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  1. DAY 27 IB seems to be subsiding finally, yay! I am still getting little pimples here and there but the vast majority of my face (including The Great Blackhead Exodus) is clear! Lips are still chapped, they're cracking and painful. I have the rash on the backs of my hands which sucks especially because I'm a germ-phobe and wash my hands about a zillion times a day, and this makes doing so painful/irritates the rash even more. Eyes are getting drier, too...I'm noticing they're irritated if
  2. Hey @CNA7! Thanks so much for reading the first log and for following along on this course! I'm sorry to hear you're having to put your plans to have a baby on hold because of your acne - it really sucks that it seems to take over/ruin our lives, doesn't it? I think your plan to go on 10mg 2x/day is good, but I think one thing to consider is that accutane is a drug that works long-term (for most people) based on a cumulative dosage. I think it's equivalent to 120-150 mg/kg total, which equ
  3. DAY 11 Things are going pretty well right now. Lips are still dry, scalp is in the phase where it seems to be adjusting to the reduction in oil - it's still a bit itchy but not as bad as it was a few days ago, and I don't have to use dry shampoo anymore on 2nd day hair - yay!! Eyes are still feeling dry and admittedly I am not using eyedrops as well as I probably should be (on that note...hold please...gonna put some in right meow! haha). The brand I'm using is Systane and I really like
  4. So glad to hear about your progress - I guess you probably don't remember in as much detail how your courses went when you were younger! Accutane is definitely a roller coaster of good things happening with the bad, especially at first. Then the purge happens (which sounds like you're going through it now), and then the acne pretty much fades into nothing while dry skin takes over your life/soul haha. But then you get clear skin and it's honestly not a bad tradeoff. I'm glad you've been abl
  5. DAY 7 Skin is definitely considerably more sensitive today than it has been in prior days. I used my Clarisonic this morning in the shower and it hurt a bit - I was like, yep, maybe time to reduce using it to once every few days or so. I put aloe and then moisturizer on my skin after that and it seems to be doing better. Noticing a change in my vision - just like the last course, I notice that after looking at an object close up (such as a computer screen, phone, book etc), and then look
  6. I think it's normal for your face to be a bit oilier in the very beginning of your course; as you noticed with the clogged pore being pushed out after chilling in your skin for a year (yay, btw!!), the 'tane is doing its job by getting all the crap out of your pores. I'm not going to tell you how to feel...I know it sucks and it is not easy to watch your face go from bad to worse. Just remember that this "purge" that your skin is apparently going through is temporary. Fingers crossed that
  7. If I may, I recommend the Noble Formula Zinc Bar - as you can see by clicking the link it's relatively inexpensive and lasts a while. Although it's pretty gentle, it *can* be somewhat drying, so I'd recommend a good moisturizer after each use and maybe only using it once a day. Also, check with your derm - I don't want to steer you wrong since I'm not sure how using this while on accutane could affect you (I don't imagine it would negatively affect your course, but better to be safe than sorry
  8. Hey! Since you were on antibiotics for so long, may I suggest adding a probiotic to the mix of supplements you're taking? Antibiotics destroys the body's natural immune system, including good bacteria known as probiotics, which can help everything from digestive issues to issues with lady parts, the body's ability to fight off viruses and infections, and just generally feeling energetic and well! I do recommend a good quality probiotic - I wouldn't just buy the generic drugstore brand, I wo
  9. Hi! Reading your log now... Did you ever try zinc for your SD? I'm a member of Reddit's SCA (skincare addition) forum (mostly I just lurk, not a big commenter), and quite a few commenters on there have mentioned that zinc helped their SD immensely! Some of them mentioned using zinc soap or Desitin (diaper rash) ointment, but most of them raved that it was life-changing! Obviously you're on the 'tane now, but just thought I'd throw that out there. Also, I think the "accutane flush" is
  10. Hey! I didn't notice any hair thinning during my first course, but I know that varies from individual to individual. Hopefully that doesn't happen for you - I will keep my fingers crossed! But even if it does, I'm sure it will be temporary/reverse once you are finished.
  11. DAY 5 Oh, hai! On January 7th, I started my second round of accutane. I will be documenting my progress throughout this second round, similar to how I documented during my first course. My skincare regime is noted in my About Me profile, and will be updated periodically as products change. As far as symptoms go, things are pretty mild thus far. My lips are JUST now starting to crack and need Aquaphor 24/7, eyes are starting to get a little drier, scalp is itchier than usual and I'm n
  12. Thanks! Be sure to check out my new log I'll be starting it today (just started 'tane again on Thursday Jan 7th)!
  13. Hey Kim, remember me? Are you still on here? How's your skin doing? I'm about to start Accutane 2.0, sooo I could be better. Hoping that your skin is still clear and amazing...I don't want to have to keep doing this!
  14. Oh, hi! Sooo it's been a year since I updated, and about two since I first began taking Accutane, and guess what? I'm about to start a second course. I actually also only took 30 of the 40 remaining pills I had leftover, because my skin cleared up so nicely that I didn't need to take all 40. Over the past year, I've taken 7 of the remaining 10 during a period of horrible breaking out, and it's done wonders to keep me clear...I've been able to stay clear for about a month and a half
  15. Sooo, my mini-course worked great - until early November. Then, all hell broke loose again. I broke out, not as bad as my July/August breakouts, but they were consistent - tons of tiny little bumps on my face and of course there were always (and still are) at *least* 3-4 angry/inflamed closed comedones or cysts. Gotta say - I have noticed somewhat of a correlation between the acne flareups and my eating dairy. Every time I eat dairy, I get a breakout within two days. I haven't been ab
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