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Everything posted by ellenknits

  1. I love Yasmin! My derm started me out on ortho, but it made me irritable, and i think it made me break out a little. He quickly switched me to Yasmin, and I've been on it for the past 2-3 years. I have really enjoyed it. I don't feel any emotional side effects, and I haven't gained an ounce of weight. My second round of Accutane, my derm (who happens to be really handsome) decided I shouldn't take the week of the sugar pill. Since my acne tends to be hormonal, this was a great idea. I buy my Y
  2. that same thing happened to me. a total of 10 months went by since i finished accutane, and i decided to do it again. it was much harder the second time, but i'm glad i did it. i think the problem was i rarely ever washed my face after the first round because it was so clear. before you think about doing it a second time, make sure you try getting it clear with other things... benzoyl peroxide is awesome.
  3. Patience is key, here. My first time on Accutane, I cleared up within a month. My second round (a year later), I started off without my skin being all that bad. I broke out SO terribly. It was like before I took it the first time. Maybe even worse. I didn't clear up for 4-5 months. I wanted to quit so many times, but the fact is, you have to power through Assume the worst, but hope for the best. It's best to plan on breaking out pretty bad for a while, then when it clears up before you know it,
  4. I think it's easy to get lazy and barely even wash your face after you've completed your treatment and you have clear skin. That might have been my problem. I just finished my second round, and I love my skin. I'm going to try and keep it clear this time. Benzoyl Peroxide is a really great way to keep it clear. For some, me included, BP does not clear out the initial problem, but it does keep it clear once it's clear.
  5. If it had been that easy...just to "think positive thoughts", then I would've been a-okay. I couldn't think of any. No kidding. I have a wonderful family, terrific boyfriend, good job... and during Accutane, I could find about a 100 more negative and anxious thoughts than I could positive ones. I'm definitely not going to do it a third time. I don't think my friends and family will let me anyway, as they completely lost me these past 6 months. A little benzoyl peroxide will just have to suffic
  6. There are these vitamin e liquid capsules that you can get over the counter. In highschool, I got burnt in a tanning bed so bad, that it sent me into shock. My skin almost bonded with my clothes. I'm not kidding. It was unbelievable. I broke open the capsules and spread it all over my body. I was SIGNIFICANTLY better in the morning. Vitamin E works. It heals. p.s. i <3 sunscreen
  7. My skin is beautiful now. I'm so thankful. It's really hard to be patient... now my skin looks photoshoped! I love not having to worry about it. My joint aches are usually in my back. I can't seem to get comfortable in as many positions as I used to. That went away after the first round, so I'm expecting it to do the same now that I've finished my second.
  8. I was in the same boat- tried everything. EVERYTHING. I was nervous at first about accutane, hearing such terrible things about it. It was so worth it, though! My attitude changed...I started to think differently. I know what you mean about not wanting to look in the mirror. Now I have clear skin, and I can worry about other things I was lucky to have insurance, so it was incredibly cheap for me- only $7.00 a month. Without it, it is near $400, I think. -ellen
  9. The first round, I cleared up within a month, and did not experience an "initial breakout". However, less than a year later, when I started my second round, I DEFINITELY experienced it, and it was terrible. I was used to having pretty clear skin, since being on it the first time, and it got tremendously worse for about 3 months. Almost unbearable. But now I am 3 weeks free from my 6-month long second round, and I have CLEAR, BEAUTIFUL skin. Hooray. -ellen
  10. I found the side effects to be much more intense the second round. -ellen
  11. I really liked using Blistex's DCT. It's a tub balm, which is a little annoying, but it seemed to soak in the best. My trick was usually to put a TON of it on every night, that way, you don't start out your day dry. You can brush your lips really lightly with a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a week (with warm water). Then directly after that, apply the thick balm. Anything thick and oily is going to be your best bed. Try not to peel your lips when on it, even though you feel you need to I am S
  12. Well, I just finished my second round of accutane about 3-4 weeks ago. This time around was a lot harder than the first. I really felt the weight of the depression. I had a really hard time being rational, and dealing with even the smallest things in a normal, balanced way. I kept invisioning myself letting go and falling off of buildings, anything high up... I would get very nervous around knives, because I would constantly think about stabbing myself below my ribs. The strangest thing was that