Un, Deux… What?! Month Two of My Accutane Journey

Waiting for the other shoe to drop… this is a feeling that acne sufferers know all too well. As acne suffers, we know a thing or two about disappointment. We also know a thing or two about how to worthlessly spend our money, too. Just think of all the must-have, 5 star rated, highly recommended acne cleansers we’ve purchased. You know, the ones that were supposed to be the end all magical solution to our stubborn acne. How many facial masks have you purchased that have come highly recommended by your favorite beauty guru? Were most of them made of unicorn tears that magically lost their effect when placed on your skin? What new diet change have you implemented this month? Soy-free? Dairy-free? Raw Vegan? As we desperately look for the “cure” we are often left worse than when we started. We’re left with more acne, more hyperpigmentation, crushed hopes, and less space in our medicine cabinet.

I can personally go on and on about the different remedies I’ve used in the past but let’s get to the real reason why you clicked on this link (I won’t keep you waiting any longer *wink wink!) My second month of Accutane has come and gone and my skin has drastically improved. I have noticed a significant reduction in my acne and in the inflammation on my face. I’m attributing this to the incorporation of Clindamycin into my skincare routine. While the Accutane works from the inside, the Clindamycin has worked in reducing and preventing future bacteria and infection on my skin.

Now that you know the good stuff, let’s get to the hiccups. While on Accutane, your skin will become very, VERY sensitive. I am currently on 20mg and will be on Accutane for the next 8 to 10 months. I was very excited for an event that I had planned with my friends and decided to make myself a little homemade scrub to exfoliate. I wanted my new acne free (but scar-ridden face) to be smooth and ready for the next day’s activities and makeup look… moral of the story: DO NOT USE SCRUBS! Yes, my face was very soft. But now I looked like I had spent the entire day on Miami Beach in the middle of July without sunblock. Fortunately, I woke up the next morning and my skin had returned to its normal color and was not as sensitive as I had prepared myself for. I believe this to have been a warning from the Skin Care Gods.

A week later, after I recovered from my fake, but self-induced sunburn, I had yet another lack of judgment. I was rushing to leave the house when my mom reminded me to put on deodorant- forgetting to apply deodorant is something I frequently do and if you live in a humid city like I do, then YOU KNOW this is not something to be taken lightly. I rush back and realize that I should probably also shave my underarms, too. Like every other time I’ve ever done this, I grabbed a razor and dry shaved, put on my deodorant, and walked out the house. I thought nothing of my actions until I woke up the next morning with dry, irritated, itchy, and red underarms. I had no one to blame but myself. This was a bad call that took me two and a half weeks of coconut oil, minimal deodorant, and long sleeves to get over.

Yes, your girl is loving this new skin and all the confidence that comes with it but I failed to remember how important it is to really care for my skin during this time. The hiccups I had could have been very easily avoided and were a result of my overconfidence. I just have to be more mindful and take extra precaution while on this Accutane journey. As a severe acne sufferer for the past few years, I’m beyond excited to finally see something working and I truly believe that there might not be another shoe hurdling down to decimate my hopes this time around.

Tune in next month for my daily skin care routine! What has worked, what hasn’t, and what’s next!

 

 

Everyone’s skin and body are different. This is my story and journey with acne. I am not a medical professional. For any medical questions or concerns, please consult with your dermatologist. 

What Is Hyperpigmentation & How To Treat It

Do you ever get a pimple, pray for it to go away, and even after the acne gods have answered your prayers you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of the pimple? You know, the brown, purple, red, pink-ish dark marks that your pimples leave behind? That’s called hyperpigmentation, it occurs when an excess of melanin, the pigment that produces the color of your skin, forms little spots on your skin. But why does this happen to some people and not others? Well, if you’re young and healthy, not pregnant, or experiencing any hormonal changes from pregnancy, birth control or any diagnosed hormonal imbalances, it simply means your body produces more melanin than the average person. It’s fairly common in most people. I’ve actually been suffering from it since I was in high school! I never quite understood why my friends didn’t have the same reaction to pimples like I did. I wouldn’t mind breakouts so much if I didn’t have a ton of inflamed red marks on my face afterward, you know? Even when I’m not broken out, I still look broken out because of all the marks! What’s so bad about one pimple? Not much, but combine that one pimple with a face full of hyperpigmentation, and now you’ve got a problem. But don’t worry, there are various preventatives and methods to help reduce the appearance of your dark marks!

Your skin absorbs 60% of what it touches. So, let’s think about how many times a day you touch your face. Now, let’s think about how many times a day you pick at your blemishes. Do you know how much dirt and bacteria is underneath your nails? I’ll spare you the gruesome details. But, girl, it’s a lot!  Stop picking at your face because it’s not only causing you to breakout, it’s also causing you to develop more hyperpigmentation. The more pimples you get, the more marks you will get too. I know it’s hard but try to resist the urge!

Whether you exfoliate with a toner, scrub, or peel it’s one of the most important steps in your beauty routine and should not be skipped- even if you have clear skin. Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from building up and clogging your pores which not only produces more oil, it causes more breakouts. And again, the more breakouts, the more hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating also stimulates collagen production, which causes new cell turnover. This will leave your skin looking healthy, bright, and smooth.

 

Vitamin C is a magical antioxidant that reduces skin inflammation, promotes collagen production, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. In addition to all that, the new cells help smooth uneven texture. Thus, giving your skin a bright, fresh, and healthy glow. Don’t worry about breaking out. Vitamin C aids in repairing the skin’s barrier. Once it’s healed and working properly, you will notice the oil production on your face has balanced out. This will then result in properly hydrated skin, soothing any itchy, flaky, or dry patches.

Moisturizer and SPF should always go hand in hand. Although, if you could only choose one, it should definitely be SPF. Moisturizer softens and hydrates the skin while SPF protects it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can cause skin cancer and premature aging. It also darkens your hyperpigmentation causing it to appear brighter and more irritated.

 

For persistent hyperpigmentation there are chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling that can help renew healthy skin cells faster and more effectively than at home treatments can. Before deciding on any procedure, check with your dermatologist to see whats best for your skin.

 

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