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Anniversary of Accutane

8 Months Post Accutane Hi everyone. December marked the anniversary of when I started Accutane so I thought I'd give everyone a hopeful update. Outside of an occasion red blemish, I have had perfect skin. Now, I only have to worry about dry skin from the Chicago cold Anyways, stay positive and hopeful and know that it only gets better from here.

Stoper54

Stoper54

01/09/11

 

Two Month Update

Week 9 Post Accutane I've crossed the two month mark and the scar and red marks are definitely healing. Depending on the light, there can be no scars or a few. I've also feel that my skin is more clear than when I was even on Accutane. My journey home has been epic; hiking in Denver and New Mexico; BBQ in Kansas City. I'm definitely enjoying the journey. Now that two months have passed, I'm going to give monthly updates.

Stoper54

Stoper54

07/10/10

 

Homeward Bound

Week 8 Post Accutane The temperature in Yuma has approached 115 degrees; the kind of severe weather which contributed to my issues to begin with. Tomorrow I start my 10 day trip home. Skinwise, marks are fading, scars are minimal. I have a microscopic whitehead every now and then but otherwise perfect skin.

Stoper54

Stoper54

07/03/10

 

Checkup with the Derm

Week 7 Post Accutane I had a checkup appointment with the dermatologist today; he didn't even charge me He told me my severe hyperpigmentation will heal probably in 6 months as the accutane leaves my system and my body learns to heal itself again. He also commented that there is some real minor scaring but it is too soon to know how it will turn out. If he was me he wouldn't do anything until at least a year has pasted. If things keep improving I don't think I will I've had a fe

Stoper54

Stoper54

06/23/10

 

Growing Up

Week 6 Post Accutane I've started to see real improvement on my forehead. While there are scars the redness is fading. The best part is that I no longer feel the need to look in a mirror all the time to see progress because I know it is happening. I'm getting ready to return to Chicago after my two year adventure in Arizona. Between my acne and other obstacles of life I have grown up so much in two short years. I was naive when I came out here about life and who I am but being on my o

Stoper54

Stoper54

06/19/10

 

Survey of the Damage

Week 5 Post Accutane Now that the redness has started to fade away, I can start to survey the damage the acne did to my forehead. There are some small potential scars; both ice pick and boxcar. I scheduled a follow-up appointment with my dermatologist before I move home. I'm going to find out if I should expect the scars to be permanent or temporary. But without the acne, I almost don't care if my skin is perfect when looked at closely. One thing that helps your skins appearance

Stoper54

Stoper54

06/11/10

 

Normal Skin

Week 4 Post Accutane My skin is normal! Not oily; not dry; just normal. This week I noticed that my skin was starting to look a little oily. Nowhere near where it was before but it was noticeable. I stopped moisturizing and now my skin is nearly perfect. I still have some red cheeks but they continue to get better. I no longer use anything but Cataphil Gentle Cleanser and Purpose soap on my body. For those who are still waiting to finish up Accutane keep the faith; the results ar

Stoper54

Stoper54

06/05/10

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06/11/10

 

Scars and Skydiving

Week 3 Post Accutane Things are going great. I can definitely see some scars on my forehead when I look closely but hopefully overtime those heal. I've started using moisturizer again. My face is still red and the moisturizer helps sooth it. But besides the redness, all side effects are gone. I'm going sky diving this weekend to try out my new skin.

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/28/10

 

Putting Away the Moisturizer

Post Accutane Week 2 Side effects are disappearing and so are my red marks; at least I think they are. My lips are no longer chapped and I've put away the Vaseline. I've stopped using Cerve moisturizer and just the Eucerin Redness Relief since my face is still red. Overall, no issues. I've started planning activities I couldn't do while I was on the medicine. I'm going skydiving over Memorial Weekend and the beach in June.

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/19/10

 

So Far So Good

Post Accutane: One Week My skin is glowing. Everyday it starts to look better and better as though the Accutane was holding it back from its full potential. I have a microscopic red spot every now and then but overall no problems. The redness is start to fade as are the red mark. My lips are still chapped but no where as bad as they were a week ago. My current regimen is Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser Cerve Moisterizing Cream (little less each day) Neutragena Sun Block S

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/11/10

 

The Final Day

Only 1 Day Left Clear! There is only one pill remaining in my last blister packet and tomorrow morning will be my last experience with Accutane (hopefully). Although the side effects are severe, I highly recommend Accutane. The benefits far out-weigh the costs. It's a character builder which will test you from the initial outbreak to the beet-red face but it is worth it to not to have to worry about your face even if it is only temporary. I'll continue to update weekly on my

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/04/10

 

Lessons Learned

Only 2 Days Left Clear! This second to last entry, will be the top 10 lessons I learned 1. MOISTURIZE. This is a three parter a). When you think you've put too much on, put even more on. b). Moisturize immediately after a shower; don't wait to dry. This is huge. c). Moisturize everywhere. Don't just moisturize your face; moisturize your legs, back, arms, even your genitals and ass. 2. Don't touch your lesions. Your skin is extremely sensitive while on Accutane

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/03/10

 

Month Five Reflection

Only 3 Days Left Clear! This month was mostly characterized by countdowns. I returned to Yuma on April 12th and was extremely anxious for the end to be there. I wanted to enjoy my new skin and never take it for granted again. For the longest time, my thoughts were acne and my skin. Now I can worry about other things...like finding a job. Side effects: Moderately red skin and slightly chapped lips

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/03/10

 

Month Four Reflection

Only 4 Days Left Clear! Month Four represented my return home. During month one, I had to face family and friends in my condition but in month four I was completely clear. Minus the side effects, it was nice having all my confidence back. It was also during this time, that I became aware that I would leaving Yuma and my job situation became uncertain. I learned there are more important things than your skin like how are you going to eat. I also learned that my sister is havi

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/03/10

 

Month Three Reflection

Only 5 Days Left Clear! Month three is where I became clear for the first time. Toward the middle of the month I started feeling less bumps on my forehead; while this had happened previous, this time news ones didn't replace it. While I was clearing, I was also left with devastating red spots which were extremely visible. It was also at this point that I started realizing how my condition allowed me to relate to other people who were sick. I had a friend back home and I was a

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/03/10

 

Month Two Reflection

Only 6 Days Left Clear! However, every now and then there are little red marks that appear and then disappear. Month two was difficult but knowing the breakouts were starting to slow made it easier to deal with. It was about the 2nd week I was back in Yuma that people started commenting on how red my face was. It was at this time that I realized how strong the side effects were going to be. My face was so red that I began to become uncomfortable about that part. It was also toward

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/03/10

 

Month One Reflection

Only 7 Days Left Clear! The next five entries will be a reflection on each month. My first month was difficult if not awful. As I mentioned in previous entries, my skin became extremely sensitive in July 2009. After trying many harsh topical with little to no improvement, I tried to return to the regimen I used in high school which cause the worst outbreak of my life. It was at this time that my dermatologist recommended Accutane. I said no but he wouldn't let me leave until I

Stoper54

Stoper54

05/02/10

 

What Now?

Only 8 Days Left Small red marks on my right and left cheek but already disappearing Here is a list of what my dermatologist says to expect post-accutane -2 weeks in all side effects disappear -Perfect skin for 3 months -After I will either stay perfect, have minor adult acne, or it will return. I'm confident about not returning When I finish my last day of Accutane, I'll have weekly updates on my progress post-Accutane. Side effects: Moderately red skin and slight

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/27/10

 

Was it Worth It?

Only 9 Days Left Clear! So the question I'm going to get once I'm done is was it worth it? Was clear skin worth the side effects, changing the very fabric of my skin, and any other effects five months of harsh chemicals does to your body. My face looked sunburn for 4 months straight, my lips and nose were so dry and chapped that they bled, my energy levels were down. But I would definitely do it again if I had to. I'm sure that everyone has a different reason for why they need cle

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/26/10

 

Countdown

Only 10 Days Left! Clear! The countdown is almost in single digits; so excited! The final 10 days will be mostly reflective entries. Side effects: Red skin and slightly chapped lips

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/24/10

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04/26/10

 

Looking Forward To...

Only 11 Days Left Clear! My face is most back to normal. Now that I'm nearing the end of my treatment, here is a list of things I'm most looking forward to post-Accutane: 1. Red spots disappearing 2. Sun and being in it 3. Getting a tattoo 4. Not being itchy 5. A simple skin regimen; using a gentle cleanser the rest of my life 6. Swimming without being self-conscious 7. Throwing away my acne products 8. Immense self-confidence 9. Energy returning 10. No more doc

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/24/10

 

Epic Journey

Only 12 Days Left Small whitehead on my right temple and two red marks under the skin. A little scared that I have some minor acne this late in the game but they are already disappearing. It is probably because I slept with a bunch of gel in my hair and it got on my pillow. I put together my plan for my trip back to Chicago. Starting in Flagstaff, I'm driving to Colorado Spring, then Iowa City, then Chicago. It is going to be epic! Side effects: Moderately red skin and

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/24/10

 

Perfecting the Perfecting Lotion

Only 13 Days Left Clear! In case you haven't been reading my blog, Redness Relief Perfecting Lotion from Eucerin is possibly the most important product to have while on Accutane to prevent redness. The biggest problem with it is it tends to clump up. I recently discovered that by putting it on wet skin it blends better; still extremely effective. Side effects: Moderately red skin and slightly chapped lips

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/24/10

 

Bad Habits

Only 14 Days Left Clear! I've developed some bad habits since I started Accutane. I used to shave rarely because it caused irritation but now I tend to do it everyday. Not washing my hair everyday. My hair used to get rather oily after a day but now there is no need. Not washing my hair at night. I used to wash out the oil and gel from my hair before I went to sleep but not now. Putting my hands on my face. This is probably the worse one. My face has been ext

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/23/10

 

Obamacare

Only 15 Days Left Clear! I've been thinking about the healthcare bill. One of the key funding mechanisms in it is the tax on Cadillac plans. My insurance plan at work would be considered this type of plan and I wonder if I would have been able to afford Accutane if I had to pay the full cost of it. I'm an independent btw and will keep an open mind about the healthcare bill. Side effects: Moderately red skin and slightly chapped lips

Stoper54

Stoper54

04/23/10

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