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My Accutane Journey (17/female/110lbs)

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Your skin looks amazing! You don't have any inflammation. Yeah! Im so happy for you. Mine is looking amazing too. I wear my hair in a big messy bun now everyday, not afraid to show my face. I got a back massage yesterday because I've been feeling achy. Not a good idea...I'm more sore now, and the towel against my face for an hour left a mark. I wish I could down load pics... Maybe I'll ask my kids to help.

Thank you so much! My skin looks even better today :] I'm so happy. I hope it keeps getting better because i have been waiting for my IB and i can't really say my skin has been getting worse yet. I'm not sure if the Doxycycline helped because i know that crap broke me out badddd. That'd be awesome if you uploaded some progress pics :D

Accutane = love

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DAY 14

It's been 2 weeks so far! I apologize for no updates. This week has been very busy and i've been sleeping every chance i get. My face is looking great! I just have a couple spots on my hairline and it's my skin is a tiny bit red. It isn't dry but i think the products i've been using have been a huge help. My night vision is a little off and i didn't realize it till i drove to a friends house the other night. I wear glasses when i drive and i see the signs/road very well but the traffic lights seem a little sporadic? I doubt that's the right word to describe how it looks but it's spread out like fireworks. Not blurry at all. My doctor said since my vision is already bad then i would most likely be experiencing these effects and my night vision would go back to normal after i'm off of the medication. My headaches have been occuring a lot less now that i'm drinking A LOT of water. The inside of my nose is dry but i've been putting this Rhinaris lubricating nasal gel on in the morning and night and it helps tremendously. My chest isn't as clear as i want it to be but i think it will be okay in a few weeks. It's just blotchy and the texture feels weird. It's the blackheads coming out. Gross :P

Pictures will be put up tomorrow. My memory card is full and i'm honestly to lazy right now to empty it and take a picture >.< So far, so good.

<33 I really hope everyone is doing okay.

2 WEEK PICTURE LINK

I look beeeeat xD This was taken early in the morning yesterday. Acne.org won't let me upload pictures because it says the file is to big which is strange because previous photos were a lot larger. Here is a link! What an improvement :D

http://tinypic.com/r/2hdqn8k/7

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How wonderful! I'm glad your enjoying the results. Time flys doesn't it? The texture on my nose also is starting to feel rough. I didn't even know I had blackheads on my nose...but they seem to be coming out. Sorry about your vision problems, that can be a little unsettling. We have to cross our fingers crossed that those side effects are just temporary. My scary thing is still just hair shedding and I can't stay out late anymore and have drinks, which I just have to give up for great skin! Let the magic continue!

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How wonderful! I'm glad your enjoying the results. Time flys doesn't it? The texture on my nose also is starting to feel rough. I didn't even know I had blackheads on my nose...but they seem to be coming out. Sorry about your vision problems, that can be a little unsettling. We have to cross our fingers crossed that those side effects are just temporary. My scary thing is still just hair shedding and I can't stay out late anymore and have drinks, which I just have to give up for great skin! Let the magic continue!

Time does go by so fast. I can't believe it's been 2 weeks! Ugh i know how you feel when it comes to texture. My face is almost completely clear but the feel of it is so weird. My chest is like that too. It's a shame it's not clearing up as fast as my face has. I think night vision problems are common so i'm not THAT worried about it. We do shed about 300 hairs a day...i think? Don't quote me on that :P Maybe you think you are losing hair but if not then i would suggest getting some strength treatments. It could help it from falling out so easily. Good luck! Posting pictures now :D <3

ps;; I bought Estee Lauders Double Wear Foundation so i'll be sure to let you know how i like it :]

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I cant believe how clear you look! Yeah! You look like the girl from Princess diaries:). You r obviously doing a great job with your products. I'm starting to notice some redness, so I have to ease up on my lotions. Your right about the hair shedding, I think I'm fine, just paranoid. I love the Paul mitchell line! The moisture spray helps a lot.

Do let me know if you find a good makeup. I haven't. Just still using my benefit playstick in spin the bottle....on spots only...and throb blush.

My Derm asked me if I wanted to bump up to 60 mg... I wasn't sure what to do, so I kept it at 40. Let me know what your Derm says.

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I cant believe how clear you look! Yeah! You look like the girl from Princess diaries:). You r obviously doing a great job with your products. I'm starting to notice some redness, so I have to ease up on my lotions. Your right about the hair shedding, I think I'm fine, just paranoid. I love the Paul mitchell line! The moisture spray helps a lot.

Do let me know if you find a good makeup. I haven't. Just still using my benefit playstick in spin the bottle....on spots only...and throb blush.

My Derm asked me if I wanted to bump up to 60 mg... I wasn't sure what to do, so I kept it at 40. Let me know what your Derm says.

Thank you so much. Lol, i've heard that i look like her before. I'm so happy you love the Paul Mitchell stuff :] My scalp was sooo itchy the other night and the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Shampoo cooled it down. I love the moisture spray and the strength spray. I know i have to get my blood taken probably around the 25th of April so i'll let you know what my doctor says. If your Derm thinks it's okay to go up to 60mg then maybe you should try it. I think you could always go back to 40 if you feel uncomfortable.

The Double Wear Foundation is AWESOME. I didn't set it with powder and it lasted so well. A little goes such a long way and the coverage is amazing. My color is Linen if you wanted something to go by. I hope you check it out :] The only complaint i have is that it doesn't come with a pump. I wouldn't mind it with other foundations but since this one is on the thicker side, it doesn't pour out. MAC's foundation pumps fit on the double wear and are only $6 so i'll be picking one up :]

<3

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DAY 23

Pictures will be coming soon. I left my camera at a friends house. Now on with the update! My skin has been getting better and better. I have never seen my face this clear! *knocks on wood* My chest has improved immensly but i have some red spots. I'm not to worried about it because i'm happy that the texture is smooth. My back has only two spots that turned into scabs and are healing quickly. So far, so good. My headaches have gone down now that i've been drinking coconut water and regular water religiously. I changed my eating habits too which was difficult because i'm a huge foody :P Carbs are my worst enemy and best friend lol. Anyways, i don't have to wash my hair everyday anymore and if i feel a little "bleh", i'll pop some dry shampoo (tresseme clean start spray dry shampoo) on my roots and i'm fine. Only downside is MY HAIR IS DRYYYY. I'm going to be amping up my hair treatments and debating on whether i should get a keratin treatment. I'm so used to having oily hair so this is a huge difference. My hair feels fluffy and clean when i wake up in the morning. How is everyone doing? :] <3

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Hi Courtney! I'm glad your so happy and positive. You probably have the perfect condition for the accutane since your responding so well. I wonder if your Derm will up your dose or not, I'm so curious.

Wanted to let you know my hair isn't shedding anymore...thank god. But, it's sooo different, just like your saying. It just never gets dirty, and I love freshly washed hair,but I can't wash it, too dry. My new discovery is Velcro rollers, no heat, healthy, and my hair looks amazing. I set it day after day, jump in the shower, and then gently blowdry when i get out.

I am still breaking out, a few at a time though, and I just leave it. I try not to worry about it. And, my lips did that weird thing again yesterday...blistery rash, red patches, then shedding. It happened right after I applied lipstick. I thought I was safe to use lipstick again, but no. I guess it's part of the accutane course for me. But it only lasts one day, and then I have fresh pink lips again. Soooooo weird. Well hopefully your getting excited for prom....keep eating well, that's probably part of the reason your clearing so well!

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Oh....one more thing, I dont recommend that you get the karatin treatment. I did it last summer, and it was really fun, gave me pretty waves, but the treatment is pretty harsh, and it caused my hair to be unhealthy in the long run. On accutane, I would think it would be too risky.

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Oh....one more thing, I dont recommend that you get the karatin treatment. I did it last summer, and it was really fun, gave me pretty waves, but the treatment is pretty harsh, and it caused my hair to be unhealthy in the long run. On accutane, I would think it would be too risky.

Thanks Susie! Before i get into anything, i wanted to tell you about my Mystic Tan that i got today :] I LOVE it. I went in thinking i was going to get the light formulation but she suggested i get the medium and i'm so glad i did. It came out beautifully. I know they said not to moisturize any area of your body but i only did my face. I couldn't risk orange dry spots. I exfoliated my body with sugar, extra virgin olive oil, and honey 3 hours before i went. I also shaved my legs and what not. I also put a good layer of vaseline on my lips to insure it didn't get a weird color. Anyways, my body looks so even now. The red spots i had on my back are now brown which i personally don't mind. I'd rather have brown spots than red ones. Next time i was told to get the light formulation so i wouldn't look over the top. My tan developed in 12 hours and will be at it's full color in 24 hours. They say you can shower 4 to 6 hours after your tan but i decided not to.

Tips:

Masking tape! I highly suggest putting masking tape on the bottom of your feet and the cream they give you on the top of your feet/nails. The masking tape saved my feet from getting that stain that's a pain in the you know what to get off.

Slather your hands in the cream they give you. The girl said a thin layer but i glopped it on instead and my hands look absolutely fine.

Moisturize after 2 hours. I felt so much better when i was able to moisturize.

SKIN: I feel a deep pimple under my jawline but i'm not worried about it because the Mario Badescu Drying Cream seems to get them before they develop. My lips have been a little dry but the cortibalm never lets me down. I'm putting eye drops in more often and they feel like a nightmare when i first wake up in the morning. I'm so sorry to hear about your lips going crazy. It sounds like an odd fluke though since they went back to normal. I hope you're doing well :D <3 And i'm SUPER excited for prom now. I think i'll be okay ^___^

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1 MONTH

Has a month gone by this fast? My Derm appointment is on the 25th so i'm so excited to see what he will say. My skin is looking great. I had a painful bump under my right jawline but it's already dried up and healing. Thanks Mario Badescu and Accutane :D My eyes have been very dry on and off throughout the day and especially when i wake up in the morning. The Visine Dry Eye Relief does the job though. I've had little to no headaches. Yay! The inside of my nose gets an uncomfortable dry feeling towards the end of the day so i just put some vaseline on it. I just got a Mystic Tan on Monday and it evened my face and body out so well. I don't feel the need to wear foundation. I only wear the physicians formula color correcting powder and some benefit coralista box powder blush :] When i'm going out, working a long day, and for upcoming events, i'll be wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear (which is AMAZING coverage and you need the tiniest bit). I hope everyone is doing great or doing better <3

ps: My friend is dropping my camera off tonight so pictures will be uploaded or linked on here by the end of the day ^__^

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You sound so happy! I wonder what your going to with your new found beauty and confidence! Your spray tan sounds awesome, I love the tape trick, I'm going to follow all of your advice if I do it...but I'm still scared , and I'll probably stay white and pasty.

I'm still breaking out in month 2 so just make sure if you break out, don't touch it, it will set you back. I put a warm compress on one on my chin, and now I have a scab for easter. Your drying cream is perfect. I need to buy more, believe it or not. And, I haven't washed my hair in 5 days! So gross, but i don't care, it looks good! Also, the salons curling iron didn't stay in my hair, soooo weird.

Good luck at you Derm appt! We r almost there my friend!

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Can you post some more pictures? Because i'm trying to convince my parents to let me go on Accutane.. and now i'm waititng for the derm. to schudel a time for me and i need some thing more to lessen my parents' worriness on accutane

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Can you post some more pictures? Because i'm trying to convince my parents to let me go on Accutane.. and now i'm waititng for the derm. to schudel a time for me and i need some thing more to lessen my parents' worriness on accutane

Yes! Uploading now. This is taken today :] Morning of Easter. I have been on this medication 40mg a day for a little bit over a month now. Tell your parents that mine were worried too but it's going to be okay. Just tell them to keep a watch on you. Good luck <3

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DAY 23 HAPPY EASTER !

My skin is looking great and my chest is completely clear. I'm so happy. I've been drinking water like crazy and my headaches are going down. I haven't washed my hair in 3 days (i know that sounds gross to some) and it's still fluffy and clean. I can't believe i had to wash it everyday before taking this medication. I can't wait for prom now! I'm so confident. Ahhh, just in such a good mood! Tomorrow is my Derm appointment and i'm wondering what he will say after seeing me before i started Accutane. I think i'll be staying on 40mg since it's been doing so well but who knows. I will keep you all updated <3

Here is a new picture from this morning :] no makeup.

Link- http://tinypic.com/r/mohae/7

ps; I hope everyone is having a Happy Easter <3

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You sound so happy! I wonder what your going to with your new found beauty and confidence! Your spray tan sounds awesome, I love the tape trick, I'm going to follow all of your advice if I do it...but I'm still scared , and I'll probably stay white and pasty.

I'm still breaking out in month 2 so just make sure if you break out, don't touch it, it will set you back. I put a warm compress on one on my chin, and now I have a scab for easter. Your drying cream is perfect. I need to buy more, believe it or not. And, I haven't washed my hair in 5 days! So gross, but i don't care, it looks good! Also, the salons curling iron didn't stay in my hair, soooo weird.

Good luck at you Derm appt! We r almost there my friend!

I am so happy :] I can't wait for prom now to show off my skin. I remember being EXTREMELY worried and upset. The spray tan is fading now but i'm not going to get another one till about 3 days before prom. It's so hard not to touch breakouts but i agree. I just put drying cream on them and leave it. I know what you mean. I already have to order more moisturizer and drying cream. Haha, i haven't washed mine in days! It's awesome x] Thank you so much. I will add an update to my current post after i get back from my derm appointment since it's tomorrow. I hope he is shocked after seeing my skin :]

<3

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DAY 23 HAPPY EASTER !

My skin is looking great and my chest is completely clear. I'm so happy. I've been drinking water like crazy and my headaches are going down. I haven't washed my hair in 3 days (i know that sounds gross to some) and it's still fluffy and clean. I can't believe i had to wash it everyday before taking this medication. I can't wait for prom now! I'm so confident. Ahhh, just in such a good mood! Tomorrow is my Derm appointment and i'm wondering what he will say after seeing me before i started Accutane. I think i'll be staying on 40mg since it's been doing so well but who knows. I will keep you all updated <3

Here is a new picture from this morning :] no makeup.

Link- http://tinypic.com/r/mohae/7

ps; I hope everyone is having a Happy Easter <3

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Your skin looks great! And don't worry about not washing your hair, i've def. gone 3 or 4 days without washing, I don't care if it seems gross lol!

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I can't believe it your skin! I showed my 12 year old daughter...and she thinks your gorgeous. I guess your body just needed a good dose of vitamin A...lol.

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I can't believe it your skin! I showed my 12 year old daughter...and she thinks your gorgeous. I guess your body just needed a good dose of vitamin A...lol.

Thank you so much. That's very nice of her! She is gorgeous as well :]

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Your skin looks great! And don't worry about not washing your hair, i've def. gone 3 or 4 days without washing, I don't care if it seems gross lol!

Thank you! It's awesome x]

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WEEK 5

Yesterday i went to my Derm appointment and he said since i'm doing so well this far in he expects it to keep getting better. He wants to see where i'll be in month 4 and he will decide to stop there or keep going till month 6. He is keeping me at 40mg a day but he might increase my dose next month. We will see! It was a fast appointment and the next thing i knew i was headed to my pharmacy and picking up my second box of 30 pills that are so hard to open! LOL. I feel like this is the best time of my life. I'm more confident than i have ever been and i can't wait for it to show through for prom and graduation. Better yet, i can't wait to start Esthetics classes in September! 6 months of being in school to be a skin care specialist and having horrid acne was such a worry of mine. I couldn't imagine treating patients/clients with bad skin myself. All of you are so supportive and have been so kind to me. Thank you! I can't wait to see all of your finished results :]

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WEEK 6

My skin is doing great. My cheeks are a little red but other than that my face/chest is clear. My hair is drier but with conditioning treatments i've been fine. No oil is producing anymore. I wake up and my oily areas are matte. I don't even have to powder my foundation. My lips are drier but i've been able to keep them looking and feeling normal using my cortibalm (highly reccomended). I started taking vitamin C tablets to keep my immune system up. I've been getting a runny nose lately. My joints have also been bothersome. Trying to get comfortable to sleep/waking up in the morning can sometimes be painful (not like oh my god im going to die but like you worked out a ton). I don't like to sit down for to long either.

Prom is this Saturday. I got my wish to be clear for prom. I can wear my strapless dress and be confident. I'm very happy. I'll post update pictures and maybe a picture from prom after it's all over and i have a chance to relax. Thanks everyone! <3

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WEEK 6

My skin is doing great. My cheeks are a little red but other than that my face/chest is clear. My hair is drier but with conditioning treatments i've been fine. No oil is producing anymore. I wake up and my oily areas are matte. I don't even have to powder my foundation. My lips are drier but i've been able to keep them looking and feeling normal using my cortibalm (highly reccomended). I started taking vitamin C tablets to keep my immune system up. I've been getting a runny nose lately. My joints have also been bothersome. Trying to get comfortable to sleep/waking up in the morning can sometimes be painful (not like oh my god im going to die but like you worked out a ton). I don't like to sit down for to long either.

Prom is this Saturday. I got my wish to be clear for prom. I can wear my strapless dress and be confident. I'm very happy. I'll post update pictures and maybe a picture from prom after it's all over and i have a chance to relax. Thanks everyone! <3

Hi! I just joined this site. It's awesome. I have been reading through everyone's accutane posts trying to get some insight and see how everyone else deals with it. Everyone is so nice and helpful! Your blog thing stood out to me the most because I am 18 (just turned 18 Sunday) and I too want to be clear for graduation! My prom was last weekend and unfortunately I was NOT clear at all. I have been on accutane for two months now :( Im so happy for you that you are all clear after one month! Thats awesome!! Hopefully I will be clear by graduation. Have fun at prom this weekend :) Senior prom is the best!

Ps your picture with no make up looks AMAZING. I hope I will be there soon!!

:)

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Hi Courtney!

I just wanted to wish you well at Prom tomorrow! You r going to look like a princess. Let loose, and have the best time. It such a miracle that accutane helped you, and you deserve all the happiness that is coming your way.

Accutane is working for me, but I keep hitting bumps along the way. Like my lips are covered in a rash again....I diagnosed it as lips eczema...I'm goingnto try the cortibalm again..it just didn't seam that soothing to me. And, I have another big bump on my cheek, which I know will take a while to clear, plus, now I have a cold, which sucks on accutane. Besides that, I'm pretty happy, and packing for Vegas this week! We will see how my skin reacts to the hot dessert sun.

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