Monday, August 20, 2012

Progress Pictures through Day 43

I've debated on whether or not I wanted to post progress pictures and while I'm not completely comfortable with the idea, I guess it's hard for people to read this blog without fulling understanding what it is I'm dealing with.  Sure, just about everyone has had acne at some point in their lives, but dealing with adult severe cystic acne is a class in it's own. 

There's only a handful of friends and family reading this and I know they wouldn't share these pictures or my identity with others (or you shall feel my wrath! ;) )

I feel progress, but it's just so hard to see it in the photos.  What you may not know from the pics:
  • The increasing redness is a side effect of accutane and it will go away once off the drug
  • A lot of what looks like acne is actually post-hyperpigmentation (not true scars), which should go away with time
  • The healing process is different on Accutane (ie lots of scabbing)
  • My face is not as congested or inflamed
  • My skin is becoming smoother overall

 So here's naturel...Up Close and Personal... 

Day 1

Day 21

Day 33

Day 43

Progress?  I'd like to see more at this point...  damn do I have a long way to go. 


  1. Hi there, chanced upon your blog and wanted to offer you some words of encouragement.
    Like you, I've been battling moderate but persistent acne for the past one and a half years. I've exhausted almost all means to my road of recovery but things have been going downhill since i stopped taking accutane (cosmetically). I'm 4 months with my naturopath but things aren't improving much. :(

    I just wanted to say that you i admire your courage to post the pictures. Like you i took pictures and they're painful to look at.

    But persevere on! Although with acne i've got the great support of friends of family who dont judge me based on how many spots i have. For that i consider myself lucky. :)

  2. Someone left me a very nice comment that I received via email but it's not showing up here. Thank you for your words of encouragement and I wish you the best in your journey as well! I tried the naturopath route and while it was very good for my overall health, I still couldn't get a handle on my acne. Please keep in touch :)

  3. Oh, I found you...your message was in my spam box! :)