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What has worked for me after accutane

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Hi everyone,

I haven't posted in a really long time. I took accutane a few years ago, but some of my acne came back. It was a lot less, and fortunately, my bacne went away completely.

The pimples that I get on occasion can normally be popped very easily if left alone for a day or two.

At most, at the current time, I get anywhere from 0 to maybe 3 pimples at a single time (I used to have a lot more than that). Before I start, a word of advice: If you have more than say 10 pimples at a time (or even are getting one cyst at a time on any acne prone part of your body--face, neck, back), then find a dermatologist that will give you accutane. It really does work. If your doctor doesn't want to give it to you, then look for another doctor or ask to be referred to a specialist/dermatologist. Consider that this is your face, not the doctor's. You deserve clear skin, and can get it if you really want it.

Anyway, here is what I do:

AM:

Wash face lightly with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, rinse with warm water (not too hot, it might irritate your skin).

Pat dry

After completely dry, apply a light layer of GNC brand Aloe Vera (it says 99%, which scared me at first, but after much use, I can tell you that you have nothing to fear).

Note: there are other brands of Aloe out there (some of which might even say 100% aloe. The main issue I've had with Fruit of the Earth or Target, etc, brands is that they make me feel like I'm wearing a MASK all day until I wash my face again. Plus, I think they dried my face out too (weird).

After the aloe on your face dries, you are done if it is your day application. If it is nighttime, apply calomine lotion on each individual spot (even spots that look irritated or might turn into pimples if left alone. Also, if you've popped a pimple, the calomine will help the spot to heal more quickly (at least, I think I notice a difference). I wouldn't advise putting calomine lotion on your entire face--it really dries my face out if I do it.

And that is it. I have very sensitive skin, that is why I'm glad I've found something that has worked for me that doesn't involve BP or SA. Dan's regimen worked for me great in the past, but it always left me burned and dry, plus I bleached a lot of my clothes. Also, some of you may be skeptical, because I'm 27, and this might lead you to think that I am growing out of acne.

Anyway, whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best of luck and hope that you all get clear!

Anthony

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wow that's great that worked for you :) I had some 99% aloe vera stuff, felt like i putting glue on my face or sumthin, wasn't a fan at all

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wow that's great that worked for you :) I had some 99% aloe vera stuff, felt like i putting glue on my face or sumthin, wasn't a fan at all

Yeah, aloe is very tricky. I was lucky that someone recommended the GNC brand to me, because the other ones go on so thick and are kind of gross. Plus, they didn't seem to do much for me. The GNC brand is really great though. The best part is that the tubes are like $2 each and last me about 3-4 weeks, so it's a real bargain!

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i never heard of GNC, but for $2 a tube how can you go wrong ;)do you use it at night and during the day? i didn't like the lasting feel of it, it almost felt like i'd left a face mask on and i was walking around with it on

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Yeah, I put it on in the morning and at night. The aloe at General Nutrition Center (GNC) in the mall is very light weight and does not feel like a mask at all. It is unlike all of the other aloe gels that I've tried, which DO feel like wearing a mask all day. After it dries in about 3-5 minutes (approximately), you can't even feel it on your face.

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Thank you! I'm bookmarking this. I'm on Accutane for the second time and know I'll probably only have a few years of clear skin after so this helps as an option for when I start to break out again.

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An extra bonus of this combination (at least for me) is that my skin (which is usually pretty oily) is now a lot less oily.

I don't really know how I stumbled upon this combination, but I'm glad I did. I don't have to use BP or SA anymore, which were both drying out my skin WAY too much.

Anybody who tries this out, let me know. I will still try to answer any questions anyone may have.

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So has anyone else tried this out? It really works for me.

I think the main thing that was messing up my skin was actually the BP and SA. I have VERY sensitive skin, and unfortunately most of the products that fight acne well use one or both of these substances.

My method is a much more natural way to get clear. I get a pimple here and there sometimes, but other times I am clear. I feel like my skin is finally normal now. I can deal with a small pimple here and there on occasion, especially considering I used to have 20+ pimples on my face at any given time.

This isn't a fix-all for everyone. Just give it a shot.

Let me know if you try it and if it works for you.

Good luck at getting clear everyone! :)

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