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Year Post Accutane - Update - Advice - It Gets Better

Posted by Tim1994, 21 October 2011 · 5,942 views

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Hi,
So its almost been 2 years since I last posted on Acne.org and kind of feel that I owe the community something after it helped me so much in my time of need.

First off my name is Tim and in January 2010 i started a years course of accutane finishing this January gone (2011). My dosage at first was 20mg which then rose to 60/80mg then gradually back down towards the end of my treatment. I found life on accutane very, very hard. The drug is a BITCH, but at times we need a bitch to put us right and my god did accutane put me and my skin right. There were times when I was on the drug where I cried. I remember the worst feeling was after about 6 months: From reading all about peoples accutane experience on acne.org the general idea I got was that the course was about 6 months. Not for me. My dermatologist took the opinion that I should drive every last trace of acne from my body. So at around 7-8 months I would go and see him having maybe one spot and he would say 'we will give it another month'. Another month of hell as far as I was concerned. I was at the opinion that hey my acnes pretty much gone why are you putting me and my body through this?! Months 9-10 go by and I'm back again to see him and again he sends me away with a fresh prescription of accutane. Months 11-12 and I go to see him expecting once again to be send away with a fresh box of pills, but to my delight he said I think thats enough. At that moment I felt the weight of the whole world had been lifted of my shoulders and I could finally start a new chapter of my life. With the befit of hindsight I can not be more grateful to my dermatologist for pushing me on through a prolonged course of treatment.

So in January 2011 I started my new chapter. This new chapter has been just as difficult though. Before my acne I was a very sociable person who was never afraid to have all the attention on me. That all changed once acne took its grip upon me. Once accutane cleared it up new problems emerged. My skin (especially my face) would always be red which I absolutely resented. This drove me into a social recluse with only a few friends, a recluse without girls, all being the opposite to how I once was. In any social situations I became awkward and would often get embarrassed starting the chain reaction. Reddish face -> get embarrassed -> go even redder -> :blush: . So I eventually gave up trying to socialize with people where awkward/embarrassing situations may arise.

Even being off accutane and being spot free my life still seemed shit. DON'T WORRY IT DOES GET BETTER! After about 3-4 months post accutane things started looking up. The redness in my skin began to die down :) . With this improvement my confidence slowly started creeping back (very slowly) and still is. I began to talk to girls and a wider group of people at school once again. As my confidence improved I found that my flushing decreased. Although accutane didn't help with the flushing I believe that a large part of the cause of it is mental. I found that if I found my self thinking about it saying to myself, 'omg this girl is fit I hope I don't blush and go all red', low and behold I would. So as I was saying as my confidence grew my flushes fell.

Where am I today? Although the title says one year in fact I'm about two months short of that but oh well. As I'm typing this I'm currently happy with the way my skin is. Admittedly my cheeks are a little rosy but its nothing I can't handle. My confidence, although not being as high as it once was is at a 3-4 year high. I can only see things getting better. I do get the odd hot flush here and there, maybe once or twice every few weeks but thats nothing compared to what it once was.

On a final note, if there is one message I wish to put across in this post, is that don't give up on accutane. It may seem like its fucking your life up now but it does wonders for your future. Keep looking forward and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks for reading and thanks to all the amazing people that helped me through my time with accutane. I don't know what I would have don't without the community! :clap:




....i never thought i would ever say this to anyone, but shit....i could have written this. I went thorught a bout around ayear ago of this flushing, blushing thing. Ridiculous, I actaully became obsessed with it, googleing cures, like acne. I really used to think I was going insane, me, a fairly normal out going gal...all of a sudden I found being out of social situations more often and being at home alot more, heck I used to have 3 jobs and go to school and work nights at a bar talking to strangers day and night at 17 years old! Wow, for some reason at 23, I lost it! Thank god, after a while I thought, f* it. I can't stand this, it was getting weird I would get hot, red, flushed at even the checkout. Thank fully, its seems we both found our soul again, and some how now, by a miracle, its so minimal now, I don't car not even think about it. Gesssh. As if acne wasn't bad enough. Its coz were the chosen special ones I believe! Anyway, for me, it was facing it head on and putting my self out there and putting on a brave front, if i was loud and open from the start, I found its easier to just get it out. Instead of just sititng quiet hjoping one one would speak to me or put me on the spot. I had accutane 3 times if you believe that. I also was on it for 7-8 months and felt really depressed, but heck, I am depressed about my face when I'm not on it, so you're right about it saving you in the long run. Unfortunately for me at 24, its all come back as bad a my 12 year self. Bad. I dunno. not sure where this path is taking me, but I just plod on trying stuff. Any way, Glad you found freedom socially and mentally. I hope I am one step behind you. Thanks for sharing.
Ahh yes I remember those first few months of never ending googling of how to stop redness, spending a small fortune on creams that different beauticians said would cure me, bullshit. I'm sure its not the end of the road for me by a long way. I wish you all the best for the future!

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