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My Life Changing Accutane Experience :-) - Beaumont, TX

I've had BAD acne ever since really the 4th grade....

I've had BAD acne ever since really the 4th grade. I'd been treating it with over-the-counter medication (like Proactive, Murad, etc.) and even prescription meds and vitamins. All of them didn't work and even possibly made it worse. I was now in my 2nd semester of 8th grade, and I had had enough!!! I decided that I was going to go ahead and try Accutane. (I had wanted to months before, but was a little scared about the side affects that my dermatologist had warned me about.) She said that the average dosage time period would be anywhere from 5 to 7 months. So I got my first months supply and began taking it February 7, 2013. I took 30mg twice a day. Here are the months that I was on it and what you can expect:

Month 1: (February)
DRYNESS. REDNESS. BAD ACNE FLAIR UP. (I suggest LOTS OF MOISTURIZING!!!) My dryness came as a shock to me because I had always had wet oily gross skin my whole life, but you can expect to have bone dry skin within the first 1-2 weeks.
~~a lot of improvement...my nose (that was once covered in solid blackheads, was now almost black head free!

Month 2: (March)
REDNESS. DRYNESS. BAD ACNE FLAIR UP (especially around cheek area)
Dry skin, NO BLACKHEADS!! You are now starting to see a noticeable improvement.
~IMPORTANT!!! I had been popping zits all my life. As a person who is now off Accutane with skin that I am now happy with, DONT SQUEEZE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!! My doctor would get onto me about it, but lets be real...every single time I got a white head, I popped it. IT LEAVES BAD SCARRING. Which I'm still dealing with now. HOWEVER, if your life me and u must squeeze, ONLY DO IT IF YOU HAVE A WHITE HEAD AND YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN GET ALL OF IT OUT!!!

Month 3: (April)
Not as much dryness or redness. BIG improvement. Should be happy with the results you are seeing. A lot less whiteheads and black heads. Hang in there!

Month 4: (May)
Good skin!(: People will start noticing and complementing your skin. A little redness. Not as much dryness. Around this month I was only having to wash my face around once a month. I just mainly used moisturizer AND LOTS OF IT!!(:

Last Dosage of Month 4: June 25, 2013.
I had completed 4 months of Accutane and I was now well within my target goal range of mg's. I was going to go another month, but prices got too high so I just stopped.

Overall review: 5 STARS++++
SO HAPPY WITH MY SKIN
LOVE MY LIFE
NO MORE DEPRESSING MORNINGS OR OVERNIGHT CLAY MASKS!
HAVENT GOT A SINGLE PIMPLE IN WEEKS!!

TIPS:
~ CHAPSTICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have it on you at ALL TIMES!!!
~MOISTURIZER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have it with u at all times (even at school!) You should expect to have dry flaky skin for at least your first 2-3 months (but believe me its SO worth it!) Good brands: CETAPHIL MOSTURIZER (in purple container) this stuff in THA BOMB!!! And Proactive's Green Tea Moisturizer is okay if you don't want to carry around a big bottle of Cetaphil.

My only regret:

NOT DOING IT SOONER!!!!

I was concerned that Accutane would not work for me...but I can pretty much guarantee you that you will be VERY happy with your results!!

You are so right about not picking at your skin...but my oh my, is it ever hard not to!

I'm so happy for you that your skin has cleared so nicely!! I'll be hoping that it stays clear from here on out, but hope you will update us so we know. :)

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Beaumont Dermatologist

Sharon Marchand- great dermatologist. So understanding and I felt like she was doing everything she could to help and support me along the way. She is truly in it to help you!!!!! IM GOING TO MISS GOING TO HER EVERY MONTH!!! :(

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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