jshenanigans said: Hey there! I'm on my very last month of Accutane and have been on 60 mg for 7 months. I haven't had a breakout in two months, and was wondering if you've gotten any spots since you've ended treatment? I wouldn't mind getting one or two pimples that disappear quickly but my biggest fear is for my acne to come back full force or even worse than it was before it started!
Hey there! Congrats on your last month; that is so exciting! In all honesty, I’ve dealt with many pimples since ending treatment. But let me be clear: my ACNE did NOT come back. What I did experience was getting little pimples here and there constantly. It was manageable, but very frustrating since I assumed accutane would have prevented that a little more. So I dealt with that for maybe around 6+ months. However, I have allergies/sensitivities to egg, wheat/gluten, and dairy. I was not eliminating these foods from my diet, so I started thinking that my constant appearance of tiny pimples was a result of me consuming foods that I am allergic to. My body was reacting to me ‘poisoning’ myself by getting rid of it through my skin, aka pimples. So, I can say that after I became more strict with my diet, I stopped getting as many pimples. ALSO, my skin REALLY started to behave once I incorporated MUAC’s Lactic and Glycolic acid peels and since doing my first TCA peel 2 weeks ago. But what I think also made huge improvements in my skin was introducing Argan oil. I’ve heard great things about this oil for acne, so once I started using It nightly as a moisturizer, I seriously stopped getting any pimples. With the exception of my hyperpigmentation and indented scarring, my skin is the best it’s been since ending treatment about a year ago (in terms of breakouts).
That pretty much sums it up :). I’m continuing the 60%/65% lactic and glycolic peels and plan to do my second TCA peel (12.5%) soon with 2 layers before moving up to TCA 15%.
11:46 pm • 29 July 2014 • 1 note
Anonymous said: Hey, how did the TCA peel work out? See any improvement in your indented scars? Thanks!
Hi! It will be two weeks on Monday since my first peel. I do think it helped to even out my skin tone overall. There is a slight decrease in my red marks, but I think in order for the peel to have an effect on my indented scars, I will need to do another one with two layers. I didn’t quite peel, mainly just flaked. But overall I’m happy with e results of my first peel!
4:22 pm • 24 July 2014
Anonymous said: Hey, I was just wondering how the glycolic peel are going for you. I also have indented scarring so I wanted to know if they actually worked. Would you recommend them? Thanks!
I really like the glycolic peels! For a while I was using 40% weekly, but I wasn’t seeing as much improvement as I was hoping for and I knew my skin could handle a higher concentration, so I recently purchased 60% glycolic along with 65% lactic. The lactic acid is supposed to be really good for hyperpigmentation, so I’m rotating the two peels weekly. I also started using argon oil as a moisturizer before bed and I think it’s helping control the random small, continuous breakouts I get.
Also, I’m doing my first 12.5% TCA peel TONIGHT! I’m so excited, but also a little nervous. I will let you guys know how it goes.
12:15 pm • 14 July 2014
Anonymous said: While doing some research about filling in pitted scars, I came across MSM cream and thus your blog. I saw you blogged about starting it but I couldn't find your results. So I was wondering how did it work out for you? I'm thinking about starting it for a stubborn rolling scar on my forehead about 6 or 7 months old. I also read the same article you did about the woman who's pitted scars were completely filled in in about a month and was wondering if that could happen? Seems too good to be true..
We can definitely agree on the fact that it seemed too good to be true, which is probably why I stopped using it. I think I used it for a few months and didn’t see any improvements, so I stopped. I also am pretty impatient. Bu lately I’ve been all about Makeup Artist’s Choice products. I recommend checking out their website and looking at their testimonials page. There’s some awesome before and after photos. I’ve purchased many of their products and I really like the glycolic peels. I’m trying to muster up thru courage to do the tca peel. Check it out! :)
8:40 pm • 12 June 2014
Anonymous said: How did you incorporate Vitamin E oil to your skincare routine? Did you dab it on your scars then put moisturizer on top of it afterwards at night? :)
I usually just used the vit E as a moisturizer, so like the jojoba oil, I’d put a few drops on my fingers, rub them together, and then dab it all over my skin. I would let that sink in for about 5-10 minutes and then put on a thicker moisturizer. I did this before bed.
2:10 pm • 28 May 2014
Anonymous said: Did your nose dry up while on Accutane? If so, what did you put to relieve it?
My nose did dry up a lot. I used nasal spray and also tried to moisturize a bit right inside my nose with aquaphor. Sounds weird, I know, but it helped.
I sometimes used jojoba oil as a moisturizer, applying about two drops on my fingers, rubbing it together and then patting it onto my skin. I also applied it on my lips every once in a while.
2:08 pm • 28 May 2014
Anonymous said: Hi, I just finished my first week on Accutane and I was initially prescribed a very low dose (10 mg). But I know my derma will eventually increase it to 40 mg and I want to be prepared when that time comes. Can you recommend stuff I should buy (the ones that best worked for you) such as moisturizers, lotions, and lip balms? As well as products that lessened the appearance of your scars? :)
Congrats on making it through the first week!
If you go back to my first few pages, you’ll see all of the products I used. Definitely aquaphor and Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm for the lips :)
8:54 pm • 25 May 2014
Anonymous said: what moisturizer did you use while your skin was really dry with breakouts?? i cant find one that will not irritate my skin :(
in the beginning of treatment I used The Body Shop’s moisturizers such as the aloe day cream and the vitamin E moisturizers. Once I got further into treatment and my skin really started to dry out, I think I used oil (jojoba or vitamin E). I was really interested in trying the First Aid Ultra Repair cream, but I never did. You can find it at Deplore and a ton of places online. Maybe check it out?
Good luck :)
12:24 pm • 19 May 2014
Anonymous said: My gosh you are so pretty!
Thank you, kind soul :)
6:01 pm • 24 April 2014
Anonymous said: Hello! I find your blog so interesting! I have been on accutane for about 4 months now and my doctor says I am nearly ready to stop. But in my opinion my skin is still really bad, it is very red, and still has red acne marks which have not cleared up, though my skin is pretty much smooth. Is my skin supposed to look like this when I am finishing? How can I get rid of it? I have seen so many people with amazing skin after going on accutane and I want that so badly! Thank you!
As tough as it is, your doctor most likely knows when it is best for you to stop. I definitely felt tat my skin still looked a mess when I stopped, but like you, everything was flat and smooth, it was just the nasty scarring I was left with. It takes time. Be patient and you will see progress :)
6:01 pm • 24 April 2014 • 1 note