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Venting...still Breaking Out 6 Months Into Accutane

27 June 2015 - 10:41 PM

I've started my 6th month of my second course and I'm still breaking out. At this time during my first course my skin was basically immune to acne. This time around I used a different generic which I think has been less effective. I switched to the generic from my first course a few days ago, but it's too soon to notice any improvement. 

Usually I do not wear makeup because it breaks me out. This week I started wearing makeup again because I started grad school, and it helps me to feel more confident. Now I am breaking out worse than ever from the makeup and I feel awful. I feel like crying. I looked so good with the makeup on and I hate that acne dictates my life like this.

Diet Affects How Well My Skin Heals

25 March 2015 - 06:39 PM

Over the past year I've realized just how much what I eat impacts how my skin heals. I thought I'd share with you guys what I have learned. This may not be new information to some people, but I think maybe it will at least help someone.


Last summer I was eating a completely vegan diet and my skin was healing really poorly. Pimples that would not usually scar were leaving indents and hyperpigmentation. Pimples were also healing very slowly. I eventually came to the realization that my poor healing was due to the lack of meat in my diet and I added some back in, though not a lot, and my healing went back to what I considered "normal."


Lately I have been eating a paleo diet (and incorporating bone broth) and my skin seems to suddenly have super healing capabilities. I had abdominal surgery semi-recently, and at a follow up appointment with my surgeon when he was checking on the several incisions on my stomach, he commented that I was healing "like wolverine." When I noticed that my skin was healing so well I damaged some of the old scarred skin by picking at it, and after it healed some the indents filled in and just left a little pink discoloration. I'm guessing I could achieve the same effect by needling or doing tca cross, but I just decided to pick at the old marks because it was easiest lol..


Anyway, my skin isn't perfect. I still have acne and some scars. I just thought I'd share what has been helping me.


19 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

Has anyone tried these for acne? They're supposed to be better than spironolactone. I can't tolerate spiro because of side effects and I'm wondering if I'd maybe have better luck with these.


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Does Anyone Else Feel Guilty Because Diet Does Not Clear Up Your Acne?

04 February 2015 - 12:59 PM

I have been experimenting with my diet for over a year now and my skin never got to the point where I was happy with it. I tried eating vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low glycemic load, etc. and my skin remained oily and and extremely clogged/ congested. I just started taking accutane again about 20 days ago, and already my skin is so much better. The thing is that I feel guilty for resorting to such an artificial method to clear up my skin. I still wonder if there's that perfect diet out there that will clear up my skin. I still eat really well (oats, rice, lean meats, fruits, and veggies), but there is no doubt that it's the accutane that's making the improvement in my skin and not my diet. I've done a lot of reading about primitive cultures and how they did not have acne, and I'm wondering how I'm so different than them since I have not been eating any processed foods. Could it be the pesticides, herbicides, plastics, chemicals, and non-organic products in my life? I just feel bad for not being able to figure this out naturally.

Paige's Accutane Log (2Nd Course)

14 January 2015 - 08:33 PM

I started my second course of accutane 3 days ago (1/12/15). I'll be taking 40mg my first month. Thankfully my insurance is covering the accutane (zenatane) this course so I only had to pay $10 this month. During my last course the medication cost over $200 and I also had to pay for the blood work and derm appointments.


My last course was 7-8 months I think, and my dose was adequate for my weight. It completely cleared me, but after about two years, the acne started coming back. Lately my acne has become quite bad and has started to scar. I've tried everything to clear my skin including retinoids, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, aczone, birth control pills, and spiro. Nothing has cleared me so I feel like accutane is my only option right now. I'd really prefer not to take accutane because I worry about hair loss, slow skin healing, and nasal cartilage changes. I had nose surgery 4 years ago, and I have read about some having issues with accutane and past nasal surgeries and that really worries me.


Today is day 3, but I don't notice any side effects yet. My lips haven't even begun to get dry yet.