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  1. ProActiv used to work well for me, too....until it stopped. ) I finished my Accutane course earlier this year and had good results, you likely will too. Like the others said, I wouldn't use ProActiv while on Accutane, it's too harsh. I had good results with Cetaphil and CeraVe cleansers. You will also need a good moisturizer....Cetaphil and CeraVe make great moisturizing creams and I also found shea butter to work well. Good luck!
  2. Good luck to you! I am 31 years old and finished a 5 month course earlier this year. I have also read that the older you are the more likely you are to have permanent results and my dermatologist agreed that older people are less likely to require a second course (thank goodness!). If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I found it really helpful to read the personal Accutane logs when I was taking it, just to know what to expect and not feel so alone. It's a tough medication to take but mo
  3. I would agree with trying the regimen and if that's not effective, I would look into Accutane. I had acne from age 20-30, I refused Accutane twice before I finally broke down and started my course at the beginning of the year, I finished over the summer. It's not an easy drug to take and some people do get an initial breakout but most people have remarkable results. Since you're worried about the side effects, maybe you could talk to your dermatologist about starting a lower dose and gradually i
  4. No, to my knowledge you're not supposed to use any topical acne treatments while on Accutane because it makes your skin so sensitive. I wouldn't even use an over-the-counter medicated facial wash, use the most gentle cleanser you can (Cerave and Cetaphil are good). It's strange not to use topicals when you're so used to them but Accutane is so powerful, you won't need them. ) Give it some time and it should clear you up completely.
  5. I have dry skin also and did a 5 month course of Accutane. I used thick moisturizers (alternated Cetaphil moisturizing cream and shea butter) and really didn't notice that my face was that much drier than normal, you just have to stay on top of the moisturizing. I did notice that my hands were a lot drier and my scalp got pretty dry and flakey in the beginning. Accutane really dried my hair out, but I naturally have pretty oily hair. Good luck to you!
  6. I started noticing some side effects of the drug 3-4 days into my course but my oil production significantly decreased/ceased at about one month.
  7. If you're interested in learning to apply makeup, you might consider going to a department store or somewhere like Sephora and have them do a demo for you. I don't think your skin looks bad but I also have issues with red marks and I feel like foundation helps even me out and it makes me feel more confident. Good luck on your interview!
  8. 1. I finished a 5 month course of Accutane 3 months ago. I had moderate-severe acne (moderate facial acne, severe body acne) and I had clear skin within a month of starting the drug although everyone's experience is different. I had acne for over 10 years prior to starting Accutane. I found Accutane to be a difficult drug to take and experienced a lot of the side effects although thankfully no severe side effects. I experienced extremely dry lips, dry skin, flakey scalp, dry eyes, dry mouth/thro
  9. Good luck to you! I am 31 years old and finished my Accutane course 3 months ago. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask. =)
  10. I experienced the same problem and anti-dandruff shampoos did not help me either. I think it's because it's not truly dandruff but dry skin. Here's what worked for me: 1. I switched to a sulfate-free shampoo, these do not have the harsh detergents that most shampoos have in them and they are more gentle on your hair and scalp. I used DermOrganics for awhile (available on amazon.com) and I used L'Oreal's Intense Nourishing Shampoo for awhile, both were good. The L'Oreal shampoo is available a
  11. Obviously everyone is different but when I have tried to use Vaseline on my face in the past (or any petroleum-based product such as Aquaphor) it has broken me out. I have had better luck with Cetaphil moisturizing cream or pure shea butter.
  12. I had the same problem when I was on Accutane and didn't get any relief with dandruff shampoo. I had good results with intensive conditioners and adding in drops of jojoba oil. Leave the conditioner in for awhile. It also helped me to decrease how often I washed my hair.
  13. Hey guys, here's the quick back story: had acne for over ten years, was able to control it (mostly) with prescription topicals, antibiotics and finally, the birth control pill until last year when I turned thirty, decided I must've magically outgrown my acne by then and quit taking my birth control. In my defense, my skin had been clear on birth control for 3-4 years. That's when all hell broke loose, developed the worst acne of my life and birth control, antibiotics and topicals were then usele
  14. My first side effect was a dry, flakey scalp. Some people recommend anti-dandruff shampoos but they didn't help me. The best thing for me was to use a really thick, intensive conditioner and let it sit on my scalp as long as possible while I washed, shaved, etc. I would often mix in drops of jojoba oil also. I used L'Oreal Power Moisture hair mask as my conditioner much of the time and it worked well for me. It was weird though, I've never had dry hair before and now that I'm off Accutane my hai
  15. Hi John! Accutane does work and works very well for most people. Most people get clear skin with 4-5 months use of the medication although some people clear up sooner. Some people will get an initial flare-up of their acne (sometimes called the "initial breakout", or "IB") where it gets worse, sometimes much worse, before it gets better. If you spend much time researching Accutane online or looking on these forums, you will see amazing success stories and you will also see stories where people s