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Accutane Journal Before & After Pictures
Photos of my skin prior to taking Accutane (Isotretinoin), during the treatment, and then afterwards.

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Below you'll find pictures of my skin during the years before I began taking Accutane, during the 6 month long Isotretinoin treatment, and then a few years after I stopped taking the drug.

I have labeled each image with the month and year in which it was taken.

I was in high school from 1993 to 1997 and in college from 1997 through August 2001.

I took Accutane and the generic Sotret brand of Isotretinoin from late December 2003 through June 2004 for a total treatment length of approximately 6 months.

For all of the details, please visit my Accutane Journal page and also my Acne Treatment Journal, which covers 1997 to 2007.

 
Before Accutane Skin Pictures

Before Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - August 1999
August 1999 - Forehead
 

Before Accutane - Neck & Cheek Skin Picture - August 1999
August 1999 - Cheek & Neck
 

Before Accutane - Chin Skin Picture - December 2000
December 2000 - Chin
 

My freshmen year of college in 1998 was when I had what would be classified as "moderate" cystic acne vulgaris with some deep nodules. The six pictures in this section illustrate my skin during the last three years of my college career from 1999 to 2001. My major trouble areas for acne blemishes were my forehead, cheek, chin and neck. I also had "body acne" on my chest, back and shoulders. During this period I had been inconsistently using oral antibiotics and a variety of topical anti-acne medications without any long term results.


Before Accutane - Cheek & Neck Skin Picture - March 2001
March 2001 - Cheek & Neck
 

Before Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - March 2001
March 2001 - Forehead
 

Before Accutane - Chin Skin Picture - August 2001
August 2001 - Chin
 


During Accutane Treatment Skin Pictures

During Accutane - Cheek & Neck Skin Picture - January 2004
January 2004 - Cheek & Neck
 

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - January 2004
January 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Cheek & Neck Skin Picture - January 2004
Cheek & Neck - January 2004
 
As I mentioned above, my course of Accutane and the generic Sotret brand of Isotretinoin was from December 2003 to June 2004. In the first picture in this section, you can still see the red marks left over from the massive "multi-zits" that exploded on my cheek, neck and chin during the initial breakout at the two week mark.

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - January 2004
January 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - February 2004
February 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Cheek & Neck - February 2004
February 2004 - Cheek & Neck
 
By the end of January and the beginning of February 2004, which was around the one month mark, my face was starting to look significantly better. I was no longer worried about acne, but instead I had to suffer through the side effects of Accutane including dry eyes, dry cracking lips, increased sensitivity to the sun, dry skin, dry scalp, dandruff, and a red bumpy rash on my hands. I discuss all of the products that I found worked best to alleviate the side effects in my detailed Accutane Journal.

During Accutane - Chin & Neck Skin Picture - February 2004
February 2004 - Chin & Neck
 

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - February 2004
February 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - March 2004
March 2004 - Forehead
 
By March 2004, my third month of taking Accutane, I had the side effects mostly under control. My skin was looking clear but always with a red sunburned look caused by the increased UV sensitivity. My self esteem and confidence was soaring as evidenced by the big beaming smiles that are mostly absent in the "Before Accutane" pictures section above.

During Accutane - Cheek Skin Picture - March 2004
March 2004 - Cheek
 

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - April 2004
April 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Cheek Skin Picture - April 2004
April 2004 - Cheek
 
The last few months of my six month Accutane treatment were considerably easier since I had my side effects relatively under control and my skin was looking better every day. Even though my face was clearer than it had been in close to a decade, I had learned my lesson about being consistent while on the antibiotics and continued to take my 40mg Isotretinoin pills twice a day without missing a single dose.

During Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - May 2004
May 2004 - Forehead
 

During Accutane - Chin Skin Picture - May 2004
May 2004 - Chin
 

During Accutane - Cheek & Neck Skin Picture - May 2004
May 2004 - Cheek & Neck
 


 


After Accutane Skin Pictures

After Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture  - August 2004
August 2004 - Forehead
 

After Accutane - Cheek Skin Picture - August 2004
August 2004 - Cheek
 

After Accutane - Chest Skin Picture - August 2004
August 2004 - Chest
 
The first three pictures above were taken two months after I completed my 6 month Accutane treatment. The 3 pictures below are from a over a year after I took my last Isotretinoin pill. If you look closely beneath the dark hairs on my chest, all of the body acne cystic nodules have disappeared. I don't have any "before" pictures of my chest or back because prior to using Accutane, I didn't have the confidence to take off my shirt in front of other people except for my closest friends.

After Accutane - Forehead Skin Picture - August 2005
August 2005 - Forehead
 

After Accutane - Cheek & Neck Skin Picture - August 2005
August 2005 - Cheek & Neck
 

After Accutane - Chest Skin Picture - July 2005
July 2005 - Chest
 
It's been a few years since the last pictures on this page were taken, I'm about to turn 29 years of age, and my face still looks just as clear. I'm almost 100% certain that I'll never have to worry about acne again thanks to Isotretinoin. Click on the following links to return to my detailed Accutane Journal or my Acne Treatment Journal that covers 1997 to 2007.

 

 

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