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6 Months POST ACCUTANE

6 Months off Accutane!  I cannot believe it has been 6 MONTHS since I have been off Accutane and 1 YEAR since I started! First off, if you are reading this, I encourage you to start reading my blog posts from the beginning to see the stages of my skin and the progress I have made throughout.  Being on Accutane for 7 months came with a lot of self confidence issues as my skin got significantly worse throughout the process. After reading many blogs and talking with my dermatologist, I was told

peskypimples

peskypimples

06/15/18

 

10 MORE DAYS

Coming to an end... I can't believe I have been on this medication for around 7 MONTHS! I cant even describe how good it feels to say that I have not had a single breakout in a month and my skin is completely flat and smooth. Now I do have some post redness which my dermatologist says will fade within 3 months of coming off accutane. I do have very minimal atrophic scarring on my cheeks which I will be doing some sort of treatment but not for at least 6 months. I think it is time to give my skin

peskypimples

peskypimples

01/09/18

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06/15/18

 

Dec 17, 2017 - 6 Months

Progress!!... I am so happy with how far I have come on Accutane. To what my skin was when I started to what it is now is unbelievable! I have not had any cystic acne for at least 2 months now and have only had 3 minor whiteheads within the last month. The dermatologist was amazed at how much progress I have made. He couldn't believe how much the redness had gone down considering I am still on accutane. I has confirmed that I have 1 MORE MONTH LEFT!!!  New Makeup... UNBELIEVABLE! After a trip t

peskypimples

peskypimples

12/18/17

 

Approaching Month 6

Approaching 6 months... I cannot believe that I have been on Accutane for almost 6 months. When I look back at my progress, I cannot believe the transformation it has done to my face. From having a bunch of painful cysts and many whiteheads to now having NO BREAKOUTS! If anything, I have 1 minimal whitehead that surfaces and extracts on its own/ very easily.  September 13, 2017 TO December 1, 2017!  Still another 2 months... According to my dermatologist, he still wants to keep me on my ac

peskypimples

peskypimples

12/01/17

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12/09/17

 

November 19 - Week 23

Update... I know I have missed a couple weeks, however I haven't had many changes in my skin. It is completely flat and I have only has 1 active pimple last week!!! I find that if I do break out, there are minimal whiteheads and normally occur on my chin. I have not broken out anywhere else!!! The redness continues to fade every day, but I know I will have some scarring to work with after being off Accutane.  Dermatologist Update... After seeing the dermatologist last week, he was very impresse

peskypimples

peskypimples

11/20/17

 

November 1 - Week 20

Sorry that I missed posting last week... Before I continue.. I wanted to compare my worst photo to my best .. CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENCE!  Flat Skin... My skin continues to flatten with only a few breakouts! As my skin flattens, as my dermatologist said, I don't have some surface scarring that I will need to take care of. A lot of the redness that you see on my skin is hyper pigmentation which is something that I will need to treat after coming off accurate.  Dry Ski... With the cold weath

peskypimples

peskypimples

11/01/17

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11/01/17

 

October 18, 2017 - Week 18

I was dumb... This past week, I have had a couple breakouts, 2 being on the upper part of my left cheek which I did extract seeing that the whitehead was at the surface. However, as you will see in the pictures, I have 2 circle marks on both sides of my lips... I had a large cyst growing on the left side of my lip and decided to pop it too early . On my right side, I felt a small under the skin bump and because I had an urge to pick, I decided to go at it even though there was nothing visible...

peskypimples

peskypimples

10/18/17

 

October 11, 2017 - Week 17

Minor Breakouts... This past week I have had only 2 breakout which were very minor in which I extracted them due to them being a surfaced white head. On my left cheek, I do feel a cyst growing under my skin however I am hoping that it will not surface. The cyst is growing right where I had my 3 headed cyst from about a month ago so I am guessing it is trying to come back.  Flat, Smooth Skin... My skin still remains flat and smooth for the most part and if I wasn't looking in a mirror, I would t

peskypimples

peskypimples

10/11/17

 

October 8, 2017 - Week 16

My apologies for not posting the last couple weeks, its been crazy busy with work and I haven't been able to sit down and write my blog post.  Smooth & Flat... Over the past couple of weeks I have had maybe a couple pimples but other than that my skin is completely smooth and flat and FEELS AMAZING! Taking Pictures... I find that whenever I take my blog post pictures, the redness looks more inflamed than it actually is. In person, the redness is definitely less visible. It must be the pict

peskypimples

peskypimples

10/08/17

 

September 21, 2017 – Week 14

Back from the Carribean… After spending 5 nights in the Caribbean and soaking face body/face in the salt water, I definitely think it made a difference. The first day I got there, I went ahead and popped that three headed cyst which was completely filled with infected puss. I immediately went in the salt water and kept my face half way under water to help with the healing process and it definitely did! I made sure to wear lots of sunscreen and a hat the entire time and for the most part, I did n

peskypimples

peskypimples

09/21/17

 

September 13th, 2017 – Week 13

Redness has returned… unfortunately the redness has returned significantly since I have been off the prednisone. I have also been breaking out and currently have about 8 active whiteheads and 2 cysts which are very inflamed and causing pressure every time I go to wash my face. Caribbean Salt Water… I am heading to the Caribbean for the next 5 days so I have done everything in my power NOT TO PICK as I hope the salt water will dry out all the whiteheads and they will flake off. As for the

peskypimples

peskypimples

09/13/17

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09/16/17

 

September 7 - Week 12 on Epuris

Off prednisone… Last week, I noticed a lot of improvements however this week it is back to normal. I am very red and inflamed again and I am breaking out on my chin with huge whiteheads. I think this is because I have finished my 10 day supply of prednisone so my body is going through withdrawal. I wish I can stay on that pill throughout my entire course but the dermatologist said it is a medication I can only take for a short period of time due to its side effects and risks. Deep Cyst o

peskypimples

peskypimples

09/07/17

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09/13/17

 

August 31 - Week 11 on Epuris

Improvements... over this past week I have noticed the most improvement so far throughout this journey. Most of the bumps are starting to flatten accept for a couple of deep cysts that continue to boil below the surface of my skin.  Dry, flaky skin... with the increase in dose, my skin has become very flaky once again and my lips are cracking a lot. I continue to use the same lip product and moisturizer and limit makeup as much as possible to let my skin breath.  Forehead breakout… Although I

peskypimples

peskypimples

08/31/17

 

August 23 - Week 10 on Epuris

Cluster of Cysts… I continue to break out on my right cheek with a cluster of cheeks that are puss filled and painful to touch. HOWEVER, I am happy to say I have not picked them and hope to keep it that way. Left Side Flattening… I have noticed that this week, my left cheek isn’t breaking out as much and it is beginning to flatten which is really nice to see! Redness… I still have quite a bit of redness but definitely less than when I was in the first month of Accutane. Like my d

peskypimples

peskypimples

08/23/17

 

August 18 - Week 9 on Epuris

Cysts, cysts, cysts… This past week, I developed a couple large cysts on the upper part of my cheeks that were very painful and inflamed. One of the cysts (right cheek) popped naturally on its own in the shower which cause a black hole filled with blood. It is currently healing and turned into a scab. Tiny Whiteheads… I continue to develop tiny whiteheads along the side of my mouth and chin area. Before starting Accutane, I had a lot of under the skin whiteheads that were not noticeable

peskypimples

peskypimples

08/19/17

 

August 9 - 2 Months on Epuris

Painful Face… My face has never been so painful and ITCHY! No matter what I use, I feel like something is crawling all over my face. Our course itching does not help the redness and can irritate my skin even further. Picking update… I wish I could tell you that I completely stopped picking but unfortunately it is an ongoing thing. My thought process on picking is very simple. When I look in the mirror and I see a massive whitehead (and I’m talking one that is ready to be popped) I take my p

peskypimples

peskypimples

08/09/17

 

August 2 - Week 7 on Epuris

Forehead Breakout UGH… Most of my acne normally lies on my cheeks however Accutane has decided to bring out the tiny bumps on my forehead which are now large whiteheads/cysts!!! I seem to get them in a cluster and they had become so painful that I had to pin them and release the pressure, hence the redness in the picture. My treatment has been rubbing 100% Aloe Vera from the Aloe Vera plant onto my forehead which has definitely helps calm the bumps and redness. I’m hoping all will go away within

peskypimples

peskypimples

08/02/17

 

July 26, 2017 - Week 6 on Epuris

Active Pimples… I still continue to have a lot of active acne consisting of both painful cysts and whiteheads. Most of my cysts have the red pigmentation even without picking which is very annoying and tend to flare more when I wash my face, UGH! Update of last week’s post… Last week was a very bad week for me that consisted of the worse picking ever. I am happy that the swelling has gone done as well as some of the redness which I thank to ice, salt water and aloe Vera plant. My lower ba

peskypimples

peskypimples

07/26/17

 

July 19, 2017 - Week 5 on Epuris

Worst Picking Yet... I knew this day would finally come where I just couldn't stand the pain and bumps anymore  ... Unfortunately, I have picked my entire face leaving it completed inflamed, blood spots and swollen. The only upside is that all the whiteheads are completed extracted so hoping the redness and blood spots will soon fade. These pictures is of my right side, which is way worse than my left side. Stay tuned on my progress as my face begins to heal all over again.  Lower Back Ache...

peskypimples

peskypimples

07/19/17

 

July 12, 2017 - 1 Month on Epuris

Forehead Cyst from last week… I am happy to say that my forehead cyst (see last post for pictures) has completely gone away with very minimal redness left behind. It is not noticeable at all and very happy about that!! My dermatologist follow up… So, it has been one month since I have started Accutane and today I met with my dermatologist to see what his thoughts were on how the Accutane was taking affect. He asked me if I have noticed flare up more than when I started the Accutane in whi

peskypimples

peskypimples

07/13/17

 

July 5, 2017 - 3 Weeks on Epuris

OH SH#$%T, I Picked… For a compulsive picker to say, “I will never pick/pop a pimple again” is probably lying. It takes a lot of time to break a habit especially when acne is painful and contains a lot of pressure that can be easily released with a squeeze. That being said, IT WAS THE WORST DECISION! Over the past week, I developed two cysts side by side on the right side of my forehead and the pressure was unbearable. I also had 2 cysts on my cheek that I have had for the past 2 weeks and they

peskypimples

peskypimples

07/05/17

 

June 28, 2017 (Week 2 on Epuris)

The Itchiness continues… It has been 2 weeks now since I have started Accutane (Epuris 20mg). I am starting to notice my skin becoming more inflamed than what it was at the beginning of the treatment. The itchiness has also kicked in and although it is very tempting to itch my face, I try to avoid it because my skin is becoming more sensitive and scratching will only make it redder, not to mention it hurts!!  The Dryness continues… Not only is my face itchy, but my whole body has become drier l

peskypimples

peskypimples

06/28/17

 

June 21, 2017 (1 Week on Epuris)

So, it has been 1 week since I started Epuris 20mg, taken once a day. It is always hard to tell if the medication has started to take effect or if my mental state     believes it has. Therefore, please take these changes lightly as Epuris states it can take up to 2 weeks to fully start taking affect. Changes in my body: ·                    - Itchy Skin all over - It started with being itchy on my face but then also moved to my legs and scalp.                       - Dry/Peeling L

peskypimples

peskypimples

06/22/17

 

Dear Acne Sufferers, YOU ARE NOT ALONE

I would like to start off by introducing myself and giving you a complete background about my struggles with my skin. So, let’s go all the way back to elementary school where zits were not a thing for me. I had clear, radiant skin and makeup was not part of my skincare routine. Seeing that I was a late bloomer, I didn’t start puberty until high school which is when the acne struggle became real. After a trip to the doctor, I was put on birth control for more reasons than one, however one being t

peskypimples

peskypimples

06/20/17

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