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    To start off this blog I feel like it's a good idea to describe my experience with acne and how I ended up trying Claravis (or Isoretinoin/Accutane/whatever). 

    I am a 19 year old black male with very oily skin. I have had acne since I was about 13 and I usually have breakouts on my chin, nose and sometimes my cheeks. I would say that my acne is mild to moderate most of the time, and I don't have the amount of skin coverage that may people with acne do. Most of the time I'll have a few small white heads scattered across my chin, and those will go away within a few days. The frustrating thing about my skin is that every couple of weeks I will get a huge deep cyst. And when I say huge i am not exaggerating. Often times my cysts will cluster on one small area on my face and form a large mass than can be up to a cm or more in diameter. These cysts are usually very painful and last a few weeks. I'm also very prone to scarring because I have dark skin so these cysts hang around for a while.

    As far as products, I have tried basically every topical you can imagine. The topical treatments work great on my small breakouts but they have proven to do absolutely nothing for my larger cysts besides dry out and irritate the area. I've also tried changing my diet by cutting out super fatty and processed foods and drinking a ton of water, but just like the topicals, it has worked on my small mild breakouts yet my cysts still prevail. More recently I have discovered cortisone shots, and although they shrink my cysts in a matter of days, they always end up coming back within a week. And even though I have insurance, paying $30 every time a large cyst pops up on my face adds up (especially for a poor college student like myself). And so, that brings us to Claravis (I will probably just end up calling it Accutane because it is more familiar and sounds a lot cooler). During my most recent trip to the derm for a cortisone shot, my doctor told me that the shots are a very temporary solution especially because my cysts often come back pretty quickly. That is when he suggested Accutane. I was very surprised because I thought Accutane was only an option for people with very severe acne, but he assured me that it would be a great solution for my breakouts. So I filled out some forms and a few days later I had this magic drug in my hands (I was prescribed a months worth of 40mg Claravis and got it for $9, yay insurance). 

    And so now my first week is complete. So far I have not seen any results. In fact, a huge cyst has just popped up on my chin and the cyst that I went to the derm to get injected when i was prescribed the Accutane has just come back with a vengeance. So now I have two cysts on my face. On the bright side, I have read from many internet sources that Accutane takes a few moths to start working, and the first month is usually the worst because of the initial breakouts. As far as side effect, the only one I have right now is dryness, especially on my lips. But that has been easily solved with a combination of vaseline, aquafor and blistex (yes, I am stocked on lip balm). I have also been kind of sad/negative the last few days but that always happens when I get bad breakouts so I can't blame the drug quite yet. Overall I am very nervous and excited about this journey and hopefully the next few months will end with clear skin.

    - Kyle 

    P.S.  If anyone has any advice for someone who is new to Accutane or any stories about their experience please feel free to comment!

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    Hi guys,

    infection is clearing up nice but Im on second week of oral antibiotics to get rid of it completely. It’s been hard on the esteem, but I feel its only made me grow stronger and more courageous to attend classes with this all going on. Due to bacterial infection, I’ve been applying manuka honey on infected areas only every night for a few hours. I have been continuing with water only but tried something different this time. Due to infection, I wanted to keep it a little more cleanly so I’ve been washing my face the past two nights with salt water. Just enough to mimic natural sea saltwater, so that my face is getting a bit of an extra disinfectant boost. This is really working nicely, last night I did it for the first time all over my face and my skin 
    didn't dry out from it. I’m no expert, but I feel if this is done is moderation (1-2x a week) it can keep germs at bay and give your skin that added refreshed feeling. I notice the oil on my forehead is slightly more today from doing this last night, but it seemed to clean out some stubborn blackhead nubs I was feeling the last week or two. I really cant comment on it yet though, I will be trying this out for the next few weeks and will update if I feel it adds a bit more oomph to the water only regimen.


    Despite the initial purge/infection that started there along my Jaw, I want to stress that since doing the water only, I have not had any new breakouts the last 44 days. maybe a zit here and there by the hairline but thats about it. I really think this regimen + my relatively healthy diet (which I only incorporated full force in the last 12-14 days) has really helped my skin. I feel adding a salt water wash once a week from here on out (once infection clears) will really keep the skin healthy and glowing and still naturally “clean”. For those who find their skin is just *too* oily/nasty feeling when starting this regimen, you could try to do salt water wash but I can’t vouch on how this would work. However, had I been doing this from time to time during the first month, I may have avoided myself an infection from the big purge breakout. 


    Will update in another week or so. In case anyone is curious, I have been doing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or any non iodized salt) per 1 cup of water. Boil, covered for 15 min. Let cool and use for washing face.


    Let me know if this has/is working for you as well! courage and positivity \ /

  2. It was two days ago.  Somehow, somewhere, while lost in the dark recesses of google, I stumbled upon activated charcoal and it's acne-fighting benefits.  I don't even remember googling stuff about acne, so I have no idea how I ended up on this tangent, but I am sure glad I did.  As I spoke about before, the main cause of my acne is getting clogged pores, which turn into small whiteheads, which then turn into zits.  I need to start doing SOMETHING for my face that clears out my pores and sucks the gunk out of them before they have a chance to get clogged.
    Enter activated charcoal! You slap it on your face and, because it absorbs (or adsorbs, I still don't know) everything, it essentially flushes out your pores.  You can buy activated charcoal in capsules at the drug store for about 10 bucks a bottle.  (May I also say, it apparently helps your hangover if taken after a night of drinking, which I intend on testing out in the future.  Clear skin AND repercussion-free binge drinking?! Is this a miracle product?!)
    I was all ready to try out this as a face mask in my attempt at unclogging the various pores all over my face.  I opened up three capsules, mixed them with a bit of water until it was a runny paste, then applied it to the back of my face with a spoon.  You know that scene in Zoolander, where he's working the mines with his dad? Yeah, that's pretty much what I looked like.
    I read to let the charcoal sit on your face for as long as possible (the longer it sits, the more it draws out), so I decided now was the perfect time to get around to doing some much-neglected housework.  My plan was to clean the bathrooms, mop the floors, then hop in the shower and wash off my face mask.  I managed to clean my bathtub, and had just moved all the crap off around my sink, when I started to notice flecks of charcoal, just EVERYWHERE.  At first, I thought they were wayward flecks from mixing up the powder around my sink that I was smearing around, and then I realized - with dawning horror - that it was coming... FROM  MY FACE!
    Once the charcoal mask started to dry, unlike a regular face mask that stays put, this one just slowly starts to flake off your face.  I felt like Voldemort at the end of Harry Potter when he just sort of turns to ash and fades away.  I couldn't continue my housework (O! Cruel World!) because what's the point of cleaning when you're literally shedding charcoal everywhere?
    So I grabbed a towel to put under my face, ran into my living room, and grabbed my phone so I could time how much longer to leave the mask on for.  Ten minutes of scrolling uselessly through Facebook and refreshing my email page various times, I decided it was time to wash it off.  And oh boy, was that an adventure in itself.
    Going back to Zoolander and the mining part, you know the scene where he's in the bathroom, removing the coal, and the wastebasket is overflowing with blackened cotton pads? That is the most accurate depiction I have ever seen in film.  I am very glad I decided to clear off my sink, because charcoal got everywhere.  I finally managed to rinse it off my sink and my face, and I will definitely say that it worked.  My blackheads were smaller, and a couple whiteheads on my forehead that were beginning to turn red had little tiny heads on them now.
    It was messy as shit, but hey, it gave me a good excuse to clean out my sink.  So, if you have clogged pores, need a face mask suggestion, and suck at cleaning your sink on a monthly basis, I highly recommend.
    (Also, the day after that, I mixed up some more charcoal and applied it just to the whiteheads and bumps around my mouth and a big spot on my forehead.  The bumps around my mouth look much better, and the forehead pustule came to a head much quicker than it usually would.)

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    So it's day 11 and I fell asleep with my makeup on last night (I'm talking primer, foundation, powder, and highlight-so my face was pretty caked)...woke up to a couple new pimples and crackly skin visible under my makeup..felt terrible! Feels like I just ruined all my progress so that's a tad disheartening. Debating a face mask tonight ur DJ  that's a good idea on accutane. Lips haven't been too dry so that's good. Popped a bunch of pimples that seemed ready and were lingering and also squeezed a couple of those little tiny bumps I have all over my face and this gel-like substance came out. Not what usually comes out when you pop a pimple, more like an off white, almost grey. Weird and useless. Now I just at have open red irritated pores on my face and I have a date to go to the leafs and with my bf so I wanted to look good *sigh*. 

    On 40mg now, been debating whether to go up to 60mg for month two. Only reason I'm hesitant is I don't want to have another breakout from upping the dose. However, if it'll help me in the long run I think I'll do it. 

    I know now it's still incredibly early but I just want results already! I hate waiting, especially on something that might not even happen :(

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    My body definitely feels better since the change to eat healthy. I have a lot more energy and do not crave late night meals as much. My face is starting to feel a little smoother too; however, there are still some whiteheads here and there. I honestly did not expect to see changes this quick. Just getting some sunlight and eating healthier really makes a difference in your skin tone and complexion. I also have been taking 500 mg of turmeric and L-lysine every morning with my breakfast as suggested by someone on here. Yesterday i played basketball almost all day with some friends and got a pretty good sweat going, so maybe that will help clear out my pores. So far this has been a success and i can not wait to see more positive changes. 

  3. Homer1125
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    Lately i've been reintroducing some products into my regimen. I've been using paula's choice betaine salicylic acid, skin balancing moiturizer and skin balancing cleanser. And I think it's doing a good job smoothing out my skin. Especially the bha is doing wonders for me. But it doesn't mean the water regimen did anything for me. It definitely helped with my overly oily skin. But I did hit a plateau and that's why i stopped. So i would recommend a gentle cleanser with bha and a good moiturizer. 
    P.s sunscreen is a must also

  4. The other day I logged in and browsed the forum as I always did, and I suddenly noticed that my membership status changed from "member" to "veteran." Wow. It has been five months since I joined this community, and I've gone through a long difficult journey. 
    I still have acne. Unfortunately everything that I have tried so far - birth control, dairy elimination, and BP - the one that gave me so much pain and cost me so much money and time - did not work by themselves. However, I have to keep trying. I am not going to settle with crappy skin. Now I do believe that acne reflects malfunction of organs inside of my body. I cannot ignore the signals that my body has been sending to me. I need to listen to my body and figure out what is wrong. 
    I saw a number of holistic personnels this past month. One thing that all of them pointed out for me was that there may be chronic inflammation inside of my body, due to high stress level (breakup, internship application, grad school application and simply getting around with a pizza face - of course), unsuitable diet and lack of good sleep. It probably has little to do with my facial routine, because I have been washing my face with a gentle cleanser all along, and have been using moisturizer and sun protection religiously. My skin just felt abnormally oily seeing the past year for no reason, or in other words, for reasons that I did not know.
    A doctor gave me a list of foods that I should not eat anymore. Lo and behold, dairy is only a small part of it. I saw chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp, ginger, garlic, scallion, leek, curry, mango, coconut... mostly foods that I've always enjoyed. It made no sense at the beginning, but the more i think about it, the more reasonable it seems - my body simply does not tolerate those foods. Even though I never eat junk foods, those seeming harmless, even healthy foods can cause inflammation inside my body, which inevitably shows up on my face. My acne kept coming during this past year, because I've been eating those foods literally every single day. How could I not have? I love going to the gym and making my own healthy meals. Those "healthy" meals were constantly irritating my gut. How could my face looked so bad even after I quit dairy and so many desserts that i used to love? Well I guess that explains it. 
    So here comes my new regimen:
    Eliminate all foods that were possibly causing the inflammation in my gut: tropical fruits, shellfish, chicken, beef, lamb, dairy, any processed food, hot spices, alcohol, coffee
    Take turmeric and l-lysine on a daily basis - those two are great anti-inflammatory supplements
    Eat a lot of leafy greens for breakfast and lunch, use only salt, soy sauce and a little bit of olive oil when cooking, no other spices
    Eat a lot of grains and beans to increase fiber intake - basically replace all simple carbs with porridge packed with fibers
    Snack on bananas, apples and berries instead of crackers, cakes and well, basically everything I used to love
    Drink a lot of water
    Sleep for at least 8 hours a day
    Workout at least 5 times a week in the morning
    Try to stay positive and relaxed - high stress level may further mess with my already-wrecked hormones

    I've been adhering to this regimen for about 5 days now. I do feel that my skin has calmed down a bit, and that my body feels really light and healthy. I do not miss feasting on a ton of meat at all. Leafy greens do not taste that bad. I really hope that healing from the inside will work for me. Will keep updating. 

  5. Yesterday was the end of week one.  And I am thoroughly impressed.  But also a little anxious. 
    My skin almost had no peeling or flaking like a lot of people say they have.  I do admit however, that around that zit on my chin it did flake for two days.  New zits would come up, linger for a day or a day and a half, and then disappear.  I really tried not to pick at my face this week but I gave into temptation two times but the zits that I popped were completely none-existent the day after I popped them.   My skin seems to be healing very quickly but also zits seem to be coming up sooner (which is what differin is supposed to do). Overall, I am extremely happy with what all of the acne soaps and medication is doing to my face.  Its been so long since my face has looked this good!

    However, it is also making me a little nervous.  Week one went so well . . . will my face definitely get worse from here? You know, have an initial breakout?  TMI - whenever I ovulate my acne gets really bad and according to my charts that is coming up in a few days . . . I wonder how my face will handle that. 
    Here are my end of week one pictures!




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    Hello^_^, I am a 17 yo girl who fights acne. i began to had acne when I was 15. i have mild acne, especially on the T zone and apple cheeks. Sometimes my face looking ok but sometimes I have few cyst or undergrowth red bumps(hate them!!) and it affects my mood a lot and I don't wanna go out (although I am a very social person:smileys_n_people_40:) this is ruining my life!!! Body skin is clear, sometimes 1-3 pimples on the chest. Because I have tried so many things and my acne usually flare up before and during the period, i decided to take diane 35 to remove this acne completely(in my country you can take it for a very long time if your under the risk group).:smileys_n_people_107:

    Treatments I have used in the past:

    Benzamycin Topical Gal: helped curing pimples fast, still got breakout and didnt work for the long term.
    Exposed skin care kit: Had high hopes about that. stopped after 2 months because their was no improvement.( although the products are very gentle and their acne treatment serum heals pimples fast).
    Differin and Clindsmycim:  differin cream in the night and clindamycin gel in the morning. been using it for 13 weeks. differin helped a lot in fading red marks, helped with bumps but still breakout(I am going to continue with that while diane 35 BC pills).

    Started taken diane 35 11 days ago, I am gonna update almost every day how is my skin. please share your acne stories with dianeette and when u stated seeing improvements.

    SKIN UPDATE- Day 11:
    Chin- clearing up, 2 whiteheads and red marks.
    Apple cheeks- A little flare up. huge bunch of red bumps in the same place and healing pimples. on the other cheek 2 whiteheads and few red bumps.
    Forehead-  tiny red bumps.

    (My mane problem is the apple cheeks as you see. want to get reed of the acne there.)>:(

  6. Hi all! Two and half weeks into my new lifestyle shift. The goal has been for these changes to improve my acne and overall skin texture. 

    A few changes/notes:
    - I haven't been 100% consistent with any of this, so the "scientific validity" of all of my trials and errors should be taken with that in mind. 
    - I haven't been taking the turmeric supplement, but I have been taking 2000 iU of Vitamin D3  in addition to the zinc, black currant oil, evening primrose oil, and flaxseed oil. 
    - I'm still working out/sweating more than I was previously, but not the full 3-5 days/week 
     - I've totally abstained from alcohol so far
    - I've only been using BP once per day, at night, and I've switched to a Neutrogena cleanser with Salicyclic Acid. I've also been using the Eucerin face lotion with urea to spot treat areas that are particularly dry from the acne treatments. 
    - I've aimed for minimal gluten and dairy, though definitely haven't been 100%. 

    Thoughts so far:
    - My skin texture is so much better after only using the BP 1x/day. Less flakiness. Also, the new Eucerin moisturizer works wonders and doesn't seem to be giving me any adverse effects. 
    - The BHA face wash seemed to bring some under-the-surface blemishes to a head, so my skin looked pretty bad for a few days. But I do notice that my skin heals faster with the BHA cleanser and only once/day BP treatment. 
    - The cystic acne on my chin appears to be improving. 
    - I think the Vitamin D might be helping, even after only a few consistent days 
     - Kinda related: My hair, which was falling out in big handfuls and constantly shedding/clogging up the drain with. huge lumps of hair daily (like walnut sized), has miraculously stopped. My hair feels healthier and thicker, though it's still a little soon to be overly optimistic. 

    Thats all for now! I'm going to continue with the same general routine. I'm going to also continue limiting gluten and avoiding dairy as much as possible. Will update in a weeks. 

  7. Hello!

    This is just a quickie post with some pics. The good news is that time has flown by!! Day 80 already... The bad news is that my skin has been looking pretty bad this month. I have a really bad cystic breakout on my cheeks right now but I will be at the dermatologist for a follow up in a few days. Here's to more progress in Month 4!

    No new side effects or product recs

    Progress pics... fresh out of the shower, lol.

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    So since my last blog not much has changed. Another spot has developed, again around my mouth and again, really bloody painful. I actually did exactly what I said I wouldn't do and popped it, I managed to not damage the skin and oh my god the relief, no more pain. So thats healing nicely, my lovely niece scratched me and so have a red mark on my chin from that. The only other spot I have is one right under my eye but its literally a red mark. 
    The rash I spoke about around my mouth has cleared... i don't want to jinx that because its literally lingered for such a long time but I've been using Nobles Zinc soap on it and left it on whilst I shave my legs etc and thats seeming to help!

    I saw my derm today for a follow up app, although it hasn't been exactly 2 months I wasn't able to see him any later! He didn't really comment on my skin and just asked how I felt things were going. I said things were fine but I didn't think things were progressing as fast as they were with my previous course. He basically said he will keep me on 20mg a day but if after the first month I wanted to bump it up to 40mg then to just give him a call and he would send a prescription for an extra dose. He didn't really say anything apart from that, ,I did mention the rash around my mouth but he couldn't see it, I think because the Zinc soap was helping. He did say that zinc was an anti bacterial so maybe thats why, I personally think its perioral dermatitis. 

    In about 12 days will be my 2 month mark and he said that is the month that makes the difference, and according to my posts from my previous course that is when I was clear by...

  8. analiese23
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    So I was doing really great for like a week, and I was getting control of my skin again and everything was great. Then, randomly these last three days my depression was awful and I didn't leave my bed all day, and I mean that literally. I was dehydrated and sick because i wasn't going anywhere. I have no idea why I was so unmotivated to move, but depression does that so. I caved and picked everything. It had a horrible effect on my skin and my emotional stablilty. The day I picked my skin, I thought I was doing better and by picking at it, I went into a downward spiral again. I feel awful and I know I shouldn't beat myself about it but I can't help it. I just want to hide in my room and avoid everyone. Unfortunately I go to school. I'm mostly disappointed because I know I should let my skin breathe by I know if I don't cover it up I will feel super self conscious and probably pick at it. Anyway. I feel like I should start updating on this more, hopefully keep me on track. 

  9. Chris1234
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    Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. :) I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.


  10. So one month of the AHA and Retinol usage has come to pass. I haven't missed any applications and I'm feeling good about my decisions to do this. 

    I'm still not sure what kind of results I'm seeing, nor am I confident I will ever be rid of the pitted/rolling acne scars or the occasional break out.

    But! I will definitely take softer skin, less turn around between pimple appearances, and a somewhat more even skin tone of that happens to be what I get out of it. My mother, who anyone can tell has played a critical part in my skin issues, even said that my skin looks great. So, maybe there are noticeable differences after all. 

    Oh, and as for the surprise? I am a furrower. I'm constantly raising or knitting my eyebrows together. This has resulted in deep horizontal forehead lines, as well as two deep and visibly noticeable vertical lines between my eyebrows. I'm never going to get rid of the forehead lines, that's just life, but the lines between my eyebrows have gone away. I used to be able to feel the creases where they came together and this treatment I've begun seems to have started eradicating them! Hooray for unintended consequences!

    I still have pimples showing up around my jaw line and by my ears. They subside more quickly than they used to, although the left over pigmentation still happens. I'm not sure that will ever stop happening as much as start going away more quickly. I'm hoping that will eventually taper off, but it's hard to say. 

    I have decided to up my application of AHA at this time. I'm going with AHA, Retinol, AHA, break and etc. I think my skin should react okay to this and I should be able to avoid any nasty backlash. 

    So, here's to the continuing journey! I will continue doing updates of course and look forward to what's in store for my skin!


  11. maplesyrupmama
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    So...I haven't updated in awhile. To be honest, there's not been much to tell. For the past 4 weeks, my skin has been healing from the terrible breakout I had before Christmas. I've just started my 5th week of lymecycline and this has been the treatment I've had on several occasions. My last treatment lasted 12 months (!) and my skin stayed clear for 4 months afterwards before beginning to breakout again. In the past, as soon as I started the medication, my skin stopped breaking out. This time, although it's 'mostly' stopped breaking out, I am still getting occasional spots erupting, although they do not seem to fully develop. Yesterday, I had the beginnings of three (!) tiny spots in the same area that is still red from the last breakout, just below my nose. They are small, but this area is still recovering and these have made it more red again. It's so frustrating! I used some BP on it yesterday and I think I am going to try to use it more, but gradually, so that my skin has a chance to get used to it and doesn't get completely flaky.

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    Calling this day 10 is a bit of a lie to be honest as following the instructions, I've had to stop the Isotrex Gel for the moment. I had been using it every evening on the areas that I get my acne and to be honest, it's been doing a pretty good job. My worst side has been clearing up very quickly and the other side has been blemish free. Although my skin tone is dire as I do suffer with hyperpigmentation, the texture of my skin has improved massively. It almost looks flawless after foundation and concealer. The only downside is how red my skin is getting and the peeling! It's been getting worse as I continue to use it. 

    I read the instructions that came with the medication and it says that if you're experiencing redness and peeling to stop using it until the symptoms have subsided. I last applied it on Friday night and my skin is calming down now so I'm going to start applying it again tonight.

    These pictures were taken this morning. 


  12. CeruleanHyena
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    Haven't posted for a while. Happy new year!! Hope this year will be the year that I am cured of my multiple skin issues. 
    I have been continuing to wash with the zinc soap followed by cetaphil spf 15 moisturizer in the mornings. I get lazy to do the same in the evenings which is why I feel my Seb derm is still noticeable. I also lost my ket shampoo and just ordered nizoral so will try it out as scalp dandruff is also increasing. My diet has been pretty bad also with strong cravings for sugar which may also contribute to the Seb derm symptoms not going away. This disease is so horrible as even a little bit of slack causes it to return. I will try to use zinc soap twice a day followed by moisturizer and also try the nizoral shampoo and see how things go. 
    I have so much discoloration and terrible skin texture all due to this disease. 
    As for the hive like bumps im so happy to report they have mostly stopped popping up. I'm really not sure of the cause and don't know what I may be doing that's caused them to stop but I'm just glad they're mostly gone. I'm guessing they may be related to Seb derm but  I'm not sure. Anyone else experience hives with Seb derm? 

  13. My skin has been really itchy and I've been getting hives on my back. My face is itchy but no hives there thank the Lord! The hives on my back are there mostly at night, I wake up with an itchy back lately. I know I'm allergic to a lot of things but I don't know everything that I am allergic too. I'm not sure what's causing the hives so I prayed and started eliminating scented stuff. I'm taking a few different allergies pills and using topical anti-itch products. Hopefully my doctor gets my referral in so I can go back to the allergist. 
    I've now been using Vanicream cleanser all over including on my hair!  Just trying to be safe;)
    I also did a lot of cleaning in my room too because I'm allergic to cats and dogs. I have a cat and a dog though because their my babies!:)
    I have eliminated the detox tea because that is about the only new thing I've been consuming. Maybe I'm allergic to danelion or burdock root?
    I started using the Meijer brand proactiv kit once or twice a day in problem areas. I've not been using it on my cheeks cuz they've been itchy.
    Then I added in a better moisturizer that I used to use when I didn't have much acne. It's the Trader Joes Enrich Moisturizer. It has Spf in it, which I haven't had in awhile.

  14. watwatwat
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    increased my dosage to 75mg last 5th of january. upped it again to 100mg last 11th. really dedicated to get my acne over with. no gynecomastia yet. no erectile dysfunction. there has been a significant decrease in libido but it's not like i cant get it up whenver i want to. 
    i haven't noticed a decrease in oiliness but the my breakouts are smaller. my back is clearing up. will update again soon. 
    i  think im limiting my dose to 100mg. 

  15. cliff41
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    Almost one month down, and so far so good. Went and saw my derm today, and he say's I'm right on track to where I need to be. Will be increasing my dosage from 40mg to 60mg in a few days.

    While I'm certainly not even close to being better, it seems like my skin has kind of settled down. While there still is the occasional zit, for
     the most part everything that is on my face was from the IB or before. I’m a little less nervous for the dosage increase than I was in my last entry, but that's mainly because I’m trying to avoid thinking about it.

    So far so good with the side effects. I did get some back pain earlier this week, but it’s been greatly improving, and I think I probably just strained it from playing soccer. Still, it caused me some panic. Also, I’ve been using these little pocket sized aquaphor things every other hour throughout the day. While the dry lips still suck, I think this method is at managing it. I hope this keeps up, as it’s nice settling into a routine which actually kind of works.

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    Hello, friends!

    As of tomorrow, I will have been on Zenatane (Accutane) for one week. Prior to starting this journey, I read countless of reviews and blog entries of other peoples' experiences before deciding to take the leap of faith, so I thought I would share my experiences for anyone else who is contemplating whether or not to start Accutane, and to share my struggles with others who are already taking it and are enduring the uphill battle for clearer skin. For reference, I'm 5'5" and my weight fluctuates between 115-120lbs. My dermatologist prescribed me 40mg Zenatane to start and expects my treatment to last roughly 5 to 6 months. I have very fair (almost pale) combination skin and generally use products tailored for sensitive skin. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would say my skin is a 7 in regards to the odds of breaking out (e.g., if I: get food on my face at all regardless of wiping it off ASAP, touch my face, take a nap when I have make-up on, sweat, etc.). Needless to say, I am genuinely looking forward to the day I can eat like a slob and not have to be paranoid that I will wake up to new face-demons tormenting me.

    Side note: I know Accutane is a controversial wonder drug, and I won't bore you with my insecurities and reasoning as to why I decided to go on it, but I have made my decision and hope that regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the route I chose, you respect my opinions as I do yours.

    Let's jump right into it!

    Progress Notes:


    ·  The mild acne spots on my left cheek have pretty much disappeared. Only scarring remains (for now). Currently very happy with this cheek.

    ·  The pre-existing pimples (3-4) on my right cheek have gotten larger and more sensitive. I should really stop picking at them but it's a bad habit I struggle to get rid of. Currently very saddened by this cheek.

    ·  The ones on my forehead have generally disappeared aside from the occasional small (and significantly less irritated) pimples - although I feel that a majority of these exist as a result from my stress.

    ·  I have one new pimple right at the tip of my nose. I look like Rudolph.

    ·  The pimples (2) that were by my neck and jawline have pretty much disappeared as well. They left scars, of course.

    ·  I don't really have acne issues anywhere else on my body, so the rest of my skin is pretty much the same.


    ·  The dryness is slowly creeping in, but my skin hasn't flaked or peeled just yet. I also haven't had a nose bleed yet nor have my lips gotten chapped to the point where they'd crack or bleed. I definitely feel more dry than usual though, because my face will feel sporadically itchy in random places (mostly by my nostrils) throughout the day, and itching it burns due to the sensitivity (and dryness) of my skin. The rest of the skin on my body remains the same. The dryness is mainly only affecting my face at the moment.

    ·  The fatigue is relentless. I usually wake up before my alarm and have no problem getting out of bed whatsoever, but my energy levels are almost non-existent now - especially in the morning. Getting out of bed is such a struggle, and going to the gym is nearly impossible for me. I haven't gone all week. I'm telling myself I'm letting my body adjust, but really, I'm just exhausted all the time. 

    ·  I haven't experienced any joint pain yet. Probably because I'm being a potato and haven't exercised in 7 days.

    ·  I'm feeling a lot more bloated, a lot more often. I didn't change my eating habits to see how I'd be affected, but I'm thinking I need to cut some things out of my diet. It's for the best anyway - I eat too much junk food. This is an understatement.

    ·  I hear that some people get depressed when they're on Accutane, but my mood levels are generally the same. I'm trying my best to have a positive outlook on the whole experience, and keeping in mind that sometimes things get worse before they get better. Thankfully, I haven't had many horrible side effects yet, but I'm definitely bracing myself because it's only been a week.

    Products I Am Currently Using:

    ·  Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

    ·  Clarisonic Mia 2

    ·  Cashmere Cleanse Luxe Brush Head

    ·  PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

    ·  St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub

    ·  Fresh Rose Floral Toner

    ·  Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

    ·  Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

    ·  Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

    ·  Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask

    ·  Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

    ·  Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Gel

    ·  Now Solutions Jojoba Oil

    ·  Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

    I'm going to make an effort to update this blog monthly since I feel like weekly would be too frequent to note any significant changes, but I will definitely post if anything drastic happens. Keeping my fingers crossed for the best, and wishing you luck on your journey to clearer skin!



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    Ok, so now I'm on Day 12, and it's going okay..

    I've had really dry lips, which I'm constantly putting Auquaphor on, which has given my mouth a slimy feeling. I think it's the Aquaphor getting into my mouth and coating it...

    I've also had some facial flushing. I already have some blushing from Social Anxiety, but the accutane has definitely made it worse :(
    oh well. I try to not let it affect me/my mood, and if it happens, I make sure to tell myself that it does't matter and in 10 years no one will remember anyways.

    I've also had a lot of back pain (lower back mostly), and tightness. 

  16. Can't stop picking your spots? Do you want to learn inexpensive ways to control your skin problems such as pimple popping, acne, zits, cyst, blackhead, and whitehead? If yes, then learn the best way to attach a pimple without damaging your skin. First of all, never attempt to squeeze your pimple because this will increase the chance of causing great damage to your skin and make it even worse. And pressing the healthy skin around the spot also damages it. Instead of using a needle cleaned with alcohol and attack the spot sideways, it is better to look for the best painless methods that help you get rid of these issues without leaving any scar.

    Here are the best beauty tips that help you shrink your pores and have a flawless skin:-

    Always wash your hands before washing your face!

    That's the trick to restrict the entry of such germs or bacterias that cause harm and infection to your skin. Before washing your face it is important to first clean your hands and they touch your skin. This is exactly what you need to consider while looking for the best ways to tackle your skin problems. The longer you wait to take care of them, the more stretched out and visible they become. So if you're facing these problems then spend your extra money on lobster ravioli and truffle salt to have super effective inexpensive treatments.

    Steam Your Way To a Filter Free Face

    Pores get stretched when they are filled with junk. Just like you clean out your closets to make room for new clothes, you have to do the same with your skin as well. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is an at-home steam bath. Estheticians use this method on their clients while giving professional facials so you will feel like you are at a spa without draining your pockets. The steam brings heat and moisture to your skin to open your pores and clear them for bacteria, toxins, dirt and dead skin. Further, if you want, then you can use such essential oils, flower petals or herbs can be added to stimulate your senses.

    Apply Skin Tightening Pack

    If you really want to reduce such skin infections and allergies then you have to apply such skin tightening mask once in a week that not only shrink the size of your pores but also minimize the scope of bacteria's to get enter in your skin.

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    I ordered today and i ordered this product because I've seen good reviews and i am frustrated with my acne. i only have acne on my cheeks and i am waiting on this product to help me and clear my face. Never give up specially when you're insecure about your acne just be happy and work on it immediately never ever just sit their and think about it all the time.