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August 26 - Derm Prescribes New Course Of Accutane, Different Drug 'epuris'

I just wrote a thread, replied to a reply I got on my previous post, so I figured I'd do a quick update on my blog. The minocycline antibiotics that I was prescribed last month worked. While on them I experienced 0 pimples, so that was nice. The entire time I was on them I kept thinking to myself, 'ugh, is an antibiotic really worth taking if my skin's not doing anything anymore?' Well it turns out I totally missed that connection, because yes it was worth it! About a week and a half

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08/27/13

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11/26/13

 

July 10 2013 - Some Bumps Along The Road

I just wanted to check in quickly to kind of keep a record of my progress. Obviously I finished Accutane about a year and a half ago, however over the last few months I've noticed that I get a big nasty pimple near my mouth. After a few days to a week it goes away, however a few weeks or a month later a new one comes back. :S So far this has happened about 3-4 times. I can't remember exactly but it's left a red mark so I see about 3-4 'stains' where the pimples were. This last one that I

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07/10/13

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08/27/13

 

1 Year Anniversary Update (Roughly)

It's been a while since I've updated, and that is because there is nothing really to update on. Which is a good thing! I have clear skin now, so I've just been clear, and thus no real update! I am extremely HAPPY that the Accutane worked. I am 23, and I started getting acne since I was 11 years old, so for half my life I never saw a clear face, my real face. I would skip school when I felt like my acne looked too awful. I didn't let myself really be myself around people, because

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monopoly

07/15/12

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07/21/12

 

Day 143 - Acne free, no big deal

I haven't updated my blog in so long, I've been meaning to but nothing has been eventful with my face, nothing but continuous improvement. Every month my blood tests come back healthy, and every month it just seems like my skin couldn't get any better. At my last apt with my derm he said that I'm acne free,..."except for that one little zit there"...but now, no zits. I don't have any pimples, zits, cysts, even my backne is gone. This summer for the first time since I was 17 (almost 23 now) I was

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monopoly

09/22/11

 

Day 87 - Almost Done 1st Course!

Hello, I haven't been here in a while and I do not have too too much to report on, even though I should be updating more. Anyway, I saw my dermatologist a couple weeks ago for a check up on my monthly blood test results. Everything turned out fine as usual, and we discussed doing another course. He wrote me a prescription for 2 months more of Accutane (which I don't understand because isn't 1 course supposed to be 3 months?) I will ask him this in a month when I go back. Communication

monopoly

monopoly

07/28/11

 

Day 65 Update

Hello, I just wanted to quickly pop by and say that I have a little over 3 weeks left until I am done Accutane. I just took pictures of myself and compared them to before pictures and there has been a huge and wonderful difference in terms of blemishes and breakouts. It seems as if Accutane has really helped the red marks go away a lot (which my derm told me was acne in and of itself). I just never associated it with acne because they weren't pimples, just red splotches on my skin. If

monopoly

monopoly

07/06/11

 

Day 56 - Dry nose

Hello, There really isn't nothing new to report. The big breakouts from the sunscreen/olive oil saga are subsiding. They were never really breakouts, just big mounds that rose out of my skin. The one on my cheek is going away the fastest along with the one on my forehead, but the 2 on my chin are still quite visible, and I think another breakout is forming on the other side of my chin. I'm not really sure what's going on but there isn't much for me to do other than to wait it out. There was

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monopoly

06/26/11

 

Day 50 - Time flies, Halfway done!

Hello, Well technically I am over halfway done my Accutane course, and I know now is really where all the change is supposed to be happening. I still have some bumps from last week's breakouts from what was either the olive oil or SPF 70 that my derm gave me. I hope it was the SPF 70 that made me break out because I'll feel better putting the blame on my derm I am definitely going to be taking pictures today because what I see in the mirror and what I see in comparison to previous pic

monopoly

monopoly

06/21/11

 

Day 43 - Breakouts :(

Hello, Around last mid-week I began to notice my skin getting red breakouts on my forehead and on my chin and the left side. I don't understand why this could be, especially since a lot of progress has been made so far. I'm trying to figure out why this may be and have come to the conclusion that it may have been the olive oil I was putting on my face, or the SPF 70 sunscreen that my dermatologist gave me (which is Neutrogena and full of chemicals). Or it could be a combination of bot

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06/13/11

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06/14/11

 

Day 36 - Blackheads Gone!

Hello, The majority of my week consists of me getting up really early and then rushing the last 10 minutes to get ready. I don't understand why this happens as I have a ton of time to get ready! And I'm always late, I hate it! This leaves me with little to no time to do my makeup. My makeup routine consists of black liquid eyeliner on my top lids and black mascara. Some days I'll wear brown. I don't know, sometimes the black looks a little harsh on my fair skin so I switch it up. Anywa

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06/07/11

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04/28/13

 

Day 32 - 1st Month's Derm Apt

Hello! I just had an assignment due at midnight and am now officially done with (one of) my summer school courses. I am so happy because this means I have a whole 3 days (which will fly by) until my next intensive course starts! Anyway, yesterday I had an appointment with my dermatologist to assess how my body is coping with Accutane after the first month. My blood test results came back normal. Then he asks me a question (just like last time) regarding my lifestyle. I don't know if he

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monopoly

06/03/11

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06/06/11

 

Day 30 - 1 non-oily month later!

Hello, I wanted to pop in and update as it's my one month anniversary since starting Accutane. Perhaps there has been some slight improvement. Often times I'll notice slight little whiteheads and the weird thing is they'll be gone by the end of the day. I don't know what's up with that but wanted to make note of that. Another thing to mention is the recent surge of hot weather Toronto has been having. It was literally raining for what seemed like 4 weeks, and now it's all of a sud

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monopoly

05/31/11

 

Day 27 - Picture Update

Hello, I finally organized my pictures. The date on my camera was completely off and from 2004, so I had to 'convert' it to the current days. It was only a matter of simple addition so I guess I could have done it sooner, but anyway, without further ado here are my pictures. For simplicity, I'm only going to post my before pictures (like 1 day before I started) and my current day's pictures. I've got pictures for almost every 2-4 days but just from my personal preference, I don't like

monopoly

monopoly

05/28/11

 

Day 25 - Gross Skin

Hello, My skin is gross. It's flakier and those painful bumps I had before aren't painful anymore, they're just bumps that sort of seem undecided on what to do with themselves. Then I think I've got some whiteheads. Overall same old, aside from the new breakouts. I don't know if I may have jumped the gun on thinking it's my IB. I am not on birth control this week as to induce a period, so maybe the breakouts were related to that somehow, I don't know. This post is lifeless, I am b

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monopoly

05/27/11

 

Day 22 - Bumps

Hello, I just wanted to update quickly that today I woke up with a few noticeable (and quite painful) bumps on my face. I've got one on a cheek, forehead, around my jaw etc. Also, the breakouts on my back are quite bad, cystic-like. I've even got a breakout on my front shoulder, and on my neck. 2 very unusual and uncommon spots where I normally would break out. I hope this is my initial breakout brewing! =D

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05/24/11

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06/02/11

 

Day 20 - Nadda

Hello, This will be just a quick update as I have nothing to really update about. All I've been noticing, or rather feeling, are painful pimples under my skin, but then within a day or two they subside. And the other day I had a giant whitehead and today it's gone. I wonder if my skin is slowly boiling up for it's initial breakout. But then I've been thinking, and even posted, about this whole IB. Does it really have to happen? Can Accutane cure you without the initial breakout? I gues

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monopoly

05/22/11

 

Day 18 - Sciatic nerve pain

Hi! Today is day 18 for me and I wanted to update and go back to writing on every 'even' day lol. I am so OCD about stuff like that. As for the pictures, unfortunately they were just literally dumped on my desktop and now I have to go through the fun of sorting out which day was which. I am determined to organize them properly, and what would be really cool is if in 2 days I update with a before, day 10, and day 20 picture. To be honest, no difference yet. I am serious. My lips were s

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monopoly

05/20/11

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05/21/11

 

Day 15! Vitamin B12

Hello, This past week has been so nuts, I've been so busy, and when I haven't been busy I wanted to update but the wifi wasn't working at my parents house so I gave up early. Anyway, I am back at my apartment now because I started summer school today. To report; I have a couple little tiny breakouts. These are the kind I've never gotten in my life before. Maybe it's the onset of the anticipated breakout episode, but until my face gets worse, there is no way of knowing for sure.

monopoly

monopoly

05/16/11

 

Day 8 -- Review of my first week

Hello Well today is technically day 9 but I haven't taken my ninth pill yet so let's just count it as day 1. I've been at my parents house since Friday night and it's been so great here that im coming back again tonight. Had to leave this morning and am on my way to the dentists to see my braces. Invisalign is great because it shows you a custom animation of your own teeth and what they will look like after wearing the plastic aligners. And because of that you're able to know ahead of

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05/10/11

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05/17/11

 

Day 6

Hello, I am currently writing my update via iPhone. I am visiting my parents for the weekend and my mom says I haven't changed in terms of my skin. I agree with her, it's only been six days right, the skin takes a little while to change. I can't even imagine how simply insane it would be if skin appearance like acne could change within days or even hours. Anything is possie in the future! I have nothing to report. I take pictures every other day but since I want to post pics every wee

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monopoly

05/08/11

 

Day 4 --First Noticeable Side Effect!

Hello, So today was day 4 on Accutane and I finally have a noticeable side effect: DRY NOSE! Normally my nose is always a little dry, it's not uncommon for it to be a little bloody at times, but now it's unbearably dry. It feels like there is a desert up my nose. It sucks because at the time that I noticed this it was too late to go to the drug store and pick up some saline spray for my nose. And I don't have any salt in my house, so I'm just sitting here drinking water by the gallons,

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monopoly

05/06/11

 

Day 2 of Accutane!

Ok Hi, Today (technically yesterday because it's past 3am now) was my second day of Accutane. I finished my period yesterday so I just thought because that's when I'll be starting my birth control then I might as well start the Accutane too. The first day of taking Accutane nothing happened aside from my excitement being through the roof. I took my birth control and Accutane together, and then 10 minutes I was looking in the mirror KNOWING there wouldn't be a difference, but somehow I just

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monopoly

05/04/11

 

Pre-Accutane Derm Visit

Hello, I just got back from my visit to the dermatologist's office. I went in because I read the Accutane booklet I got on my last visit and had some important questions that needed to be addressed. Specifically because heart disease is rampant in my family and I wanted to make sure this would still be okay to use. Also, I wanted to ask what type of face cleansers and moisturizers would be okay to use as I anticipate extremely sensitive skin that will be dry. I got all my questions answered

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monopoly

05/02/11

 

WORK IN PROGRESS -- Beginning

Hello, I have not been here in a while but I've taken it upon myself this year to just truly fix everything I ever wanted about myself. One of these areas of progress is my acne. There hasn't been much progress at all, I'd have to say that the ampicillin and everything I've been taking from almost 2 years before has stabilized my acne, but there is still acne. Last week I went to the dermatologist's and he said I still have acne, after what I just thought were blemishes. My self-percep

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05/02/11

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