Wow, never thought I'd be back on this website 4 years later after I went on accutane when I was 19, but here i am. To catch anyone up who's reading this, I'm a 24 year old female who has been suffering with mild-moderate acne for over 10yrs now. I decided to go on Accutane in 2009 when everything else failed (prescribed pills and topicals). My skin was great after completing my 6 months on accutane. It remained great for about 2 years after that. I'd say within the last 2 years my skin has been on a roller coaster ride. It's usually good but every few months I will break out with painful cystic acne on my chin/jawline area. I do my best not to touch it but after a while of trying to leave it alone and it gets bigger and more painful, I end up trying to pop it and it results in a huge blemish on my face that will usually turn into scab that cannot be covered by any kind of makeup. Since my last update which was from my sophomore yr of college, I've studied abroad in Ecuador for 5 months, graduated with my BSW and also just obtained my Masters degree in Social work. My skin was amazinggg while I lived in South America (Bet it had to do with the diet since everything was super fresh there) and I miss being able to go to bed without having to put a ton of topical crap on my face. I start a new job on Monday and the lower half of my face is a complete wreck. I'm a super outgoing person and I'm the type who is always on the move. My friends keep asking me to hangout this weekend but I'm way too self-conscious to leave my house at this point. Can't get an appointment with a dermatologist for at least another week. I was trying to control my acne by what I was eating (my sister is a registered dietician) but that actually seemed to have a worse effect on my skin. I'm big into fitness and I can't even go to the gym right now because I'm embarrassed to see people I know there while I'm working out. I hate that acne is consuming my life right now and I just want to be able to live a normal life where I'm not constantly worrying about how my skin looks. I hate having to look to prescription meds for this but I feel like trying to heal acne in a "natural" way will not work for me. Just had to rant on here about my skin because none of my family members will ever understand what we go through. Thanks to anyone who's hear to read my thoughts! Haha. Trying to stay positive but it's getting harder as I get older. Just so you can see, here's a pic Of me with some makeup on (When I studied abroad in 2011) and here's now with no makeup and it's a MESS. can't believe I'm evening posting this. Ughhhhh
so I haven't posted here in a few months. but I think I've been off accutane for the last 7 months now. I honestly can't express how thankful I am for going on this medicine. I've never been so confident in my life. When I talk with people I'm not afraid to look directly at them instead of trying to hide my face. When I take pictures with my friends who have perfect skin, you'd never even be able to tell I used to have horrible skin. My skin looks just as good as theres now. I rarely get pimples anymore and I don't need to wear concealer anymore, but I still like to put some on just because it evens my skin tone out and makes my face look flaw less. By the way bare escentuals makes the bestttt mineral powder to use on your face. I highly reccomend it if you'd like your face to look smooth and natural. but honestly this pill has changed my life for the better. I rarely experienced any bad side effects while taking accutane. I only had really bad chapped lips which I was able to take care of with ease as long as you religiously apply carmex or good chap stick. and my skin did get dry but it wasn't all that bad. any one considering going on it, I say go for it! I have so much self-confidence in myself now, it's hard to believe I used to have such horrible skin.
hmmmm so I've been off accutane for almost 3 months now! wow time flies by so quick! it's kind of weird not developing new pimples on a daily basis. I still wear some cover up because I still have some small scars from previous years of constantly picking at my face. but once a bit of cover up is on, my skin is almost flawless looking. I just got back from Florida too so the sun also helped my skin color look a bit more even. but I rarely have any breakouts. even if I develop a pimple, it goes away in a day or two. My dermatologist prescribed me a moisturizing topical treatment called Clindamycin phosphate topical lotion. i haven't used it in the past 2 weeks or so but it works pretty good to keep my face clear and prevents it from developing future pimples. My confidence level has gone up so high that I'm actually feeling alot more confident in myself. when i talk to people, I can actually look at them directly and not have to try and hide my face. I'm no longer embarassed to show my face and am over all so much happier with myself. I can honestly say, accutane has drastically changed my life and I'm so glad I took the chance and went on it. best decision I ever made in my life! hope everyone else is doing well, and for those who are still in the process of completing your accutane journey, keep your head held high because it will all pay off in the end! the weeks will fly by before you even know it! I can't believe it will almost be a year since I even thought about going on Accutane! crazyyyyy! but hopefully I'll be back on here soon! peace