Accutane Roadtrip 22m/70mg (Pics)

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Sup people!

22 Male - 70kg
70mg daily for 4 months
I've just had my first tablets today

Ive had persistent acne throughout my teenage and adult years with fluctuating severity of breakouts.

I responded to antibiotics positively last year and was clear for about 6-8 months. The acne came back and is now more resistant, especially after 6 months of antibiotics and topicals with no improvement.

Regimen:
Acne.org cleanser
La posay moisturiser (for isotretinion users)
Vitamin c, d, e and zinc

I get married in 6 months and I really want to be clear or as close to it as possible, so join me on the road trip!

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Does anyone know if you can use healing creams such as Sudocrem when on Accutane? It's basically just a zinc cream. I use it if i cut my self shaving or if I shave over a spot.

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Day 4
I know I'm only in a couple of days but I have noticed some slight dryness beginning to occur.

My face is becoming slightly flakey.  My lips are not cracking etc. but they do have a 'tight sort of feel to them.  I also have had some hard blood in my nose.  Don't know if this is ALL due to Accutane or if it is a mix of it and the cold weather.

Regarding acne I'm still getting 2-3 whiteheads show up daily but my face seems to have improved slightly. I'm still popping 1 or 2 whiteheads a day and I know I need to stop soon before my skin gets too thin, don't want issues with scarring or adding to what I already have!
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Good luck man, I’ve been on 30mg for 6 months. Worse side effects came in months 2 for me but initially breakout wasn’t too bad at all 

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On 08/03/2018 at 9:12 PM, BigM84 said:

Good luck man, I’ve been on 30mg for 6 months. Worse side effects came in months 2 for me but initially breakout wasn’t too bad at all 

What side effects did u experience?

Day 5
Same as yesterday, but I've had 3 hard angry nodular lumps appear on my forehead. These have appeared just over night, and when I thought my face was beginning to improve!

I think I'll need to shave tonight so this could be interesting trying to avoid all the spots.

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wet shaving was not fun, even a lot of shaving gel didn't give a nice feel for the blade.  I also haven't stopped squeezing yet. I squeezed 2 whiteheads and 3 very deep blind lumps. I need to stop or I'm gonna scar. It's a struggle!

My face also looks like a tomato..already! Edited by jPablo

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This morning I woke with an extremely light head, when I got up I blanked out and fell forwards hitting my head on the wooden part of my bed. I now have a massive chunk of skin come off between my eyebrows (nearly the full width of eyebrow to eyebrow), how great! 

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First month was awful for me! At least you know the drug is having an effect. My lips felt tight after a day or so as well

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Stop queezing your spots,your on accutane for the acne and your gonna create scars with popping and picking and accutane wont clear scars.then you will be sorry when you got clear skin but loads of scarring.
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@dw75 your skin has reacted so well to Accutane!

@Quadboy yeah I know, today I have only squeezed one spot on my neck so hopefully tmoz I'll squeeze none! 

I am more worried about the cut I have gotten between my eyebrows. When I fell it also cut the tops off the spots on my forehead. I hope they heal up..they were not intentionally afflicted!

My forehead is a swollen red mess now.. Edited by jPablo

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On 09/03/2018 at 6:34 PM, jPablo said:
What side effects did u experience?

 
Constant red face including bad flushing/blushing when I’m embarrassed, hot, after eating. I’ve heard it referred to as the tane burn

usual dryness and a little bit of stiffness/pain in legs but that cleared up pretty quickly.

month 3 started to get very bad constipation which my derm was sceptical whether it was accutane but definitely was as too much of a coincidence with the general dryness. Thankfully this has stopped now 

on the plus side my face and scalp is very clear and I’ve only had the odd spot past few months. Biggest struggle has been not drinking too much alcohol! 
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16 minutes ago, BigM84 said:
Constant red face including bad flushing/blushing when I’m embarrassed, hot, after eating. I’ve heard it referred to as the tane burn

usual dryness and a little bit of stiffness/pain in legs but that cleared up pretty quickly.

month 3 started to get very bad constipation which my derm was sceptical whether it was accutane but definitely was as too much of a coincidence with the general dryness. Thankfully this has stopped now 

on the plus side my face and scalp is very clear and I’ve only had the odd spot past few months. Biggest struggle has been not drinking too much alcohol! 
I'm glad it worked for You! I hope I start clearing soon. How long did the redness take to go away? I'm getting it already.
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I’m still red but not as bad as months 1-3. I came off the tablets for a week or so over Christmas and redness calmed down quite a lot so hopefully a few weeks/moths after I finish, things will go back to normal 

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Week 1
that's the first week finished.  I'm still breaking out and starting to get some deep spots appear, like the one under one of my eyes but I hope this is my IB and it doesn't get any worse.

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side effects
dry skin
dry lips
bloody nose
light headed in the morning when waking
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Still squeezing, 2 massive gnarly nodular spots appeared beside each other on my forehead and I couldn't resist but squeeze because they were so sore and pressured.

Got some stuff out of them but in the process I removed the top layer of my skin.  I gotta learn soon! Don't want to be dealing with major scars. 

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Hey, are you on a diet yet? It really helps with inflammation so your pimples won't be so angry and tempt you to squeeze them. You know, cutting down on things like dairy, sugar, caffeine, processed and junk food in general. They say if you take a spoonful of coconut oil right before or after you abuse carbs, it helps lower your blood sugar, so your insulin and therefore your hormones won't be messed up. It's also supposed to lower your bad cholesterol, which might get high on Accutane. Also, teas and vegetables are anti-inflammatory.

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10 hours ago, iwantcafune said:

Hey, are you on a diet yet? It really helps with inflammation so your pimples won't be so angry and tempt you to squeeze them. You know, cutting down on things like dairy, sugar, caffeine, processed and junk food in general. They say if you take a spoonful of coconut oil right before or after you abuse carbs, it helps lower your blood sugar, so your insulin and therefore your hormones won't be messed up. It's also supposed to lower your bad cholesterol, which might get high on Accutane. Also, teas and vegetables are anti-inflammatory.

ive cut down on my dairy intake and general junk food

Last night and today I've been having issues with my eyes drying out and feeling irritated.

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Hey jPablo! I had a quick suggestion for you - if you have a spot and you're really tempted to pick it, stick some sudocrem on it. It will help soothe the spot and soften the skin, and it will stop you touching it. That's what I did. Sometimes, if the spot is on the surface of the skin anyway it will actually draw out the pus and gunk without any picking needed. 

In terms of eye dryness - have a read of my thread - Roaccutane on the NHS. I also suffered from dry eyes and there should be some info on how I dealt with it on there. 

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1 hour ago, Jollyhohnson said:

Hey jPablo! I had a quick suggestion for you - if you have a spot and you're really tempted to pick it, stick some sudocrem on it. It will help soothe the spot and soften the skin, and it will stop you touching it. That's what I did. Sometimes, if the spot is on the surface of the skin anyway it will actually draw out the pus and gunk without any picking needed. 

In terms of eye dryness - have a read of my thread - Roaccutane on the NHS. I also suffered from dry eyes and there should be some info on how I dealt with it on there. 

I use sudocrem and always have! Did you use it throughout the whole course when you were on accutane?

Yeah I'll have a look, thanks 

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I used it a fair bit. It obviously doesn't help cysts, but it helps with pustules. Let me know if you have any questions about dry eyes. 

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Week 2
14 pills done! Still breaking out but I do notice spots scab over quicker.  I also got a new phone and it's pretty harsh on the front camera.. at least I hope so lol

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side effects
Similar to last week except my skin is now flaking and is super red like a tomato

Slight back pains as well 
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In general my squeezing and touching habit has reduced. Although today I couldn't resist to pop 2 sort of deep ones. Hopefully they don't scar and I can continue to get better at keeping my addiction at bay.

I have also noticed some white heads pop themselves randomly.

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Getting some crazy dry patches on my hands and back. Didn't think so many side effects would kick off so early. Maybe because of the high starting dose.

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Week 3
Still breaking out, still squeezing (I know I need to stop)

In the middle of last week I thought I was clearing up, only a few whiteheads but no deep pimples. Until Sunday, 3 deep ones on one cheek and 2 in the other which I had to squeeze as they were so pressured.  I think these came up as I started a new job today.

My family was even commenting that my skin was clearing up. Hopefully this is the IB coming to an end.

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side effects
Similar to previous
Dry/flakiness in general 
Joint and muscle aches
Light heads aren't as bad anymore 
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Week 4
Still having breakouts, mainly having issues with my forehead at the minute, just as it was beginning to clear up completely! Here's some comparison pics from day 1 until now, what do you think of the progress anyone? 

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Still getting some crazy dryness on my hands and top of my arms/back now, but I'll take the dryness for clear skin.

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