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  1. ok. i read up on some posts and stuff and I'm just gonna go through with the regime. Ugh. i am however going to cut down my BP size by half the amount i use right now to hopefully stop the flaking and dead skin and make my skin smooth again. Im also going to be extra gentle with the moisturizer and still going to be using half AHA and half moisturizer at night. My skin is probably gonna pay for exfoliating today. SOS. Can someone please comment to make me feel better, what do you guys think i should do? words of encouragement? 

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  3. Worst Picking Yet... I knew this day would finally come where I just couldn't stand the pain and bumps anymore :( ... Unfortunately, I have picked my entire face leaving it completed inflamed, blood spots and swollen. The only upside is that all the whiteheads are completed extracted so hoping the redness and blood spots will soon fade. These pictures is of my right side, which is way worse than my left side. Stay tuned on my progress as my face begins to heal all over again. 

    Lower Back Ache... I am unsure if my lower back ache is from working out with a new technique or from the Accutane but thought I would document it.

    Sun exposure.... This past week, I have been in the Caribbean, however have been reapplying sunscreen to both my face and entire body to make sure I do not burn. Although the sunscreen and salt water burns my face, my hope is that the salt water will help take down the redness and swelling of the damage I have done. 

    No No to makeup... Because my face is completely swollen and hurts to touch, I currently cannot apply any makeup to my face due to a burning sensation and bruise like feeling. The only thing I will continue to put on my face is my everyday face sunscreen.

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    As of today, I have a total of 3 small pimples on my face. My hyperpigmentation has drastically faded, and my forehead is no longer constantly red, bumpy and oily. There is still slight redness, but for the most part my skin is the same color as the rest of my face and with almost zero of those weird skin-colored bumps. My cheeks, although they rarely ever broke out, have gotten much softer without the bumpiness, and the redness (I think) has also faded. My chin is looking better, still blackheads but I can deal with those. My nose still has blackheads as well, but it's much, much less oily. My skin feels soft and looks clear, and I could not be happier. 

    It's been a little over 2 years - I can't remember if it started in freshman year, but I finally managed to control my acne on my own. There was one time I went to the dermatologist while visiting another country, and I received topical and pill medication that did make my skin as good, or even better, than it is now. But I couldn't continue because I had to leave the country, and I remember how upset I was that the angry redness was back. The pimples wouldn't go away, no matter what I tried. I lost my self-confidence, and couldn't make eye contact with people at school because my forehead was so red and covered with angry acne. I wanted to wear makeup, but the bumpiness and fear of breaking out more nipped that idea in the bud. I used to fantasize about having clear skin, and I'd get so excited whenever I saw great reviews for a product claiming to clear up acne. It took me so long to realize that everyone's skin was different. To that end, I'll share what I did (incredibly, I started my regimen about 2 weeks ago and I've seen results so quickly), and I truly hope it helps someone out there, but please keep in mind that this may not work for you.

    I'm combination skin type (oily t-zone, normal cheeks). I was researching the concept of oil-cleansing, and double-cleansing (once with oil cleanser and a second time with water based cleanser). Basically the science of oil-cleansing is that like attracts like, so when you put the oil on your face it will attract the gunk, letting you wash it off, plus if you have oily skin it balances the pH of it. The following water-based cleanser will get rid of the oil residue. I was naturally scared to put oil on my already oily face, but it worked sO WELL. My forehead produces only a little oil, and the skin-colored bumps have disappeared, as well as some of the sebaceous filaments hanging out of my pores. I think my pores have shrunk, but not entirely sure. Anyways, so I decided to try it out. On the third day of using it, I got an enormous blind pimple in the center of my forehead. Of course I freaked out and blamed it on the oil, but now I'm positive it was because I didn't rinse my face properly. So I powered on, and day by day, things started to happen. Gradually, pimples and yellow hard sebum came out - I could literally feel "grits" when I massaged my face. No new pimples formed at all during the 2 week period, which never happens. The existing small pimples I had enlargened, ripened, and went away at an incredible rate (the blind pimple went away in less than 2 days, and a pimple that was the size of a period at the end of a sentence just yesterday grew, hardened and was washed off TODAY. I'm going to share my regimen now - it's made up of Korean skincare products which are amazing by the way, I'm not even saying this out of patriotism. 

    1) oil cleanser: Banila Co's Clean It Zero Classic Balm (the MIRACLE worker, meant for makeup but it's fine if you use as cleanser) 
    2) water based cleanser: The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright 
    3) toner: Klairs' Supple Preparation Facial Toner (amazing, made my skin so soft)
    4) moisturizer: Innisfree's Green Tea Balancing Lotion 
    5) acne medication: COSRX's Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence 

    and voila! Seeing the changes happen every morning made me so excited to do my nightly routine. I dearly hope that anyone reading this will experience the same miraculous results as I do. PLUS I just realized something I always break out a fair amount right before and during my period, but my skin is clear right now and my period started this morning! I'll be watching my skin diligently to see if anything changes!

  4. Had a big breakout on my cheek this week but it seems to be calming down now. Just need the redness to go down :(
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    Welp, it’s been three full weeks on the Regimen.

    Status: I have to say, things have really started to clear up since my last post. I’m not sure if it was a change in mindset (focusing on the positive and on progress, not “perfection”) or if things just naturally started kicking into gear, but a lot of those blackheads on my forehead have started to flake off. Also, those small-but-irritating pimples that weren’t really going away… have mostly gone away. It’s kind of weird! My chin is still purging, although things are starting to really smooth out there. There are still some big blackheads that remain mostly on the underside, but I continue to have faith that things will continue to clear up.One thing that’s helped has been to revisit the timelines offered by posters and my own blog, and remembering that a) it doesn’t take 3 weeks, and 3 ) that my skin, even though I’ve been using BP for years now, needs time to adjust to the AMOUNT of BP that I’m now using twice a day (a fat glob of it). That said, the redness has started to really go down too, perhaps thanks to the safflower oil I’ve been using, but also perhaps thanks to time and just getting used to all this product on my face.

    My back has also started to clear up pretty miraculously. There are still a few active lesions – I’d say three is a generous estimate – with a few more (maybe 4 or 5) dying down. So, while I didn’t quite reach my goal of no active back acne by July 16th, I came close and that’s encouragement enough.All this in 3 weeks, too! I’m legit looking forward to seeing what happens in the next three weeks… I seem to have hit an asymptote!

    Oh, and my chest is OK… that big giant thing that erupted two weeks ago is mainly gone, although it’s going out with one more final fight. Whatever, that means it’s going away for good, and I don’t even really care about it. There are maybe two other bumps in between my boobs (ha) that are on their way out, and other than that my chest is pretty clear. Differin takes care of it. Although it is red (less so, but still) because of how sensitive it is to the sun…Anyway, I guess I’ll update my goals before signing off:-Back clear of all acne (active and dying) by my friend’s wedding on the 29th (2 weeks!)

    -Face clear of all active acne by the 29th!

    -Some fading of red marks on both face and back by August 4th (when I leave for Japan)

    -Most red marks faded by the 16th of August (when I dance in a super cool Buddhist festival!)

    OK, that is all. Time to go to work and serve people kung pao chicken…

  6. So, I am over 2 weeks on Accutane now and this week my skin has completely cleared except for two small whiteheads I've had (one was on the end of my chin.) I seem to have been controlling the dryness on my face too. As I mentioned in my last entry I am loving the Aveeno skin relief moisture cream! I have been using that since I started Accutane and it does not make me break out! This moisturiser soaks into my skin lovely. My skin looks hydrated which I haven't seen in a long time and from that it has a glow to it! The only con I find with the Aveeno after some hours it gets a sticky feeling to it on my face. I have decided to use it at night all over my face before bed and then in the mornings after washing my face I only put it on the areas I find that are dry and slightly flaky, that works lovely. My lips are still mega dry so I use my lip balm every half hour as I need constant topping up! My scalp is still the most dried part for me , it's really flaky on my head. I'm using the coconut oil every weekend now to hydrate my scalp so that the flakiness does not build up. My nose is still dry inside and I constantly have to use tissues to clean it out.  I'm finding this week my eyes are drying up a bit , in the afternoons they look quite red and I feel they are drowsy. It goes away after a while.

    Other than that I haven't experienced any other side effects!

    I will add, today I went out so I put my make up on and for the first time in a long time I felt good in my own skin , really good actually!!!;D  ( I use Bareminerals make up, the natural stuff!)


  7. Late post but I did not have much change from my last entry.

    The last few months have flown by and I am almost done with my treatment. I consider myself lucky that the worst of my symptoms were some chapped lips and joint pain. i have been on 40mg for my whole course and will continue to be on 40mg for the remainder, which will leave me at a cumulative dose of 6,000mg or 120mg/kg which is the lower end of the goal dose. 

    I have had no change really only fading marks. No more symptoms to report. Pics below of my problem areas, amazing to see how far my skin has come. IMG_2341.JPGIMG_2342.JPG

  8. I haven't been on for a while as i've been emersing myself in school.  I'm on my last 3 classes so i can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Speaking of and my acne are in a good place.  Spiro is working really well and i can say my skin is stable.  I break out pretty normally like around my period but its minor and not as anxiety inducing as it once was.  For my chin which is a mixture of rosacea and some PD, i am using soolantra which has been pretty amazing.  I hardly break out there, even during my period.  

    Next steps.....

    Starting in September, my derm will start weening me down on my dosage.  This drug while being God sent has helped my weight to balloon (though my poor eating habits haven't helped).   I also don't like being on any medication for such a long period of time.  I shudder to think that skin will revert back to it's form but praying it won't.  I'l keep everyone posted!

  9. I have now been on Accutane for almost a month now. I have seen an improvement on my face, as I am hardly getting any whiteheads, and if I do they are going away very quickly with little effort. My back however has gone very bumpy, but I am praying this is where the blackheads are being pushed out. All the old spots on my back are drying out very quickly which is a positive.

    However, on the negative side I am really starting to see the side effects kicking in. I have dry lips constantly which i am trying to moisturise every hour. I am also getting very small dry patches across my face. But luckily, it seems that once the dry patches go they leave behind clearer skin. Additionally, I may having very frequent but small nose bleeds which seem to stop before it ever reaches the outside of my face. And i am still experiencing a very dry and flaky scalp.

    I am planning to raise my dosage next week to 40mg, so i would expect the side effects to get worse. 

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    I've had acne since the age of 19.  I am now 28.  Mostly mild over the years but in recent years it has become more cystic and painful.  Nothing worked long-term; various topicals (antibiotics, BP creams), oral antibiotics and one type of retinoid.  I was allergic to Lymecycline so the other antibiotics were a no-go.  Finally referred to dermatology in January this year and now starting Isotretinoin.

    Overview: Month one has been fairly easy so far.   Skin has remained largely the same as it was pre-accutane but I feel that it's healing faster (albeit very dry).  It's weird having dry skin when it's normally so oily.

    Symptoms: The main symptom is the dryness of my lips and skin all over.   The area around my nose is very dry and sore.  My lips peel and crack constantly.  Lip balm is an essential at the moment but I'm not finding I need to strictly use a certain type - anything helps really (see recommendations below for further information).  My head is also very dry and itchy.  

    Skin/spots: My skin appeared to improve with only a few cysts in my eyebrow area and forehead, all of which dried up very quickly and disappeared.  About half way through this week (week 3) I developed a very painful cyst on my inner eyebrow area (which in turn caused my already enlarged gland to become tender and more swollen; I have enlarged glands due to my acne) which wasn't good.  I used a tiny bit of Sudocrem to help dry it up and it's starting to heal.  This morning I gained another two white head type spots on my eyebrows and a cyst on my chin which feels painful but isn't as bad as normal. 

    Products I'm using/recommend: My regime is much simpler.  Starting with cleanser I am using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream to wash my face, it's really gentle and my skin feels very clean after using it.  This stuff is specially designed for people to use in conjunction with over-drying treatments.   I'm using La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser.  This is a godsend as it's really gentle.  A little seems to go a long way. I'm using more around my nose area as it's drier there.  For makeup I am using the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.  This is really light but coupled with concealer it gives a decent coverage of spots whilst not looking like you're wearing much make up at all.  

    I'm using Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion for my body and Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my hair.

    For my lips - the classic Carmex (the Strawberry one is good too as it has SPF 25 in), BabyLips by Maybelline is good too (the non-coloured ones).

    Let me know if this is helpful at all.

    Natty x

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    Wow so it turns out the shiny scab was just a normal scab, it just took a long time before it formed an actual one-looks like it will be easier to cover with makeup for the next few days, and will soon flake off-phew!!! For the redness on my cheeks, I went and bought some bp, I cannot believe how much of the redness around the pimples has gone down. There are quite a few whiteheads that have appeared since last night though, I don't know if that's the bp or just coincidence. I'll try not to pick at these and see if they go themselves (not sure if I'll have the will power though!). There are also whiteheads which seem more yellow in colour and don't appear to be raised above the skin, it will be interesting to see if these go with  the bp.

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    Sorryyyy I've been waaayyy too busy these past few days but heres my update for the past three days. The antibiotics are fine, I'm following instructions quite carefully like not lying down after taking them, drinking enough water, etc. I'm not sure how they are alone because I use differin in conjunction with the antibiotics so I can't really tell which one's doing the work. Or maybe it's just both of them, I have no idea haha. My skin has been slightly better. In the past few days I've only had one inflamed pimple plus a few white heads as opposed to 10 inflamed pimples and way too many white heads for me to deal with. During the first few days of using differin, my skin felt fine and didn't really sting or burn when I applied moisturiser. But for some reason, these past two nights, my skin has been stinging after applying moisturiser and I have no idea why. I heard that it's a common side effect so I'm not taking it too seriously now and just accepting it for what it does but should I be alarmed? I don't know. But yep here's my update.

  10. Let me start by saying that I'm the worst haha. I was very consistent updating for about two weeks, then I went off the grid...oops. 
    Well, I am officially completely finished with Claravis! I was on it for a total of 5 months and I have been finished for about 5 additional months. My feelings towards this process is very two-sided. On one end, I really do have virtually perfect skin and no noticeable scaring. But on the other hand, my body basically went through hell, which I'll explain below. Overall? I do think that Claravis can be very effective, but I DO NOT RECOMMEND using it unless EVERY OTHER OPTION is attempted. 

    Here are my symptoms that I experienced/still experience (symptoms that I still deal with will have an *  by it):
    Physical: dry-itchy skin, oily hair, sunburn*, heat rash, sweaty upper lip*, dry mouth*, easy dehydration*, very low alcohol tolerance*, moderate and new allergic reactions*, headache, nausea, appetite fluctuations (both starving or not hungry for entire days), weight gain, red eyes
    Emotional/Mental/Psychological: mood swings, general anxiety, social anxiety, mild depression, occasional confusion, bouts of random crying, etc.

    So if you struggle with acne like I did, where you tried everything to no avail, yes, Claravis is an option. However, I would look further into other factors of your life. If you currently consume dairy or gluten, try going a week or so without to see if it makes a difference. If you have a bad habit of not washing off your makeup or wearing makeup most days, try going an entire week with a clean face or strictly removing makeup and washing your face morning and night. Or perhaps change your makeup to a natural or sensitive-skin friendly formula. If you consume processed foods or excessive sugar/candy, make an effort to reduce those products to a minimum. Wash your pillow ONCE PER WEEK. Wash your makeup brushes ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS. Try increasing your vitamins and minerals. Consider birth control pills as an option to regulate hormones.

    Basically, Claravis did a great job making the skin on my face pretty, but it TOOK A MASSIVE TOLL ON THE REST OF MY BODY.

    Not only was the period during treatment hard, I am assuming some of the side-effects will last the rest of my life. I can now barely drink because I get drunk off of two or three drinks and feel like misery the following day. I have a new array of allergies that I have never experienced before, which is scary as hell because I still am not sure exactly what I am allergic to/if some allergic reactions are more or less severe. My upper lip sweats like crazy and I still have occasional mood swings/periods of anxiety.

    Below I have attached pictures of my clean face, about two minutes after washing, so you can see the results. But take into consideration all other factors besidIMG_7109.JPGIMG_7106.JPGIMG_7104.JPGIMG_7103.JPGes just the post-physical.

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    This is my first time v-blogging on this website! I've read many articles but I never thought about joining you guys!! 

    I'm gonna try to keep it short but make sure to mention everything... 
    I'm 19 years old and I have a semi-sensitive and oily skin. I have suffered from mild to severe acne and whiteheads since 13. During my middle school, I used a lot chemical products to clear my skin and none worked at all. Starting high school I fell in love with natural remedies so I started trying different things. I always eat clean but what I learned during these years, that eating anything sweet makes me breakout very quick. So my first step was cutting the sugar down as much as possible, both in my food and my drinks (I know it can be very hard for some of you guys but trust me, both your body and your skin will appreciate you in the long term).
    Next I increased my water intake daily from 30 ounces to 60 (the goal is to drink half of your body weight in ounces!) 

    I have searched so many DIY treatment and tried many things. I tried steaming method for 4 weeks and applied oils after but didn't see any changes on my skin. Then I tried oil cleaning method with hemp seed oil for 6 weeks but unfortunately made me breakout more and left my skin oily (I truly hoped it would work). 

    Three months ago I started this new routin:

    Morning routine:
    I mixed 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with filtered water (if you have a sensitive skin, use twice more filtered water. 1:2 ratio of ACV to water) in a spray bottle. In the morning, I wash my hands thoroughly (because bacteria is one of the common reasons for acne) and then i wash my face with warm water (a little too warm so it would open the pores) for about a minute. Then I dry my face off with tissues (I don't use towel because of bacteria being transferred to my face). Then spray my ACV toner on a cotton pad and whipe my face with it (you'll be amazed as the cotton pad turns gray due to the dirt and dead skin on the face!!!). Then I let it dry for 2 minutes and I apply my Elta Md sunscreen for acne prone face. I live in Florida so sunscreen is a must for me! I know it can be hard for some of you girls out there, but avoiding foundation helps acne to clear up so much easier because the foundation extremely clogges the pores. 

    Night Routine: 
    After washing my hands well, I wash my face with Shea Moister Africa black soap while using warm water. Pat dry my skin with tissues like the morning routine. Then I apply the same ACV toner with cotton pad. After it's completely dried, I cut a small piece from my aloe Vera leaf (you can purchase it from your local grocery store) and I rub the piece on my face, covering my face with its gel. Then, I rub my face till it feels like the gel is completely dried in your face. **don't forget to reastore the leaf in the refrigerator). Then I go to bed.

    My face has cleared miraculously!! My scars are also fading away! For the past 3 weeks, I only had one or two tiny pimples around my chin! The ACV might make you breakout the first or the second week, but be patient because it's bringing deeper clogged pores to the surface!! I also noticed my skin tone evened out and my face is not oily anymore since the ACV balances the pH level. ^^One thing to remember, make sure you change your pillow cover often, since oil and bacteria can transfer easily to your skin!

    one last thing, everything goes hand in hand. The routin by itself might not help as much. So make sure you eat healthy, drink good amount of water, and stick to the routine! 

    Today I purchased a bottle of witch hazel to mix with ACV because I've heard it can give better results. I'll definitely update how that one goes...


  11. Soooo. I am back! Why am I back?? Because my acne is back.  So I stayed pretty clear the last couple of years since my last entry, and then I had a baby! Can't use most acne products while pregnant AND you can't use most acne products while breastfeeding.  So being pregnant and then breastfeeding for a year, that was almost 2 years of horrible horrible skin! With crazy hormones and all I just could not stay clear. I would say it was mild to moderate, but definitely still there.  I would say the last 2 months have been really bad. I kicked my prescriptions to to curb (spironolactone and tazorac) and started to use natural products.  Nothing is working. So I am back on my 30 day waiting period for round 2 of accutane. Am I a little apprehensive? Of course! But I am desperate at this point.  My 30 days will be up on July 12th.  
    Current condition of my skin; not a lot of breakouts, just a lot of hyperpigmentation. I'm a picker. I have to stop this, but it is soooooooooo satisfying.  I'm not one of those pickers that gets in the mirror and just goes to town. I'm an unconscious picker. I pick when I'm driving, I pick when i'm watching TV, I pick when i'm going to bed. I have to stop this. I know I am just making it worse, but I cannot help it.  I need pickers anonymous. I'm so tired of this. I'm tired of always thinking about my skin! I'm 37 and I still have acne! When does this end?????? Oh and I wish people would stop telling me it's not that bad! You are seeing me with makeup on so yeah its not that bad then! But guess what???? I'd like a makeup free day where I don't have to worry about people looking at my skin! So here goes.....round 2!!!!
  12. Short Story: used the regime in 2015 have blog entries from then on my profile. Had beautiful clear skin for majority of 2016 (I stopped using the regime) just washed my face with Panoxyl. I started breaking out September 2016 but I also found out I WAS PREGNANT (by that time I was 2 months) my cystic acne came back and I couldn't use much on my face because I was pregnant. BUMMER ! 


    Ive had my daughter April 25 and TODAY is the first day using the Regime again. However I am not using the moisturizer because it didn't work for me. So I ordered the cleanser, treatment, and AHA+. I am also using vitamin c serum and dermaroller. 

    Personal Regime:
    wash fash in shower
    apply vitamin c 
    apply BP 2.5% treatment 
    apply aveeno facial moisturizer (w/sunscreen protection) 

    i let each product grow completely before applying the next 

    wash face in shower 
    apply BP 2.5 treatment 
    apply AHA+ ( twice a week)
    apply moisturizer 

    I will only be using the dermaroller twice a month so once every 2 weeks. Only on areas that doesn't have active acne. I will only be using AHA+ at night and twice a week. 

    I will do do weekly updates ❤



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    Im so rubbish at writing these now because nothing much seems to change with my skin - I have a lot to write this time though!

    So, since my last post i mentioned that my periods have been really painful since starting Roaccutane, having said this, my past 2 periods have been fine and *touch wood* relatively pain free..
    My skin is very much up and down, some weeks it looks beautiful and completely clear, other times I have minor breakouts of tiny red spots. They don't last long though. 
    I saw my dermatologist a few weeks ago, he gave me another 2 months because I had complained to him that I was still suffering minor breakouts. Subsequently, when I had my appointment my skin was looking the best it had in a while. That night I had a breakout of 3/4 pimples, I can't remember where about on my face but 2 days prior to that appointment I had started a ketogenic diet.
    For those that aren't familiar with the keto diet, its basically low carb, high fat and moderate protein - similar to the atkins diet. I think I was suffering a breakout from my drastic diet change. The 4 weeks since starting the veto diet have made SUCH an improvement on my skin, clearer, my dark circles round my eyes were lighter and the energy I had was incredible. I would jump out of bed in the morning at 6am without even thinking of touching the snooze button.
    Over the weekend that we've just had It was my husband and my 1 year wedding anniversary, we went to Sushi Samba in London which was incredible. I had toyed with the idea of sticking with the ketogenic diet or to sack it off for the weekend, I decided on the latter. Massive mistake. I went crazy with the carbs from Saturday morning to Sunday lunch, literally binge ate everything beige. OMG it was good but totally not worth it, my stomach blew up like I was 8 months pregnant and my skin has gone blotchy and tiny pimples have come up round my eyes and mouth. Im not sure if this is my perioral dermatitis making a come back or my carb load from the weekend. I was back to ketoing on Monday so hopefully I'll see some improvements in my skin this week and feel less lethargic/crappy.
    Although I felt ill after my carb loading weekend, Im almost glad I did it. It's made me realise how much of a difference cutting out carbs has on my body; I really can't handle them and feel 1000x better not having any, not to mention my skin looks far better on a keto diet. 

    I want to keep this blog acne/accutane related but I think it's really important to find a diet that works for your acne too. I was always very against the idea that junk food/food in general has any affect on your skin but I'm not so sure now..! 

    The whole reason I started the veto diet was so I could shift a couple of pounds for my impending holiday, which brings me back to accutane. I saw on instagram this morning that a girl I follow went from 60mg p/d to 20mg p/d for her holiday in an attempt to reduce any burning to the skin. I know that accutane stays in your system for 1 month after taking it so I don't know if that would really work but I'm debating doing it for my holidays in August just as extra precautions. I'm not overly bothered about tanning this year although it would be nice to get some colour as opposed to being 'pale and interesting' like my dad always says..! 


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    I am getting ready to start my second round of Accutane at the beginning of August 2017. Am I terrified? Oh, yes. Even after swearing by Accutane after my first treatment ended, I still have so much trepidation going into this second treatment... around 11 years after my first treatment ( age 15/16).

    Let me state.... Accutane works. But it's so damn slow. Your body has to adjust, your skin has to change, you have to go through the side effects. Basically, you have to walk through hell in order to enter into heaven. But, according to 16-year old me, "I'd do it again". Little did I know... I would have to do just that. 

    Since my first treatment, I was clear for probably a good 5-6 years before the acne started to work its way back to my face. I never thought my acne was bad enough for another course of Accutane, so my derm would prescribe me antibiotics. Specifically, Solodyn which for a long time, effectively worked to keep the large, red and inflamed bumps at bay. That is until my newest derm told me that I couldn't keep resorting to antibiotics to clear my skin. 1.) My body was already building an immunity to it, thus the mgs had to keep getting increased, 2.) antibiotics are not safe for long-term use. So, when I started having my yearly acne flare-up (which had been occurring like clockwork around 8-9 months post-Solodyn), my derm decided to switch me to Tazorac and Spironolactone. The combo that initiated my downhill spiral into the worst acne I've had since high school. 

    I tried to stick it out, but after having intense cystic places on my cheek, I scheduled a follow-up appointment. I burst into tears right there in the office. My face hurt, my makeup looked wrecked, I was fatigued from getting such little sleep due to my acne anxiety.... so, she put me back on Solodyn without hesitation. Solodyn began to slow the occurrence of new breakouts, but I still... kept... breaking.... out. I tried to be patient. I tried to let it get into my system. Three weeks in, I saw little improvement and my stomach began to hurt, something it had never done before when taking Solodyn. During that "crying-spell" appointment, my derm stated that after this, if there was no improvement, she recommended that I take Accutane again. 

    To reiterate, three weeks in, I saw little improvement using Solodyn, Ziana & Aczone. My chin, a place I'd never had issues with before, had (and still has) deep, cystic places that would just spread and spread and spread. They were painful. I attributed these breakouts to the Spiro which targets certain hormones. It really messed me up hormonally , and I'm still waiting to have my period after 2 months being off of the medication. Anyway, during those three weeks I really started reconsidering Accutane again. I had already tried changing my diet, taking supplements, exercising, sleeping more, being more gentle with my skin, not picking, etc. But my skin would not make any postiive changes. It would not slow its breaking out. It was irritated. I was irritated even more.

    So, I stepped out of my office at work and made the call to my dermatologist. I said that I wanted to take the plunge... I wanted a second course of Accutane. Things happened so fast. The next morning I was filling out the paperwork and within two days I was all set. First pregnancy test cleared (as you have to take two negative tests before getting your first prescription). My second pregnancy test will be taken through my bloodwork on the 31st of July. After that clears and I answer my iPledge questionare, I will be prescribed 40 mg (20 mgs more than my initial Accutane course). 

    So, what am I doing the month before my treatment begins? I am prepping. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually because I know that this process is... well, a process. I am getting by body ready for the dryness by "pre-moisturizing". I am making sure that I have all of the essentials: CeraVe lotions, Aquaphor, gentle hair shampoo (I opted for baby shampoo/wash), Eczema bath oats (as I got eczema the first time), eye drops (as I got an infection in both eyes), and the best of the best lip moisturizers. I am mentally preparing for another initial breakout (I had a pretty severe one my first time), and I am being selective on the information I choose to read/watch as to not spark any negative thinking before my treatment begins. I am being self-loving and gentle on my skin before I start the meds. 

    I have no plans to share my "before photos" until I start seeing an improvement. This is a skin journey for me, and I don't want to display my skin right now until I am comfortable with my process. However, I would like to communicate with any other users who are currently in the "waiting" period before their treatment.

    Let's stay in touch! 


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    Its been a little over two weeks. During my second week with epiduo, I didn't seem to notice any difference in my skin, but it hasn't exactly gotten worse either. I did have a break out, but it was like any typical breakout I normally would get. A line down my cheek, and a cystic one under the skin that is painful to touch. My other cheek however, is relatively clear to what it had been like last week. I find that the Epiduo has been slightly helping to clear up the breakups faster, but their still isn't much difference in the severity of my skin. 

    With that said, It's still pretty early to see significant results, so I'm still trying to remain hopeful, even though I have strong doubts that any topical will really work for me. 

  13. Well, I'm coming up on a year already! Slowly but surely seeing progress and making moves towards the skin I've always wanted. 

    I have been feeling disheartened as of late as I sort of felt like I had stopped seeing and progress or change. Everything seems to be pretty stagnant and I have become more focused on procuring quality makeup and learning makeup tricks to cover up the rest of what's left. I've always known that chemicals at these levels weren't going to remove physical scars (if anything even will) so I figured I've gotten to a stopping point. 

    But this morning my coworker once again mentioned how much better my skin was looking and I decided it was time to compare again. And I can't say I'm overly disappointed. The coloring is even. The pores even seem somewhat refined. And the scars seem a little more shallow than before. 

    I realize I'll always be more critical than anyone else, (although an incredibly blunt person made me realize recently that this may not actually be true when he mentioned he still thinks I'm cute even if the scarring is bad...thanks

    ...) but I'm still determined to continue on this path and hopefully get where I'm trying to go with the way I look. 

    So here's to 7 months and continued improvement!



  14. Just a quick update with pics I just took.

    there's quite a few and I know what your thinking,  "it's not bad AT ALL". To be fair the pics don't do it justice cos my forehead is insane with all these superficial bumps (which btw Accutane helped so much) and I have a few pus -filled whiteheads on it. The sides of my face and chin and clear yes and I'm grateful for that but it seems the centre of my face is just not how I want it.

    I'm still using differin nightly or sometimes every second evening and I used that throughout my first course of Accutane too. I'm just not happy with it therefore I'm willing to go on another round, what I may do too is use Retin A perhaps after stopping next time or even towards the end.. I don't know. I'll keep you updated though.










  15. I cannot be happier with my skin right now. I just started my 4th month. My entire face is smooth and soft, and I no longer have to get up an hour in advance to pile on make-up anymore. Every morning I put on sunscreen and use a little bit of concealer to cover up redness , and I'm ready to go! My face doesn't get oily at all, and unlike so many people who are on accutane, I do not have dry skin problem. Cetaphil is a great moisturizer - it literally saves my life.

    I will  continue to be on Accutane for three more months. I'm half way through the treatment, and I am already very satisfies with the results. However, in order to reduce the possibility of acne coming back in the future, I will have to power through the next three months. 

    Now I when I look into the mirror I see the woman I truly am. This was my dream three months ago, and it came true. I am happy. 

  16. Hey Girls,

    I'm so sorry I haven't been posting. I finished university exams a couple weeks ago and it's been a few weeks of celebrations so it's taken me away from writing a blog, though I have been checking up on the blog to see if there have been any quieries or comments and what not. 

    Anyway, back to what this blog is about...can I just say, I cannot believe the progress my skin has made. It's not by all means perfect, but it is on its way to looking awesome! I'm getting back my confidence and am starting to wear no makeup more often!!!

    I went camping a few weeks back for three nights, so that meant zero nightly/ morning routine, and to my surprise, my skin was fine!!!

    I'm still sticking to the routine I mentioned a few blogs back, and sticking to this regime is what I'm sure is helping with my skin getting better!!

    I am on the fifth pack of the pill and I'm just starting to see result, so yes - everyone is different. And defitneltly worth the waiting, so just stick it through. As well as the pill, I'm also on the antibiotics, twice a day, so I'm sure that's also helping with the progress. 

    Here are a few few photos of my current skin situation:

    So yes, like mentioned, it's it perfect, it definitely on its way to clear, which is what I have enough looking for!!!

    Please, if you have any questions, let me know below, I'll do my best to answer xx

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    Started Accutane today, dermatologist started me on 35mg and advised to take it with then heaviest meal of they day. Learning not to lick my lips and apply chapstcik instead! So far sthe good, good bye adult acne...can't wait to start seeing some difference! :smileys_n_people_44: