I wish I had a great beginning picture….but unfortunately, I never took one and always used a little bit of a filter so that I could hide my breakouts. You guys, Im thirty-freakin-two I shouldn’t still be struggling with my skin. It’s embarrassing! It’s not just a little either, cystic acne is my enemy.
Here is the best picture I have pre accutane, gorgeous huh? I break out along my jawline and cheeks mostly so photos hide it pretty well. I get really red under my eyes and across my nose.
I was accutane a few years ago but had to cut my time short on it because our insurance changed and I wasn’t able to afford it anymore. I was sad, seriously, my skin was pretty good. Over the years (I was warned about this) it has returned because I wasn’t able to do a full treatment. Not as bad as it was thankfully but bad enough that I wore my hair down more to hide breakouts and would use my hands to cover anything that made me feel really self conscious without looking completely awkward as I talked to others.
It’s taken some time for me to decide to do this again. My first experience wasn’t bad, but it makes your skin so dry and sensitive, is it something I really want to do going into summer? I decided, I am tired of dealing with bad skin and no matter what I was going to give this medicine another chance.
Even though I had an ablation, have no left ovary and no fallopian tubes, I still have to be on birth control. *eye roll* In my mind, I have no periods because the one ovary has no way to get the egg to the uterus….yet according to my dr, I can still get pregnant. *scratching my head with confusion* Whatever, right?!
Here I am one month done, 5 months to go I have had quite the dry skin. My face was so dry that it was tight…making it hard to talk, smile and eat. I got some interesting looks and a friend told me my face looked very painful. It was and I was using anything and everything I could to add moisture but NOTHING was helping. I was shedding layers of skin daily, Im talking 4 layers at a minimum. I was in pain trying to survive this…which lasted for 2 weeks. 2 weeks of skin screaming red and peeling all day long. By then I had ordered some skin care, moisturizing like crazy and seeing that I wasn’t shedding like crazy anymore. So 2 weeks of tight dry peeling skin….I can say it was worth it!
What am I using you might ask? Senegence skin care line normal to dry, along with climate control and nangai oil. It has made this whole process a million times better. I also use the Lipsense gloss and lip balm to keep my lips from peeling…which they haven’t (yet) and look amazing!!! I use the polishing exfoliator every few days to keep my skin smooth and the resurfacer anytime I have a major case of peeling skin. (Maybe once a week). If you want to order some skin care for your accutane journey, message me and I’ll help you with a screamin deal! I know how miserable it starts out. This was the only thing I was able to find that helped. Those first 2 weeks I spent easily 100+ trying to find something to help. Creams were literally making my face burn. Once I started this….24 hours later, I was in heaven with happy calmer skin. Within a week I had very little skin problems.
After one month, my skin is SOFT. I don’t see my pores as much as I use to and I swear to you, I only wear makeup a few times during the week. My skin is perfect compared to before and I am loving it. I feel confident and pretty. I still have some small breakouts along my jaw (always my worst area) but I don’t think they will be a problem much longer.
This picture is from the other morning after work. I had rolled out of bed last minute for a sub class at 4:50 am…I have no makeup up and didn’t use a filter because I didn’t need to!!! I don’t remember the last time I felt comfortable enough to not wear makeup. *Money saver*
If you are questioning going on accutane as an adult, I HIGHLY suggest as least talking to your doctor about it. Sure the peeling skin sucks, the dryness stinks and it’s horrible in the beginning but it gets better. I have emotional days but nothing serious. I check in with my dr every month for more blood work and to get my next prescription. I don’t regret starting this pill and I can’t wait to see what my skin is like in 5 months!!!