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Hey Ashley,

Ok here it is. I have been off accutane for over 2 months after a 6 month course. I must say I absolutely love Accutane. It truly has changed my life.

Let me tell you a little about my experience.

I took my first pill in December of 2002. I have had moderate persistent acne with cysts on my neck for several years. I also had a really bad case of back ance. I did go through the "initial breakout" and it
was pretty bad. For me personally it lasted 12 weeks. At 12 weeks literally I woke up one day and it was gone. I still had the scars, but the inflammation was gone. I was shocked because everyone had talked about that miracle moment and it actually happened to me. That was in March and for the first time in years I am acne free.

I did have some side effects, but they were all the norm. Dry lips, dry skin, and some muscle aches. I can tell you to use Aquaphor for the lips and Cetaphil for the face and you should be fine. All of mine went away within days of stopping Accutane and I have not had any of the after effects that people talk about. My Dr. did bloodwork every month and it always came back fine. I had extremely low cholestrerol to start and it actually got a little lower!

I am so happy I took accutane. My skin is beautiful. I don't have any permanent scars and I have not had once zit since March. I had a very positive experience on it and I think most people do. Good luck and keep us posted.


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