So, I REALLY hate posting bad news about the current conditions of my face because I feel like it discourages people that I'm still facing adversities late in the process, but I am. I'm trying to be optimistic but this breakout is almost never ending. I honestly don't know if I'm going to really clear up by month 5 or even by month 6. Things are not going as I envisioned 4 months ago. I thought that by this time I would be healing everyday and my skin would be of perfect complexion, but obviously it is not. I don't know what to think of it. I try to think of it as every little clogged pore just coming up to the surface. Like someone said breakouts mean something is working and your body is slowly changing and adjusting. Side effects I've noticed: My skin has thinned out a lot, for example when I itch my face, it stings like I scratched it too hard. I get cuts and scrapes way easily. Uhmm, dry lips but not really bad and that's it. Yeah it's a roller coaster ride, one day I feel like things are getting smoother and better, next day i'm breaking out again. I don't know anymore
Still breaking out but less haha, still pushing out the nasty stuff. Month 4 is in about one more week so hopefully I'll see more change. I don't know about other people, but for me accutane is a pain in the ass. I can't believe I broke out for about a month straight lol. So the sides of my chin and lower jawline is breaking out less while the sides of my cheeks just started breaking out like last week into this week. My forehead is getting wayy better, its pretty clear with one or two bumps. My tzone is like crystal clear smooth. It's so weird like parts of my face are clear and smooth with a great complexion and then the other parts are like bumpy and breaking out. Whatever I still have 3 months to clear up so I still have my hope . I've been still drinking lots of water, exercising, but I need to catch up on some sleep so I'm gonna take a nap today Oh and the other night I was watching tv and i flipped to MTV's True life and it was I Have Acne. I was so surprised, but my luck goes out to all the three teens that suffered from acne. One went on accutane and two tried laser treatments.. looked extremely painful. Anyways I'll try to update more often, I just get busy and lazy sorry! Keep checking because I know it'll start working soon
So guy I have been off of accutane for about 4 days now. Not because I'm clear, or because my liver enzymes are too high but they said that my blood results showed that I'm one week pregnant! I ASSURE YOU THIS IS NOT THE CASE. They immediately gave me a urine test at my monthly appointment and surely it was negative. They interrogated me for about 10 minutes if I was sexually active and I scoffed a bit because I'm totally abstinent. Yeah but until I get another blood test they can not prescribe more medication. Sucks because apparently you can't get a blood test the next day because it is to back-to-back and so I'll be getting it sometime today or tomorrow since Sat-Sun-Mon they are closed (due to Memorial Day). So I'll be on it again by Tuesday . On brighter note they say it stays in your system for quite awhile after the last pill you took, so I will still continue to consider the days without me taking the pills as days that I took them. Also for my next month my derm lowered my dose from 60 to 40 mg because of the headaches, back pain, rashes, and etc. I'm kind of glad and uneasy. Glad because my side effects will decrease and uneasy because what if it would be more effective with a higher dosage? Ehh, I think I'll be fine. Also I'm still having a crazy breakout like no other. I of course asked my derm he said it was totally normal, common that some people breakout in between 2 - 3 months randomly. He gave me some topicals called Aczone and told me not to freak out because I'm on track and everything is fine. It's hard to stay positive when my acne was never this bad to begin with. It's so horrid to look at the mirror. I barely had crazy cysts only during the week of my period but omg I have cysts all over the sides of my chin and the sides of my cheeks that accumulate everyday since 2 weeks ago, but it's slowwly getting better with the cream he gave me. Also my lips are way less dry lately it's great. and two more days of school until the summer!
General improvement. I upped my dosage to 60 mg again. Drier and its working way better. I still get a pimple or two but overall pretty clear just a few red marks. It's improvement everyday now finally. My complexion is looking really good actually. I really think I'll be well off in the middle of this month because I have been improving a lot. Finally its doinnng work!
You know when you can distinguish when a person has acne or "just pimples." Like a kid with a bumpy complexion in contrast to a kid with a nice complexion but occasional scattered pimples here and there. Well I feel like I'm nearing this stage haha. Like my forehead, tzone, and chin is clear but some scattered pimples on my cheeks. My red marks are going away as well. So I just have a couple more bumps to deal with . I think.. I THINK, that some of you are thinking wtf how come she's still not getting clear results at DAY 123! Well my personal HONEST opinion is because I had the moderate acne to begin with. Does this type of acne sound familiar. The small bumps all over your cheeks and forehead with a mix of pimples and rare cysts once in awhile? I'm talking about the small bumps that are not inflamed but just like color of your skin tone but just a little microscopic bump but tens of them scattered over your cheeks and forehead. Yeah well I had the moderate but persistent acne. THE MAIN THING I HATED about my acne was the small bumps everywhere that never went away! It just made my complexion look gross. So in hopes to clear this all up I went on accutane. Sure enough every little bumps inflamed lol. So the moral of the story is that the people who already have the cystic severe inflamed acne will heal faster since they are already broken out! But the people like me we still need to push out we have the stubborn little bumps that are just stuck chillin in our pores so this is why we seem to get "worse." just my theory...Patience is key! If anyone has questions regarding my course, accutane, me LOL, or anything just comment! I don't mind at all
So as I said before I'm gradually improving, my breakouts are slowly declining and giving my skin time to heal. Hopefully this is it and I'll continue to improve from here on out. Today I really felt excited and my hope came back. My face is actually getting better. I mean it is still a mess, but I can see and feel the difference. So I never lost hope, even when I reached my lowest points..but I don't want to jinx myself anymore. I think work, exercising, hanging out with my boyfriend/friends, going out more has all been significantly helping with the process. It makes time fly by, decrease my stress levels, and evoke all the happiness in me so therefore less breakouts . Still drinking lots of water and lately I've been running again after my like one month off season break from track season. Honestly it has been hard getting back in shape but one more week of running and core workouts should do it. I've been running 3 miles everyday with intervals of p90x (ab ripper x) every other day. WELL ANYWAYS haha hopefully more improvement throughout this week Oh I went swimming yesterday and my neck has been itchy.. weird but yeah that and chapped lips are basically all the side effects
So, bad news I would say but after about 6 months off accutane I started to break out once again -_-, at first it was very very mild maybe one or two small bumps, then as the time progressed it started to turn into a few bumps and then as more time progressed a few bumps with pimples. So now it is at the point where it was enough to sort of bother me and for me to actually notice. It is not at all bad and even debatable if it falls into the "moderate" category but it's still acne. So I ordered Dan's Regimen and I will be starting a new blog titled REGIMEN. I was thinking "what if I took a second course" But there is NO way I will ever put myself through that emotional, physical torture ever again. I literally remember that period of my life being torturous, dry, and painful. And 6 months can really change a person and I am not willing to that again...
[b]COMMENT THIS POST PLEASE ! Less breakouts BUT I have red patches from where my skin had blemishes... I'M GOING ON A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA ON FRIDAY WITH MY BOYFRIEND'S FAMILY .. and I am nervous! ANY GOOD TIPS TO DECREASE RED MARKS? lol I'm just nervous when they see me without makeup and stuff like that I know it's stupid but just like any person with acne we are anxious about people seeing our cute little blemishes and redmarks haha.. SO PLEASE RESPOND! But honestly I've been breaking out way less. but no one would notice because of the red marks which is killing me .. slowly
Same stuff, but I feel like the bumps are less and going down so that's a good sign. I'm going to stop worrying about my breakout now and just live life. It's the summer and there are parties every night, so I'm just going to have fun and do my thing. Last night I went to a graduation party and people offered me drinks and shots, I would say about 20 times noo jokee. I gladly refused every time, refused the hookah, refused anything "bad." Main reason was because I honestly think it's a waste of time and kind of pointless. I decided that I want my senior year to be sober, live up to my captain title in cross country and track, and be a role model pointing out that you don't have to drink and smoke to have fun at parties. Along with the fact that I'm on accutane, everything works out . Maybe I'll even save some breakouts from alcohol? haha I don't know Anyways lips are just dry, no headaches, no bloody nose, no dry nose, no sore back. I know people have said they had hair loss, but I seem to be growing more and more hair quickly! It's weird I don't know if it's linked to accutane, but my hair seem to be growing faster and thicker, not complaining .
I'm about half way into my 4th month as of right now and things are slowly getting better. One thing worth mentioning is the dramatic change your skin takes as in the thinning and healing. Before I would heal from red marks quite quickly, maybe 3 days.. but now it take a little longer and my skin heals differently. My skin all over is generally thinner and more fragile. I used to never get sunburns, but now if I'm not very cautious, I do. But with the whole acne issue, I no longer get huge cysts FINALLY. My forehead is 100% clear with an amazing complexion. My cheeks are healing, but I have a couple of red marks and small bumps here and there. The horrible breakout scene is clearing up significantly now but it's such a gradual process, I forgot I was improving. One thing with accutane is that you must me patient. It seems like it's going nowhere half the time, and just making things worse and making you doubt yourself, but with patience and hope it'll work out in the end. Although I'm not all the way clear, I still believe it'll work because I'm slowly but surely improving. Another thing I've realized is too not stress out about it. Like whatever is happening will happen. There's not really a way for you to prevent the inevitable initial breakouts and the roller-coaster rides. You just have to go along with everything and accept everything without shame or regret. Make the best out of your situation. Beauty is ONLY skin deep. Everything else counts too: your personality, character, charisma, charm, etc. So for the people who want to burrow in their room for 6 months... you will lose yourself and forget the spontaneous, chill person you used to be. I know I did. During month 3, I seriously was depressed and unhappy, and then I made sure I hung out with my friends EVERYDAY or did something EVERYDAY. My stress went away and slowly started to heal again. I call it my "dark days" haha it was pretty bad. So keep exercising and doing whatever you want. Get your nails done, go swimming, dye your hair, thread your eyebrows, hang out with all your friends, go on dates. Don't let this temporary skin problem control your life. BTW DID ANYONE WATCH INCEPTION? let me know if i should go watch it haha
Still breaking out, but I ended up popping all of the lesions all over my forehead and the sides of my chin. I know this is not recommended but I don't scar easily and my red marks fade really quickly. My skin is just different, so I highly suggest people NOT to do the whole popping thing. However, the pain from the lesions and cysts were too much and the only fast relief was removing all the nasty stuff from my pores. Let me tell you guys that was the most painful experience EVER. After I quickly washed my face and put a layer of aczone on my face and the next morning my face was significantly better. I had no more pressure, pain, and inflammation. Although I do have some scabs and patches from everything, everything is slowly healing. I'm still breaking out, but it's a littllleee bit less. No significant change, but the cysts are finally off of my forehead just some on the sides of my chin and one on my front right cheek. I've also noticed that if I drink the next couple of days I WILL break out. For example, a couple of days after my birthday party in April, I broke out. So, I'm definitely avoiding any bit of alcohol. What else, oh yeah my lips are very manageable lately after I've been reduced to 40 mg it's great. I've been getting some oil on my face back, like my face is not like dry and unhealthy looking, but more natural moisture without moisturizer. So that's good. But all in all still breaking out, face looks a mess, but Slooowly healing
Instead of Claravis (60mg), I am now taking Amnesteen (40mg). Different brand name, but the same old stuff. My lips have not been so dry lately yay for that. So I'm still breaking out with cysts all over my forehead now and the sides of my chin aren't soo bad, but still breaking out. I've noticed every clogged pore and all the small little clustered bumps I used to have are all surfacing out into huge pimples/cysts. And I had most of these small little milia looking bumps on the sides of my chin and my forehead so it makes total sense I'm breaking there like crazy. I'm thinking EVERYTHING will surface out, every little pore will detox and boy is it painful. Just touching my chin and my forehead hurts and I never really had the painful cysts. Definitely the worst breakout ever, but everyone around me is giving me support telling me to wait it out so I'm still hopeful. My back pain isn't that noticeable anymore and my arms are kind of dry. My lips are very manageable again. Oh I also have been getting baddddd headaches after naps and stuff and I thought they were migraines, but my derm told me I was really dehydrated and to drink lots and lots of water when that happens and throughout the day in general and I haven't got a headache since so EVERYONE DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS. I am almost halfway done Hopefully by next week I'll be done pushing out.
Still the same old breakout. I'd like to believe it's getting better, but looks the same in the mirror, maybe because the red marks after bumps go away. Less pain on the sides of my chin and mouth which is good. Drinking lottss of water lately and hi-c haha, every time I feel dehydrated after a nap I drink a carton of cold hi-c because drinking so much water made me tired of it haha My lips have been a little more dry lately but still not chapped so thats good What's weird is that this month my face is slightly oily again which is weird because it had no oil at all the last two months. Only on my t-zone area though not the cheeks.
So my target areas are only my cheeks now which can be viewed as either good or bad news. I'll say good . This is my outlook.. I've always had like tiny microscopic bumps scattered in this region and didn't have the smooth complexion like that of the complexion on your arm or leg. So after this region surfaces out all the impurities it may even clear up my complexion like my forehead. I am excited and I think my cheeks will be the trouble spot for about 2-3 more weeks. When I say that you surface out every little bump, I literally mean it. Every little bump, every little clogged pore seriously surfaced out. I am kind of glad it was a "dispersed" breakout. What I mean by this is my face seemed to break out in different periods. Like at first it was my forehead, then a month later the sides of my chin and sides of my cheeks, then my cheeks now. Like I mean if I had this whole break out at once it would have been faster and I would probably be clearer now, but I would have probably sunk into social retardation. Lol no joke I am glad my face surfaced out in different times and different "sections" otherwise it could've been pretty brutal. So I guess accutane is working in it's own organized process. So for some advice: Once you're about 4 months into the process, I suggest you become VERY cautious with picking your skin, touching your skin, and popping anything. I didn't believe it would change my skin so much either until I picked or something. My skin just tore and everything looked worse. So make sure you are super gentle with your skin, and start using sunblock when you're doing any outdoor activities. Stress is a big one. Have fun and don't let anyone bring you down. Try running everyday or every other day, hang out with your friends, and talk to your family a lot. The more support and happiness the better! Water! If I don't drink enough water, I get migraines, headaches, and my chest feels really dehydrated. Make sure you you hydrate yourself. Don't get obsessed with the mirror. Stop looking at all your flawed marks. Don't stare at each individual pimple all day and all your red marks/scars. It'll go away eventually! You are essentially just wasting your time and frustrating yourself. It is what it is. You might even damage your skin more when your in your bathroom longer... for example, you feel the need to squeeze, pop, and pick irritating your skin into an inflamed, red mess. Try to keep yourself occupied and take your mind off of acne. Remember it will heal eventually. For the girls. Make up doesn't hurt! Wear your make up when you go out. I know I feel way more confident with it on and better so why not. As long as you wash it off thoroughly and use oil-free foundation, it is totally fine. Some times I even feel like my make up improves my skin tone and complexity. HOPE THIS HELPS! Good luck.
Bleh Vegas weather sucks and is drying out my skin again. When I was in Cali, my skin was like perfectly not dry! haha and my lips were never chapped I put on chapstick like twice a day. Ehm I've been SUPER stressed out lately and I randomly got some bumps here and there. It's whatever though because I'm happy again and I'm going to forget about it .
So this past week I've broke out REALLY bad. The WORST one yet from my whole life of having acne and accutane. Like it's a continuous thing, everyday I get new bumps it's so weird because nearing the end of month 1 I was clearing up A LOT and then all of sudden a roller coaster turn. I'm confused, discouraged and embarrassed to go to school with my face looking a hot mess, but I need to suck it up. My face is dry and peely, my lips are so dry it's so annoying, back is achy. I need this month to zoom by because my face is a mess. Mainly the sides of my cheeks and the sides of my chin. Still hopeful and optimistic, but with a lot of effort! But Tomorrow is the start of my 3 months so yay for that haha
So stillllllllllllllllllllll breaking out lol nothing to significant but I've noticed my forehead is super clear lol like it's really weird because i would have little bumps here and there normally but now its soo smooth so somethings working! my tzone is also perfectly smooth and clear complexion its just the sides of my cheeks that are being the buzz kills haha, but it's ok because my derm told yesterday that this is probably the last month I will break out and month 5 will be the dramatic clearing so yeah they also told me some people just break out later in the process and it's totally normal ... Why couldn't i have just broke out the first two months.. oh well lol but The breakouts now is not as painful as before and it's just the aesthetic issue I have problems with now haha but I'm starting my 4th month in two more days so yeah hopefully stuff starts to get better. Oh and I'm going to be on 40 mg for my fourth month too since the side effects are way more manageable Uhm that's about it and I tend to sweat more easily and get really hot sometimes it's really irritating. But other than the acne issue, life's pretty good: work is fine, studying for my sat/act is going pretty good, loving my boyfriend, and just enjoying everything and being optimistic
So i've been done for like 1 week and a half or so and im doing great i cleared up more when i got off so my face is totally clear people always say i have cleared amazingly! So i definitely think it was worth the pain BUT i wouldnt do it again haha. It was an experience that taught me A LOT about patience. ANY QUESTIONS IM HERE! just comment and ill let you know the buusiness haha but i can finally just wake up and not worry about covering up my spots and just be FREE!
So same old same old, i have quite a few fading red marks but it's whatever. I'm just going to have lots of fun, hang out with my friends, and occupy myself. Being stress free will be a lot better for me. So I'm going to STOP touching my face. Now that my skin is so thinned out, a tiny itch could break the surface of my skin. Going to take precaution and I might go out and buy some neosporin to help the healing red marks and scabs. Anyone recommend this? Soo yeah hopefully by the end of this month I will be done pushing out. Gonna keep my fingers crossed and keep hoping.
Been a week or two sorry! was in Newport :] beautiful weather!! beautiful people!! Anyways my face has healed tremendously :] my forehead is about 100% clear, the sides of my cheeks are still going through a minor break out and the sides of my chin is getting there like 90% clear :]. my nose got really sunburnt lol, so make sure you use sunscreen! but other than my nose my body was totally fine I got SOO tan. I was at the beach everyday literally. The only reason I got a little breakout towards the end of the trip was because I got my period thats what i'm guessing but my face is definitely healing and much better. I'm very impressed with my forehead and just waiting for my cheeks to heal like that which will be so amazing. Totally regaining my faith.
doing good no cysts at all, some small little bumps but overall good. Red marks are going away . I'm dry. lol like only my face nowhere else which is odd because when i was 60 before I was dry almost everywhere, but this is good. I exfoliate almost everyday and it helps a lot with the dryness. my lips are manageable and my back is a little more sensitive again. But that's basically it. oh i feel a little more dehydrated but a glass or two every so often solves that but yeah my face is doing pretty well right now just waiting for my red marks to fade and the small little bumps to go away but no cysts or even pimples right now.
I might consider stopping soon because my brother took accutane last year and he is experienced bowel problems now. He advised me to stop because he is experiencing the long term issues as the commercials are stating. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Roaccutane/Accutane are going crazy right now and I'm actually worried. I am nearing the end of my treatment in one and half more months though... hmm what to do. This sucks lol. I'll talk to my doctor and see what to do because I don't want any permanent damage from an acne prescription FOR NOBOODDYY haha. but my skin is clearing A LOT. only small little bumps and overall healing good complexion
Still improving. I get a random bump or two here and there on my cheeks of course, but my tzone is clear. I really want a facial extraction to just get all the small little bumps over with, but I think my skin is too sensitive right now. I started practice last week for cross country and I've noticed I SWEAT EXCESSIVELY now. It's ridiculous.. I have no idea if it's linked to accutane or if it's because I haven't ran this hard. Hopefully the exercise contributes to my improvement. I am dealing with the side effects way better now that I am a pro accutane expert haha. Before when I was on 60mg, I was a mess. My skin would flake, my lips would chap and tear, my joints/back were aching, and etc. But now my body is adapting and I am used to it. I am really good about moisturizing about three times a day, applying chap stick religiously, and drinking lots of water. Hopefully next time I update I'll be done with the bumps!
So here's the deal, I'm still breaking out, BUTTT considerably less. Like I would have a battlefield on my face a couple of weeks ago with immense pain, but now it's like way less just the annoying aesthetic related breakout that's bothering me not so much actual pain. All my HUGE nodules are inactive, but just the small teeny bumps left to go and the red marks from my past crazy continuous breakout I had. I would say I'm improving, but it's hard to tell because of the marks they left. Whatever! 4th month starts in like 5 more days for me so I'm sure I'll improve a lot in that month. Another thing is I'm debating on whether I should stay at 40 mg or bump up to 60 mg, I know it's based on my doctor's recommendation, but I'm scared to bump up because I HATE THE SIDE EFFECTS. Then I want to bump up because I don't want to relapse and I want the process to speed up. I'll probably bump up though ehh. Side effects: My nostrils are a little more dry, but not bad at all. Skin is a little more dry and lips are chapped. Nothing else, and my blood test was done yesterday and everything is still normal and fine . ALMOST HALFWAY DONE
Im completely clear, my skin tone improves everyday. no scars no nothing , my oil is back my face is normal oily now. Everything is going back to normal gradually my back is still sort of sensitive from the medicine but i am so happy i dont break out anymore its a miracle. It seriously took the entire 6 months for me to clear up .. wow i lost hope so many times but its worth it just BE PATIENT