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  1. google Robinul and Detrol la i've never taken these but I've heard they are good. There are also topical medications, one of which is called Hypercare. I've also noticed accutane makes me sweat more, specifically on my face! I use hypercare it seems to help a decent amount. GL!
  2. I wish I could get my mind off my skin but its soo hard being home on break from school.. My complexion is absolute shit right now. My red marks look so red for some reason, and I think my blackheads are more noticeable. This SUCKSSSSS.
  3. Hey thanks for stopping by. The side effects are more intense I would say, but not by a ton I guess. I've been on accutane once before so I kind of know what to expect, but yeah I think you're correct in labeling it a "crash course" haha. Day 56 Face: A few new spots including one on my mustache area. Yesterday it literally was a tiny bump that you couldn't see but I felt it. By last night it was a small whitehead. By this morning it was one of those crusted over yellowish hard looking wh
  4. good job on the run, and haha its not too graphic. From the perspective of a guy it is kinda frustrating to have to wait but when you do you really do think about the girl who is making you wait ALL the time and it is def worth it when you finally do it (don't make him wait too long tho bc guys cant wait forever haha)
  5. Day 55 Still getting new spots specifically along my lower jawline/neck area. I have had the same pimple on my mustache area for literally a month and it keeps coming back, now there are two and they are both like, hard whiteheads. I had a spot on my chest, but my chest and back are pretty clear and have been for awhile. I really hope the redness/pink marks/pinkishness goes away soon, the drag of accutane is really starting to take its toll on me.
  6. Day 54 (cont.) Even though its technically 55 now.. I'm breaking out along the sides of my neck now. I also have a few new whiteheads along my cheeks and jawline, and the redmarks don't look awful. I can still see my nose purging some stuff out.. This really sucks.
  7. Day 54 Got my bloodwork done today, find out the results at my derm appointment which is in a few days. I anticipate everything will be fine I have been avoiding alcohol (only drank once in the last month or so) and have been eating healthy and exercising regularly. Still getting new spots. Skin is definitely dry, lips still chapped, my arms/wrists are noticeably feeling dryer. I have had a cold for about a week and my throat has been very sore. It feels very dry, not sure if its related to
  8. I've seen soooo many stats on these forums about the percentages of acne returning. Until I see some studies backing any stats I'm not going to put much stock in them because I think they're all hear-say. I am on my 2nd course, my acne came back about 6 months after I stopped my first.. It wasn't as bad, but again unresponsive to antibiotics and topicals and warranted going on accutane again. Take that with a grain of salt though.. my brother took accutane when 10 years ago and is still clear
  9. Day 52 Seems like I am getting dryer, both facially and on my arms/chest area. Today is my 8th day on the increased dosage of 160mg. I plan to drop down to 150mg for the rest of my course on Day 61 (Friday the 14th!) I really hope I start seeing better progress in the coming days as I hope the breakouts and increase in side effects are associated with my bump up in dosage. My derm, as well as many others from the amount of research I've done these past few weeks, like for patients to be clear
  10. Day 51 A few new spots. A lot of redness and I'm very dry. Gunk is still coming out of my nose / t-zone area. These red/pink marks are killing me they look awful. I have two patches of dry skin by my chin that I'm really trying to get go away but they seem pretty persistent. I also feel kind of run down with a cold, and my eyes feel pretty dry. I really hope things start going better because my face looks worse today than when I started, imo. I really feel like I could cry with the way my
  11. Day 50 (cont... well technically 51 since its 12:30 :]) I think one thing I've fully grasped with accutane, and I would encourage others to, is that some days are much better than others. You might take two, even three steps forward only to take two or however many back. You might look better than you have in months one week or for a few days only to look worse than you have in months. It usually gets worse before it gets better.. people go on accutane for months, not weeks. So.. as my previ
  12. Day 50 Had a few new spots that I regrettably picked/prodded at and now I have some red spots. I have two healing small spots on my forehead and one on my hairline (can't see this one tho so I don't really care) I shaved the other day and got an ingrown on my neck, first time I've gotten one in awhile. Mostly just healing spots now but I've got some pink marks and blackheads/enlarged pores. Not that greatest of complexions right now.
  13. glad to see you're doing well - I'm noticing more gunk in my nose/tzone being pushed out now that I've upped my dosage again! Also, in regards to drinking alcohol I drank frequently during my first course and all of my liver levels always came back fine. I tried to limit it to once a week but often times I exceeded that (and by once a week I mean getting drunk once a week) Good luck in the half marathon and your course!
  14. Day 48 Bleh.. such is life with accutane. So.. I'm this is my 4th day on 160, maybe feel a little bit dryer, but I got a few new spots and there is gunk coming out of my nose and t-zone again. It is mainly on the sides of my nose, but stuff is definitely getting pushed out/coming out. My lips have been really dry, but I guess that is to be expected.. it's the winter and I'm on accutane. I've gotten a few new spots on my chest, and I have a pimple on my back. I don't normally breakout on my b
  15. interesting that you joined these forums today.. would be interesting if someone could check your ip and see if you've posted here before and your not just fear mongering.. But it is clearly listed on the medication side effects you get with your prescription. It is a rare side effect, but don't blame your ignorance on your doctor. She probably should have mentioned it but don't say you were never told about it - it is written on the same box you get your pills out of. Secondly, how do I slee
  16. Day 46 So, breakouts are kind of calming down. I think I'm now entering the point of my accutane course where I still am getting new spots but they are fewer in number and smaller. I broke out last week, that has since calmed down even though I'm left with a few pink marks. Things were quiet for a few days then I got some new spots, but like I said they're fewer and smaller. Lips are still chapped but I put jojoba oil on them once or twice a day and use the dr. dans cortibalm. Facially I'm do
  17. 1.) I slap it on at night, probably 1.5 times more than I normally would put it to feel comfortable. You can kind of figure it out as you go though, especially in the beginning as your body is getting acclimated to the accutane you may become really dry and your skin might flake a little. Obviously using more moisturizer a few times a day helps with this until your body gets used to it a little bit. 2.) Yeah, keep using it I didn't use it the first time I took accutane (don't worry too much abo
  18. Hey man, congrats on your results so far - I'm 20 and on my second accutane course (don't fret over that, most people don't need two and my first course kept me completely clear for a long time) I've been through a lot of the side effects and I've figured out how to minimize them as much as I think they can be. Chapped lips - I really recommend Dr. Dan's Cortibalm - it is the best thing I've used for my lips and my lips are doing MUCH better on this second go round of accutane because i've fou
  19. ahh oli girl it has been awhile since I've run into your pessimism OP - My eyelashes thinned A LOT during my first course of accutane - they came back completely I'd say within two months of being done (they gradually grew back thicker and fuller during this 2 month period until they were back to normal) I'm not sure the statistics of who had eyelash thinning and if they grew back after completing their course, but IMO and in my personal experience, you should be fine.
  20. I use Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Shave Cream when I shave. It has a different texture than normal shaving cream kind of a cross between a substance that is like lotion and shampoo. It is non-comedogenic and there are a lot of products like it that exist I'm sure, but I've only tried the neutrogena product and a sensitive skin shaving cream from aveeno. You should make sure you're moisturizing after you shave too.. sounds like the burning might be from real dry/irritated skin. Using Jojoba o
  21. Day 40 Definitely breaking out badly :/ I've got a bunch of new actives.. I'm not going to use the emu oil tonight, but I don't think that really has anything to do with it. This really sucks.
  22. Day 39 Thanks for following borntorun, though I don't post as much as I should, I've been following you too! (and i mean that in a non-creepy way haha) Noseey - I had a ton of blackheads on my t-zone before my first course of accutane. They all went away after I finished, though I still had some larger pores near my t-zone than the rest of my face. My acne came back, enough to start a second course of accutane, and my black heads were back as well though not as bad. They got worse in the begi
  23. Day 34 Definitely going through an initial breakout. I woke up today with several new spots.. I think about three whiteheads and two bigger/redder pimples (not cysts, but not whiteheads) My blackheads are pretty much entirely gone and have been for about a week. Skin is dry and a little flaky around my jawline. I'm going to start using the jojoba oil I got mixed with my moisturizer when I go home from school in a few days. I notice I have a few new spots on my chest, overall it isn't too ba
  24. Day 24 Going through some kind of initial breakout. Notice a few new whitehead type things each day. Skin is dry, a little red and I flush sometimes. Chest has a bunch of blackheads and my back has some too that I can feel. Lips are very dry, but Dr. Dan's Cortibalm works pretty well for that. I'm starting to mix an aloe vera type moisturizer in with my cerave moisturizer and am going to see what that does for the redness. I also have jojoba oil and I may try mixing a few drops in with my mois
  25. Hey keiko, I did notice a slight increase in acne when I upped my dosage, but it wasn't anything like the first initial breakout. It was less severe and went away quicker from what I remember. All of the side effects you experience are elevated for a short time when you up your dosage, i.e, skin will be dry for few days/a weekish, etc. I also remember it took a few days to a week of being on the higher dosage before I noticed the increase in side effects/breakout. Day 19 The clock is about