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  1. Well here I am almost 6 months post Accutane and no cysts have occurred!! It is amazing. So happy I decided to use Accutane, I love the freedom of not having to deal and worry about acne. I get one or two teeny tiny pimples a month but other than that a clear face. The biggest thing is to not pick at any imperfection on my face. Sometimes a very small almost hive like bump will pop up but as long as I leave it alone, it's usually gone the next day. The hair is the same as my last post, I have been tracking it along side my menstrual cycle and am figuring out that the greasy times coincidence with those hormonal changes. I am hopeful for the next 6 months!
  2. So I've been off Accutane for 2 months now and it's been interesting to see how some things have changed. The first thing I noticed was about 3 weeks after stopping Accutane my hair started getting oiler and oiler. I now can barely go without washing it every other day whereas on Accutane it was over 3 days. I was hoping it wouldn't go back to this but at least it's not as bad as before Accutane....yet. About a month after stopping Accutane, my face got oiler (though that could have been the extreme summer heat also). Now there are days where i don't even moisturize and I've had to change my products again. I have also gotten a couple small pimples since stopping but nothing to really worry about at all. The best part is that I still have not gotten any cysts and that is really all that matters to me. I know it's still early but i'm hopeful that 6 month or a year from now I will still be cyst free. When I went off of Sipro, I began getting cysts worse than ever about 4 or 5 months after stopping so we shall see.
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    8 Months

    So I have officially been on Accutane for 8 months now. Cyst free for over 5 months! A couple weeks ago I decided to go down to 20mg (10mg in morning and 10 at night) as the sides of my mouth were so raw and peeling the size of a penny. I looked like the joker, haha, but really it wasn't funny. As soon as I decreased the dose, it healed up and so it will just take me a week or so longer to finish up my course. While my lips are super dry, the rest of my skin isn't and I just need my regular lotion once a day. Hair has been status quo and besides one tiny whitehead a week ago, skin has been great. I'm excited to get off of Accutane but also quite nervous. I'm trying to be hopeful. Though the knowing that I could go back on if needed is a helpful safety net (even if it's not a guarantee it will work a second time).
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    7 Months

    So it's been exactly 7 months since I first started Accutane. My doctor FINALLY realized the dose and length of time needed and so I have 2 more months to go. I have been clear (no cysts) since January and it is the best feeling ever. I actually have had the occasional nightmare about getting a cyst, shows how scared I am to go back to that life. My red marks have faded and the only place I use concealer now is under my eyes. It truly has transformed my life physically, emotionally and socially. Maybe it's sad to say but I am a better spouse, mother, worker and person when my skin is long-term clear. I am not scared for people to see me without make-up and I even let my partner take pictures of me without it, which is huge for me. My side lip cracks (both sides now) are annoying but not as bad as the last time I wrote. I am willing to put up with them like this for 2 more months. Eyes are still dry but managing. I love how my hair is not greasy all the time, I really hope it doesn't go back to that. I went off birth control a few months ago and thankfully I have not broken out due to it. I know it could still happen as my body is returning to it's normal after them but so far the skin is good. Like I said last time, I am more sweaty and my skin a touch more oilier as I haven't had to use as much lotion.
  5. I continue to be cyst free! Since going off of Dianne 35 birth control 2 months ago I have noticed a couple of things; I am sweating more than I was and the odor is more potent however, my emotions are also much more stable and I've lost some weight. I also went up to 30mg a day about a month ago and I did notice a tiny push of black heads and a tiny back break out of little pimples. On 30mgs I have noticed lips are very dry and I got the cut in the side of my lips that is difficult to heal, it's been close to a month and I am hoping it doesn't last the remainder of my time on accutane. Speaking of which, I have approx 3 and 1/2 months left! Pretty excited and a little scared as I'm happily getting used to waking up and not freaking out about the day's new spots. Other side effects are quite dry eyes, a hand rash and joint pain again as I did the last time I upped my dose.
  6. 20mg in the evening and 10mg in the morning. No longer taking Dianne 35 In a few days it will be 4 months since I have been on Accutane and yes, I am now among those that am saying it works amazing and I wish I would have went on it sooner or that the doctors would have suggested it sooner. Even though I was just breaking out with cysts on my chin, it had damaged my self-esteem so bad that there were many days that I turned down opportunities and activities because of the way I looked. I thought so negatively about my appearance and it affected every area of my life. Now I am happy to say that I am still cyst free and not hiding in my house anymore. A little under eye concealer is all i use for work now. I am not embarrassed to go barefaced in front of people anymore. I used to get a cyst at the slightest irritation or contact with my chin but now I don't stress when my jacket or blanket hits my chin or when I lay on my partners chest. I allow him and my son to touch my face now and my goodness is it freeing to know that it won't result in a cyst. I should be careful not to get to confident though as this is the first month I will be without the Dianne 35. My partner has a confirmed vasectomy and I am emotionally unstable during period time if I am on birth control so I made the decision to come off of it. I also didn't want to get done Accutane and then go off birth control pills only for it to mess with my hormones and bring back my acne. Hopefully going off will not negatively affect anything. Side effects continue to be dry eyes, lips and skin continue but my face dryness isn't too bad.
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    Week 13

    Week 13 - Just this week I started doing 20mg at night and 10 in the morning every other day and 10mg at night and 10mg in the morning the rest of the days. I hope to be at 30mg everyday within the next 2weeks. So this was the first month that I was cyst free! It felt amazing to go through Christmas and New Years holidays with a cyst free face! I am not sure if my antibiotics from my kidney infection and then for after my surgery helped bring cyst free cause after being off of them for a week I got a inflammatory bump that didn't quite turn into a cyst or zit but was definitely trying to. I dunno, this could have been from missing 2 days of accutane because I forgot to pack it when I went out of town and or the fact that the 2 nights before I got the somewhat bump I woke up in a pool of my own drool stuck to my chin. Who knows, but I thought it was time to up it. Hopefully when I see my doctor at the end of the month she will agree. When I saw her 2 weeks ago, she mentioned if i'm clear at 6 months she is thinking of taking me off accutane. I definitely expressed my dislikeo of that idea and not wanting to do that so she said we can negotiate that when the time comes. I'm thinking the fact I still got a bump will help convince her to up me slightly so that I can be at least at the recommended dosage for my weight and cut my length to 8ish months. I still have redness and a white scar area from past cysts and I wish it would look a little better without make-up but oh well, I'm happy. I still get almost sweat teeny tiny bumps but they go away quickly as long as I don't pick them. I can not tell you the freedom and emotional strength that has occurred with being cyst free. While I still need to work on self-confidence, it is SOOO much easier to do being cyst free! I feel so free. I know it's not without it's side effects, the dry skin and tired dry eyes are pretty bad but nothing horrible. OVerall, I'm just so thankful.
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    Week 10

    Week 10- 20mg split dose, dianne 35 birth control, and antibiotics. I've had to add some antibiotics this week as I have another kidney infection. I go for surgery next week on my kidney but they say there should be no interaction with Accutane and I can continue on it as is. Despite skin being dry and fragile, it is doing really good; no cysts, but the next 2 weeks will be the true test. Only other symptoms this week are lips and eyes continue to be very dry.
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    Week 9

    Week 9 - 20mg split dose and Dianne 35 So it's been 2 months since I've started on this journey. While I still have got a cyst every month, it is better than the multiple ones I was having every month. My complexion as a whole has improved and while I am still getting the occasional teeny tiny pimple, they are now often small enough or go away fast enough not to pick. The dry skin and lips is a constant battle, especially in this dry winter weather. The new products continue to help though. Other side effects are dry, tired eyes and fatigue. I did notice a dip in mood again recently but it went away quite fast and wasn't as severe as last time. And like I've stated before, I am not sure whether that is a combo of birth control, accutane and winter blues or what. If I get another cyst this month, I will be asking my doc to increase my dose to 30mg for the next month. I also plan on going off of Dianne 35 in Jan or Feb as my partners vasectomy will be tested as all good. I'm nervous about going off of it but I figure it's better to go off of it while on accutane than not.
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    Week 8

    Week 8 - 20mg split does and dianne-35 birth control pill I got so fed up with my dry skin that I got all new products. I got a serum and another intense moisturizer plus a very gentle exfoliator that I have been using when needed (usually every other day). I have noticed a big positive difference in my skin and it's too much of a coincidence with the new products. My skin is now more plump and soft and the tiny bumps went away. I have not noticed any breakout associated with moisturizing and if anything my face looks much better without the tiny bumps. My cyst last week was different than the cysts I would get. Within 24hrs it felt like it was going to pop by itself and leak everywhere. There was actually a bit of a head (which never happened with previous cysts) and some junk did come out. There was a bit of deeper down stuff but it is completely flat after a week versus the month it used to take, so that is a positive. Blood results are all good, but my doc wants to keep it at the same dose for now. My hand rash is almost all gone and other side effects are the dry lips and tired eyes.
  11. Well I decided to write early because well, it's my birthday and what did I wake up to? A nice big, painful, deeply inflammed spot. Almost a month exactly since my last cyst. Didn't quite make it from period to period. I don't know whether to BP it or just leave it or what. I'm pretty disappointed. I was SOOOO hoping I was done with this. It doesn't seem as much of a solid nodule as before but who knows what time will bring. I realize it is only week 7 and break outs are still common and such but ARGH I hate this rollercoaster. One day my skin feels covered in teeny tiny pin needle bumps, the next it looks pretty good. Also, my hands broke out in a really bad rash and now are scaled over. It's mentally difficult to think the thing i'm on this drug to stop is still happening and yet I'm having these crappy side effects. Overall, I know it's helped, just not quite enough yet. I'm trying to have hope. I'm trying to tell myself, just give it one more month. Other side effects are the same; dry lips and tired/dry eyes. Mood was pretty good since last week's drop but with this new cyst I'm feeling a bit down, not like last week though.
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    Week 6

    Week 6 -20mg split dose and dianne 35 birth control No new cysts! Definitely had spots that would have turned into cysts before but they were gone the next day. I'm hopeful this continues but scared to be hopeful because if I end up getting cysts again I will be devastated. It is quite interesting to see the changes in skin on a daily basis. A couple little spots pop up one day but are gone the next. My skin continues to be quite dry and flaky and so I have decided to very gently exfoliate every couple days/ when needed and that seems to be helping a lot along with switching day moisturizers. I used to be really good at doing my make up and never had problems putting my makeup on, now I am struggling not to look like a corpse with how dry and stiff my skin is. Trying to use less but still enough to cover the healing red healing spots. I can tell the initial breakout is slowly diminishing and so more and more I go most days without make-up which is a nice feeling. My skin is VERY thin and sensitive, I had a small piece of dry skin that I barely touched to get off my face and big piece of skin came off. That and I've had to throw out (well stash it in the very back of my drawer) my BP cream, it burned my skin really bad when I put a tiny dab on my face earlier this week. My other symptoms are dry lips and hands as usual, and my eyes get dry and tired by the end of the day. I take a calcium tablet and that seems to have eased the sore knees or maybe the symptom subsided on it's own? I also increased my vitamin D dose because I noticed my mood and energy were getting low and that has seemed to help along with other interventions. But I do want to mention my mood for a minute here. I have been depressed before and I am also a counsellor and therefore I am extremely aware of mood changes in myself. The change in mood last week, for about a week, was reasonably concerning but thankfully I believe I am on the upside of it and never had any self harm thoughts. I've never experienced this type of feeling sad, lonely, needy and irritable for no reason in this concentrated form before. I would cry at the drop of the hat and felt so alone. I reached out to friends and worked on my thoughts a lot as I do not want to deal with the possibility of stopping Accutane. I don't know if it was the Accutane, or the Birth control (as I am only a month and a half into this brand) or if it was the fact that winter is here and it's dark and cold and the sun isn't out as much....who knows, but I do know I was concerned and am ecstatic that I seem to be out of it.
  13. I"m sorry it's been so awful for you. Such a let down. Has your dermatologist ever thought you are on too high of a dose? I'm just wondering because of the severity of your side effects. I have heard/read of some people doing 10mg every other day, or every week. Just a thought.
  14. Hi, Not sure if anyone has any info or experience with this and I do plan on bringing it up with my doctor when I see her in 2 weeks, however, I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and with the shorter amount of sunlight in full swing in Canada, I am noticing my symptoms increasing (actually worse than any other year and I do think it's correlated to Accutane/ Dianne-35 birth control pill). Extra Vitamin D is helping but my tired and true treatment of UV lights is apparently a no no on Accutane. My question is does anyone have any info on this or experience using the UV light (specifically blue light) for SAD while on Accutane? I will not stop Accutane just to be able to use UV light but I really would like to improve my mood. Thanks
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    Week 5

    Week 5 - 20mg split dose Well the good news is NO new cysts!! I was able to enjoy the busy weekend with minimal embarrassment. My old cyst bumps continue to go down. The not so good news is my skin is so itchy and i'm getting almost hive like spots pop up more and more along my jaw line and neck and places I wouldn't have issues. I noticed that scratching them only makes them worse and they take quite a bit of time to heal so I am trying my hardest to keep my hands off. Speaking of keeping my hands off, I have noticed that Accutane has made my skin very very thin. I have attempted to squeeze some tiny hard whiteheads as they seem like they were half out of the skin but even with lighter pressure than normal I broke the skin somehow that I end up with 2 or 3x the size of broken skin that the original pimple was. The blackheads seem to be continuing to come out of so many pores and places where I never had issues before. I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit frustrated with my skin at the moment. Nothing is worse than cysts, but i'm wishing I could have my old skin just with no cysts on my chin Despite feeling a bit down, I'm trying to stay positive that I will continue to be cyst free and the rest of my skin will settle down.