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  1. What's your next step if you do quit? I've just quit tretinoin after 4 and a half months. It didn't keep me completely clear so I'm going back to the regimen. I know some people say 6 months but I couldn't see it happening for me. I kept breaking out on my forehead which is usually an easy place to keep clear with BP. I can't work my acne out. When I was on my third course of Accutane, the main place I broke out was along my jawline. Whilst using the retin a post my course I didn't break out
  2. Hi mrsrobinson My acne was not severe, it was my third course of Accutane. The previous 2 I took were both over 10 years ago. I would only get an occasional cyst, my acne was more mild and inflammatory (papules and pustules particularly along my jawline). It did not cure me, I have been off it for 6 weeks and I am now using tretinoin. Staying pretty clear on tret, mainly non-inflamed or slightly inflamed stuff when I do get acne.
  3. Plenty of people have been on low doses like this - do a board search and you'll find lots of threads. I did a low dose course of just over 12 months which ranged from 60mg/week to 30mg/day. It's more common than you might think.
  4. I think if you are prone to scarring, the acne just tends to scar. Having used BP, differin, roaccutane, tretinoin etc. I don't think it matters what you are on. If you are prone to it, sadly you can scar.
  5. Same here at 33 and with 3 courses of accutane down. Checking into psychiatric hospital again tomorrow for second stay in 4 months. Was and am suicidal. For some people nothing works.
  6. Hey, has your skin improved since you started? Did your derm say how long it might take till you stop breaking out? I've been on tretinoin for just over 6 weeks.
  7. Officially stopped accutane today. Been on it about 13 and a half months total. Taken around 8400mg which for my weight is about 112mg/kg. I never was able to remain completely clear whilst on it, I always had mild outbreaks. Couldn't go longer than a week without breaking out. Maybe I should have done a standard, high-dose course, but low dose seemed like the best option at the time. 44 days I've been on tretinoin and clindamycin now. Hopefully stopping accutane won't result in my skin gett
  8. Been on tretinoin and clindamycin for 40 days. Acne is mild and controlled but I still breakout consistently, mostly with either non-inflamed or slightly inflamed stuff. Have tapered down to 5mg accutane per day. 18 more days of tane, then I'll go off it. Hoping for some more improvement the longer I am on tretinoin.
  9. Yep accutane only comes in 10mg or 20mg capsules. If you want to take 5mg/day, just take 10mg every second day. I have no idea about getting it prescribed in the US. There are definitely some derms who do low dose courses there, although I do believe it is not as common as in Europe and other places.
  10. Hey, Target cumulative dosage is typically 120 - 150mg/kg. At 130 pounds you weigh approx 59kg. So your range would be between (120 x 59) and (150 x 59) = between 7080mg total (120mg/kg) and 8850 (150mg/kg). If you stayed on 30mg/day it would take you 236 days (almost 8 months) to reach 120mg/kg (7080/30) and 295 days (almost 10 months) to reach 150mg/kg (8850/30). A lot of derms like to do 4 - 6 month courses, hence the higher dose of 60mg/kg. Side effects are less on the lower dose
  11. Hey Man, Congrats on your success and thanks for coming back and reporting off it. It is helpful for others still struggling. I have a question about your current regimen. How long have you been on the clindamycin and do you plan on coming off it sometime? Just curious regarding developing a resistance to it seeing as it is an antibiotic. I have been on tretinoin and clindamycin for a month now whilst finishing my third course of accutane. I am looking to phase out the clindamycin eventually
  12. Thanks for the support. It's so, so hard for me at the moment and I just don't see a positive future outcome
  13. Feeling pretty much done with life. Never, ever in my 19 year struggle with acne have I felt so low. Finishing up third course of acctuane which has failed me. Using tretinoin for the past 3 weeks and I have on confidence or faith it will work. I no longer have any stomach or resilience left for this neverending fight Wish I wasn't here.
  14. Yep, you can definitely take doxy whilst using the differin. It is common to use an antibiotic in the first few months of starting a retinoin to hopefully mitigate any initial breakouts. After a few months once the retinoid is hopefully now working at its optimum, you can wean off the antibiotic.
  15. Sorry to hear things aren't going so well. Good luck
  16. Woke this morning to new zit on left jawline near mouth Starting clindamycin today.
  17. Applied tretinoin for the first time last night. Gunna start off slow once every 3 nights as i am still on 10mg tane per day.
  18. Thanks Kim! It's just plain tretinoin. I'm going to get a separate script for clindamycin. Tretinoin did nothing for me in the past but hopefully it will now. Woke up today to another 2 new pustules - one on chin, one above lip. Seriously over this! Are you still going well and staying clear on the BP?
  19. Same old same old. Got about 4 actives ATM, no big ones though. Have tapered down to 10mg/day for the last week and a half. Will start topical tretinoin and clindamycin next week as a hopefully successful maintenance program. Hopefully not too drying to use the tretinoin whilst still on accutane. Will be on 10mg/day for the next 6 weeks or so, and then finally 5mg/day for a month. Not sure if anyone is even reading this log, but there you have it.
  20. Hi meg Looking great thanks for the update. Please continue to update if you can, gives me hope! I am about to come off a 15 month low dose accutane course and go onto tretinoin for maintenance. Hope it works as well as it is for you - I never got 100% clear on tane. Did you have an IB on the tretinoin or did it just get better from the start? How long have you been on it for now? Will you eventually have to phase out the antibiotic? Hope all continues to go well for you I did not have
  21. Hi I am a 33 year old still battling acne and acne scarring. Am curious if other people in Melbourne would be interested in starting a support group to help each other deal with the challenges and emotional affects of dealing with acne and acne scars. I know people post a lot in the emotional help and support forum, I think a real life group would be great. Hope to hear from you. Post or pm me. JJ