I finished my Accutane treatment about 4 months ago and know I am supposed to wait atleast 6 months before any type of skin treatment per my derm and other professionals around the web, but joining you all to look for some pointers. I am 24 years old, my skin is much improved from where it was pre-Accutane. No real issues with breakouts, but I am posting this is the general acne discussion, because I can't really get anybody to provide me with an answer. I'm hoping with all the people that visit this forum, somebody can come around and say "I know exactly what you are going through" or something similar along those lines and provide myself and others with their much appreciated feedback and information.
So when I first starting Accutane back around the start of the year, my skin was horrific to me. Breakouts everywhere, and I didn't know where to go or what to do. Failed attempts with other meds that my previous dr and derm prescribed, so luckily I was placed on this medication for 6 months. What a difference that made! I will post a full review for accutane a little later. Anyhow, this leads me to today. I'm seeing so many positive results with my Accutane treatment, but this one got me stumped. Left over redness, skin seems dull. Seems as if it won't glow no matter what treatments I could do, or products I could buy. Just seems like a car was in an accident (acne), it was salvaged (Accutane), but it never looks or feels the same before all the work was done to it to fix it. To me, or to the people looking and noticing.
My skin seems to be not hydrated although not dry (no tightness of my face), left over redness months after treatment ended, not too bad scarring. Just "dull." I was wondering if chemical peel/some form of skin procedure would help? Skin staying just like this for a long time. Not expecting any overnight miracles. Know it'll take time. Ultimate goal is to get my skin to glow, be refreshed (new) and healthy (look and feel).
Currently, I use Obagi cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. All those products feel very well to me and my skin. They better for the price anyway. I have posted 2 pics. One of each side of my face. Forehead is fine, just mainly my T zone especially the cheeks as you all can see by my pictures.
Any suggestions? I have not been back to my derm since my treatment ended after 6 months. I mentioned this at my last refill for Accutane (month 5 - refill for month 6) because my skin is stubborn lol, he just said be patient. I have been, and honestly, with all the months since treatment ended, nothing really has changed. Would like to try something because this can lead to worse and worse scarring.
PS - I know its scruffy, I'll shave tomorrow.