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About HarleyZ

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  • Location NY, USA
  • Interests '80s rock n' roll, books, movies by Quentin Tarantino, nice food, chemistry (seriously I'm a chemist), having clear skin one day


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  1. Accutane - 4th month

    I cannot be happier with my skin right now. I just started my 4th month. My entire face is smooth and soft, and I no longer have to get up an hour in advance to pile on make-up anymore. Every morning I put on sunscreen and use a little bit of concealer to cover up redness , and I'm ready to go! My face doesn't get oily at all, and unlike so many people who are on accutane, I do not have dry skin problem. Cetaphil is a great moisturizer - it literally saves my life. I will continue to be on Accutane for three more months. I'm half way through the treatment, and I am already very satisfies with the results. However, in order to reduce the possibility of acne coming back in the future, I will have to power through the next three months. Now I when I look into the mirror I see the woman I truly am. This was my dream three months ago, and it came true. I am happy.
  2. 2nd month with accutane - DONE!

    yes. i never got any gum bleed when i was on 40mg/day. also, my hair totally dried out after i switched to 60, which is not a bad thing because i love not having to wash my hair with shampoo every single day.
  3. Reading this reminded me of myself. I can totally relate to how you feel. I documented my journey of finding a cure for my acne on this website, and the frustration that reeked through each post was not comparable to the actual despair that tormented me during those days. Birth control worked, then stopped working. Benzoyl peroxide started working, and I developed severe allergy to it. Antibiotics gave me bloody stool. Chinese herbal medicine made my entire face break out into a totally mess and it only got worse overtime. I suffered for an entire year before I finally found a dermatologist. After doing extensive research online I made up my mind to go on accutane. I went to the dermatologist and told her to put me on accutane. She looked at my horrible acne and said, okay. It's the beginning of my 3rd month. I only have one tiny whitehead now. Before I could not even count how many zits I had on my face. They were all connected, and beneath my skin. I can finally look people in their eyes when I talk. Sweet I know exactly how you feel, and I appreciate every second when I feel the way I do now. Talk to your family. Talk to a doctor. If you are really out of options, maybe accutane could save you, as it did for me.
  4. This past month literally flew by. It was insane. I'm graduating from college in ten days, and - I can't believe I'm saying this - I have perfectly smooth, acne-free skin now. I cannot believe it. This is too good to be true. Today I had to film a video with a bunch of friends for a class, and I was scared to death when sitting in front of the camera in a so well-lit room. I thought my skin would look horrible, but it didn't. My skin glowed in the video. I am so happy. I defended my thesis last week. Standing in front of all the people from our department, I was fearless. I knew I was beautiful, and after I was done, so many people, including professors, came to me and said, that was a fabulous defense. Side effects really haven't gone too bad. I was on 40mg/day for a month, and 60mg/day for a month. In the second month I started getting gum bleed everyday when I brushed my teeth. There's was not too much blood at all, and I know that this is normal, because accutane is known to cause inflammation. My lips are chapped, but not too severely. Other than those, I do not have any negative side effects at all. I am so happy with the drug, and I'm getting my 3rd month refill (60mg/day) tomorrow. If you're reading this, I assume that you're either on accutane, or considering going on accutane. This drug literally worked wonders for me, and I 100% recommend it. However, do check with your doctor, and be serious about it, because this is a really harsh drug. Everyone reacts to it differently, and I'm just lucky to have a body that could handle it with ease.
  5. @Mia897 I used to get acne everywhere. On my forehead, on my cheeks, along my jawline, on my chin - you name it. Miraculously my face is not over-dried at all, at least for now. My skin just feels normal now - it was way too oily before. I use cetaphil day and night, and my skin feels amazing. However, my lips are constantly chapped, which can be easily fixed by slathering on aquaphor. The only side effect for me is the chapped lips, and it does not bother me much at all, because my acne used to be so horrible. Give it accutane a try if you think your body can handle it. It has been working wonders for me.
  6. hey honey i can totally relate. this was me last year. i tried different birth controls and diets and numerous topicals but nothing worked at all. two months ago i made up me mind to take accutane. i had waited for so long because i was scared to death by those side effects that people talked about on online forums. however, it was the best decision. i regret that i did not start earlier and i missed so much in my college life. talk to a dermatologist and see if your body could handle accutane. it is a miracle.
  7. Accutane 1 Month

    @cakeycheeks23 I have pathological depression, but it started a year before I even considered taking accutane. I don't think the drug has worsened it in any way, because I actually feel much more confident now. Although I've only been on it for 40 days, I am completely acne-free now. I had really severe acne two months ago - I'm talking about at least 20 pimples along my jawline and on my cheeks. My face would hurt whenever I talked. Now I'm just generally mildly depressed. I would totally recommend this drug if you've tried other prescription drugs with no avail. It is life-changing for me.