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  1. Quick history: I had moderate acne from age 16-23, then suddenly, severe acne (several cysts) at 24 I went on Accutane at that time (1.5 years ago) for 5 months: 80mg/month-80-100-120-130 About 95% of the acne stopped after I finished the course and now a year after being off, I have moderate acne again, but almost no cysts. I hate being on antibiotics and all the topical crap, so I decided to go for it all and do a 2nd course of Accutane 2 Questions: The plan is to be on it for 5-6 mont
  2. This is probably more a question for the guys... 1) I am just about finished with accutane, and while the cysts have mostly stopped, I do still get a good number of whiteheads... I have all these places on my face where I used to have the cysts, and are now just large areas of dead, white skin (i guess they are scars?) The worst part is that the hair doesn't grow through them so I end up with all these ingrown hairs which eventually lead to whiteheads!! Does anyone else have this problem or k
  3. Laser hair removal... for your entire face?? How much does that cost?
  4. This is probably more a question for the guys... 1) I am just about finished with accutane, and while the cysts have mostly stopped, I do still get a good number of whiteheads... I have all these places on my face where I used to have the cysts, and are now just large areas of dead, white skin (i guess they are scars?) The worst part is that the hair doesn't grow through them so I end up with all these ingrown hairs which eventually lead to whiteheads!! Does anyone else have this problem o
  5. I am in month 5 of accutane and finally my breakouts have slowed down.. probably about 95%. However, my skin is soooo weak, and I feel like it takes literally 5 times as long for anything to heal than it did before I was on this stuff. Has anyone who has finished a course noticed that thier marks began to heal back at thier "quick" speed when they get off accutane. At this rate, I feel like they won't heal for years. Thanks!
  6. I am pretty tall which weighs me in at about 175lbs. I started at 80mg, then increased to 100mg, 120mg, and then 130mg. I now have one month left... and the cysts have finally pretty much stopped. However, my skin is so weak that the slightest mark lasts forever...
  7. I am in Month 5 of Accutane seeing definate improvement (although I did get a cyst recently). Anyways, I am on a very high does... 130mg/day b/c my derm keeps increasing it until it "is completely shut off" However, my face is SOOOO incredibly dry at this point. Does anyone have any advice on a good "method" for moisturizing? If I use a heavy moisturizer at night, then I have to use soap in the shower the next morning to wash it off, which I think just makes my skin even drier. Like probabl
  8. jamesda

    The Accutane Miracle

    I am about 4 1/2 months in and after a rough breakout at the end of 3 months, this last week has been the best since I started. Check on sunday for pictures.
  9. Quick history: Month 1&2: 80mg/day Month 3: 100mg/day Mobth 4: 120mg/day On about the last day of month 3, I had a breakout with about 15 whiteheads and even a couple very large cysts... Before that, I hadn't had cysts in about 2 months!! What the hell? Its hard to stay hopeful after this happened, is there anyone out there who had problems as late as month 4 and still came out clear? Thanks..
  10. Yeah I hear you too. Mine is certainly not as bad as some others, but when you look at all your friends and see nothing but perfectly clear faces, you just can't stop thinkin about it. I'm in my 2nd year at law school and am currently working at a law firm. I've missed several classes and days at work when I am having bad breakouts... same thing with the friends, I make up reasons why I can't go out. I used to flirt with girls all the time and out out and do all kinds of stuff, but the last
  11. Ok two quesitons for everyone... 1) As I'm sure everyone else does, I often avoid places b/c of the freakin type of lighting... Where would you say you hate the lighting more than any other place? 2) If you woke up tomorrow with 100% perfect skin, what would be the first thing you'd do? Here are my answers: 1) grocery store.. and of course, outside 2) probably just go outside in a crowed place and walk around looking people in the eyes
  12. I am working my way though accutane (week 6) and would say so far I am pretty happy with the results. Although I still get whiteheads, I rarely get new forming deep acne (nodules or cysts). However, I probably have about 15 "left over" nodules that I can still feel in my neck. They are small, about the size of a BB, but extremely hard, like i little rock. I hate them b/c the skin is red on the surface where each one is and I feel like they just don't ever go away.. most of them have been t
  13. I am working my way though accutane (week 6) and would say so far I am pretty happy with the results. Although I still get whiteheads, I rarely get new forming deep acne (nodules or cysts). However, I probably have about 15 "left over" nodules that I can still feel in my neck. They are small, about the size of a BB, but extremely hard, like i little rock. I hate them b/c the skin is red on the surface where each one is and I feel like they just don't ever go away.. most of them have been t
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