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One Year Later

Here it is... the update you've all been waiting for! It's been one year since I completed treatment and I do not regret it. I basically had ZERO acne for 2-3 months after finishing treatment. I was clear for my wedding day! Since then, it has slowly returned. It is not nearly as bad as it was pre-Accutane. Some other members have recommended that I try out Spironolactone to help treat the acne that has returned. I have a physical with my doctor in a couple weeks and I will ask about gettin

britszits

britszits

07/08/15

 

Day 265--The Last Week

I have been 100% clear for more than a month. It's probably been 6-8 weeks since I've had anything even resembling a pimple. My energy has been down lately. My joints ache--especially my heels. However, my skin is actually significantly less dry than it was. I have been wearing sunscreen everyday. I can tell that my face would burn after just 10 minutes in the sun if I allowed it to. My "scars" are still healing. Maybe they will never go away completely. I've been applying Mederma Gel ever

britszits

britszits

06/25/14

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06/26/14

 

Day 238--One Month To Go!

My dosage has been increased to 60mg for the last 45 days of treatment. I've been on the 60mg for 11 days now, and I haven't had any increased side effects or anything. Just one month at the high dose to really nip this nightmare in the bud. Tomorrow marks one month left of treatment. My face has been clear since my post weeks back. I only have one pimple to report, and it was my own fault.. I found this tiny little whitehead (not a pimple, it was not red or inflammatory). Just a little wh

britszits

britszits

05/29/14

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05/31/14

 

Day 224--Still Clear!

Today is Day 224 of Accutane. I'm getting ready to jump into my last month. I've been just about 100% clear for a month or so. I think I had one pimple in the past month, but it healed quickly. I've become a pro at combatting the dryness. I know that I cannot wash my face in the morning or my makeup gets all dry and flaky at midday. I have to wash (preferably oil cleanse) at night and apply a heavy moisturizer. Sometimes I even mix my foundation with lotion, which makes it apply so nicely

britszits

britszits

05/15/14

 

Day 204--Pity Party

Hi all. My face is still clear. Still healing. BUT I am so dry today.. It's the kind of dry that has dead skin ALL OVER MY FACE. I am on my lunch break now and I just looked in the mirror and saw how flaky my whole face was so I tried to rub the flakes off.. BAD IDEA I think this is stemming from three things: 1) I spent too much time in the sun this past weekend. Normally I don't burn at all. I didn't burn this weekend but my face was slightly red at the end of the day (but gone by

britszits

britszits

04/24/14

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04/29/14

 

Day 195--Clear!

I do not have even one pimple on my face! Not one! I have loads of healing "spots", but no actual pimples. My skin feels smooth and I feel happy. That great big ugly thing that appeared on my left cheek last week never "came to a head." It just dried out and has now joined the other few dozen healing hyperpigmentation spots. If it weren't for that spot on my left side, I could just about not wear makeup on that side of my face.. lol. My right side has many more healing hyperpigmentation sp

britszits

britszits

04/15/14

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04/18/14

 

Day 187--Nothing New

This week is my lady week and along with it came one great big pimple on my left cheek. It hasn't really surfaced but it's red and it hurts.. Could also be because I was super tired on Saturday night and didn't properly wash my makeup off before bed (I used a wipey thingy though!). Other than that, I've been on the right path. You know, the one that EVENTUALLY leads to clear skin. Maybe I haven't been great at remembering to apply lip balm lately, because my lips have been so dry. Even dri

britszits

britszits

04/07/14

 

Day 177--It's Happened!

It's happened! The results are here! I haven't had a new pimple in days. My face is in ultra healing mode. I'm so good at fighting the dryness that my face doesn't look dry at all. I'm so thrilled. I have around 47 days of Accutane left and now I have to decide if I'm going to order more or not. I would really like to have one completely clear month before stopping. That is how the derms decide to stop their patients' course of Accutane. Oftentimes, a person will go one completely breakout-free

britszits

britszits

03/28/14

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03/28/14

 

Day 174--Two Faced

RESULTS My left side of my face still has not had a pimple. It has been around 2 weeks. It is slowly but surely getting very clear over there My right side currently has 3 pimples that are in the dry, healing phase. One of them was that whopper I was dealing with last week. The other two were smaller. As far as I can tell, there are not any pimples about to surface. Hopefully once these three are gone, my right side will start catching up to my left. It's strange having one side be clear! I f

britszits

britszits

03/25/14

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03/28/14

 

Day 168---Redness Ftw

PROGRESS Two weeks ago (Day 154) I reported that the left side of my face was very clear while the right side was still "catching up". I have not had any [major] pimples on the left side of my face since writing that. The right side of my face has since had a pretty ugly breakout 1-2 big-sized pimples that are still healing.. One of them is a real eye sore, right in the middle of my cheek. It's in the middle of drying out right now. For once though, I don't even care. It doesn't bother me. I k

britszits

britszits

03/19/14

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03/19/14

 

Day 154--Glowing?

For some reason, the left side of my face has become much clearer. It's still not even close to "clear" but for me, it's a major improvement and I feel so encouraged. If only my right side would catch up!! I'm seriously starting to think things are turning around for me. This is the clearest I have been since beginning Accutane, 154 DAYS AGO! Ridiculous. I have to remind myself that my first 10 days were only at 10mg/day and the 80 days following that were at 20mg/day. In terms of cumulati

britszits

britszits

03/05/14

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03/07/14

 

Day 152--First Aid Beauty To The Rescue!

I'm still waiting for the morning that I wake up without a new blemish on my face. I don't think that's happened since I turned 18. Some days I'm more hopeful and other days I just want to stay home and cry--not in a depressed/suicidal sort of way but in a self-conscious, self-loathing, frustrated sort of way. It's not fair. I'm trying to plan my wedding but I'm hesitant to set the date until I'm confident that I'll be clear enough to walk down the aisle. I want to be comfortable in my own skin

britszits

britszits

03/03/14

 

Day 148---Negu

NEGU -- Google it. Stands for Never Ever Give Up. I was about to cry when I ran out of Accutane about a month ago. I didn't know when I would be able to refill my prescription. I was off of it for around 2 weeks. Surprisingly, my skin did not get any worse over those two weeks. My dry lips did go away after about a week sans Accutane. When I finally got back on the stuff, I had a little IB, which surprised me. It lasted around a week. At this point, I'm actually feeling like I'm impr

britszits

britszits

02/27/14

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03/03/14

 

Day 106--New Products

First off, I am still on 40mg/day. I've been on the 40mg dosage for 2-3 weeks now, so it's a little early to report anything seriously concrete. My skin was dry & flaky even before upping the dosage. I had been using the Clinique Moisturizing Gel with a few drops of jojoba oil nightly, after washing my face. I would not wash or do anything to my face in the morning.. just apply foundation & concealer and out the door. This was not working for me. Half way through the day I would be

britszits

britszits

01/07/14

 

Day 91---Dosage Increase

When I started Accutane 90 days ago, I was so hopeful. Sure, my skin and hair are now dry (in a good way) and my lips are oh-so-parched. I know the Accutane is working, because I'm experiencing all of these side effects. Unfortunately, it is not clearing my skin. I would say that my acne has transformed to a different kind and is now on different parts of my face than it was before. But, I am still breaking out so consistently. I have new pimples every day. This is why I am increasing my dosage

britszits

britszits

12/23/13

 

Day 73 -- Results, Where Are You?

Today is Day 73. I don't feel any clearer than the day I started. I am almost halfway done my course.. I thought that by now I would be pretty much clear! I am already starting to dread the possibility that this treatment just might not work for me. I am still only on 20mg, but plenty of people have had great results on 20mg. Plus, I'm a smallish person (55kg) and my acne is only moderate... so why isn't anything happening??!!!!! I don't want to take 40mg, the side effects are hardly tolerable a

britszits

britszits

12/05/13

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03/11/18

 

Day 63--Plateau

Yesterday was the two month mark, and tomorrow marks 40% of the way through treatment. I haven't seen any sort of results in the past month. Sure, my face and lips have dried up (not terribly), but I still have acne on my face. I'm ready to wake up and be clear like everyone else... My face is dry and a little flaky. I keep getting cystic acne. It is definitely at its worst the week leading up to my lady time. I know I keep saying that I think my acne is "getting better" and "hopeful

britszits

britszits

11/25/13

 

Day 37--Finally Dry

Today marks Day 37, and I'm 23% done my treatment. I am officially DRY! I never thought I would be happy to say that! I finished up my 10 day antibiotic course last week, and it definitely calmed down my IB. Hopefully it's all downhill from here on out. My forehead has been just about completely completely clear for a few weeks, with the exception of one ugly little bugger that appeared, but we'll blame that one on PMS! My cheeks, which have always been my biggest problem area

britszits

britszits

10/30/13

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11/02/13

 

Day 22--Battle Continues

Three weeks of Accuatne under my belt! This time last week, I had about a dozen cystic pimples! Most were about a dime's width and pretty red. After doing my Proactiv sulfur treatment as a spot mask for 3 consecutive days, most of these giant pimples disappeared and/or decreased in size. They were painful! I've also begun an antibiotic course (on Day 3 now) which has really helped to zap the buggers. I'll keep up the antibiotics for a week and HOPEFULLY this horrible cystic initial breakou

britszits

britszits

10/15/13

 

Day 16--Holy Cyst

As the title suggests, I've been experiencing a huge increase in cystic acne. Normally, my acne is non-cystic, but still inflamatory (it turns bright red and almost always comes to a head). Over the years, I've typically had one cystic pimple maybe every month or every other month. Meanwhile, I always have dozens of red "active" pimples, some brighter than others, and loads of post-acne marks. I suppose I don't really have any true scars--just post-inflammatory marks. My acne is so constant and

britszits

britszits

10/10/13

 

Day 10--Patience

Happy Friday! Today is Day 10. I won't go so far as to say I'm frustrated, but I am really digging deep to find some patience nowadays. Ok ok, I shouldn't really be complaining since my skin has definitely improved. But, I won't be able to report results for sure for a few more weeks when I'm certain that these results are actually from the Accutane and not just my normal cycle. I've mentioned before that it's normal for me to have a bit of a clearing period for a few days each month, so t

britszits

britszits

10/04/13

 

Day 6--Optimism

I'm seeing an improvement! I upped my dosage to 15mg/day 2 days ago. The highest I will go is 20mg/day. People who use lower doses of Accutane see the same long-term results as those who use higher doses of the drug--the only difference being that low dose users will have to be on the drug for longer. I will likely end up using the drug for 5 months. Results: I am trying to not get my hopes up, since this clearing I'm experiencing could just be part of my lady cycle.. It's not unusual for

britszits

britszits

09/30/13

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10/01/13

 

Day 1--Fingers Crossed

Today I took my first-ever dosage of Accutane. Well, technically it's the generic Isotretinoin. I took 5mg this morning and I will take another 5mg tonight, for a total of 10mg/day. I will maintain this 10mg/day for at least 2 weeks, and possibly as long as a month, depending upon how my body reacts. Admittedly, my acne is not as bad as it has been in the past. I have always secretly sort of hoped that my acne would eventually go away on its own. But, I'm going to be 23 soon and, honestly,

britszits

britszits

09/24/13

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10/30/13

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