Ever since starting Accutane, I’ve been making an effort to keep you updated with my progress on YouTube. My Accutane results after 5 months of treatment surprise me each day. I’d like to give a full review with before and after images once I’ve completed my treatment, but I honestly don’t know when that will be! My dermatologist has told me I can’t stop until I have no spots for the entirety of a box, and judging by the cracker pimples I’ve had over the last couple of weeks, it’s definitely not this one.
Many months ago, I wrote a post about going back on Accutane. It was a difficult decision to make, but for the sake of my sanity I had to give in. I was terrified, but the alternative scared me more. My skin has been my enemy since I was 14, constantly breaking out, making me feel ugly, making me feel less human, stopping me from experiencing life. I’ve been to some pretty deep depths with my skin, begging God or the universe or anything that could possibly hear me, to show some slither of light. Some direction. Some purpose.
If you’ve had acne for years, or it’s been as bad as bad can possibly get, then you already know those depths quite well.
And late last year, I hit the bottom.
My mum’s friend got me an appointment with a dermatologist. Something I thought I wouldn’t be able to even do, not because I couldn’t pick up the phone myself, but because I thought there were none available, and I couldn’t afford it anyway. But… I got in. I paid the fee. I got my medication, and I began.
And I changed my mind.
Not about going on Accutane, but I changed my mind about how destructive it can be. My body was already destroying me with acne, so being able to finally subdue my attacker has been an incredible feat. 5 months into my treatment, and I feel like I can breathe again. My skin no longer destroys me, but it absolutely reminds me of where I’ve been. The redness, scars and odd spots still popping out cause me some daily grief, but compared to the alternative? It’s a piece of cake.
So here is my current Accutane progress, and after looking through these images, it’s no surprise that I’m ecstatic about my Accutane results. I will continue sharing each month of progress on my YouTube channel, and update my blog more often now that I’ve turned a corner in my life!
September 2017 – I had hit rock bottom with my skin. The acne was a beard and refused to budge. I felt defeated, sad and lost.
October 2017 – A month after treatment, and I was worried. My skin wasn’t improving, and it was somehow getting worse?! How that was even possible, I don’t know. After talking about this on my channel, I was informed I was going through “The Purge”. A period of time many Accutane users go through, where every dormant pimple now explodes through your skin, causing mayhem. FUN!
November 2017 – The Purge was coming to an end, and my skin was calming its farm. Still lots of issues, but my skin looked less angry, less like it has some bizarre score to settle with me.
December 2017 – Incredible difference! I was amazed by how clear my skin was looking. It was still red, which seems to be my constant state now, but the acne was very much on the way out and I was happy. My stress levels were also lower due to no school and spending most of my days chilling out, which no doubt helped!
January 2018 – This is very much the start of my “New year, new me” journey. I still have the odd spots cropping up, but over-all? Ridiculously clear. My skin is smooth and I feel fantastic. I’m worried that it will come back one day, but for now, it’s losing the battle.
I haven’t spoken about the side effects of Accutane in this post. I feel like that deserves a post all of it’s own. When I write it, I’ll update you!
This is my Accutane journey – what’s yours? Or maybe you haven’t tried it yet, but you’d like to. If you feel comfortable, please share your story. You never know who it may comfort in their time of need.