My Accutane Journey! - Melbourne, AU

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Today I started taking my first accutane capsule!...

Today I started taking my first accutane capsule! :) I was put on 20mg every second day by my skin doctor for the 1st 2 weeks. And if I tolerate it well, I'm going to take 20mg every day. I'm a 15 year old female and has moderately severe acne. Tomorrow is Monday, and I'm pretty nervous because it's summer now and at school it's going to be really hot and sunny. So I might need to put heaps of sunscreen. Oh well :) So far no side effects as I'm gonna be taking one cap. Every 2nd day. I have seen lots of good reviews on YouTube and on here, and I hope I become one of those lucky people. Wish me luck! Haha :)

UPDATED I have just finished my first week on...


I have just finished my first week on Accutane, and I'm starting to get dry, chapped lips, but nothing big. That's all. So far, no improvement as its still pretty early. I will be updating again :)

It's the start of my 3rd week and I got a...

It's the start of my 3rd week and I got a nosebleed. I didn't really freak out as I thought it was a side effect of accutane. I've been getting dry lips a lot as well. My face is also peeling/flaking. My forehead is 90% clear! :)

My right cheek is 80% clear :) the redness have...

My right cheek is 80% clear :)
the redness have reduced a bit.

Wow, it's been like a month or two now or...

Wow, it's been like a month or two now or something since I've last updated,,,,

The redness have reduced a lot, and since I've mostly red acne marks, I have bumps scattered around my face, but they are drying out which is great. I still get the flare-ups here and there..

Last Update!

I am SO sorry I forgot to update the end of my journey! Okay, I started taking accutane on the 17th of feb. and finished on the 29th of June. I ran out in the middle so I stopped taking for 9 days. I wasn't worried as my Derm told me that it stays in my bloodstream(?) for as long as 30 days, if I'm correct. Anyway, it's the 28th October now- post accutane and I'm free of lumps and bumps now! I only have acne marks, but I don't have to conceal my acne too much!

Stuff you may want to know!

Okay, this is the last update. For people currently taking accutane: Don't lose hope! It really does take time (months) and it will feel like hell at the start, but you'll get used to it. It happened to me. Try and wear (if you're a girl) as LESS makeup as possible when at school, or going out. Drink loads of water (8glasses). Wear sunscreen/sun block cos it kinda makes your skin sensitive to the sun.

For people who want to consider taking accutane: Good luck! If you're willing to take the risk (possible side effects) then go for it!

TIP! Never think negatively! Especially about the possible side effects.

:) I hope it works for you as it did for me!


My derm put me on prednisone at the start and I COULDN'T WALK FOR DAYS. It was really painful. I called her and she told me it was skeletal muscle pain or something like that. If your Derm tells you to take the "pills from hell" STOP. Say no. Keep in mind that I'm not the only one who experienced this. Prednisone can also be used to treat severe conditions such as cancer, and other things so it has dangerous side effects.

She didn't put me on the pill.
I didn't take any I pledge program thingy.

I'll probably add some more info If I remember them!
Dr. Susan Robertson

Laser Dermatology in Box Hill. My derm Dr. Susan Robertson is really helpful. She gave me an "Accutane kit" containing lip balms, moisturisers, sunscreen, etc. Time spent with me is only 4 stars because she had to go overseas to study more. Other than that, she's great! Give her a call anytime and she'll answer in seconds.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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