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8 DAYS TIL THE 'TANE

SUP YALL. So I start Accutane at 40 mgs in a little over a week. I AM SO EXCITED. UGHHHH. No one could talk/scare me out of it at this point... and here's why:

During my acne struggles I have tried all of the following:
Topicals-
Sulfacetimide 
Tretenoin (.025%)
Finacea
Aczone 
Epiduo Forte 
Benzoyl Peroxide
Salicylic Acid 

Oral-
Minocycline
Doxycycline
Yaz
Spironolactone (literally the devil in a pill i think lol idk) 
Bactrim 

DO YOU GET IT NOW?! OK COOL. 

So here's the current deal with my skin:
It's an EXTREMELY persistant case of mild acne. I get several pimples a week, cysts about once a month, and I scar extremely easily. I usually have at least 1 active spot on my face if I'm lucky, however more likely have 5+. With that being said, the current state of my skin is actually good. About a month ago I STOPPED spironolactone and started Bactrim <<< BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. I can actually recognize my face again. After visiting a second dermatologist (never trusting my first derm again..... she ruined my skin) she admitted I need Accutane mostly due to the fact that I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun. That was last month, February 12, and now I am starting Accutane next Tuesday, March 15. In preparation for this, my new derm gave me epiduo forte, which works well, but I don't care for the way it chemically burned my skin...... not fun. Probably my fault. However Bactrim has worked really well! I haven't had a cyst in almost a month; just small pimples/blackheads every day or two. In other words, a lot more manageable. I have back/chest breakouts sometimes too. Annoying as hell! 

8 DAY PREP FOR 'TANE SKIN:
Well since Epiduo Forte has my skin faling off, it is baby-ing time for this face. I am now using Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (AMAZING STUFF) and the Dermalogica Active Moist lotion, also vaseline/petroleum jelly for my really burned spots (around my eyes, temples). I am doing NO MORE acne treatments except for Accutane. In 'Tane We Trust. 

I plan on taking pics of my skin for my week one log. I might update every week or every-other. I am not going to be on the blog everyday cause I don't want to obsess over my skin too much. 

ANY ADVICE FOR A SISTA WITH SENSITIVE SKIN STARTING ACCUTANE?  WHEN WILL I START TO DRY OUT? UGH SO MANY QUESTIONS. Would love product recommendations so I can order stuff this week on Amazon. THANKS GUYS!! 
 



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GIRL. I just started my last month of accutane! You should check out my blog, I have posts for the first maybe 2 months. Advice...
If you usually use powder makeup, I switched to using liquid first then powder bc of the dryness. Its just some revlon 24 hour stuff.
I use the thickest container of cetaphil cream moisturizer morning and night. Can be pretty greasy but it keeps me moisturized.
Lips will start getting dry in maybe 7-10 days... for that I started using these baby sized aquaphor healing ointment, I bring one around with me literally everywhere bc I can't use anything else. Vaseline didn't do the job for me after a month.
I would also start bringing around a pocket mirror. You may look conceited using it, but you'd rather know what you look like then be peeling in front of everyone, right? I check myself almost every hour or stop in the bathroom frequently.
Drink a lot of water, you may get joint pain after a month or two.
On higher doses you may need eye drops or stop wearing contacts for a bit and also need to moisturize in your nose (but this may have been due to the wintertime, too).
And, DONT PICK! your skin feels/heals differently on aquaphor, its hard to explain, but picking is the worst thing possible. Just let it be.

If you have any questions, hit me up!

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 GURL THANK YOU SO MUCH. I love all the advice. I'm def checking out your blog and I'm so grateful for your product tips. I start in one week so I'm going to the drug store this week to pick up all my stuff. I'm SO excited. I'll be  updating weekly for the first few months and I'm hoping for the best. Again thanks sooo much for your response!!!

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I'm currently using epiduo.. Can i ask, how long were you on it before it just didn't work for you? I was told 6 months is meant to be a good "purging" time.. And so far my skin is killing me.. I have started burning so I may have to decrease my dosage to every 2 days.. I Dont know.

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On 3/12/2016 at 8:52 PM, Tiamax said:

I'm currently using epiduo.. Can i ask, how long were you on it before it just didn't work for you? I was told 6 months is meant to be a good "purging" time.. And so far my skin is killing me.. I have started burning so I may have to decrease my dosage to every 2 days.. I Dont know.

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Hey!! Just saw this so I'm sorry for the late response! Epiduo worked well for me actually, however my review isn't that reliable because I was only on it for about a month (my derm gave it to me for the month I was waiting for accutane!). Anyway, it cleared up a lot of my blackheads and worked great on white heads. I would say 2 weeks in I had some purging that lasted a week, and then overall I just had normal blackheads/whiteheads pop up and disappear just as fast. But trust me.. IT BURNED LIKE HELL. I was stubborn and never wanted to skip a night so I ended up with some pretty nasty chemical burns from it, pretty much my skin turned bright red and scaled over then peeled off. My derm suggested putting moisturizer on BEFORE you apply the epiduo, which helps with the burning only slightly, but my skin didn't peel as much. But it def cleared my skin fairly well! How is you skin doing now? I have never heard of really any acne medication taking 6 months to work. Did they maybe say 6 weeks? On the website it says results should show in 3 months, and if there is still worsening of acne, it may not be the medicine for you. 

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When i was on accutane my skin was fantastic!! Till i stopped... sigh :( i hope it works for you in the long term. Just keep hydrated and moisturise and remember this stuff dries you out everyyyywhere... 

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