Accutane update: Two months post-graduation

It’s been about two months since I finished my Accutane treatment and everyday I am still in shock that my skin is so FABULOUS. I’m obsessed. Every day, twice a day when I wash my face I cannot believe how smooth my skin is.

In July (two-ish months into my treatment), my skin looked like this:

july

And now my skin looks like this:

(Please ignore my “check out my skin” pose)

It was all worth it. Every second of living with chapped lips, dry skin, and back pain was ALL WORTH IT. Even watching my bank account drain each month when I bought my prescription and paid my doctor bills… WORTH IT.

Over these last two months, most of my side effects have subsided. I still use Dr. Dan’s for my winter lips and I’ll probably never use another lip balm ever. There are still some dry spots around my eyebrows but once I moisturize, I’m good. I normally have dry skin in the winter anyway so it’s nothing crazy. However, in the past when I would moisturize my dry, winter skin, I’d be oily by the end of the day.  Thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet. I’ve had one or two days where I’ve kinda felt the oil resurfacing but I’ve hadn’t had the urge to use an oil wipe like I normally would. In the summer, I’m used to using three to four oil wipes a day to control my oily skin so I’m interested to see what my summer skin is like. I’m actually a little nervous to find out. I’m SUPER oily in the summer so I’m hoping Accutane helped control some of that oil. If not – oh well. I still can’t complain about my results!

This was my skin on June 29th, 2018:

Even with my skin caked with concealer, foundation, and powder, you could still see my acne. Being tan also helped with the coverage.

This is my skin today:

Wow, I’m so pale. But I’m wearing absolutely no face makeup at all!!! This is just my pale, clear skin.

My skin is oh so soft and I’ve noticed that my dark spots have slightly faded. I barely wear any face makeup which saves me a lot of time. My favorite days are the days where I don’t wear any makeup at all. It’s liberating. I mean, I used to go days without makeup even when my skin looked like a pizza but I knew everyone was staring. Now people just stare because of the transformation.

I will advocate this until the day I die: over your acne? Go on Accutane. I have been raw and honest about my entire journey and if I can do it, anyone can do it. Obviously everyone suffers from different side effects but the product is always going to be the same: clear skin.

I feel so grateful to have conquered something that I never thought I’d be able to control. This experience has motivated me to make other changes in my life and has helped me realize that if you really, REALLY want something – not even money can get in your way.

2 thoughts on “Accutane update: Two months post-graduation

  1. My biggest fear is what will happen to my skin once i’m off Accutane. I know everyone skin is different but this makes me hopeful. Thank you for posting about your experience

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    1. I had the same fear – but trust me, your skin will never be the same (in the best way)! I do worry about my summer skin but if I never have another blemish, I’ll be okay with oily skin!

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