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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 yo

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03/27/16

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01/18/17

 

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. B

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08/06/14

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08/06/14

 

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

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11/06/12

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04/22/13

 

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

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

06/13/12

 

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

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BitsyBit

03/25/12

 

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 s

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BitsyBit

03/15/12

 

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.

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BitsyBit

02/27/12

 

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 press

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02/16/12

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02/18/12

 

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

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01/28/12

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01/31/12

 

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

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01/21/12

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04/07/12

 

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

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01/11/12

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01/16/12

 

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 su

BitsyBit

BitsyBit

01/03/12

 

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

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12/28/11

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01/02/12

 

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 pick

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12/24/11

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12/28/11

 

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

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12/22/11

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12/24/11

 

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.

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12/17/11

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12/19/11

 

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

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12/14/11

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05/02/17

 

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 spe

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12/11/11

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02/07/12

 

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

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12/09/11

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12/09/11

 

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

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12/09/11

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12/10/11

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