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  1. I started Accutane exactly a week ago. I noted down my thoughts and feelings on Day One, and took a picture of how my skin was looking that day(which I'll include here). My acne was mainly bad about two months ago, but it started healing up on its own. However, some active pimples still remained and there was a lot of discoloration and dark spots left on my skin. I went to see my dermatologist at that point and he said he was happy with my progress and that I need to be a little more patient. B
  2. Hi, how's your skin looking now compared to the beginning of the course? And was your acne mild, moderate or severe back then?
  3. Hey! I just read through your entire log. It looks like it was quite a ride. But your skin - from the pictures you posted - looks amazing now. There's been so much improvement - in fact, if I only saw the last picture, I'd have thought you never had acne at all. You have no reason to fret over your hyperpigmentation, because it doesn't seem noticeable to me at all. I'm struggling with red and dark spots, and you'd be grateful to have your skin if you saw mine I started Accutane a week ago - on
  4. I totally relate to every thing you said here. Except for the grades suffering. I actually did better at my studies, because I completely shut myself in and focused on studying all day to distract myself from my insecurities - the only good thing that came of this horrible disease. I always angle my face in a certain way to people when I'm talking to them, to hide my broken out side and it's a pain in the ass . I cut out sugar and dairy and it helped for a while, but not nearly enough and not
  5. Relapse after accutane isn't uncommon. How bad is the relapse? Is it just mild acne or a few spots here and there? Because that's normal - most people who get clear from accutane still get a few pimples now and then. Usually, if the relapse is severe enough, your dermatologist will prescribe you a second course of Accutane. Btw, what dose were you on? I'm on 20mg at the moment. When you got completely clear, did dark spots or any hyperpigmentation fade away too?
  6. @cons Wow people can be so rude. But I love your positive energy. Accepting it and being positive is the best way to control the stress from acne, and not let it control you. I'll admit I'm not mentally strong enough to put be as optimistic as you, but I'm working on it. I've already started taking accutane - on my second day today. Hoping the side effects don't get too serious. Thanks for the specific makeup recommendation. That's exactly what I was looking for! Been searching for makeup
  7. @Adeel2111 Thanks a lot for your words of encouragement. You made my day Yes, accutane is such a serious drug that it should be taken only after a lot of consideration. Your brother was probably right in stopping you - it should always be the last resort. But I feel like I've tried everything and have reached a dead end. Accutane seems like my only hope now (sorry for sounding so dramatic lol).
  8. @steph93rc You're very inspirational for having the courage to give makeup up. In the end, it's what's good for your skin and that's what matters. I wish I could be as brave. But I'm sure I'll chicken out and slather on makeup and totally ruin my skin. Yeah, I've heard certain contraceptives trigger acne. And, in fact, I recently watched a Youtube video about how the Marina IUD can cause it: I heard there are only three birth control pills that are FDA-approved
  9. @Kathi I'm really glad to know you're happy with your skin. I want to reach that level of content with my skin too, so I'll brave it out and deal with the IB. Did accutane help reduce older red/dark marks, the ones left from acne from before you went on the drug?
  10. @Kathi I binged watched too many Accutane vlogs and surrendered to it. Took my first pill today. But the thought of the initial breakout scares me to no end, since my skin is still recovering from red marks and hyperpigmentation(as you can tell from the picture above) and the last thing I want is to add new marks and scars . How bad was your IB? And what dosage are you on? Most importantly, how is your skin doing now versus day one on Accutane?
  11. Hey, I guess I got here a little late. But is he still behaving the same way? First of all, it's really cool that you can openly share your feelings about your skin and acne. It must be comforting that you don't have to hide it. Most of the rest of us are always going to painstaking ends to keep our partners from seeing our acne in all its glory. I think that because he doesn't have to deal with acne as much as you, he doesn't realize how insensitive his comments are to you. If he's still
  12. It's so reassuring to know that all of us are going through similar problems and that we're not alone. Meeting other people and as @Adeel2111 said, making eye contact is the hardest, because you feel like they're looking at what a mess your face is and thinking all sorts of things. I don't even share these things with my siblings or my family or anyone for that matter. They just know I'm depressed "for some reason", and I pretend my skin isn't bothering me just so that they can't feel sorry for
  13. Hi! How's your skin doing now? Is accutane working for you? I'm thinking of taking accutane soon(my doc prescribed it) but I'm very scared of the initial breakout since my skin seems to be calming down on its own. I don't want accutane to mess it up again. Anyway, let us know your progress.
  14. These words are so inspirational! I wish there were posts on what it's like to date or be in a relationship when you have acne(especially if you go bare faced or your significant other knows about the condition of your skin). I'm in a dark place when it comes to dating at this point. There is a boy I like who likes me back, but he asked me out when I was completely clear a couple of months ago. And he's only seen me with clear skin. Now that my acne is REALLY bad, I've been avoiding him like th
  15. I have had acne on and off for years - starting from when I was 13 to now, when I am 18. The most severe acne that I've had has only been in the last two years, and only on two occasions - both after increased use of makeup(but somehow, I only break out on one cheek). Now, the problem is that I am still suffering from the after-effects of severe acne - dark spots and acne scars! My cheek is completely covered with redness and spots and I am so embarrassed to be seen with the blemishes. Sin