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well past the finish line

k. So here we are. done with accutane and on with life... my skin: not as clear as it was during the last few months of my treatment. I do have small brake outs on my chin. NOTHING like what i had before, no nodular acne. no cysts. my body is clear for the most part as well. i have some little, little guys on my chest, but again: i am not covered in acne, and no cysts. i do have these weird things around my eyes, that i had before accutane, and now that i am off they are back

cortney

cortney

10/07/10

 

dude...

Not sure what day it is anymore.... I have ten days left of my accutane to take and to be honest I am a bit scared. My skin looks fantastic and I am worried that when I am finished that my skin will be bad again. I have not seen my regular derm in 2 months cause she has been on vacation over the summer. Hopefully for this last appointment I will finally get to see her again. my skin: looks glorious, I have no active acne. I hardly wear any face makeup anymore!! side effects:

cortney

cortney

07/31/10

 

Day 120: back from italy and some...

I has been a super long time! But hell I was in italy for a month and then NC to see the 'rents. Then uber busy with summer classes, an internship, and work. So here is a bit of a recap of stuff that has been going on with my skin and all that business: Yeah the 8 hour plane ride from here to Amsterdam -- holy balls! It was like the pressure sucked all the pores on my nose closed and brought any remaining blackheads to the surface. When we landed i went to the bathroom and I had tons o

cortney

cortney

07/03/10

 

day 63: up & away!

day 63: Went to the doctor four days ago. She was pretty surprised that I still had so many cysts coming up. She also upped my dose, which is exciting!! So I am now doing 60 and we talked about going up to 80 next month if my side effects are still okay. I will cross my fingers! my skin: Icky the left side of my face is a mess! 7 gross things, two scabby peeling ones, three lumpy hard ones. side effects: chapped lips. And I am super tired, but it is also finals week...

cortney

cortney

05/07/10

 

Day 52..wow freckles!

Haven't posted in a bit... Sorry. Time flies and with only two weeks left in the semester till finals I have had my nose to the grind stone trying to crank out a good finish to this year. I am also planning a trip to Italy this May so I have been doing a lot for that was well. It should be glorious, I have never been to Europe and I think a study abroad program will be an excellent way to go! Anyway... My skin: I have some super icky guys on my left cheek. Three cysts right in a row l

cortney

cortney

04/25/10

 

Day 41 ...

Day 41 I did well and avoided alcohol this past weekend, yeah me! I ended up hiding in one of my other roommates rooms and doing homework, lame I know, but whatever. I don't really have anything new to report. Some good news: the pain in my left leg is gone--> awesome! Now I can kick the hell out of the ball at soccer and I don't limp away... my skin: my chin is healing nicely. I have grown a nasty guy right by my left eye though, I think I may name him Pepe. I wouldn't call h

cortney

cortney

04/14/10

 

Day 36- porch party

Day 36 It is two of my roommates birthday's this weekend so we are having a porch party and then they are going to migrate out to the bars... We are expecting about 20 people. I am not super stoked about this for several reasons: the porch is off my room, which means I am going to have strangers and mere acquaintances walking through my room all night (it also means I have no where to hide), also alcohol is involved, of which I am trying to avoid. I also have a crap load of stuff to do

cortney

cortney

04/10/10

 

my face hurts... it must be killing you!!

day 34 So my skin not looking so hot. I am getting a bunch of the underground cysts in my chin area. I am doing well with not picking the new ones -->so far. And damn it the one that I could not resist picking from a week ago is a scab and looks horrible, while the unicorn horn that was growing out of my forehead (which was larger but i was able to resist the urge to pick) is pretty much gone except for a hyper-pigmentation spot-- but it is level again!! I have one on either side of my

cortney

cortney

04/08/10

 

month 2 - day 31

So I got my prescription filled, my liver hasn't quit on me yet! woo hoo! I was afraid that my spring brake would be an issue but it wasn't so that is good. I haven't had a drink since then and I would like to keep it that way, but it is hard living on campus with six others who enjoy friday and saturday cocktails! Oh well, I just need to be strong. It will all be over soon, and soooo worth it! my skin: I have two huge guys that came up, one on my forehead and one on my chin. I pic

cortney

cortney

04/05/10

 

Why yes, I am part unicorn...

Why yes, I am part unicorn... And that is a horn trying to grow out of my forehead! I am very magical. As is the fu*kin thing growing out of my head!! What the hell?

cortney

cortney

04/02/10

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04/03/10

 

Day 25- Muscle Pain

This morning at soccer I was afflicted with severe muscle pain in my right leg. I am really not happy about this. I know that muscle pain is a side effect but I was hoping that it is one that I would not have since I am pretty active. It killed all morning, but I did not want to tell the coach and sit out. I wasn't injured... I made it through and went home and used a heating pad while I googled accutane and muscle pain. I went to class and it really did hurt bad all day long. I did n

cortney

cortney

03/30/10

 

Day 20- it is so flippin' nice out

I can't believe it is day 20 already! I have an appointment next Friday to get my month 2 prescription and blood work done. I am worried about my liver function and all that coming back good since I definitely drank a lot over Spring Brake!! We'll see!! My skin: Is looking pretty good. My nose was peeling a ton so I stopped wearing makeup there cause it just made it look worse --> now it seems to have stopped peeling (for now) and my nose looks great. NO BLACKHEADS! Which are usua

cortney

cortney

03/24/10

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03/25/10

 

day 16- i posted pics...

EEEEKKK! Okay I took the plunge and posted some of my pictures... I am nervous about doing this cause what if someone I knows sees them?! But if they are looking through a website for acne, obviously they prolly have it too, so who really cares right!! I was still too shy to post the pictures of my body acne though, those ones I will keep to myself thanks... I think you can see the pictures in the accutane gallery or from my member info page... My skin: the two new guys on my chin have

cortney

cortney

03/20/10

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04/26/10

 

Day 15 - if my liver could talk it would say...

Day 15 If my liver could talk it would say f*** you cortney!! I am just wrapping up spring brake week, I have gotten no school work done what so ever. The only thing I have gotten off of my to-do list is to see a bunch of my friends that I have not seen in a while cause I am usually so busy with school. Unfortunately, for some reason getting together with friends seems to involve going out for drinks. I have been pretty good most nights and only having a few drinks, but last night I dr

cortney

cortney

03/19/10

 

day 13 - not much to report

day 13- Trying to monitor my skin and guess what is from the accutane, and what I may have had otherwise is a bit ridiculous. I have returned to using my clinique acne solutions moisturizer with benzoyl peroxide underneath another moisturizer. I could not stand not doing anything to treat the breakouts- my black heads were huge and I have a ton of pimples, and 3 cysts I had to do something!! I started using the BP on Monday night and by tuesday morning I could already see improvement. So

cortney

cortney

03/17/10

 

day 9 - designated wing woman

Day 9- So it is the day of my roommates bachelorette party and I have been doing a good job of keeping my hands off my face so that it was able to clear-up/calm-down enough so that I would be able to work my makeup magic. It is pretty amazing what I can achieve as long as I am free of scabs/ broken skin on my face. As for my body-- I am not going to be able to wear the dress I had originally planned because it is low cut ( i.e. lots of boob action) and my chest is broken out -> Not exactl

cortney

cortney

03/13/10

 

Day 5

Day 5 Not much to report, my face is still broken out. I hate having to go to school like this but what else can I do? It would be lovely if I could take off several months and hibernate through this whole process, but that is not an option. It also does not help that I have midterms all this week. The only good news is that next week is spring brake! I am hoping that I get my initial brake out then (so I can stay at home), but I doubt I will be that lucky! I have been trying to negot

cortney

cortney

03/10/10

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03/12/10

 

in the beginning...

Day 3 I began my accutane adventure Friday March 5th. I am 27 years old and am sooooo tired of having acne! Oddly no one ever guesses my real age they always think I am much younger, which I think is due to the acne. I am sure eventually a girl will enjoy having a youthful appearance but not because her skin looks like she is still going through puberty!! I have had acne since around the age of 12, it was mild at first just random white heads, a few blackheads nothing that I didn

cortney

cortney

03/08/10

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03/08/10

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