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  1. You really should moisturize on accutane. Remember, oil in and of itself does not necessarily cause acne-- it's the clogging of your pores. Accutane works in more than one way: it reduces inflammation, reducles sebum production, and it also normalizes the way your skin sheds cells. The last one is arguably re most important: your skin can be incredibly oily but if your pores don't get clogged you won't get acne. Bottom line is this: while it feels bad to put on moisturizer, it's definitely h
  2. My oil returned after accutane stopped. Bummer too since my skin was SUPER oily before and it was kind of cool to have "normal" skin! The frequency and severity of acne, however, was much improved.
  3. The drug is fat soluble so ideally you should be taking it with a "fatty" meal. Kind of contradictory, given accutane's ability to increase cholestrol levels, I know.
  4. Not to discourage you or anything but how is masturbation different from having sex? I'm pretty sure both would release the same kind of hormones into your system. Just find it kinda odd how people are singling out masturbation if having sex would basically be the same thing then.
  5. Just to serve as a counterpoint, I'm on about day 12 or so and I'm just finally starting to see oil decrease. It really, really varies. Here's hopin' that your's works quicker than mine!
  6. Has anyone here had their wisdom teeth removed on accutane? I was wonderin if it was safe or not to be on the painkillers and antibtiotics while on accutane. Obviously, I'm going to ask my doctor during the consultation but it seems like a waste if someone here has aleady been told not to do it before. Thanks in advance!
  7. I'm on my second round too. My skin has never been very responsive to any treatments but my first round did help quite a lot. I'm hoping this next round will last long enough for my damn hormones to calm down (I'm 21 though so if it doesn't stop soon, looks like it might be permanent). Hang in there and keep trying.
  8. My oil came back too within two months of my accutane treatment. I'm on my second course now (just started). However, I never completely cleared from my first treatment so I sort of expected this from the start. EVEN with my oil back my overall skin did improve quite a lot. Remember, oil is only a small factor of what causes acne. The most important part is how your skin sheds its cells (which is actually what accutane does-- the dryness is more of a side effect than anything).
  9. I just started my second round of accutane as well and I noticed I was getting headaches whereas I can't recall getting any during my first course. My lips also seemed more dry than last time. Strangely enough though, I'm about 10 days in and my skin oil is still persisting (though it is diminishing). Definitely monitor that headache though, if it gets worse you should talk to your derm. I woke up this morning and my headache was completely gone so I'm guessing maybe mine was from school-rel
  10. From a hormonal standpoint, I don't see how masturbating would be different from having sex. In that case, wouldn't sex also cause acne?
  11. The main cause is clogged pores. That's why people with dry skin have acne too. When their skin tries to shed those cells, their pores get clogged, and bam, acne. If your skin sheds "right" then you won't get clogged pores and you get no acne. That's why you see people who have rather oily skin who are also acne-free.