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My Experience on Accutane

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I think in order to continue talking about skincare I have to start at the beginning of my skincare journey.

I didn’t have severe acne until I was 18. Looking back, I realized that I was still a teen when my acne started, but I was also starting college so I always considered it “adult acne.” So, freshman year of college (2014), I found a dermatologist and at my first appointment, I was prescribed Accutane.

I had heard of Accutane before because my sister was on it years prior. Looking back, I didn’t know much about it, but I was determined to find a cure. I knew Accutane was the strongest drug on the market and I knew the risks and side effects but I didn’t care.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures from my Accutane days, but they were some of the worst times of my life. The level of dehydration I felt on a day-to-day basis was unheard of. I sunburned when walking in NYC in January.  For comparison, these days I don’t even sunburn in Palm Springs in 100-degree weather. Not to be overly graphic, but if you’ve heard of Accutane I’m sure other people have had similar experiences. My lips were so chapped I applied Nivea every 5 minutes and my lips would peel off in sheets.

I was told to avoid lots of things while on the drug, and few things being: having sex, getting tattoos, and getting your eyebrows done. Another thing I was told not to do was drink alcohol. That was one of the rules I broke. It was ~freshman year~ after all, and I didn’t think it would do that much harm. I woke up disoriented with blood all over my pillow and bed from a severe nosebleed. I was so dehydrated that I was terribly sick the rest of the day. My friends just thought I was hung-over but it was so much worse than that now that I know what a normal hangover feels like.

Looking back, what bothers me the most was the lack of research I did and the lack of options my doctor gave me. I wish I knew everything I know about skincare now and the changes I’ve made to my diet and lifestyle to fix acne instead of killing every organ in my body just to feel beautiful.

As for the results from Accutane, once I was off the drug for a few months my skin was glowing and clear for 1 year. That was it. Six months of a drug that made me feel sick for clear skin for a year. If you’re reading this and considering Accutane, I beg you to reconsider. There are other solutions out there.

Thanks for reading! ✨🌴🌈
- Ariane
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How De-Stressing Helped Cure My Acne

Stress almost always manifests itself through my skin.  My senior year of college, while having the most intense word load I’d ever had, I had a seemingly permanent patch of dry skin on my forehead that no cream could resolve.  At this time I wasn’t stressed because of unhappiness, I was stressed because I really just wasn’t getting enough sleep or taking care of myself as much as I should have been.  It was short lived and manageable but because of this, and other times like it, I realized I can now tell exactly when I need to make changes in my life.

Perhaps I get too overwhelmed by the stressors in my life or I invest too deeply in the things that make me unhappy (because I’m too hopeful and forgiving), but I find that I always end up pushing myself too hard in places that maybe don’t deserve my energy.  Because I get so invested in things that make me less-than-ideally happy, my acne blows up as a result, and then I’m in a downward spiral of insecurity that feels impossible to get out of.  As much as I love the idea that applying manuka honey to my face or taking Accutane will just magically solve all of my problems I know it's not true.

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I don’t want to act like de-stressing is the only thing I did to cure my acne; I reduced my intake of dairy and finally have a skincare routine that works for me, too.  I just want to emphasize how important reducing stress was for my skin but also my overall health. Ridding people in my life who don’t help me grow, removing myself from situations that are less than ideal, or practicing mindfulness at least once a day are just a few things that have helped. I’m not saying that these are things that everybody can just do, but I am saying that they are practices to consider. For me, acne is a direct reflection of how I’m feeling inside.

After taking care of myself, and my skin, I finally look like this after about 4 months:

I hope to talk more about my skincare journey on this blog along with reviewing ads and products I see on Instagram. I hope to see you along the way!

Thanks for reading! ✨🌴🌈
- Ariane
Follow me on Instagram for more fun: @ariane_long