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  1. accunewbie

    day 114 ish Week 16

    Wow, cant believe i have made it 16 weeks in and about to head into month 5. Im only just starting to see some great results, so Im guessing I took longer than most other people to get the results i wanted. I must admit I have just healed from 2 nasty cysts but my skin is looking good. My lips are crazy dry and so is my face if I dont moisturize 3 times a day. As it is winter here, and freezing cold, I would say that having the heater on constantly has taken a serious toll on my skin too. bu
  2. I have hit the 12 week mark and I have to say there is a big difference in my skin. Not saying I am even close to clear, but my skin is looking different than when I started on Tane. Firstly, it feels smooth. Unfortunatly it doesnt look great (yet) but when I wash my face, I really cant feel any lumps or bumps. Secondly, I feel like the red/purple marks/scars are hanging around alot longer than usual. They dont seem to be fading at all. This part really sucks. Some days my skin looks rea
  3. accunewbie

    Day 79

    So Im nearly at the end of month 3 and I feel like I am back where I started. The right side of my face is disgusting again and I have pimples all over my chin. My lips keep splitting every time I smile/eat/move and it is soooo shit
  4. accunewbie

    Day 76 Breaking out again :(

    Awesome. Breaking out in HEAPS of little spots pretty much everywhere. I think they are inflamed blackheads. I hope this is just Accutane clearing out the last of the junk in my skin. Yuck
  5. accunewbie

    Day 74

    Still plodding along with nothing new to report....scarring is still pretty bad and finding a new pimple every day or two. Nothing exciting. Lips are cracked at the corners still and Im sick of wearing chap stick!! The dryness is fine as long as I use a night cream before bed and Olay tinted moisturiser during the day. The condition of my hair isn't great, it feels really dry and dull but no flaking (which I cant complain about at all)
  6. accunewbie

    Day 67

    Derm visit today, I was really excited to see if she noticed any difference.... She didn't But she DID say that things will start to get good from here on in. Im happy with that! I feel that the dryness is really starting to settle down and I really only have one or two new pimples per week, compared to two every day. Thats a massive improvement to me. My lips are cracked and sore at the corners but after hearing horror stories about blistering etc, I think I have only experienced mil
  7. accunewbie

    Day 61 Two months down, 5 to go....

    Im starting to see a real difference in my skin already, no new pimples and parts of my face are looking really clear. The scars and red marks are still an issue but one baby step at a time. I am still having trouble with sports and I am bruising really easily if I take a knock during netball. Is this normal? The stiffness and soreness only really lasts a day or two so I have decided to keep playing. I really should get in on tuesday to get my bloodwork done as my derm appointment is on f
  8. accunewbie

    Day 53.

    I have decided to rename the IB to FOMSB. -- First Of Many Shitty Breakouts. Need I say more?
  9. accunewbie

    Day 48!

    I have had a few really nice comments in the past week! People can see the difference and I can feel it too Still lots of scars but the overall appearance of my skin is improving. I cant wait to do some more photos to compare them to my first few weeks! As for the side effects so far, the dryness is ok if I use a night cream, morning and night, and use carmex chap stick. I have noticed that I get really sore after sport now, I play indoor netball and then go straight into a game of volleyba
  10. accunewbie

    42 days.....

    Being on accutane is seriously like being on a rollercoaster. Highs, lows, wanting to stay on, screaming to get off, good bits, really crap bits. Only one active right now but heaps of scaring. My face feels really smooth though and Im happy about that! I have switched to the Garnier antibacterial wash for sensitive dry skin cleanser and although its drying my skin out a little, using a good moisturiser helps. I hope there are not too many bad bits left on this rollercoaster ride!
  11. accunewbie

    Day 38......Still feeling like crap :(

    Four months seems like a lifetime at the moment! I suppose after putting up with acne for 10 years, 4 months isnt much time though!Thanks for your support KC
  12. Can someone tell me when 'Tane is meant to start helping? Im at my wits end, completely breaking out and ready to give up already! My skin hurts and looks worse than ever..... OMFG.
  13. accunewbie

    Day 38......Still feeling like crap :(

    Four months seems like a lifetime at the moment! I suppose after putting up with acne for 10 years, 4 months isnt much time though!Thanks for your support KC
  14. accunewbie

    Day 38......Still feeling like crap :(

    I am taking accutane with food, but looking at the graphs you have shown me, maybe I am better off taking my tablets a half hour after I eat, rather than while Im eating.....Thanks for the info
  15. accunewbie

    Day 36 - I spoke too soon :(

    Yeah, I spoke too soon. Its crazy how much difference there can be in just 2 days on accutane. The left side of my face looks really good but my right side looks like a warzone. As I am quite fair, the scars are looking more obvious. I have broken out badly on the right side along my nose and all over my cheek. I look disgusting and feel like crap. The blackheads on my cheek look like craters and stand out like dogs balls. Makes me want to hide away and cry.
  16. accunewbie

    34 Days Down.

    Ok, day 34 and I have NO active pimples. How cool is that? My skin is really spotty still from all the scars but overall I am really happy right now. Apart from dry lips, the side effects seem to be settling down. I have to apply cortisone cream to my arms twice a day if I want the fire rash to stay away, but that is easy enough. Overall I would have to rate my skin a 4/10 at the moment, as I can still see big pores and I have no doubt that a few actives will pop up sooner or later. I ca
  17. accunewbie

    30 days in!

    So I'm now 30 days in and after a horrible two weeks, things are looking better!! Cysts have faded away already and only a few shitty spots hanging around. dry skin and dry lips but it only gets really bad if Im out in the cold and wind. Moisturiser and chap stick keeps things under control! Yay!
  18. accunewbie

    Day 26

    My skin is breaking out big time, I have a cyst on the bridge of my nose and its swolen and sore and I cant wear my sunglasses because they dont sit over the swelling. Shit. I also have 3 more on my chin/jawline and they hurt. My skin is like tissue paper and the rash is hanging around. I really hope this will be worth the pain and misery in the long run
  19. accunewbie

    Day 23 - fire rash :S

    Well I have to say that I am winning the fight against dryness. Have I mentioned how much I love QV nigh cream? Yes, I believe I have Its great! I swear, the Tane side effects change daily for me. Overnight, I have developed a brutal rash along both my forearms. I have called it "fire-rash" It feels like it sounds, and my god, it stings Probably should see a doctor Other than that, no complaints at all.
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    Oh, damn! It sounds terrible, but it's almost...comforting knowing that there are people to relate to, no matter what age or orientation or race. I suppose maybe the kids don't know any better, but that doesn't make it any less painful to hear. At least there's a good support network here. :)We'll have to stick together!Good luck with the Tane hun, I'm sure we'll keep one another updated. xxIt is terrible but it really does help to know Im not the only one!! Good luck with the 'Tane too, will ke
  21. accunewbie


    Yeah, know the feeling all too well. I work as a disability aide in a high school and the kids there can be horrible. My first day on the job, a kid (maybe 14 years old) asked me if I had chicken pox. Try explaining that one without looking stupid. More recently, I was told by another student " ewww, look at your face - Is that gangrene or something". Pretty embarrasing considering I am nearly 30 years old.Hang in there. People are idiots.
  22. accunewbie

    Day 20. Almost at the 3 week mark!

    I really shouldn't have popped that tiny pimple. But I did and now its a huge red mark. Holy Crap! Im absolutely sure the IB is here and I have photos to prove it! My eldest sibling (never had a skin problem in her life) demanded a last minute family photo for Mum for mothers day. Dont ya just love people in general? I tried kicking, I tried screaming and then I tried all the excused under the sun. I recieved in return a bunch of nasty messages and felt so guilty. I went to the stupi
  23. accunewbie

    Day 35

    "fuck acne and fuck accutane."On day 20 and couldn't agree more.
  24. accunewbie

    Day 12 on isotretinoin

    I have to say that if you can get your hands on some 'QV Face Night cream', you will be very happy. I use it morning and night and i havent been flaky at all. Hope it helps!I hated cetephil. It didnt do anything except make me shine like a greased up pig
  25. Blah. That about sums it up today. I spent the day at our school aths carnival and it was cold and windy. Nothing good has come of it. My lips have windburn which really adds to the overall effect of chapping, giving me a really pleasant red glow. Pfft. I have broken out in a nasty rash on both forearms, luckily it is cold here and i can keep them covered. Ill sum it up for you..... Face - CRAP Arms - CRAP Neck - CRAP Lips - REALLY CRAP Scalp - As above Sin