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Getting Clear With Accutane



Hey everyone.

I am not new to this site, but I am new to blogging so bear with me.

I decided to create this blog hoping that I might be able to help someone struggling with skin issues like I have been all my life. That's what this site is about, and I'm happy to be a part of it. I'll tell you a little about myself, in the hopes maybe someone out there can relate smile.png

I am 22 years old, in my final year of university. I'm studying environmental design, which is kind of a cross between landscape architecture, and interior architecture. Eventually I want to become a certified architect. I am strong, confident, and (almost always) a positive person. The last few years have been hard on me, I went through a bad breakup this summer- but I'm trying to become a better person out of that experience. I have been dealing with skin issues since I was 15, and have finally decided to stop 'trying' things and take accutane to end this battle. Here's a breif timeline of things I have tried throughout the years; feel free to ask questions about any of my persona experiences with any of them!

15 years old- developed mild cystic acne, doctor put me on the pill & it seemed to work initially. (I have been on the pill ever since. Tricyclin Lo)

16 years old- cyctic acne began to get worse, I began breaking out on my back/shoulders. I played sports and thought it might be from wearing sweaty gym clothes, but I was always adamant about showering as soon as I could. Doctor prescribed minocycline, a 30 day cycle, it worked like a charm.

17/18 years old- I was still dealing with breakouts, both on my back and face, which didn't seem to relate to my cycle. I was prescribed clindoxyl gel (clindamycin mixed with benzoyl peroxide), it worked but I was never 'clear'.

19/20/21 years old- This has been the hardest time for me.. I've literally tried everything from going 100% natural & organic (witch hazel, teatree, chamomille, aloe plant gel, etc), to home remedies (aspirin masks, egg whites, honey & oats...), to different brands (proactiv, body shop seaweed, body shop teatree, lush, normaderm, clean & clear, cetaphil).. during this time my doctor also prescribed a year of minocycline which I found was the most effective- but again, I was never 'clear'. I always had at least 2 or 3 cyctic bumps... painful.

I used to only break out on my chin, nose and forehead.. but it has moved to my cheeks, and sometimes around my hairline, near my ears... and it is causing scars. They are almost always so deep that they never surface and can last 2-3 weeks.. sometimes they swell up so big my face looks deformed. I hate it.

So needless to say, I'm sick of spending money trying countless products that haven't been working. I'm sick of wearing makeup everyday to cover up scars and waking up with whiteheads. I went to my doctor in tears and told her I wasn't leaving without a referral to a dermatologist.. which she agreed. In Canada you usually have to wait 4-5 months for an appointment, but I ended up going to a clinic in Toronto that accepts walk-ins with a referral. Advantderm. It's a great place. So I went there, and told this story to the derm, who agreed it was time for me to use accutane. I did the necessary bloodwork, waited, and now here I am- day 2 of accutane!

I'll be posting progress pictures as often as I can, I'm going to aim for weekly- maybe 2/week. I'm on 40mg daily, and have stopped all other treatments. I'm using cetaphil as a cleanser, witch hazel as a toner, and a tinted moisturizer from elizabeth arden.. I know my skin is going to dry out so I'll be looking into a new moisturizer. Anyone tried silica lotion? It's one of few that I haven't tried smile.png

Also, a note about the 'regime' on this site- I haven't tried it. I am not routine enough to stick to such a rigid program.

Can't think of anything else to say....

I'm not wearing any make-up in these pictures (yikes!)

Thanks for reading, and wish me luck!


Alright so I just discovered I am unable to post pictures until I am no longer a 'new member'??? I think this is silly.... how can I share my progress?

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I have a similar background. been battling acne for 8 years now and I've tried literally EVERYTHING. even accutane but had to stop because of the side effects. now i'm thinking about going on it again as it seems there's no other chance for me in ever getting rid of my acne. how accutane working for you? any major side effects? do you feel its worth it so far? All the best of luck!

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What kind of side effects made you quit it? I'm only on day 2 so I need to wait a while before I start to notice anything.. I'll keep you posted :)

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I suffered really bad head aches, drowsiness, blurred night vision, mood changes etc. I felt like a totally different person, it became unbearable so after 10-12 days i quit and swore I'd never take it again! yet here i am reconsidering.. :P

It seems to be ok for you if you still haven't noticed anything? what dose are you on?

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Clinque has a really great moisturizer called "moisture surge" (it's yellow and absorbs without leaving grease or grime on your face, and make up follows in flawlessly!)

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That's really too bad to hear. Everybody reacts differently to it, just like anything else really. I'm most worried about how my eyes are going to handle it.. I wear contacts every day, I haaaate wearing my glasses but I might have to suffer if my eyes get too dry!

I'm on 40mg once a day... Kind of noticing an overall itch since my second dose this morning, but nothing serious.

I actually have tried that moisturizer, a friend has it and I like it... I forgot about it! Maybe I'll give it a try once it's necessary..

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It's great to know that I'm not the only one that used products that kinda worked, but was not satisfied with the overall results. Also, it's awesome that we're both at the same track! Keep on the updates, if you can't post any pictures, describing the changes will be good as well. Good luck!

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Sounds good. I noticed side effects pretty much instantly, or after a day or two. Highest dose i had was also 40 mg and that's when i suffered all those side effects. yeah i guess it's different for each person. hope my luck is better if i try it again, prob on a lower dosage then. How long are you supposed to be on it?

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I'm supposed to be on it for 4-5 months, but I think it's different for everyone.. just what I've noticed through reading peoples' blogs and watching videos :)

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