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Old 09-09-2005, 07:38 AM   #1
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Off Accutane and have questions for past users

I have been off Accutane since oh about the beggining of July. I took it for about 5 1/2 months. It worked great. I wiped out my acne pretty quick from teh beggining and I never had an initial breakout. I had cystic type acne (not huge huge ones) primarily in the t zone area. It started getting worse in my 20s. im 23 now. My mom has always fought w/ acne. I inherited her lovely oily skin. either way it has worked great. Ive been panicing the last couple of days because I got 2 very small zits on my forehead.. I know pathetic. I just cant stand the thought that it may come back. What I wanted to ask you other Accutane veterans.. more so ones that have been off longer than me, IS how soon did you oily skin come back, and even if it did come back all the way did you acne come back right with it at the same time? Ive gotten the oil back on my nose some. Never had breakouts there much at all anyway. Its always been the oilyest place on my face. yesterday it felt like I had more on my forehead again.. I atleast hope this round made it so it wont ever be as bad as it was.. and atleast not have it on my chest and back. Im sceptical about taking it again cause it caused my lower back to hurt and make me feel stiff. That still hasnt completely gone away. It was tollerable and a fine sacrafice for good skin but Im scared it will cause long term damage.. ANy input on any of this would be great!!
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: Off Accutane and have questions for past users

I have been off of Accutane since the beginning of July also, and I know you are looking for answers from people who have been off of Accutane longer then you but my skin and everything else has gone back to normal again. My skin has always been combination oily/dry, but now I find it to be a little more on the oily side, but nothing bad. I get a zit every now and then, but they're real tiny and go away within 2 days. I'm scared like you are about my acne coming back. I have "nightmares" about that..lol..

My lips are still a little chapped, and I am now officially addicted to Chapstick lol

 
Old 09-09-2005, 11:28 AM   #3
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LOL!! that is so funny! I keep having dreams too! Then I wake up and Im so relieve that my face is still clear! I always dream about what Im stressed or fearfull of. My lips are not chapped anymore. I definatly had to have it will me at all times when I was on it. Not now. I still need to use it here and there mabe a bit more than before but thats it. What kind of acne did you have? cysts or little ones?
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:13 PM   #4
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Hey guys,
I've been off accutane since September 2004, so it's been a year. I haven't had a recurrance of any cysts like I used to have. I had a minor breakout on my forehead when I first got off the accutane but it went away quickly. Since then, no breakouts. My skin isn't as completely dry as it used to be but the oil is barely there too. Dry eyes, nose, and lips all subsided about 6-8 months after I finished my course. Just to add---I had horrible, horrible, horrible cysts that would last for months and nothing work except cortisone shots and accutane.

 
Old 09-09-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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Hey! Thanks for the post. Boston Girl.... did you have really oily skin? I didnt have cysts like you described but they were smaller ones that were a pain for sure. I hope mine works as well as it sounds like yours has.
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:44 PM   #6
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Daughter off accutane since Jan. Acne came right back. Her hair fell out at first but is fully back now and looks good. No other lingering problems.

 
Old 09-09-2005, 02:53 PM   #7
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Daughter off accutane since Jan. Acne came right back. Her hair fell out at first but is fully back now and looks good. No other lingering problems.

acne came back as bad as before? any changes at all with her skin?

 
Old 09-09-2005, 05:37 PM   #8
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Hey! Thanks for the post. Boston Girl.... did you have really oily skin? I didnt have cysts like you described but they were smaller ones that were a pain for sure. I hope mine works as well as it sounds like yours has.
My skin was very oily. I washed first thing in the morning and by the time I got to work, my face felt like an oil slick again. It was really gross! Now I don't get oily much at all and if I do, it's usually at the end of the day and mostly on my forehead instead of my whole face. I hope everything works out for you!

 
Old 09-09-2005, 05:41 PM   #9
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acne came back as bad as before? any changes at all with her skin?

It got really bad at first on accutane, cleared up at 6 months. She had maybe 1 on her face at the end of the course. I wasn't happy about that but the derm declared her "done". I only remember her being clear about 1 week the whole time. She's probably got at least 12 on her face right now. I don't know why no one has suggested a second course. I do still think accutane is worth a try for anyone. Some people need more than one course. She may be one of those people or it just might never work for her. It doesn't work for everyone unfortunatley.

 
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