, and I wish my parents were as worried about my acne as you were, so please keep trying to find a solution to his acne before he gets older. Its better to get it over and done with now and him not have acne for an extended amount of time.

    good luck and God bless!

  13. 9 hours ago, misterhealthman said:

    Yeah you are suppose to see complete clearing during month 3-5 or so? I will be on this dose for 1 year just to get complete clearance 

    Are you the one who wants to keep it at 20mgs for the whole treatment or was it your doctor that recommended it? I stayed at 20mgs for 3 months, but since i didnt see any results, my doctor raised the dose to 60 and now I am waiting to see what happens.

    What is the severity of your acne? how have you coped with having acne for so long? Especially at work and stuff like that...just curious as its rare to talk to other folks who have had acne as long as me and are male
  14. 1 hour ago, misterhealthman said:

    Hey guys can I join? I started 20 mg daily of accurate April 24th. I also am still breaking out. I get dry lips and my skin is a little dry as well. I think it’s working but from all my research it seems like it takes a long time to see full results. Also I am 33 who has suffered from persistent acne since the age of 15

    Wow, your story is damn near identical to mine. I started to get acne at 15 also and have been dealing with it for 15 years (im 30 now)

    im 187lbs and was taking 20mgs a day for 3 months and i was steadily just breaking out. My derm upped my dosage to 60mgs, which i been on for a week and a day so far so there goes my low dose experiment. Now i will never know if low dose was going to work for me or not...as I will be stsyinf at 60mgs daily from now on.

    it sucks when you see stories of folks who clear up in month 1-3 and you're sitting there still breaking out. 

    acne is the devil at work and I serioudsy cant wait for accutane to get rid of it!!
  15. Hi Polo,

    thanks for posting your story. I am also a male in his 30's who has been dealing with acne of all severities since I was 15 years old and it is weirdly comforting to see others who are my age and not females dealing with acne, as well. I am currently on Accutane (4th month @ 60mgs a day and my first 3 months @20mgs a day and I'm a 190lbs) and my acne has just gotten worse even after 4 months. I attribute this to me taking the low dose route, so My derm upped me to 60mgs a day and hopefully I will notice results soon, but I feel like hoping is just a waste and honestly I don't think Accutane will work for me.

    How did you cope with going to work with Acne? Did it ever bother you in your work-life?

  16. if you cleared up completely while on Accutane, why don't you look into taking a maintenance dose of Accutane? Where you take 5mgs-40mgs a WEEK and do that indefinitely. This is being prescribed that way and it will keep you clear if Accutane clears you up while taking the standard daily dosages. I think a lot of folks do this and keep their skin clear, you just have to be cautious of long term side effects. My own derm told me that she has 5 people who she prescribes long term Accutane since their acne came back after their full course.

    Just a suggestion or something you can do research on to see if it is good for you.

  17. hey Reddit,

    it felt good reading your story and good luck on your Accutane journey! You seem like a good spirited guy and Accutane is a tough treatment to go through, but with your type of mentality, I definitely believe you will get through it no problem.

    I am a 30 year old male and I am currently taking Accutane and am on my 4th month. for the first 3 months I took a low dose for my weight (20mgs and I'm 190lbs) thinking that a low dose treatment would work for me, but I only experienced worse skin so far and still breaking out even after being on this drug for 4 months and 1 week. I am hoping that with the increase in dosage that my derm did for me this month (I'm on 60mgs a day now) that I will hopefully start to see results soon, but it is very discouraging to wake up and still see worse skin then  when you started the treatment.

    Thanks for sharing your story and again, I hope your journey with Accutane goes a whole lot better than mine currently is. I pray we both get clear skin ASAP and so that we can put this part of our lives in the past. Ive been dealing with all severities of acne for over 15 years and I am just over it lol. Have a good day man and God bless!

  18. Hi Cass92,

    I have been feeling the same as you. I have been on Accutane for 4 months and 1 week now and I still do not see results. I am a 190lb male and for the first 3 months I Was taking 20mgs a day and now my derm upped me to 60mgs a day, but I am still getting new breakouts, and they are the type that stay on my face for 2+weeks before it even starts to heal and almost a month to just disappear if I do not pop the spots that come to a head, but sometimes they don't so I just have to wait. It is very demoralizing and embarrassing especially when I am 30 years old and have to work with a bunch of people I see everyday. I feel for you and wanted you to know that you are not alone. I hope we both clear up soon!

  19. @elmo555 how you doin bro? After 3 months of doing 20mgs a day and no results, my derm upped me to 60mgs yesterday when I saw her.

    How has it been goin for you?
  20. On ‎7‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 11:00 AM, Usama said:

    I am doing good bro got 3 pimples and they dried out now i am clear and my red marks are fading too with organic aloe vera gel and zinc oxide at night i hope it just gets better from here now.
    are you having any problem with your hairs?
    my scalp is dry and my hairs are dry to.

    I was during my first week, I was getting a lot of dandruff, but I drink a gallon of water a day and it seems that has helped a lot with dryness in my hair. But I also keep my hair military style low so not sure if that may be the reason also lol.

    Glad you are cleared up...I envy you because I definitely am not clear yet and it sucks. Still waking up with pimples on my face and its gonna be the 4th month mark tomorrow when I see my derm. Lets see what she says.
  21. @scaredbutexcited

    Not sure if you still lurk these forums, but how did your treatment go?
  22. I have read two different ways of doing it:

    1. Reach your cumulative dose, then when you are completely clear for at least a full month - you extend your course 3-4 months and then get off the drug.

    2. Whether you reach the cumulative dose or not, once you are clear for a full month, you stay on the drug for another 3-4 months. That is the newer way of providing this drug. The cumulative dose deal is not proven and is just something that has been used as a benchmark since accutanes inception. It is not proven that reaching the cumulative dosage is the gold standard for curing acne, from what I have read in newer studies.

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  24. On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 5:58 PM, BigM84 said:

    Hi, I’ve been on (ro) accutane for 8 months now and been pretty much clear since month 1 with just the occasional spot every couple of weeks. 

    My derm says to “cure” my acne I should stay on it until I go at least a month without a spot. 

    Wondering whether this was the same for other people who have finished accutane? 

    with the new research, you are supposed to be clear for a full month and then after that happens, you stay on the drug for an additional 3-4 months. There is a doctor on realself.com Dr. Riekl who takes 20mg a day himself and has prescribed Accutane to his patients for over 20+ years and this is how he operates when prescribing Accutane.
  25. On ‎7‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 3:59 AM, ExodusE said:


    I am a 185lbs male that was on Accutane for 8 months. First month it was 20mg, then it got bumped up to 40mg. My acne got reduced, but I still got breakouts while on the course. Only on the 7th month I had an 90% clear skin. I still had small pimples, but they didn't bother me. 

    A year later, my face is the same it was before if not worse. I think I was on a low dose for my weight. Would it be a good idea to go on a higher dose? I wouldn't go on Accutane, but I've tried almost everything else (except Retin-a) and nothing has worked. I even eat a Keto diet, which helps, but I still get nasty breakouts from time to time. 

    Any help is appreciated.

    your course should have continued until you were completely cleared. and then once you are completely clear for at least a full month, you get left on the drug for an additional 3-4 months and you get taken off! Your derm did not follow that protocol so that is most likely why you relapsed.
  26. I wish there was more low dosers out there who can talk about their experience during the treatment. I am about to start Month 4 this Friday and I still am getting new spots almost daily and I am wondering if I should increase the dosage or not? I to have searched extensively on the internet at low dose studies and they say people clear up just as fast as conventional dosing people do....

    I'm afraid that fi I raise the dose, it will just cause even more breakouts, but it might clear me up quicker, but there is no evidence that raising the dosage will provide faster results...shit sucks to not know these things since everyone is different and has different results at different times of treatment.

  27. 11 hours ago, Usama said:

    How are you doing bro?

    Im alright. Still no change from when i initially posted, but i see my derm this friday and see what she says.

    how have you been?