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[quote]Originally posted by lovelessemotion:
[b]hey teresa if ur skin is so clear and perfect now...i have a few Qs for ya... ok for one how long till u were realy happy with the results? and is the initial breakout as bad as the break out ya get with retin-a? also how about those nasty scars and bruises did accutane clear those aswell and if so how long did it take? and i must add that UR A FREAKING LUCKY PERSON TO BE SO CLER NOW!!! thank ur lucky stars gal...some of us have got it REAL BAD! see ya around model!


after 2 mo on accutane, i was happy with the results. as joeh pointed out, though, acne leaves some psychological scars. which is why i did not stop taking it after 2 months. i was afraid the acne would come back so i took it for 5 months and immediately started back on retin-a as soon as my skin could handle it. i still have nightmares about acne.

the initial breakout for me was a lot different than the one i had with retin-a. with retin-a, it brought all the acne to the surface and the pimples and zits popped, etc. it was pretty horrendous. with accutane, i had an initial breakout and while bumps and lumps could be visible, they didn't turn red or pop. they sort of just melted away after a few weeks. it was very weird. and it happened every time my dosage increased. (my PA who prescribed it said that my initial outbreak would not be bad at all since i had already had an initial breakout with retin-a and oral antibiotics though.)

i was lucky to have no bruises, but the hyperpigmentation left from the acne took a little while to clear. the retin-a helped to rid my face of any lingering dark spots. it didn't take long at all for that to happen as my acne was gone 2 months into accutane treatment. (edited to clarify: the acne was gone 2 months into treatment, but there were some pink and red spots left behind from old acne. i was on accutane for 3 more months, during which time the marks did fade (maybe not all and maybe not entirely). i went without any treatment for one month (skin was too sensitive for retin-a) during which time marks faded more. then i started on retin-a. within a few weeks, the marks were completely gone and i had picture perfect skin.)

and, yes, i do know i am lucky. there is not a day that goes by that i am not grateful for what accutane has done for me. it was a scary ride, but worth it for me. and i was very reluctant to even take accutane, but reading journals from other folks who'd been on it really helped me to make up my mind.

good luck! :)

[This message has been edited by teresa26 (edited 09-21-2003).]

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