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20 year old female with moderate but persistant acne, hoping to finally get clear!

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Why does my skin always clear up right before I go to the derm?

Why does my skin always clear up right before I go to the derm? It's kind of annoying, but I'm never gonna complain about my skin being too good. My skin is the best it's been since 2 years ago when I got my wisdom teeth out. Last time I went to her my skin wasn't that bad either, then I got a big breakout, and now that I'm going back it's cleared up again. I still have some red marks and scabs so she can see where pimples were, but I only have 5 actives and 4 of them are tiny and the bigger one is hidden in my hairline. Too bad she didn't see me a few weeks ago when I had all that hormonal acne. I have been getting pimples on my lower back though, which is really weird for me. I used to get a lot on my upper back and shoulders, but now they're pretty clear and I'm getting these huge painful pimples on my lower back

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11/29/2010

 

Ugh

My skin seems to be making up for last week by breaking out like crazy this week. I have 4 big pustules on my jawline and 1 on my cheek. I've been trying not to pop or pick at my skin lately, but I just gave in and popped the one in the middle of my cheek because it was driving me crazy. The ones on my jaw I can't see as much so it's easier to resist popping them. They really hurt though, especially when I bend over and the blood goes to my head. I'm really hoping I get to start Accutane on December 1st because I can't wait to be done with this.

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11/10/2010

 

Having a good day

My skin is actually looking pretty good today. I only have 2 small actives on my chin and 1 larger one on my jawline. This is the week I get my period and normally I break out way more than this. I've been on Diane-35 for 3 or 4 months now, so maybe that's why. Although before when I was on it for a year it didn't seem to help much. Maybe it's just a coincidence. My skin seems to randomly clear up for a while and then get worse again, even though I don't change my routine. I remember having no pimples at all for my winter formal in grade 11 which made me really happy, but then it came back. And in the fall of grade 12 my skin was pretty much perfect, but that winter my skin was the worst it's ever been. Acne makes no sense. I'm happy I'm going to look somewhat decent this weekend. I think I might text the guy I like and see if he wants to hang out tomorrow. Last time I saw him I had a few scabs on my cheek and felt really self concious, especially since he introduced me to a bunch of his friends and I felt like I was being judged by them. Don't want to waste a good skin day just sitting at home

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11/04/2010

 

A little background information...

Like I mentioned in my last post I've had acne for 8 years, since I was 12. I went to the doctor about it when I was 14. Over the years I tried several types of topicals, antibiotics and birth control pills and none of it has had any significant effect. My doctor referred me to a dermatologist last March because nothing he tried had worked. I tried to get her to prescribe me Accutane but she wanted me to try more antibiotics and topicals before she would give it to me, since I don't have severe acne. Currently I'm taking 1000 mg erythromycin a day, using Retin-A micro 0.04 % at night, alternating between 5% benzoyl peroxide and 2% salicylic acid during the day, and taking Diane-35 birth control pills. This combination of treatments has helped somewhat. My back and chest are pretty clear thanks to the erythromycin, my skin has become a little less oily because of the Diane-35 and most of the whiteheads that used to cover my face are gone, although I now have blackheads instead. I get several new papules and pustules a day, mainly on my cheeks, and jawline, with some on my chin and forehead. My forehead, chin, nose, and the area around my nose are covered in blackheads. I'll post pictures of my skin when I start Accutane.

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11/02/2010

 

Finally!

Yesterday I went to my dermatologist and she finally agreed that Accutane might be a good option for me. She gave me an information packet and some forms and told me to do some research, talk to others who have been on it, and if I decided to proceed go get the bloodwork done and then call for an appointment. I've already done research and talked to others, and I've wanted to go on Accutane for years. This morning I went to the lab to get my blood taken because I want to get started as soon as possible. The doctor told me not to eat for 12 hours before, but I wasn't sure if I was allowed to drink anything or not, so I didn't just to be safe. When I got there I found out I had to do a urine test too, which was kind of difficult seeing as I had peed before I left the house and hadn't had anything to drink in 12 hours! Hopefully there was enough for them to do the test. When I got home I called the derm's office to make my next appointment. Unfortunately she's going on vacation so I can't get in until December 1st. I'm hoping I can actually get my prescription on that day. I'm not totally sure how it works and whether I'll have to get more tests done before that or not. The brochure was a bit confusing but made it sound like you're supposed to get a pregnancy test a month before you start and then do another one right before you start. So maybe the month I have to wait before I can get in to see her again will actually be perfect timing. I guess waiting a month isn't that big of a deal seeing as I've been dealing with acne for 8 years.

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11/01/2010

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