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Hey Al and All!

I haven't really experienced much difference since I posted the other day. My face is still dry, my lips are still chapped,and I'm still amazed that my acne seems to be clearing up rather than breaking out more. I haven't reached that 2 to 3 week period,but I'm completley prepared for my face to go from improving to bam! zits galore..hopefully that will NOT be the case. As to my moisturizer, I think I'm going to go to the drugstore soon and try the Cetaphil moisturizer since I've seen that many Accutane patients use it. My Dove moisturizer is great when it's not winter and when I'm not on Accutane and completely dried out,but right now...it's not workin'. I did switch from my Neutrogena face wash to the Cetaphil face wash. I like the Cetaphil better because it doesn't feel like my face is shriveling up after I wash my face and it also makes my skin feel softer.

Al...I'll probably look into getting some Vitamin E pills since you aren't experiencing any dryness on your face. Now if only I could get some ProActiv moisturizer lol. I think there might be a ProActiv stand in our mall, and maybe they have it!! I might check that out next time I'm at the mall...I know that you were tired after we got back from opryland. I only sat in my car and cried because you did not say good bye... lol just kidding! i was so tired too...and i had to drive 2 hrs back to k-town the next morning and go to dollywood w/ the fam. lol. but i hope i get to see you soon!! before we go get those facials! :D Love u!!

Erin... Yeah the whole thing about acne being hormonal drives me crazy! My derm. said that i probably have stronger hormones obviously cause my acne will never completely go away and also because i had to go on birth control for irregular mentrual cycles. But fortunately i've been regual without the birth control for several months now, so maybe my hormones have calmed down a bit. The moisturizer and makeup thing is completely okay. If it weren't for moisturizer I don't know what i'd do! I use Neutrogena make up because it doesn't clog your pores and it helps clear up the acne. During my 1st round of Accutane, my derm. asked me what make up i was using and I told her Neutrogena and she said that Neutrogena was good. So I only use Neutrogena when it comes to foundation, concealer, and powder. I also use a loose powder because I read in a magazine that did a special about "Covering up Acne" that loose powder helps the make up proportion more evenly and covers up the zits well. Many derm. recommend the line of make up products that might be offered at your dermotologist's office, but the Neutrogena is a great make up especially when you have acne.
In most Accutane cases the severe acne is supposed to start up around the 2nd or 3rd week,like you've already said, and it usually lasts til the 3rd month. After the 3rd month, your acne should start decreasing as the days go on and appear less and less. During my first round of Accutane, I was not at the point where my Derm. thought I should be and my acne did not start clearing up until around the 5th and 6th month(my body was slow to respond, so my treatment was extended) and eventually was completely gone about a month after I had ended my Accutane treatment. If you didn't read my very first post, my acne was gone for about 5 months and then appeared about this past Sept., so that's why I'm on my 2nd round of Accutane. Best of luck to you, and if you have any more questions...ask away!

Hey Suzy...when I was on Accutane my first round, i had PLENTY of side effects and do remember feeling less energetic and motivated probably because at one point i was doing 60 mg alternating with 80 mg. I'd def. go on the accutane for a 2nd round and mention the depression thing to your derm. Maybe she'll lower the dosage so you won't have depression and the treatment will still be as effective even though the dosage is lower. From what i read, most of your acne is gone from your first treatment..as in my case on my back and chest...and a higher dosage won't be required, and you won't experience depression. I might look into that chemical peel treatment and ask my derm. what she thinks about it. I completely trust my derm. with her opinion on things, so hopefully she'll give me good/affordable options to get rid of red marks and scars when I'm done w/ my 2nd round. I def. learned from my 1st round that picking at pimples is a HORRIBLE idea and it only slows down the process, so this time round, i've been better at picking at pimples and only popping the ones that are about to explode. Thanks for your post about your experience and recommendations about getting rid of the marks and scars...and if you decide to go with a 2nd round...best of luck to you!!

Good luck to everyone! Keep your heads up and don't get pessimistic about this process! We're all in this together!! :D





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