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  1. I think the IB has hit me. I have clumps of clogged pores on both sides of my mouth, and they are starting to emerge. I've got a couple on my forehead as well, but those don't really bother me. It's the ones around the mouth that SUCK--I feel like you can't help but notice them. Even when they eventually go down, I will be left with a lot of hyperpigmentation. Ugh! I didn't get an IB during my first two courses, so I don't know what to expect. Can anyone tell me how long theirs lasted? Any feedb
  2. blackbird86

    Day 6

    I took my 6th pill tonight. It's starting to kick in! Here's how I know: -My lips are starting to feel dry -My skin is thinner (sadly, I know this because I picked...shame on me!) -Overall, my skin is oilier than usual. This might sound weird, but it happened during both of my previous courses; my skin got oily in the very beginning and then became drier (or in my case, it just normalized) Whoop! Good luck to all of my other Accutaners out there.
  3. Is it physically possible for an IB to start this quickly? As I've mentioned before, my biggest area of concern right now are the clogged pores around my mouth. I don't even have any actives right now; rather, the area around my mouth has bumpiness from both healing pimples and clogged pores. Well...I've been terrified of getting an IB considering the congestion I'm dealing with, and I think it just might be happening. The weird thing is...the pores aren't becoming inflamed, but some seem to
  4. Good luck with your course! Quick question for you...has the Accutane helped to get rid of your clogged pores, too? Or have you not noticed a difference with this? I just started my 3rd course and that's my main concern right now...
  5. blackbird86

    1St Pill!

    I took my first pill last night. My skin is actually OK right now. My biggest insecurity are the clogged pores around my mouth. It's so weird...every other part of my face is pristine save for some areas of congestion around my temples, but those really don't bother me. It's the ones around my mouth that make me self-conscious. In certain lighting, it looks AWFUL--so congested. Just gross. They just sit there! The last 2 times that I did Accutane, I didn't have as much congestion as I do now, bu
  6. I'm here to encourage you! I've been on Accutane twice, and I'm about to start a 3rd course. It cleared me quickly and left me clear for almost 2 years afterward each time. I RARELY wore make-up because my skin was so clear! I really think the main reason my acne came back both times was because I started picking at my skin at the littlest sign of a breakout. Even though I am breaking out again, it's not as bad as it was before I first went on Accutane. Good luck! Message me if you have any que
  7. blackbird86


    Thank you. You're right. I am approaching today with a positive state of mind! I have a lot to be thankful for.
  8. I absolutely 100% know how you feel. I have also been dealing with acne since I was a teenager. I'm now 27, recently engaged, and wanting to start a family in the next few years, and I am terrified at the thought of having a child for fear of my skin going crazy. I'm actually about to start my 3rd round of Accutane. It worked perfectly for me the first 2 times. Honestly, I think a big reason that my acne came back both times is because I did start to breakout a tiny bit and started picking a
  9. blackbird86


    Acne is such a strange thing. I was feeling quite alright this morning, and now, less than 12 hours later, I feel so down about my skin. This past week, I have had one of my worst breakouts in a while. A week ago today, my skin was pretty good. Not perfect by any means, but not something I was obsessing over like I am right now. While I had some clogged pores and redness from previous breakouts, I was able to conceal it well with make-up. This week, I was hit with the type of breakout that canno
  10. blackbird86

    5 Days!

    I'm finding that writing about this in a public yet anonymous forum is quite therapeutic. It helps to know that I am not the only adult who is still dealing with and depressed by acne. It seems that everyone in my life (friends, family, boyfriend) has good skin, and therefore, nobody really understands the emotional pain that this disease causes. I get to start Accutane in 5 days, and I could not be more excited to get back on track toward having clear skin and, more importantly, to re-gaining m
  11. I cannot wait to get back on this medication. Currently, my skin is the worst it's been in the past year or so. I have 4 actives around my mouth...all swollen, painful pustules. I also have some clogged pores around my mouth. Every other part of my face is clear...but the breakouts around my mouth have always been my biggest problem, and they've always made me feel very, very insecure. I feel like they are the most noticeable and they're nearly impossible to conceal. Even if I can cover the redn
  12. I understand. Honestly, I've done it twice and come out fine. It's worth it to me to not deal with the stress of my skin. I do know about some supplements that cleanse the liver. Thanks for your concern!
  13. Thanks for the comment! I have actually recently tried the non-dairy diet, although I cheat just a little bit. I've never been a milk drinker, anyway, but I do love yogurt and cheese, so I've given both of those up with the exception of having *a little* cheese every once in a while. It's been about a month, and it hasn't seemed to make a difference...
  14. I'm about to start my 3rd (yes, 3rd) round of Accutane. This time, I am determined to document my experience and results. Before I begin, let me tell you about my long, tired journey with acne... I am a 27 year old female who has been dealing with acne since age 15. If I were to tell most people that I am about to start a 3rd course of Accutane, they would probably look at me like I'm crazy. In the past 12 years that I've been dealing with this, my acne has gone from moderate and persistent,
  15. Hello, I am about to start my 3rd round of Accutane (sounds crazy, I know). I am curious to know if anyone has found an effective post-Accutane regimen that has helped them remain clear but does not require the use of any prescriptions. I have normal to oily skin that is prone to breaking out around my mouth (which I know is supposed to indicate that it's hormonal) as well as parts of my forehead. I'm looking for a basic cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing routine that has worked for ot