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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:35 AM

Betsy: Thanks! I know, me either! Haha im surprised the time is goin by a little faster than i thought it would. Hmm well i only have one box left of pills, but i havent used em yet, just finished my other prescription up. Theyre 30 days worth and he has like 46 days left so yes I guess i will be all done! Haha sorry, i was kinda figuring it all out in my head and typing it out at the same time:b Thats really exctiting though cuz last time he saw me i didnt have clear skin, so Im gonna feel so much more confident now when i see him :) haha itll be a nice surprise for him to see im sure too. Not that he ever cared how i looked though ha but you know what i mean. Yeah he says my letters are his favorite and the nights he gets a letter from me is when he goes to bed with a smile on his face:P Thinking of seeing me is what helps him keeping going he said:p hehe but yeah its extrememly hard for everyone, but hes doing great! Hes been winning all kinds of competitions and even gets a phone call home as a reward! Ha not exactly sure yet who he'll call between me and his parents though so we'll see. Id like die to hear from him though on the phone haha. Yeah exactly! In some lighting i feel soo self concious, its annoying :/ Hopefully soon these marks will be gone for us though so we can finally be totaly satisfied with our skin! Haha

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:47 AM

Here are some pictures for you all to see! Sorry they're gigantic.. haha I'm not really good with this technical stuff and this was the best that I could get them. But look, NO MORE ZITS. Just red marks that need to gooo away!

The ones on the left are all when I started Accutane, like in the very beginning. Then the ones on the right are from today.





Then here are more from today I just wanted to put up to show the improvement. I have NO active zits right now. All the stuff you see is just red marks that hopefully will fade soon.



I'm so happy for you! Your skin is looking amazing! :D

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:56 PM

Betsy: Thanks! I know, me either! Haha im surprised the time is goin by a little faster than i thought it would. Hmm well i only have one box left of pills, but i havent used em yet, just finished my other prescription up. Theyre 30 days worth and he has like 46 days left so yes I guess i will be all done! Haha sorry, i was kinda figuring it all out in my head and typing it out at the same time:b Thats really exctiting though cuz last time he saw me i didnt have clear skin, so Im gonna feel so much more confident now when i see him Posted Image haha itll be a nice surprise for him to see im sure too. Not that he ever cared how i looked though ha but you know what i mean. Yeah he says my letters are his favorite and the nights he gets a letter from me is when he goes to bed with a smile on his face:P Thinking of seeing me is what helps him keeping going he said:p hehe but yeah its extrememly hard for everyone, but hes doing great! Hes been winning all kinds of competitions and even gets a phone call home as a reward! Ha not exactly sure yet who he'll call between me and his parents though so we'll see. Id like die to hear from him though on the phone haha. Yeah exactly! In some lighting i feel soo self concious, its annoying :/ Hopefully soon these marks will be gone for us though so we can finally be totaly satisfied with our skin! Haha


That is so exciting he will be done in 46 days!! Then he comes home or what is next? You two seem very close! It is sweet! I am sure hearing his voice would make your day and hearing yours would make his. A little over a month and he will be back! Yay so exciting!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

did yoo pop your zits whilst on accutane?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:01 PM

Just started and so far so good. I think I will start my own accutane forum on here Posted Image I feel so gross when I got out in the heat. It's so bad haha

This is part of my acne story: http://www.acne.org/...to-do-pictures/


Well that's good. Things still goin all good now you've been taking it longer? Yeah that'd be good, it helped me to talk about it an everything and get help from others on this stuff. Ugh me too, I can't WAIT for summer to be over. Even though our winters aren't even that cold.. haha but oh well better than this heat! And I looked at the link, I don't want to offend you or anything by saying like you're acne isnt bad or anything, but it really doesnt like nothing too horrible to me at all, so just don't feel too totally down about your skin Posted Image

did yoo pop your zits whilst on accutane?


Well, it depended on the zit.. If there was nothing to really get rid of on it or it didn't have like a nasty head then no. But those huge honkers that looked bad I just had to. I don't care what anyone tells me, I can't go out into public with a that thing protuding out my face hahah. But pleaseee do not pick at your face if you dont desperately need to, just dont. I was horrible at picking at my skin and trying to get rid of every little thing and now I am left with tons or awful red marks and scarring. So take it with someone whos experienced it first hand. I still am on Accutane though, and there is now nothing much I can even really pick at lately.

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 27 August 2012 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

Hi!!!

Just reading through your log and looked at your comparison photos. Holy guacamole does your skin look amazing now!!!! I'm really impressed by your progress. You should feel really proud and hopeful.

Since I'm also a skincare junkie, can I ask what your accutane regimen has been (face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen)?

Gracias,
Gina :)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

Yeah, things are going good. Ive been taking it for about 2 weeks now. My derm started me on 20 mg for the first month, so I'm not really experencing anthing different... yet. Just have had mildly dry lips, extreme exhaustion, slight abdominal pain that comes and goes (Hopefully I shouldn't be too worried) and have woken up in the middle of the night a few times sweating. idk why..? maybe my anxiety? Anyways, that's where I'm at. Going to get my blood drawn in the next few days so I can get my next script soon. And the pictures I provided on that link weren't that great. I posted a recent one on my profile gallery. Check that out and let me know how bad it is... Since it's my skin and i see it everyday I don't really know how severe it is.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:11 PM


Just started and so far so good. I think I will start my own accutane forum on here Posted Image I feel so gross when I got out in the heat. It's so bad haha

This is part of my acne story: http://www.acne.org/...to-do-pictures/


Well that's good. Things still goin all good now you've been taking it longer? Yeah that'd be good, it helped me to talk about it an everything and get help from others on this stuff. Ugh me too, I can't WAIT for summer to be over. Even though our winters aren't even that cold.. haha but oh well better than this heat! And I looked at the link, I don't want to offend you or anything by saying like you're acne isnt bad or anything, but it really doesnt like nothing too horrible to me at all, so just don't feel too totally down about your skin Posted Image

did yoo pop your zits whilst on accutane?


Well, it depended on the zit.. If there was nothing to really get rid of on it or it didn't have like a nasty head then no. But those huge honkers that looked bad I just had to. I don't care what anyone tells me, I can't go out into public with a that thing protuding out my face hahah. But pleaseee do not pick at your face if you dont desperately need to, just dont. I was horrible at picking at my skin and trying to get rid of every little thing and now I am left with tons or awful red marks and scarring. So take it with someone whos experienced it first hand. I still am on Accutane though, and there is now nothing much I can even really pick at lately.


indented scarring?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:42 PM


Betsy: Thanks! I know, me either! Haha im surprised the time is goin by a little faster than i thought it would. Hmm well i only have one box left of pills, but i havent used em yet, just finished my other prescription up. Theyre 30 days worth and he has like 46 days left so yes I guess i will be all done! Haha sorry, i was kinda figuring it all out in my head and typing it out at the same time:b Thats really exctiting though cuz last time he saw me i didnt have clear skin, so Im gonna feel so much more confident now when i see him Posted Image haha itll be a nice surprise for him to see im sure too. Not that he ever cared how i looked though ha but you know what i mean. Yeah he says my letters are his favorite and the nights he gets a letter from me is when he goes to bed with a smile on his face:P Thinking of seeing me is what helps him keeping going he said:p hehe but yeah its extrememly hard for everyone, but hes doing great! Hes been winning all kinds of competitions and even gets a phone call home as a reward! Ha not exactly sure yet who he'll call between me and his parents though so we'll see. Id like die to hear from him though on the phone haha. Yeah exactly! In some lighting i feel soo self concious, its annoying :/ Hopefully soon these marks will be gone for us though so we can finally be totaly satisfied with our skin! Haha


That is so exciting he will be done in 46 days!! Then he comes home or what is next? You two seem very close! It is sweet! I am sure hearing his voice would make your day and hearing yours would make his. A little over a month and he will be back! Yay so exciting!


Yeah and now its 35! Posted Image Haha, and he comes home, but only for a week.. :/ Then goes off to training and schooling, then stationed somewhere and eventually deployed... sigh:( Ha we won't be seeing eachother much at all. Yeah we're really close and hes become a part of the family and they all love him haha. Yeah definitely! But still no call :/ Not sure if it'll ever happen, but I can't lose hope just yet! Yes its very exciting! Posted Image


Here are some pictures for you all to see! Sorry they're gigantic.. haha I'm not really good with this technical stuff and this was the best that I could get them. But look, NO MORE ZITS. Just red marks that need to gooo away!

The ones on the left are all when I started Accutane, like in the very beginning. Then the ones on the right are from today.





Then here are more from today I just wanted to put up to show the improvement. I have NO active zits right now. All the stuff you see is just red marks that hopefully will fade soon.



I'm so happy for you! Your skin is looking amazing! Posted Image



Thank you!! Posted Image I haven't been on here really in the past like week or more, but last time I checked your log yours loooked great too! Posted Image Hooray for us! haha

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 29 August 2012 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:21 PM

Hi!!!

Just reading through your log and looked at your comparison photos. Holy guacamole does your skin look amazing now!!!! I'm really impressed by your progress. You should feel really proud and hopeful.

Since I'm also a skincare junkie, can I ask what your accutane regimen has been (face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen)?

Gracias,
Gina Posted Image


Haha thank you so much! I am proud. And so happy with the results :) Once these red marks go away it will look about flawless, so hopefully they will fade with time..

Well for my face I just use the oil free acne wash from Neutragena, which different dermatologists have all reccomended me to use and I find it works well for me. I've seen a lot of people use Cetaphil for their skin cleanser cuz its nice and gentle, but it would neverr get my makeup off so I can't use that. I use Cetaphil for my moisturizer though and have been for years and its still my favorite. I'm not too picky with my sunscreen since I've heard now that anything over 15 spf is just the same really.. But i have a Cetaphil sample one I've been using and also one called Cotz from the derm. thats a superr high spf and they work the same to me soo I'm not sure what the best sun screen really is haha.

Not gonna lie, I used to be SO picky with all the stuff I used for my face and used all these toners and scrubs and creams and blahhhh. My routine took SO long every morning and night. Now with Accutane I can just wash my face, moisturize, pop my little pill and done! haha soo much easier.

Sorry I didn't have anything special to share really.. now with this harsh medicine that makes your skin so sensitive I just believe usually less is more :P

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:48 AM

Just read through all of it and what a journey! I hope i have as much luck as you did and no IB like you! Today marks my 3rd day! Id say bring it but i dont want to curse my self.. Come check out my log too.

Also Taylor: hows yours going now? Working not working?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:44 PM

Just read through all of it and what a journey! I hope i have as much luck as you did and no IB like you! Today marks my 3rd day! Id say bring it but i dont want to curse my self.. Come check out my log too.

Also Taylor: hows yours going now? Working not working?


Yeah I got lucky with the no IB part! Looking back at pictures I think I had a small one, like on my chin mostly. But I'm pretty sure I mentioned that already. But NOTHING compared to many peoples' so I was thankful. I've been on SOO many medicines now for my acne that are supposed to give you a horrible initial breakout but never got one once with any of them.. so I wasn't sure how this would go, but same thing as always with no IB for the most part haha. Yay, good luck with your course!! Okay I'll have to check it out Posted Image

And I don't want to exactly just answer for her, but I will say that her skin is looking soo good! We both finally got what we wanted Posted Image

Yeah, things are going good. Ive been taking it for about 2 weeks now. My derm started me on 20 mg for the first month, so I'm not really experencing anthing different... yet. Just have had mildly dry lips, extreme exhaustion, slight abdominal pain that comes and goes (Hopefully I shouldn't be too worried) and have woken up in the middle of the night a few times sweating. idk why..? maybe my anxiety? Anyways, that's where I'm at. Going to get my blood drawn in the next few days so I can get my next script soon. And the pictures I provided on that link weren't that great. I posted a recent one on my profile gallery. Check that out and let me know how bad it is... Since it's my skin and i see it everyday I don't really know how severe it is.


Oh alright, I started on 40 and still havent changed throughout this whole course. Yeah the dry lips suck and they will only get worse:/ That was by far like the most annoying side effect for me probably, besides the back pain I had before. But that eventually went away, the chapped lips still never have. Hmm I'm not sure about the sweating, maybe you should research on that to see if its a side effect or ask your derm? Nice, you're already on to your next one almost! I swear, it goes by fast. It feels like I just started taking this stuff last week haha. I went on your log and also saw your video. I can see the acne more now and what you're talking about, but it's really not too bad, so don't beat yourself up about it at all Posted Image But no matter the amount, any acne is annoying, especially after youve been dealing with it for a long time. I am sure you will clear up very nicely, don't worry Posted Image

Edited by NeedAMiracle!, 30 August 2012 - 07:44 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:36 AM

your skin looks amazing! are you using the cetaphil cream or lotion? I start soon and need some advice Posted Image

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:52 AM

your skin looks amazing! are you using the cetaphil cream or lotion? I start soon and need some advice Posted Image


Thank you!! :) Uhmm the lotion I'm guessing, cuz it says Cetaphil "daily advanced ultra hydrating lotion" on the bottle for it haha. Good luck on your course! I hope it goes smoothly for you! Feel free to ask me any other questions you might ever have :)



Just started and so far so good. I think I will start my own accutane forum on here Posted Image I feel so gross when I got out in the heat. It's so bad haha

This is part of my acne story: http://www.acne.org/...to-do-pictures/


Well that's good. Things still goin all good now you've been taking it longer? Yeah that'd be good, it helped me to talk about it an everything and get help from others on this stuff. Ugh me too, I can't WAIT for summer to be over. Even though our winters aren't even that cold.. haha but oh well better than this heat! And I looked at the link, I don't want to offend you or anything by saying like you're acne isnt bad or anything, but it really doesnt like nothing too horrible to me at all, so just don't feel too totally down about your skin Posted Image

did yoo pop your zits whilst on accutane?


Well, it depended on the zit.. If there was nothing to really get rid of on it or it didn't have like a nasty head then no. But those huge honkers that looked bad I just had to. I don't care what anyone tells me, I can't go out into public with a that thing protuding out my face hahah. But pleaseee do not pick at your face if you dont desperately need to, just dont. I was horrible at picking at my skin and trying to get rid of every little thing and now I am left with tons or awful red marks and scarring. So take it with someone whos experienced it first hand. I still am on Accutane though, and there is now nothing much I can even really pick at lately.


indented scarring?


Well no not too much. Probably like one or two of those. But mostly lots of red marks that my derm said will fade with time. I just hope that 'time' isn't like foreverrrr..

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 05:36 PM

I'm not sure on the exact day.. but in 3 days I will have been on Accutane for 5 months!!

I got my blood work done today. Last one while being on this stuff! I think you have to go get one more done though like a month post Accutane though right? I don't remember for sure.. My last dermatologist appointment is in just a few days now. I am SO excited to get off this stuff, but really nervous. I don't know how well I would handle my acne coming back when I get off... probably go into some deep depression. Haha I'm so sick of dealing with my stupid/persistant skin! So I hope this is the cure I've been dreaming of for good.. I feel like some addict or something having to stop taking their drugs haha taking this pill everyyyday for almost half a year of my life, then not anymore in less than 2 weeks will be weird! I hope my skin continues to improve even more when I get off, or at least stay the same. FINGERS CROSSED!

So about my skin... the stupid little bumps on my forehead won''t go awaaay Posted Image They're like colorless and not like zits (which used to be all over my forehead) but just little pesky bumps I want gone.. Then I got a couple new zits on each side of my cheeks. Kinda liked having no acne at all.. but oh well. I'll take this anyday over what I had before Accutane! They're small anyways and clearing up pretty fast so no worries. Now all I really have to deal with is these red marks still. Ahhh go away marks Posted Image

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

5 months and 3 days

I don't feel like doing the math and getting the exact day number haha so theres that, but I actually think looking at it by the month number like that is better anyways and easier to see the time period.
Okay, well I had my LAST dermatologist appointment yesterday. YESSS, I was soo excited to not have to go home, fill out the online questionare whenever the nurses there put my info in, then go and dropping my presciption off, then going back and getting it within the time frame and all that annoying stuff.
He said I should be super happy with my skin and how well Accutane worked for me, and I am! I am soo thankful for this stuff! Now when these red marks go away I will be 100% pleased, but who knows how long that will take...

Anyways though, I just stopped by to tell you all I had my last appointment and everything went well, and my bloodwork came out good, as it usually does. I do actually have another appointment there to go to, but thats in 3 months to just check on everything post-Accutane. Hopefully at that appointment it will still look just as good or even better! I have one more bloodwork to do though at the end of this month though cuz it will still be in my system for a while, but then Im all done with those too! Hope everyone is doing well! Posted Image

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:33 PM

SO. Dissapointed. I don't even know what to say. Like two weeks after I stopped Accutane the acne just started slowly coming back and now Ive been off it a little over a month and things just aren't good. I have little zits and bumps all over my face once again. This is definitely not what I thought would happen after being on this pain in the ass drug for almost half a year of my life. So down, all I want to do is cry. After looking at all the others girls blogs who are done now and their faces are still fine.. I am so jealous and be thankful you got your clear skin finally.. Ugh I was so dumb thinking something would actually work for my face.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:15 PM

SO. Dissapointed. I don't even know what to say. Like two weeks after I stopped Accutane the acne just started slowly coming back and now Ive been off it a little over a month and things just aren't good. I have little zits and bumps all over my face once again. This is definitely not what I thought would happen after being on this pain in the ass drug for almost half a year of my life. So down, all I want to do is cry. After looking at all the others girls blogs who are done now and their faces are still fine.. I am so jealous and be thankful you got your clear skin finally.. Ugh I was so dumb thinking something would actually work for my face.


Did you start using a topical? If I were you I would get on a retinoid like now. You need to keep those pores clean ya know. I've been off for like a week and half and am using retin a. Praying to god I stay clear. I'd call your dermatologist and say what the hell and see if there is something they recommend. I would bet they would just write you a script over the phone since you were probably just seem a few weeks ago. I'm so sorry babes, I'll tell you what my plan is if I start to break out again. First I am going to see a obgyn and getting off birth control pills and getting a copper IUD see if maybe the hormones are screwing me up. Second I'm getting food allergy tests done. Third I am trying spiro. Lots of people get clear with spiro after tane has failed. Don't think that because tane didn't work that you are screwed. There is a imbalance somewhere that is causing acne you just have to find it. Hang in there

On the bright side your bf is back from basic isn't he?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:43 AM

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry :(
That's totally not fair.
Please keep us posted after you talk to your derm, OK?
Hang in there....We are thinking of you.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:10 PM

Hi NEEDAMIRACLE,

youre so pretty!!

Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress! I hope your breakouts settle down and i'm sure they will. I've been keeping up with your stories from the tazorac to accutane and I'm sorry you're still breaking out! i'm considering accutane myself but as of now I'm still kind of concerned about long term effects of it. Anyways, I'm a guy and have cystic acne too similar to yours. right now i'm just dealing with it because i dont really want to go on accutane (i'm kinda scared it'll change me and my body if that makes sense) and i'm just using aczone and ziana. my derm put me on my doryx and tazorac but i dont really want to use those. i was on differen before she put me on taz and i broke out soooooooo bad for 12 weeks.

Anyways, you are very beautiful!!! with or without acne. keep us updated on how things go post accutane as far as side effects and your skin.