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  1. So...update. Went down to one 40mg pill/day last week and stopped taking my pills as of Saturday night. Since I went down from 80mg to 40mg to finish off my last few pills I started seeing the side effects decrease a bit. My skin is starting to look alive again (no more dull, lifeless, zombie skin) and I'm happy about that. Still having dry lips, dandruff, other dry skin issues. BUT, slooooooowly improving. My joint pain also seems to be subsiding a bit which is a big relief because it
  2. So today was my FINAL derm appointment. That's the fantastic news. Labs were fine and my derm doesn't need to see me anymore. The bad news - he wants me to finish off the medicine I have left. Which is about two weeks. Which kind of sucks. But at this point, at least it's only two weeks, right? I've made it this far so I should be able to suck it up a few more days. I'm just bummed cause I was set on taking my last pill this morning. So I ended up with the extra two weeks becaus
  3. Congrats to you too!! Exciting to be almost done - and relieved!! I hear you on the marks & scars. I'm hopeful they'll start fading once I'm off this stuff. Oh - and I REALLY want my skin to get back to the thickness it was BEFORE accutane. I feel like it's thin and sad at the moment. On your previous courses did your skin regain thickness/life afterwards (assuming you had the thinness issue - but maybe you didn't)??
  4. 4.5 days to go. No change to previous post, except it's been dry here so I've had a bloody nose almost every day this week. Boo. Only a handful of days left. Hopefully.
  5. Hey Jamie Ann! I don't know if it's an actual requirement, but I have my *hopefully* final appointment with my derm next Wednesday after completing 5 months, and he said I still have to get my blood drawn before the appointment. I don't know if he wanted me to in case he wants to keep me on one more month, but I don't think so since that's unlikely. Did you do anything differently before you went to get the draw done? I find I get more woozy than normal if I'm at all dehydrated so if I d
  6. Day 141 - 80mg (15 days to go!): My next derm appointment is two weeks from tomorrow and I cannot f-ing wait. My skin has for the most part stayed clear this month (month 5), but I've had a few spots I'm just referring to as "micro pimples". One is by my eyebrow and I'm fairly certain might just be a slightly irritated hair folicule (ingrown eyebrow??). The other was on my cheek and I really can't figure out if it was a mini micro zit or just a scratch to my uber sensitive skin. The stupid
  7. Day 134 - 80mg (22 days to go!): Less than a month left and super excited!!! My face is actually clear. Shockingly clear. Sure, I have marks and scards and uneven skin tone and yada yada yada, but I have zero actives right now. I had a super mini pimple pop up on my jawline yesterday but it was down and completely gone by this morning. I have one red spot on my chin that keeps peeling, but its not a pimple. Really wish I would have done this sooner. If my face stays clear this will be am
  8. Looking great!!! Glad to see you're making good progress! About the dryness - are you using a pretty hefty, super crazy moisturizing, moisturizer?
  9. I nearly started at 80mg too. Spent two weeks at 40, then up to 80. Pretty quick in the world of accutane (I'm 165), so fairly consistent with others here. Normal side effects here too - nothing any more than anyone at 40 or 60 seems to report.
  10. Day 126 - 80mg (30 days to go - no, really this time!): Added a few days on to my course. My appointment was supposed to be last Friday, but I had to reschedule it to today due to an urgent last minute meeting, so now I've added a few days to my course. Good news! Saw my doctor this morning and my labs are all okay! My triglycerides actually CAME DOWN this month and are back within the normal range. Don't know what I did (better food? less wine?) but it worked. I have two red nasty spot
  11. Day 119 - 80mg (31 to go???): so, yeah, by my calculations I should have 31 days to go, but my 4 month doc appt is this Friday, so I should really have 30 days past that day - so I guess I'm going to be a bit over 150 days - I actually have 34 days to go. Skin is about the same as last week - no new updates really. No new pimples. Just healing the last two and my poor nose which is still peeling. Switched my makeup last Friday in the hopes that my sensitve skin will breathe more. Went
  12. Hey breesy - don't get too worried about the bumps under your skin. I've had them on and off (seriously - like a freakin rollercoaster!) during months 2, 3 AND 4 of my course. Each time I could have sworn they were going to erupt into massive breakouts. 95% of them went away without ever surfacing. It's weird, but that's what's happened. I hope you have the same fate as I did - try not to worry too much. It's annoying and frustrating when they're just sitting there and not going away or doi
  13. I thought they based it on weight too. My derm checked out my weight and then was actually doing some math and looking at a chart of sorts when he was working out my dosage. I thought it was high at the time (80mg), but it's worked out ok so far.
  14. Welcome Jaimie! There are actually quite a few others around here in the 30+ club (I'm fast approaching 33 and completion of my first and hopefully only course). I had a similar situation as you - skin was fine as a teenager with the occassionally painful cyst but in my twenties things went haywire. Then it took 10 years to finally get to the point of Accutane. Alot of people on here have reported dry, rashy hands and a lot of the time it goes away after the first month or two (not alwa
  15. Thanks for reminding me to be patient Shannon! It's tough seeing things improve and then go to crap constantly. At this point I just really want this all to be done with so my skin can heal itself. I know its much better than it ever was before and I know it will be better when I get off of the medication. As for the foundation - I'm not even using any at the moment, just carefully placed concealer & pressed powder (both Clinique). I had switched to mineral makeup for awhile and then g