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    Day 39 Of Accutane.

    Definitely summer. During the week I stay indoors all day anyway, so I wouldn't be missing a whole lot, but the dryness would have been a lot easier to manage.
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    Accutane On Vacation

    Well, it's hard to say what'll happen. You might get another IB. But I don't think it'll make much of a difference in the long run. Honestly though, if you're willing to put Accutane away to get a tan and get drunk, you don't want it bad enough. I'm on day 125 and I haven't missed a single dose. And I don't plan on missing one.
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    You can get really good results with laser treatments. Keep in mind it takes like three or four treatments to get smooth. Also, a lot of people have had good results with medium chemical peels. Chemical peels are way cheaper. I've heard that every medium peel you get done reduces the scars by 10 - 30 %. That's what I'm going to try once I'm done with Accutane. Microdermabrasion is like a light chemical peel - it doesn't go deep enough to actually reduce your scars. The only problem is that you h
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    Day 61 - Dry Mouth And Vocal Strain

    Everyone who uses their voice professionally knows that certain things like coffee, smoking, and air conditioning can make you lose your voice a lot faster. What it all boils down to is that a dry mouth is bad for your voice. Recently, I've been really struggling with this. I drink tons of water throughout the day, so that's not the problem. And it's not like it helps anyway. Now, chewing gum all the time can't be good for you, even if it's sugar free. Too much chewing gum can cause stomach p
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    Stick With What Works

    Congrats on becoming a vegetarian you go, girl! I've been a vegetarian for 9 years now. If you have any questions I'm sure I can help you find some answers so just PM me Btw, spinach is totally overrated. It doesn't even have that much iron.
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    Accutane, Turn For The Worst, With Picture

    Rashes on the hands and feet are very common. Mine come and go all the time. If they don't bother you that much, just leave them alone. They'll go away on their own. If they're really itchy and you just can't deal with them, use some hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone isn't good for your skin, it really thins it out, so don't use it unless you have to. Note that the stuff on your hand in the pic you posted doesn't look like a rash at all. It just looks like the skin on your hands is getting fl
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    Month 3 Recap - Day 90

    Hey man, what exactly is the eye strain/fatigue like?
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    Tea Tree And Witch Hazel Face Wash - Opinions?

    Tee tree oil just burned my skin, but that's all it did. It may have actually made things worse. Acne isn't just the bacteria, it's the way your skin grows and how much oil it produces. My derm practically laughed at me when I told her I used Tee tree oil lol. Witch hazel did help a little bit, it seemed to make new pimples smaller, but that's about it.
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    Day 32 - Family

    Flamingplatypus's latest blog entry got me thinking, why is it that it's usually our families that make us feel really bad about our skin and acne when they're the ones that are supposed to make us feel good/better about ourselves? For example, almost every time I see my dad he says something that makes me feel like crap ("Your skin's all shiny. Is it supposed to be like that?", "Oh you look worse than the last time I saw you.", etc.). Why? It's not like he has it in for me and I do believe h
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    Breaking Out After Accutane

    After taking a course of Accutane, there's a 40% chance that you'll get milder acne after some time, but it's easier to manage with stuff like antibiotics or topical retinoids. There's a 20% chance it'll come back bad enough that another course of Accutane may be recommended. The upside is that the success rate of a second course of Accutane is like 80 or 90%. I have a couple questions for you. What was your cumulative dose? Did you always take it with food?
  11. I went to see my derm today. I really like talking to her. When she saw me she said, "Oh, I see you've been taking your medication!" She wrote me a prescription for 40 mg daily. Right now I'm on 30 mg, but she said that sometimes even an extra 10 mg can cause a lot of discomfort and that it would be better to take it slow. She said she can put me on 50 mg if I feel fine after a month on 40 mg. And that makes sense, I think. I'll be starting 40 mg in twelve days. I also had some bloodwork done
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    When You Feel Like You've Tried Everything.

    My diet's full of dairy. I've always eaten lots of it. Even before I had acne. Having read all of these claims that dairy causes acne, I gave up dairy for a little over a month this year. And you know what? My acne only got worse. I'm not saying it doesn't cause acne for some people, but your post is very misleading. And most caucasians (save for Italians/Hispanics) are in fact lactose tolerant.
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    Accutane Day 39

    Hey, I wanted to let you know that I just did an experiment and mixed some sunflower oil with an equal amount of my shampoo in the shower and washed my hair with that. Sunflower oil is non-comedogenic, so no worries there. I dried my hair as I normally would (with a towel). In the shower and right after drying my hair off I could feel the oil in my hair, but now that my hair has dried completely, it doesn't feel greasy at all! It's just really soft and it looks AMAZING, like cover girl hair amaz
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    Day 42 - Time, Rashes

    Time flies. Even when you're not really having fun. I always wanted a quick fix for acne. No, that's what I expected to find. When my derm told me I might be on Accutane for 5 - 10 months, I had some serious doubts. Ten whole months? Or even five? That seemed like forever. I couldn't possibly wait that long! But you know what? It's already day 42 and I have no idea where all that time went. It's crazy, I tell you. If you're considering Accutane, a couple months is really nothing. Trust me. N
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    Day 79

    Actually, five full months will get you up to 7800 mg. If you weigh 125 lbs or more at the end of your course, you might want to ask your derm to let you stay on Accutane for another 2 weeks to get to a cumulative dose of around 150 mg / kg. But if you weigh 120 lbs at the end of your course, you'll only be 5 days short of 150 mg / kg.
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    Day 79

    Sure thing keep in mind that the cumulative dose is also important. You want to take a total of 125 - 150 mg per kg (in your case that's 7125 - 8550 mg). You've already taken 3540 mg, which means you want to stay on Accutane for another 60 - 84 days. That's assuming you weigh 125 lbs. You're less likely to get acne again if you do 150 mg / kg rather than 125 mg / kg. At least that's what my derm told me.
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    Day 79

    120 - 125 lbs is 54 - 57 kg, so your dose seems right
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    Day 79

    You don't look like you weigh much, but it's hard to say if 60 mg is a high dose or not without knowing exactly how much you weigh generally speaking, 1mg / kg is an average dose. More than 1 mg / kg is high and less than 1 mg / kg is low. I've read that 40% is cured of acne forever, 40% gets acne again after some time but it's usually mild and easily manageable with other treatment options, and in 20% of all cases it comes back bad enough that it merits another course of accutane.
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    Accutane Day 39

    Hey girl, that really sucks about the IB hang in there, a lot of people don't start to clear up until the second or third month. As far as the hair goes, I've read that jojoba oil works pretty well. It's not like other oils, it's pretty easy to wash out and your hair doesn't get all sticky. You can start with a little bit on the roots/scalp and then just comb it into the rest of your hair. My scalp's pretty itchy, but I think that's mostly because I'm allergic to the conditioner I was using : /
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    Please Help Me.

    Did they say no because of a blood test? If you didn't have a blood test done and they just said no, I do recommend you find another doctor or at least request a second opinion. And if your doc's not a dermatologist, go see a derm!
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    Please Help Me.

    Maybe it's time you reconsidered Accutane. Of course you can always take some other antibiotics and/or topical retinoids, but the cycle will just repeat itself. Don't forget that you can get blood tests done more often so you can keep tabs on your health better. And if anything serious starts happening, you can stop any time. Quit trying to find some miracle cure in dietary supplements. Zinc does help some people, but I'm guessing it only really helps those that have a deficiency. The only relat
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    The worst thing is that, at least in my case, it's only the family that says things like that. And aren't they the ones that are supposed to make us feel good/better about ourselves? I just don't get it...
  23. I've been there, too. One time, I was at the supermarket doing my grocery shopping with my brother and he said, "Oh my god, you have A LOT of pimples." I wanted to run, hide, and cry soo bad. Thing is, he already had light acne, which just made it all the more wtf, but I hoped he got it really bad like me someday. So he'd understand what it's like. Keep your head up and keep in mind that once your acne clears up, there are tons of things you can do to rejuvenate your skin (e.g. chemical peels
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    Accutane Day 31

    You're way ahead of me now I'm going to be on 30 mg for another 29 days. Can't wait to be put on a higher dose. I wonder if I can go straight to 60 mg. We'll see!
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    Listen To Your Skin Not The Derms!

    What moisturizer do you use now? As far as chapped lips go, I like Neutrogena. A lot of people use Aquaphor and Burt's Bees lip balms. If your lips get really dry and crack, you can put some vaseline on them in addition to your lip balm before going to bed. That should make it a lot better the next day