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  1. Ok I decided to upload some pictures using my camera because I found my phone didn't do a very good job at showing the scarring. All of these pictures were taken at night. I'm hoping to take some in daylight with my camera to show you guys how it looks in natural light. And they were taken after a shower so my face is a tad more flushed than normally (not very noticeably though). I actually found that the overall redness/flushed face I was complaining about in my last post seems to have settled down. As you can see in these photos my face is much less red and more of a normal skin tone. That may have also been because I took the last pictures with my iPhone– its weird I always find my phone camera can make my skin tone look redder than it is. Sorry these picture are so up close and personal, but I really wanted to do my best to show the scarring. Overall I must say I'm pretty happy with how my skin reacted to the accutane. I no longer get new pimples (or very infrequently) and they are small and easy to manage. If you look at my oldest pictures you can even see that not only have I since stopped breaking out, but the accutane actually helped with my red marks. It didn't however help with the indented scars, but it's not supposed to, so I wasn't expecting results in that aspect. I believe the accutane did exactly what I had hoped. I just hope these results last once I'm off. I really don't want to start breaking out again once I'm no longer taking it. That's my biggest concern. My skin is already quite damaged from almost a decade of dealing with pretty severe acne, I just don't think I could mentally handle it if I started to breakout that bad again after accutane. All I can do is hope for the best! I will be seeing my dermatologist next week and she will decide whether or not she wants me to stay on accutane for another month or not. Although my skin isn't perfect, I do not think another month of accutane would make much of a difference. I'm sort of at the point where I think it's finished doing what it's supposed to do (i.e. get rid of acne!). I'm hoping that after I'm off of accutane for at least a month I can do something about the scars. They're not terrible, and to be honest in a lot of lighting you can barely see them. But I find they always sneak up on me when I least expect it (like when I go to the bathroom in a restaurant that has poor lighting or a dressing room). They're just a constant reminder of what my skin used to be which often makes me upset. Having acne by no means has been an easy journey, and I don't expect that I will ever have "perfect" skin. And I'm OKAY with that. I may always have scarring and I'm predisposed to have acne (both my parents occasionally breakout to this day). I know I may never outgrow acne but I'm hoping that accutane will keep my skin manageable for years to come. If anyone has any suggestions to help with scarring, please let me know! It would be deeply appreciated. Best of luck to everyone on this site! I'll update after I see my dermatologist next week!