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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!
  2. So the lighting isn't great and the photos are blurry since they were taken on my phone so you can't really see the scarring. But what you can see is the redness. And the last two photos show my pores which are also kinda hard to see in the blurry photos. The redness is very clear in the second photo as you can compare the skin on my cheek to my shoulder and neck which are an entirely different color. Also the color of my skin closer to my ear is much less red and matches the color of my neck. I definitely have a naturally pink undertone but this is red. I took these pictures in the morning before I even washed my face. I will try to take some better pictures in the next day or so to give you guys a better idea of what my skin looks like at the moment.
  3. Sorry I haven't been better about updating this regularly! I actually finished my fourth month and am just starting week 2 of my fifth month. For month four my dermatologist upped my dosage 10 mg (from 40 mg a day to 50 mg). To be honest not much changed during month four. I still broke out, but much less and they were smaller like I said in my last update, and I didn't experience any new or unusual side effects since the last update either. I had to see a different dermatologist last week because my usual one was on vacation, and the temporary one increased my dosage to 60 mg and said that this should be my last month. I'll have to make one more appt. with my original dermatologist and she can decide if I should continue or end my course after I finish month 5. I must say I'm a bit bummed out since the last photo update. It's weird but I feel like the texture of my skin has worsened since my last photo update. I just washed my face and was looking at it in the mirror and then I logged onto this site and looked at my previous photo upload and I swear it looked better then (and that was the end of month three). This was before my dermatologists decided to increase my dosage and I was just taking 30 mg a day. I'm wondering if the higher dosage is causing this problem. I feel like my face appears redder, my marks are more prominent, the indented scars seem more prevalent, and my pores are massive. Maybe I'm just noticing these things more because my skin is no longer covered in acne, which could have distracted me from these other skin imperfections because it was much more prominent. I don't know, to be honest I'm pretty confused by this, I thought a higher dosage would improve my skin. But I also feel like I'm breaking out and my face just looks clogged and irritated. Is this common on a higher dosage? Will it eventually start improving again? I'm just concerned because I'm on my last month (or at least I hope I am), but I'm just not as clear as I think I'm supposed to be at this point. The dermatologist I saw last week asked me if I was still breaking out and when I told her yes, but they were less often and smaller, she seemed concerned and said that considering how far along I am I should not be breaking out anymore. She sorta blamed it on my other dermatologist for putting me on too low of a dosage and said she'll put me on 60 mg to make up for it. I actually didn't mind that my other dermatologist only had me on 40 mg to start, she was just very cautious and wanted to make sure my body reacted ok to the medicine before putting me on a high dosage. Also my skin was doing pretty well on 40 mg-- just saying. Haha. Glad I'll be going back to my original dermatologist next month. Just really hoping this month will be my last and I see a little more improvement because my 21st birthday is next month and I'd also really like to enjoy at least one month of my summer (where I'm not constantly avoiding the sun because of how sensitive my skin is). Okay I'm done complaining.... I will update with some photos within the next couple days so you guys can see what I'm talking about. Good thing is that no new unusual or problematic side effects have come up since my last update!
  4. Update: I am now on day FOUR of my FOURTH MONTH on Accutane (Crazy I know, can't believe its going by this fast!), and I wanted to update how everything is going, including which side effects I'm currently experiencing and which side effects have subsided since my previous updates. I believe that because my body adjusted to the medicine a lot of the symptoms disappeared. Here's a list of the side effects that subsided as the months passed: - I no longer get dry eyes, (only on occasion and I use moisturizing eye drops) - My entire body no longer gets dry and itchy (my body has been somewhat itchy recently but thats because I got sun burnt and it started to peel, etc.... I need to be better about remembering to put on sunscreen-- very important while on this stuff!) So I've been putting lotion on the areas that got burnt but no where else as no where else is dry and peeling. - I no longer have a crazy dry, itchy scalp. That only lasted maybe the first month. I used coconut oil a few times in my hair and that helped. But the dryness seemed to disappear on its own and I no longer use coconut oil in my hair and I actually never even switched shampoos. Before I started Accutane I was using this awesome oil fighting shampoo from The Body Shop (It's called Rainforest Balance Shampoo for Oily Hair in case anyone is interested, After trying many other kinds of shampoo I found it to be the best for my oily hair!) And I actually have still been using it the whole time I've been on Accutane and it hasn't posed a problem for me rather than the first few weeks my scalp was a little dry. I must say that my hair is definitely less oily on Accutane as a whole and although I shower everyday still it's more because my hair gets flat or kinky, but not because of oil. Honestly I haven't had even remotely greasy hair since I've been on Accutane, it's great! And this is coming from a girl with SUPER fine hair. - I no longer get headaches-- thats only happened the very first week and I think it was just because I was on my period. -No more back aches! - I mentioned a weird symptom early on-- itchy ears. Which only happened my second week which I think was from dry skin. - I don't feel tired, run down or sad, I actually feel more energized and happy-- I think because for once in a very long time I'm actually seeing results and my skin is getting noticeably better! - And lastly, other than the occasional zit, I'm no longer breaking out! Current symptoms: -Dry lips -Face is still flushed (I am Irish with naturally fair skin so my face has always been a little pink, but I think the Accutane makes it a little more red.) -Get sunburnt very easily -Face is a little dry but nothing that CeraVe moisturizer can't fix! That's honestly it!! I'd also like to update that my derm upped my dosage to 50 mg a day when I saw her last week! So far there have been no drastic changes, however my lips are starting to peel again like they did when I started Accutane. So I have to be more diligent about putting on aquaphor more frequently. I'd also say that my face is only the slightest bit drier and redder. It also has only been a few days that I've been taking the 50mg so I will update maybe in a week or so if there have been any drastic changes. I seem to remember my body didn't really start reacting to the 40 mg until about the second week. I will update with pictures when my skin looks noticeably different from my previous photo update! Best of luck to everyone on this site!!
  5. Unrelated to Accutane, but thought I'd share this with you guys since I thought it was pretty cool and made me smile. I was reading an article Andy Warhol wrote, "On Beauty", where he wrote: "When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don't have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes – they're not part of the good picture you want." So stay optimistic and not too focused on acne as it's temporary and doesn't define you! Any good person will see past it, and just see you for you! Also even Andy Warhol dealt with blemishes, and that sure as hell didn't hold him back, so next time you're feeling down about your skin just remind yourself Andy Warhol had acne and he's fucking awesome! The art major in me just felt like I needed to share that
  6. Hey guys so sorry I didn't respond sooner! Kay789: Really no new side effects since my last update but my dermatologist kept me on the same dosage (40 mg a day) Everyone is different however so it is hard to say what side effects you will experience, but regardless you will definitely experience dry skin (which I'm sure you can already attest to by week two) As I wrote in my last post I experienced some back pain, however that side effect seemed to have subsided within the past couple weeks. My derm decided to not up my dosage because I told her about my back pain last month, and just to be safe she said to wait it out and see if it went away on its own. And sure enough it did! So she may up my dosage (when I see her next week) now that all the unusual side effects I had in the early stages have subsided-- especially because I'd like to be off the medicine by July! To be honest the side effects as a whole didn't really bother me, the most annoying thing is the dry lips, however my skin itself is not that dry surprisingly (I only use a Cerave moisturizer once in the morning only on my face and I'm fine all day). It's also a good thing, I think, to not take it during the winter since your skin is already naturally more dry then. So thats a good choice on both our parts! When I first started in March it was still pretty cold out so my entire body was just sooo much more dry and I had to apply lotion all over every single night or else I would be very itchy the next day! You may however be experiencing more side effects than I am because you are taking a higher dosage or maybe it has a stronger effect on your body for some reason. Best of luck to you, I hope you start seeing some results soon! But definitely be patient as most people don't start seeing them until at least month 2, so hang in there, you got this!! Stephen23: Surprisingly no!! I have kept it extremely simple. I wash my face morning and night with gentle Cetaphil face wash and use Cerave moisturizer (you can find both at any drugstore and they are pretty cheap)! And that's it! I think that because accutane is a retinoid it turns over skin cells and thats what is helping fade the marks. I had talked to someone who had been on accutane and she said she used to exfoliate once a week to help prevent the excess skin from clogging her pores, but when I asked my derm about it, she said its best to be very gentle on your skin while on this stuff. And I'm glad I have been. I always found the rougher I am on my skin the redder it gets anyway, so my advice is to just let it be! P.S I repeat as I wrote in a previous post– wear sunscreen!!!!! You will thank me later haha
  7. Week 11 photo update: Definitely seeing progress! Photos taken in natural lighting