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  1. Wow, sorry it took me so long to see these! I was originally supposed to take 4 months of accutane, but my derm decided to give me an extra month. I did blu-light three times a week for two weeks in December, then once in January and once in February. I was actually surprised that the derm prescribed it to me alongside accutane as well! Honestly, I don't think it really helped my skin, but I guess I'll never know.
  2. So I swallowed my last pill about a week ago. My derm saw me a couple weeks ago and told me that I've cleared up enough that I don't need any more accutane! Hooray! I'm a little concerned, only because I still get the odd pimple (not enough that I would ever complain) and I worry that by stopping the accutane, my skin will go back to being the way it was before, which would be my worst nightmare. Anyhow, in the week I've been off, there's been no regression of side effects, but they were
  3. Got prescribed another two months by my derm, since my body is taking the accutane well and not freaking out or anything. At this stage, I haven't got much more to say... my acne is pretty much gone aside from the occasional whitehead or cyst, and I'm just waiting for my PIH to go away. I get cysts on my back now and again more than I used to, but bacne has never really bothered me since I seldom expose my back, and it's just the occasional one. Lips are still dry, eyes are VERY dry, hair is
  4. Accutane shouldn't do anything to your period, as it doesn't affect hormones. Every birth control has different effects on different people, so you could consider switching. I know Yaz is notorious for causing bad cramps. Conversely, you could just not take BC, since they only force you to get on BC so that you can't sue them if you wind up with a child with defects.
  5. Some quick updates: - Derm prescribed me another two months of accutane to make sure my acne doesn't return - Face is doing pretty good. I woke up with a bit of a monster zit this morning, but it's pretty much the only one. I get about 3 new actives per week, but they go away by the next morning. The only problem is that they're usually decent-sized cysts. - Face continues to be dry, lips are still dry, etc. - My muscles get sore sometimes, but I'm almost certain it's from working out hard
  6. guillotineSavvy

    - It's kind of fun to go through a whole system - Gritty - The cleanser hurts - Smells like sweat and Mr. Clean - Expensive - Tiny bottle of BP - Makes face really red - Doesn't work I got my proactiv kit from my mom, who bought it for me after my dermatologist was taking weeks to respond to my referral. I was skeptical, but since she already bought it and promised that it would work, I figured I had nothing to lose. The commercial advertises proactiv as
  7. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalleluja! ...my acne is 95% GONE. Everybody always says that as soon as one flaw disappears, another one takes its place, but I can honestly say that hasn't happened. If anything, I love everything else about my appearance even more now. Now, don't get me wrong, my face is faaar from perfect. I've got about one or two small actives, plus a buttload of PIH, but it's so incredibly mild compared to the truckloads of whiteheads I was getting before. Unfortuna
  8. So accutane decided to kick it into high gear in the past week. My lips finally cracked on the side (lovely, I know) and my nose is really dry feeling on the inside, when I breathe. Luckily, my face is clearing up! Today it looked really good, I only had to put a tiny but of concealer on, which is pretty big for me. Bad news is, as I was washing my face for the night, I felt a few budding cysts and stuff, so I am hoping and praying that they'll abandon ship and just go away!
  9. Very angry, frustrated, and depressed. I'm breaking out a fair deal, about 4 cysts on my jawline, and 4 or 5 whiteheads elsewhere. Combine that with all my PIH, and its just really discouraging. I've been finding it hard to control the urge to pick at my skin as well, so that is a major contributor. I'm just really down that it's been 75 days and I have very little to show for it.
  10. More beautiful breakouts, around the dreaded chin area. And I lost my chapstick. I'm actually getting really scared that accutane won't work for me, because, honestly, where do I go from there? I'm clearer than I was at the start, for sure, but it comes in waves- as in, my face will be decent, then get bad, and then be a bit better than decent, then bad again, so it becomes very hard to track any improvement. In other news, I finished my blu-light, but I really haven't noticed it doi
  11. Month 3! I suffered a little breakout in the past few days, since I was very stressed a couple weeks ago with exams, but it's started to recede. Hyperpigmentation is also going away, and my skin is looking better than it has in months. I've had to moisturise much more often as well, and my lips are getting dryer, particularly on the corners. Other than that... I don't know what else to say. I guess accutane is just very, very gradual- my skin has been getting better since I started (with
  12. Seeing a dermatologist really helps me, and I don't just mean in terms of clearing my skin. Of course, the product working is the best, but it gives me a lot of security to know that I am being aggressive in trying to rid myself of acne by seeing a derm, starting a new regimen, or trying a new antibiotic, so I can look in the mirror thinking that my situation is being taken care of, and it gives me peace of mind.
  13. I find it hilarious how many people think accutane is some sort of death sentence. It's just a pill- it can cause nasty side effects, but so can every medication out there, and the risk is so incredibly low. I'm glad that you've found what you can do to control your breakouts, and it's always a good thing to eat as healthy as possible, but keep in mind that a diet has to be something that you can sustain long term, as in, if cutting certain foods out is making you miserable, then yes, it is a
  14. Almay is a very good brand for keeping the blemish prone in mind. Most of their make-ups are non comodegenic, and some of them contain salicylic acid.
  15. Acne is a crappy part of life, but having a child IS a life. I'm amazed by the amount of people saying no to children just because of the possible future problems. Guess what: there are millions of things that cause people to cry alone in their bedrooms, and acne is just one of them. If not acne, it'll be a boyfriend, or a bully at school, or mean friends, or that they're too fat, skinny, short, hairy, pale, big-nosed, whatever. Besides, if you don't have a family, there isn't much to do in l
  16. Mini-breakout this time, but I've been under a lot of stress, so it's expected. Luckily, my rash is fading rapidly, perhaps since I've stopped showering every night. So I guess to recap my whole experience: + Acne has started to go away (very very sloooowly!) + No joint pain + I had no initial breakout on 40 mg accutane + Skin isn't dry? It gets a bit flaky about one morning/week, so I just put on some lotion and it's gone for another while + Hair seems normal + No obvious mental sid
  17. Ooh, I guzzle down tea when I'm stressed! Make sure it's caffeine free though, since caffeine has been linked to breakouts!
  18. At the risk of sounding insensitive, I think you need to realize that acne didn't ruin your life. It's a very self-esteem crushing disease, and I'm truly sorry that you had to deal with bullying from friends, but if you let yourself succumb to insecurity and low self-esteem, you are letting acne have power over you, and you are letting it ruin your life. I'm not saying this because I think that you're weak or need to grow up- it takes so much strength and maturity to step back and look at yo
  19. Oh, I can relate so much! I travel to different cities with my good friends a few times a year, and we usually all hang around in the bathroom, doing our hair and make-up together, but in the past months, I've been hiding in my room, putting on 'pre-make-up', so to speak. It's my dream to be able to roll out of bed, slap on a bit of eyeliner and be on my pretty way But, hey, I do think that we'll all get there eventually. The problem with acne is that it takes months to go away with medicine
  20. Please keep your offensive generalizations to yourself. In a society like ours, it is completely normal to be concerned about your appearance, especially since the OP is in the age range where dating and meeting girls is so highly valued. Saying that having insecurity is feminine, and therefore, weak, is incredibly disrespectful, not only to women in general, but to everybody that has insecurity (read: everybody on earth). I'm not even going to touch on your comment about homosexuals. And I hone
  21. So the past week, I've been eating good, feeling good, and looking good! My skin has gotten noticeably better in terms of actives, lumps and bumps, etc, but unfortunately the amount of red marks left over makes it seem like my acne hasn't gotten much better :/. I'm hopeful though, since red marks should fade somewhat soon and I haven't gotten any scarring. The rash on my hand has spread to my other hand, and up my arm, with some on my legs as well. It burns occasionally, and I've been tre
  22. Let's skip right to the point! - Skin is very dry- applying moisturizer liberally - Lips are flaky and crusty- putting on some nivea lotion/burts bees chapstick - Crusty dry rash on left arm- more nivea lotion. It doesn't hurt normally, but it's ugly and burns when I moisturize. Looks like I'm having a clearer spell than usual! Let's hope it stays that way! I also have this growing concern that my mood and impulses are so deeply controlled by my skin. I mean, in the 3-4 days of my ski
  23. I've been feeling pretty down lately. In all honesty, my skin hasn't improved from the start. Obviously, I don't expect to be clear yet, but a little progress would be nice. Blu-light seems to have done nothing, and my next session is on the 18th. As for any new side effects... when I lie down on my stomach, I get bad back pain, but a fish oil supplement gets rid of that. My skin is hardly dry at all- dryer than when I started, but not by much. My lips are pretty much the only sure sign of m
  24. I can relate. Sometimes I feel like parties or vacations would be so much better if I wasn't worrying about my face or having to put on make-up. I have to add though, since one thing in your post really bothered me: a no-carb diet is very unhealthy. Actually, a no-fat, no-sugar diet is unhealthy as well. It's fine to reduce your intake, since most people eat too much anyways, but the only things that you should cut out entirely are caffeine, fast food, and anything that's been processed.
  25. They're typically dimmer and wash you out, so it's actually one of the better lights to be in. In addition, fluorescent lights actually have a green cast, which cancels out a bit of redness. The above part sucks though, because you get all the shadows and highlights where you don't want them :/ Sunlight is probably the absolute worst though.