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This is going to be my weekly Accutane update thread. I'll post here probably once a week, or every Wednesday. It might be a little more, it might be a little less.

There's tons of info out there for people who are on their FIRST round of Accutane. I'm on my second. This is just to keep everyone [and myself] updated. If you feel no need to reply, then don't. If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

First, some background info. I went on my first round of Accutane in May of 2000. I was 18 years old. I had had acne since the age of about 10, and it turned cystic at the age of 16. My skin [and hair] was VERY oily. At any given time, I usually had tons of whiteheads on my forehead, cheeks, and 3-4 cysts.

I had tried everything before Accutane. Every antibiotic, every topical, even B5. Nothing helped. Accutane was a last resort for me.

I'm small, only 5'2" and 110 lbs. My derm started me on 40mg. The first month was bad. Dry scalp, dry skin, dry lips, PLUS the dreaded initial breakout. I went back to my derm, she bumped me up to 60mg, and everything cleared.

I stayed on Accutane for about 6 and a half months. The last 3 months of treatment, I was on 80mg. I experienced pretty bad hair shedding towards the fourth month [it grew back], dry eyes, minor back pain, and overall tiredness.

I stopped Accutane in November of 2000. My oily skin was gone, the acne was gone, everything was wonderful. Then, in November of 2001, my oily skin returned.

And now have the breakouts.

So I'm doing Accutane for a 2nd time. I started yesterday at 40mg. Even though my acne isn't nearly as bad as it was 2 years ago, my dermo wants to do one more round to see if we can "knock it out of me".

Anyway, here's the format I'm going to follow:

Week: One
Dosage: 40mgs a day
Side effects so far: Nothing.
Condition of skin: Oily skin, a few bumps on the forehead, bumps on the left side of my face, and a big zit [almost a cyst] on my chin.
Anything else: Nope!

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