I agree- Megtree should do advertising for some high-end skin care line, no kidding
I'm surprised she's still lurking around here lol
Thank you! It makes me feel good to know I made someone's day! I know pictures like that helped me get through the hard times on accutane, so I thought I'd pay it forward.
You made my day too! I can not wait to finish and have beautiful skin! I will probably be nervous like you to finish treatment but your skin is seriously gorgeous!
Meg, your skin looks AMAZING!!! It must be a huge boost for you to look in the mirror now. I look forward to hearing how you are doing in the future.
You guys are awesome, thank you.
I wanted to do a quick update.
Unfortunately, I am still breaking out. The breakouts are not bad - but my skin does not look as good as it did while I was on Accutane. I am not freaking out *yet*, because the acne is still significantly better then it has been in years. I see my dermatologist again in September, and he assured me that he will consider another round of accutane if I am ok with it and my cholesterol is back to normal, as my case was "unusually persistent". *ominous music*
I do have one cyst, and this is very sad. It never got as big as they usually do - but it also never came to a head and has been hanging around for about a week. Other then that little monster - my skin is "ok", but I am noticing a few tiny closed comedones here and there, and itty bitty little red barely noticeable blemishes that I don't even want to complain about because I would have smacked myself in the face for even noticing 6 months ago. My skin is pretty much back to a normal level, neither oily nor dry.
I am not experiencing any long-term side effects, and in fact - my lips have already returned mostly to normal. I would say they are "normal people" chapped, not accutane peeling off in chunks-feeling little pieces of paper stuck to my lips-industrial strength chapstick- kind of chapped. But like, "Oh I guess I need some lip-gloss" kind of chapped. So that is good.
Also, weirdly, after stopping isotretinoin, I lost like 6 pounds and haven't gained it back yet, I have a couple of theories regarding this:
(1) I always ate a really fatty meal for dinner because I wanted the iso to absorb well - maybe I am not compensating for those calories anywhere else?
(2) absorica has something to do with fat metabolism?
Also to note, I have always noticed a correlation between how much I weigh and what my skin looks like. The thinner I am, the worse my skin seems to be.
I have a feeling this is a behavioral thing - when my skin gets worse, I compensate for that insecurity by intentionally (but unconsciously) losing weight. Perhaps a left-over dysfunctional habit from my ED days. OR there is some acnegenic mechanism tied to losing weight that I don't know about
In any case, I am ok with my skin at the moment. I wish it was clearer, but I am still ok with it.
My Accutane log (with pictures):
26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014
Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 -
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily
Food Grade Rose water - Toner
La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin
Food grade Rose Water - Toner
La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream
Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM
Cerave Moisturizing cream
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)