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My Accutane Journey (17/female/110lbs)

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I'm so happy for you! My skin is pretty much the same as yours, just some tiny pimples around my period, which my derm said may stop happenig after I end the course. I went out to dinner tonight with not an ounce of face make-up on! I can wash my face in the shower in the morning and not have to wash again til the next shower. It's so amazing! So glad it helped change your life too, enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Thank you for being such a great friend to me during this treatment. Your support really made a big difference. I can't believe I'm done! And it looks like your done too! Let's just appreciate life from now on....it is so easy to be happy with clear skin:)

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Thank you for being such a great friend to me during this treatment. Your support really made a big difference. I can't believe I'm done! And it looks like your done too! Let's just appreciate life from now on....it is so easy to be happy with clear skin:)

Congrats! You're so welcome. Thank you for being a great friend also. :] Your support has helped so much. I'm so happy that you're done and can live life with clear skin from now on! My derm wants me to stay on it for 2 more months just to be safe but i think i'll be okay. I hope you still post on here and keep in touch!

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I'm so happy for you! My skin is pretty much the same as yours, just some tiny pimples around my period, which my derm said may stop happenig after I end the course. I went out to dinner tonight with not an ounce of face make-up on! I can wash my face in the shower in the morning and not have to wash again til the next shower. It's so amazing! So glad it helped change your life too, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love not wearing makeup and feeling confident about my skin. Especially during the summertime...ugh i remember the days wear i wouldn't even get in the pool because of my makeup smudging or having to reapply concealer in 100 degree weather D:

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MONTH 5

My skin is still completely clear except for when it's that time of the month. I'll get a spot but it will be gone in a day or two. My Derm appointment is on the 31st so hopefully i'll be done! He will probably keep me on the medication just to finish the course fully. My nose is soooo dry inside. Blood comes out everytime i blow my nose and it's uncomfortable when i flare my nostrils. I'm actually nervous to get off of the medication. I don't want my acne to come back...ever. I'm so happy and free now. I can't imagine going back to wearing layers of makeup or using harsh acne treatments that just didn't work.

Off topic- I hope everyone that lives on the East Coast like i do is safe. Hurricane Irene did a lot of damage in Delaware. Today we finally got power back. <3

PICTURES-

http://tinypic.com/r/2w65cgh/7

http://tinypic.com/r/fegbdg/7

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Your skin looks perfect! Are you starting college soon? Good luck if you are, you'll have a blast!

Thank you so much! I start school in March. I'm going to be taking Esthetics classes to get my license. I want to work in a Spa or Derm office. I'm planning to travel before i go to school :]

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ahhh so inspiring! you look so beautiful! your skin is like baby skin haha you must be so incredibly happy!

Thank you so much. That really brightened my day! I'm extremely happy. Good luck with your treatment <3

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MONTH 6

Well, i'm done. I made it. It..is...finally...OVER! I can't believe my skin looks perfect. I have been waiting for this for years. I'm so happy with the results and proud of myself for going through with it! Accutane changed my life for the better. I'm so much more confident and less stressed. I don't know how else i can explain how pleased i am. WOOHOO!!!!! Thank you all so much for supporting me through this journey. All of you have been so sweet and encouraging. I couldn't of asked for better people! I even made a friend or two along the way :] Just, Thank you! I will keep updating to let you know how i'm doing off of the medication. I'm nervous but i think it will be okay. <3 For once in my life i can say "I have beautiful skin".

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Wow, I am truly inspired! I am so happy for you, your skin before was very similar to what mine is like right now, mostly cystic and black heads, with the occasional white head here and there. I'm hoping I'll have a positive result like yours! I am curious though, do you have any left over scaring or hyperpig at all? Right now I scar so easily (and it lasts for weeks), so I can only imagine how terrible my skin will look when it becomes paper thin :( Anyways, congratulations on being clear! Hopefully it'll stick with you for the rest of your life! You look beautiful :)

Xo

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Hi Shannon! I highly doubt that you won't have a great result. I've had a couple of scars but i've been using Mederma and they are hardly noticeable now. Thank you so much <3 You're absolutely gorgeous! I will be following your log :] By the way, i love your avatar :P Huge True Blood fan !

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I have been waiting for this for years. I'm so happy with the results and proud of myself for going through with it! Accutane changed my life for the better. I'm so much more confident and less stressed. I don't know how else i can explain how pleased i am. WOOHOO!!!!! T

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Your skin is indeed beautiful and it genuienly makes me so happy to see results like this. The before and after pictures are polar opposites and it's really inspiring. I can't even begin to think what it's like to get to that point - knowing that everything is clear and that it will stay that way - but I'm so pleased for you, and I'm sure seeing such great results will give a boost to those who are currently mid-way through their course. Congratulations! :D

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I have been waiting for this for years. I'm so happy with the results and proud of myself for going through with it! Accutane changed my life for the better. I'm so much more confident and less stressed. I don't know how else i can explain how pleased i am. WOOHOO!!!!! T

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Your skin is indeed beautiful and it genuienly makes me so happy to see results like this. The before and after pictures are polar opposites and it's really inspiring. I can't even begin to think what it's like to get to that point - knowing that everything is clear and that it will stay that way - but I'm so pleased for you, and I'm sure seeing such great results will give a boost to those who are currently mid-way through their course. Congratulations! biggrin.png

Thank you so much! You're so sweet :D I still can't believe it until i look in the mirror. I wish the best of luck to anyone who is still taking Accutane. I have no doubt in my mind that they will have beautiful skin as well! <3

Wishing and praying for results like yours! A true inspiration for sure. ENJOY!! (how can you not? wink.png)

You will! Thank you so much. You're so kind :]

11 DAYS AFTER MY LAST ACCUTANE PILL UPDATE! :

Hey Everyone :] My skin is still clear and it's almost too good to be true. I was so nervous to stop taking Accutane because whenever i went off a medication my acne would start a war 10x worse on my face. I can't thank you all enough for all of the support. People like you deserve to have clear skin and to be happy! I will continue to keep this updated <3 I hope you all are doing well on your course.

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2 MONTHS POST ACCUTANE:

Hello everyone! I'm happy to report that i'm still acne free. I only get a spot around my period but goes away over night when i put a spot treatment on it. My skin hasn't returned to being the oily mess it once was. It's a little dry but that's only because it's very cold where i am now. I would say my skin type is "normal" now. I thought i would tell you all the products i am using now and the products i used on accutane.

Currently:

Cetephil Gentle Cleanser - morning and night with my Clarisonic Mia (deep pore cleansing brush head) The clarisonic is AMAZING.

Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner- morning and night (precaution)

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater. This stuff really hydrates my skin throughout the day

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector Clinical - morning and night before my face cream. It's been working amazing. My scars are almost gone.

Mario Badescu Control Cream - morning and night. This stuff is my favorite product. It's gets rid of redness and soothes dry skin. I have eczema too so this stuff is perfect!

Mario Badescu Lip Wax Stick - morning and night. I like this a lot better than the cortibalm i used whilst on accutane.

What i used on Accutane:

Mario Badescu Cream Cleanswer with Rice and Carnation Oil- morning and night. This stuff will save your life when your skin gets extremely dry from the medicine.

Mario Badesuc Hydro-Emollient Cream- Super hydrating

Mario Badescu Olive Oil Eye Cream to prevent flakes on my eyelids and eye area.

Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask

Dr. Dans Cortibalm

I hope everyone is doing well :]

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Hello Everyone! It's almost been a year since I've taken my first accutane pill! I can't believe it. I just want to do a quick little update on my skin. It's been great since my last update but right now i have 11 pimples. Yes, it is that time of the month and i'm extremely stressed with college so i'm not going to sweat it. I know they will go away quickly with some spot treatment (using neutrogena rapid clear 2in1 fight and fade gel with micro-clear). I'm not sure if i'll go on another round of accutane just yet. With ANY breakouts coming back is misleading. I've gotten VERY used to not having pimples. I hope this i don't breakout like this frequently! AHHH! Is this normal? I've taken my last pill in SEPTEMBER. I'm getting worried guys! I hope you're all doing well :]

<3 -Courtney

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Hello Everyone! It's almost been a year since I've taken my first accutane pill! I can't believe it. I just want to do a quick little update on my skin. It's been great since my last update but right now i have 11 pimples. Yes, it is that time of the month and i'm extremely stressed with college so i'm not going to sweat it. I know they will go away quickly with some spot treatment (using neutrogena rapid clear 2in1 fight and fade gel with micro-clear). I'm not sure if i'll go on another round of accutane just yet. With ANY breakouts coming back is misleading. I've gotten VERY used to not having pimples. I hope this i don't breakout like this frequently! AHHH! Is this normal? I've taken my last pill in SEPTEMBER. I'm getting worried guys! I hope you're all doing well :]

<3 -Courtney

Hey there, I am just now starting my second round. I started breaking out again 5 months after taking my last pill. The derm has told me that round 2 should be 99% effective.....fingers crossed. I hope your breakout goes away and that you will be back to being acne free!

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Hello Everyone! It's almost been a year since I've taken my first accutane pill! I can't believe it. I just want to do a quick little update on my skin. It's been great since my last update but right now i have 11 pimples. Yes, it is that time of the month and i'm extremely stressed with college so i'm not going to sweat it. I know they will go away quickly with some spot treatment (using neutrogena rapid clear 2in1 fight and fade gel with micro-clear). I'm not sure if i'll go on another round of accutane just yet. With ANY breakouts coming back is misleading. I've gotten VERY used to not having pimples. I hope this i don't breakout like this frequently! AHHH! Is this normal? I've taken my last pill in SEPTEMBER. I'm getting worried guys! I hope you're all doing well :]

<3 -Courtney

Hey there, I am just now starting my second round. I started breaking out again 5 months after taking my last pill. The derm has told me that round 2 should be 99% effective.....fingers crossed. I hope your breakout goes away and that you will be back to being acne free!

I sure hope so! I have about 5 deep pimples right now. They are so painful. I've gotten so used to not having this stuff on my face. Ugh! I wonder if i'll be given a higher dose. Good luck!

Hello Everyone! I just want to do a quick update. This Wednesday coming up, i'm going to be seeing my derm to talk about a second round of Accutane. As of right now, i have 5 deep pimples. They are extremely painful. I hope that he can reassure me and let me know that i can still be acne free. I was hoping i wouldn't be one of the people who have to go on a second round but oh well! Whatever it takes to have clear skin :]

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Dermatologist Appointment Update:

Hello Everyone! Yesterday i talked to my dermatologist about going on a second course of Accutane. He said he didn't want to jump back into it just yet. He perscribed me the Sumadan face wash (2x a day), Tazorac Cream (just dot it on my spots before bed) and a months worth of Tetracycline. I've taken this medication before with no luck. The dermatologist said he was very confident that this will clear me up back to the way my skin was before. My fingers are crossed.

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Sucks that you might have to go for a second course. You certainly wouldn't be the only one to go for round two, but still, I imagine it's disheartening if things didn't quite play out the way you might have hoped in the long term. But, fingers crossed that the new regimen and the Tetracycline do the trick and curb this phase your skin's going through. Don't worry too much about the fact you didn't see great results on the antibiotics the first time - I'm almost at the end of a second course of Doxycycline and this one has worked so much better than the first course I did a number of years ago. Here's hoping this time goes your way, too. :)

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Thank you so much. I hope this works out in my favor as well. My skin is horrible right now. My forehead and nose are covered in tiny pimples. The Tazorac cream is already drying and peeling my skin. I'm going to update this in a week and see how things go. My fingers are crossed! Good luck to you :]

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Bad News!

I didn't plan on updating for a little while but i received a frustrating phone call from the pharmacy and the pills i took made me very sick to my stomach. The tetracycline made me throw up and had me in bed 2 hours after i took it. I am not taking that stuff anymore, and when i say that, i mean i wouldn't be able to anyways! The pharmacy called and said that they stopped making tetracycline and had given me the last bottle. Also, the cream and face wash i was prescribed won't be in for another month. I called my dermatologist and left him a long message. Maybe this is fate and will somehow convince him to just put me back on my beloved accutane. It's the only treatment that has EVER worked for me!

Booooo! :[

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