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I am on my third day of month 3 and I couldn't be more pleased with my results thus far!! Almost all my acne is GONE! I do still get a pimple or 2 a week but they are always small and resolve within a day or two. I will say I am left with a lot of red marks, but they are all flat so with makeup they cover easily. I am hoping they fade completely in the next few months.

As far as side effects go nothing has really changed. My skin is dry, but not as dry as it was last month. My lips are also dry, but completely manageable (they aren't cracked or peeling at all). I do experience minor joint/muscle pain in my lower back/tailbone region, but it only occurs when I work extra long shifts at work (I work in a restaurant so I'm constantly running around). But other than that no real complaints.

I am still taking 80mg/day and all the products I've been using since day one are the same.

Here are pictures I just took fresh out of the shower, no makeup. Most of what you see in the pictures is just redness from old acne.


End Of Month One!

Oh my god! My skin has not looked this bad in forever, I literally want to hide out in my room until this is all over. However, I will say my blackheads are almost completely gone! I'm hoping they are totally gone within the next week or so. As far as new breakouts, I get a new one everyday. And they all seem to cluster around the corners of my mouth/chin. It's disgusting. I literally had about 8 whiteheads all in one area and I made the horrible decision to top them, which only made them spread so I am now left with the nastiest, GIANT red patch. I also have a few more inflamed pimples on my right cheek, but those don't bother me as much because they are spaced out enough, unlike the, pardon my language, cluster fuck, that is happening on my chin.

My face is also becoming wayyyyy drier than it was just a couple days ago. And obviously, it's the driest on my chin. It just looks like absolute shit - it's miserable.

As far as side effects, my lips are dry, but not super dry. My scalp has stopped itching and no achy bones/joints thank god!

Dermatologist appointment tomorrow, we'll see what she says.



Day 16 - Not Looking Great

Half way through month 1 and that much closer to being clear..thank god! So far things are going pretty good. I think I have been going through the purging stage for about the past week. I have gotten a couple inflammed pimples and tons of really small white heads all around my mouth and chin. And not to mention the blackheads, oh my god the blackheads shock.gif Now I have always had a nose full of blackheads, but they were never so dark and prominent. I can now literally run my finger over my nose/going onto the tops of my cheeks and feel them, feels like sandpaper. It's disgusting. I guess this is just the medicine doing its thing. I'm hoping in another week or so they will all wash off. Another weird thing, I used to be able to squeeze my nose and tons of gunk would come out, and now if I try literally nothing comes out. So I will be leaving the blackheads alone from now on.

As far as side effects I really don't have much to complain about. My face is definitely drier, but not at all flaky. I attribute that to all the moisturizing and I have been trying to wear minimal makeup. Lips are dry but not cracked, red, or peeling yet. I will say the skin on my body feels a lot drier and is itchy at times. My scalp has also become very dry and itchy, I'm hoping this doesn't last for the durantion of my course - it's not a cute look to walk around in public constantly scratching my head.

That's pretty much all I have to report.

As for the products I'm using...

Waxelene (for my lips and any dry patches)

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream

L'Oreal Power Moisture shampoo and conditioner

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Body Moisturizer

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Olay CC Cream

Will be back in the New Year!


Day 8

I have completed my first week of 80 mg/day of accutane, and I have definitely noticed some changes. The most obvious would be the dryness. My lips have definitely dried out, they aren't yet to the point where they are cracking or even look chapped, but they just feel very dry. I found an awesome product though that I HIGHLY recommend! It's called Waxelene, it's a petroleum jelly alternative that's organic and I'm telling you it makes my lips feel great and it doesn't leave me with that goopey look that Vaseline or Aquaphor gave me.

My face has also dried out significantly, it just feels very tight all the time, especially right after washing it or getting out of the shower. I was using the Cetaphil moisturizer, but I felt it just made my face look kind of greasy/shiney so I have switched to Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream and it seems to do a lot better while still providing the same amount of moisture.

As far as my acne goes I am still getting breakouts but I'm finding them to be slightly different. I get a lot of small white heads/clogged pores around my chin which I never really had before. And the larger ones that I get on my cheeks come to a head much quicker than they used to. I am also getting pimple-like bumps all on my upper arms which is weird because I never really got them before. I would get the occassional 1 or 2, but I currently have about 7 or 8 on my right arm. They are just red, tender bumps that I can't pop.

Not going to post anymore pictures until the end of month 1 since my face hasn't made any noticable improvement. Can't wait for month 1 to be over!!


Day 2 (Pictures)

Ok, so here is my face today.

I know it isn't THAT horrible, but for me this has always been my biggest insecurity.

All the reddness on my cheek is just that, reddness from old acne (that might I add is taking its sweet sweet time in fading). And the mess on my chin is so red because I really went after them last night, hopefully they will calm down by tomorrow.

Other than that, nothing to report. Will be back in about a week!


Day 1!

I am happy to say that I have completed my first day of my accutane (or Myorisan as my derm prescribed me). She has me starting on 80mg/day, which I believe is typically the highest dosage? I'm not sure though, I may be wrong on that? Since this is my second round of accutane she wanted to put me on the highest dose to reduce the likelihood that I will relapse again. I have to say I am pretty nervous about the side effects being that I'm starting at such a high dose, mainly the dreaded IB. I'm hoping I'm a part of the 70% that don't experience one!!

As far as how I feel, no reported side effects, not that I was expecting any at day one. However, I will say my lips are feeling a little drier. Might be all in my head though, who knows.

I will post pictures tomorrow possibly, just went after a couple pimples so my face looks worse than it actually is at the moment..

Excited and nervous for whats to come in the next month!!


Starting Accutane!

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to say that I am going to be starting Accutane (Isotretonoin), for the second time, in a month! So a little background about myself and my acne history. I have been struggling with acne since I was about 13, I am now 23, so it has been a longggg 10 year struggle. I would say that I had mild acne in the beginning and when I hit high school it developed into persistent moderate/mildly severe. I would break out all over my cheeks, around my mouth and on my forehead. So I visited my derm and tried every topical you could imagine. When none of those worked I was prescribed Accutane (for the first time). I was on a fairly low dose and felt that the entire time I was on it my acne never really got a lot better (I attribute this largely to being on a birth control pill simultaneously, because every time I have ever taken the pill my skin has gone crazy!). Anyway, fastforward to freshman year of college and my skin began clearing up on its own. It never was 100% clear, but my freshman and sophmore year it was definitely manageable. Then junior year rolled around and my acne began to flare up again. It was alllllll over my cheeks and jawline. So I am now 23, graduated from college and am still suffering from persistent acne.

Although my derm has informed me that clinically speaking, my acne isn't bad enough to be prescribed Accutane, she gave me the okay to start it because of the fact that I have literally tried everything. And I mean everything. (Doxycycline, Bactrim, Tazorac, Retin-A-Micro, Clindamycin, Benzaclin, Aczone, just to name a few). All of these would work for awhile, then my body would build up a tolerance and the acne would come right back just as bad as before.

Now I am currently on my 30-day waiting period and will be able to fill my first prescription at the end of November. Fingers crossed that the second time around Accutane will work for me.

Here are some pictures of my skin now. The lighting isn't the best, but here it is.