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  1. Hey guys i've been trying to find a good cleanser that is pH-balanced, contains no harsh chemicals, is non-comedogenic, and contains Vitamin E + any other soothing ingredients. Has any1 found one like this? thanks Any other organic cleanser suggestions would be nice too thanks
  2. http://www.alphahydrox.com/storeb.htm SPOT LIGHT TARGETED SKIN LIGHTENER Say goodbye to freckles, age and liver spots, changes in your skin pigmentation that occurred during pregnancy or when you began using oral contraceptives. This highly effective targeted skin lightener contains a unique combination 10% Glycolic Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Hydroquinone, which is proven to lighten skin discolorations. The special applicator tip provides easy application right on the spot so fading of unaffected areas won’t be a concern. KIT CONTAINS: .85 oz. For all skin types, non-greasy, absorbs quickly Proven results Contains 10% Glycolic AHA, Hydroquinone (proven to lighten skin discolorations), Vitamin E Moisturizing emollients leave skin feeling soft and smooth Ingredients: Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Laureth-23, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDIA, Fragrance, BHT Looks like something I might have to try out..this company never seems to let anybody down
  3. ClearSkinOrBust

    Another B5 Log...

    I have had acne ever since I hit puberty around 12 or 13 years and I am now 21 with moderate acne. I have tried many things over the years, lots of topicals and even Accutane, to no success. This is my B5 log thus far and I will update it with more info later on. I believe that my acne has it “up cycles� and “down cycles� because it seems to act this why and has for a long time. So, you will see me refer to it this way in my log. Also, I went to the dermitologist for face peels which didn't help me much at the beginning of this regimen. I have what they call a “T� oily region on my facial acne and I also get acne on my back/shoulders/neck area. I hope this is a benefit to some people as to how B5 may work for them. I decided to make this log to force myself to plot my acne progression and see specifically if it is working day by day. Abbreviations – MV = multivitamin, B5 – pantothenic acid, B50 – B-complex, C – Vitamin C Day 1 – Took 2 MV in the morning, 3g of B5, 1 B50, 1 MV at around 9:30 p.m., Day 2 – Took 1 MV, 2g of B5, 1 B50 at 8:30 a.m.; Took 2g of B5, 1 B50 at 12:30 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 6:20, Took 2g at 10:00 p.m. Notes: Feeling a little woosy after shower at 5:30 p.m.; got a face-peel today at 3:15, ate some tuna at 6:15 Day 3 – Took 2g B5, 1 MV, 1 B50 at 8:45 a.m., Took 2g B5 at 1:55 p.m., Took 2g of B5, 1 B50 at 8:30 p.m., Took 1 MV at 12:00 a.m. Notes: Have noticed some reduction in oil on face, neck, and back. Day 4 – Took 2g of B5, 1 B50, 1 MV at 8:13 a.m.; Took 2g of B5, 50mg Zinc at 1:54 p.m.; Took 2g of B5, 1 B50 at 8:05 p.m.; Took 2g of B5, 1 B50, 100mg Zinc at 2:55 p.m. Notes: Felt a small headache at around 12:30-2:00 p.m., felt some fatigue in the late afternoon around 5:00 ish, might have been from lack of sleep the night before and boredom sitting around. Day 5 – Took 2g of B5, 1 MV, 50 mg Zinc at 10:35 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 3:45 p.m.; Took 1 B50 at 4:30 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 8:10 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 11:00 p.m. Notes: Broke out on my forehead with about 4 spots on Day 4 that just don’t seem to want to come to a head. Day 6 – Took 1 B50, 1 MV, 50 mg of Zinc at 11:30 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 12:15 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 4:45 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 8:45 p.m.; Took 2g of B5, 1 B50 at 11:30 p.m. Notes: I have noticed that my previous breakout on my forehead is not healing as fast and a scrape on my elbow is not healing as fast as I believe it should normally. I find this disturbing and I am thinking of downing my dosage of B5 to possibly 6g/day instead of 8g. Day 7 – Took 1 B50, 1 MV, 50 mg of Zinc at 8:20 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 8:25 a.m; Took 2g of B5 at 12:55 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 6:30 p.m.; Took 50mg of Zinc at 9:45 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 11:45 p.m. Notes: The breakout on my forehead is slowly fading and healing. I noticed one new zit on my forehead today, but the rest of the breakout just seems to be healing. I have one new zit on my cheek and one on the jaw line, but nothing else of note. I have decided to stick with 8g of B5 per day to give it a chance to do it’s job. Day 8 – Took 1 B50, 1 MV, 50 mg Zinc at 10:35 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 11:45 a.m.; Took 1g of C at 2:13 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 4:30 p.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 8:30 p.m.; Took 2g of B5, 1 Vitamin E at 12:55 a.m. Day 9 – Took 1 B50, 1 MV, 50 mg of Zinc, 1g of C at 10:10 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 10:30 a.m.; Took 2g of B5 at 2:15 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 6:30 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 10:30 p.m.; Did a Vitamin C & Honey Face Peel at 11:00 p.m.; Took 1g of Vitamin C, 1 B50 at 11:30 p.m. Notes: I got another breakout on my forehead. Two maybe three zits. And I have one zit on my upper lip that is giving me troubles and a breakout on my left chin area once again. Also some irritative acne breakout on my neck again. I think the neck was caused by poor shaving technique, although it’s hard to be sure. Seems as though I get one bad breakout a week now and it seems like this is the one for this week. Day 10 – Took 1 B50 at 10:45 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 11:00 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 2:00 p.m.; Took 1g of C at 2:18 p.m.; Took 1 MV at 5:02 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 6:30 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 1:15 a.m. Notes: My skin is very oily today. Nothing I do will reduce it. I’m already up to 5 grams of B5 for the day, but the oil is still intense. I don’t see why it is happening at all. It seems to be the “up cycle� of my acne that is happening again. Day 11 – Took 1 Zinc, 1 B50, 1 MV at 9:55 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 10:15 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 1:55 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 6:00 p.m. Notes: Not as oily today. I think 10g may be helping, but this could just be the “down cycle� of the acne, once again, as it always toys with me. Day 12 – Took 1 Zinc, 1 B50, 1 MV at 8:55 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 9:05 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 12:15 p.m.; Took 2.5g at 4:51 p.m.; Took 2.5g at 9:55 p.m. Notes: Less oil, less acne, hopefully it’s the vitamins and not just a “down cycle�. Day 13 – Took 1 Zinc, 1 B50, 1 MV at 11:55 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 12:30 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 4:15 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 9:45 p.m. Notes: Less oil than before. Acne isn’t really flaring up anywhere too bad. Very slight outbreak on my forehead and nose. Seems that things are clearing up overall. Day 14 – Took 1 Zinc, 1 B50, 1 MV at 11:32 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 12:30 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 6:30 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 11:02 p.m.; Took 2.5g at 12:51 p.m. Day 15 – Took 1 Zinc, 1 B50, 1 MV at 11:56 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 11:57 a.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 3:30; Took 2.5g of B5 at 8:38 p.m.; Took 2.5g of B5 at 12:30 p.m.; Took 2g of C at 12:45 p.m. Notes: I have noticed my skin is breaking out. I think I’m in an “up cycle� but these cycles are not seeming to be as bad as they were before. I hope that they will become less and less as bad.
  4. slmonkey2

    slmonkey2's new Accutane Journal

    Hello fellow adult acne afflictionados, I just wanted to let my fellow adult acne forum readers that I started a new accutane journal, so feel free to check me out! Here's a sample of what I posted: Week 1 40mg x 1 per day Ok, As I said I started Amnesteem on Feb. 17th, so week 1 is almost done. I've only been washing once per day with Aveeno Skin Relief Wash and using very small amounts of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion on dry areas. I also take 400 IU of Vitamin E x 2 a day, one in the morning and one at night. SKIN CONDITION: I started off the week with many pimples (7-8) so I started to grow my beard to hide them and my initial IB. Over this past week my pimples have dried up or went awayand so far no IB. And I'm already starting to flake on the sides of my face and nose, and its only day 8!!! I gently scrub off the excess skin every morning in the shower to keep me from looking like a leper. So far so good. I'll post another weeks worth of disgusting skin stuff next friday. Take care everyone. slmonkey2
  5. I've heard that taking a Vitamin E supplement helps the skin but does it actually help? As in cleaning the skin of oils or reducing red marks that are left. I weight about 110 lbs so if it actually does help the skin, what dosage would be alright to take?
  6. Hi All, when do the chapped lips start? I'm taking 40mgs for seven days so far and thankfully I feel great. My skin is already a lot less oilier. I'm also taking vitamin E religiously. Thanks.
  7. I haven't been in here for quite a while, my acne cleared up a while ago but i still have friends with acne, mild and severe. One of them was talking to me about vitamin E and whether it makes a difference. Well, he decided to buy some and the results were increadable!! Before taking vitamin E he had blotchy skin, small white heads almost everywhere and about 8-10 small lumps on his face. After a month of vitamin E he has lost all the white heads, the blotchy skin and about 3 of the small lumps!! Miracle work I think This is what he bought: Vertese high strength natural vitamin E (30 capsules) 400iu %RDA: 2684 Bought from Holland and Barrett I hope this helps somebody!! Can you get Holland and Barrett in the US????
  8. Hi all. I bought some CVS brand Vitamin E face moisturizer today. I know that Vit. E works well in reparing the skin and reducing red marks but is it good to use w/ the regimen and BP? Any insight?
  9. flyingeagle

    healing scars?

    what can I use to heal scars while I am taking accutane? what I think I know: vitamin E (pills) vitamin C (pills) Vitamin E (cream) copper-petide spray amino-plex spray does any of these work? what else might work? thanx
  10. Optimistic

    Things that don't work!!!!!!!!

    What have u done for your scars that doesn't work? And what type of scars do u have? I have depressed scars some shallow two deep. 1.Scar Guard 2.Restylane 3.Vitamin E 4.Mederma
  11. Hello to you all! Thanks for the great advice, thoughts, and ideas. It's taken me a long time to reach my decision to kick acne with Accutane -- all of you had a great deal to do with that. I'm a 33 year old woman, living in Vancouver, BC. My acne (face and scalp) had been moderately troublesome since I was about 15 and has become increasingly worse over the last three years. The impact this problem has had on my life has been tremendous, as all of you understand. I'll skip those details, as we all seem to have much in common throughout our histories with acne. I started my 5-month course of Accutane four days ago. I take 20mg in the morning, and 40mg in the evening. I had a headache for the first two days (now gone), stomach upset and loss of appetite for the last two days. I expect the side-effects to evolve as my body adapts, so I'm not really concerned about any of this. I noticed a bit of dryness of my face this afternoon -- after I stood out in the sun for fifteen minutes (Woops! Note to self: Buy sunscreeeeeen.). While at the gym yesterday, I noticed something quite remarkable: For the first time in over seventeen years, my skin looked less bumpy -- almost smooth -- beneath the wretched fluorescent lighting. Why didn't I do this long ago? I suppose, I thought it would 'go away' eventually -- not become painful and disfiguring. I thought that I would eventually find the 'miracle product' and my face would become perfect, glowing. I was concerned about the potential side effects of Accutane, and didn't push for it hard enough. I allowed physicians to use me as a lab-rat (sorry, rats!), I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on ineffective prescriptions and OTC crap, I allowed acne to scar me in a deeply significant way ... Makeup has adorned my face since I was very young -- and no-one has EVER seen my face bare. People often say, "But your skin looks great. It's glowing!" And I check my makeup in the mirror while they aren't looking, just to make sure they really believe what they're saying. Thanks to acne, I have become a master makeup artist -- but somehow, it hasn't been truly satisfying. Over the last three years, it has become increasingly difficult to cover up the lumps and scars and oozing spots. Painful. Sad. I see others with clear skin and dream of the day that I might be able to go camping without having to keep my 'face' on for the entire trip. I can run and bike and ski without the embarrassing layer of makeup for all to see. Maybe I could even go swimming -- with my head submerged -- layers of makeup will not be there to melt away. One day, I'll wake up beside my partner (and the chances of me finding one will be greater) and not feel that I must immediately rush off to the washroom with my makeup bag cleverly stashed somewhere discreet. Oh, and maybe I won't have to spend an entire hour on my face each morning before I'll allow anyone to see me. I'll stand in the washroom at work with my co-workers, confident, not feeling as if the fluorescent lights are shining blazing spotlights on my acne. Acne -- the bane of my existence -- be gone! [After my gym workout yesterday, I walked home, into the sunlight, and felt good in the bright light. I smiled at people -- allowed my face to be seen. Although my acne isn't yet 'healed', I felt better. I know that I *will* achieve a true state of 'glowing'. It was really, really nice.] Me - 33 year old woman - 160lbs, 5'10" Accutane -- 60mg Vitamin E - 800IU NutraSea - 2 tbsp Lush - Dream Cream Weleda - Rosemary Hair / Scalp Oil Juice Beauty - Lip Plumper Burt's Bees - Beeswax & Royal Jelly Eye Cream Body Shop - Peppermint Intensive Foot Cream P.S. Although many of you are so brave as to have photos of your bare faces -- and I admire you for that, sincerely -- not one single photo of me with a bare face exists. I may be able to dig up one or two in which I look particularly 'lumpy' thanks to the lighting. I'll be sure to post it if I can. Take good care!
  12. I havent asked my derm yet...I will when I see him. I checked on wikipedia, it said vitamin E does nothing to help ease the toxicity of isotretinoin. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...t_uids=15807739 I read the article...it said the same thing. If your derm told you to use it then I think it's good enough...but if you just read the idea off the net then I woudn't do so without asking my derm.
  13. wasting_days_away

    helpppp

    2 days ago, i accidentely left the 30% GA for too long on this one spot and now it's burnt! it's brownish-redish kind of. what do i do? what i'm doing right now is applying vitamin e... anything i can do? will this burn go away?
  14. Shake Off the Dust  Arise

    VITAMIN E

    I have been Using Vitamin E cream and Taking about 2 grams of Vitamin C a day for the past 2 weeks. Does anyone else use Vitamin E cream? It seems to be helping by healing my redmarks. But I still get a little acne as I usualy do.
  15. Hi everyone I'm a 17 year old female in Australia and I'm about to start on Roaccutane... tonight! As soon as mum gets home with my first prescription. I thought it would be good to keep a record on here of what happens - even if no one else reads it, it might be interesting to look back on. I might post some photos later on, if I can work out how to do it. Anyhow, a little history and then my litany of past acne treatments: I developed acne around the age of 14 and although it waxes and wanes, it's there most of the time and I'm VERY SICK OF IT. At first I didn't mind it all that much, but these days I hate getting photos taken of me, and I often don't want to do social things because I hate my skin so much. I have tried all of the following things, but to no avail: - Differin cream - Eryacne gel - Clindmycin hydrochloride (Clindatech, I think it was called) - Retin-A cream - Doxycycline tablets - Benzoyl Peroxide cream - just about every cleanser/wash on the shelf - tea tree oil - Vitamin E - Evening Primrose Oil (supposed to reduce pre-menstrual breakouts, but it certainly didn't for me...) So as you can see, not much has worked for me. Anyway, we'll see how Roaccutane goes. I've heard the horror stories about all those abominable side-effects, so I'm a bit apprehensive, but I'd love to have clear skin again, finally. I can't even REMEMBER what it was like to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and like what I see! I'm 50kg but I can't remember what dosage I'm going to be having. I'll report back when I find out. Unfortunately I also suffer from an anxiety disorder, and take an antidepressant (an SSRI - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) - so the dermatologist said I have to be extra sensitive to any type of mood disturbance as I may be a bit more susceptible to the psychological side effects of Roaccutane. Anyway, that's enough about me for now, I'll write again soon and report what's happening. This will be my diary of what happens. Over & Out
  16. wilbur

    help! lip problems!

    hello, i have been on the regime for a week or so now im using Purpose wash, bp gel (started yesterday), before i was using Proactiv, and Eucerin skin renewal... my lip seems to have lost its definition and is all red underneath, mostly in the corners, and there is a bar in the middle that is inflammed and red if i smile...it is very embarrasing. i have this burning sensation in my lips sometimes as well....doctor gave me Protopic eczcma ointment (NO IDEA WHY) but it doesnt seem to help, ive been using chapstick with vitamin E, aloe, shea butter, but no dice there either....anyone have any suggestions? think it may be the Purpose? help me!!!!
  17. CAJUN LOU

    e-Bay vs. Skin Biology

    Which one do you think is best? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...eName=WDVW&rd=1 e-Bay 1oz. - 17.99 + 2.00 SH Ingredients: Purified water, hydroxyethylcellulose, copper-peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein plus copper chloride), salicylic acid, allantoin, polysorbate-20, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, vitamin E TPGS, bronopol. Another one on e-Bay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...=33164&tc=photo 14.20 + 3.95 SH Ingredients: Purified water, hydroxyethylcellulose, copper-peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein plus copper chloride), salicylic acid, allantoin, polysorbate-20, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, vitamin E TPGS, bronopol. http://www.skinbio.com/quickacnescars.html Skin Biology 1oz. - 21.95 + ???SH Super CP Serum Ingredients: Purified water, aloe vera gel, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), hydroxyethyl cellulose, salicylic acid, glycerine, allantoin, polysorbate 20, vitamin E, glycine, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, bronopol. Appreciate anyone's feedback if they've used either or both.
  18. Some people think that taking vitamin E 400-800 IU daily while on Accutane is an excellent way to minimize the likelihood and severity of such side-effects as dry eyes and hair loss. Others believe that taking vitamin E actually limits the effectiveness of Accutane and so while it may help alleviate dryness it is ultimately counterproductive. What do you think?
  19. My skin ( The T-zone ) gets very oily during the afternoon especially during school. I was wondering if I use this would it make acne worse? It sounds good and all. It says it won't clog pores, sounds pretty convincing. Should I buy? Has anyone used this before? Also I posted this here because this was the section it fitted in . + It says it stops shine! *i hate shine* Here is the link to iy & product information: http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp...1&id=prod578669 Marine Plant Extract & Vitamin Enriched. Absorbs oil and controls shine. Shine Control for Oily Skin: Specially formulated for men to combat oily skin, Nivea for Men Oil Control Lotion contains special mattifying ingredients that absorb oil and reduce shine. The ultra light lotion is quickly absorbed leaving skin cool, refreshed and healthy looking all day long. Oil-free. Won't clog pores. Vitamin enriched. Dermatologist tested. Nivea for Men: Advanced men's face care - Improves the condition of your skin.
  20. whittle1

    Scar Serum

    Hey all My mom went out shopping last weekend and came across something called 'Scar Serum.' She pick it up right away for me. On the back of the product cover this is what it says: (I have blanked out the brand name so as then you all don't think i'm endorsing any products!) *brand name* Cocoa Butter Formula Vitamin E Scar Serum combines five powerful ingrediants to reduce the appearance of scars resulting from acne: Cocoa Butter - a superior moisturizer known to diminish the appearance of marks and scars Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant that is helpful in reducing scars (24,000 IU's) Shark Liver Oil & Silicone - deep penetrating emollients which smooth and soften the appearance of scars Allium Cepa - helps diminish scar matrix This concentrated serum penetrates quickly while forming a moisture-proof barrier. My question is will this scar serum help heal my scars quickly like it says, or is this just another way of making money for the company? I am on my fourth day of using it on one scar and no results as of yet. ANY advise or questions are most welcome, go nuts! I know how you feel when you wake in the morning, you wish your scars would just disapear. But they don't. I feel your anger and depression, and i pray that we can all get through this together in life. Hardcore Til I Die
  21. Lexy604

    vitamins

    well i know there is things like vitamin e and stuff what vitamins could i get at a health food store that work good for acne
  22. i recently bought two different cleansers. Although, i am not sure which one is better to use. I have moderate acne. One is the Neutrogena Deep Clean Scrub exfoliant which is oil free. The other is basically a hypoallergenic soap called Jergens Naturals with Vitamin E and Chamomile. also i am not too sure what hypoallergenic means, can someone explain it to me? Thanks for your advice
  23. Even though i don't really need a moisturizer, i'll keep one handy just in case (like today when i got bp on the corner of my mouth and eye, and it burnt! ) i rumaged around the house, and found this: i couldn't find a pic online on the back it says:
  24. I'M STARTING ACCUTANE SOON AND I WANT TO BE OFF IT ASAP SO IS IT SAFE TO USE THE REGIMEN ???? OR PERHAPS BP? I KNOW TAKING VITAMIN E HELPS, ALONG WITH OMEGA 3 (A FATTY ACID IN FOOD) IS GOOD FOR U.
  25. Hey everyone. I just started my second course of Accutane. I started keeping a personal journal, but after reading some of the journals here and all of the encouraging words, I decided to post it here as well. Here's what's doin' so far: On June 24, 2005, I began my second course of Accutane. I took my first course from May-November of 2003, when I was 24. I was on 40mg/day for the entire time, and had a few weeks off during that time due to bad blood test results. I was almost 100% clear after the first month, and remained clear throughout the rest of the course. Around May or June of 2004 I started getting a few pimples again. Little clusters around my hairline, mostly. Throughout the next few months, I started breaking out more. I started to get cysts again after awhile as well. I originally had been using Retin-A micro .04% (even at such a small percentage, I was still only able to use it every other night as I would peel otherwise). I don’t think it had any effect on me. I was still using it when I started breaking out again. I eventually stopped using it and picked up benzoyl peroxide again. It seemed to be the only topical that ever did anything for my acne. However, I started to breakout mostly around my mouth, which is an extremely sensitive area. I would use the bp pretty aggressively, but have to stop after a few days because my skin was getting so flaky. Eventually it just seemed that nothing that I was doing was helping. I finally decided it was time to go back on Accutane, at age 26. I am seeing a different dermatologist, as my previous is too far away. Now that I am working Monday-Friday, 9-5, it just wouldn’t be feasible for me to drive more than an hour each way, on top of the time spent in the office. I was afraid that my new dermatologist would be hesitant to give me Accutane, as my skin seemed to start clearing a little bit after I made my appointment. I was ready to fight for it, as I know that it is the only thing that can help me. I was very surprised when I barely had to say anything! I just said that I’d been on Accutane before, that it was starting to all come back, including cysts, and I wanted to go on Accutane again. He says that he is not scared to prescribe it, as some doctors are, that he has been on it himself, and he believes that it is pretty safe. He also said that most doctors are afraid to push the dosage, but he isn’t. He agreed that I had been on too low of a dosage the first time, and that he wanted to start me out at 60mg/day, broken down to 40mg one day, and 80mg the next. [i had read that the minimum dosage over the course of a treatment should be 125mg/kg of body weight to have lasting results. That is the minimum. I did a few calculations and realized that I’d come up a couple thousand miligrams short of that figure. I think that is why I started breaking out less than 6 months after stopping my course, and why it continued to get worse from then on.] I was elated to be able to start 2 days later. He didn’t make me have my gynecologist sign a form stating that I was indeed on the pill, as I’d had to get done before. They took my blood right in the office (I had to go to a separate lab with my previous derm), and told me that as soon as the results came back and if everything was good, I would be able to pick up my prescription. I have not felt this good in a long time. Just knowing that I was going to go back on it made me stop stressing about my skin as much, and made me start feeling a sense of hope, like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. After that appointment, I have been feeling so much more energetic and positive. I know that the side effects will probably be worse than before, since I am on a higher dose (and I imagine he will bump it up to 80mg/day eventually), but I know what to expect, I know how to take care of myself while I am on it, and I’m not scared of it. The only downer for me is that my boyfriend totally does not agree with what I’m doing. We weren’t together when I was on my first course, but he knew that I had taken it, and that I used to have really bad skin. I don’t think I told him too much about the drug. He was initially supportive about me wanting to go back on it, because he could see how much of an effect the breakouts were having on me. However, I talked to him after my appointment, and mentioned the monthly blood tests, and pregnancy tests, and needing to use two forms of birth control and he got really freaked out. He hadn’t realized it was such a serious medication. He thinks I’m crazy to put something so harsh in my body just to clear up my face. I tried to explain to him how many years I’d struggled with this, how many doctors I’ve been to, how many different prescriptions I’d tried, all to no avail. I tried to tell him how much it killed my self-esteem and made me anti-social, and how I would cry before work because the make-up just couldn’t cover it and I wished I could call out and just hide in my room. But unless you have gone through that, you can’t really understand. He said that he wouldn’t tell me what to do, but that he would not support me in this. He doesn’t want to hear about the side effects or anything. So we are just not talking about it. At least I have my best friends to depend on. I know he is only worried for my health, but he should trust that I wouldn’t walk blindly into something like this – I did research on Accutane and read so many journals before deciding to go on it the first time, and it took me awhile to decide to go back on it a second time. I need to do this for me, I want my life back. So here goes nothing!! The supplements I am currently taking are 1000IU of Vitamin E once a day, and 1000mg of milk thistle twice a day. I make sure to take Accutane with a meal that contains some fat in order to aid abosrption. I wash my face with Dove self-foaming cleanser in the morning and at night (I really love this face wash! Very gentle, without drying, and even takes off all my makeup.). During the day I put on Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 45. At night I use Murad Essential-C Night. I use Korres evening primrose eye cream morning and night as well.
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