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  1. heh... dr. rap they look to me to be non-inflammatory whiteheads as in the pore wall has not broken down. this would explain the lack of redness. I'm just guessing though, hell they could be fever blisters for all i know.
  2. whiteheads are clogged CLOSED pores where the comedone has reached the surface. blackheads are clogged OPEN pores where the comedone has reached the surface. blackheads don't have to be black. accutane pretty much lessens the formation of both but understand that even people without noticable acne still have blackheads.
  3. if the comedones are at the surface and you can extract them without causing any abrasion to the surrounding skin, go for it. it will probably help the pores to close up faster. i used to get the same condition around my nose and i would spend hours pulling them out with pin tweezers. i'm glad i did because it caused the gaping holes that were my pores to shrink up. that's odd that they gave you only 5 months supply since they recommend a six month course and even more odd that they gave it to
  4. your pore size after taking accutane will always be smaller than it was before treatment. i'm pretty sure the size of your sebaceous glands will always be smaller as well. slight reenlargement may occur.
  5. this is really the million dollar question. the first person i ever knew who took accutane had the most severe acne i'd ever seen and experienced complete remission to this day. he finished his course over ten years ago. i and many others on the other hand with only mild to moderate persistent acne have experienced only temporary remission. roche doesn't even know why there are variances in its effectiveness. i'd say it's due to a combination of hormone production intensity, environmental factor
  6. i've had slight reenlargement of some of the pores around my nose but that's it.
  7. good post and you're right, many times there are whiteheads, that if left alone, will become cystic and most likely scar. abscession below the surface is responsible for this "ice pick" scarring. it's a hard call though to recommend to someone, over a messageboard, that they go after said whiteheads. i've learned to do it efficiently purely through my own experience.
  8. are you taking 20mg twice a day or 40mg once a day? i'm 215lbs. and i take 2x20mg a day. if you start to feel the side effects become more acute skip a day. it's not the intensity of the dosage that makes accutane effective it's the duration. i would say do not rub your face while washing, in fact i've found that any contact with your face causes irritation and will increase the redness. i don't even explicitly wash my face rather i let the water from the shower run over my face and then i pad i
  9. i feel for you sara. you're a classic case of the female with rollercoaster hormones. that's why bcp worked so well for you because it totally regulated your estrogen levels. now that you're off of it you're becoming aware of how closely-related your breakouts are to your hormone fluctuations. i've known a few woman who have had this condition acutely and accutane didn't work as well for them as it worked for people like me with highly persistent moderate acne. if you're in the fourth month i wo
  10. yes, it's very common and as long as you don't screw with your skin you shouldn't have any scarring. don't mistake red marks for scarring because they will appear darker while on accutane. it's due to the thiness of you skin caused by rapid sloughing.
  11. sorry it took me a while to reply, i was out of town for the holiday. ahhhh, dermabrasion is a no-no while on or after taking a rhetinoid. they will tear your fragile facial skin up, even the synthetics like diff/taz. unfortunately differin, being a transdermal, will only deliver the rhetinoid locally in much smaller amounts. once you stop taking it the half-life of the small amount that's in your system will disappear quickly. that's the m.o. with accutane: megadose your body with it and the rh
  12. retin-a is a transdermal therefore you'll never be able to absorb as much of the rhetinoid as you would accutane. the dryness and flakiness is similar to accutane but the redness should be a little less. results with accutane should appear in 1-3 months. retin-a and accutane are both rhetinoids, there function is similar. i personally have never had any significant results using retin-a.
  13. that is odd, but it's got to be from the thinning effect.
  14. please, don't be freaked out. especially by second hand anecdotal information from people who have never taken it.