• Jamaraly Rodriguez

How I got rid of Cystic Acne | FAQ

Let's talk acne!

If you didn't know, I struggled with cystic acne for over 3 years. My face used to be so smooth, clear and glowy. It wasn’t until I entered the junior year of high school that my hormones began acting crazy: going on birth control (specifically the depo shot )was not the greatest idea either.

I still remember till this day my first cystic pimple. I was on my way to school and began feeling a tingle on my upper right cheek. I remember if I moved the right side of my cheek a certain way it would start to sting and throb; it was the weirdest feeling ever! (Little Jamaraly at the time did not know what it was). I remember whipping out my phone and looking at my skin through the front camera and saw a pimple begin to form. I immediately began freaking out!

I made the dumbest mistake of thinking by me pressing on my pimple it would go down…little did I know, that was the worst thing I could have ever done.

Fast forward to 2018, I had cystic acne everywhere. It had spread to both sides of my cheeks, my forehead and chin area.

I was so depressed. I was out of options. I remembered changing my birth control from the depo shot to the pills (which made it worse because of the change & hormone fluctuations). I also changed my diet multiple times, tried natural products, natural remedies, wasted money on going to estheticians to get extractions and facials (all it did was irritate my skin more). I even went to the dermatologist to be prescribed all these topical creams and pills. It was not until one of my closest friends, Sebastian, who also struggled with cystic acne transformed his skin completely with accutane.

As soon as I saw how his face made a full 360, I did my research on accutane and was desperate to find out how I can get on this medication.

Fast forward to today, April 21st, 2020, my skin is the clearest it has ever been, smooth and glowy all thanks to accutane!

What is Accutane?

Accutane or (isotretinoin) is an oral form of vitamin A. It is a very powerful medication that reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself quickly. Accutane is used to treat nodular or cystic acne. When prescribed, it's usually a 5-6 month course.

Cystic or nodular acne is one of the most serious forms of acne; it is when cysts develop underneath the skin from a combination of bacteria, oil and dry skin cells that get trapped.

Because accutane is a very powerful medication it comes with a lot of side effects which I will write and explain in another blog; Accutane is a very serious medication and something to consider & consult with a doctor prior to going on this medication.

FAQ's pertaining to Accutane:

1. How do you get accutane?

You have to consult with a dermatologist to get the medication prescribed to you. You have to go through a series of steps before picking up your medication which include a:

  • Pregnancy test

  • Blood drawn monthly

  • Ipledge test

2. Did accutane get rid of acne marks?

It helped me get rid of the majority of my acne marks. It reduced redness and purple scarring.

3. How did you stop makeup from peeling while on accutane?

I used cream makeup products and stayed away from powdered products. Powdered makeup products will dry your face and soak up any moisture you may have to give you that matte look. Too faced born this way foundation is great, it has hyaluronic acid infused in it. I also recommend carrying a travel size rose water spray or the Evian spray to spritz on your face throughout the day; especially if you work long hours and makeup is required.

4. Did I have a diet while being on accutane?

I personally did not diet during my accurate course, however I highly recommend it. My dermatologist did tell me I would have a high craving for red meat which I did. Red meat has a lot of hormones in it which is not good so it is best to stay away from red meat and eat as little of it as possible...

Haha, my diet was pretty lit if you ask me...

5. Did acne come back after completing accutane?

I have not had any cystic acne come back since I have stopped my accutane course. I may get a small white head pimple around “that time of the month.”

Those were just a couple of FAQ I get asked regarding accutane. I hope that helps answer some of your questions. I also hope that this blog was helpful as an introduction to accutane and my journey. I will be doing an accutane series. I want to be able to educate and answer a lot of your questions as I was once in your position and wanted to know what to expect prior to going on accutane, during and the after.

Be sure to stay connected with me & my blog for my upcoming posts! xoxo

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