So I only have about 2 or 3 days left on accutane and I'm pretty nervous to go off. I've had persistent chest acne for years so the point where before going on accutane I hadn't gone out in public with a v neck or anything that showed my chest for a solid two years. It's been my biggest insecurity. My chest cleared up instantly on accutane and I can finally not worry about what to wear because I don't have to find something that covers my chest. But as my treatment is coming to an end in noticing that I'm starting to get little pimples on my chest again... Also my chest has some crazy marks from all the acne. I never picked at it but I still kind of looks like I have acne even though the bumps are gone. My skin is ridiculously sensitive. If I barely touch my face or if my clothes rubs my chest it's instantly red. I moisturize like crazy but it's still just so sensitive. Hopefully once I go off I'll stay clear. I just got two pimples on my face which is weird because I haven't had a zit on my face in quite awhile.
So I couldn't remember my password for a long time so I'm finally back on here. I have just completed my 3rd month of accutane and it has done wonders. My derm said I'll be done after my 5th month. My chest acne is for the most part gone and for the first time in years I can wear dresses and v necks and whatever the hell I want without worrying about my chest. That has been the greatest part of it, I no longer have to buy clothes that will cover my chest. So happy!! For the first time in like 2 months I got a pimple on my face last night, it's already clearing up though. I left the house without wearing foundation yesterday which is something I wouldn't dare do 6 months ago. The only complaint I have is my lips are so incredibly dry, if I forget chap stick then I might as well hide my mouth because it's gonna get flaky and red. right now I am just waiting for my acne scars to start clearing up. Ones of my cheeks have started to lighten but I still have some pretty red ones near my chin and on my chest. I'm not sure if anyone will see this but I've been wanting to get some piercings soon and when I asked my dermoltogist about it she said there's nothing in the literature that says no piercings (I already know you can't get tattoos) but she said she's not sure how much accutane would affect a piercing. Anyone who has gotten a piercing on tane and nothing's happened?? I'd love to know because I'm tired of waiting !
So far nothing really crazy. Symptoms I have: VERY chapped lips. I have been using aquaphor every chance I get My skin is still pretty oily, but my cheeks are sometimes flaky after I put on makeup. Since it is really cold out it is hard to tell if my face is getting red from the freezing wind or the Accutane. Redness doesn't stick around though. My scalp has been SOO ITCHY, afraid I am going to start getting dandruff soon from how often I scratch it. I am starting to develop a couple pimples on my forehead, two small ones around my mouth and my chin has about 2 or 3 that I can feel forming. Also the bridge of my nose is developing one that really hurts and feels deep. I just cannot wait to see progress on my acne scars. My makeup has a hard time covering how dark the hyperpigmentation is, but some spots around my temples have definitely improved. The cold weather seems to make my scars stick out more, especially when my face is flushed from the chilly wind. My chest acne has not seemed to improve at all, still lots of small red dots. I have a date party for my sorority on Thursday, hoping all crazy breakouts can hold off until after then.
So I guess I should describe what my acne has been like for the past years. Ive never had cystic acne but my face breaks out really bad around my period and I constantly have small bumps on my forehead. I have had acne on my chest for the past couple years that I can just never get to clear up, which is extremely embarrassing. I have a lot of skin discoloration from old acne which is almost just as bad as acne. I am onto week 2 now of Accutane and so far the small bumps on my forehead are clearing up. I don't really even have a pimple on my face right now, but my scars haven't changed. they seem to have become more noticeable actually. My skin is still oily but not as bad as it has been. I am also getting really dry but that could also be because it has been like 10 degrees outside lately. My chest hasn't changed at all which is what im most self conscious about. I have head bad head aches lately but I am just going to blame that on being sick. So far nothing crazy, hopefully it stays like that!
I am 19 and a student at the University of Missouri and i am completely sick of having acne. i have had acne since i was in 6th grade and I would say seven years with it has been more than enough. I have very oily skin but every now and then i will get dry patches, which will somehow still get oily.. I went on Accutane about two years ago and was taken off after a month because I had a crazy scene of extremely intense migraines caused from the medicine. I am hoping that this time will be different and i can do the entire 6 months. I took my first pill on February 10th, so I am about to be on my 3rd day. Obviously i have not had much of a change yet, but i did notice i didn't have to put on powder as much today because i wasn't extremely oily. I am basically writing this blog so at the end of the six months i can look back and say, "Yeah that was all worth my skin looking great". What i am currently using: 40 mg/day amnesteem Proactiv facewash Proactiv spot treatment