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  1. Hey! I wouldn't worry about when you start accutane. All that nonsense is just because the don't want you to get pregnant. I definitely did not start it the second day of my period and I'm fine. I don't think it affects hormone production at all. Also update: I am 1 month post accutane and have a few questions for anyone browsing: I know I've mentioned it before but I'm still having difficulty with red marks. I guess I've probably had them for about 6 months now and was curious if anyone h
  2. Aw well thank you! I wish you all the best with Accutane. It is the only thing that worked for me, and I tried several different oral antibiotics. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. My biggest advice with Accutane is patience. I know you've probably been told this already, but time is usually what it takes to get clear skin on Accutane. Thankfully, I haven't had a single pimple for about a month now and nothing since I've gotten off of it. I never had an IB, but it did take a while f
  3. So it's been over a month since I've been on! I realized I hadn't been stalking this site as much because my acne is not consuming my life as much anymore! I've been done with accutane for about a week now! I am pretty much acne free. I have a fair amount of discoloration on my cheeks BUT I will say it has signficantly improved over the past month. I think getting off of accutane will actually help the scars heal faster, at least that has been my experience so far. I think it might have to do wi
  4. Starting Month 5! Hey guys! I'm all done with month 4 & things are pretty much the same as the last post. I had one major knarly zit on my cheek about....a week and a half ago. Other than that NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING new in the way of active zits. Its weird that I've been getting these one or two MASSIVE pimples, but then nothing else anywhere. I saw my derm a few days ago and if I don't have a breakout this month, it'll be my last month. That means when I'm down my cumulative dose wi
  5. Day 100 THAS right! I'm in the triple digits yall! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, just been busy with school! So , probably not much has changed since I last posted. I am rocking a pretty large zit on my forehead though;( I'm so jealous of people who are on month four without any zits at all. I am not one of those people. It makes me wonder if I may have to be on accutane for 6 months instead of 5. The only thing that's really changed since my last post is my skin redness. I kinda look like a
  6. Reading through your process everything sounds good so far I can relate about the redness! I think it may look worst because of the skin is exfoliating all the dead skin out so it might look like your skin is progressing backwards, but it's just doing it's thing to clean out the bad stuff. Good luck! Yeah, the redness could be aggravated by the exfoliation. Either way its super annoying blah:( Day 80 Not much new to report, still have a lot of pigmentation on my cheeks. I think this might also
  7. Day 71! Time to vent? I think so! Lol.... So I'm almost 1/2 way through my course (although I guess I might do 6 months instead of 5 if my derm suggests it.) I haven't had a major breakout or anything but DAMN my skins coloration is pretty shiitty. My red marks are super visible! And I seem to have pretty blotchy skin. I think I need to up the moisturizer. Has anyone noticed at month 2 1/2 taking steps backward in the progress? Cuz that's how I'm feeling at the moment. It's also winter which
  8. Not really breaking out that much. 1-2 new zits a week. Red marks seem more noticeable. Really dehydrated. Lips cracking. Day 62.
  9. Start of month 3! (Day 60!) Can't believe I'm almost 1/2 way through my course. (If all goes well I'll be on this for 5 months) So the good news: I dont really get zits anymore. Seriously, I don't. Or if I do they go away within 2-3 days. This is amazing, I am seriously so happy about this. The bad news: the scarring. Gosh I don't know what I did to deserve this Lol. I'm not a picker & my acne was never really cystic just all over, so I'm surprised at how much redness/ scarring I'm worki
  10. Glad to hear things are going well for you!! Not having oily skin has definitely been a HUGE plus for me. I hear you about the red marks though. I talked to my dermatologist today & she was pretty much like "yeah....those things are going to be around for probably half a year" EEK! Guess patience really is a virtue.
  11. hey luke. I'm on accutane as well (40 mg per day) & have drank alcohol while on it (2-3 drinks). I didn't notice anything different, and my blood work for the nxt month was fine. Just remember to hydrate realllllllllllllllllly well as accutane + alcohol = total dehydration. However, I wouldn't binge drink while on it. It's not really good for your liver.
  12. Day 50 Hey all! So Accutane. Day 50. Hm. Since I last posted, I have had a few more zits crop up. I'm a little disappointed! I feel like my acne has taken a downward turn since about thanksgiving. I am still on month 2, but I guess I am feeling a little discouraged at the moment. I haven't had a huge outbreak, its just that I seem to be getting more bumps than I did a month ago, which seems very odd to me. I have noticed my breakouts hang out pretty much only on my cheeks. Before I'd break o
  13. Day 45 1 & 1/2 months done yayy! So the new bumps that came in a few days ago are already starting to heal. This quick turn around must be the accutane, because usually those suckers stay for at least a week + . Overall, my skin is still really smooth. The red marks / possible scaring have my down however. I think I will ask my dermatologist about it at my next appointment. Based on what I've read, it sounds like there isn't much I can do about it while I'm on accutane, but it doesn't h
  14. I didn't really have an initial break out. Around week 2 I had a little worsening of the skin, but no one else probably noticed it but me. I am, however, still early in my course (day 43) but I think if the IB was going to come it would have happened already. Like others have said, everyone is different.
  15. Day 41 Damn I think I jinxed it you guys! lol. I had had a few zits develop on my cheeks since I last updated. They really stand out because the rest of my skin is fairly smooth. Before accutane I wouldn't have noticed them as much! I'm a little sad for the step backward because I haven't really had that since the first few weeks. Oh well. I am a little skeptical that it might be my moisturizer that's the problem, but I don't want to stop moisturizing!! I also wanted to update that my red ey
  16. Hey guys! So I'm on accutane right now (40mgs/day) & thankfully it has cleared up most of my active acne. What I'm dealing with now is red/ dark marks. A LOT of them. I was curious if anyone had seen improvement of there red marks while on accutane?! I am actually still pretty early on in my course (about 1 1/12 month) & am eager to see some improvement in skin tone along with improvement in active acne. Any knowledge is appreciated. Sorry if the poll is restricting in its answers.
  17. Day 38 Two words: Smooth Skin. For real. This is probably the most amazing thing about accutane for me thus far. My skin is really smooth. No new pimples have showed up since I posted last. Yay! Funny thing is, my skin still isn't super dry. My forehead, which has always been a mess of oil, is slightly less oily but still more oily than the average person. That doesn't annoy me that much but what does is...........redmarks / scarring possibly? Ugh you guys it sucks. My face "feels" a hell of
  18. Day 33 So It's a little more than day 30 that I have been actually on accutane but I popped pill 33 today, so I'm just going to go by that. I don't have much new to report, I actually just wanted to report in b/c I'd rather browse this site than start studying for exams:/ lol. Anyway! My skin is doing alright. It's definitely smoothing out. Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, there isnt much improvement with my redness/ scaring. This is slightly discouraging. I asked my derm about it and h
  19. MONTH 1 DONE!! Title says it all, I am 1/5 way through my accutane course. The good news: definitely showing some improvment. I saw some family members over thanksgiving who hadnt seen my since the summer and they commented on the improvement in my skin. The not so good news: skin still sucks. lol. I mean it's still not clear and I'm still getting new acne, and cysts:( I also will be off the pill for 4 days due to scheduling conflicts. Not a big deal, I KNOW. But also not very ideal. Ugh I
  20. Oh wow! glad to hear you sound so upbeat. Your patience seems to have paid off:) I just finished month 1 and have only seen moderate improvement. So jealous you are already pretty far along in your course!
  21. Hey Verica! Just wanted to say I know exactly how you feel about being insecure when taking photos, making eye contact, etc. You are not alone!! I just checked out your pics and I most. def. see improvement. I'm not saying that just to be nice!! It's true. I know it's gonna be hard for us but we will get through it. Lots of love from your fellow accutane suffer-er!
  22. Day 21 It's the start of week 3! AHH! So Since I updated last my skin hasn't changed a whole lot. I've noticed I've got a few more bumps but they are pretty small. Unnoticeable in some mirrors, but when I wash my face I can tell my face is "pointy bumpy." I guess this might be the IB....but I'm pretty sure if I asked anyone else they would say they haven't noticed much of a change in my skin. I'm hoping for more visible clearing here on out & week 4 brings some reduction of acne. Accutan
  23. @ sd85: Yeah I'm sure my skin will dry out seen, everything else seems to be! Day 14 WEEK 2 YO! That's right 2 weeks down, many more to go. So my skin, I'm torn whether or not to say I'm starting to experience an IB. Like its not that bad, but I have been experiencing a little more breaking out than normal. However, I have experienced things like this before b/c my acne is just naturally cyclic. So I'm gonna go with: my skin has definitely NOT been clearing this week rather than saying i
  24. Day 12 So guys I'm REALLY THIRSTY like ALL the freaking time. I'm sure there have been others that have mentioned this side effect, but I didn't really realize it would be quite a drastic change. As a disclaimer I am a big runner so this maybe why I've noticed this more than others. Anyways, its really not a bad thing as it keeps me actually more on top of being hydrated. It will take some getting used to however.Also the inside of my nose has dried out, making my nose really itchy. The typi
  25. Thanks! I figure eating better can only help my skin & also my whole body of well, as course! Day 11 So I think I may have the start of a break out, it's still to early to know for sure....but I do feel the like deep indent of a few big cysts starting to build on my hair line....I'll keep you guys posted lol. I've started taking my accutane with food. I'm not sure if I really have any good "fatty foods" but I've mostly used peanut butter?! I'm going to go to the store today and get some nuts