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    A little bit about myself- I am 26 years old and have acne since I was 13. I have struggled all my life trying to get clear skin and hitting my mid 20s really has made me frustrated that I have not found a solution yet. I went on birth control when I was 16 and just recently went off of it in September (2 months ago). I have tried many different birth control pills with no success in treating my acne. Actually, I think it caused me all sorts of health problems being on the pill. But I'm not going to get into that now. I have always had cystic hormonal acne. For the most part on my chin and jaw lines. I constantly have smaller zits around my face. I think I have overactive sebum... I have tried almost every since acne solution (except accutane) with no good results or at least results that lasted. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on acne and to be quite honest I am sick of it. Nothing seems to work. A super health restrictive diet seemed to be helpful but never cleared me up in the end and it made me stressed out to not eat anything. But I still eat very very healthy as my skin is very sensitive. Acne has really effected my self esteem my whole life and it occupies about 90% of my thoughts. It's impossible not to obsess when it's your face!!! I find myself never wanting to leave the house when I have a super bad breakout. I always ALWAYS wear make up out of the house. I don't want to look people in the eyes sometimes because I think my acne is disgusting and makes me so ugly. I am starting to see a therapist about this so hopefully that will help restore my self confidence. But honestly, I don't think I'll ever truly think I am beautiful until I have clear skin. 

     I am going to document my journey with spironolactone because others blog posts have really helped me make the decision that I am going to try this. 

    I went off the pill 2 months ago (Lo loestren FE) which never did my skin any favors. I constantly had cysts. Despite following a holistic regiment to go off the pill and normalize my hormones and use natural face products- aloe Vera gel, tea tee oil, clay masks, apple cider vinegar etc, my acne still persisted.  Ever since I went off my face has slowly gotten worse and worse. I got my hormones checked and I have a slightly high testosterone level-- and diagnosed with PCOS. I am hoping my period continues to be regular since I got my period last month in a timely manner. We will see this month!! For how bad my skin has been, I better be getting it! Currently, I have cysts all over my chin and jaw and cheeks. I have lots and lots of teeny surface zits on my cheeks and some on my temples and forehead. These seem to be impossible to get rid of except when they slowly turn into a cyst and live their stupid cyst life and slowly go away. 

    My new dermatologist has prescribed me 100 mg of spironolactone 1x a day. Today is day 1. I have decided to take it at night. Not sure if this will be best yet depending on my side effects of I get them. 

    Here are photos.... 



  1. So after my first 4 weeks i got my new prescription, 60mg per day (was 40 before). 
    My face is ok, I still get some zits on my chin and bumps on my forehead but definitely nothing compared to a month ago. 
    I'm very dry, Aquaphore and the best Avene moisturizing cream I could find is working wonders though. I'm red very easily. 

    Also I got a misadventure with tea tree oil that I applied as usual on a pimple forming on my jawline. I put a drop on a cotton and applied for maybe 1mn30. Result: I got myself a chemical burn, it was awful; the skin just went away under my finger when i washed my face the next morning. Accutane really really weakens the skin and it's the first time i've realized how much. So yeah no more tea tree oil. 

    For the good news: my back is better. I can put sport tops that shows the shoulder blades again, as i only got a few marks left on them. The middle on my back is still bad though but gosh i'm already so relieved. 

    Other side effects: nose bleed today, randomly at work. I'll try to drink more. 


  2. I am on my 7 month towards the middle of the 7th month I Beilve, I had a terrible experience at the blood test... last month. The lady who toke my blood hit a nerve in my arm and it was instant pain and I could feel that she did something wrong. For the next week and still even now weeks later I feel the right pain in my arm. The first week I had to wear I sling the pain was so bad. But back to my skin, it broke out more then it has in a while last week I was alittle shocked, and then on Friday night I felt a cystic pimple forming on my cheek and of course when I woke up Saturday it was nice as big. I did lots of hot Compress and it seemed to have done wonders, in  very short time. I have an urge to pop every pimple I feel but with accutane my skin takes so long to heal the red marks from popping take so long to go away and I found waiting it out I really worth it despite my urge to squeeze it. I thought  was done with the cystic acne so I'm very surprised I see this but who knows! Keep on pushing if u just started, it will work 

  3. Lufb
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     Nothing ,just post to remind myself
    Last PICK
    I might only pick my forehead those blackhead....If not it will become black dot...
    I tried the best to pick those blackhead on my right cheek but failed,I planned to give up....Ai see later
    Those reddish is the result I tried to picked those annoy blackhead

  4. Homer1125
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    It is my 20th day on the water regimen. And my skin is improving every day. My skin gets flaky at times but thats the least of my worries. Oil production seems to decrease by little. There is a bump on my forehead but it's not that major. Nothing else to talk thats it.

  5. So I just finished my second week of Mononessa. I'd say that my chin and cheeks feel better - much less bumpy, but they do not look better at all. They are all covered with red marks. I mean really, really red in a well-lit room. Thank goodness my room never gets any direct sunlight, otherwise I wouldn't be able to look myself in the mirror during the day anymore. My face still looks depressing though, I guess partly because some of those cysts had just started to subside. 

    I added benzoyl peroxide to my arsenal. Last Tuesday I accidentally clicked on the review section on the homepage. I saw those amazing transformations as the result of using benzoyl peroxide. I spent hours doing research online (which I am good at, since I am a chemistry student getting ready for grad school), and all the information I learned online made chemical sense to me. I even drew the reaction mechanism down to rationalize the effects that the regimen rendered. It all makes sense. I ordered the BP treatment but it has not arrived yet, which killed me a little. I wanted to start so badly, knowing that the sooner I start the sooner I can probably get clear skin. After doing more research, I decided to use PanOxyl 4% face wash as a buffer, now that I cannot start the regimen yet. 

    I bought PanOxyl 4 yesterday. Used it for the first time last night. I was really scared after I washed it off of my face, because so many people online complained about the excessive drying effect caused by BP. However, my face did not get burned. It was a bit dry, but I put on a moisturizing mask and everything was alright. I just used it to wash my face again. Accordingly to most people who gave positive comments about the product, it took about two weeks for them to see the change. I will continue to use BP along with Mononessa. I think I will hold onto the treatment for two weeks and just use the face wash and see how it goes. If the face wash alone can help me, I will stick to it. If this does not work well for me, I will start the regimen immediately. I am just glad that so many people have tried BP and given so many positive reviews - this really boosted my hope. 

    I have very light skin tone - even for an Asian girl. The downside is that any blemish on my face would look extremely obvious. However, thinking about the bright side, I know that my skin will look gorgeous once my horrible hormonal acne clears up. A month ago I thought that I would never be able to have beautiful skin again this life. However, right now I do believe that if start killing the bacteria under my skin and controlling my hormones, there is still a chance for me to feel beautiful again. 

    Anyway, I will keep trying. Will certainly keep updating my blog. If you are reading this and with acne, here's a virtual hug for you. Let's fight together. 

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    I'm breaking out all of a sudden - I currently have two cysts on my left cheek, one on my right cheek and the one on my chin is still there. I realized, almost too late, that I've been using dirty brushes (I haven't washed them in more than two months!) for my blush and bronzer! I think I'm going to not use them for a while just to give my skin some semblance of rest. I'd rather have clear skin than look okay-ish with make up.

  7. My skin currently is still pretty stable. I haven't been obsessed too much with my skin, meaning I don't have whole lot of bad acne going on that depressed me. Just want to make a note that I am searching for good sunscreen.  Now I am testing out Heliocare XF gel cream spf 50. It's the most transparent sunscreen I have ever used. There is no white cast at all that would make my eyebrows look white. And this one doesn't sting my eyes. Even though it's very sticky after application but it's light feeling, not oily and filmy. I definitely need a good powder after foundation or otherwise my eyeliner will transfer due to hooded lids. I was using Mac blotting powder but I found out it's not helping me at all. At beginning I thought it's the sunscreen being too sticky. Then I used bare minerals mineral veil, it completely changed my life. It really helped keeping my face matte. My eyeliner lasted whole day and did not budge. Then I looked for pressed powder to touch up on the go, I found Rimmel stay matte powder. It performed really well on my oily skin with sticky sunscreen as well. 

    Skin current status 
    No active acne
    Foundation easily evens out my skin (I was using estee Lauder double wear light. I almost finished it and am currently testing out Armani lasting silk)

    Heliocare XF spf 50
    Apply safflower oil to my body to wait for sunscreen dry down 
    Foundation (was using estee Lauder double wear light. Am using/testing Armani lasting silk)
    Concealer (under eye Maybelline face Laura Mercier)
    Powder (bare minerals mineral veil, Rimmel stay matte, am testing kryolan anti shine)

    Safflower oil
    Tissue off
    Clinique toner 2
    Tretinoin 0.025 (if peeling too bad I will skip)

    Fish oil

  8. Hey guys! Figured you all deserved an update.

    So I go back to the hospital on the 31st of this month to get my blood levels checked again (they do it every 8 weeks here) I'm hoping to ask to get bumped upto 60mg.

    side effects: okay so obviously this month I got bumped upto 50mg, and I will say that I have noticed a difference in terms of dryness. My lips are seriously dry and peel a ton, I wake up often having bit my lips during the night and they are bloody.

    My face is MUCH more dry this month, more so that I need to moisturise through the day sometimes. 

    I have noticed I am getting cuts from the slightest things like for example if I scratch my face or bang into something. My body is much more itchy this month, everywhere, and I find I have scratch marks from where I have scratched. 

    Definitely been an increase in joint pain this month, my back feels rather stiff amf generally just sore.. it isnt debilitating though and I am still working out twice a week with regular 5 to 8 mile walks per day. 

    Ive noticed a huge change in how thirsty I am... I am so bloody thirsty it is unreal! 

    I am actually feeling pretty lethargic tbh, moreso than last month anyway.. I find myself not feeling bothered to do anything, mentally I am still rather impulsive and apathetic. 

    skin update: things are good, really good. I still have some comedones and larger papules around my jaw area and perhaps 6 LITTLE comedones on my right cheek along with 1 papule and maybe 10 to 15 little comedones on my left! I started accutane with about easily 40 to 50 on each side of my face.

    I have 2 spots on my forehead and slight texture issues which I know will resolve.. its clear for the most part though. 

    I have NO spots or comedones on my chin at all or on my chest and back :D 

  9. 20 weeks on Accutane today.

    • Acne Update - CLEAR. CLEAR. CLEAR. Been clear for the last 4 weeks!
    • Dryness - Usual dryness. Fellow accutaners - water is key! The more water you drink the less severe the side effects. I say that yet have been slacking myself lol...
    • Lips - Nothing our of the norm..
    • Toilet Problem - On and off... WATER IS KEY
    • Aches and Pains - Back aches here and there - WATER IS KEY
    • Tiredness - Much better now.

    Had my appointment 4 weeks ago and my cholesterol was slightly higher than the previous reading so I have prescribed some statins. Apart from that, my dermatologist was very happy with my progress and my appointment next week may potentially mark the end of my ACCUTANE JOURNEY ^_^

    Will update in a weeks time!
  10. Heyyy!
    Just another long overdue update from me. Id love to update more but half the time there's nothing to report and sometimes I feel when I use this website *too* much I become obsessed with my skin and I am trying to break that habit.
    Basically been 14 months since I started my last ditch effort - Differin. 
    I have made the decision to start cutting down on how much I use now. I never, ever used a 'pea sized' amount (bad - I know!) and recently I used a full 45mg tube in less than a month... Which is bloody ridiculous considering I am as clear as I feel is possible. So I think I am a wee bit dependant on it. Tonight marks my first night of cutting down. I used a pea and a half worth on my face and I am nervous as hell. Surely it won't break me out using less than I am now accustomed too?!
    Attached a couple of pics to show where I am at now. Had my first proper pimple in over a year a few weeks ago and as you can see the pigmentation is still there - yikes! I am also hoping the smaller dosage of Differin will decrease my tomato face!!!!



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    Well, I certainly dropped the ball on updating this thing. I don't have internet in my apartment, which is really nice (it's like vintage living!), but also means I have, well, less access to the internet.

    Anyway, on to skin matters:

    Face: Those blackheads on the bottom right side of my chin are purging. They aren't cysts, which is a thankful change of pace; they're basically just white dots which, while I'm tempted to pop them, NEVER WORKS. I keep having to learn this lesson... whenever I pop pimples, it rarely to never gets the clog of sebum out and I usually end up irritating it, and regretting my decision to pick immediately afterward. The blackheads by my temples turned into similar zits, only slightly bigger but with a shorter life span. I have an annoying lip zit, but those tends to go away soon and are at least masked by the redness of my lips themselves.  I still have a lingering cyst smack dab in the middle of my left cheek, which is taking its sweet time to heal (it's been there since the end of August!), but is slowly but surely reducing in circumference and diameter every day. This is the third cyst like this on my face, where they're shrinking into red marks rather than flattening out completely first. It's new, but honestly, the red mark that remains is far smaller than having the cysts flatten out and leave archaeological evidence of their biggest diameter as a red mark. Does anyone out there know what I mean?

    Other than that, my complexion is looking pretty good. The sections that are clear (the rest of my cheeks, my entire right cheek, most of my forehead, most of my jawlines) are gorgeous, glowing, and dewy. The remaining areas to be purged are the no-man's-land blackheads on the left side, and a few more blackheads scattered about both jawlines and my left cheek. Interestingly (and thankfully!), my blackheads are doing this amazing thing where they FALL OUT without turning into pimples. It's amazing, and I hope they continue to do that!

    Back: Totally clear, using no products. Yay! I think my bacne is gone for good. Maybe it is a psychosomatic thing? 

    Chest: Sigh. Progress on the dreaded folliculitis is slow, but steady. The right side has no more inflamed papules, and while the blackhead-esque bumps are also starting to go away, traces of them remain and I swear they flare up sometimes. I'm still trying to figure out when, but it seems to be when I'm dehydrated, when I eat sugar, and... not sure when else. I'll keep you updated. The right side is still purging, but I have no idea what to do about folliculitis. When it was at its worst back in 2010, I went on antibiotics which cleared it up, along with most  of my bacne, which at the time was  severe: at least 60 huge, hard, inflamed cysts all over my back and shoulder blades. Sigh... those were hard days, but I'm thankful to have gotten through it. 

    THAT SAID: I swear, maintaining clear skin is much easier than clearing up skin. AHA worked wonders on my body, even in lieu of BP. Maybe I'll get some and keep working with it... it also helped with the dreaded flakes on my face, especially in no-man's-land.

    THAT THAT SAID: The flakes in that area were dreadful, but are largely under control so long as I use jojoba oil there before applying BP. Yes, I switched back to jojoba and it moisturizes much better than safflower oil. Safflower oil is light, and it has a beautiful texture that I think would work better for my skin once it's clear and I don't need to treat so aggressively with BP; in the meantime, I'll keep using jojoba. On that note, I have continued to use a reduced amount of BP (about a pea size all over my face), and it seems to be working just fine. In fact, the places where I use it most (chin, no man's land, chest) seem to have the hardest time with acne. Food for thought... 

    Oh, with regard to food, I do definitely notice a correlation with sugar an acne. My skin in general just looks worse when I eat too much sugar, which happens when my sister makes delicious cookies ro when I can't say no to ice cream at night... sigh. I'll keep trackign this! Maybe I'll keep a food log, or just write in here more regularly, because it keeps me on track and helps with the emotional side of acne. 

    To close, I will say that having clear goals when it comes to healing acne is important; it's what kept me on track last time, and this time around I've just been lalzy and haven't dedicated as much mental space to it as I was able to before (damn you, dissertation!). My first goal has thus been decided: CLEAR SKIN ON FACE AND BODY BY NOVEMBER 1ST. This means no new acne or signs of new acne; red marks are fine. OK, I'm off. Will report back soon!

  12. My diet has been all over the place and it shows on my skin. It's probably the worst my skin has been in a while. My poor body is sick of all the back and forth with diet. When I am eating clean it shows up on my skin in the best way possible. Too much sugar and grains and crappy oils and it goes downhill pretty fast. I really need to get a grip on being more consistent rather than all or nothing. 

    I'm hoping to adopt a less restrictive approach to paleo based eating so that I can keep up with it better (rather than giving up and then going back to it). 

    I am still doing retin a micro .1% but only  once a week since it is summer (retin a makes your skin more sensitive to the sun so even though I wear sunscreen and hats I still get accidental exposure now and then so I don't want my skin to be too tender). I'll try to do twice a week once fall / winter sets in. 

    My plan for now is to base as much of my diet as possible on fruits and veggies, lean fish and meats, chia seeds, eggs, sweet potatoes, and some grains here and there (preferably sprouted and organic). I want to eat healthy and feed my skin the right nutrients but in a way that is possible for a lifetime.... not something that is so strict that I can only do it for a month until I quit and binge on snickers  >_<>_<:smileys_n_people_20:

    Anyways, I've obviously re-thinking a lot in terms of my diet and how I plan to continue and I feel like I'm really figuring out the direction I need to go. I am going to start changing some things up and documenting the changes and progress in my skin (and how I feel as well). Hopefully I will be able to inspire others to get healthy and also improve the health of their skin. 

    Hopefully soon I'll have a new video update but for now this is the most recent:

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    after returning from 18 months of traveling, my skin took a beating. acne progressively started to get worse while i was away. but it was barable as i spent little time looking in mirrors and was outside in the sun which helped keep it at bay.
    ive always battled with acne from the age of 13, to which i was put on dianette for 7 years ( all this time having perfectly clear skin, forgetting that i ever even had it) to stopping taking contraceptive all together at 21 years old.
    switching to topical antibiotic solutions, and tablets so it never really allowed it to become too out of hand.

    today im 27, and i havnt been on the contraceptive pill for 6 years, ive recently been diagnosed with Endometriosis and have had ovarian cysts removed, 
     6 months ago i started using a specialised product called gernetic, it helped for sure starting with around 30 cysts on chin and neck ( my back still is covered)
    to having maybe only 3/4 active cysts on my face..... but i get SUCH bad comodones, and if i get the slight urge to squeeze them, no doubt it will turn into another great big cyst so i had to get my squeezing under control.

    when i was younger i would be super embarrassed, not leave the house. but now i try everything to avoid making it wose o make up where possible, drinking 3 liters of water a day i eat especially well. no Milk ( pumped with extra hormones) 

    regardless of doing everything you can , it still gets you down. (im a half glas full kinda girl, so i only let it get me down on my own)

    ive tried the lot, 3 different pills, topical ,oral antibiotics, new skin care regimes, specialized diets.

    so now.. ive given in and im back on Dianette.

    so far...
    week 1 - no improvement - face, hundreds of comodones forhead neck and chin - about 6 large cysts on upper back.

    week 2 - about 16 cysts on neck/ chin - definately looking alot worse, back has improved only have a couple of active cysts.comodone seem to have calmed down slightly, might be due to having the giant cysts drawing attention away from them. im hoping this is just the worse before it gets better stage. and once its cleared i can move onto yasmin and im not keep on the health risks of dianette, but im gonna power thorugh for now. im using clindamicin along side the dianette, as this has helped previously. its not made any change as of yet.

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    26 year old female currently managing adult onset moderate acne of 1 year. I had clear skin prior to march of 2015. From there, my acne became persistent first on my chin, then to my cheeks and lastly my forehead. Currently, i have mostly closed comedones and some pigmented papules mostly on my forehead and few on my cheeks.

    My current situation stems from frequent pricking, face washing (which leads to rebound oil production), and use of cosmetics. I vow to stop all these bad habits once and for all.

    Week 1 update:

    Current regimen:
    1. Adapalene (differin) 0.1 % once a day before bedtime
    2. Cetaphil face wash am and pm
    3. Clindamycin (Dalacin C) + eskinol  toner 
    4. Lifestyle changes: hydration, diet, exercise
    5. Hands off my face 

    This blog consists of weekly update regarding my skin progress.


  13. One of those things that are rarely put in the same context is acne and wrinkles. In the majority of cases, acne start to emerge at the beginning of teenage days and usually leave us as we enter our twenties. However, it does happen that people start having acne issues once they begin their adult life, as well as later on. Naturally, all of them are surprised by this occurrence and puzzled by it not knowing what to do. If you’re one of those people, do not despair. Here is how to fight adult acne.


    What causes adult acne?

    One of the most important preconditions for fighting adult acnes is to find out what caused them in the first place. Variousresearch showed that, in the vast majority of cases, women are those that experience adult acne problems. The main reasonforthis is fluctuating hormone levels. It’s closely followed by stress (which is another trigger of changes in hormone levels) and genetics. Those whohave a family history of acne problems are more prone to eventually experiencingthem. Knowing the cause significantly aids infighting the consequences.


    Stress relief

    Stress can havea tremendous negative effect on the body and mind alike.It often triggers a hormonal imbalance for people, especially women, who have never experienced it before.This results in a causal connection that is often hard to resolve. Still, it’s manageable, as long as a person is persistent and has a strong will and desire to do so. Regular exercise, spending as much as possible time outside, quality sleep and a balanced diet are the key to success. Given the fact that we’re exposed to stress on a daily basis, expecting it to go away overnight would be futile. It will take time but the result will be clearly visible.



    Daily skin care

    Although some dermatologists may argue that skin hygiene has littleto do with acne, the results of improved and constant skin care will be promptly noticeable. Follow these guidelines: Don’t wash your face more than two times a day, use a gentle cleanser combined with warm or cool water and using your hands or a gentle washcloth for about 30 seconds per wash. Finally, do not rub your skin to dry it,pat it instead.



    Adult acne cosmetic treatment products

    With a skin thoroughly and regularly cleaned, thefoundation for the maximum positive effects of adult acne cosmetic treatment products is perfectly laid. There’s a great diversity of products for adult acne available. Retinoid creams, sulfur based products and clay masks are just some of the most effective ones. Consulting your dermatologist before choosing a particular one or make a change is very important since not all of the products are universally applicable. For example, Benzoyl peroxide based products tend to dry out the skin and should be used only occasionally. 


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    As it can be concluded from the paragraphs above, putting hormones under control is one of the most effective ways of fighting acne. Birth control pills proved to be very successful, just as some antibiotics are. Aldactone, primarily used for high blood pressure treatment is another efficient remedy. However, if your dermatologist prescribes it, you will need to be patient in order to notice the first results. It usually takes up around three months for Aldactone to kick in.



    If you’re one of those adults that experience acne problems, don’t despair. As you can see, there’s a number of ways to fight it. Be patient, always consult your dermatologist about all the steps you take and you will eventually put the issue under control.


  14. Sept 17th

    Day 190?

    I wanted to make a post today, to give people inspiration and insight into Accutane journey.  I will try my best to do a few post Accutane entries as well

    Took my last pill today….6 months flew by

     I am pleased to say I am nearly 100% clear  (only very very small pimple here and there, need be inches away from mirror to see). My acne really vanished by 2nd and half month on the medication. Today I am just left with some minor PIH and  slight uneven tone

    Never experienced an IB and side effects have been super manageable

    Side Effects: chapped lips, small dry skin patch under nose, sleep more than  usual (roughly 8 – 10 hours a night), facial redness/flushing, photosensitivity, unable to get tan (face way whiter than my body), nose bleed

    Facial Redness: my face will get really flushed and red after I exercise and especially if I am in the sun. I hope it wears off soon, I am looking to lose my photosensitivity so I can get tan again. Right now I am very white, unusual for me as I am a surfer in live in Southern California. I am going to ask the doctor if it could be rosacea, hoping its not.

    All in all, I would take Accutane again. I have regained most of my teenage confidence and feel like the person I used to.   My friendships and relationship have gotten much stronger in last few months since I have come back to myself. I really have struggled with my acne for the last year, and felt like I have lost precious time in my young life. At points in the last year I was to embarrassed to play sports with my roommates during daytime and feared surfing (something I Love) because I thought it would cause a breakout. That being said, I  have learned to be more compassionate, and grateful for the small things in life (a clear face for one!).  In the end, acne has taught me a lot about myself and though it was a shitty phase in my life, it has made me a stronger person.


    Short Anecdote about self-confidence and acne:

    Around my 4th month on accutane I was in Australia doing a research program. At that point I wasn’t getting acne but I still felt like my skin was really blotchy and unattractive.  Anyway I sacked up and hit on this absolute babe.  We talked for a while and meet up later, where things progressed. 


    My point is, we all judge our skin harder than others and pick out flaws no one else would see or care about.  Even when I thought my skin was still shitty, I was seen as attractive to a girl who was for sure a 9 or 10.  Hope that shows everyone not be so critical and self conscious about their skin.  Get out there and be yourself, good things are bound to happen; but only if you make an effort.


    Another thought:

    Something to keep in mind!   Lot of people have taken Accutane. One of my roomates had taken it, and I would have never expected it!  His skin is absolutely flawless. Just because your skin is “bad” right now,  doesn’t mean it cant/won’t look flawless soon enough!


    1st month- 40mg



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    This is my first blog post, how exciting. I wish it was on something more exciting than my dreadful skin.

    To introduce myself my name is Morgan and I just turned the big 20 years old, I am here - like most, because I am unhappy with the current condition of my skin. I know that there are other people out there that have far worse skin than me and that my acne is on the more mild side, but that doesn't mean that I'm not allowed to feel like shit, because that's exactly how I feel. I want to be confident and feel comfortable leaving my house without makeup. 

    Here's to new things. 



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  16. Okay so today is day 17 of Roaccutane and still 0 side effects?! I know I am only on 20mg which is the lowest dose but I was seriously expecting at least some dry lips and skin but absolutely NOTHING!! 

    My skin is looking really good at the moment I don't have any active spots and the ones I have had have gone/dried up really really quickly. 
    I can't really complain because my skin is looking good however my dermatologist said dryness is a sign that the roaccutane is doing its job and I have none of it?!

    To be honest I am looking forward to starting next month on 40mg to see if I notice any changes!!
  17. Ive had this cystic pimple on my nose for about 9 days and im about to move into my college dorm.  I dont want everyone to see my nose so I went to get a cortisone shot.  I seen a lot of people say it was painless. However mine was very painful. Also we I got home it tripled in size.  As of right now it shrunk a little but still bigger than before. Is this normal? Any advice or intel would help.  Please give dead honest responses. Thanks 

  18. So, I've finally hit the 1 week mark for the regimen! I swear time goes by so slow while being on this lol
    Well, I didn't notice much change from yesterday obviously since it's been a day from my last update.
    My scars are lightening, but still very much there.
    I learned today that I used the benzoyl peroxide completely wrong for my first week. The directions online say to apply once a day for the first week, but I've been doing twice a day... whoops.  But, I do think that would explain why my face was swelling up so much the first 3 days or so. But I may just change up the dosages that I use at night, and in the morning. I'll probably go heavier at night, and lighter in the morning! 
    I've been able to wear makeup still, and yes my skin is pretty flaky but just mainly around my chin area. I haven't put any BP on my nose or forehead because I don't ever break out in these places, but I think I might just start doing it anyways to help even out my skin tone more... If anyone else has a similar experience with that please comment! 


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    Generally, no. The primary trigger of most cases of acne is the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

    That happens at times of major hormonal change, such as during the menstrual cycle, and during the teen years, no matter what you eat. So despite what your grandmother told you, eating too many potato chips won’t make you break out in pimples.

    But there some evidence that certain diets may have an effect on acne, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Studies, such as one published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, have suggested that high consumption of dairy products raises the risk of getting acne because of the hormones in milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, subsequent studies have not supported the theory.

    Still other studies of acne's relationship to nutrition have shown that a diet with a high glycemic index, such as white breads, waffles, and other carbs, worsens acne.

  19. hello!

    Been kind of busy (and lazy) for the past 3 weeks. very late update, but very happy to say that from that horrible breakout all over my face, all I'm left now is scarring! (not sure if I really should be so happy abt that. haha) I'm still having pimple/acne here and there, and they are hormonal ones (along my jaw, sides of my face or chin). they are pretty much normal to me though. As of now, i have like 2-3 active acne in my chin and jaw, then 1 near my lips (sucks!)

    During Week 3, i have introduced new supplement to my regimen. I started taking 50mg of Zinc Gluconate every night. Zinc is anti inflammatory and also know to fasten the healing phase. Best form of Zinc to take in terms of absorption is zinc picolinate, but I just saw gluconate, so i took it. It was working wonders as well anyhow! it made my active zits to swell less and healing phase was faster as well. It comes to head faster and after popping, it heals faster than usual.

    During Week 4, i have tweaked my regimen a little. i don't use the topical erythromycin and  ketoconazole cream anymore. I ran out of them and decided to not repurchase. I also changed my toner and did not repurchase the fade out solution. i am noticing that those are making my skin really thin. My face really hurts during the facial-anti acne sessions in derma. I also added new topical cream now, which is working wonders! :D to put details on it, this is my current regimen: 
     old regimen -->
    1-Wash my face with Lactacyd Baby wash in Blue
    2-Tone with Nivea Whitening toner (I find this very gentle, and not thinning the skin)
    3-Apply Clindamycin solution
    5-A layer of concealer/foundation to color correct my skin

    1-Wash my face with Lactacyd Baby wash in Blue --> i use spin brush EVERY OTHER NIGHT ONLY now. 
    2-Use same Nivea toner
    3-Apply Clindamycin Solution
    4-Apply derma prescribled moisturizer 
    5-apply my new HOLY GRAIL product! Katialis  --> more info below. but basically, this has sulfur as main ingredient.

    So, up to this week (Week 5) i have been using katialis religously every night. this is just a spot treatment. it has the ff ingredients:

    1-precipitated Sulfur
    2-Zinc Oxide
    4-Salicylic Acid

    Try to google to know more abt the ingredients listed above. They are all good for acne prone skin (though zinc oxide MAY clog pores) As for my experience, it dries out the spot faster and thus help to get the puss and heal faster. IT IS VERY DRYING though. so just use it as spot treatment. It will also help to lessen the scarring as it makes the skin turn over faster. As of now, I'm really happy on how my skin has recovered. its been flaky but i can work on that. I am also trying to fix my diet and eating more healthy food. I am avoiding dairy and gluten which seems to help as well.  Hope this update helps! Thanks!

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    Hey guys so I've done one month of accutane now and I went back and got my dosage upped. So I started at 20mg twice a day for a month, now I'm at 30mg twice a day for a month and next month I will be going up in dosage again. Things have stayed the same as far as chapped lips, peeling face, etc. I've noticed that the drug is now attacking my back also so I have been breaking out on my shoulders and back but that's always the first step. I was looking at my face closely the other day and noticed that all of the blackheads that used to be in my chin and all around my mouth are completely gone. The millions of black heads on my nose have dried out so I just have to squeeze my nose and they come right out. No more dandruff. My doctor actually told me that I've had the least side effects of anyone he's ever seen. He said most have chapping of the anus and their lips look way worse, etc. but I guess I have super mild symptoms. I've included an updated picture of me and a picture of my Chapstick, I can't tell you how good this stuff works. You can get it at target! I'll update you guys again next week!