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Finally starting Accutane

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Hey guys,

I haven't updated in almost two months but I figured I would today since tomorrow will be the start of my last month on accutane !

I am beyond happy with my results and my overall experience over the past 4 months on accutane. Accutane has been so good to me. No initial break put and clearing started very early on. The only thing I can really complain about is having chapped lips all the time but hey, better than acne ! As you know if you've read my blog, I started accutane when my acne was very controlled. This was probably why I didn't have an initial break out. Anyways I'm 100% clear right now only with a little bit of scarring. My derm said I could probably stop accutane now, but I decided I wanted to just finish my 5 month course. Some of the oil on my face has returned but not nearly as oily as I used to be.

Accutane has made my life better in every way. I am no longer self conscience all the time, checking my face in mirrors, looking at the ground and avoiding people. I even recently went camping - something I would have never done before accutane. I love being able to wear no make up and just get up and go. Not to mention I can go almost 4 days without washing my hair which is really nice. I feel confident and beautiful! Attached is a photo of me from last Thursday 6/26/14. Thanks for reading !!!!!

Hey guys! I haven't updated in a while but that's because nothing new has really happened just improving day by day ! I'm basically 100% clear, only a week and a half into my 3rd month on accutane. I've stopped wearing make up on my skin and I've stopped using acne cleansers everyday, I'll usually use every other day or so. I'm so incredibly happy, all I wanted was to be clear for my 20th birthday and with it being 2 weeks away it looks like I definitely will be which is super exciting ! My lips are still very dry, but my skin is pretty normal (not super dry, not super oily) . Also the indent I've been talking about in my face has disappeared along with all my blackheads! I'm so happy right now !!! Things are just getting better and better ! Good luck to everyone

Attached photo is me today. ((:

Day 50 wow almost two months on accutane complete!

My skin is looking really good lately and I don't feel like i need to wear makeup at all really. I havent gotten a new spot in about 2 weeks, its amazing. I'm still struggling a little bit with blackheads but its getting better and better everyday and so is my scarring. I saw my dermatologist over the weekend and even he said i am looking good. This is so exciting I havent felt this pretty and confident in a very long time. I can finally feel 100% comfortable around my boyfriend and friends and family without needing make up. I cant wait to see how much better i will get within the next 2 or 3 months. It's truly life changing, right now my skin is almost perfectly clear minus some blackheads that only i can see if i get an inch away from the mirror and some slightly dry skin, overall I'm clear. Not even 2 months in yet. For anyone who is feeling doubtful, hang in there. I've had a very positive experience so far with basically no initial break out, but when i started my skin was VERY under control from what it had been. I know lots of people who have had a rough journey but stuck it out and look completely amazing now. Hang in there because clear skin is in your future!!! HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey everyone!

Things with my skins have been okay. I've noticed my skin is alot less dry, like I dont have to put moisturizer all over my face anymore, so i dont know if that means my body is getting used to 40mg?? I will ask my derm in 2 weeks when I go back for my visit. Acne wise, i dont have any spots right now but i just don't really like the appearance of my skin, to me it looks tired and worn out but that could just be me overanalyzing. I just wish everything wouild smooth out. Has anyone ever experienced this? Other than that i do look pretty good aside from my lips still being extremely dry and the indents still present in my face.

Not much to update on, but yeah! I can't believe it's already day 38!! Time is going so fast!

Quick little update !!!!!

Eeeeekkk got a little pimple on the bottom/corner of my lip!!!! I hate it, im wondering if its from all the chapsticks and other ointments i've been slathering on my lips? Also my face is a little reddish/pinkish the past couple days and a little more sensitive. I just want this stupid little pimple gone !!!!! My eyes have been pretty dry lately too.

Welp that is all for right now lolol (:

Hey everyone, happy April and happy 30 days on Accutane! Month 1 is over yahoooo!!!!

Not much to update on since my last update, just blackheads are continuing to surface and dissappear. I feel like every 3-5 days they will get really bad and then like fall out and then it happens again. Just trying really hard not to squeeze!!! Other than that, no actives, im pretty clear. My scarring is getting better and so is my skintone. My face and lips are still super dry but not anything cerave moisturizer and aquaphor can't fix! I've taken photos on every Monday since i first started and it is pretty clear i've made good progress.

I have to answer my ipledge questions today so i can drop off and recieve my prescription. I'm staying on 40mg once daily of Clavaris, it seems to be working very well and giving minimal side effects. Also i really think i survived my first month without a crazy initial break out! the only thing that has gotten bad for me is the blackheads, but they are manageable. Everything else has just been getting better and better!!! (: Month 1 down, probably 4 months to go!!! my birthday is in 2 months and i'll be 20, i'm just praying this is the first birthday in years i can go out and celebrate without wearing makeup on my face and feeling self concious. It is all i ever wanted, even with my progress thus far i feel ontop of the world!!! oh ya im still taking the antibiotic, gonna stop after this month i think.

Hope everyone has a great week and hope you are all doing well!!! xoxo

So just a little update-

Yesterday was kind of a weird day for my skin. I picked at my blackheads that were pushing out and i will NEVER do that again. My skin was so red and irritated and basically just hurt and it looked pretty awful so I put on make up for the rest of the day to hide the red marks i created. I also now have a small cystic on my cheek. It's not very noticeable but i hope it goes away soon. Other than the red marks, blackheads, and that cystic I was smooth.

So that was yesterday, but today i am alot better, My skin is still tender but the red marks went away and blackheads are less noticeable. I still have the small cystic and if it doesnt go away soon i'll just get it injected at my dermatologists office. This morning i used honey on the areas where i have the most blackheads and just pat it on those areas for a few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water, and i have found that it helps lessen the amount and appearance of the blackheads alot and it is also gentle and doesnt irritate my skin, so maybe if anyone is having this blackhead problem, give that a try!

I still have those indents in my skin and people are starting to notice them :( Has anyone ever experienced something like this? They aren't scars, just indentations in my skin that almost look like scars. It's so weird. My boyfriend now calls me his "little denty head" yay :/ Ugh hopefully they pop back out soon because they looks so silly! Way better than a pimple though i suppose.

My skins not oily at all anymore and its pretty nice. Normally i would use one of those oil absorbing sheets like 2 hours after taking a morning shower and it would be drenched in oils. Now, not even a drop.

I've cut out all topicals and I only use cetaphil wash and then moisturize with Cerave.

Still trying all random chapsticks, but i need something on my lips 24/7.

Also still taking the antibiotic. I just dont feel comfortable going off it yet.

Also !!!!!!! I got a tattoo yesterday. I know i reall shouldn't while being on accutane but i love tattoos and i couldn't resist any longer!

let's hope it heals nornally (:

Hoping things keep looking up! almost 30 days !!! hope everyone is doing well (:

So here's just another update and happy 3 weeks on accutane!

My skin seems to be doing really well, alot of all those blackheads I saw coming out have dissappeared and I couldn't be happier right now! I saw my derm on Saturday and my blood tests and platelets were perfect and wrote me a script for my next 30 days! yay!

So skinwise everythings looking pretty good, wayyyyy less blackheads, seems to me my pores are looking smaller and my skin and hair are barely oily at all as oppose to how it was three weeks ago. Only one very small active on this same stubborn area on my forehead but it's barely noticeable. No activity really, just scarring and dry skin. I have finally put down the topicals and i'm just using cetaphil wash, every other day use a very gentle acne cream cleanser and then cerave lotion all over my face. I am also still taking the antibiotic, ampicillin 500 mg twice daily, mainly because I'm afraid to stop them yet, but I plan on stopping them within the next month or so. I still have that very annoying indent on my forehead, it's so strange. Hopefully that dissappears soon. So now i'm just wondering have i somehow beat out or surpassed an initial breakout? If so hallelujah! lol (: I'm really happy and dont feel the need to wear any face makeup at all at work or during the day, but on the weekend when I go out with friends I still do.

My boyfriend FINALLY comes home tomorrow and i took the day off from work just to be with him all day and i'm super excited because i'm feeling good about myself and just cant wait to see him!

Also i did drink about 6 or 7 beers on saturday night at my friends party, and i dont see it affecting my acne, accutane, or hangovers at all.

Thanks for reading, I'll update again in a few days! (:

Sooooo like i've been reading alot on this site, its very common for people around day 15-21 to get like an exersion of blackheads :/. Welp this is currently happening! I knew something would have to come up sooner or later!!! I've read almost every comment on them and people say they should just completely fall out in a few weeks. Hopefully they do because this is terrible and the most i've ever seen on my face at once. Ofcourse i'm staring an inch away from the mirror examining, but it's hard not to. Anyways besides a million blackheads, my skin seems more sensitive and a bit less smooth than it had been, really gotta stop the topicals now and I got my first lip crack/bleed today :( !

still on the antibiotic (ampicillin 500mg twice daily)

5 days til my boyfriend is home! hopefully i'll be looking a little better by then! fingers crossed!!!!!

16 days on accutane!

I can't say i notice much of a difference skin wise. Still only 2 or 3 very small barely noticable pimples, showing up in kind of the same area, not bad though. Everywhere else is pretty smooth. My skin seems to be getting dryer and a little more tender and red. I should probably stop using the topicals soon, but it is just such a hard habit to get out of. My lips are definitely very dry and chapped but i just keep applying chapstick/aquaphor/carmex/etc. !!!

Still no sign of a crazy initial break out yet. I may be just lucky or who knows, still pretty early being thats its only day sixteen out of like 200 or something haha.

Realllllly missing my boyfriend in San Francisco. This is the longest we have ever been apart since the first time we ever hung out, ever! its hard but 7 more days and he's back (=

Let's hope my skin keeps improving for his return!!!

Still experiencing those 2 weird indents on my face. My derm says it has to do with inflamation.......................not sure if i already mentioned that in my last post.

Also i have noticed myself being a bit more moody. OH and also i drank this past weekend =/ =(

It was hard to resist it was St Pattys Day weekend !!! what can I say ! No hangover though. Maybe thats why i still have those 2-3 active pimples ? Not sure but i definitely will not be drinking this weekend (=

Also just got my first blood test today, lets hope with all my crazy platelet nonsense everything comes back normal for me!!!!!

Will be updating again soon, Thanks guys

So i've been on accutane for already 11 days!

I am still not experiencing any severe side effects, just the common chapped, dry lips and slightly dry skin. Also i've had no sign of an initial breakout (yet). Again this might be because of the antibiotic i'm on- Ampicillin 500mg twice daily. I've had maybe 2 or 3 very small active spots that have came and went in about 3 days, not even. I'm feeling pretty hopeful and this is probably the best i've looked in a long time.

So far my face still gets a bit oily, and i can still use my topical medication and acne face washes without drying out and my face being irritated. My skin actually feels very smooth but i've still got a bunch of scars and like i said, a couple small actives.

If my skin stayed how it looks fresh out of the shower all day, i would be very happy, but we all know half way through the day skin starts to shine and look pretty worn out, make up doesnt look fresh, and to me i feel like i just look unclean even though i showered 5 hours ago. It's so annoying, my friends can go like 2 days without a full shower and they still look brand new. if i did that i would look terrible.... but oh well one day.

My boyfriend left for San Francisco this morning for a skateboarding trip for 2 weeks. Even though i will miss him alot, my lips will have a nice break (: . And hopefully if my skin decides to freak out and have an initial breakout lets hope it is while he's away!!!!

Still it hasnt even been two weeks yet, it's still very early in my course but thus far i am satisfied. Yay!

Hey guys,

So i don't know if anyone is even reading this, but its been one week on Accutane! I can't say that i notice any side effects besides my lips starting to dry up and my body being itchy. For what it's worth my skin actually feels pretty smooth right now, just 2 or 3 very small barely active pimples. I'm finding a few spots on my face are like indented and feels like a pitted scar but at my dermatologist visit yesterday he assured me those indented spots are due to inflammation and should pop back out in a few weeks. They are not noticeable so i don't care.

It's been a week and i have not noticed any sign of an initial break out. I'm wondering if mine will come later on, or the antibiotics i'm on is keeping it at bay. I suppose only time will tell. Anyways I'm feeling pretty good right now, i can't believe how fast time is going already! I'm hoping if i do get an initial break out, it will be when my boyfriend is away for two weeks (he's leaving for San Francisco for 2 weeks in 4 days) that way i'm less stressed about what i look like.

I've been doing the same routine of:

cetaphil gentle cleanser to wash

aczone gel all over face

cerave lotion all over face and hands

aquaphor on lips

Clavaris 40 mg

Ampicillin 500 mg 2x daily

I'll update again in a few days (:

Hey guys my name is Nicole. I am 19 years old and I decided to start a blog to keep track of my progress and talk to others who are going through or have gone through the same experience as me.

Some background on my skin:

Ever since I can recall I have always been the friend with acne. I believe it started popping up in 7th grade but all through middle school til about 9th grade it was always annoying yet manageable. Still, I felt as though I was the only one out of my friends who had pimples on their face. It was frustrating but it never held me back. From 10th to 12th grade I noticed it started getting worse little by little, still it was manageable, nothing a little makeup couldn't hide, although I have always had terribly oily skin -___- . After i graduated high school that is when all hell started breaking loose. First semester of college: not so bad just annoying and embarrassing, very oily. Second semester: getting worse, at this point I started becoming more and more anxious and timid in class. Summer 2013: It started just getting worse and worse. Lots of blackheads, uneven skin tone, a million bumps under the skin and about once a month I would get two awful cystics at a time. I know this doesn't sound as horrible as others but believe me it inhibits me from doing so many things. I can barely go out with my boyfriend during the day because I know the daylight is on my face just showing everything. At this point I was begging my dermatologist and luckily he agreed I was a candidate and let me sign up on iPledge and gave me the blood work to complete.

This is when things took a turn for the worse.

-I went to get my blood test and everything came back good except my blood platelet count.

I have ITP which is a blood disorder which causes my blood platelets to be lower than average. (blood platelets are the things that ban together and stop you from bleeding.) A normal platelet count is 150,000-350,000. Mine was 36,000. Obviously not good. This caused me to not be able to start accutane and sent me on at 6 month roller coster of hematology doctor visits and weekly blood tests. It was horrible and I was very depressed. Since going to these doctors visits my platelets dropped lower and lower thus forcing me to go on a steroid treatment, and unfortunately one of the side effects of steroids is acne.

The steroids caused my skin to break out the worst it ever has in my life. Tons of cystics and steroid induced rosacea and just everything was bad. My face was red and swollen and blotchy. I was so depressed, all i could do was cry. I even refused to see my boyfriend for a week. (he has PERFECT skin). Luckily after my steroid treatment my skin calmed down and i went on antibiotics (ampicillin 500 mg twice a day) but still I am breaking out and after waiting 6 months and doing treatments including steroids, IVIG, and n-plate shots for my platelets they are finally stable and I am approved for accutane and not waiting another second!!!!!

i actually started on March 3rd, 2014 so tomorrow will be my 5th day!

I am starting on Claravis 40 mg once a day paired up with the antibiotic Ampicillin 500 mg twice a day.

so far i don't have any side effects besides being sleepy, itchy and my hands are starting to get dry.

right now my skin care routine is -

washing with cetaphil and neutrogina naturals acne cream cleanser (will probably stop the neutrogina once my face dries up)

aczone gel

cerave lotion

500 mg ampicillin twice daily

40 mg Claravis once daily

I am hoping my accutane experience is positive !!!! i have spent countless hours researching anything and everything about it.

Thanks for reading !!!

also a question,

Anyone who was in a relationship on accutane, was it hard to be intimate with such dry skin and lips?

thanks all!! Nicole

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