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  1. 1 entry

    Just a little bit about myself and my skin:

    I am currently a 25 year-old, two years post Accutane (80mg per day for six months) with completely clear skin.

    At age 11-12, I began to break out around my "T-zone" (forehead and nose). The breakouts were almost exclusively superficial whiteheads that could be easily popped and would heal around 3-7 days. Up to the age of 15, I used the Proactive system and this seemed to work very well.

    Sometime after turning 15, the acne in the t-zone continued, but this time my cheeks began to develop deep and painful cystic acne (this was around early 2009 when Accutane was temporarily unavailable). I tried a number of different topical treatments including Epiduo (which actually worked quite well for me), Zyana gel, and chemical peels at the doctor's office that I went to. Even with Epiduo, I still had a few pimples here and there (average of one per week). I also did not have health insurance which further complicated matters. During the spring of 2010, I discontinued Epiduo and my skin broke out horribly again. During summer 2010, I began to tan my skin in a high level stand up tanning booth for an average of 3 days per week. I did this for about a total of 3 months. About a month in, my acne had almost completely cleared up! When I discontinued the tanning, the acne came back almost immediately.

    About 5 years later, after continuing to deal with stubborn acne, my doctor agreed to put me on Accutane which completely solved my acne issue.

    I am now 2 years post Accutane and 100% clear.

    My main point for this post is to share my story how tanning can clear up acne. I do not recommend tanning as it carries many risks, but just thought I would put it out there.

  2. 1 entry
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    Any one got any good quick treatments because nothing isn’t working even been to the doctors

  3. 54 entries

    I’ve been taking zinc picolinate since the beginning of June (so, about 7 weeks), and my skin is SO much better. I am SO relieved and my depression has really lifted.

    Here’s where we are at the moment:



  4. 2 entries

    So I had my dermatologist appointment today and he prescribed roaccutane after agreeing that the doxycyline and tretinoin did not make a significant improvement. 
    Majority of the accutane reviews and journey posts I've read have been from the UK or America, so I was sort of surprised at the process here in Australia.
    First of all, there were no pregnancy tests (most probably because i'm 15) and my follow up appointment is in 2 months, rather than every month. Though, he did emphasise that I shouldn't hesitate to call him if there are any concerns. 
    I got my blood test today and my next one will be before the follow up appointment (in 2 months). 
    As for the dosage, he prescribed 20mg for the 2 months. The pills should be taken every other day for the first 2 weeks and then every day after the 2 weeks. He also said that the course may go up to a year but this can always change (shorter course if i get clear in a short amount of time).
    Now, I'm just waiting on a call from the derm saying that blood test results were okay to start the course.
    Any comments about experiences with a lower dose will be highly appreciated. 

  5. 1 entry

    Hi, I am an 18 year old female who has been struggling with acne for about 8 years. My skin currently is moderate to severe with VERY oily skin. I have gone to the dermatologist over the years and have undergone so many different treatments and nothing has given me long lasting results. I have tried differin, clindamyacin, Proactive, Rodan & Fields, natural treatments, etc, and they either didn't work, or were only temporary solutions that my skin got dependent on. After this point I was desperate and fed up, and went to the dermatologist again and they prescribed me Accutane (May 31st, 2018). Words can't describe how happy I was when I finally got prescribed Accutane because it's something that I've been thinking about for so long, and the closest thing to achieve being clear skinned since I was little. The month that I had to wait before finally being cleared to receive the drug was SO LONG my god. I finally got my prescription July 5th. My skin is currently pretty bad, and it has really brought my self confidence to an all time low. I feel so dumb saying this but I let it get in the way of my life and barely leave the house unless I have to, and when I do I am caked in makeup and I HATE IT. If there's anything I hate it's foundation and having to use it makes me so mad. I have had moderate acne for most of my life but only recently has it been getting really bad. I just came back to the US after a year abroad so I think that could have also affected my skin. When I was abroad my skin was clear for the most part except for some past scars sand the occasional breakout and I was the happiest I have been in my life. I have now realized how much acne can affects someone's self esteem because I honestly feel like a different person now, not the outgoing adventurous I used to be. Bad lighting, being in the sun, and being in social settings for too long are situations I now tend to avoid. I always keep my hair down now too as I find that it helps mask some of my acne, but it sucks because where I live it gets in the 90s with harsh sun everyday. I am praying that Accutane gives me the solution to make me feel good and confident again.

    In this blog I am going to be giving updates on my skin and keep like a log of how my skin reacts to it. Thanks for reading :)

  6. 3 entries

    Our mothers always tell us not to eat so much nuts if we want to avoid an acne outbreak. Although we often comply with what our moms say, we often think to ourselves if any of these old wives' tales are actually true. Well, the truth is that studies have shown that there is very little correlation between acne outbreak and nut consumption.

    We speak to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah from Radium Medical Aesthetics as he tells us more about how acne is formed and if nuts really cause acne outbreak.

    What causes acne?

    Acne develops when the pores on the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin, and bacteria. Each pore on the skin leads to the hair follicle. Each hair follicle is made up of a hair and sebaceous gland. The oil gland releases sebum, which travels along the strand of the hair, out of the pore, and onto your skin. 

    If the sebum is unable to leave the follicle, it stays clogged inside, leaving the bacteria to grow and cause inflammation to the area. 

    When bacteria develop in these blockages, inflammation may set in and cause pimples and acne.

    What happens when you consume nuts?

    Breakdown of oil and protein

    Most nuts contain high protein and fat. Consuming too much nuts may cause indigestion of the fat and protein. The body has to regulate itself and find ways to dispose the excess from the body quickly.

    High levels of oil and protein can cause inflammation of the sebaceous glands and cause pimples. 


    Nuts is one of the most common food that can cause allergies. You could be suffering from some low-grade acne if you get acne outbreak whenever you consume nuts.

    Monitor the results and discuss your findings with your doctor. He may be able to determine the cause and recommend changes to your diet, if necessary.

    Vitamins and minerals

    Vitamins A, E, B3, and B6 are often used in topical medications for the treatment of acne. Minerals such as chromium and selenium are also beneficial for treating acne. Consuming nuts that contain these vitamins and minerals may aid in controlling the acne outbreak.

    What food to avoid? 

    As the saying goes, 'You are what you eat'. What you eat plays a fairly important role in determining your skin condition. Scientists have found out that a low-glycemic diet, which consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meat works best to improve skin texture and aid in resolving acne outbreak more expediently. 

    Studies have found that people with acne tend to consume the following items:

    SIMPLE SUGARS It was found that people who consume large amount of refined carbohydrates and sugar such as bread, pasta, white rice, rice noodles, soda, maple syrup, ice cream, and cakes tend to cause a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. This causes rapid division and growth of skin cells and it may boost sebum production in the skin.

    DAIRY PRODUCTS Studies have found that milk products can aggravate acne. It is not entirely clear how milk may contribute to the formation of acne, but there are several theories. One of the most widely accepted theories is that milk contains a lot of hormones. The hormones in milk may cause imbalance to the hormonal levels in the body, worsening your acne.

    HIGHLY PROCESSED FOOD Acne is strongly associated with eating a diet rich in highly processed food such as hamburgers, ham, canned foods, hot dogs, nuggets, and soda. Consuming these highly processed food causes an increased risk of developing acne. Although it is not clear why processed food leads to acne, researchers believe that regular consumption may lead to an alternation of the hormone levels and affect gene expression.

    Treatments for acne

    Designed by Koreans, AGNES is the latest permanent acne treatment in Singapore. It can treat stubborn, chronic acne by destroying hyperactive sebaceous glands responsible for them. With the offending glands destroyed, hair follicles do not get inflamed and infected anymore. 

    Another popular treatment is carbon laser peel. It is a laser procedure that uses a specialized laser energy to interact with the liquid carbon that will be applied onto the face. The medical-grade carbon penetrates deep into the pores when applied on the skin. A laser is then administered to instantly vaporize the carbon and any toxins or bacteria that are lodged with carbon.

    For people with more severe acne and have deeper pockets, Acne Clear Ultimate Program is an effective acne treatment program designed to restore your prepubescent skin texture. It is a 8-session program consisting of LED lights, fruit acid peel, facials, and lasers to effectively remove the debris, reduce oil production, and minimize the pores.

    Radium Medical Aesthetics is a medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers a wide range of highly customized acne treatments that suits everyone’s needs. Our doctors and therapists are trained with in-depth knowledge of aesthetic medicine to help individuals improve their skin health.

  7. 1 entry

    Hey guys! I’m a 20yo female that has been sufferring from moderate-severe acne since I was ~ 14. I took a round of accutane when I was 14 and it left my skin A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for about a year before my acne came back - mostly just around my cheeks and chin. My forehead has never been an issue for me! It wasn’t the kind of acne that ‘had me at home for days’ but it was enough that I was never comfortable with my skin. Upon starting university last year (in 2017) I decided to have a crack at another round of accutane. Once again, my skin remained crystal clear for roughly a year before my cystic acne reappeared on my cheeks and chin. I decided that my acne is DEFINITELY hormonal and no amount of medications were going to help. To also add... after my first round of accutane and before my second round I had tried EVERYTHING under the sun to clear my cystic acne. From doxycycline to mino, BP products, countless facewashes and even altering my diet to an ‘acne friendly’ diet for hormonal acne. Nothing worked. Recently I had a terrible cystic acne break out that left me with mild depression as I stayed home for days on end because it just wouldn’t heal... mostly on my cheeks. I visited a naturopath who placed me on a routine of vitamins and supplements (such as vitex) to combat my hormonal acne. I tried Vitex for two months and I know a lot of you might think that isn’t long enough but my body just repulsed the supplement and my face broke out even worse with more cysts on my cheeks. I trusted my body. I think this had to do with the fact that I don’t have an Estrogen/Prog deficiency - which is what Vitex targets, but rather increased testosterone levels as I do suffer from Hirsutism and after a few visits to the GP and blood tests, I did indeed have. The GP said and I state ‘nothing else is going to work for you but BCP’. This scared me shitless. I was at wits end and was so close  starting Dianne-35 until I came across a post on here about saw palmetto. Now... it’s been four days since starting saw palmetto (I’ll give extra details on my full list of supplements etc.) and I can honestly say what a difference! Now my acne is still there. I am using a topical (which doesn’t do much for my cystic acne, just some stubborn whiteheads) but wow. My cysts are shrinking everyday when I feel my face in the morning... my texture looks smooth and I’ve only had one new cyst (which I believe came about due to pestering an old one right beside it hehe). I’ve never posted on here. Only read but I had to make an account and rave about this. I will be active and update this regularly ~ weekly. Please leave any questions/comments and I’ll be more than happy to answer!

  8. 5 entries

    People have the misconception that they will get rid of acne when they will come in their 20s. Also, they think that if they have not experienced acne until now, there are few chances them to deal with this issue in the future. Well, the fact is that acne does not appear only when you are a teenager. But as an adult you find more difficult to deal with this health issue, because you do not know what its cause can be. You are not the only adult who has breakouts. You will not experience acne until your wrinkles start to get noticed, but you will need to identify what causes facilitate their appearance. The fact is that lately more and more adults are dealing with this issue. If in the past this was a common issue for teenagers, nowadays we can say that it is something common for both adults and teenagers. The persons who had acne when they were teenagers will probably experience it even when they will become adults, because they probably have oily skin, and this facilitates pimple breakouts.


    Stress can be one of the causes

    Stress is one of the main causes that lead to hormonal changes. You may think that stress can cause a lot of health issues, but this is not one of them. Well, you should not be more wrong. Pimples are many times the result of a stressful period you have experienced, and the best way to get rid of them is to relax.

    You do not use the right products for your skin type

    In case you experienced acne when you were a teenager, then you probably have oily skin and in this case you should check if the products you use for daily care are water-based and oil free. In case they are not then they are the main cause of your pimples, and you should replace them with new ones, as soon as possible. Also, it is advisable to use SPF products because your skin is sensitive to ultraviolet sun rays and you can experience scars.

    Pollution and dust

    Pollution does no good for your skin. If you live in a polluted city then you have an increased risk to suffer from acne, as an adult. If you want to prevent it, you should clean your face the moment you get home. Dust can be another factor that leads to acne, because it clogs your pores. If you renovate your house, then you should leave the demolition services to do their job, and ask a friend if you can sleep at them for a period.

    Food is one of the main causes

    Many people have allergies at specific foods, and they do not know it. People can be allergic to coffee, chocolate, fried aliments, and even pizza, without knowing. But their face is the proof that something they eat is harmful to their health, and they should have some tests. Sugar is one of the main aliments that causes acne, and it is advisable to lower the daily intake if you experience breakouts. 

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  9. 4 entries

    It's been a few weeks since I last updated this blog, so be prepared for a long one!

    Right now, without hopefully jinxing it, I have no actives on my face!! It's by no means clear however, unfortunately still some quite persistent lumps from previous spots that just won't go down :(. I also have A LOT of hyperpigmentation and a few scars so definitely not looking clear by any means.

    But I honestly can't believe this right now, after just 4 weeks I've reached a point where I am going a good few days without getting a cluster of new spots. Before roaccutane I would usually get about 3-4 new spots a day so this is a real difference. I did notice a bit of a purge in the first 2 weeks with a cluster of cysts quite suddenly popping up around my mouth and a few on one of cheeks - the ones on the cheeks being the persistent ones that won't fully go down (|::angry:). But since then I've still been getting spots but just not the same quantity and going a few days between them popping up.

    In terms of side effects, my skin certainly isn't oily anymore. Before starting the medication, I would have said my skin wasn't even that oily but now that I'm producing so little of it I realise I was wrong hahah. And my makeup lasts really well all day!! However, I wouldn't say my face is particularly dry. After washing my face, if I were to leave it for half an hour without moisturising, I would notice dry patches on my chin but that's about it. I've been using the Clinique moisture surge collection which I really recommend, pricey but good at battling the dryness!

    My lips are pretty dry though. I apply the La Roche Posay Cicaplast lip balm which I really like. I apply it in the morning, then usually sometime half way through the day and then a thick layer at night before going to bed. So only applying 3-4 times a day max, but I have split my lip twice since starting roaccutane.

    My hair is now going days between washes. Right now, I washed my hair 4 days ago and have been to the gym twice in that time, sweating a fair bit, and it still no grease to be seen (for reference I washed my hair every other day before starting).

    I began getting a dull ache in my lower back about 2 weeks ago, which I noticed whilst running. Since that happened I have been taking an omega 3, 6 and 9 supplement everyday and today I was at the gym doing bursts of sprinting on the treadmill and didn't notice any aches.

    That's pretty much it on the side effects, my mood has been pretty positive, no stress as uni is finished for summer and generally happy about the progress being made.

    I also had my dermatologist appointment last week. My skin wasn't actually looking too good last week at the appointment (always happens) but I spoke to her about how I'm doing good with the side effects but obviously want some more progress, so she's upped me to 30mg!! I'm pretty excited about upping my dose but also slightly nervous that I'll see another purge, which I know will disappoint me given how good it's looking right now. I'm also going on holiday next week to see family so I'm reaaaally hoping it doesn't happen.

    Oh, I got my blood test done last week also, and found out my cholesterol is high, but still within standard limits (5.2) so I'm trying to keep to a low fat, healthy diet as up until last week my diet consisted of a lot of pizza and chocolate, so sad times :(((

    Well I think that's it for the update. I'll try to update more frequently as this was a lonnnng post, soz about that. Let's hope for more progress at the next one!!

  10. 1 entry

    My struggle with cystic acne started about 2 and 1/2 years ago. I spent the past two and a half years working towards finding a routine that worked for me. It felt very disheartening at times because it was a constant break out for 2 years and it was painful and I couldn't find anything that worked. In the beginning I would use very harsh products that had the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in every single product. I'm talking my cleansers, my exfoliators, my treatments, my moisturizers. Everything. And I would scrub scrub scrub my face being very aggressive with my skin. I now know that this was not helpful.

     I now have a perfectly curated routine that keeps my acne not just at bay but almost completely gone with the exception of a little pimple every now and then. To start in the morning I cleanse with Malibu C purify cleanser. It has salicylic acid and Menthol in it so it has a nice refreshing feel that wakes me up in the morning without over-drying at my skin. Every couple of days, I exfoliate with the Mary Kay microdermabrasion exfoliator. I like the gentle exfoliation this gives me as well as the gentle glow. I follow that with the Skinceuticals blemish and age defense, Mary Kay TimeWise eye cream ( never too early to worry about fine lines), hydropeptide moisturizer and SPF 50 sunscreen. For my makeup I always use a mineral-based foundation as well as mineral-based powders. I always clean my brushes before each use. My nighttime routine is also pretty simple. I cleanse off my makeup with Dermalogica soothing cream face wash, which I wipe off with a damp microfiber towel. I then follow up with the Dermalogica calm water gel.
    this simple routine has proven to be very effective. As I mentioned before, I do occasionally get spots. On the spot so usually use a Betadine cream overnight just to kill the bacteria in a gentle way.

  11. 1 entry
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    It has been approximately 2 years since I have been struggling with acne. It was almost like the day I started middle school it showed up out of the blue. At first, I thought that it was just a few pimples and my dad had always said to pop them so that is what I did. Soon, a few pimples turned into a mass of scabs and redness all over my forehead. I wore special makeup to help me feel more content with myself even though people told me it looked worse then if I were to do nothing. I spent a lot of my nights crying in the bathroom picking at my skin yelling at myself to stop because I knew that was the issue but I couldn't-- I was addicted. My mom got me Proactiv and I obsessed over it. I washed my face as many times a day that I could. Although, along with that, I still picked. Nothing changed. I got so frustrated I just gave up on washing my face and resorted to just picking and makeup. That was probably half of a year through and maybe the worst my acne has ever been. My mom decided to take me to the dermatologist and she gave me special lotion for my face. I saw improvement but not enough. We went back after about 3 months and I got another lotion to go along with the one I already had. This lotion dried my nose because I was putting to much on in hopes it would make my skin better. I still picked all trough this and now I was picking at the dry skin on my nose too. My forehead and nose were now a big mass of redness and bumps. This is now about a year and a fourth of the way through and we went back to the doctor and she gave me a new lotion that wouldn't be as dehydrating to my face. It worked. But I still picked and picked but my skin looked so much better then it did 6 months ago. Then it fell again because of my constant picking and I went back to the doctor. She gave me pills to take. It took them three weeks to start working and I saw improvement but not enough. Overtime I started to not take the pills because I was discouraged and gave up which brings us to know. Now I am currently trying to find a way to get me to stop picking and I am trying to encourage myself to take the pills and wash my face which I still do just not enough. I have small scabs on my face which are fine but I have 3 big pimples that aren't even pimples anymore they are just huge red spots on my fave that ooze pus and make it really difficult to cover them up. I still pick and because of that I cut my skin and the pimples a lot so I end up putting on neosporin which clogs my pores.I will posts a picture of my forehead currently to show you. If you have any tips or suggestions for me PLEASE let me know. And, If you have stuck around this long thanks for taking the time to read.|::rolleyes: 
  12. 8 entries
    Days 8 - 11


    Apologies for the lack of entries - It’s been my birthday weekend so I have been so so busy!

    It’s so sunny in England this week and I feel like the sun is helping my skin a bit.

    I still have not picked my skin, despite having pores that look pretty tempting! 

    H x


  13. 4 entries
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    I thought I should update this given it's now nearly 18 months since my isotretinoin (roaccutane) treatment ended.  I am over the moon to report that I've had no further spots since my treatment ended. All I have had is one small pimple on my temple which was tiny and went away in a couple of days - I've had no other spots at all. I can't quite believe it! 

    I also stopped taking the contraceptive pill and I was worried that coming off it would cause me to break out again badly (as it has always happened previously when I've come off the pill), but nothing happened - my skin has continued to be perfect. 

    I got married a few months ago and not even for a moment did I worry about getting spots on my big day, as I knew that I wouldn't. I just don't have to worry about it any more - it's so freeing to not think about my skin!

    I've had no negative effects since coming off the roaccutane. I would say to anyone that has suffered with bad skin for a long time to give it a go, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Good luck all! 

  14. 9 entries

    Going sugar free has been the cherry on top for me. I eat well and keep blood sugars on check therefore regulating hormone production. Again, I still eat fruit but no other form of sugar. Yes, I treat myself and no I don’t break out like crazy because of it. I plan my treat and make sure to have some kind of protein or good fat before hand. I sleep very well (7-8 hours). I also take a few supplements: milk thistle, zinc (be careful not to over take as I did experience nausea and headaches) and a probiotic. Stress management is big and was handled through my faith. God gave me the strength (Holy Spirit) to push forward and realize the love he has for me and the love I now have for myself. You see we can only go so far as humans but with God we are limitless. Acne is behind me now after only 8 years and I thank God for it. Sure, I worked for it but it has prepared me for where he is taking me next. God helps those who help themselves.And the key is to put him first, not your worries or anything of this world. Seek and you shall find. Peace out. 

  15. 1 entry

    I have done infini 3x, 1 subcision, 1tca peel 15%, 1 fraxel repair, 1 co2re, and 1 skin pen. I would say I've gotten about 40% improvement at best. What more is there? I don't think laser is good for me because after I did the co2re my scars looked worse and that was after 4-5 months. 



  16. 1 entry

    Hi everyone!
    No matter teenagers or older persons, without a proper skin care we can get different problems or disorders. Most common for a lot of people are acne. So I think it is suitable to share some interesting and working information with the community.
    There a lot of ways to treat acne.
    Today I want to tell you how you can get rid fast of it. Of course, the first step is understanding what causes it.
    After that there few remedies and methods:
    Essential Oils;
    Cold compress;
    Benzoyl peroxide;
    Surely the best way to get rid out of acne it is to prevent appearing of them. Keep healthy lifestyle. Take shower often, drink water, get enough sleep and rest, right diet, stay yourself out of stress and anxiety.

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    hi it’s been 9 mos since i posted an entry about me taking spironolactone and since then there was still no change of my acne condition in fact it gotten worst, i havent taken any pictures since then, ever since i had acne i don’t like taking pictures or looking at my face in the mirror. 
    so this was my acne 9mos ago. i have been thinking constantly on ways how to get rid of it i even tried oil cleansing those youtube vids and at first i thought it was working but it didn’t it has gotten worst so imagine this face 9mos ago plus it has gotten worse after trying oil cleansing hahaha but anyway i thought of doing something that i really wanted to try but i coudn’t because i was an addict, yes i am a coffee addict. starbucks is life, gong cha is lifer, boss’ cafe caramello latte and coffee bean’s cinnamon latte makes me day comeplete and i drink it almost everyday. i come to this idea years ago that sweets or sugars can contribute to acne but i ignored them since you know addict. but last month i didnt know but i thought im 29 and i still have this face all my friends has this smooth skin, and im still stuck into this condition, so i decided to try no dairy or same products for a month. and yes it has been exactly one month i didnt have sugar or any dairy products. and you know what??? im so happy right now, because my face improve a LOT. tha second picture was taken today, comparing to my face 9 mos ago with agree red papules my face now has dark brown not angry looking acne and when i touch my cheek no papules smooth the only thing is the dark brownish color and my pores are visible. and this has been the bestest condition of my face ever since my acne broke out years ago. before i cant completely cover my acnes when i put foundation but now when i put foundation 80% is fully covered and my confidence level has increase. i can talk to people now eye to eye not like before. its been a month and my face improve a lot how much more after another month?? 3months? 4months??? hehehe and i also stop eating fast foods like mcdonalds yip i only eat home cook meals now if im work i pack up my meal then i only drink water yes water, but i cant leave my coffee addiction behind, i still drink but the local kind of coffee and guess what im not breaking out for a month now hehe 
    so i will continue this no starbucks thingy and i will post again after a month hahaha 
    yes im blaning starbucks coz you know im a starucks addict haha or in other words dairy drink addict anyway.... see yah i must not forget to update or i must not succumb to temptation this 2nd month



  18. 3 entries

    5 days without coffee and no more headaches. I’ve stuck to my plan all week: potatoes (russet and sweet), tons of veggies, a bit of fruit, brown rice, water. I don’t have any new pimples or bumps. My skin also isn’t oily at all, which is something I’ve only experienced on accutane, or directly after washing my face for about 30 minutes. It’s after 6 pm and after putting on sunscreen and makeup this morning then being out in the heat today, I can run my finger across my forehead and it doesn’t come away shiny with residue. Usually I oil blot 2-3 times a day!
    I am skeptical of anything “working” this quickly but I am honestly already seeing an improvement. I am also not hungry or feeling deprived. I’m eating when I am hungry until I am full.

  19. 25 entries
    6 Months off Accutane! 

    I cannot believe it has been 6 MONTHS since I have been off Accutane and 1 YEAR since I started! First off, if you are reading this, I encourage you to start reading my blog posts from the beginning to see the stages of my skin and the progress I have made throughout. 

    Being on Accutane for 7 months came with a lot of self confidence issues as my skin got significantly worse throughout the process. After reading many blogs and talking with my dermatologist, I was told that my skin would get worse before it got better. That was definitely correct! Seeing that I was a picker, I would pop all my cystic acne and whiteheads knowing that the consequences of scaring. 

    Today, my skin has never looked better... I cannot believe how much it has transformed! After coming off Accutane, my dermatologist told me that it can take some time for redness to fade (which it did). I was told not to do any facial treatments for at least 6 months to let my skin re-adjust and breathe. He put my on Retinal-A cream which has definitely helped with the post scarring marks and redness. I have NOT had a single pimple/cyst since coming off Accutane (Knock on wood). 


    Post Accutane Side Effects
    As people on Accutane know, you experience very dry skin. When I was on accutane, I had dry skin mostly on my face and also a dry scalp. I could go 1 week without washing my hair as it never got greasy which was amazing! Now that I have come off Accutane, I do have my oily skin and hair back but not to the extent that it was before starting accutane. One thing that I did notice after coming off accutane was some hair loss. Every time I showered, I would lose a chunk of hair which made me very nervous. However it did slow down after 2 months of being off Accutane. If I had to guess, I probably lost 20-25% of my hair but seeing that I have a lot, it didn't really make a difference. Don't let this scare you as I was told that not everyone can suffer from this side effect! 

    Makeup - IT Cosmetics
    After coming off Accutane, I did some research around makeup knowing that I wanted to be very cautious with what I was putting on my skin. After a trip to Sephora, I came across this line called IT Cosmetics (https://www.itcosmetics.ca) which is supported by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to help people cover rosacea (Skin disease causing red pigmented skin). I decided to give it a try seeing that I had post acne redness and some scarring. I wanted makeup that felt like I wasn't even wearing it. Let me tell you... YOU NEED TO TRY THIS BRAND! I was so impressed on the coverage I got from the products I used. You don't have to use a lot and it instantly transforms your skin by reducing the redness! Products info below: 
    • Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream - Put this on first before applying a foundation. You can even use this as a quick cover up without anything on top if it matches your skin colour! 
    • Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ - I use only 2 pumps for my entire face. It blends beautifully and leaves my skin glowing! PLUS it has sunscreen!! 
    • Your Skin but Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder - When I don't feel like wearing the CC+ Cream, I use the powder version for a quick touch up! 
    • Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finishing Airbrush Powder - Helps keep a matte look. 

    Skincare Routine Update 
    Here is an update on my skin care routine. 
    • Face Wash - Cerave Hydrating Bar 
    • Toner - Lush Tea Tree Water 
    • Moisturizer - Cerave Daiy Moisturizing Lotion
    • Prescription Medication - Retinol A Cream 0.025% 

    Remember for those suffering with acne, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I encourage everyone who is on Accutane to document your progress. You will be amazed at the progress month after month. Feel free to comment if you have any further questions or are looking for support! 

    Stay Positive!! :) 
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    So before I started the Accutane 6 month treatment, I found some clarivis (Accutane) pills on my house that were originally given to my brother and took them without knowing if I was eligible for it. I started taking them 'till there were no more. I took around 25 or something. My skin was getting clear but a lump appeared on the right side of my neck. At that time I was not worry about it and thought it was going to last me a few weeks but I was dead wrong. It's been 2 months and a couple of weeks and it still there. Now what's even crazier is that I started a 6 month Accutane treatment 3 weeks ago after the lump showed up so I would like to know if Accutane would make the lump disappear or would I have to get surgery to take it out? PS: I was supposed to get my Accutane pills after the 25 I took but there were huge problems with my insurance and birthday. 

  21. 3 entries

    im sorryy i havnt been updating as often as i intended to do. My mood has been very down lately and im feeling super depressed. I am not sure if Aldactone is doing much for my acne as I am also using a topical treatment which I just stopped using because it was irritating my skin. My tummy cramps isnt as bad as it was now but I still occasionally get the cramps. I also noticed that my period came earlier than it was supposed to maybe due to aldactone. I might be stopping Aldactone and using chinese herbal medication instead as my dad noticed the side effects had more effect in me. He said that chinese herbal medicine would work better with no side effects so ye mayb switching to that soon.

  22. 2 entries
    DAY 16 update. So the combination of YAZ and Spironolactone has resulted in my period being extended to the current 15th day. My menstrual cycle is usually painful, heavy, and lasts around 5 days. (So heavy that I have to go for iron infusions at the hospital.) Presently, my bleeding has ranged between light/medium.

    The combination of starting the birth control pill again (after a long while) along with spironolactone has resulted in my hormones going slightly unhinged. While my hormones are still adjusting, I've been developing cystic acne in random places I never had to worry about. Hopefully this phase will soon pass! 
  23. 29 entries

    Thought I'd update again as it's been awhile. It's been 15 months (next week) since I finished my last course of lymecycline. I have been keeping my skin clear with nightly use of benzoyl peroxide (Benzac AC 2.5% which I have to buy from either eBay or Amazon since it's not available in UK shops for some reason).
    I still don't eat much dairy, I use almond milk on my cereal instead (but I still eat some dairy, I love cheese too much to never eat it!) but no longer take any supplements or ACV.
    Whether my skin has remained clear due to the BP, or maybe the fact that I will be 50 next year and it's bloody well time my skin started behaving itself, who knows? But I don't plan to stop using the BP anytime soon as it really seems to have been the one thing that has kept my skin clear.
    I actually came back here to read through my past posts to find out how long it took to get clear the very first time (5 weeks) because I gave a friend a small tube of BP to try as she's started to have the same problem (she just turned 36) - cystic acne is definitely not just a young person's problem!

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    I've been hearing a lot about this microneedling over the last year and had considered giving it a try. But it wasn't until I heard a coworker raving about it that I thought I should actually go for it. 

    Basically, you're rolling dozens of tiny needles all over your face, causing controlled injury to the layers of skin and forcing the body to increase collagen production. This improves, apparently, fine lines, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and skin firmness. 

    There are different needle lengths and the longer they are, the longer it takes to recover and the better off you are going to a specialist. And the longer they are, the more work they do to improve your skin's appearance. 

    I wanted to start out with the smallest just to be sure I wasn't going to accidentally hurt myself or mess up my sensitive skin. So, I went with the 0.25 mm dermaroller. I got titanium because it doesn't rust and it stays sharp. This length isn't really for pitted scarring, but it's supposed to coax your skin into soaking up the products you use more effectively. Which could help in a roundabout way by kick-starting my other routines again.

    I eventually want to try the 0.5 mm at home as this is supposed to work for finer lines and shallower scarring. I do think that anything above that I would seek out the help of a professional esthetician. 

    What I'm doing:
    I've been rolling twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays for about a month. Moderate pressure in an up and down motion across each part of my face. Followed by a side to side montion.  Once I've covered my whole face, I immediately stick the roller in alcohol to sanitize it. Then I apply a high quality vitamin c serum over the areas. Once that has soaked in I follow with a rose petal/witch hazel toner, and then a green tea/Jasmine moisturizer. You HAVE to use a vitamin c serum after rolling. And make sure you get a good serum with actual vitamin c in it. Not just a cheap one that lies to you. All of this aids in helping your skin heal more effectively and helps prevent infection.

    Do not roll over active pimples. This will just spread the bacteria all over the rest of your face. 

    With the longer needles that get down further into your skin layers you'll have some bleeding, but I haven't had any with this. 

    • my skin feels so soft afterwards and by the time I apply the moisturizer it's like my face is made of whipped butter
    • I feel like there has been an overall improvement in the tone of my skin
    • I had a brand new hyperpigmentation scar on one cheek that seems to be fading and shrinking more rapidly than it I had not been doing this. 
    • the small needles don't hurt so badly after awhile, but it's definitely a weird sensation. 
    • I really think my products are able to work better and that there have been some small, but noticeable-to-me changes. 

    • I have really sensitive skin thanks to a way too active immune system. I find it I don't take an antihistamine at least an hour before rolling my skin is hot, itchy, and agitated with hives after I roll. If I do take the antihistamine, no problem. If you have a normal immune system that doesn't panic over every little thing, you should be fine. 
    • I have noticed some peeling on my chin and my nose. This is mentioned as a possible reaction, although I had not thought it would happen with such short needles. I just upped my exfoliation game on non-rolling days and moisturized. 
    • I'm probably not going to see any real results with this size roller, but I think it's best to ease myself into this to avoid any bad reactions and possibly really setting myself back. 

    So, yeah, so far so good. Nothing major, but it's only been a few weeks and it's hardly enough time for anything to work. Looking forward to keeping at it!

    Keep an eye on the corresponding picture album for photo updates!

    After a month:

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    I never used to moisturiser my skin. Never ever. Why? Because every single moisturiser that I ever tried, clogged my pores. I rarely get acne flare ups, but I had so many clogged pores that looked horrible. 
    I have pitted acne scars on my cheeks by the way.
    Even moisturisers that claimed to be non comedogenic, gave me fully clogged pores and I was sick and tired of it.
    Recently I researched on natural non comedogenic moisturisers, and among others, Shea butter was mentioned. I was skeptical at first. But I felt I had nothing to lose.
    I have been using this one twice a day and my skin has improved so much. It's so moisturising. And the best part is that it hasn't clogged my pores AT ALL. I have combination skin and at first it looks really greasy but then it settles in so well and leaves my skin with a dewy finish. It's perfect.