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  1. After being back on Accutane for more than a week, still nothing...no good OR bad side effects. Oiliness still here, but at the same time, no bad side effects like fatigue, stomach pains, etc.
  2. The exact same thing happened to me! The acne on my face went away (after a horrible IB), but then I started breaking out on my back. Not a lot, but they were big and painful. They went away after the third month. Good luck!
  3. I'm in the same boat as you; Ive found that meals with around 20 mg of fat have provided for good Accutane absorption. I'm trying to do it the healthy way, either with a handful of walnuts, salad with olive oil, two tablespoons of peanut butter, etc.
  4. So...been on Accutane again for six days, and my skin is still as oily as ever. I remember when I started, I had normal skin by the fourth day. Hoping the oil will stop flowing soon. In the meantime, no acne at least, and thank goodness for that!
  5. I'm back! Had to stop Accutane for three months until my hemoglobin and hematocrit levels went back up. It seemed like forever, but I took my first pill again today. 40 mgs. I hope I won't get another IB, but I haven't had a single pimple the entire time I was off Accutane...so hopefully that is a good sign.
  6. Bit of a setback today, and I'm kinda bummed...went in for my monthly doc appointment and she said my hemoglobin levels are too low for her comfort. I guess I'm anemic. She told me to stop taking Accutane for ten days (!!!) and then go in for another CBC and see if the hemoglobin levels go up. If they do, I can start taking Accutane again but I have to take it at the 40 mg per day amount. I really hope my levels go up. I'm grateful they are monitoring my response to Accutane--I just don't w
  7. On vacation this week in Santa Cruz, and it's been wonderful not worrying about oiliness or pimples. In fact, I can put sunscreen on my face in the morning and then pile more on in the afternoon and it just makes my skin feel softer! I used to have to wash my face and then reapply, otherwise there would be massive pimples soon after. On my second week of 80 mg, and I am loving it. I have dry skin on my chin and cheeks, but I just put some cream on those spots and I'm good to go. I wish I could
  8. Thanks for the follow ups! I started 80 mg yesterday and am so happy--I was shocked that my derm said okay to that dosage since I'm 5'9" and 130 lbs. My main problem is skin oiliness with mild but stubborn acne. Best of luck to you!
  9. Ugh, that packaging...we get it, we won't get pregnant!!! LOL
  10. Hi lifeinfaith, sorry it took so long to reply--I've been working long hours lately. I did have an initial breakout that started at the beginning of the second week. It lasted about a week and a half. Since then--nothing. Not one pimple, no oil--it's a wonderful feeling! The only side effects that have bothered me are dry lips and fatigue. Aquaphor is the best thing for really dry lips. The fatigue comes and goes, so I'm just taking it easy. I also have slightly dry eyes, but I'm using natural
  11. Congratulations!! Now you'll have lovely clear skin for your wedding.
  12. 580??? Was that a typo? Wow, at first I read 280. Probably best you got off, even though it's disappointing. Sorry!
  13. I seriously just LOL'ed at this...ha ha!!!
  14. I'm almost on the exact same schedule as you (I started April 7), so while I can't give you words of wisdom, I sure can relate! I was on 40 mg my first month, now on 60 mg. I know exactly what you mean about oily skin making your makeup melt off. Now that I have normal skin, my makeup isn't completely gone at the end of the day--it looks almost exactly the same! I'm so oily that even 60 mg of Accutane hasn't dried me out yet. Enjoy your wedding! How wonderful that you don't have to worry abou
  15. Your family JOKES about it? That sucks. Sorry. On the bright side, your cat is adorable! Sometimes when my husband and daughter are driving me nuts, I get some quiet time with my sweet, fluffy black kitty. He's just a big old lovable goofball. I like my cat more than I like a LOT of people!