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8 Months On Accutane... And 8 Break-Outs?



Has anyone... ANYONE been breaking out after 8 months of Accutane? That just seems crazy to me. I currently have... six... I would say... inflamed red spots on my face, which is super weird because last week there was NOTHING. I do not get it. And I'm so tired of obsessing over it. But, I literally don't know how to stop until the acne stops. I refuse to be that 1/1,000,000 statistic where Accutane does not work for that individual. I'll go on Accutane for three courses if that's what it takes. And the thing is... I would be totally, TOTALLY fine if I just had small break-outs every now and then. Every two weeks you have a few. THAT'S FINE. I would understand and be like "You know what, I forgive you, body, I forgive you for these pimples." But, right now. I can't forgive my body. Because I don't know what to do. I am on the most powerful acne drug available... and my face is not how it should be.

Any motivation or encouragement would be GREAT. Also, I'd love to hear from someone who has gone through two courses of Accutane. Because I think that's what I will need.

Much love,



You just gotta hang in there, some people break out up until a few weeks after they finish their course, then they get clear and stay clear. It's a weird drug in the sense that the rate of progress can vary so much from person to person. I can imagine how frustrating it must be to get clear then break out more while still on it but since you're taking so much of it, the chances of it working are that much better. I'm on my second course after taking it about six years ago with great results. Don't worry about a second course right now, just finish this one and hopefully it will work out. I really hope it does for you. Good luck.

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Thanks for the support. Truly it means the world to me. The thing is... I feel like I have NO CONTROL. I just wish I could figure out what it is that makes me breakout. My acne is so persistant. I just don't understand. I guess that's probably more frustrating then the actual acne... it's feeling like you can't change it.

If you don't like your hair color... you can dye it.

If you don't like your weight... you have control to change that.

If you have acne... it's a guessing game.

That's what's so hard.

Thanks again for the kind words :)

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Did your skin get better!? I'm about to be going on month 8 and I'm still not completely clear. I'm way past the point of frustration, I don't know what to do! I really hope yours got better : )

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Hi ally*ford!

I have been off Accutane for six months now. Wow, crazy. Time flies haha I finished my eight months and that was all that the dermatologist would allow my body to take. I was at my maximum dosage. And after those 8 months, my skin was not happy. I had been on a very powerful drug and all the sudden was taken off of it. That's hard on your body. So, until November my skin still had large pimples which was very disheartening.

I ended up seeing my dermo at the end of November and she started me on solodyn and spirono. (I did not want to have to go on more drugs, but, what was I supposed to do?) I was also prescribed a tretinoin gel. My skin has been MUCH better. I only get small little pimples every now and then and they usually go away in 3 days.

I'm still struggling with accepting myself and my skin. It's really hard to describe what it's like to have great skin, then acne that disrupts your life and your mind, then Accutane, then have clear skin (for the most part haha) again. It's psychologically really draining. I don't ever know if I'll ever wake up and be at peace with myself, clear skin or not. But, I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE FOR YOU THAT YOU FIND PEACE. Your life will be so much happier and so much more carefree.

So, to answer your question haha my skin is much better! Hang in there. I know it's rough. And message me whenever you need to! I'll be here to answer any questions you have or give you support :) You're a champ and things always get better. I promise :)

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