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My Journey with Accutane

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Post Accutane 4 Year Update: How I Cleared Up My Face For Good WITHOUT Drugs

I took Accutane 4 years ago. After two years, my acne returned in full force. I was getting cystic acne just like before. I fell back into the cycle of taking antibiotics (minocycline, doxycycline, etc) but I knew that wasn't a permanent solution. I was even considering a second round of Accutane. After seeing how clear my skin could be with the first round of Accutane, I just wanted to have clear skin again! It had been such a blessing not having to think about the blemishes on my face. When you have clear skin, you don't really think about it. But when you have acne, it's all you think about! I know the how much of a downer can be coping with bad skin. I did more research online, hoping to find another alternative before committing to a second round of Accutane. I finally found the holy grail to clear skin for life: I went vegan.  Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but that was literally the only thing that I changed and the results were amazing. For those who don't know, veganism means one doesn't eat ANY animal products, including: meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, etc. Anything that comes from an animal. The biggest game changer for my skin was cutting out dairy. The change was unbelievable. I went from getting deep cysts on cheeks & nose that would last a week or more to only getting blackheads every now and then. I did my research and found that there are an incredible amount of hormones in cow's milk that change the human body for worse. Even if the label on the carton says "no added hormones," there are still growth hormones naturally found in milk. Why? Because milk is meant to turn a 60-pound baby calf into a 600 pound full-grown cow as fast as possible! No wonder why there are hormones in it- the stuff is meant for baby cows to make them grow, but not for adult humans to drink. When we drink milk, we are getting a bunch of extra hormones that we don't need (not to mention saturated fat). Hence the acne. It took me a while to see results- I cut out dairy for a least a few months before seeing a change. But I know that my clear skin can be attributed to that because I haven't changed anything else about my life. I used to consistently get cysts, but suddenly there were less and less each week and eventually they just stopped appearing.
I also noticed other things about my health and well-being. Before eating vegan, I would feel tired and lethargic after a big meal. I thought that was normal, just a result of eating too much. My friends and I even had a name for that feeling: "the itis." But now after eating a large vegan meal, I feel energized and ready to continue my day. Food is fuel. Shouldn't it GIVE you energy instead of taking it away and making you feel worse? If you're wondering about costs, being a vegan is not more expensive than eating meat/dairy/eggs. Rice, beans, and other starches are some of the cheapest foods on the planet. If you know what to buy, eating this way is actually cheaper. It's simply a matter of doing some research. Processed and prepared foods are generally more expensive (this is true whether it's vegan or not). Foods like potatoes, pasta, rice and certain veggies are dirt cheap. I know I ended up saving money at the grocery store by buying simple, whole foods. If you think you're saving money by eating stuff that's not good for you, you're paying for it later with your health and with hospital bills (and this case, dermatologist visits and acne meds!). Invest in your health and your body. In turn, it will give your life back. If you are struggling with acne and are considering Accutane or other prescribed medications, I urge you to try cutting out dairy and going vegan. You'll notice how much more energy you have, and how much better you feel. It saved my skin and changed my life for better. No pills, no shots, no doctor visits. Just a step towards better health and diet   Cheers!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

03/27/2016

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01/18/2017

 

Post Accutane 2 Year Update!

Two years ago I took Accutane for 6 months (60 mg a day). I was 18 and had cystic acne on my nose and cheeks that wouldn't go away with antibiotics or other treatments that I tried. The side effects I experienced included dry lips/skin/eyes, more sensitive skin (prone to scratches), and occasional nosebleeds toward the end of the treatment. The only side effect that stayed with me after my treatment ended was dry eyes, but this only happens right after I wake up; I still experience this. Basically, taking Accutane was totally worth it for me and it cleared me up amazingly. After the treatment, I had more confidence as I started my first year of college. Unfortunately, my acne has slowly but steadily been coming back the last few months and now it has been almost as bad as pre-Accutane. HOWEVER if I were to go back in time, I would still do Accutane because it was worth having clear skin for these past two years. The side effects paled in comparison to the awesome skin that I experienced. Recently I have been traveling/sweating a lot which probably contributed to my breakouts. Nonetheless, it is apparent that the success of Accutane has worn off; currently I have 3 active large pimples on my face (some are cystic), some healing spots/shrinking pimples, clogged pores around my cheek and nose, and I can feel 2 new pimples starting to form (can't tell if they're cystic yet or not). I still wash my face on a daily basis. I have made a dermatologist appointment in the near future to see what the doctor has to say about my returning acne. Fingers crossed! If you have any questions about my acne/ experience with Accutane/, feel free to ask~

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

08/06/2014

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08/06/2014

 

Post Accutane 5 Month Update

It has been 5 months since my last pill of taking Accutane. And BOY has it been a crazy 5 months! During this time I enjoyed my summer acne free and started college with the confidence of clear skin. Everything has been so much better since not having to deal with acne. It's all the little things and the little worries that go away. I don't HAVE to put on makeup before I go outside and I'm not constantly stressing about my skin. I don't actually THINK about my skin all the time anymore, unless I think I'm shiny. I also feel like I have changed a lot as a person because I am not afraid to actually be who I want to be and do what I want. I do still have some old marks on my cheeks (from before and during Accutane) that have not faded all the way yet, and I do get some little bumps/clogged pores but I feel like I'm the only one that can notice them. Around the sides of my nose and the parenthesis area (when I smile) there are some clogged pores. They aren't visible but they are little tiny bumps. I believe this is due to the fact that the oil has come back. Since stopping Accutane, I have had maybe 2 or 3 actual pimples but they went away in a day and they weren't cystic. Taking Accutane has been one of best decisions ever for me. I am so glad that I was able to knock out the treatment before starting college. It's easy to forget how badly acne used to make me feel, but I really try not to forget because it's important to remember what I used to go through and what people still struggle with. It's true, my skin is not perfect because I still get like really tiny blemishes but it is nothing compared to high volume and the the cystic, deep acne that I had. Most of the oil has come back on my face so I'm still getting oily. On side effects, my eyes are dry sometimes when I wake up. Like it's hard to blink for the first minute. Other than that, everything is back to normal. For now, I am enjoying my clear skin and keeping my fingers crossed that it stays this way! Even with the partying, late nights, and bad eating habits in college, I haven't broken out! (Ok, maybe like 1 pimple.) I really should try to be better about the college habits, but there is just so much fun to be had If anyone has any questions for me, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me!! I am more than happy to try to help

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

11/06/2012

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04/22/2013

 

Last Day Of Accutane (6 Months)

AND I'M DONE!!!! i haven't had a single pimple since my last blog post over 2 months ago! My skin is completely pimple free, and the only thing i have left are fading marks from old pimples, a few healing spots from dry skin, and a few ice pick scars. The side effect that I've been having problem with is how sensitive my skin has become. It is REALLY prone to scratches and the skin breaks easily, especially if I have an itch on my legs. I have dry lips and nostrils. I had a nosebleed a few days ago which was the only one so far. I will try to post more often but for now my skin is very good!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

06/13/2012

 

Day 108

My skin is seriously smooth. My face is looking good, no actives on my face recently Just some 2 or 3 red spots are healing. Unfortunately, my skin seems to go through cycles where its clear and spots are healing, but by the time the spots heal then I start to break out again and this keeps going in cycles. Idk if its hormones or whatever but it's annoying because every time I start to think I'm clearing up I break out again! Something I noticed is that most of the side effects (except dry lips/skin) don't stay for long, which is great. Either they just go away or diminish, for example the itchy scalp, weird chest pain, blurred vision in my left eye, itchy hands, dandruff, and small patches of mild eczema. The only lasting side effects are dry lips and dry skin, but the latter isn't as much of a problem now that the weather is warming up and there has been a lot of rain recently. Oh and also I get creaky back when I lay down for the first minute.. it's wierd haha. On the other hand, my body is really drying out taking 80 mg a day. My eyes are so dry it's hard to blink when wake up and sometimes at night if they're really dried out it hurts a bit to take my contacts out. My nose and side of my mouth can get peeling sometimes and healing spots take FOREVER to go away if I don't put shea butter on them, because they peel and then the skin is tender and then it dries out and peels again. My nostrils are uncomfortable sometimes, and I put vaseline on em. Nonetheless, these drying effects are completely tolerable/worth it in comparison to the clear skin I am experiencing. Overall this has been a pretty good week with my skin!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

03/25/2012

 

Day 98 - Dry Nostrils/eyes, But Clear(Er) Skin

My eyes are dry in the morning and at night, but eyedrops help a lot. My nostrils are pretty dried up too, and I've started putting some Bag Balm on them and it also helps a lot. Without anything, my nostrils feel tight when I wrinkle my nose and I might get a tiny nosebleed. However! My skin is doing much better, very smooth and no actives, only one small papule on my cheek that is going away. The problem now is the healing spots! It takes a really long time for spots to feel and new skin to grow back, especially when I pick at my skin. But even if I don't pick, healing time still takes longer than normal. I've been scratching the back of my hands/arms at night and there are some scabs that don't look pretty but I think I just need to remind myself not to pick at them during the day! Overall, my skin is looking about 80% better, with most of the problem areas just being spots that are taking some time to heal. Wahoo!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

03/15/2012

 

Day 80 - Dry Nostrils And Still Breaking Out

I'm halfway through my 5 month course! It seems like a long time since I started taking Accutane but luckily this journey has been very very bearable and not as miserable as I anticipated. The only lasting annoyance is always putting on lip balm and having to bring it everywhere (and if i forget my lips are VERY uncomfortable). It turns out that my blurry left eye was due to dry eyes/my contacts. PHEW! The insides of my nose have been getting dry and I did get a nosebleed at school. The inside of my nose feels tight if i wiggle my nose, but as long as I don't pick at it then I'm ok with the nosebleeds. 2 cysts on my cheeks However, other than those 2 pimples the rest of my face is a couple peely skin/healing spots and my skin is still smooth. I used to have some bacne too but now my back is totally smooth/ less oily. I don't like how I'm still getting cysts my 3rd month into this treatment. Last time I saw my derm she bumped me up from 60 to 80 mg because my skin wasn't clear yet.. I wonder if she'll bump me up even more.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

02/27/2012

 

Day 70 - Help! Blurred Vision In My Left Eye?!?

Past the 2-month mark!! At my last dermatologist visit my doctor increased my dose from 60 to 80mg because I was still breaking out occasionally. Nothing much has changed since I increased my dose except I'm a little drier.. and my left eye is blurry!!!!!!!! I am very worried! It's only slightly blurry so that when I open both eyes everything is fine, but when I cover my right eye then my left eye is blurry! I can't read stuff far away with only my left eye. Is this due to increased brain pressure?! Or just a common side effect... does anyone know??? Aside from that, my skin is looking better from my last post. No active pimples right now; two healing spots/scabs on my forehead. Before Accutane I broke out mainly on my cheeks, but now my cheeks are clear and whenever I get a new pimple it's usually on my forehead.. I guess it's just pushing all the junk out in the random places. My pores are a lot smaller and my skin is a different texture (smoother). My nose has been peeling since I started taking 80mg, and drier lips. My shins and knees peel if I scratch them too much, so I always have to be careful about itching and remember to moisturize. Also I'm only washing my hair twice a week! Anyway I am REALLY worried about my left eye!! Does anyone have any advice?

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

02/16/2012

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02/18/2012

 

Day 51 - Still Breaking Out.. Guess I'm Back To Getting Pimples?

Skin has been looking a little worse lately. I'm getting little tiny bumps on my forehead (not active). Two actives on my face, one of which is a BIG cyst on my cheek thats been there for a week :/ The other is kinda big too on my forehead. Random stuff: - My face now flushes when I rub it, like when I'm putting moisturizer on - Got a nosebleed one morning - My eyes feel really dry in the morning.. Feels like I slept with my eyes half open. Then I have to blink for a minute before it feels normal again. - Have this weird sorta eczema thing on the back of my hand. It's not inflamed, but its these tiny dots that turn into scabs. Then they heal and go away... Not really sure what it is, I'm guessing dry skin. I think I scratch them in my sleep. My skin has been looking a teeny bit more oily than it was a week ago, but hardly noticeable.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

01/28/2012

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01/31/2012

 

Day 43 - Chugging Along / A Minor Breakout

I'm breaking out on my forehead. I've had 7 or so nodules in the past week, and around half of those were close to my hairline/temple area so they were unnoticeable. I had around 2 actives at a time, so whenever one started to go down another one would pop up somewhere else.. how annoying haha. It is my time of the month though, so maybe that is why? The good news is that my cheeks and nose have been spot free for a while, and my skin is quite smooth. My face is dry but manageable as long as I moisturize with Cetaphil / shea butter. I don't wash my face in the morning anymore because it seems to reduce potential peeling during the day, not to mention it doesn't even seem necessary anymore because I'm actually waking up without a greasy face. When I touch my cheeks it feels like paper because it is so matte and smooth My Lips: I keep a little containers of Bag Balm throughout my house so I never have to go far to moisturize my lips! I am constantly putting that stuff on haha.. people probably think I'm obsessed with it. The mild back aches are still there, when I bend over and then straighten out.. makes me feel old To finish on a happy note, I still haven't been wearing much if any face makeup to school (except some coverup on those forehead pimples). I am generally in a happier state of mind recently and it's been really nice. It might not have been a conscious thing on my mind, but in the past I would just kinda be in that funk. Like a shadow (acne) looming over you all the time whether you know it or not. I am still thankful for that.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

01/21/2012

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04/07/2012

 

Day 33 - Mild Back Aches And Soft Skin

1 month mark My skin is clearer than it has been in a long time! When I touch my face it is smooth and soft, no bumpy blackheads! Currently there is 2 actives: 1 papule on my forehead and another small zit on my eyebrow that going down (i noticed it yesterday). OH, also... I HAVEN'T BEEN WEARING ANY FACE MAKEUP TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that is the biggest deal ever!!!!! I haven't done that in YEARS!!!!! I am elated! My skin is just so smooth and the marks are barely noticeable thanks to the unrefined shea butter, which is helping tremendously when fading red marks/pigmentation. Now when I look in the mirror, my skin isn't the first thing I notice. Matte skin is seriously amazing. I know my oil will most likely come back when I finish accutane, but right now I am just enjoying how I don't have to constantly be blotting my face! My hair is also less greasy so I can actually go 3 days without washing my hair, whereas before I would have to wash it after skipping one day. Mild back aches when the bend over, in the mid part of my back. Very tolerable though, and I can still exercise/go running which is important to me. So far this drug is working really well on me. I didn't really have an initial breakout, and started clearing up after 2-3 weeks. In general, I have been happier and less anxious lately thanks to better skin. So thankful.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

01/11/2012

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01/16/2012

 

Day 25: Flakey Skin + Shea Butter = Yay

HAPPY 2012!!! Hope everyone had an awesome new years! I bought unrefined shea butter online and it got rid of the flakey patches and it actually helps even out skin tone/ fade dark marks! The only downside is it is quite greasy (but doesn't clog pores) so I wouldn't use it before I go out. Also because it's unrefined, it is solid at room temperature and you need to melt it by rubbing it in your hands before putting it on. It's a great winter lotion for the body too. Skin is doing surprisingly well, considering that I stayed up until 6am on New Year's Eve . It's also looking so much better than when I started. Very matte. I didn't really have an initial breakout; perhaps it slightly worsened but its hard to even tell because I was stressing from exams I have 2 medium-sized sorta-active pimples on my face now, but the turnover rate is so quickly this morning I discovered the pimples forming (one of them wasn't even noticeable) and now it is night time and they are already going down, and I am so so so thankful for this I am just hoping that my nice skin is here to stay, and not just because I am on winter break, considering that my break is nearly over. I've also been worrying (what else is new) that my acne will return once I'm done with Accutane and this will all be for nothing I wonder what the statistics are? On another note, I think I may have actually blushed for the first time! My friend said something and I felt my face get hot and I looked up at the mirror and it was a (tiny bit) red. A first in my book!! The summary so far: dry lips, dryish/matte skin, I'm drinking a lot of water/taking fish oil pills. Cheers

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

01/03/2012

 

Day 20 - Face Peelage

Face is still peeling, and I moisturize a couple times a day. It's not terribly noticeable, but I will get a couple flakes and my face feels a bit tight at times. Oh and the dandruff stays away as long as I don't pick at my hairline. Other than dry skin and dry lips, all is going pretty well. No active pimples on my face currently, just some healing spots and 2 relatively small zits that are shrinking! It's funny, there is such a huge difference in the confidence that I have when my face is clear vs pimply. I can look people in the eye and talk to them without worrying about if they're looking at my face. I mean as of now my skin still fluctuates and I still get some zits, but they are smaller in size and they go away faster. I can only hope it will only get even better from here! Well, thats all thats new for now. Happy New Years! Can't wait for 2012.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/28/2011

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01/02/2012

 

Day 15 - So This Is What It's Like To Have Matte Skin

Fell asleep yesterday with very very minor chest pain. Like it only last 3 seconds and hurt a tiny bit.. it's inside my ribcase, this wierd throbbing pain. Should I be concerned or am I just paranoid?! Haha anyways. My face is awesomely matte all day!! A little peely at times but nothing Cetaphil can't handle. I'm still producing oil, especially around my nose, and I do get a little sheen on my face after I put on the Cetaphil, but NOTHING like before. I just need to make myself stop picking at spots, especially around my hairline because I think that's contributing to the dandruff! Only 1 active spot on my face and it's already going down. Woohooo!! This could also be attributed to the fact that I am getting an awesome amount of sleep thanks to winter break I actually have more healing spots than I do active pimples at the moment. They are just taking a while to heal because of my darn picking habits Constantly smearing on the Bag Balm. This stuff da bombb. Happy Holidays to everyone!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/24/2011

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12/28/2011

 

Day 13 - Aquaphor Vs Bag Balm

And the winner is Bag Balm!! I caved a bought a green tin of Bag Balm from Walgreens and boy does that stuff WORK! Don't get me wrong, Aquaphor is awesome too, Bag Balm is just a little better. Here's the rundown... Aquaphor: - helps dry lips a lot - needs to be reapplied more often than Bag Balm - a lot more expensive (around $3 per ounce) - main ingredient is petroleum (this stuff is vaseline on steroids) - smells better Bag Balm: - smells really bad if you're not used to it (a mix between cows and tar) but doesn't smell after you apply it - cheaper than Aquaphor (80 cents per ounce) - helps dry lips the most. makes you lips REALLY soft and supple almost right away - i have to apply less often than Aquaphor - contain three ingredients: 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3%, petroleum, and lanolin base Both of them make you look like you're wearing lip gloss, so guys beware. Also neither of these products really absorb or "sink" into your skin, they just kinda sit on you lips and stop them from cracking/discomfort, which is just fine for me. I got these random small patch on eczema on my hand (possibly because of Accutane?) and eczema cream helped, along with some Bag Balm on it at night. Side effects so far: - dry lips. by now I need to have something on them (aka Bag Balm) constantly or else they feel tight and dry - minor dandruff. perhaps because I'm not washing my hair as much + less oil production - peeling face. around the nose, eyebrows, and healing spots Face oil is continuing to go down yay! But downside is I'm getting a lot more peely. Time to get out the Cetaphil! Upside: my hair is less greasy.. I haven't washed it in 3 days and it's only a little greasy, whereas before it would be just gross. Downside: I'm still getting a little dandruff I noticed. It might be because I'm only using the dandruff shampoo every couple of days since thats how often I'm washing my hair. I hope I'll find a way to take of that. I was taking my midterm exam and I got the tinest nose bleed that stopped as soon as it started. Hopefully it just happened because I was kinda picking at my nose Yet another really random quasi-side effect: If I keep my back arched for around 20 seconds or more (either laying on my stomach or stretching over the back of a chair), when I un-arch my back I get this pain in my ribcase. Basically whenever I put pressure on it for period of time. It's that kind of pain that you feel if you hit a bruise. It doesn't happen often enough to really bother me, but I don't know if I should be worried about this.. Pimple condition remains the same, zits are still coming and going. I just need to stop picking at healing spots...

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/22/2011

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12/24/2011

 

Day 9 - Lips Starting To Get Dry

My lips are drying out! It's starting to feel uncomfortable when I don't put anything on my lips. That's the only legit side effect I have so far Also, should I buy Aquaphor or Bag Balm? I already have a mini sample of Aquaphor but I've heard great things about both. What worries me is the fact that Aquaphor's main ingredient is petroleum and mineral oil. Someone told me that petroleum dries out the lips even more in the long run. Basically it just coats the lips but doesn't really moisturize. Any thoughts? The itchy scalp thing I had for like 2 days is gone. Head and shoulders took care of it! Also my hair is still making a regular amount of oil. Another minor/random/weird side effect I've been experiencing a little is a prickly itch on my back. The oil on my back has decreased, but it's not dry. However a couple times I felt a weird prickly sensation on my back and makes it want to itch it right away.. it's strange haha. Oil production on my face is doing down, yay! Still getting shiny though. I don't really have dry skin, but sometimes flaky/dry patches where pimples are healing and I just put Aquaphor on those. Skin looks kinda bad. Still getting a lot of pimples. They have been flaring up into bigger sized ones for the past few days, possibly because of lack of sleep/midterms stress. But they've been surfacing faster than before I started Accutane! I'll be thankful for that.

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/17/2011

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12/19/2011

 

Day 6 - Less Face Oil

The other night my scalp started itching really bad and it actually woke me up from my sleep.. I did hear of dry scalp as a side effect, but my hair is still oily?.. The next morning I saw a really small amount of dandruff on my head. I'm using head and shoulders to try to get rid of it and I think it's working because it doesn't really itch anymore (maybe a little).. strange. Lips are quasi-dry.. it's really not that bad yet though. I'm just using Aquaphor once or twice a day, but I can't even tell if it's just the cold weather. Pimples are increasing in quantity, but are smaller in size and seem to dry up much faster. The cysts that I can feel emerging start to go down before they become visible, which is awesome . I'm getting some small whiteheads also. Oil is decreasing!!!!!!! Yay! I haven't blotted all day and yes it's still shiny but not has as much as before! Before, my skin would literally look wet from all the oil (I know, gross ) and now it's just kinda shiny. Almost a week of Accutane! I have so so so thankful I haven't had any bad side effects yet like back pain, but I'm crossing my fingers Overall, oil is decreasing and pimples are increasing in quantity but decreasing in size. I had been taking antibiotics right up until I started Accutane so I'm hoping that will lessen my IB. But it's going pretty well in general. Cheers~

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/14/2011

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05/02/2017

 

Day 3- Scared For Side Effects!

I hope I can handle the side effects! I don't want any gushing nose bleeds or split lips My lips might have been a TINY bit drier than usual today, but maybe that was just me being paranoid/licking my lips a lot. Skin's still super oily, but hopefully I won't have to be using my oil blotting sheets for too much longer.. The reason I am keep a blog is to help anyone out there trying to get more insight on this drug! I know when I was deciding on whether or not to take Accutane, I spent HOURS looking at reviews, blogs, anything to see what other people thought of it. I actually rejected my (old) derm's proposal to take Accutane about a year ago, but decided to take it now with a new doctor because well, basically I'm out of options. I am desperate for clear skin. It is quite miserable avoiding being in direct sunlight because it will light up my face along with my acne. Some of the cysts I get are big enough to cast their own shadow.. yeesh. Or having to blot my oil-slick of a face after my first bell at school because that's how quickly my face gets oily. My skin is so oily it's ridiculous.. I can wash my face in the morning, get ready/dressed, drive to school an hour later and have to blot my face. I hate being conscious of my skin whenever I go to the beach/swimming. I used to be on my school's varsity swim team but I quit because of my skin. I hate having to put on makeup before I step out of the house, even if it's for a quick errand. I hate not being able to touch my face with anyone else. I hate wondering halfway throughout the day if my makeup has rubbed off and the pimples are showing. I know this sounds like a lot of me wallowing in self-pity but I'm just really tired of dealing with acne, and it doesn't seem like it'll ever go away. Because this is my senior year in high school, I'm taking this drug now so hopefully I won't have to cope with my skin in college. I truely hope Accutane will save me from this kind of life. On a happier note, another reason for this blog is to get any advice/support I can! Please please please comment and say whatever you want! I want to know people are out there reading this

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/11/2011

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02/07/2012

 

Day 1 Of Accutane

Took my first pill this morning! Today was normal, still super oily of course. I stopped taking doxycycline yesterday in preparation to start Accutane. but to give you some background info, my acne isn't super super extreme, but the antibiotics no longer can keep my skin under control. Currently I have about 4-5 mediumish pimples. I mostly break out on my cheek and nose area, but sometimes I'll get something on my forehead. Sometimes my skin will look under control, but other times it can get pretty bad.. I usually have at least that one huge cyst somewhere on my face that lasts over week.. blech. I am taking 60 mg a day, essentially. 40 mg once one day and then 40 mg twice the next day, alternating back and forth. Oh and I'm 120 pounds. Accutane absorbs better when taken with food, but I also heard it absorbs well with some fat in the diet?? So I think I'm going to start taking a omega 3,6,9/fish oil supplement. May the next 5 months pass without too much suffering Best of luck to everyone else going through their treatment!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/09/2011

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12/09/2011

 

Starting Accutane Tomorrow!

Hello all! I'm a 18 year old female who has had moderate/severe cystic acne for a few years now, and I have finally made the decision to take isotretinoin/ Accutane! In the form of Claravis. I have very oily skin, and mainly get deep cysts on my cheeks and nose which is quite embarrassing. I already have some mild scars on my cheeks and some on my nose too so I'm trying to stop more scars from forming! I have tried every acne product that I know. Over the past few years I have tried EVERYTHING. Antibiotics like tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, sulfur pills, differin, tazorac, retin-a, benyzol peroxide, Proactive, AcneFree, many over the counter products, cutting milk from my diet, tea tree oil, bio oil, Biore, home remedies, the list goes on. The antibiotics worked at first, but eventually I build a resistance to them so now I still get pimples when I'm on them. I am tired of everything not working and I am fed up with coping with acne/trying to grow out of it. There's only so much I can wait for, ya know? I'm tired of having to hide under makeup and getting self-conscious when I go swimming, etc etc. Tomorrow I'm taking my first pill. eek!! I really hope I don't get the terrible side effects I have reallyyy oily skin so maybe that will help a little? I already have a little trial size Aquaphor on hand heh. More updates coming soon!

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

12/09/2011

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12/10/2011

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