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Day 1

I went to the dermatologist yesterday and after fighting insurance I was finally able to start accutane. The brand I'm using is Clara is, which seems to be a very common brand of isotretinoin.  Clearly nothing has changed yet but it's my first day so this is what my skin looks like before accutane. I've never had several acne, only moderate acne but because of its persistance for 7 years my dermatologist finally recommended this for me and I'm SO excitedI was told to stop using "harsh" acne products during the course of accutane so I stopped using my salicylic acid toner a few weeks prior to begining, which of course didn't make my skin happy and I have bumps all over my face. I already use a very gentle face wash and moisturizer, but I'm not sure if my moisturiser will be enough for me in the coming weeks, especially because it is prime cold weather season. I can't wait to start seeing results.

Gabipassmore

Gabipassmore

12/13/2018

 

Low Dose Accutane (D109) / TCA Cross (D94)

Low Dose Accutane (10mg/day) - Day 109 It took me about 109 days until the initial break is finished.. holy... Face became extremely prone to scarring > most recent pimples left me one deep box car and one deep ice pick scars (Yellow circled);  Face so dry It is certain that the side effects is certainly less severe for low dose Overall, for past 109 days, my face got worse and worse everyday  -TCA Cross: test treated - Day 94  (Red circled) I thought they got improved about 15% in depth but this week they became very deep pitted ice pick scars. I was comparing them with my old pictures and I am certain they got worse maybe due to Accutane? One of the treated scar got conned with another scar. I made an appointment for my TCA + Subcision session on 21st but I am now so worried about my scars getting worse because of TCA.. my face is so damn prone to scarring now.. it is extremely sensitive and dry..  Maybe I should stop taking acctuane 1 week before the treatment and start again 1 week after the treatment.. I think my next post will be after the treatment of TCA Cross and subcision. 

Gimozzi

Gimozzi

12/12/2018

 

Week 11

Now, it is week 11 of my treatment (and technically week 7 of using adapalene and clindamycin). There hasn't been any major changes. The large pimples I mentioned last time have mostly gone down. There's only one large pimple now and my right cheek has become a bit smoother. Other than that, there's nothing interesting.  Also, I forgot to mentioned in the last entry, but I am Asian with medium skin tone that can tan fairly easy. I don't each much junk food as I use to (a bag of chips every other day, sometimes cookies, ect.) and rarely eat dairy. I drink about 4-6 cups of water. That's all for this entry. 

jasiexrose

jasiexrose

12/05/2018

 

Get rid of acne forever

I copied and pasted a comment I made on a blog. This will get rid of your acne.  The acne was gone for some time and came back until I've discovered how to get rid of it FOREVER (recently about a year ago I discovered the missing piece). Before I tell you what to do, I'm going to educate you on how the skin works. Many people like to buy products or start harsh treatments without knowing what they do. It is important to know how the skin functions before using anything. First of all, your skin likes oil. Sebum, also known as an oil or fat is naturally acidic to keep bacteria away. Our skin is at a ph between 4-5-5.5 to keep acne away and healthy bacteria on our skin. The issue is humans like to strip their acidic mantle (oil) and dry out their barrier, which makes our skin OVERPRODUCE OIL AND MIXES WITH DEAD SKIN CELLS (your pore gets clogged). You are breaking out because you have dead skin cells sitting on your surface that aren't being properly shed. You have DRY dead skin cells. Our skin knows how to desquamate or shed unless the barrier is dry and damaged. We have certain enzymes that shed our skin but when it's disrupted we get inflammation or dry skin or acne. Our skin needs to be properly balanced with the right amount oil and water, similar to our natural barrier. Too much oil, you get acne. Too much dead skin you get acne. Cleansers and certain alkaline products do this (SOAP). Think about it: Why do you think some of your friends who do nothing to their skin have great skin? They aren't stripping the acidic mantle, or oil from their skin. Most of these people probably cleanse once a night or never. Now I'm going to tell you what to do for clear skin FOREVER. At night ONCE A NIGHT: Use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (not the daily facial one) for thirty seconds up to a minute max. Why? cleansing the skin too long causes dryness which in turn causes skin cells to dry out and clog your pores. They stick to the pore and do not know how to exfoliate properly. You need to keep skin acidic. If you cleanse too long skin becomes alkaline and a breeding ground for bacteria to invade.  Next: Apply Cetaphil Moisturizing CREAM (not lotion): With your palms melt this moisturizer on your face. Do not rub!!!!! Pat it into your skin so it absorbs. This cream is in a range of 4.5-5.5. It will keep acne away by being acidic and providing water to the skin that aids in exfoliation/desquamates. Never I mean ever again scrub your skin, rub it hard, never. Moisturizers exfoliate the skin that's a secret. People think they have to scrub and get rid of those dead skin cells that cause acne. NOPE. A moisturizer with oil and water will dissolve dead skin in about an hour and you'll glow. So as I was saying...melt it into your skin and put your finger on your face and if you see oil, good job. That oil is going to dissolve those dead skin cells that cause pore blockage (in about an hour your skin will glow bc all the dead skin went bye bye). Now when you pat it, pat it for about ten seconds or 15. You don't want to be patting it too long or rubbing. You also can sweep it on your face in an outward motion or downward. The point is youre applying heat to the moisturizer. and you are dabbing/patting You can even rub the moisturizer in your hands first then swipe it on your face (that works wonders). What you just did is you made the moisturizer absorb better into your skin and you created a barrier from air and harsh winds. Your skin needs to stay moisturized in order to be acne-free. Acne medications do get rid of acne bc they increase cell turnover and shedding as I mentioned, but guess what???????? MOISTURIZERS DO THAT TOO EXCEPT IT DOESNT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. People who have healthy skin have acidic skin and moisturized skin. Okay so back to the regimen....you cleanse ONCE A NIGHT AND APPLY THIS CREAM. THIS PROCESSS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE RUBBING, SCRUBBING, LONG EXPOSURE TO WATER (DRIES YOUR SKIN OUT). Oh and when you shower, keep your face away from water.  Let water touch your skin only at the sink, once a night. Why??? bc water is a ph of 7 which is neutral not acidic. Also tap water has chlorine and salts which are drying and slow down the shedding of dead skin cells. In the morning, don't do anything at allllllllll. washing your face too much causes dry skin which causes that combination skin aka acne! comfortable skin is acne-free. When using the moisturizer, pat it in for not that long so you also let the water in the moisturizer get trapped in the skin to effectively exfoliate your skin. Skin needs water and oil to effectively shed. So your job is to provide a barrier overnigh, once a day, only at night. In a month, your skin will be a lotttttt better. it takes 28 days for skin to renew itself. why do u think acne meds take a while? they are shedding layers of dead skin which a moisturizer does the same thing, but bad dermatologists won't tell u that. Only the good ones will. The secret to clear skin to cleanse once a day and melting oil/water in your skin (moisturizer). have questions? message me.   BTW, you will break out in the beginning bc all of your acne is under tons of layers of dead DRY SKIN. SEEING ACNE THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IS NORMAL. YOUR SKIN IS BRINGING THEM TO THE SURFACE AS WOULD A MEDICATION. A MOISTURIZER WITH OIL AND WATER FUNCTIONS LIKE ACNE MEDICINE, IT EXFOLIATES THE SKIN WHEN LEFT ON. OUR SKIN NEEDS WATER AND OIL TO PROPERLY SHED. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACNE MEDS AND MOISTURIZER IS YOU WON'T BE TEMPORARILY FIXING THE PROBLEM OR DRYING OUT SKIN!!!!!! WHY DO U THINK PEOPLE WHO USE A SIMPLE CLEANSER AND MOISTURIZER DON'T BREAK OUT? BUT REMEMBER, THE MOISTURIZER YOU USE COUNTS. HAS TO BE WATER AND OIL EMULSION. THAT'S THE KEY. MOISTURIZERS THAT DO NOT ACT LIKE THAT, WILL NOT WORK AND THEN YOU'RE WONDERING WHY YOU HAVE ACNE.. AND TRUST ME THERE ARE A TON OF MOISTURIZERS THAT DON'T EFFECTIVELY MOISTURIZE THUS GIVING YOU ACNE. THAT IS WHY I STATE THE CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING CREAM, THIS ONE WORKS (I KNOW A FEW OTHERS THAT WORK TOO, MESSAGE ME FOR INFO)..... the products mentioned above can be found in any drug store or supermarket and I don't work for the company btw. Those are the only products I like by cetaphil, the other ones haven't been good to me, for other reasons not due to acne. Other water in oil emulsions aka moisturizers can do fine but I just mention this one bc it's correctly ph-balanced and it has oil/water to dissolve that sticky layer that sits on your face. My skin is clear now and it glows every morning.  TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT ACNE (EXTRA INFO): - Never dry out your skin. Your skin is naturally acidic in the range of 4.0-5.5. When you use a soap that is alkaline, your acid mantle is stripped aka sebum aka fat that keeps external elements out of your skin and protects against bacteria, harsh winds etc. When you strip your skin it produces extra oil and guess what? YOU BREAK OUT. STOP OVER-CLEANSING! - Never scrub, tug, or pull. For all you exfoliators out there, stop now. Your skin can easily be exfoliated by applying an oil and water emulsion called a MOISTURIZER. This sheds dead skin cells in an hour, but the trick is the moisturizer needs slight oil without absorbent properties such as minerals like silica or magnesium silicate. When slight oil is left on skin for at least an our, skin cells loosen after an hour. DEAD SKIN CELLS AND OIL CAUSE ACNE NOT OIL ALONE!!!!!!!! DEAD SKIN CELLS GET TRAPPED IN THE PORE WHICH MIXES WITH OIL/sebum. Humans have oil on their skin for a reason! OIL ACTS AS A NATURAL BARRIER AGAINST ACNE, HARSH WINDS, DRYNESS, ETC. BC IT HOLDS ONTO WATER, WHICH PREVENTS TEWL (TRANS-EPIDERMAL WATER LOSS). WHEN YOU KEEP STRIPPING THAT OIL AND DRYING YOUR FACE OUT, MORE OIL WILL BE PRODUCED AND NOW YOU HAVE "OILY SKIN". YOU DON'T HAVE OILY SKIN, YOU ARE STRIPPING YOUR BARRIER. STOP NOW. - Cleanse face once a day not TWICE!!!!!!! When you wash your face, you are stripping your acidic mantle and your skin will produce more oil and dry dead skin cells to over compensate.  - Cleanse for 30 seconds or a minute max. Be gentle and do not scrub. - Avoid long contact with water. Even better don't let water touch your face in the shower. Once a night, cleanse face in the sink and that's it. Water dries skin out, causing more dead skin cells,which clog pores. The key is to avoid DRY, DEAD SKIN CELLS. THAT CAUSES ACNE. IT'S NOT OIL, ONCE AGAIN IT'S NOT OIL. GETTING RID OF OIL IS A TEMPORARY FIX THUS CAUSING ACNE. Tap water has chlorine too which is drying and damaging to our barrier. Water is a ph of 7 (neutral). Our skin is acidic. Keep it acidic. Use products in the 4.0-5.5 range. Simple. - DON'T BE AFRAID OF SWEAT- sweat has NMFS which are natural moisturizing factors. The urea in sweat naturally exfoliates skin while the water hydrates dead skin cells. The cell gaps become filled with water, and are able to exfoliate properly. Remember acne-induced skin is caused by irregular skin shedding. Irregular skin shedding is due to dryness and oily skin (aka combination skin which is bc you aren't balanced). THE REASON FOR COMBO SKIN IS BC YOU ARE NOT BALANCED. - If your skin is combination or dry it is bc you are using the wrong products. Stop now. - In order to avoid acne, your skin needs the proper balance of oil and water to effectively shed itself. The purpose of acne meds is to shed dead skin layers, where the acne is hidden. That is why is takes a long time for acne meds to work bc all the dead skin layers need to be shed BUT GUESS WHAT???? A MOISTURIZER WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT ACNE MEDS DO IF IT IS WATER AND OIL BASED. THE OIL LOOSEN THE DEAD SKIN CELLS AND THE WATER IS HELD WITHIN THE SKIN CELLS. A MOISTURIZER THAT DOES THIS IS CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING CREAM. PAT IT AND MELT IT IN YOUR SKIN, IN AN HOUR YOU'LL SEE ACNE EMERGING AND SHOWING UP THAT'S BEEN HIDEN UNDER YOUR SKIN.

lovablemama

lovablemama

12/04/2018

Last Reply:
12/05/2018

 

Get rid of acne

I copied and pasted a comment I made on a blog. This will get rid of your acne.   I also went on Accutane when I was 20. I am now 29. The acne was gone for some time and came back until I've discovered how to get rid of it FOREVER (recently about a year ago I discovered the missing piece). Before I tell you what to do, I'm going to educate you on how the skin works. Many people like to buy products or start harsh treatments without knowing what they do. It is important to know how the skin functions before using anything. First of all, your skin likes oil. Sebum, also known as an oil or fat is naturally acidic to keep bacteria away. Our skin is at a ph between 4-5-5.5 to keep acne away and healthy bacteria on our skin. The issue is humans like to strip their acidic mantle (oil) and dry out their barrier, which makes our skin OVERPRODUCE OIL AND MIXES WITH DEAD SKIN CELLS (your pore gets clogged). You are breaking out because you have dead skin cells sitting on your surface that aren't being properly shed. You have DRY dead skin cells. Our skin knows how to desquamate or shed unless the barrier is dry and damaged. We have certain enzymes that shed our skin but when it's disrupted we get inflammation or dry skin or acne. Our skin needs to be properly balanced with the right amount oil and water, similar to our natural barrier. Too much oil, you get acne. Too much dead skin you get acne. Cleansers and certain alkaline products do this (SOAP). Think about it: Why do you think some of your friends who do nothing to their skin have great skin? They aren't stripping the acidic mantle, or oil from their skin. Most of these people probably cleanse once a night or never. Now I'm going to tell you what to do for clear skin FOREVER. At night ONCE A NIGHT: Use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (not the daily facial one) for thirty seconds up to a minute max. Why? cleansing the skin too long causes dryness which in turn causes skin cells to dry out and clog your pores. They stick to the pore and do not know how to exfoliate properly. You need to keep skin acidic. If you cleanse too long skin becomes alkaline and a breeding ground for bacteria to invade.  Next: Apply Cetaphil Moisturizing CREAM (not lotion): With your palms melt this moisturizer on your face. Do not rub!!!!! Pat it into your skin so it absorbs. This cream is in a range of 4.5-5.5. It will keep acne away by being acidic and providing water to the skin that aids in exfoliation/desquamates. Never I mean ever again scrub your skin, rub it hard, never. Moisturizers exfoliate the skin that's a secret. People think they have to scrub and get rid of those dead skin cells that cause acne. NOPE. A moisturizer with oil and water will dissolve dead skin in about an hour and you'll glow. So as I was saying...melt it into your skin and put your finger on your face and if you see oil, good job. That oil is going to dissolve those dead skin cells that cause pore blockage (in about an hour your skin will glow bc all the dead skin went bye bye). Now when you pat it, pat it for about ten seconds or 15. You don't want to be patting it too long or rubbing. You also can sweep it on your face in an outward motion or downward. The point is youre applying heat to the moisturizer. and you are dabbing/patting You can even rub the moisturizer in your hands first then swipe it on your face (that works wonders). What you just did is you made the moisturizer absorb better into your skin and you created a barrier from air and harsh winds. Your skin needs to stay moisturized in order to be acne-free. Acne medications do get rid of acne bc they increase cell turnover and shedding as I mentioned, but guess what???????? MOISTURIZERS DO THAT TOO EXCEPT IT DOESNT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. People who have healthy skin have acidic skin and moisturized skin. Okay so back to the regimen....you cleanse ONCE A NIGHT AND APPLY THIS CREAM. THIS PROCESSS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE RUBBING, SCRUBBING, LONG EXPOSURE TO WATER (DRIES YOUR SKIN OUT). Oh and when you shower, keep your face away from water.  Let water touch your skin only at the sink, once a night. Why??? bc water is a ph of 7 which is neutral not acidic. Also tap water has chlorine and salts which are drying and slow down the shedding of dead skin cells. In the morning, don't do anything at allllllllll. washing your face too much causes dry skin which causes that combination skin aka acne! comfortable skin is acne-free. When using the moisturizer, pat it in for not that long so you also let the water in the moisturizer get trapped in the skin to effectively exfoliate your skin. Skin needs water and oil to effectively shed. So your job is to provide a barrier overnigh, once a day, only at night. In a month, your skin will be a lotttttt better. it takes 28 days for skin to renew itself. why do u think acne meds take a while? they are shedding layers of dead skin which a moisturizer does the same thing, but bad dermatologists won't tell u that. Only the good ones will. The secret to clear skin to cleanse once a day and melting oil/water in your skin (moisturizer). have questions? message me.   BTW, you will break out in the beginning bc all of your acne is under tons of layers of dead DRY SKIN. SEEING ACNE THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IS NORMAL. YOUR SKIN IS BRINGING THEM TO THE SURFACE AS WOULD A MEDICATION. A MOISTURIZER WITH OIL AND WATER FUNCTIONS LIKE ACNE MEDICINE, IT EXFOLIATES THE SKIN WHEN LEFT ON. OUR SKIN NEEDS WATER AND OIL TO PROPERLY SHED. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACNE MEDS AND MOISTURIZER IS YOU WON'T BE TEMPORARILY FIXING THE PROBLEM OR DRYING OUT SKIN!!!!!! WHY DO U THINK PEOPLE WHO USE A SIMPLE CLEANSER AND MOISTURIZER DON'T BREAK OUT? BUT REMEMBER, THE MOISTURIZER YOU USE COUNTS. HAS TO BE WATER AND OIL EMULSION. THAT'S THE KEY. MOISTURIZERS THAT DO NOT ACT LIKE THAT, WILL NOT WORK AND THEN YOU'RE WONDERING WHY YOU HAVE ACNE.. AND TRUST ME THERE ARE A TON OF MOISTURIZERS THAT DON'T EFFECTIVELY MOISTURIZE THUS GIVING YOU ACNE. THAT IS WHY I STATE THE CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING CREAM, THIS ONE WORKS (I KNOW A FEW OTHERS THAT WORK TOO, MESSAGE ME FOR INFO)..... the products mentioned above can be found in any drug store or supermarket and I don't work for the company btw. Those are the only products I like by cetaphil, the other ones haven't been good to me, for other reasons not due to acne. Other water in oil emulsions aka moisturizers can do fine but I just mention this one bc it's correctly ph-balanced and it has oil/water to dissolve that sticky layer that sits on your face. My skin is clear now and it glows every morning.  TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT ACNE (EXTRA INFO): - Never dry out your skin. Your skin is naturally acidic in the range of 4.0-5.5. When you use a soap that is alkaline, your acid mantle is stripped aka sebum aka fat that keeps external elements out of your skin and protects against bacteria, harsh winds etc. When you strip your skin it produces extra oil and guess what? YOU BREAK OUT. STOP OVER-CLEANSING! - Never scrub, tug, or pull. For all you exfoliators out there, stop now. Your skin can easily be exfoliated by applying an oil and water emulsion called a MOISTURIZER. This sheds dead skin cells in an hour, but the trick is the moisturizer needs slight oil without absorbent properties such as minerals like silica or magnesium silicate. When slight oil is left on skin for at least an our, skin cells loosen after an hour. DEAD SKIN CELLS AND OIL CAUSE ACNE NOT OIL ALONE!!!!!!!! DEAD SKIN CELLS GET TRAPPED IN THE PORE WHICH MIXES WITH OIL/sebum. Humans have oil on their skin for a reason! OIL ACTS AS A NATURAL BARRIER AGAINST ACNE, HARSH WINDS, DRYNESS, ETC. BC IT HOLDS ONTO WATER, WHICH PREVENTS TEWL (TRANS-EPIDERMAL WATER LOSS). WHEN YOU KEEP STRIPPING THAT OIL AND DRYING YOUR FACE OUT, MORE OIL WILL BE PRODUCED AND NOW YOU HAVE "OILY SKIN". YOU DON'T HAVE OILY SKIN, YOU ARE STRIPPING YOUR BARRIER. STOP NOW. - Cleanse face once a day not TWICE!!!!!!! When you wash your face, you are stripping your acidic mantle and your skin will produce more oil and dry dead skin cells to over compensate.  - Cleanse for 30 seconds or a minute max. Be gentle and do not scrub. - Avoid long contact with water. Even better don't let water touch your face in the shower. Once a night, cleanse face in the sink and that's it. Water dries skin out, causing more dead skin cells,which clog pores. The key is to avoid DRY, DEAD SKIN CELLS. THAT CAUSES ACNE. IT'S NOT OIL, ONCE AGAIN IT'S NOT OIL. GETTING RID OF OIL IS A TEMPORARY FIX THUS CAUSING ACNE. Tap water has chlorine too which is drying and damaging to our barrier. Water is a ph of 7 (neutral). Our skin is acidic. Keep it acidic. Use products in the 4.0-5.5 range. Simple. - DON'T BE AFRAID OF SWEAT- sweat has NMFS which are natural moisturizing factors. The urea in sweat naturally exfoliates skin while the water hydrates dead skin cells. The cell gaps become filled with water, and are able to exfoliate properly. Remember acne-induced skin is caused by irregular skin shedding. Irregular skin shedding is due to dryness and oily skin (aka combination skin which is bc you aren't balanced). THE REASON FOR COMBO SKIN IS BC YOU ARE NOT BALANCED. - If your skin is combination or dry it is bc you are using the wrong products. Stop now. - In order to avoid acne, your skin needs the proper balance of oil and water to effectively shed itself. The purpose of acne meds is to shed dead skin layers, where the acne is hidden. That is why is takes a long time for acne meds to work bc all the dead skin layers need to be shed BUT GUESS WHAT???? A MOISTURIZER WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT ACNE MEDS DO IF IT IS WATER AND OIL BASED. THE OIL LOOSEN THE DEAD SKIN CELLS AND THE WATER IS HELD WITHIN THE SKIN CELLS. A MOISTURIZER THAT DOES THIS IS CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING CREAM. PAT IT AND MELT IT IN YOUR SKIN, IN AN HOUR YOU'LL SEE ACNE EMERGING AND SHOWING UP THAT'S BEEN HIDEN UNDER YOUR SKIN.      

lovablemama

lovablemama

12/04/2018

 

Month 2, Day 66 on 60mg

Hey so I know I've been gone for three weeks, But its been the holidays and a crazy month! I have developed really bad eczema on my hand and ankles, I have a dermatology appointment in 4 days so I will be asking for some sort of a topical cream to treat that. I have still had the normal nose bleeds every now and then and the crazy dry lips. Nothing Aquaphor cant fix! I had absolutely clear skin for about 2-3 weeks and just a few days ago I broke out with 3 small cysts on my jawline. I think this is either due to me traveling by plane a few days before or just because I am suppose to be having my period...except its 6 days late. Last month my period came 5 days late. There is definitely no way I could be pregnant because I do use two forms of birth control, I did some research and found that a lot of women have this problem while on accutane. They either bleed for to long, get their periods late, or skip them all together. I am still using Jojoba oil to get a deep cleanse/ add extra moisture (this stuff is seriously amazing) let me know if any of you use Jojoba oil and have seen amazing results from it as well.   I will be updating a progress picture this weekend and let you all know if my dermatologist raises my dosage. 

Yvogue

Yvogue

12/03/2018

 

For Pickers

Also, i forgot to mention a new cream i just got that in 2 days has healed picking wounds like nothing ive ever tried! (ive said his before about Derma E Psorzema cream, and maybe the Dermatouch retinol day cream) but this one is FOR REAL, better than everything else!!!!   IS Clinical sHEALd Balm. OMG. You guys. Pickers out there....we are all looking for some magical lotion to put on after a picking spree. This is it. I thought ive found it before, but no. THIS is the one. After my most recent picking spree, i had like 3 big flat wound spots on my cheeks. For like a week they didnt heal one little bit, not with polysporin or retinol or aloe or any of my usual post-picking lotions. You know when you think ur skin just doesnt heal anyore and youll have those wounds forever? Then i got this balm. Its thick and calming, and the next morning.....HEALED. Went from red and open to light pink and smooth. Now 2 days later....almost totally gone. This stuff if great! It is $92 bucks a tube but it WORKS. I dont wanna sound corny and like a commercial but seriously......pickers....get this stuff!

sh1234

sh1234

12/03/2018

 

Stepping up my game

Ok so...just rewinding a lil bit for my own memory... Back in October i went home for a visit and my skin magically got really good while i was home. Came back and had a picking spree riht off the bat (probably was a treat to myself after not picking the whole week i was at home - hence why my skin was so good). After that picking spree i got an IPL facial and my skin was great after that. Then started picking again, and just now (like a month later) my skin is finally getting "good" again. Anyways thats not the point of this post. Basically i have decided that 2019 will be the year i get good skin. Like GOOD skin. Ive made a list of treatments im getting in 2019:   IPL Photofacial (have already had one and have 2 more booked) Chemical Peel Microdermabrasion Micro needling Dermaplaning Forma Skin tightening I have also started using medical grade skincare (IS Clinical and  ZO) which are actually doing something , which i was skeptical about. So im suuuuper determined and committed to get my shit togther in 2019 once and for all (i say this every new year) The thing is, i can get all of these treatments and use the best skincare but at the end of the day, if i keep picking, my skin will still be shit. Picking can un-do the best treatments and skincare in 15 mins flat. After all these years ive realized that my picking is the problem. Not my skin. If i leave it alone its fine. When i pick i cause problems i wouldnt have had otherwise, so i really bring it upon myself. Picking really is a mental issue. So thats the hardest part. But the better my skin is, the less there is to "trigger" me when i look in the mirror, leading to less picking. The other thing is, in order to even be brave enough to go into the skin clinic, and have people doing things to and getting up close and personal with my skin, it has to be at least it decent shape for me to even show up for my appointments. Which is another tough thing, getting it in shape enough so that i can go get it more in shape lol.   So ya, right now just trying to get a head start on my 2019 goal.

sh1234

sh1234

12/03/2018

 

Accutane/Isotretinoin Day 46 -- Fatigue

Good afternoon everyone, Today is day 46 of me being on Accutane. In my last post, I mention that I was going through the purging period/ initial breakout phase and I am happy to announce that it is over!! It lasted for about 2 weeks and now my skin is definitely clearing up. As of recently, I noticed I have been really tired all the time. It's hard for me to get up in the morning and the days I wake up earlier, around 7/8am, I am ready for bed at like 6pm. That is totally unusual for me because usually at night I have so much energy that I have a hard time sleeping and never go to sleep before 11pm. Throughout the day I generally feel sleepy also, as if I could fall asleep at any time. I hope that this doesn't continue for the next few months because it has been harder to get things done feeling this tired. Things are still doable, but just that much more difficult. I also noticed that once I get myself moving it doesn't bother me as much as when I am sitting or laying down. Keeping busy kind of distracts from being so tired so I guess if this side effect persists, I will just have to keep moving!! Lol please let me know if you've felt the same fatigue while on Accutane. Talk soon, Natalia

NataliaTalks

NataliaTalks

12/01/2018

Last Reply:
12/03/2018

 

Why Do You Get Pimples

What Is Acne Acne breakouts have been defined as many things; pimples; zits; blemishes; blackheads; whiteheads and just about anything else that makes someone who suffers its attack's, cringe. The condition itself is properly called acne vulgaris. The "little-known" facts that follow about what causes acne— and acne in general—may surprise even the most skin savvy of individuals! Let's find the answers you seek regarding those painful skin breakouts commonly called, acne. Facts About Acne 5 Little-known Facts About Acne it can take years to outgrow acne clear-skinned youths can develop acne as adults 85% of Americans suffer with acne at sometime in their life acne attacks every race, ethnicity, age, and gender acne is the #1 skin disease in the world Is Acne Curable? No Cure, Only Control An acne problem is a chronic problem—lasting up to decades—which has no cure. Even those outdated prescription pills, and newly devised topical treatments will not cure it. It can only be controlled by a dedicated regiment of medicines and skin-care practices that are successful for each individual; what may work for you, may not work at all for another. For this reason, it is your skin-care practices that are making your skin look clear and lovely, not that the acne has, in any way, been cured. You are simply controlling the problem, so keep it up! You have to be more diligent than is your acne! Is The Sun Good For Acne? NO! A nice bronze colored complexion may camouflage a breakout, but once the tan fades, your skin will shed cells that clog your pores and activate more (and worse) acne in the long run. Is It My Fault I Have Acne? Blame Your Family Tree For Your Acne In no way is acne your fault! It is imprinted within your genes and your hormones. So, blame your chemical makeup before blaming the person in the mirror (unless it's your ancestors you see when you look in the mirror). Now, just because your chemistry is the cause, doesn't mean you can't take action. How to Control Stress To Control Acne? Stress Control May Be The Answer For Acne Control Did you know that stress is the greatest contributor in acne breakouts? Well it is. When you freakout over something, your brain reacts as if you were still in the wild. When this natural "fight or flight" response is activated inside the brain, trouble for acne starts-a-brewin'. What happens is this; the chemical hormone "cortisol" gets dumped into your bloodstream as if a dam has broke inside your body. This reaction causes a worse case scenario for those who are fighting acne to begin with. While eating junk-food or forgetting to clean your face here and there may instigate a flare-up, they really are not the cause at all. It is hormones and how your body handles them that are truly to blame. Does Popping Pimples Help? Popping Zits Is off Limits When you press on your pimples to "pop" out the nasty fluids and infection, you are actually making things worse. This pressure pushes the nasty stuff—bacteria—much deeper into the pore. This same habit can tear the flesh around the pore and leave scars forever! They say an ice cube can relieve the swelling and sensitivity, but no matter what, be sure to put a medicated topical treatment on the area to clean deep inside the pore, which is where the trouble begins. Is Acne Contagious? Can I Catch Acne Not even the worse case of acne is contagious! The P. acnes bacteria—the acne bacteria—can be found on every human's face...even that gorgeous gal with perfectly clear skin has a colony of acne bacteria residing on her perfect skin. How easily each person's pores get clogged, as well as the kind of oil their body manufactures, will determine whether someone breaks-out or not. Touching a face with acne with your face will not give you acne or make yours any worse. How Long Does It Take For A Pimple To Happen? It Takes Weeks To Make A Pimple Your skin will drop about one million dead skin cells every 45 minutes—which makes up most of the dust you "Lemon Pledge®" away every week. However, when the cells get stuck in the pore, things can get pretty clogged up. This clog prevents proper function of the pore by not allowing the body's oils to freely flow out of them. Remember that P. acnes bacteria we discussed before? This colony of bacteria loves the oil that gets stuck in the pores; which serves to ignite the P. acnes' appetite into a full-on "favorite food" feeding frenzy! Cleaning away the excess cells becomes far more important once you know why it helps control acne. No food for the bacteria, results in far less growth of the bacterial colony. Happily, this makes for far fewer acne breakouts. What Causes Acne Whiteheads And Red Inflammation? Why Do Pimples Get Red And Full Of Puss? When the pores of the body get blocked by dead cells, gooey oil builds up behind the barrier. With this comes the growth of bacteria, which your body's immune system sets out to do battle with. To do its fighting, the body sends out a battalion of red and white blood cells to destroy the problem. As with any conflict, there is bound to be collateral damage. We see these casualties of (acne) war as those red swollen puss-filled pimples, known as whiteheads and blackheads. What Are Whiteheads -If the pore is plugged just under the surface of the skin, it is a whitehead. What Are Blackheads If a pour gets plugged so that it expands the size of the opening (widening it) so it is exposed to air, it is considered a blackhead. You are not seeing dirt when you look at this dark plug, you are seeing the effects of oxidation on the oil and skin cells that have been trapped there Are Blackheads The Same As Whiteheads? The Black And White Of Acne No matter if we are discussing blackheads or whiteheads, each of these is referred to as a "comedo"—a hair follicle that has become plugged where the pore's opening is. This plug is caused by those dead skin cells, which should fall off during the day, but instead clump-up to make a thick goo when combined with the body's trapped oil. If you don't treat these comedos, they can hang around for many weeks to eventually become huge swollen red and terribly infected pores. To alleviate this clogging problem, it is strictly suggested by professionals that you only use products that are labeled "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" and more importantly "oil-free." Dermatology Help For Acne The American Academy Of Dermatology Modern excellence in dermatology research and studies. The Acne Resource Center Nutrition and Research on Acne and Important Tips on how to become Acne Free. Find A Dermatologist Find a skin doctor in your area (nation wide) for treatment and prevention of acne breakouts. Where Is Acne Most Predominant On The Body? Acne Grows Where The Follicles Go The last place you will find an outbreak of acne is going to be on the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands. Why, you may ask? Follicles and glands. Yep, it is all about the hair follicles and oil glands. Wherever you find a large number of densely located hair follicles accompanied by oil glands, you can be sure that a colony of acne will also be hanging around. Because your face, back, chest, and even your rear-end is thick with follicles, this is where we will find the greatest number of acne bacteria. It's good to know that any acne treatment that works on your face, is going to work on those other areas as well. Problem Acne Can Ruin Your Social Life When Acne Treatments Don't Work? Having to go through life in a constant state of battle with any problem can be frustrating and tiresome. But, when the problem is acne, there is just no hiding it. In some extreme cases, not even the most dedicated treatment program will work. In such situations, the only answer is to make an appointment with a reputable dermatologists. Life can become very lonely behind a painful red and swollen face that prevents you from finding the social life you seek. Getting the best method of treatment for acne can open up an entirely bright and fun-filled world of adventure; one where you can look your companions directly in the eyes. About Author: I am a cosmetologist and writer for writing a paper service with over 6 years’ experience. Skin health is one of the indicators of overall health. Unfortunately, most people neglect the need for skin care. I believe it is my duty to inform people about the importance of skin care.

Quizlet

Quizlet

11/29/2018

 

Acne hurts me real bad

Hi everyone It has been a while I hadn't posted. While I was away, I still suffer from acne. Big cysts. Two to three new acne on ny face every week which will definetly leave scars as soon as they appear. I also have mild depression or is it severve? As I keep thinking about my acne 80% in a day. My head hurts sometimes. I sufferred from it because I am scared. Terrified that one day my face will become worst. I really need supports and hugs and compliments that could soothe my mind. No one seems to understand my circumstances and it hard for me to explain how uncomfortable I am right now. Anyway, cheers to everyone who suffers acne the same as me.

Lhong

Lhong

11/26/2018

 

Week 10

Hello! So, I know the title of this blog post is Week 10, even though this is my first ever post about using adapalene and clindamycin, but I wanted to name Week 8 b/c it's the 8th week of me going through my treatment. I was just too lazy to start a blog back in week 1 haha Skin Type: Little oily, had mainly closed comedones, not many cysts, acne mainly on my cheeks, moderate acne  Background Info: Up to the age of 16, my skin was clear and good. I would be able to eat junk food, pull all nighters, was my face once a day with St. Ives facescrub, play sports and sweat, ect. without getting acne. Towards the end of junior year, it worsened a little, but not tremendously. Around last May (5 months ago I believe) I switched to a new face wash called Clean & Clear Nightime Relaxing Face wash with sea salt. Bad idea! My acne got much worse after a week of using this and I had a rash around my chin area, a cyst for the first time, and new pimples showing up. I stopped using it, and my skin got better but it wasn't perfect. I tried out tea tree oil, aloe vera, and rosehip oil, but there was no major effects. Eventually went to a dermatologist in September. For my very first treatment, she prescribed this routine - A.M ~ Wash face with benzoyl peroxide (BP), moisturize, apply clindamycin, and apply sunscreen. P.M ~ Wash face with gentle cleanser, moisturize, and apply adapalene. All Products I Currently Use: A.M ~ Cerave gentle face wash for normal skin, (Note: Even though my skin can get a bit oily, the face wash still works well for me. Stopped using BP about 4 weeks into my treatment b/c it was drying), moisturize with Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin (I apply two layers of this and it works well b/c it's non-comedogenic), and sunscreen. P.M ~ Same facewash, moisturize again, and apply differin.  *I only applied adapalene and clindamycin to my cheeks b/c that's where my acne was the worst. For the other products, I applied it all over my face like normal. Summary of the Weeks 1-9 of Treatment: Since I didn't make a blog or anything back in week 1, I'll just summarize what happened. For Weeks 1-4, I didn't use adapalene and clindamycin yet b/c I was too nervous, but I used the other products she suggested (BP, Cerave face wash, Neutrogena lotion). For Weeks 1-4, not much happened. My skin did get drier, so I stopped using BP in week 4. In week 5, I bit the bullet and applied differing and clindamycin. For week 6 and 7 my skin felt drier and redder and it would sting for a minute or two when I applied adapalene and lotion, but it wasn't peeling. I used it every other day until the end of week 7, which is when my skin got used to it. I then used it everyday. Around week 7-8, I felt like my closed comedones and pimples under the skin were coming up on my cheeks but they weren't large pimples or cysts. They felt like a bunch of tiny pimples that were dry and rough to touch - before they were smooth and under my skin. In week 8-9, I noticed the rough pimples on my cheeks were flaking off when I washed my face, even though I wasn't scrubbing it harshly. My skin felt softer and their wasn't as much itchiness, dryness, ect. but there was still some redness on my cheeks. The skin on my forehead, temples, and chin improved even though I didn't apply adapalene and clindamycin there (I think it got better b/c I used a new face wash and switched to a non-comedogenic lotion) Finally, Week 10 (Present Time):  My skin on my cheek definitely feels different. It's smoother, has less bumps, and a lot of the small pimples are gone, but it's not completely clear. I still have a few remaining pimples (the same rough ones that haven't fallen off yet) and I got 3 large pimples for the first time in a while. Two of them went away quickly, though. They went away in 1 week, even tho it used to take me 2 weeks. The third pimple is a white head type and has been there for half a week. I think these pimples were also under my skin but it simply took longer for them to come to the surface. The skin on my forehead is smoother too, and my chin and temples are good. I don't pick at pimples at all, which I think helps even though it's sooo hard to resist. Overall, my skin has improved but I'm not quite at the finish line yet.  That'll will be all for this post and I'll return next week! Note: Since I didn't start using adapalene and clindamycin until late into my treatment (b/c I was weak lol), I technically used it only for a total of 6 weeks. For the overall treatment, beginning from my first dermatologist visit until now, it has been a total of 10 weeks.

jasiexrose

jasiexrose

11/25/2018

 

The Theory of Gamblings

The theory of gamblings is much crossed with mathematics and the theory of games as that, but frequently players find various formulas and calculations too difficult and not interesting, and after all the understanding of an essence of the phenomenon is impossible without deep studying of its nature. Blaise Pascal the French scientist who under some historical data is the inventor of a roulette has deduced the formula of the ideal player in gamblings which is expressed as x = k * N * p  k — a certain factor  N — quantity of money which can be won on the given rate  p — probability of a prize of this rate  х — emotions at which the player feels, staking this Many known scientists and it is simple writers widely used in the creativity a theme of a casino and gamblings. The set of known aphorisms, verses, and even the whole products on a casino theme that proves communication of gamblings with a deep human soul was born. However it is a lot of at a casino and opponents, and also people which are adjusted with a fair share of skepticism, for example, Albert Einstein confirmed - “the Unique way stably to win in a roulette — to steal money from a table”. It is true proceeding from the common sense principles after all any casino never worked to itself at a loss. And it, at escalating quantity of the players — powerful enough argument in favor of a casino. But all not so bad, now we have a analog of real casino - online casino. It's more safer than ordinary casinos. If you have time, look at royal vegas casino reviews, after reading you will learn a little about online casinos.
 
The main paradox of gamblings that how many the player would not win, finally, he, all the same, will lose. But it does not prevent to try constant players in it to systematize accident in law. There is a set of strategy and game systems. How much they are effective — to judge difficult. But abundantly clear that any, even the most perfect system proved from the theoretical point of view cannot guarantee a prize. And under an hour in success result in the most improbable systems. 
 
So English actor Sean Connery (James Bond) in 1963 has won in the Italian casino “Dignity-Vincent” about 30 000 dollars having put three consecutive times on number 17. The probability of this event is estimated as 1 to 46656. There can be all these systems and receptions of game it the cheating and time waste is simple? On the one hand, the knowledge of the theory helps to avoid elementary errors at the game, and with another — any, even the most perfect and well-founded system cannot guarantee a prize. This golden rule which it is necessary to remember to the player. 
 
The history is full of amusing cases of the separate persons connected with improbable luck. For example, in 1952 in Havana there was a curious dispute between the co-owner of one of the local casinos and its habitué, by a nickname the Head. The co-owner (nicknamed the Fat Butcher) piously believed that if the throw of two bones gives 36 various combinations for this purpose, what will enough throw out a double 6-6 with a probability of 50 % to make 18 attempts. The opponent of the Butcher on a nickname the Head has handicapped that in three superfluous attempts, asserting that it will not manage to throw out 6-6 and for 21 throws. Put on 500 dollars. Having lost 49.000 dollars, the Butcher has surrendered. 
 
At first sight to the unsophisticated person can seem that to the Butcher simply catastrophically loses. But bad luck here not and. Simply the Head was a sign with mathematical calculations of Pascal which has given a lot of time to a question “how many time it is necessary to throw bones, what the probability of loss 6-6 would become more than 50 %?”. There are at all 18 times as the Butcher believed. And not 21. And 24. “In the game, it is necessary to pay for all, but I could learn such simple thing and is cheaper!” — only also has told lost, having learned this fact. Any system cannot guarantee a prize. But the people captured by passion not always supervise the acts. Figures in figures, but not a small role that the casino always remains in a prize (naturally not in a separate case, and in general) plays also that fact that many players come to play here, instead of to win. That is to satisfy the natural requirement for risk and passion. The loss by similar players is perceived as an original payment for pleasure. Players the people superstitious. Some can watch closely hours a game table from outside, waiting for confluences of favorable factors from their point of view, and only then will join in the game. 

dorastevenson

dorastevenson

11/21/2018

 

Accutane/Isotretinoin Day 34 -- The PURGING Period / "IB" Initial Breakout

Hello acne.org fam, Today is day 34 and this week I have been experiencing new results. Right now, it is the beginning of my 2nd month and until recently, my skin continued to clear up with each day that passed. This week, however, things have changed for me -- the "purging period"/ "IB" Initial Breakout has began. After going through the first month with no crazy breakouts I totally thought I was in the clear for this!! But now that the time has come I would like to share with you all how I have been dealing with it. First off, I am wearing makeup as least often as possible so that my breakouts can breathe and dry up more quickly. Secondly, I am NOT picking at my skin AT ALL whatsoever. My skin is already dealing with crazier breakouts which, on its own, encourages more scarring, so popping and picking will only make it worse. Lastly, and most importantly, I have been going to see my dermatologist each week for extractions and injections. Even though the injections sound scary they are a complete miracle! After getting them done, cystic pimples are no longer as painful or evident as before. Immediately, the breakouts go down and flatten out. In the long-term, they also prevent scarring because they help these breakouts go away faster. I plan to continue to go to the dermatologist frequently for these treatments until the purging period is over. When I first noticed these breakouts, to be honest, I got a bit discouraged. I went from seeing daily progress to going completely backwards. I even worried that the accutane had stopped working. Thankfully, I spoke to my dermatologist today and she mentioned that this phase is completely normal. All of the bacteria in the skin is rising to the surface and it is only temporary. If you are at this point and feel this way at all, DO NOT feel discouraged! Continue with your routine and remain positive     I will let you guys know how long the purging period lasts for me and how it is going. If you have any questions, please let me know.
  Goodnight everyone, Natalia    

NataliaTalks

NataliaTalks

11/20/2018

 

6 months post Accutane

Well here I am almost 6 months post Accutane and no cysts have occurred!! It is amazing. So happy I decided to use Accutane, I love the freedom of not having to deal and worry about acne. I get one or two teeny tiny pimples a month but other than that a clear face. The biggest thing is to not pick at any imperfection on my face. Sometimes a very small almost hive like bump will pop up but as long as I leave it alone, it's usually gone the next day. The hair is the same as my last post, I have been tracking it along side my menstrual cycle and am figuring out that the greasy times coincidence with those hormonal changes. I am hopeful for the next 6 months! 

SkittlesMM

SkittlesMM

11/19/2018

 

Three Years and Six months Post Accutane

Hello, i was deleting some really old mail from years of accumulation and passed by acne.org notifications so i decided to might as well give an update.

Last time i took a pill of generic accutane, (Claravis?) was June 1, 2015. Since, my face has never been an issue anymore. I get the occasional white head here and there, sometimes a cystic one but that is mainly my fault 'cause i have become too confident and don't take care of my skin. For example i get drunk, or get home too tired from soccer or work that i fall dead asleep without showering or washing my face.

My skin is oily but not as much as before accutane. I wipe it out with Kleenex tissue two times a day so it doesnt show that much, but nothing bothersome.

Your dermatologist will tell you that even after Accutane your skin is not like most who never had issues with acne. Therefore you have to keep a regimen to maintain your skin clean and clear, My regimen to stay clear is:
1. Use 10% Benzoyl Peroxide from Clean and Clear in the mornings.
2. Regular Clean and Clear face wash at night.
and thats it! 

(Typing here sucks, your writing really lags in this site so you have to let it catch up every 3 seconds)

I do get head pimples though, especially when i dont wash it often. I dont want to wash it often too because accutane has made my hair a little bit weak, but not as much as when i was on accutane ...hair used to fall off like crazy. I also have an itching psoriasis-like stuff growing on my right leg. Not sure if its accutane related but after 3 years i might have to go see my dermatologist for a non-acne related diagnosis.

If yo u want to be friends you can add me on facebook, you can send me a message through here to connect or send messages. THIS SITE REALLY REALLY SUCKS NOW, THE WRITING HERE LAGS SO MUCH I HAVE TO KEEP WAITING 3-5 SECONDS FOR MY WRITING TO CATCH UP. 
 

It's Time

So it's like whenever I start to see my skin being completely clear i start to break out like there's no tomorrow. Right now i have about 9 big pimples all around my chin and cheeks. I am tired of acne, and tired of taking a drug every day. I think i'm ready to venture out and find a natural way in curing hormonal acne- perhaps one that will work. I might even change my birth control pills for the 1000 time in order to try and find one that works for my skin. There are so many natural remedies for hormonal acne and for people with PCOS such as probiotics and diet and teas and all that fun stuff. I have been taking spiro for over 8 months and I don't wanna be on it for life so now s a great time to find something that works for me. I'm going to slowly stop taking spiro and start incorporating more healthy life styles in my life especially focusing more on self care. Overall, for anyone debating going on spiro i would consider all aspects. It only works if you take it so do you really wanna take it forever? The initial breakout was beyond terrible for me i broke out in places i have NEVER had a pimple before. It was far not worth it for me. 

MPI93

MPI93

11/19/2018

 

intro + beginning week 4 :)

let me just say, i TOTALLY regret not creating this blog earlier.

anyways, i also have an accutane progress account on instagram by the same name, which i have posted updates on even before i began accutane.

anyways, hello! i'm a 16 year old american girl struggling with moderate acne which sometimes flares up and becomes cystic.  i first got acne when i was 12, but it was nothing that a little bit of atralin couldn't handle.  before my freshman year of high school, my acne worsened a bit, but not much considering how my skin has recently been lol... anyways my dorm prescribed epiduo forte and aczone, which worked fairly well for a few months and then my acne slowly started to resurface.

at that point, i was really self-conscious-- i didn't want to come to school on the first day with worse skin than when i had left it last year!! so i tried an elimination diet, which ultimately let me down the path of developing an eating disorder.

freshman year, i lost A TON of weight and looked pretty sickly, but my skin was 100% clear and that was all that mattered.  although i believe that my acne is mostly genetic, by eliminating dairy my freshman year, i think that was what made the difference for my skin.

however, i couldn't stay at such a low weight.  i gained weight that spring by eating foods i was uncomfortable with (aka DAIRY) and guess what?? the acne came back with VENGEANCE.  although it wasn't cystic at that point, it was EVERYWHERE.  i went to the dermatologist yet again and he put me on minocycline in june.

from june up until mid-august, my skin was FANTASTIC. the clearest, least oily it's ever been.  however, my body built up a resistance to minocycline and my skin broke out like Crazy!!! all over, both cysts and "normal" sized pimples, but so many of them.  at that point, all i wanted was to start accutane.  my derm thought it would be a good idea, though, to try doxycycline.  it didn't work.  then he put me on bactrim.  it didn't work.

and that was when accutane was literally the ONLY other option i had!! i started 10/28 and have enjoyed it so far! tonight i will be taking my 22nd pill:)

side effects so far:
DRY LIPS.  wow.
REALLY dry face (broke out recently and idk why but its going away)
dry scalp
crusty inside of nostrils
joint pain (worse at the beginning, now, its not so bad)
tiredness

btw i'm on 40mg myorisan once a day

anyways, i hope this blog is helpful to some of you guys!  have a blessed, pimple-free day!

_accutaneangel

_accutaneangel

11/18/2018

 

Skin Description

Hello, whoever is reading this. Writing this journey using differin gel for my acne. Before I want to say what my skin looks like and issues. I had clear skin my whole life until this half year. I’m currently 16 so still going through puberty so maybe that’s to blame but for the past 6 months I have been breaking out terribly and constantly!!! I’m also very stressed (from school and work) so that has also a factor as well.  Mainly age acne on my cheeks and scars and as well on my forehead and small amount of scars on my chin as well. Also the active pimples right now are pretty red, basically my cheeks. I’m going to be sticking with this product like it’s recommended for at least 3 months, and will doing weekly updates mainly for myself to look back on and for anyone who cares! I am aware that there is a purging period. Although I am really dreading it I know know it will give me better skin. See you in my updates! 

Interestingizzy

Interestingizzy

11/17/2018

 

Nose Job while on Accutane

Hey everyone I thought I would share some information with you all because it is possible someone out there could be going through the same thing.
So I have been wanting to get Rhinoplasty for at least 8 years and recently I came in to some money  that would finally make that a reality for me. Well before I went to see my dermatologist I noticed that the tiniest surfaces scratches on my skin would take 5x as long to heal and they always end up scaring... I barely scratched myself with a pencil on the back of my hand and now I have a surface scar there. So obviously accutane makes your skin very sensitive. I was about to set a date for my surgery when I decided I should ask my dermatologist first. She told me it was great that I asked her about that and told me the following:

She said that while on accutane if you are going to get any type of surgery that is optional do not do it until 1-3 months after you finish accutane, because you will not heal correctly. In my case my nose could heal crooked and I would be left with a very noticeable scar( and the cartilage could heal into lumps.). She also said that If you are on accutane and you absolutely need a surgery to just expect to scar very badly and heal slowly. 

So looks like I wont be getting my surgery until after I finish my course of accutane, which is best and does not really bother me. I would rather have clear skin and a successful surgery then having a crooked nose as the outcome. I've waited this long so a few extra months is nothing. So just a heads up to anyone who is thinking about having an optional surgery while on accutane such as breast augmentation, face lift, etc.. Talk to your Dr first about how you would heal and how long after accutane you can go through with the procedure.

Yvogue

Yvogue

11/15/2018

 

Month 2, Day 46/ 60mg /Pictures

Hey everyone so I know its been awhile but I have been super busy!
So here is an update: I went to my dermatologist two weeks ago and she decided to up my dosage to 60mg. while I was there she said everything seemed to be going good and that I should be done with getting an initial breakout (lets hope). Last week I had three cystic bumps on my left cheek but those went away like all the other ones have. It sucks having them in the moment, but once they go down things always look up. 
I don't have any new symptoms except for extremely dry lips and  eczema.
One thing I should tell you all is that I do workout 5 days a week for about an hour and a half everyday. I have not had any muscle pains or difficulty working out,however I have noticed I am running out of energy much sooner,looks like I might have to start taking a pre workout. 
oh yeah also I have not been able to wax or thread my skin. If anyone has advice on how to remove facial hair while on accutane I would love to hear your advice. My cheeks are starting to look really fuzzy.
here is my progress picture after being on accutane for 46 days.(You can see my 1st day on accutane pictures in my first blog post )
                         

my right side.(you can see how dry my lips are)

My left side 

Yvogue

Yvogue

11/13/2018

 

Accutane/Isotretinoin Day 25

Good evening everyone,

It has been about two weeks since my last post, and since then, I definitely have updates for you. As far as my products go, I have been using the same exact ones mentioned in my previous posts (please scroll down below if you are interested). They have all been working perfectly to the point where some days I could almost skip moisturizing. That is a dream compared to my first week on Accutane lol. My skin feels a little dry but totally normal for the most part. I am still breaking out, primarily on my cheeks, which has been my prime break out area since before I started Accutane. However, my forehead, which was filled entirely with tiny bumps and black/whiteheads, is completely clear! The blackheads on my nose (which was also entirely covered with deep-rooted blackheads) are also dissolving and going away as well. They are much smaller and less noticeable than they were before. It is such a great feeling to see progress after less than 1 month!! This progress, however, has come along with more side effects. The first new side effect I noticed is joint pain in the hip joints, knees and ankles. I have felt soreness/pain in my lower back, but it seems that this has spread to the lower joints in my body as well. There was a day that I was in school and I was walking down the hallway to my class. On the way there, my ankle started hurting so badly that I had to pause because I could not put pressure on my foot again. After standing still on the opposite foot for 1-2 minutes, I gently continued my walk, sat in the classroom for about 1 hour, got up at the end and felt fine. Although I ended up being okay for the rest of the day, this was something I took a mental note of. On another day, I had back pain that was so severe that I stayed home and rested to keep weight off of it so that it could recover. The next day I was completely fine. One thing I have noticed about being on this medication is that if I stand for a very long time or am active on one day, I will pay for it the next day. But as long as I am conscious of how much work I let my body handle, I am okay. Before I started Accutane, I went to the gym about 4-5 times per week so it is a big adjustment for me to not being going at all now. I am not the happiest about this change but I keep in mind that these 6 months are dedicated to taking care of my skin and I will return back to it once this process is over. Besides joint pain, I noticed a few small dry patches on my right hand, nothing crazy. My scalp has also felt itchy because it is drier and so is my hair. With all of this being said, overall, so far so good. There have been a few bumps in the road but I am extremely satisfied with my results so far. I am so excited to keep moving forward and to see what next months results have to bring  

Goodnight,
Natalia

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11/11/2018

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