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jamie o

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  1. Firstly your skin is looking great. It has improved so much since you've started. As for the nosebleeds, or just blood always being present there, I had the same problem and it is not really an issue now that I am off the drug. My nose is still dry, but at least it does not bleed every time I blow my nose. I used Vaseline on the inside of my nose and it helps with the dryness. I just thought I would mention it since I could not see anything in your blog about you treating the dryness with an
  2. You could just appear older because a mixture of your skin thinning out and fatigue, both can have an affect on your appearance and both will hopefully go quickly after the treatment (or maybe during if you're lucky). Good luck with your course
  3. Post Oratane- Month 3 Day 17 I thought I'd post some post Oratane pictures, so here they are.
  4. Firstly good luck with your course. As for the fact that you're scared of someone you know seeing your blog, you can always just do a written log or blackout your eyes. I think you can also restrict you sees you pictures, if so you could maybe restrict it to people of this forum. I will check next time I upload some post Accutane pictures and get back to you on restricting access to pictures. But realistically I cannot imagine your friends find it, you haven't linked your name or the country you
  5. Mate you do realise that your maximum dose should be around 90/mg/day right? For the course to be affective all you need to do is be between 0.5-1.mg/kg/day. This converts to between 0.227-0.45mg/lb/day. Most peoples courses, beside mine and a few other people I know of, last between five to seven months, so your course isn't even finishing earlier. Your high doses could even cause your problem, ever wonder why most people are taking doses between 30-80mg/day. Either way mate I hope your course
  6. Do you mean your scarring looks better on Accutane and once you stop taking Accutane your scars will look worse? Ha sorry mate 'than' was not meant to be there, I think I might fix that post up now.
  7. Hey readytolive, I used Neutrogena Ultra Sheer- Dry-touch sunscreen lotion. It is a lightweight, non-oily/shiny, dry touch and water resistant sunscreen. It should do the job for you, if you have it wherever you live (just mentioning this since I am in Australia).
  8. UnshakenAves, I guess a reference point might be if your skin gets redder after using it. After shaving my face I found that my skin could get redder and gain little acne like bumps on my face and neck, unfortunately not shaving obviously wasn't an option. Most websites tell Accutane users just to use a general moisturiser and cleanser, ie not the brands that are used to prevent/treat acne, because their skin will probably be too sensitive. So I guess your own judgement will be the best guide, s
  9. Hey, fellow Aussie here. Depending on what scrub you're using you might need to stop using it. Your skin could become too sensitive to have a scrub used on it. Obviously if you feel comfortable using it then feel free to, just be gentle when rubbing it in. I am three months post my Oratane (Accutane) course, so feel free to ask any questions you might have. Good luck with your course, hopefully you will be clear in no time.
  10. Yeah if you can get clear any other way, why go on it. I put off going on Accutane for years, just so I could try everything thing else to get clear. At least you have a sensible approach to potentially using the medication, rather than someone who gets mild acne in their teens and goes on it as the first product to get rid of their acne. Also does tazorac really work for hyperpigmentation? If so I might need to look into it now that I am off Accutane.
  11. Hey your skin looks amazing now. Hopefully you won't have any breakouts now. I also read your 'my story' post and I am in a similar place as you, sort of. I started getting acne at around eight years old and hopefully will not get any more (just finished Accutane). I am nearly twenty-four year old and just thought I'd say that I had success with Accutane, in the unfortunate case that you experience acne after stopping taking the pill. Either way try and not bother about your skin, your look beau
  12. Hey I'd just like to support what Tim has said. Skin tone and scarring will improve/minimise post Accutane treatment. So as you were asking about laser, it should definitely help to further reduce or eliminate the scarring you might have post Accutane (just wait the required period of time before getting laser treatment). I am about thirteen weeks out of my Accutane treatment and my skin appears better scarring/tone wise (I think). Please just try and overlook the scarring you have while on this
  13. In regards to scarring and damage to your skin, try not to bother about it too much now. Scarring will appear worse during your treatment, since Accutane makes your skin thinner and more sensitive. Also when I was on Accutane my skin would get extremely itchy at random times, which might be like what you are currently experiencing, and it has not occurred since coming of the medication. Like you, at times my skin felt as though it was going to break out badly, but thankfully it did not really h
  14. Hey unfortunately I haven't been on here much lately, otherwise I could have give you some encouragement at the start. I was similar to you and used to get acne all over my body. Now post-Accutane my chest, back and shoulders are perfectly clear, face is clear and groin/upper legs region is mostly clear (still clearing up). Also what are you using for your lips? I am a fellow Aussie, so hopefully I might be able to help you out. Good luck with your course and I hope you clear up quickly.
  15. Hey man I am like you I would never talk about my acne in the real world. Also my acne got worse than it had been at the time, but not necessarily as bad as in my teenage years. I was on doxycycline for about a decade, so I think that helped prevent my acne from getting really bad in my mid-to-later teenage years. I personally don't know if you're having your initial break out or not (not everyone has one though), but if you are it means you are closer to getting rid of your acne/severity of it
  16. No problem mate. I don't even count white heads that pop from showering, drying and shaving (they do that way too easy), just don't intentionally pop any others. If there is heaps of pus and blood that is more when you might have a small problem then. Around the 124th day I had improvements (cannot remember the exact extent though) and by the 169th day I was really clear, both days are for my facial acne. My body started clearing up before my face, which is not meant to be how it normally goes.
  17. Hey Daniel I cannot personally see any noticeable scarring on my chest. My back has one spot of noticeable scarring, but then again it was from a ridiculously large cystic acne. It was about an 3cm wide and 2.5cm high, it also kept popping itself so that did not help with preventing scarring. All-in-all I think you should be fine mate. Good luck with your treatment and hopefully your skin will clear quickly.
  18. Hey, I just thought I would add in that my derm told me that some people need a second or third course. My derm said because of the type of acne I had, and my history with acne, I might need a second course (just finished my first course on the 2nd of May). So I doubt there should be any problems with getting a second course, just obviously say it would be your second course (it will just show how persistent your acne is). There have been numerous people of this site who have taken second course
  19. Here are the answers to the questions you asked on the other person's log. 1. I have a question to ask, how often do you shower while on accutane? I shower once an day, unless I am doing sport or going to some function/event with friends at night. 2.Do you just shower with hot water and for a small time? Or do you use soap and shower for a long time? I tend to shower for a shorter period of time. Also what do you consider a long period of time? I can shower, wash my hair and use a body
  20. Mate I am going to reply to this post on your log, just so we don't take over someone else's log.
  21. Hey mate I'm glad to hear that your acne is clearing up. I Actually have found that my skin is still clearing up post-Oratane, after having a few minor breaks within the days of finishing my course. But your dermatologist would do it his way for a reason, so as long as it works who cares. Good luck with the rest of your course mate.
  22. Hey sorry about the delayed reply to your question, time zones and university essays can be a bitch at times, but I went to a three day music festival at the end of summer in Australia. I tended to wear sunscreen, a hat and clothing that covered my shoulders. I admit that I tried to avoid the hotter parts of the day, but when some of my favourite acts were on I thought screw it I will suffer at the hands of the sun for a few hours (on one of the days). Oh yeah my music festival was a country mus
  23. I was on 40mg/day for about two months before I received the improvements that you saw (for my chest, shoulders and back) on my page. I was on 20mg/day for three-and-a-half months before that, other people on this website have improved quicker than I did. Hopefully you will be like the other people and clear up quicker than I have. Yeah I found patience as the best thing for this treatment, though it is easier to say that in hindsight. My skin is pretty good now. My back, chest and shoulders ar
  24. Mate from what I have read, the redness will slowly go away with time. There are probably products that could help with this, but I haven't really looked into it yet. I suggest maybe finding some peoples logs that you know finished before you. I am in the same spot as you, I finished on the second of May, so just a week and a bit before you. If I find anything, either through personal experience or other peoples logs, I will let you know. Also if you still have acne I might be able to give you
  25. Firstly, good luck with your second course. You could try another brand of lip balm lip, like Carmex. The only reason I am suggesting this is you might be allergic to something in your current lip balm. Also another option is using a nipple cream on your lips. It worked for me, but I ended up changing to Carmex because the nipple cream made my mouth water too much. For the record, I have tried quite a few lips balms and they resulted in my lips drying out/flaking quickly, but Carmex and th