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#21 Michelle Reece

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 06:46 PM

Michelle Reece: haha okay i will! and is it okay to put aquaphor on your face?? ive only been applying it to my lips but i think i might also put some on the rims of my nose (very dry there)...i thought it would be too oily for the face and potentionally clog pores. and the spot treatments ive been using are nature's gel? (tea tree, vitamin e, aloe, rosemary, witchhazel) and the proactive sulfur mask (just putting dabs on my pimples)....but i dont think they are doing much for the cysts.....what do you think? should you just leave the cysts alone? 

 

Aquaphor can be used on the face, too. :)

 

Topicals do nothing for true cystic acne. I think you should leave the cysts alone.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:27 PM

update: I think Accutane is contributing to a late menstrual period....it should have come like a week ago :/ but i heard this is common b/c i am not on birth control and that it goes back to normal once your body adjusts to the drug. 



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:18 PM

made the dumbest mistake....ive been using cetaphil ultra hydrating LOTION instead of facial mositurizer for almost 2 weeks now!! can't believe i've been using a lotion all this time for my acne prone face....probably contributed to all the clogged pores ive been getting! 

feeling a little depressed but at least i realized this now and not like 2 months later....


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:02 PM

almost 2 weeks!!

 

i am getting dry. the corners of my mouth sting esp when i eat, even though i put a ton of aquaphor on, my face isn't as oily anymore! which is nice but my makeup is looking a little flaky and off these days :( the rash on my hand did not fully go away and now its on my left hand too! its slowly spreading so i started to use body moisturizer today after my shower. my hair is not as greasy too! but dandruff :/ ew. and its itchy!

 

my period is very funky. like i dont even know if im on it right now...so weird...its extremely light.

 

i got a new big cyst on my neck. great. painful too. also currently two big pimples on my forehead, one big extremely painful pimp on my chin. but my skin is feeling softer! esp my forehead. the rest of the acne is healing slowly. 

 

im still using proactive's refining mask as a spot treatment...doesn't seem to be doing much but i can't stand just letting the pimps be....drives me crazy :@ lol. 

 

im praying i dont get an initial breakout..please please please. i got a huge IB from using proactive like a month ago so i hope the purging is less severe.

i want clear skin so bad. more than anything...i get so jealous of anyone with clear skin...if only i could ever have skin half as good as theirs. 

 

oh my gosh this stupid pimple on my chin hurts like a mother. so much pain argh. 



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

im feeling really scared today....i was watching youtube videos of a girl who went through accutane successfully (she reminded me a lot of myself) and i was so happy to see the end results and such. these videos were uploaded a little over a year ago. 

while browsing through the rest of her videos, i found a recent video of her doing an acne full coverage makeup routine..and i thought,  "huh, strange" and clicked on it...

her acne came back!! after just 4 months! and not even lightly..

im so scared that this will happen to me...b/c my acne looks hormonal (cheeks, jawline, near the neck)

should i take birth control or something during and after accutane?

feeling a bit hopeless now...even though im barely 3 weeks into accutane.

 

acne update: a huge stupid pimple (non cystic though) on my upper cheek. so noticeable. clusters of new pimples on jawline. i get SO many pimples on my jawline its ridiculous!!! good thing is a lot of my old cystic pimples are drying up and healing. 



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:57 PM

week 3 update:

 

I THINK MY IB IS STARTING. well i hope this is the ib...it's bad enough already!! so many new pimples/cysts. just trying to stay calm..my jawline area is crazy with acne!! worst part of my face! 

 

but my face and hair is dry (perfect kind of dryness), lips are dry but endurable with aquaphor, rash on my hands are pretty much gone. everything is well except for the acne. 

 

im trying to stay positive despite the situation! 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:14 PM

feeling really sad today...my face is a mess. i want to just cry and never look in the mirror again.. feel so many bumps under the skin and i know they will soon turn into ugly pimples. this is so hard..why do i have to go through this..i dont understand what i did to deserve this..



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:58 AM

Hey you! I'm new to accutane and I'm reading logs on acne.org

Just to let you know we're all in this together :) stay strong!

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:21 AM

feeling really sad today...my face is a mess. i want to just cry and never look in the mirror again.. feel so many bumps under the skin and i know they will soon turn into ugly pimples. this is so hard..why do i have to go through this..i dont understand what i did to deserve this..

 

Hi Rachel - I just started Accutane last week and I know exactly how you feel; especially about the bumps under the skin. It always seems to get worse and not better, but just think that once those bumps come up they will be gone and things will start to clear up. I'm experiencing the IB and things are pretty bad right now but I just keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end. Things will get better and hopefully we will both have clear skin for the summer!! :) 

I'm about 2 weeks behind you in my course so I know how you feel and I know this sucks so much BUT we will get through this!



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

feeling really sad today...my face is a mess. i want to just cry and never look in the mirror again.. feel so many bumps under the skin and i know they will soon turn into ugly pimples. this is so hard..why do i have to go through this..i dont understand what i did to deserve this..

 

Hi Rachel - I just started Accutane last week and I know exactly how you feel; especially about the bumps under the skin. It always seems to get worse and not better, but just think that once those bumps come up they will be gone and things will start to clear up. I'm experiencing the IB and things are pretty bad right now but I just keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end. Things will get better and hopefully we will both have clear skin for the summer!! smile.png

I'm about 2 weeks behind you in my course so I know how you feel and I know this sucks so much BUT we will get through this!

 

 

Hey you! I'm new to accutane and I'm reading logs on acne.org

Just to let you know we're all in this together smile.png stay strong!

 

You both are amazing thank you so much for the encouragement :) We can get through this together!!!!

Best of luck to both of you!!

 

Love, Rachel



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:52 PM

tmrw is week 4! wow time went by fast im almost finished my first month of pills!!

progress has been......meh. i had a pretty bad breakout these past two weeks with a lot of cysts and smaller pimples everywhere but my forehead lol. however, the breakout does seem to be somewhat subsiding...dont want to jinx it though tongue.png

so many under the skin bumps/cysts!! theyre like invisible cysts almost...i can only feel the "O" sized bumps when i touch my skin...are they eventually all going to surface and turn to big nasty cystic pimples?? so scared...i just want them to quietly disappear! anyone else have this issue??

 

my skin is getting very dry :/ esp below my nose area? very flaky and makeup highlights the dryness...in the morning my makeup will be pretty nice and then i go eat.....the skin around my mouth just like cracks and flakes!! im trying to eat food in smaller bite sized pieces so i dont have to stretch my mouth so much (ex. the dreaded burger or sandwich). oh the things acne makes us do lol.

the ezcema on my hand is back. my hair is pretty dry (sporting the 3rd day hair today!) and my lips are very dry and peely! esp the corners of my mouth ouch.

 

my makeup looks pretty bad with all the dryness going on... im trying to hide all the redness and pigmentation but b/c my skin is so dry it just like highlights the flakes! pigmentation still there -.- anyone got some good makeup tips?? to hide acne scars/pigmentation??  

 

yeah but to some it off, progress is still pretty slow so far. 


Edited by rachelll1995, 18 March 2014 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:31 PM

I would not recommend using any make up while on accutane, but I know it is hard not to :P . But what works for me is putting on a lot of moisturizer before I do anything(cerave cream), then a mineral make up primer, and then mineral make up foundation. I get all of these from Ulta, and they are the only things I have found that don't make me break out and the coverage is pretty decent. I think the moisturizer under all the make up is the most important part though so that you don't dry out your skin any more than accutane does. But try not to wear make up :)


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:15 PM

I would not recommend using any make up while on accutane, but I know it is hard not to tongue.png . But what works for me is putting on a lot of moisturizer before I do anything(cerave cream), then a mineral make up primer, and then mineral make up foundation. I get all of these from Ulta, and they are the only things I have found that don't make me break out and the coverage is pretty decent. I think the moisturizer under all the make up is the most important part though so that you don't dry out your skin any more than accutane does. But try not to wear make up smile.png

hello :) thanks for the response!! and is there a reason why you shouldnt wear any makeup during acctuane? i thought as long as it was non comedogenenic and you took it off properly before bed it would be fine....b/c i wear makeup pretty much everyday :/ i have so much hyper pigmentation and stuff.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:44 PM

Hello, just thought I would join in your conversation. I am on day 4 of isotretinoin- skins a mess but that is no different than usual. For once it is nice to read people discussing something and realise there is actually people out there who I can relate to. I have no idea about the make up thing. But I also have been using the cetaphil lotion rather than moisturiser. Wasn't till I read your post that I went to check! X

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 04:11 PM

Hi Rachel,

I understand what you mean about the makeup looking bad with all the dryness, I experienced the exact same thing. I have found that using concealer only on my active spots and hyper-pigmented areas without any foundation looks MUCH better than with foundation. I hated having to come to terms with this because I love how my foundation evened out my skin tone, but the foundation just looked caked on and obvious with my dry skin. The "natural" look just looks best on accutane. :\

 

Here is how I make myself look at least somewhat done:

Argan oil serum followed by high SPF moisturizer

After allowing moisturizer to absorb, I apply high coverage concealer to all active spots and pigmented areas

I blend the concealer GENTLY with a stipple brush so It doesn't look like I have makeup spots on my skin

I curl my eyelashes (mascara is just too hard to use with my dry eyes) and apply a small dusting of shadow to my eyelids

If I want to get REALLY fancy, I apply just a little bit of blush to the apples of my cheeks. You would think it would make the extra redness in my skin from the 'tane look worse, but I use a very light, natural color that seems to make it look like a more even color than without.

No lip color (useless), I exfoliate my lips gently with a paper towel and cetaphil, and then I apply aquafor.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 06:49 PM

Hi Rachel,

I understand what you mean about the makeup looking bad with all the dryness, I experienced the exact same thing. I have found that using concealer only on my active spots and hyper-pigmented areas without any foundation looks MUCH better than with foundation. I hated having to come to terms with this because I love how my foundation evened out my skin tone, but the foundation just looked caked on and obvious with my dry skin. The "natural" look just looks best on accutane. :\

 

Here is how I make myself look at least somewhat done:

Argan oil serum followed by high SPF moisturizer

After allowing moisturizer to absorb, I apply high coverage concealer to all active spots and pigmented areas

I blend the concealer GENTLY with a stipple brush so It doesn't look like I have makeup spots on my skin

I curl my eyelashes (mascara is just too hard to use with my dry eyes) and apply a small dusting of shadow to my eyelids

If I want to get REALLY fancy, I apply just a little bit of blush to the apples of my cheeks. You would think it would make the extra redness in my skin from the 'tane look worse, but I use a very light, natural color that seems to make it look like a more even color than without.

No lip color (useless), I exfoliate my lips gently with a paper towel and cetaphil, and then I apply aquafor.

Hi megtree thanks so much for the reply!! ive read your log and currently keeping up with it :) and i would like to wear just concealer but i have SO many hyperpigmentation marks that i would probably use up half my concealer in one setting...so sad :/ i bough cetaphil moisturizing cream and its helping A LOT! no flakiness today :) but im only a month in so im not even THAT dry yet...once i do get dry i will definitely try to just stick with concealer.

 

and i agree with what youre saying about the blush! i never used blush really until today and instead of highlighting all my pigmentation it actually makes me look healthier? like my face doesnt look so dull and sad from just wearing the foundation.

 

also, i have one more question...im currently breaking out a lot on my right side of my face (where it was pretty clear until this week!) so im wondering if this is the accutane or if its some other external factor (makeup, different moisturizer, etc)...im on day 30 so is this expected?? that you just randomly breakout where you think your skin has purged enough?? when did your IB relatively end??

 

But thanks again for stopping by my log and replying i really appreciate it <3 



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 07:24 PM

There isn't a specific reason as to why you should not, but I have found(and many other people) that it makes the dryness, redness, and irritability much worse. Since accutane already makes your skin dry, red, etc., make up can sometimes add to the problem and make you break out a bit since your skin is already really irritated. If you haven't noticed any of these yet then I guess you're fine :) . Everyone is different! For me, wearing make up while on accutane causes a bit of a break out and makes my skin much more red. 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:52 PM

Hi Rachel,

I understand what you mean about the makeup looking bad with all the dryness, I experienced the exact same thing. I have found that using concealer only on my active spots and hyper-pigmented areas without any foundation looks MUCH better than with foundation. I hated having to come to terms with this because I love how my foundation evened out my skin tone, but the foundation just looked caked on and obvious with my dry skin. The "natural" look just looks best on accutane. :\

 

Here is how I make myself look at least somewhat done:

Argan oil serum followed by high SPF moisturizer

After allowing moisturizer to absorb, I apply high coverage concealer to all active spots and pigmented areas

I blend the concealer GENTLY with a stipple brush so It doesn't look like I have makeup spots on my skin

I curl my eyelashes (mascara is just too hard to use with my dry eyes) and apply a small dusting of shadow to my eyelids

If I want to get REALLY fancy, I apply just a little bit of blush to the apples of my cheeks. You would think it would make the extra redness in my skin from the 'tane look worse, but I use a very light, natural color that seems to make it look like a more even color than without.

No lip color (useless), I exfoliate my lips gently with a paper towel and cetaphil, and then I apply aquafor.

Hi megtree thanks so much for the reply!! ive read your log and currently keeping up with it smile.png and i would like to wear just concealer but i have SO many hyperpigmentation marks that i would probably use up half my concealer in one setting...so sad :/ i bough cetaphil moisturizing cream and its helping A LOT! no flakiness today smile.png but im only a month in so im not even THAT dry yet...once i do get dry i will definitely try to just stick with concealer.

 

and i agree with what youre saying about the blush! i never used blush really until today and instead of highlighting all my pigmentation it actually makes me look healthier? like my face doesnt look so dull and sad from just wearing the foundation.

 

also, i have one more question...im currently breaking out a lot on my right side of my face (where it was pretty clear until this week!) so im wondering if this is the accutane or if its some other external factor (makeup, different moisturizer, etc)...im on day 30 so is this expected?? that you just randomly breakout where you think your skin has purged enough?? when did your IB relatively end??

 

But thanks again for stopping by my log and replying i really appreciate it <3 

Oh yeah- that's happening to me right now, haha! I started breaking out around day 30 as well (between day 25-and 25 it was the worst), and it was primarily on one side of my face. I am still breaking out here towards the end of month 3 (but it the overall severity of the breakout is nothing like what I had before accutane) and it is still primarily on the right side of my face. Not sure why that side is worse then the other, but that's the way it seemed to be before I started accutane too. 



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

There isn't a specific reason as to why you should not, but I have found(and many other people) that it makes the dryness, redness, and irritability much worse. Since accutane already makes your skin dry, red, etc., make up can sometimes add to the problem and make you break out a bit since your skin is already really irritated. If you haven't noticed any of these yet then I guess you're fine smile.png . Everyone is different! For me, wearing make up while on accutane causes a bit of a break out and makes my skin much more red. 

ok thanks for the advice :) i wore just mineral powder and blush today but while i felt my skin could breathe, the red marks that still showed were horrible...i think once the red mark start fading a bit, i'll start wearing just powder but for now, cover fx water based foundation is essential :P i dont think this makes me break out either b/c its for acne prone skin! feels very light on the face. 



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:22 PM

 

megtree: yeah my breakout seems to be subsiding...but who knows for sure right? lol. 

do you spot treat at all?? i have this huge cyst/pimple thing that just doesnt seem to go away!! its super annoying..

and have your red marks start to fade?? i have SOO many right now its insane! just makes my acne seem so much more severe!

but good luck on your treatment :)






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