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  1. allensara25

    Day 34

    @vee30 Thanks for your support! It's great to hear success stories! @amylouise Month one seemed like it took FOREVER to pass by..but once I got in to month two I felt like things started to pick up a little bit. The first month is all about your body trying to get used to the drug by reacting to it. By the second month, you'll start to really feel like your in it for the win! I don't know if that's just me but with the start of the second month I feel like I'm making progress even if my sk
  2. allensara25

    Day 34

    I started my second month a few days ago with a increase dose from 40mg to 60mg/day. I am still breaking out but my red marks are fading fast! I have two cysts on the right side of my face and about 4 nodules on the left side of my chin. My forehead is clear other than a healing blemish. Overall, my skin tone is improving but I am suppppppperrr dry. I apply moisturizer more than 3 times a day and I always have my carmex within reach. I've been using head and shoulders because my scalp is so i
  3. allensara25

    Day 18

    I just finished day 18 today. No big difference yet. I think I'm going through my IB, not sure tho..I've been dealing with constant breakouts so it's nothing new for me. The overall tone of my skin seems to be improving so that's a good sign! I've been able to put my contact back in with no major problems (knock on wood). My aren't watering like crazy anymore. My hands have been super dry and I have a few cuts that won't heal. Also, my shoulders have been super itchy..not sure what that's all
  4. allensara25

    Week 1

    I had about 2 days when I felt nauseous on accutane.. i think it was like day 10 or so. i always make sure that I take it with a full meal and I always, always, always drink it with a glass of water. I think te water really helps:) and I have had headaches that come and go. I just take Advil and drink lots of water and that really helps!
  5. allensara25

    Week 1

    Well, here are the week one results on Accutane. I actually just popped my 8th pill. The only side effects I have to complain about are extremely dry eyes and my joints are a little bit stiff. Also, my scalp has been feeling pretty itchy lately. I've been washing my face with cetaphil 1-2x a day, applying cetaphil moisturizer 2-4x a day, using my carmex and aquaphor about once every hour, moisturizing my body (not face) with baby oil and vaseline lotion 1-2x daily, and I also sleep with the
  6. 3 pregnancy test, 2 needle pricks, 2 visits to my therapist, multiple trips back and forth to my dermatologists office, 1 iPledge test, and about $50 spent on chapstick, lotion, and a humidifier..I am set for Accutane!!! It never felt so good to hold that box of pills in my very own hands. I have only been on it for 3 days now so there is nothing really to report! My skin is still retaining moisture, my lips aren't chapped (I've been using carmex hourly to prevent the chapping right in it'
  7. I've been seeing a dermatologist since my sophomore year in high school. I'm now a senior in college. I'm starting accutane on the 30th of this month:) Hope all goes well with it!
  8. It's been almost a month since I've been on doxy, retin-a 1%, clindamycin, and benzol 5% and I already notice a HUGE difference. The cystic acne on my cheeks has gone down drastically, but there are still a lot of the under the surface bumps. My face is also still pretty red and there are left over red marks from the previous pimples. The improvement has made me second guess the whole accutane treatment, but I still plan on going through with it! I start on the 30th of this month with approval
  9. allensara25

    Day 1

    Acne is SUCH a blow to one's confidence, self-esteem, happiness, and social life!! AHH it's too much to handle sometimes. I just saw my therapist this week for the first time in about 2 years. I have struggled a lot with depression/anxiety/OCD and I was doing so well until about 4 months ago when my skin broke out terribly..that put all my mental issues into overdrive! So I can most definitely relate with the depressive state. I'm really happy that your skin was under control the weekend o
  10. I haven't tried it yet but I've heard of a lot of people use it. Were you on Accutane? Did you use it then?
  11. Thank you! I'm just keeping my focus on the end product: clear skin!! Until then, I'm "a work in progress/under construction" haha. And I've used BP in the past, but my derm had me stop about a year ago so I'm back at it! Just feel like it's so much more harsh on my skin these days.
  12. I can totally relate to you! I have suffered from acne for about 8 years..some really bad years with acne, some a little better. However, this last year my skin went insane on me and I finally got the OK to start accutane at the end of January. I know how you feel..not wanting to do school presentations, not wanting to be in the sun, and avoiding social situations at all costs. Our twenties are meant to be LIVED, not hiding in our rooms with tears running down our faces. I hope that accutane
  13. allensara25

    Day 1

    Thank you! And that is all so true. I feel like it's trial and error with acne. I've gone to derm after derm after derm and finally found one that agreed to give me Accutane. I'm so excited and happy to get this all done and over with!! Crossing my fingers it treats me well:)
  14. Well..the new year has come around and I'm starting accutane in less than 30 days with approval of my psychologist (I have a history of depression/anxiety/OCD...yikes I sound crazy!!). I think a lot of my "mental issues" these past few months have been a result of acne..so let's hope I get the OK from my doctor. Even though I have not actually started to take accutane, I feel as though I'm already on it! I just finished my first month on microgestin (birth control) which has made me break out
  15. allensara25

    Day 1

    Today is my first day posting pictures. My history with acne is super extensive! I finally got the courage and OK by my doctor to start the course of Accutane, which I am both excited and nervous about. I have suffered from acne since age 13 when I started the Pro-Activ regimine. It worked wonders for 2 years, then I broke out with mild-moderate acne. It was at age 16 that I saw the dermatologist. He prescribed me with a benzol peroxide wash, clindamyacin lotion, duac cream, and solodyn pills. T