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4 years after Accutane WITH pics!

I finished accutane FOUR years ago, at the age of 16. I am now approaching my 20th birthday, and I am proud to say that my life has been forever changed. In fact, I completely forgot about this blog until a few days ago. My past life is totally and completely behind me. When I read through those journal entries I posted during my sophomore year in high school, the memories of my horrible cystic acne came back and I honestly felt grateful for the experience to go through something so humbling, pa

November121

November121

07/03/16

 

I Started Accutane 22 Months Ago

22 months ago, I was 14 years old, and I started taking accuane. I took a few pills a week, and gradually took more and more. I never officially ended Accutane. My doctor never told me, "All right, that's it, you're done!" My last appointment was over 6 months ago. I still have some pills left, I take a couple every month. So how's my skin doing? It's amazing! I never thought that my skin could be so clear. I still break out. But honestly, I hardly notice it. I usually have a small blemish or tw

November121

November121

03/21/13

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03/22/13

 

Day 418 Accutane

Okay everyone, I know it's been a long time. I've been really busy, and since my skin has been so great, it's not always the first thing on my mind like it used to be. But let's back up. Around the middle of May, my doctor told me to take three 40mg pills a week. I couldn't, because I broke out a bit. (Just a few small pimples). So I went back to taking pills every day. At my last appointment, a little over a month ago, he told me to go down. I have! I haven't been taking them in any certain ord

November121

November121

07/22/12

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07/22/12

 

Day 355

For some reason, within the past 2 weeks, I've been breaking out. I've had a couple of small pustules on my forehead, and some pink bumps on my cheeks. Weird. I'm still taking 40mg a day, so I don't know why. Anyway, my red marks are healing SO well! Although the line between clear skin under my eyes and the line of red marks is still visible, it's much lighter. I've been putting apple cider vinegar on my face for the past couple months and it's working really well. The huge scar on my right jaw

November121

November121

05/19/12

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07/22/12

 

Day 322 Accutane

I had another appointment, but my doctor left my dosage the same. 40 mgs every day. Anyway, I haven't been as faithful with taking the pills the past few weeks and it's shown. I broke out a little but on the left side of my face and I'm a little splotchy. However, my red marks seem to have faded a bit. My arms are really dry and rough right now. I got a small burn on my arms last week when I was in the sun for 20 minutes. Anyway, hopefully I'll be off soon! Will my red marks heal better when on

November121

November121

04/17/12

 

Day 300

Happy 300th day of accutane! Wow. Is this normal? Anyway, all week I've been getting random little red bumps on my skin. It's not terribly noticeable or bad, and I don't really mind, but I find it odd. Also, my red marks seem to have faded a tiny bit, and my overall redness has sort of decreased. My lips aren't too dry, and my skin isn't dry at all. Actually, my arms are kind of dry, but who really cares? Okay... That's all!

November121

November121

03/25/12

 

Day 293 Accutane

This week I got a small pimple on my forehead and chin. That's it! My red marks are fading slightly and the redness has calmed down a tiny bit. I'm hardly dry, and my back rarely hurts. I guess I'm used to accutane. I'm still taking 40mg a day. Good luck to everyone!

November121

November121

03/18/12

 

Day 286

Guess who broke out this week? Me! It was pathetic compared to the breakouts I used to get, in fact a year ago I wouldn't have even considered this a breakout. Nevertheless, I'm on my tenth month of accutane and breaking out is ridiculous. First of all, I got several small pink/ red bumps along the right side of my face. They aren't drastic and they don't call attention to themselves, but they are there. The weird thing is that I got a big pustule (haven't had one of those in a long time!) above

November121

November121

03/12/12

 

Day 275 Accutane

This week my skin's been acting weird. It's been brutally red, as always. It's ridiculous how much anti-redness products I use just to see my face still be fluorescent red! The weird thing with my skin is that it's been sort of breaking out. Very minimally. In fact I hate to even call it breaking out. Here's the case: I'm getting random reddish/ pink bumps on my face. I've gotten a couple on my forehead and a few on my right cheek. They're hardly noticeable, but it's just weird because I haven't

November121

November121

03/04/12

 

Day 272

Hey everyone! So here I am on month nine taking 40mg a day. My red marks have faded significantly. I was looking at pics from a year ago and I couldn't believe my skin was that bad! I've been remembering my skin in the fall. It was covered in dark red marks. Now the crescent area under my left eye is gone. The whole cheek is full of light & fading redmarks. There are a few small splotches but the rest just looks like uneven skin tone. Under my right eye, the crescent area is really light. Th

November121

November121

02/26/12

 

Day 265

Annoyingly, I'm getting oilier. My skin has some shine and my hair gets oilier faster. My lips are fine, I'm on top of moisturizing them. So this week I've noticed a slight decrease on the appearance of red marks. Great! However, I'm still really red. It's worse on some days, and I can't seem to pick up a pattern. So this week I've gotten a small red bump on my forehead, under my left eye, on the right side of my face, and above my lip on my right cheek. I'm guessing it's because of the dosage d

November121

November121

02/19/12

 

Day 258

Day 258 I went down on my dosage! Noe I'm only taking one 40 mg pill a day. I can already feel myself getting a little oilier. My skin is doing great though! I haven't gotten a pustule in a month. The only acne I've gotten in the past month would be a few red bumps that heal quickly. My scars are still fading slightly. My derm told me my redness would go down a ton after I'm off accutane. He better be right, because I'm soooo red all the time. No amount of soothing lotion or green makeup he

November121

November121

02/13/12

 

Day 247

Good news everyone- I stopped taking accutane for like 5 days be because I was taking all of this other medication for something else. ANDDDD.... I didn't break out at all! In fact, I have only have a couple of tiny little bumps on the side of my face:) YES! I'm gaining confidence that once I'm done with my course, it will never come back. That would be nice, because I LOVE clear skin, and I could never go back to the numerous cysts and pustules and nodules I woke up to every morning. I. Love.

November121

November121

02/02/12

 

Day 237

My skin is looking great! The only acne I got this week was a couple of stubborn pustules below my right corner lip. It healed quite nicely though and didn't leave any red marks. Anyway, I'm not loving these red marks. At all. I don't know what I was talking about last week when I said I could barely see them with makeup. I mean, it's definitely not as bad as it was a few months ago, but its still pretty bad. Also, the huge raised scar on my right jawline is getting more raised and it's definite

November121

November121

01/23/12

 

Day 230

I'm in love with accutane. Seriously, it's changed me. I look great now! When I wear makeup, my skin is porcelain and smooth and gorgeous. It's still red sometimes and I have lots of red marks but who really cares, this week I got a couple of red bumps on my upper right jawline. Today I have a small pustule below my lip. And that's IT! Two pathetic little blemishes in a week. It's wonderful. The dryness is minimal, no crazy side effects, and I don't have to shower everyday. It's soooo fun! I too

November121

November121

01/15/12

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01/23/12

 

Day 223

Guess whose skin is looking amazing? MINE! Basically the only pimples I got were a few pink bumps on the left side of my face and a small zit by under the corner of my lip on the left side. It's amazing. I've noticed how much my red marks have healed since October. Then, I wore high coverage makeup, but there was still a dark distinctive line under my eyes where I was white, and then purplish and red and swollen. But now I can wear makeup with less coverage and look almost normal. It's amazing!

November121

November121

01/08/12

 

Day 216

Everythings going great! No major breakouts since the last time I posted. The only acne I have right now is a healing pustule under my nose, a small red bump my the corner of my left lip. That's it! It's quite amazing. Red marks are fading. I look pretty good with makeup! My skin still flushes occasionally, but it's not too bad. I'm dry, but it's the good kind of dry. I don't have oily skin and I can go several days without showering. My lips aren't too bad, I keep up with petroleum jelly and ba

November121

November121

01/01/12

 

Day 202

My back cracks a lot and makes weird sounds. So does my neck and knees. Hope it doesn't kill me. Forehead: clear. Oil free. No red marks. Beautiful. Nose: peeled all week. Made me look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Scan thing on the right side. Could just be dry skin. Just pink today, less peely. Chin: acne free. Couple of pink circles that peel a bit. Slight remarks. Under chin: fading red marks. No acne. Right jawline: weird red mark is still raised but less prominent. Clear. Left jawli

November121

November121

12/18/11

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01/01/12

 

Day 199

My face is EXPLODING!! Ridiculous!! I'm on month seven of accutane, and I look disgusting. Luckily, my forehead is clear. My left cheek/jawline is clear except for my upper cheek, under the eye. I have two HUGE pimples. They were pustules last night, and now they are bright pink blobs. Next to my nose on my right cheek I have a cluster of pimples that kept popping up. Then it formed into one huge pussy sore pustule, then I popped it and it left a weird hole. Then it came back, pussy and peely an

November121

November121

12/12/11

 

Day 188

I had an appointment with the derm this week. He kept my dosage the same and added another three week course of prednisone, which I'll start next week. Anyway, my skin is looking GREAT for my standards, but not so great for people with normal skin. My forehead had a huge red pimple on my forehead on a couple of days ago, but it's healing and will be gone in a couple days I think. My chin has cleared up wonderfully!! However I do have a persistent one below the right side of my lip. Under my chin

November121

November121

12/04/11

 

Day 181

Skin Status: Forehead is clear, nose is painfully peeling, deep pimple on the edge of my right eyebrow, edge of chin heeling, cheeks and jawlines clear... My skin is kinda oily. My back is more sore. My arms/hands are super dry and minimally scaly. Lips are dry but not too bad. Oh yeah, my chin has a couple of deep pimples (one on each side) that have been there forever. They are drying now, and they are just pink peely circles. Redmarks: I think they've healed a bit this week. They are a

November121

November121

11/27/11

 

Day 174 Accutane

This week my skin looked pretty bad, but today it looks pretty nice! My forehead is clear except for one small pink thing. Also the peely spot by my eyebrow hasn't peeled in a few days! My nose hasn't peeled in a few days either. My chin was DECREPIT this week. I had a huge cyst thing and several large pimples. Now they are just dry spots. On the edge of my chin I have a couple of bumps that will most likely stay for another week. I have random pustules by my lips. Under my left eye I had a smal

November121

November121

11/20/11

 

Day 167

I have a burning rash on my arms! It's red and bumpy and dry and PAINFUL! it hurts to put moisturizer on it. But it's been healing. Unfortunately, my skin has been doing a lot worse lately. I have a big pimple under my right eye that's been there for a while. It's red all around it. My chin has a cluster of pimples, and several other pustules. It breaks out with new ones every morning! my breakouts by my ears have cleared up. Under my chin is pretty clear, although there are STILL some under the

November121

November121

11/14/11

 

Day 160

I'm doing fabulous! Fantastic! Month 6 is going beautifully. My forehead had s small white head this morning. Other than that it's perfectly clear and smooth! Well, except for the spot by my eyebrow that will not stop peeling and leaves red, raw skin. But whatever. My nose is clear and smooth! It hasn't peeled in a couple days. And there's not a single blackhead! The areas by my eyes that were once covered in cysts that would randomly pop and bleed and scab are now 100% acne free! My left cheek

November121

November121

11/07/11

 

Day 160

I'm doing fabulous! Fantastic! Month 6 is going beautifully. My forehead had s small white head this morning. Other than that it's perfectly clear and smooth! Well, except for the spot by my eyebrow that will not stop peeling and leaves red, raw skin. But whatever. My nose is clear and smooth! It hasn't peeled in a couple days. And there's not a single blackhead! The areas by my eyes that were once covered in cysts that would randomly pop and bleed and scab are now 100% acne free! My left cheek

November121

November121

11/07/11

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