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  1. Hi I'm Lex and I have been taking Accutane for 2 Months now. My acne has been controlled from day one of the pills, it almost feels too good to be true. I haven't experienced any serious side effects such as; depression, confusion, stress or any other mental side effects, for which I am grateful. I have some tips on the less serious side effects. I have experienced dry skin, scarring, dry hair and liver discomfort, all of which I have been able to control with my routine, which is why I thought I'd share. Firstly, my dose is 40mg a day and I'm on Oratane, which is just a cheap aussy version of Accutane, I wash my face morning and night with QV Gentle Skin Cleanser. Dry skin I never really experienced dry skin until the beginning of my second month, but to control it I use; Garnier Body Soothing Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin - Body (morning/night and any time my skin feels dry) QV Skin Lotion - Face (morning only, before makeup) Napoleon Pre-Foundation Primer - Face (only when I wear makeup, I put it on after the moisturizer, and since have never had a problem with dry/flaky makeup) I also take supplements: Blackmores - Bio Zink Swisse - Hair Skin and Nails (Liquid) Scarring/redness (I do not have surface scars just very red, discolored skin, so I'm not sure how this would work on people who have excessive scarring) At night after washing my face with a gentle QV wash I absolutely cover my face with Bio Oil (the original one) - I only started using this 1 week ago because my skin was looking awful (before I just moisturized with my QV skin lotion) but in the week I have been using it, I have noticed a significant change, my skin looks 100% clearer! At first I was afraid of putting an oil on my face but this stuff is like magic <3 Liver discomfort and digestion problems When I started my second month I started taking 40mg instead of 20mg, there was a significant change in my apatite. I felt sick every time I ate and felt like I wasn't digesting properly, it was uncomfortable, so I went out and got some things I thought would help. For 3 weeks I have been taking: Swisse - Liver Detox (Morning) Activia Yogurt (Morning with fruit and muesli) The effects of those were almost instant, very happy. Dry Hair My hair is pretty healthy, I think the Hair Skin and Nails is to thank for that, but it is dry (especially at the roots). I use Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly, it makes my hair feel soft and full of moisture. I also don't wet or wash my hair often maybe once a week or less (I know some people think it's disgusting but it works the best for me. The most important thing is to make sure you don't wet your hair (unless your washing it, obviously) but it really works and my hair is always complemented on. Thanks for reading and I hope I helped
  2. Hey everyone! So it's basically day 8 for me of my claravis journey and I'm having really bad back pains. I don't know if it's from sleeping in a bad position or if it's from the drug, because back pains are a side effect of the drug. If it is from the drug, are those side effects supposed to come that early? I have no idea to be honest. It hurts a lot and I'm not used to having such an intense pain in my back. It's especially inconvenient that I have these back pains because tomorrow I'll be watching little kids during Easter dinner. I really hope Icy-Hot can help me relieve some of the pain by tomorrow. If you guys know anything about back pain and accutane, please comment below! I like reading about your personal experiences and relating as best as I can!!
  3. I'm 28 and have been on acne meds for a very long time. I was on and off Accutane from age 18 to 22--two cycles of small doses. Since 2009 I have been either on aldactone (worst drug--regret taking it, because it helped with body acne but not hormonal) and antibiotics. I have gotten nasolabial fold pimples in the same places and so often that I have finally started developing scars for the first time. My skin is scaly, discolored, and covered with whiteheads for three weeks per month. It has been this way since I got off Accutane Starting in 2009, when I was on Aldo, taking supplements would cause big, hard pustules in weird places--eyes, ears, chin (including when I wax), stomach, shoulders. Walnut-sized. I think the follicular issues/"toxic"pimples and my hormonal issues work concurrently because sometimes the weird "toxic" pimples come around that time of the month if I am not medicated. I have been on antibiotics for a year. It was a godsend for those first six months, but with time, not only have the drugs lost their potency--I am dealing with candida and have no idea what to do. My scalp is itchy; the sweatiness and body odor is pretty bad. It's been this way for six months and is particularly bad around that time of the month. This week I stopped taking Doxycycine and am Diflucan to kill whatever has been causing horrible allergies to shampoo and the few supplements I could take without issue last year. I am getting excruciatingly painful "weird place" cottage cheesy lump pimples again. I took a capsule of OTC probiotics and activated a cluster of "weird place" pimples overnight. The Diflucan, like the candida, is making my body feel like a furnace and it's actually hard to sleep. In other words, the disgusting symptoms of Diflucan/yeast die off are similar to candida itself. That's why I can't take vitamins anymore. I can't use dandruff shampoo. How can I ever get back to normal? When will I know I'm clear to stop the Diflucan, and then try to deal with acne--even naturally? I want to take vitamin B5, I want to take Glutamate. I don't think I've felt not-itchy and disgusting for a full year--waking up sweaty, itchy scalp, "bubbling", itchy acne that is lethal around my period. Every typical antifungal solution (like rosemary soap, or zinc dandruff shampoo), everything I was able to use to heal wounds before (like vitamin C) is now causing my body to react violently due to yeast. How can I metabolize the yeast now AND deal with hormonal acne? I can't stay off Diflucan forever--it's like imposing the flu on myself. Do I need candidase or Glutenaid? If my body responded so horribly to probiotics, how can I deal with candida overgrowth? Should I try a different antifungal med? (Note: I'll admit it, I eat some sugar and white flour. A little milk in my coffee is the only thing that keeps me from wanting to vomit. Diet changes aren't totally possible.) This is enough to make me want to go back on Accutane, but I hated the raw skin and purging from that too. This time last year I could eat pasta once in a while without my stomach blowing up to the size of a balloon. I would like that again. What will kill the yeast without wreaking havoc on my skin and causing fatigue that makes it hard to work?
  4. Hi all, It's been a while since I posted on here but thought i'd not only update on my situation but I also have a few questions and would love some other's perspectives or experiences. In October 2012, I was signed off form my job in recruitment for a few weeks with anxiety and depression and it was around this time that my acne got particularly bad, and has been bad ever since. I ended up handing in my notice and giving up the job altogether. I moved home for a bit and left my flat in Birmingham, then moved back just after Christmas planning to get a new job. I went for interviews and was offered a couple of jobs ..still in recruitment. I did one day of a new job and the anxiety overcame me so I left, saw my GP and she ended up signing me off work altogether and sending me to CBT. It was around this time that my rent was up in a couple of months so myself and my other half decided we were going to move to Worcester (where he works) and start new! So we did. We moved in May and I got offered another job in recruitment which again I couldn't start. I then thought about teaching and to cut a really long story short, I took a job as Learning Mentor in a secondary school. When I came to start, the anxiety about my skin was uncontrollable (see my previous post!). I was constantly overcome with anxiety and scratching away at my face in the mirror but no matter how hard it got I still stayed and battled through. My skin is still crazy bad. My acne is bright red, under the skin lumps, with no head and my picking ..whilst it's better ..when I have something to pick at, i'll pick at it. I end up with open red sores all over my face. My anxiety is pretty much under control and my skin picking it so much better than it was, thanks to hypnotherapy ..but it's the fact i'm still getting the acne that I can't stand. I have tried everything when it comes to treatments for my skin. I've tried 4 lots of antibiotics, numerous creams, red and blue light therapy, chemical skin peels, I even have brought a home blue-light machine which really hasn't done much! I have been to see my GP around 10 times in the last 3 months because of my skin and he FINALLY referred me to a dermatologist, saying that Roaccutane is going to be the next thing to try as nothing else seems to be working. I also decided to book a private derm appointment as well as wait for my NHS one as I wanted the drug SO much. I've done a hell of a lot of research on it and the side effects don't even remotely scare me as my want for clear skin seems to have become an innate need more than anything else! Does that even make sense?! I went to my private derm on Monday (25th November) and he has put me on 30mg of Roaccutane. The consultation fee itself was £100 and the prescription was £52 ..so I am still going to go to my NHS appointment on Monday, to see if they can give me a cheaper prescription and also to get their opinion. So far, I have been on this drug since Monday night at 30mg ..haven't noticed anything in terms of benefits yet, but I haven't seen or felt any side effects either, not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing?? I've read a lot that Roaccutane is a last resort and i'm terrified that even if I give this drug 6 months, it's still not going to work. I want to be able to have clear skin, be confident in people looking at my face, being close up when talking to me etc.. and not feel really paranoid that they are staring and examining me. I guess i'm asking if anyone has any success stories from this? Tips of hanging on in there and being patient or just wise words to make me feel less anxious about my skin! I know it's a tough task and a big thing to ask ..It's good just knowing there are other people too who understand what it is to have bad skin and the hell it brings! Thanks, Kerxo X
  5. Hey guys, I'm 18 and I've had moderate acne for about 4 years now, I've tried every single topical and medication out there for my acne and the only thing that works slightly is BP, but my acne is getting worse by the day. I've come to the point in my life where I don't care what anyone thinks, I don't care if i haven't got 'cystic' acne or 'proper' acne, I just want it gone. Its effecting my life so much to where I don't feel like I can do anything any more. I get so upset and it just feels like that NOBODY understands me. I've been to my GP a LOT of times and they won't even refer me to a dermatologist, she basically told me I would have to wait.... yes thats correct WAIT until my acne gets cystic. I'm getting extremely fed up and just want to at least try accutane on a small dose to see the effects that it has but I cannot get prescribed and I cannot afford it to go private. please PLEASE can someone just guide me and make me feel like someone understands, I feel like the only people in the world who understand are the ones with acne problems, which unfortunately are not my doctors. Has anyone been prescribed on accutane with moderate acne? If so tell me how! I am so desperate and I am finally pushing myself the hardest I can go to get rid of my acne for good!!!
  6. JustEffingCreate

    Scared As Hell

    Hey there guys I am a 15 year old boy, been fighting with acne since 13, but just at no avail. I've gone through most(probably all) prescription drugs and procedures out there so my current dermatologist told me it's time for isotretinoin. She told me to go get the blood tests done tomorrow and if all is good, I'm starting accutane. On the first moment I heard that word spewed out of her mouth, my heart pounced because I had researched accutane on the internet before and the side effects look just unbearable to me. I'm an aspiring theoretical physicist and I can just not tolerate to lose my ability to fully concentrate on problems. My healthy brain is my treasure, so I must protect it at any cost, maybe even with my severe back acne and social humiliation. I made this new topic in order to ask any of you that's been on accutane and successfully came out of it acne free: What is the net damage that the isotretinoin cure causes on your brain and how much are the logical processes hindered? Please, respond honestly. Sorry if I sound a bit all over the place with my not coherent writing, but I'm just really stressed right now. I just need help.
  7. shourpower

    Isotretinoin/loss Of Appetite?

    Has anyone else experienced a loss of appetite? I'm seriously nauseated and thinking about food makes me sick to my stomach. I'm on day 5 and I feel horrible!
  8. medici

    10 days with Diane-35

    It´s soon to post big changes. I´ve only been 10 days with it! The only thing i started to notice is a headache coming out of nowhere... hope it´ll go away soon. And i think i´m gaining weight? I´m in good shape, and i do exercise often but... it´s just my feeling about it! I will continue posting. Thanks for reading! (Also, for the acne, i´m taking Treclinac, a topical form of antibiotic and vitamin A that my derm prescribed me... it worked amazing on my skin! I use it at night. The only bad thing is that i have to put my sunscreen on everyday, but... i hope it´ll help as well!)
  9. Im on mo.2 of accutane and am taking 80mg a day - 1 in the morning 1 at night. its a pretty high dose in my opinion, but whatever works... However, I'm getting some real possible side effects now. I got 3 nose bleeds in one day, I'm having moderate back pain, feeling weak, and every part of my body BUT MY FACE decides to lock in moisture. My face is peeling and scabbing like no other. On top of that, even though I'm constantly lubricating my lips with chapstick ("carmex healing" and other variety) nothing.is.working. They are starting to get crusty and disgusting looking. They constantly hurt, sting, and I can barely open my mouth and when I do they split open and it hurts like a b****. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT I CAN DO FOR THIS?????? and if this will last the entire time I'm on tane.... I did buy some vaseline and heavier non comodogenic moisturizing cream .. but it seems like I'm buying and buying creams and nothing is alleviating or fixing this
  10. Hello I am writing a research paper regarding Roaccutane for a nursing degree and was hoping I could get some data! As an acne sufferer I have always pondered going on Roaccutane but have never filled my prescription... It would be much appreciated if anyone who has taken Roaccutane before could answer 10 questions regarding their experience on the medication. The main answers I'm looking for are if you were happy with your results and if you noticed side effects.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNVKWLQThank you so much
  11. Hi everyone, I have been on Accutane for about 9 days now and have been experiencing very bad joint and muscle pain, I only do light exercise so I am sure it is not working out that is causing this. Of course was well aware of all the side effects before I started the medication but having come across this forum just after starting I am now extremely worried and wonder if I should stop the medication. It seems sad as I have been pushing for 4 years to be approved for the drug (on the NHS) and I am really cannot do anything else for my acne, however I would much rather have complete health than end up with long term side effects. I know that everyone reacts differently, my mum had only dry skin when she took this, but the joint pain is really worrying me. I wonder how much of the post Accutane side effects are truly ignored by health professionals. I have spoken to the derm and they have told me to decrease from 30mg to 20mg but I am not convinced it will help as for the last two days I have only been on 10mg and nothing has changed. if anyone has any advice or similar experience I would be greatful I really am just completely stressing about this and feel I have no one to confide in about these problems, am I putting myself in danger?
  12. I have been taking Absorica for 44 days now (30 days- 40mg, 14 days- 50mg) & I have not seen any effects on my skin. It is somewhat dry, but my skin is always dry during the winter. I would say my face is moderate-severe, but more severe, & I also have acne on my neck, chest & back. Up to a year and a half ago, my acne was very mild, but since a year and a half ago, it has quickly become worse & worse. I am 15 now. My acne has continued it's worsening since I have started accutane, but not at any quicker pace than I would have expected if I were not on accutane. Essentially I feel like accutane is not having any effect on my skin. However, I have had mild back and joint pain, so I guess that means it's doing something? Has anybody had a similar experience? Any words of encouragement? : -)
  13. Mila88

    Day 11

    Day 11, oddly enough my side effects seem to have improved rather than gotten worse? Has this happened to anyone else? This worries me. My dry eyes that were terrible just 2 days ago are now manageable, my dry nose is barely bothering me at all and my dry lips are mild compared to what they were 2 days ago. I know I should probably be extrememly happy but i'm more concerned that it isn't working as well? As far as acne goes I've gotten another little white head on my jaw line... nothing major. Still no IB.
  14. Hi all, It's been a while since I posted on here but thought i'd not only update on my situation but I also have a few questions and would love some other's perspectives or experiences. In October 2012, I was signed off form my job in recruitment for a few weeks with anxiety and depression and it was around this time that my acne got particularly bad, and has been bad ever since. I ended up handing in my notice and giving up the job altogether. I moved home for a bit and left my flat in Birmingham, then moved back just after Christmas planning to get a new job. I went for interviews and was offered a couple of jobs ..still in recruitment. I did one day of a new job and the anxiety overcame me so I left, saw my GP and she ended up signing me off work altogether and sending me to CBT. It was around this time that my rent was up in a couple of months so myself and my other half decided we were going to move to Worcester (where he works) and start new! So we did. We moved in May and I got offered another job in recruitment which again I couldn't start. I then thought about teaching and to cut a really long story short, I took a job as Learning Mentor in a secondary school. When I came to start, the anxiety about my skin was uncontrollable (see my previous post!). I was constantly overcome with anxiety and scratching away at my face in the mirror but no matter how hard it got I still stayed and battled through. My skin is still crazy bad. My acne is bright red, under the skin lumps, with no head and my picking ..whilst it's better ..when I have something to pick at, i'll pick at it. I end up with open red sores all over my face. My anxiety is pretty much under control and my skin picking it so much better than it was, thanks to hypnotherapy ..but it's the fact i'm still getting the acne that I can't stand. I have tried everything when it comes to treatments for my skin. I've tried 4 lots of antibiotics, numerous creams, red and blue light therapy, chemical skin peels, I even have brought a home blue-light machine which really hasn't done much! I have been to see my GP around 10 times in the last 3 months because of my skin and he FINALLY referred me to a dermatologist, saying that Roaccutane is going to be the next thing to try as nothing else seems to be working. I also decided to book a private derm appointment as well as wait for my NHS one as I wanted the drug SO much. I've done a hell of a lot of research on it and the side effects don't even remotely scare me as my want for clear skin seems to have become an innate need more than anything else! Does that even make sense?! I went to my private derm on Monday (25th November) and he has put me on 30mg of Roaccutane. The consultation fee itself was £100 and the prescription was £52 ..so I am still going to go to my NHS appointment on Monday, to see if they can give me a cheaper prescription and also to get their opinion. So far, I have been on this drug since Monday night at 30mg ..haven't noticed anything in terms of benefits yet, but I haven't seen or felt any side effects either, not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing?? I've read a lot that Roaccutane is a last resort and i'm terrified that even if I give this drug 6 months, it's still not going to work. I want to be able to have clear skin, be confident in people looking at my face, being close up when talking to me etc.. and not feel really paranoid that they are staring and examining me. I guess i'm asking if anyone has any success stories from this? Tips of hanging on in there and being patient or just wise words to make me feel less anxious about my skin! I know it's a tough task and a big thing to ask ..It's good just knowing there are other people too who understand what it is to have bad skin and the hell it brings! Thanks, Kerxo X
  15. Some people were asking if licorice would interfere with the anti-androgen effects of spiro and it seems the answer is no. Hirsutism and acne are both caused by DHT sensitivity and this article below talks about a study in which women with hirsutism safely took both and still had less hair growth even at a high dose of licorice. The next link is a forum where licorice's mode of action is explained. It can work "with" spiro as an androgen blocker. http://drtorihudson.com/botanicals/licorice-reduces-the-side-effects-of-spironolactone-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ http://www.curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=1475890
  16. From the album: BEFORE & AFTER ACCUTANE

    You can see the dryness starting to set in with my hair & skin- this is about 6 mnths post tx.
  17. *Warning - I will not be shy about the side effects. Take it or leave it. 23 y/o Female. Just completed my first month on Accutane (Claravis) 40mg. First image is a "before" image. Week 1: Progress: 1 or 2 new pimples - shocked I was already seeing improvements. Side Effects: Dry Lips and hands, bright yellow urine, irregular bowel movements (no pain). Week 2: Progress: Less white heads but more blackheads on the nose and corner chin areas. Healing after picking at the skin SUCKS - forcing myself not too (I have anxiety so I try not too). Side Effects: Same as week one. Starting to use my electric tooth brush to exfoliate my lips & it feels amazing. Week 3: Progress: Don't see much of an acne change from week 2. Side Effects: In addition to previous side effects I've mentioned, my scalp became super dry and I have dandruff like crazy. I've gone from washing my hair every other day to once every 3-4 days from how much less oily I get. The inside of my nose has become super dry and there is always dry blood inside. No nose bleed though. My arms have started becoming dry as well. Kinda looks like I'm peeling after a sunburn without the burn part. Week 4: (Will upload photo) Progress: I personally think my acne has gotten better. I am very dry no matter what I do but it's nice to feel smooth parts of my face. Side Effects: From week 3 remain the same. Accutane can cause the skin to take longer to heal - bumped my knee on the coffee table and i literally have a giant scab (LOL). Makes me nervous for my tonsillectomy this week but both dermatologist and surgeon gave me the green light while on Accutane.
  18. Mila88

    1 Month Check Up... Scared

    Today was my 1 month check up. My liver function was elevated since last time... that makes me a little nervous. They didn't really say too much about it and all I saw on the sheet was that it said +40 ? I still got my prescription for this month I'm just praying it isn't eleveated too much and I can continue to take this for the full 5 months. Today my derm gave me 6 shots of cortisone. 5 in some larger nodules and 1 in my lip? The corner of my lip is really cracked so she gave me a cortisone shot in the lip? I don't know. I don't really understand what it does but if it helps i'll be happy. Symptoms are the same, dry chapped lips, kinda dry skin, dry eyes and dry nose. Still getting occasional headaches but nothing advil can't cure. Hoping to god this liver function thing isn't too serious.
  19. ItsAllGoodFellas

    16 Days Post Accutane

    1st month 60mg/day 2nd month 80mg/day So i was doing my 2nd course of accutane and only did 40 days of it for various reasons. In the past 28 days i only got a little dot on my cheek, and i stopped accutane 16 days ago and my face is still scaly and ashy, my lips are still a bit swollen and i have this dry skin itch below my lower lips that won't go away, i have to slather that small part like crazy during night and when i wake up it's dry. I haven't seen my dermatologist in over a month but i've decided to stop it, i just couldn't handle it this time. The side effects were stronger than the first time. The first time i took it my face was never scaly or ashy, just smooth. Who knows if my acne is gone but the fact that i havent been getting it despite me getting drunk and not washing my face, despite me having dust all over it (i had a construction project last month). WHO KNOWS! I got my blood test done yesterday and will see my dermatologist just to verify everything is okay and ask her questions. Anyway you people were of no help. I get 100+ views for each post and each time i've asked for advice or experiences and people just stop by and never comment.
  20. So I am in the middle of my second month and I have been managing my dry skin side effects pretty well until the past couple of day. My lips have gone beyond getting dry and cracking. They are now at the point where they have become raw. If there is any area with dry skin that peels off, it instantly starts to bleed. It's not the normal dry and crack kind of bleeding. I used to be able to peel the dead skin off without a problem and even exfoliate my lips but now if I do anything, they bleed. I am and have been since I started taking Accutane, using a over the counter medication strength chapstick but it doesn't seem to help as much anymore. It burns applying my chapstick because of all the raw and open bleeding areas on my lips (I just re-read all of this and visually, it sounds like it would look disgusting lol). Suggestions for healing these areas and what to use next?
  21. Hi all I have been prescribed my GP and have read that I should start seeing results after 4 weeks. It's been 5 weeks and all throughout the last few weeks I have started developing large red and angry spots which I didn't have before, they are making more unhappy with my skin then I was before. Has anyone else experienced this? Could it just be getting rid of all the rubbish from my face before I start seeing results? I don't know whether I should get another 1 month prescription of it and see if it makes any improvements or go back to the GP for something new. (
  22. Cecek

    Done with week three !

    So I am done with week 3 and going in week 4 already ! time is passing by so fast which is a good thing while on roaccutane . So sadly I am in the bad phase now, the past week I had break outs and it seems like acne are taking longer to heal (or at least to puff down). The past week my nose was very bumpy and rough, it seems like the blackheads on my nose are coming out which made the texture of my nose very rough and weird. Even though I know I am not suppose to do any scrubbing while on roaccutane but I couldn't resist scrubbing those blackheads and thank god I did coz my nose felt so much better after ! also it seems most of those black heads are gone.. I constantly have bloody nose and the blood starts dripping if I spent a lot of time in a hot place, I apply olive oil with an ear bud which helps with the dry nose. I've been experiencing drier skin than before, it sometimes burn when I apply my soap-free alcohol-free perfume-free moisturizer and my garnier bb cream. My lips are manageably dry, no flakes or anything thanks to my Bioderma lip balm <3 My scalp is so much better than before, I am currently using head and shoulders even though I don't like it, it kind of burns when I put it on my scalp even though it initially helped with the dryness. I've also been putting olive oil and/or coconut oil on my scalp once a week to ease the dryness .Sadly, I am noticing more hair fall outs but I am using a hair mask and night spray for that from The Cosmetic Republic . My eyes are still extremely dry and red even though I use artificial tear drops like 4 times a day, so I hope the eye problem gets solved soon ! I went to the gym last Saturday and the one before, I didn't notice any extra muscle or joint aches even though my workout is somewhat intense BUT last Thursday I felt extremely tired as if I am getting sick but things got better when I got a long night sleep. I don't know if its a side effect but I am getting sleepy more often. adding to that I sometimes feel random slight pain in my joints but its very minimal that its not worth mentioning. My back do hurts a lot but I've had back pain before roaccutane so I am not sure whether its from the med or from something else, but it seems like roaccutane did intensify the pain yet it is still bearable. I have dry itchy patches on my hand so I am using a lot of cream and Vaseline to solve that problem. Please feel free to share ur tips and tricks .
  23. Djdjdjordje

    My Accutane log

    So, I've been on Accutane 20mg for 5 weeks and I'm really just making this log for others to see and to show you guys any improvements and to get advice from you guys. So far my side effects have been there but have been manageable; dry lips, dry eyes causing them to go red, back pain and slight depression but not too bad just the odd sign and feeling of social anxiety. Here are pictures I've been taking to document my experience so far: Day I started Accutane 20mg Second week Fourth week Please let me know if you have any advice or any queries, also I will be updating every two weeks during my accutane course.
  24. Hi all, Not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot (new user here) and I just wanted to ask anyone who has used the Regimen, should my skin be burning from the benzoyl peroxide? I've been using it for 2 weeks (this is my second I think) and I've just upped the dosage of BP and now my skin is starting to burn and feel tight, as if I've been badly sunburnt. Thing is, I've used BP before (years ago) and it was 5% and nothing like this happened. So is this just normal? It just burns. Even after hours of being applied. Cheers
  25. [side note- I'm new to this place so bear with me and forgive my mistakes, not even sure if I'm making a post properly hahaha..] A little history about my experience with acne- I'm 23 and never had issues with acne throughout middle or high school. I started getting my issues more in my 'young-adult' years, it went from mild acne to painful cystic acne. Compared to many others my acne is/was quite mild but I couldn't seem to be clear.. ever! So I've tried everything under the sun (just like everyone else here) Doxycycline, other versions of doxycycline, topical clindamycin, topical tretinoin, spironolactone, etc. I finally made the decision to attempt Accutane since I was just plain old fed up. I started on Amnesteem (version of Accutane) 20mg once daily on about June 1st. I prepared way ahead of time because I read tons of horror stories about side effects on here and I was already addicted to lotion and chapstick (always had chapstick on me) so I assumed they would be an issue and I would need some different 'big guns'. So I spent lots and lots of money on lotions, several chapsticks, special moisturizing body washes, lip treatments, eye drops, vitamins, and I don't even know what else at this point. Well, after all that I thought "Oh, I can handle this.. I'm gonna be one of the lucky ones that doesn't get crazy side effects, I had no dry skin, no dry lips at all, not drinking water like a horse, very very mild initial breakout... HAH. The Accutane gods quickly shut that dream down on about day 12.. My lips were perfectly fine, not chapped or even dry at all, and all of a sudden I started getting clear blisters all over my lips [more on the 'meaty' parts of my lips, not the edges next to my skin], the blisters started looking like they had white underneath of them instead of clear and then started sloughing off in layers. My lips were SO SO SO swollen [Like Angelina Jolie lips- and I didn't even have to pay for it] red, painful... They were so covered in little blisters that when I rubbed my lips together it felt very bumped up. After trying Dr. Dan's and a stronger prescription hydrocortisone cream I finally caved and realized there wasn't some magical hump I was going to get over where it would just go away so I went to the derm. After walking into the room and saying "WOW, they are big.. looks painful" they prescribed Desonide ointment three times a day for 2 days and then 1-2 times daily as needed and told me to up my fluid intake.. Made me stop the Accutane for 3 days and start back up with only 20mg's on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They cleared up in a few days and stayed mildly dry, and like raw skin that needed to build back up again. When I went back for my month 2 script they said 20mg's a day for a week and then start on 30mg's daily. Welp, low and behold on day 11 or 12 same thing happened. I started getting very discouraged, and afraid they would make me stop it. It's been working so well already!! I stopped the meds for a day, applied the Desonide steroid ointment like 4 times a day with vaseline coated over it and drank a TON of water. It did the sloughing off in layers thing and was just like raw skin.. that I can deal with. I've been drinking like 55-90 ounces of water a day (which is huge because I used to consider it a good day if I'd drink one small glass a day), taking Ibuprofen for swelling, keeping something on my lips at all times, using the neosporin lip treatment, aquaphor, and one with shea butter in it. Now it's like 5 days after that breakout and the blisters are starting again!! I don't know what to do! Has ANYONE experienced something like this, have any suggestions, other products I should try, etc?! I'm begging at this point. I'm not even 2 full months into my treatment and I'm on a CRAZY low dose and my body can't even handle that, how am I going to possibly survive this. I don't want to give up on the medication but I can't have these huge red, blistered lips. I look/feel like a monster. Sorry this post was so long and if anyone has actually made it this far I applaud you!!!
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