Let’s Talk Acne: My Accutane Results

Oookay this post was in the works for a while now, let’s talk about my Accutane results. Most of you know that I’ve been dealing with acne for as long as I can remember. I don’t ever remember having clear skin.

Until now.

I talked about my struggles with acne in great detail in my previous post. If you want to know why I decided to go on Accutane (Absorica), how large my dose was and what my skincare routine looked like during my treatment, then make sure to read my first post right here.

Finally, I finished my 6-month treatment a few months back and I couldn’t be more happy to be done, at last. If you read my previous post, then you know just how hesitant I was about going through the treatment and how many side effects it entailed.

So… was it all worth it? Let’s talk about my current routine for a bit, before we move on to discussing my results.


My skincare routine has changed just a bit since going off Absorica. I’m still being very gentle with it but was able to introduce acids to my routine again. The entire idea of being more gentle with my skin is something that helped out in the first place when dealing with acne. There were also many other lifestyle changes that helped my skin and I talked about them all in my mid-treatment post right here, so I will not repeat myself.

I love a good, gentle cleanser and MŪN Akwi is still one of my favorites because it’s great for double cleansing and amazing for dry skin. It’s such a luxurious cleanser- it has oil-cream texture and I love massaging it into my skin gently, then pressing a warm washcloth on my face. Not only does it leave my skin feel hydrated but also incredibly soft. I talk about this cleanser all the time, I know, but I never used anything similar before.  Their Aknari Serum is also amazing for dry skin while also being incredibly lightweight (you can save 15% while shopping MŪN with my code MUN13T).

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is another favorite, Glossier Milky Jelly, and SkinFix Foaming Oil Cleanser are also great. None of them are drying or irritating, so it’s a gentle bunch. Erborian Cleansing Water has actually been a huge help when dealing with my dry lips which is one of the worst side effects of Accutane. Your lips get dry, they crack, bleed, hurt, so scrubbing them definitely isn’t an option. Instead, I’d press a cotton round soaked in this cleansing water and that would take care of the dry bits. I also, of course, love it for removing eye makeup. I think I already mentioned it in one of my previous posts, but this is actually one of the very few cleansing waters that do not turn my skin red or patchy.

I think that after about a month or so, my lips went back to normal (and they’re naturally a bit dry) and some of my favorite balms are Dior’s Crème de Rose, Lano Lips, Bite Agave balm, MUFE Lip Booster and Complex Beauty Pout Protector Vanilla Mask (also love their Ocean Potion mask, it’s amazing for sensitive skin).

Moisturizers are where I’m still trying to find something that will blow me away. My skin does feel a bit dry in the morning, as I still use Tazorac, as prescribed by my doctor, to keep my pores clear (you can get Differin without prescription now, which isn’t as strong but works similarly). I usually use a Hyaluronic Acid Serum after cleansing, before my moisturizer. After my morning skincare routine my skin feels incredible, but as the day goes by, it gets dryer and dryer, so I’m hoping to soon find something that my dry skin will love. I do have a few current favorites though: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Cream is incredible- if you like Confidence in a Cream, you’d love this one too. Another favorite is Clinique’s Moisture Surge– lightweight and not greasy and Soapwalla’s The Balm– this is a great, clean multitasker which I prefer to use at night. Paula’s Choice Omega Complex Serum has been a heaven-sent for my dry skin and I loved using it during my treatment as well. Also from Paula’s Choice, I use the Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion and 1% BHA Lotion on nights/days when I don’t use Tazorac. Both are gentle enough and keep my skin looking bright. For Sunscreen I currently reach for Missha’s All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF50+ and love how gentle it is.

The skin all over my body isn’t nearly as dry as it was during my treatment, and I stick to fragrance-free cleansers and laundry detergent and use Amlactin, every night.


As difficult as it was, in my previous post about my treatment I showed you guys a few photos of what my skin looked like throughout the years. Truth be told, when your skin is as bad as mine was, taking photos of yourself is the last thing you want to do, so finding them wasn’t easy. Yesterday, I actually did find a photo I took right before going plant-based a few years back. A plant-based diet, as I mentioned in my previous post, transformed my skin, got rid of cystic acne, but it just wasn’t enough to completely clear my skin. While last time around I was nervous about posting a “before,” this time I honestly dgaf. I didn’t have a lot of people around who actually understood my acne struggles. Most people thought that it’s as simple as washing your face and no one could really relate (except for my sissy, who sadly had the same skin issues). I’m not the kind of blogger who shares a lot of their personal life online, I hardly ever post photos of myself and I think that maybe, my skin issues had something to do with it. At the same time, I never wanted my blog to be all about me, I wanted to share this tiny corner of the Internet with you, too.

I guess the point that I’m trying to make is this: I don’t have a problem showing you how awful my skin was because I know how many out there struggle with acne or other skin issues. I often told myself “well how can I blog about beauty when my skin is so fucking awful, look at all the other beauty bloggers who are pretty much flawless.” Then, I thought that well, maybe this is exactly why I should do it. I’m not here to pretend that I or that my life is perfect and if you’re currently struggling with acne, know that I understand how awful it can feel- especially when you’re a grown-ass woman (or a man).

Here’s also something else I mentioned in my previous post: Keep in mind that when it comes to skin problems, it’s different for everyone. There is a lot of misconception about acne, too. I have a friend who never knew anyone with skin problems and until she met me, she was under the impression that people who suffer from acne don’t take care of their skin- nothing could be further from the truth. Some people can eat junk food on daily basis and have beautiful, flawless skin. Some tend to break out after eating a piece of candy. A lot of people have issues with hormonal acne, which also is a whole other thing.


Sorry for staring deeply right into your soul just here, judging by the look on my face I was probably thinking something along the lines of “heavens, please find a cure for meh!”. This is a really, really horrible picture of me, but believe it or not, my skin was getting much better at this point. 

Now, it’s been roughly 4 months since I finished my treatment and I am blown away with my results. I never thought that it was even possible for my skin to get this clear and bright. Even I can’t believe that I’m not wearing foundation in the photo below. Not only is my skin clear, but it’s also not oily anymore. It’s really hard to describe just how high the levels of sebum production in my skin and scalp were. There were times where I wouldn’t be able to stop by the grocery store after a day at the office because my makeup looked so awful, literally melting off (no blotting papers or powders would help) and I looked like I dipped my face in vegetable oil on my skin- even when not wearing makeup. Same thing with my hair: I had to wash it every single day. Sometimes, I’d wash my hair at night, and it already would look flat and greasy by mid-morning the next day.

Well, those days are gone. My skin is a bit on the dry side now, but I am not complaining. I can get away with not washing my hair for as long as 5 days, although I don’t usually like going that long without washing it. As far as makeup goes, well, I go makeup-free a lot more often now and it feels amazing. The reasons why I never left the house without makeup when struggling with acne wasn’t because I didn’t feel comfortable without makeup- it was because I almost always received unsolicited advice, people would look at me with pity in their eyes or look at me saying: “you poor thing!” That, was a whole other level of uncomfortable, let me tell you. So, in order to avoid strangers telling me things like “you should try putting urine on your face” while I’m at a grocery store, I just put makeup on. Well, here are my Accutane results and this is what my skin looks like today:

Accutane-Results Accutane results

My Accutane Results: Sunscreen, lip gloss, brow gel and mascara- that’s all I’m wearing here and even I find that hard to believe. I still can’t get used to how clear my skin is!! 

Acne-rolling-scars accutane results

What you can’t always see are my rolling scars that only show in direct sunlight, but this photo gives you an idea. I have them on both cheeks and temples. Can’t wait to get rid of these- aaand that’s sunscreen around my nose, do forgive me. I can’t get enough of seeing how clear and smooth my pores are though!

As you can see, my skin looks incredible, if I do say so myself. I actually forgot how bad my skin was until I found the “before” photo included in this post. As I said, my skin is on the dry side, I haven’t had any breakouts since finishing the treatment. I also don’t get oily at all. Another thing you start to notice once your skin clears up is how much scarring years of acne have left behind. I mean, when your skin is covered with breakouts and painful cysts, that’s kind of all you see. I met with my dermatologist last week and I have to wait a few months before I can undergo a laser treatment to remove them. My treatment has been scheduled for December, and I will definitely share my results and the process here on the blog. This is something that I’ve been waiting for over a decade and I seriously can’t wait.



Well, I think that my Accutane results speak for themselves. There’s no denying that all the side effects from the treatments were very difficult for me to deal with. I especially hated the constant feeling of fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, back aches. You also have monthly blood tests, pregnancy tests, questionnaires before a refill is approved. I tried not to complain too much, but whenever I happened to mention that my back hurts, or that I’m tired, I got asked: “do you really think it’s worth it?” The same question comes up post-treatment, all the time and the answer is: yes. Now, I really didn’t want to go on Accutane. As I told you in this post, I was even a bit surprised when my dermatologist suggested it, because I didn’t think my acne was severe enough. I was terrified of side effects, I was especially nervous about depression and anxiety which some people experience. I can tell you that if I had felt even a hint of anxiety caused by Accutane, I wouldn’t continue the treatment. Luckily, my mood or mental health was not affected by the treatment- the only thing I noticed was being a bit more emotional than usual (crying while watching commercials, etc.).

Most of the side effects disappeared within weeks of finishing my treatment. Dry skin and bags under my eyes seem to be the only lasting side effects that I deal with post treatment. I also realize that in some cases, acne comes back and some have to do a second round of treatment. The fatigue was killing me and towards the end of the treatment, I really couldn’t wait to just finish it. Would I go back, if my acne returned? I think so. I hated the idea of putting my body through the treatment, but it’s really not just about skin. It’s not about feeling pretty. Acne can be physically painful, it can suck the life and energy out of you and in some cases, it can have psychological effects like depression. Having everyone always ask you about your skin, whenever you meet with friends or family, having everyone comment on your skin, whether you’re shopping for groceries or buying makeup, people constantly suggesting you try this or try that, it’s all very exhausting. There comes a point where you just don’t even feel like leaving the house because people don’t really see you, they just look at you, and all they see is your acne. Right now, if I’m being honest, I feel like a different person. I’ve always been confident (not counting my teenage years), but now, I think I’m just so damn comfortable in my skin. I love not having to worry if my skin needs to be blotted or if my foundation is wearing off or someone I talk to doesn’t look me in eyes, but instead, focuses on my breakouts.

I also realize that this treatment is extreme and not for everyone. I spent years being on and off antibiotics and I was tired of being known as the girl with acne. Having people say things like “you have such pretty eyes, too bad about your skin!” or me putting on foundation after taking a shower, right before going to sleep when visiting friends in a different state because I was terrified of being seen bare-skinned… it was all so exhausting. At some point, you grow a thick skin and really just run out of fucks to give, but that doesn’t mean that sometimes you don’t feel like punching a stranger in the face when they comment on how bad your skin is. So yes, having clear skin is not just about feeling “pretty,” it’s about realizing that there’s a lot more to you than just your acne. Having clear skin for the first time in 16 years feels amazing. I wish that everyone who struggles with severe and painful acne (sometimes, it can even be painful to sleep if you have cystic acne) could experience such change.

As mentioned in my previous post, keep in mind that I am not a doctor and can’t give medical advice so you shouldn’t treat what I say in this post as such. This is just me sharing my experience. Before I went on the treatment I was extremely nervous and looked all over the internet for others sharing their personal experience, which is why I decided to share mine as well.

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    Anika May
    August 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Your skin is absolutely glowing at the moment! Lovely photos :)
    I’ve struggled with acne quite a bit, so I definitely think I need to try out some products, and it’s great knowing they won’t be damaging to my skin. Thanks for sharing!

    Anika xo |

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    August 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Your skin looks incredible and by sharing you this you are helping a tonne of people. Your photography is flawless Paula, I love it! Thank you for sharing such a beneficial post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    Ana Poli
    August 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Your skin looks incredible! Im 25 and I’m struggling with acne too, forever I think! I already had accutane twice, right now just finishing a month of antibiotics and probably going on accutane again next month. Well, I understand every single thing you said about having acne, and how hard and depressing it can be. Right now i have a good doctor so I’m confident that in some months from now I can show off my beautiful skin, just like you! Thank you for sharing your story and giving me a little bit more hope!

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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Ana! Sorry you have to deal with the same issues, it sucks- especially when you’re already in your twenties, or in my case, pushing 30 haha :) I always said that by the time I get rid of my acne, I’ll have wrinkles to worry about. So sorry that first two rounds didn’t work for you, I’m really hoping that I won’t have to go back, but probably would, if it came to that. It definitely depends on the doctor too, I agree. I’ve seen a bunch of them over the years and it was my current doctor who told me that after a half a lifetime of being on and off antibiotics, accutane is the only thing that might help. I can’t wait for you to have clear skin, keeping my fingers crossed and sending love!! xx

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    Alexis Adrienne
    August 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Your skin IS incredible! Wow! This is such an amazing post, I can really feel how much this has changed your life. Accutane is a tricky medication, but it can truly be a godsend. Thank you for sharing <3

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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Alexis, it definitely is a tricky drug and I was terrified to go on it, but glad I took the chance.

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    Lindsey | This Miss Cooks
    August 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Your skin is looking amazing, as a long-time acne sufferer I know how painful regular acne can be and how treatments that might seem drastic can be really worth it. I haven’t gone the accutane route yet, but I really appreciate your review on it! I can really attest to the amazingness of IT’s Bye Bye Redness though!

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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Lindsey and sorry you suffer from acne as well- it sucks, hope your skin clears out really soon. Ahh yess love that cream, it’s one of my current favorites!

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    Asaake @
    August 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Incredible reault!! I’m so glad it worked for you, Paula. This was also very detailed and informative. I’m sure it’ll help someone who’s struggling with acne. I’m just now experiencing major breakouts for the first time in my life (effect of dairy and product reaction) but I don’t think it’s at a point where I need Accutane otherwise I’d totally give it a shot.
    Here’s to clearer skin and kicking acne in the butt *clink clink clink* :)

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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Dairy was my enemy, one that I loved because I was huge yogurt and smoothie drinker, but once I cut that out of my diet, my cystic acne disappeared. Thank you so much, Beauty!!

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    August 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Wow your face has really cleared up! I’ll definitely share this post with some friend who I know are struggling with the same problem! Thank you so much for this post, really helpfull!

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    August 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Wow wow Paula your skin is flawless! How do you not have dark circles?! Teach me your ways!

    My husband struggled with acne as a teen and he hated it. He too has deep scarring. He’s a big guy, but he’s always said that acne has made him way more self-conscious than his weight ever did. I’ve never struggled with acne so I can’t really pitch in, but I have moles on my face that I’ve always hated and wish I never had. They are one of the reasons I’ve struggled with confidence issues and have a hard time facing others. And it’s good that you’re sharing this: no one needs to be perfect to be a beauty blogger, and your relate-ability and honesty makes people love you!


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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Aww thank you so much Hannah- I actually do have dark circles as one of the side effects post Accutane, but I guess there weren’t horribly visible on the day I took these photos hehe :)

      Ahh I know, when you have acne, it’s kind of the only thing you focus on and it’s on your mind all the time. You honestly have nothing to worry about, you are such a beauty Hannah! Thank you so much for your kind words, you are such a kind and sweet soul!!

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    Abi Street
    August 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I am so glad that it worked for you and you’re feeling better in yourself. I’ve had bad acne since I was about 11 and have tried everything that doctor can prescribed, after waiting for 7 months to see a dermatologist, they told me I could go on roaccutane, but then turned me away at my next appointment, so i’m back at square one again! x

    Abi | abistreetx

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      Paula @
      August 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

      I had acne since around the same age, it sucks! Finding a good doctor, one who understand you, is definitely a struggle. I went to so many in my lifetime and it wasn’t until I found my current doctor at 27, that she was able to help me. Hope you’ll able to find someone just as good!

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    August 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Not easy to struggle with acne ! I had little hormonal breakouts on the chin and my antibiotics treatment helped me a lot to recover my skin. Thanks for sharing your experience !
    Kédidja ~

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      Paula @
      August 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

      So glad that antibiotics worked for you! I’ve been on them off and on for years and my acne always came back once I got off them.

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    Ellie | PetiteElliee
    August 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I never had acne but big, monthly spots do get me down. Your skin is looking amazing now and I so need to try your techniques!

    Ellie xx

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    August 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Your skin improved so much! Looks stunning! I only have acne on my chin but I can’t wait to start a treatment!

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

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    August 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Paula I always love the courage you have to share posts like these!! I’m sure they help so many people out there, and I’m so glad to see that this journey (although exhausting), has been quite successful. Your skin is seriously beautiful and glowing!! If anyone ever reaches out to me with similar struggles that you’ve overcome I will definitely be sending them your way!
    xx Cindy |

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    Lisa Autumn
    August 28, 2017 at 9:56 am

    OH the difference is incredible! Congrats girl!

    xx Lisa |

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    Linda Libra Loca
    August 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I have been struggling with acne forever. It started when I was 13, got better after I went on the pill (it is mainly hormonal), came back in full force when I turned 23 and was really, really bad throughout both pregnancies. I use a retinol now, but only topical, and that along with some lifestyle changes was enough to make my skin better. Not nowhere as good as yours is now, but enough for me to be satisfied most of the time.
    I had all this unwanted advice as well, and it only helped a little that I could reply with: “Oh, you are a doctor? No, well I am, so I don’t think you´ll know better than I do.”
    People are so insensitive!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

      My skin got better when I went on the pill too and as soon as I got off it, it came back with vengeance, I think that it was then that my skin was really ruined and most of my scars come from that time. Tretinoin helped me a lot too.

      People definitely are super insensitive, it was the worst for me when clients would comment on my skin when in a meeting at work that seriously felt so awful and awkward!

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    August 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Accutane really helped you! Your skin looks amazing! I never had acne problems as a teenager but now I struggle with cystic acne all the time on my chin and cheeks. It’s such a struggle and really is annoying to receive unwanted advice about how to solve the problem from people who have never had the problem!

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    Natalie Redman
    August 29, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Great results! Wow!

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    The Sunday Mode
    August 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Holy crap your skin looks absolutely incredible, that must feel SO good. Honestly reading this felt like I had written parts of it because I can relate on so many levels. My skin is a lot better now than it used to be but even now when I take blog photos I often worry that with close up shots that people will judge me on my skin…that’s half the reason why I post the photos anyway because I don’t like that I even worry about that! it’s like for shit’s sake, I’m not perfect, oh well- you know? I really struggle looking back at the photos of me from when my skin is the worst though, it’s like I can see the sadness in my eyes and I remember at one point my skin was so bad I couldn’t even look in a mirror without crying.

    Also the thing about people looking at your breakouts rather than looking you in the eyes, oh my god that’s the bloody worst feeling isn’t it?!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Thanks so much Julia, it does feel pretty amazing!! :) I hate looking through old photos sometimes, I often feel like my breakouts ruined so many photos from vacations, holidays, etc. So sorry you had to go through that too! I remember once getting my hair done, being forced to look in the mirror, and couldn’t help but just cry right there and then. Just wanted to get up and leave, such a crappy feeling!

      Yes! i sometimes felt like screaming at people that there’s more to me than just my skin- acne was the only thing people seemed to notice, all they ever wanted to talk about and it was the worst!

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    Samantha Frances
    August 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Paula, you’re absolutely beautiful, with or without acne! I can completely relate to everything you said in this post. I’ve had roaccutane treatment twice now, once when I was 18 due to regular all over acne, and then again this last year after the mini pill caused severe cystic acne all along my jawline. I completely understand how acne is such a soul destroying thing. There were some days where I refused to leave my house because even if I covered myself in makeup I still felt disgusting! I also know exactly what you mean with people offering unwanted advice every second of every day! Were you left over with any discolouration when you finished treatment? I don’t get any spots anymore and I don’t really have any deep scars, but my face is just covered in red marks! It’s really nothing compared to what my skin was like when I had the acne, but I still couldn’t show my bare face! I’m hoping to go for some treatments once my 6 month waiting period has finished! Such an inspiring post Paula <3 thank you for sharing! xxx

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Naww thank you so much Samantha, you’re such a sweetheart!! I remember those days when even makeup wasn’t enough, it seriously makes you just want to stay home forever. I use Tazorac for discoloration and the two Paula’s Choice products that I mentioned in the most- they helped me tremendously. For the rest of my scars I’m having laser treatment done in December. I also always, always use sunscreen. Have you tried The Lactic Acid from The Ordinary ( I swear that It left my skin feeling brighter overnight, give it a try if you haven’t already!

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    Caked To The Nines
    August 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Girl your skin looks amazing!!!! I still can’t believe all the unsolicited advice people have given you, but hopefully now that has stopped. I’d want to punch everyone in the face too! I’m so happy that accutane worked for you. The process sounds exhausting, but at least going through all of that was worth it!

    Also, I’ve been using the Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher overnight as a sleeping mask, and it’s been very nourishing and hydrating so maybe give that a try? I also love the Origins night-a-mins moisturizer because it’s nice and nourishing without being greasy or feeling heavy!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Thank you Nida!!! Ahh you wouldn’t believe the things I’ve had people say to me over the years haha :) Those comments have definitely stopped now and I’m so happy!

      Ohh I’m going to try using the Thirst Quencher overnight tonight, thank you so much for the tip, will let you know how it worked!!

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    Alaina Furlong
    August 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Your skin looks amazing, I’m 23 and have been battling acne for the last nearly 10 years now. I’ve been on and off Accutane 6 times with no lasting success – unfortunately! I have eczema too, so the accutane dries that out too much for me to finish courses! And in New Zealand (not sure about elsewhere in the world) they put you on the contraceptive pill at the same time because you can’t afford to get pregnant, and the pill flares up my skin due to it being hormonal acne.
    So I end up in a vicious cycle of not being able to come off either of them because my skin goes crazy!

    So so pleased that it’s worked for you! :)

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Thank you Alaina! Ohh I am so sorry- 6 times, this breaks my heart, that must have been so exhausting and I can’t imagine that in combination with eczema, I am so sorry! It’s the same thing here in the US, you have to be either abstinent or on 2 forms of birth control and commit to monthly pregnancy tests in order to be able to go on the treatment.

      I truly hope that you will be able to find something that works for you!! No one deserves to deal with such bad skin problems. Sending love!!

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        Alaina Furlong
        August 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm

        I’m dying to get myself some decent skincare, I spent $150+ recently on skincare for acne prone skin that’s dried it out like crazy and is now sitting collecting dust on the bathroom shelves!
        Thankfully since cutting out dairy I’ve found that it’s just about manageable now, so pleased to have found the root cause for it, rather than just trying to treat my skin from the outside!

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    Samantha Brantner
    August 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Your skin looks amazing! I am having major skin envy right now. :) I have struggled with acne since high school (currently 28) and am going to start accutane in about 2 weeks. Your posts have been very helpful and your review of the Mun product line paired with my own research has me wanting to try it out! Do you think using the Mun products alone would hydrate my skin enough during my accutane treatment? or do you think I will definitely require extra moisturizers?! I am trying to use as little amount of products as possible…when you try a ton of different things it is so difficult to tell which product might be negatively effecting your skin. I guess as a user of the Mun products I am just looking for your opinion. Should I use Mun during accutane or stick with Cerave/Cetaphil gentle cleansers and moisturizers and try Mun post Accutante treatment. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks so much!

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      Paula @
      August 31, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Samantha! I think that you should definitely try at least the cleanser, because your skin is going to get extremely dry and sensitive and Akwi is deeply hydrating and really unlike any other cleanser I’ve tried. Cerave is great too, but Akwi really brings relief to that tight, dry skin. What I did is I used the MUN Akwi first- it’s sort of a cream/oil cleanser that hydrates skin and pressed a warm washcloth on my face to gently remove it. Sometimes I’d also follow with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser (I wouldn’t recommend Cetaphil cleanser, but I love the Cetaphil moisturizer in a big tub- that was another thing I couldn’t go without during my treatment). Make sure you also have a good lip balm because dry lips is the biggest side effect- I loved the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty. If I were to just use a handful of products it’d be the Awki Cleanser, Cerave Cleanser, Cetaphil in the tub for face, hands and body and the Agave Lip Mask.

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    Claudia Granadino
    September 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

    You look AMAZING! I’m so glad you got the results you were looking for. Unless you’ve been there with acne, it’s hard for anyone to understand you can’t just slap some Clean & Clear on your face and call it a day.
    Have you considered microneedling for scarring? That’s what my dermatologist suggested. My skin isn’t clear so it’s not worth the investment at this point, but I did a lot of research and seems promising.

    – Claudia @ Just A Little Blush

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      Paula @
      September 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Claudia!! Haha I remember those Clean & Clear days!

      My doctor said that we’ll probably need to do a combo of laser/microneedling/chemical peels. I have my laser treatment scheduled for December so we’ll see how much scarring that will get rid of!

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    steff @
    September 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    So happy for you! I was very glad I did Accutane, also. I did start to break out again months and now years later, but it is NOWHERE near the level it was prior to Accutane. Totally manageable with topicals now. Also, maybe you mentioned this before during treatment, but I know for me, I literally would TOP my nightly moisturizer with a layer of Aquaphor to seal it all in. Plus, Aquaphor itself is moisturizing (unlike Vaseline). If you haven’t tried that yet, definitely do. It’s affordable, effective and even my dermatologist recommended it. Congrats! <3

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      Paula @
      September 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Steff! So glad your acne is manageable now! Yes! I love sealing my moisturizer with Aquaphor, does wonders for me, too. x Thank you again!

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    October 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Paula, I’m on Accutane too, waiting for good things to happen with my skin! May I ask you what was your dose of Accutane during the entire course?

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      Paula @
      October 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Love, I started at 40mg for a first month and then my doctor raised it to 60mg a day. Total was six months. I hope you get great results from your treatment and that you experience minimal side effects! x

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    Leah Dighe
    January 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful post! I am 20, and have tried a million different things — antibiotics, the pill, spironolactone, topicals, etc. My skin isn’t “bad,” per se — nothing crazy, acne-wise — but nothing has worked, so I’m finally going on accutane! I am so excited! I was wondering if you think the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier would be moisturizing enough while I am on accutane? I’ve been intrigued by it for awhile now but don’t want to buy it if it won’t work for the next few months!

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      Paula @
      January 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Leah! The Milky Jelly Cleanser wasn’t drying on my skin while on Accutane. To be honest, every cleanser, no matter how gentle felt A LITTLE drying, with the exception of MUN Akwi Cleanser. It all depends on how dry your skin gets during treatment- mine was awfully dry. As long as you use a good, plain, fragrance-free moisturizer after cleansing, you should be good with the Milky Jelly Cleanser! Cetaphil in a tub cream worked great for me. Hope you get amazing results from your treatment!! xx

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    Elizabeth Vogel
    May 29, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I am worried about the side effects, especially anxiety and depression… were there any particular triggers? I’m almost 36 and I am SO OVER the cystic acne. I am starting on June 1. I also think the blood tests are annoying and I don’t like needles… so, this will be an interesting journey! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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