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My Accutane Journey...

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After Accutane - 1.5 Years Later And It's Coming Back!

I thought I'd post that I'm unfortunately not acne free like I was last time I posted on here. It's been around one year and 6 months since I finished my Accutane treatment. I would say the past 9 months I've had off and on acne, but within the past 3 months it's been getting progressively worse. This might have to do with me being in a stressful college setting, but I'm not sure. Anyways, I don't plan on going back on Acctane, I don't have the time for doctor appointments and blood work, or money right now. Hopefully it goes away on it's own. My friend that went on Accutane had similar results (with it coming back) but after college he said it just went away on it's own. Maybe flair ups are normal? Anyways, I'm pretty bummed about it.

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

10/28/2011

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10/29/2011

 

LAST DAY OF ACCUTANE • 5 1/2 months

YAHHHH! Tonight I swallowed my last dang orange pill. Feels awesome to be done. I remember taking my first pill on November 1st 2009, thinking I had such a long road ahead of me, but time flew by, it really did. This time my skin wasn't getting worse like when using other products, it was only getting better, one week at a time. I'd do it again! I am SO happy with my skin now, all I need is a little make-up and I'm out the door. I know it's annoying to hear that when you are the opposite (like how I was 5 months ago) having to wake up early and sometimes skipping out on life to avoid being seen. Let me be the first to tell you it's NOT worth it. I recommend Accutane 100%! I was hesitant about the side effects, like you all are... but it's not bad. Dry lips, dry nose... I'd do it again and again and again if it meant clear skin. The side effects are nothing compared to the end result. If you are thinking about Accutane— do it... for yourself. I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!] Best of luck to you all!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

04/15/2010

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04/16/2010

 

Day 136 - Accutane (4.5 months)

oooo-k. So I am getting a little frustrated. If you saw my gallery, you can see that I am on 4.5 months on Accutane and I still have acne and scars. This sucks. My derma said if my face looks good to me by Easter, I can just cancel my April 5th appointment that would get me another months supply and I would be DONE DONE AND DONE. I'm not sure what to do. It'll cost me another 160 bucks to do another month, but maybe it would be worth it? Does acne continue to get better once your off the medicine or does it immediately go back to oily skin. I'm just scared it'll come back right away. Anyways, I had a couple new blemishes this week and my back pain was bad at times, but my EYES are really getting worse. I'm not sure if it's accutane related BUT I have noticed a big change, I am needing my glasses a lot more than I used to. I probably am just not drinking enough water? Overall. Excited that the end of accutane is in sight and my spring break in next week!! HOOT HOOT!!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

03/17/2010

 

Day 128 - Accutane

Off and on this week I keep getting a red rash on the top of my hands and wrists. I did some research about it, and it's an Accutane-induced eczema. Apparently it's common, so if you experience this, it's fine. I got some Eucerine Hand Lotion (WORKS SO GOOD)! also when it gets bad I read to avoid warm/hot water, because it just makes it worse and stings...which is veryyy true. THIS WEEK: Lips super dry - not cool. Lower back pain pretty bad- not cool. Face broke out a little this week- also, not cool. But I really can't complain, break outs now are SO much better than they used to be!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

03/09/2010

 

4th Month (Day 121) - Accutane

TODAY IS MY 4 MONTH ANNIVERSARY WITH ACCUTANE!! HA. I went and got my two viles of blood drawn this morning (prego test and liver/health test) and got my prescription right after. I am going to go get it filled tomorrow! Still taking 80 mg a day (one 40 mg with breakfast/one 40 mg before bed). My Derma said that he thought this 5th month would be my final month, but this morning when he looked at my face he said, probably two more months, so I'd be done April 30th. ahhhhh, I can't wait until then. I feel like Accutane is taking a tole on my body slightly, but it could be all in my head. I feel like I'm puffing up a little bit, maybe it's water weight my body is retaining because it's so dry? ha, I'm no doctor so I really have no clue. Maybe I should just hit the gym more. When my uncle was on accutane he said he got puffy too. lol. ewe, I don't like that word, puffy. If you look under my galleries, you can see that my skin has a lot of scars from old acne, you can really tell that I was on accutane. I'm REALLLLLY hoping I find a solution to make my face baby smooth again. I should probably keep dreaming, it's ruined. But it's better than being ruined and full of active acne. I'm so thankful for my clear skin, it makes life so much easier. I used to hate my skin SO much, now I like my skin and hopefully one day I can say I love my skin! ahh wishful thinking! I'm hopeful this 5th month on accutane will bring great things! Happy 4 month Anniversary Accutane, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

03/02/2010

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03/02/2010

 

Day 116 - Accutane

I didn't have any active acne this morning. ahhhh life is GOOD!!!!!!!!!! I think my skin is starting to improve and I can tell that bumping up my dosage up for 80 mg per day really did the trick, I will stick with it all the way through next month as well, I can't wait to see where I'm at a month from now. No news really, besides my lips have been REALLY dry this week other than that, my skin is improving significantly every day. ABOUT MY SCARS AND RED MARKS: I am still looking for good ways to treat my red marks and groovy little tooth pick scars. Any suggestions?

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

02/25/2010

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02/25/2010

 

Day 108 - accutane

Well, it's been 3 and half months now, since I started Accutane November 1st 2009. my Dermo has me up to TWO 40 mg pills a day. I recently moved (AGAIN) and had to switch my pills from Ammnestene to Claravis. Even though for the first 2 months I was on Claravis, I didn't want to keep swapping my pills around. Since I started Claravis 15 days ago, my skin is getting bad again. I am so frustrated because at this point in the whole 'accutane process' my skin should be only getting better, not worse!! I have no choice but to stick with Claravis because it's the only form of isotretinoin Target Pharmacy provides...I moved to a big city so I'm taking the bus everywhere and Target is just super convenient (plus I had a coupon)!! haha. But if you are looking into accutane, try to get Ammnestene, I noticed less symptoms and it's easier to swallow! Most local type of pharmacies (not the big guys like Target or Walmart) will carry Ammnestene. My dermo said I might have to do furthur treatment after accutane to get my skin smooth again, I have such bad red marks, scars and little grooves in my skin, I should of gone on accutane LONG before I did so some of those could of been prevented! I'm thinking this time next month I will be much happier with my results, it sounds like I have a month and a half left...these visits are so expensive I can't wait to be done, and also be done with blood testing each month, it's just a hassel. Even though I'm being a negative nancy, I would recommend accutane to EVERYONE with acne problems, it's made my life so much more managable. I almost forget, unless I think about it, how much of a pain it use to be. Since the inflammation has gone down I feel happier, do more things, wear less make-up and am a lot less sad. THANK YOU ACCUTANE!! gotta run!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

02/16/2010

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02/17/2010

 

Day 95 - Accutane

So I am finally into my fourth month of Accutane, it's hard to believe how fast time has gone. This morning my face looked really good, only about 2 hurting pimples and the rest of the marks are just scars and no active acne, 2 zitz!!! I can live with that!! I am just waiting patiently for these horrible red marks to fade. I had a derma visit 2 days ago and he upped my dosage to 40 mg in the morning and 40 mg at night. I am on Ammnestene, but have a feeling my medicine will be changing YET AGAIN because I moved (transferred colleges) and have to changed pharmacies. I am going to Target this time around, only because I got a coupon in the mail, heck yes! I love coupons! My Derma also suggested I start taking Omega-3 fish oil, since my dosage is higher I may feel more dry. I am taking Dr. Theo's Official Omega-3 Fish Oil softgels (lemon flavored). They don't even smell of taste fishy, he said his patients love these, so I gave them a try. Only downside is they are pretty big softgels, but they go down smooth since they are like gel. Anyways, the over all feeling at this point in the process if I don't mind putting my make up on anymore, I haven't felt that way in a long time. Before it would take forever, and I always was upset because the make up didn't even help cause it was THAT bad. Now my face is actually SMOOTH and I only need make up to cover scars! I LOVE IT. I am on the raod to loving my skin again! I can't wait. my derma said since we upped my dosage- I might be off it sooner. I'm going to go 2 more months for sure, unless he really thinks otherwise. I'm kind of scared to get off it, I don't want my oily skin and acne to come back OVERALL, ACCTUANE GETS TWO THUMBS WAY WAY WAY UP!!!!

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

02/03/2010

 

Day 89 - Accutane

My face is still progressively, getting better. I wanted to note that I mixed PONDS day skin creme (blue/white jar) with Acne.org's Jojoba oil. I put A LOT together before I went to bed the past two nights and when I wake up my face looks so good from all the hydrating things. Both don't clog pores so there is nothing to worry about either. I wouldn't say BOTH are necessary together but I found that VERY GENEROUSLY apply hydrating lotions and such really makes a difference when you wake up. I just wanted to share this with anyone on accutane or with dry skin. On Feb 1st it will be the end of month three and the start of month four, can't wait!! I'm also on Ammnestine now, my pharmacy didn't have Claravis so I had to switch.

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

01/29/2010

 

Day 85 - Accutane

Well, it has been over 2 months and 24 days, so almost 3 months on Accutane. Surprisingly, my skin is not as great as I thought it would be by this point. I have a cluster of acne of my right cheek and still many deep ones along my jaw line, and a couple of my forehead. On my left cheek there is no acne, and it's the first time that I can actually swipe my hand across by cheek and feel semi-smoothness with no acne, just many scars. My skin has for sure improved, but there is so much scaring, I have tiny ice-pick scars all over my face, so I still don't feel pretty because my makeup doesn't cover up grooves in my cheeks, I think I'm going to need post-accutane scar treatment for sure. the bills just never end with acne... Well, I am confident going into month 4, I really think this will be the month that makes the most difference like people say. I am not wanting to get off accutane, I love having dry hair, it's awesome. I don't have to shower everyday because greasy hair doesn't exist. I hate the dry nose though, it's worse than lips. It's so dry in my nose that it's painful at times and no matter what, if I blow my nose some blood comes out..which, I know, is totally nasty, but there is no way around it. I think Vaseline has helped a little. I noticed these past 2 weeks my face has gotten dry. Before it was just not greasy, but not really DRY. Now I need to put more lotion on than normal..ehh...oh and my back pain has still been going off and on, sometimes my low back is just in SO much pain, I walk around like an old person and then the next day it's all fine and dandy. well, yeah. that's all for now. peace.

Lindsey2589

Lindsey2589

01/25/2010

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01/25/2010

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