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  1. Week 20: 5 more pills. Vacation was great. Kept the sun off my face. The only problem was that I was unable to wash more than once a day and without my typical products. We'll see if this results in a breakout in a week or two but I'm not too worried since I'm towards the end of my course. I didn't have any pimples pop up over the week and I'm totally clear at this point. I'm very excited for next Monday when this is all over and my skin texture starts to return to normal. Things I'm most lo
  2. Week 18 & 19 I was down on these weeks before they even started and when a nasty red spot throbbed on my temple three days into week 18 I really started to worry. I didn't touch it and it never came to a head. It's almost gone and was an odd spot. My hope is it was something that's been lying under the skin for months like last week's instance. Then I go and shave for the first time in a year and get an ingrown hair that immediately gets infected and filled with puss. I'm throwing his o
  3. Week 17: i started my final month of pills today. I just had a white head come to a head today that had sat under my skin for three months. I never thought it was infected but it finally came up. A warm compress got rid of the problem and I'm back to 0 spots. Even though I'm on my final month, hopefully ever, of accurate I feel like this will be the hardest. I'm acne free but I have 29 more days of taking a pill that gives me joint pain, makes my face red, and mornings intolerable. I've bee
  4. Week 16 (late): No big changes. I went to the dermatologist to get my last blood test and prescription but after I told her I had one spot pop up over vacation she mentioned one or two more months. There's no chance I'm doing six months. I'll reach 15mg/kg after this month and I have no intention of going higher. I understand her reasoning, in she wants a full clear month before stopping but I know I broke out because of the mix of sunscreen I lathered on my face, chlorine, and salt drying me
  5. Week 14: I wrote my Week 13 post halfway into Week 14 but I didn't want to give away any spoilers. Like I mentioned, I was on vacation and that that meant a lot of sunscreen. I had one nasty white-head pop up on my beard during the trip but it blew up and blew out over a 12 hour period. Mostly overnight. Not a problem but slightly disheartening after a few weeks without a breakout. I had another waxy whitehead pop up on my cheek a few days ago. It was barely visible so I let it be and it's p
  6. All I've found is to drink water. Your skin tone will even out later in the course. For me, the redness has just started going down and I'm mid-month 4. I still get a touch pink after taking a pill and it goes away after a few hours if I stay hydrated.
  7. I'm on my 2nd time as well. Did my first round from January-May '16 and started this course mid-December (done late April/early May). I've been on 80mg since the go which was the same dose as my first round. I'll hit 150mg/kg by the end of my 5th month. I'm acne free right now but has one flare up last week. I was on vacation and using various sunscreens that must've aggravated my face. Otherwise clear. I get bad redness after taking the pill for a few hours but water helps. My skin tone is even
  8. Week 13: No changes in my skin. I was on vacation for week 13 but used SPF70 every day and never really burned.
  9. Week 12: Not a single flare up this week. Went to the doctor and picked up my 4th month of pills. The doctor said I can do 1 or 2 more months. I told her I'd do the 2 and hit 150mg/kg again. Better safe than sorry. Redness is the same. No oil. Will be in the sun a lot next week so it'll be nice to even out my skin tone with a tan. Obviously will be sure to cake on the sunscreen. Will update next week, flare up or not.
  10. Week 11: Here we have it folks. After a bad week 10, I'm sitting here week 11 complete with no active spots. The spot that sat on my temple for almost a week required a pop and yes the redness stuck around for a few days longer, but enough was enough. I finally had that quick turnaround I have been hoping for with a nasty whitehead that popped up next to my beard. It was light red for 12 hours, nasty whitehead for 12 hours, and 12 hours later it was a non-inflammed dried up shell of its former
  11. Week 10: Sub-par week 10. The active on my cheek did end up being a hard waxy type and dried up but I developed two new white heads on my temple, one on my forehead, and another last night pop up beside my mustache where I had issues a few weeks back. White heads are still not working themselves out as quickly as I perceived them during the first course. One spot on my temple started to show on Friday and today, Tuesday, it still hasn't come to a head or disappeared. I remember spots only b
  12. I never cleared up completely until after stopping the drug after a 5 month course of 80mg/day (first course). I was completely clear for 6 months and then the acne started creeping back in. I went on a second course to try to get in front of the problem and I'm close to clear after 9 weeks. I expect this course to clear me up since there are large portions of my face that have yet to breakout since the first course. I really just have problem areas near facial hair and my forehead. If you hav
  13. 1) is it common for Accutane to make your face ten times worse for such a long time? -Everyone speaks of an initial breakout, I had mine, but from what I've heard from my doctor a 20mg course is short-sighted. A lot of patients see clearance with a low-dose treatment but many doctors prescribe 1.0-1.5 mg/kg daily. So you should have taken 60 or 80mg. 2) could there be some reason I am reacting this way? -No clue and it's sad that a dermatologist can't find a solution. There's no disease like
  14. Week 9: Great week 9. Picked up my third month of boxes. Still pretty excited every time I see $25 ring up on the register instead of $300. The breakouts from week 8 have diminished and I only have one small active on my cheek-bone. It's the waxy type and I expect it to dry up instead of pop. I have noticed a lot more pimples that would usually come up as liquidy white-heads, have now come to the service looking like sebaceous filament. They either dry up or I squeeze out a solid guck and it h