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My Strange Acne Timeline (After Accutane 2X) - The Beginning

Welcome to my Blog/gallery.wub.png - Picture March 2013 - 5 minutes apart w/makeup & without

I have decided to document my Acne story for my own personal reflection and to help any others also struggling who may read my posts and think "Wow I am not alone..."hifive.gif . I would also like to post about my makeup routine to cover acne scars.

I have been struggling with Acne for 10 years. I don't mean "struggling" like how sometimes people who do not have severe acne talk about their three little dots on their cheeks - NOPE! I am talking to the those of us who understand the joy when seeing a big cyst start to heal to the sadness/anxiety when you bring home that Accutane binder.

This is my first time really dealing with severe acne again since my second round of Accutane that ended in 2009. Over two months my skin went from being clear and normal back to painful swollen cysts, monthly injections, and the emotions that come along with it. I am a teacher and it hit me hard when one of my concerned young students politely asked me what happened to my face that I was once again facing a big problem. As of this point, (Mid March) emotionally, the sweet temptation of considering a third time of accutane is difficult to ignore eusa_think.gif , however for now, that is not hopefully where I end up.

This is my Current Routine:

Solodyn 105mg @ dinner

Epiduo @ morning

Finacea @ night

Injections 2x-4x weeks by derm


LUSH Fresh Pharmacy - cleanser bar

Aveeno - moisturizer


Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

Makeup Forever full coverage concealer

BOING by Benefit concealer

A bit of background...

2003 Age 13 - moderate acne (topical medications)

2004 Age 14 - moderate acne (topical medications)

2005 Age 15 - WTF is happening? severe acne/cysts/boil-like cysts -(injections every 2 weeks)

2006 Age 16 - First round of Accutane

2007 Age 17 - 100% clear skin (no medication)

2008 Age 18 - 80% clear skin - mild/moderate acne (no medication)

2009 Age 19 - Second round of Accutane

2010 Age 20 - 100% clear skin (no medication)

2011 Age 21 - 100% clear skin (no medication)

2012 Age 22 - 100% clear skin (no medication)

2013 Age 23 - WTF is happening? severe acne/cysts as bad as 2007 - (injections once a month, upped to 2x a week, 2 topical medications & antibiotic)


I am a teacher with acne too! I work with pre k though and they don't point it out much. My acne was moderate when i first took accutane in 2001. I am now on my 3rd course and it is NOT going well so back to the drawing board i guess. I have heard good things about Epiduo so good luck and i hope you keep up with this blog ( many don't). Since you are taking an antibiotic, be sure to counter it with probiotics but not at the same time

Good Luck

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Thanks for being my first commenter :-) So far epidou does nothing for me as well as the solodyn. I feel like the finacea is ready to be cut out of my routine it makes my skin burn and sting. Sad to hear like myself you also were on the miracle drug twice, I am trying to steer clear of a third course as well. I still feel the mental and physical effects its done to me and I ended my second round in 09.

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