Anonymous asked:

Ive been following you for a long time and watched you make tremendous success. You give me hope that ine day I'll be able to conquer my cystic acne. Any tips for those who arent as severe and chose not to obtain accutane?

The number one biggest thing I wish I had known about my skin - when I was obsessed with every single breakout I ever got and before I had this severe reaction to birth control pills - is that MY SKIN LOOKED AMAZING. I wish I could go back to my younger self and be happy with how I looked because looking back, I had nothing to worry about. Put another way, whenever I’m feeling like I’m a little heavier than I’d like, I think about how I would view my current weight if I suddenly gained a lot of weight due to circumstances I couldn’t control. It really is all in your perspective. I could tell you a bunch of skin care tips and such, but the really important advice is to work on believing that you are valuable just as you are. I think that belief is harder to implement than a skin care regimen.

Anonymous asked:

Hope you don't mind me talking about this here but I just had some bad news from my dermatologist, I've been off accutane for 4 months but I'm going back on a second cycle because some of my acne has returned. I'm devastated. I thought that chapter of my life was behind me and I don't know if I can cope with another horrible 6 months like last year. Have you had any thoughts about how you'd cope if you had to go back on it?

When I first finished Accutane, I was really afraid that I would have to do a second round because my skin still wasn’t clear. The last month on the med was horrible - I felt miserable, I was highly depressed, and the continuous subzero winter weather was so hard on my achy, stiff joints. I remember crying because I thought my acne was just going to come right back and I could not imagine the thought of having to go through the misery of my last month all over again. Now that I’ve been off the medicine for a few months, my thoughts are less severe - I really don’t want to go back on Accutane ever again, but if I had to do it, I think I would be able to make it through. If you do go back on it, make sure you are in good communication with your dermatologist about the feelings you are having. At some point clear skin isn’t worth feeling utterly miserable. (I realize that’s a two sided statement since not having clear skin can also make a person miserable…) Sending strength and perseverance your way!

This is only the beginning of a super demanding week (maybe two weeks). Today has been hectic but I decided to take a break to work out. I did 3.46 miles of stairs on the elliptical and biked 5 miles, burning 400 calories. :) I started getting shin splints last week, so I had to switch up my routine and go for a workout that wouldn’t aggravate my shins.
Oh, and check out my skin - only one active on my chin and that’s been around for a month! (Pesky cystic acne!) The rest is just scarring that’s slowly fading.

This is only the beginning of a super demanding week (maybe two weeks). Today has been hectic but I decided to take a break to work out. I did 3.46 miles of stairs on the elliptical and biked 5 miles, burning 400 calories. :) I started getting shin splints last week, so I had to switch up my routine and go for a workout that wouldn’t aggravate my shins.
Oh, and check out my skin - only one active on my chin and that’s been around for a month! (Pesky cystic acne!) The rest is just scarring that’s slowly fading.

Baby chicks!

I just went grocery shopping and prepared a huge bag of grapes to freeze. I LOVE frozen grapes as a late-night studying snack. They are almost addicting and great for satisfying stress-induced munchies without the consequences that come with eating massive quantities of other foods I usually crave when I’m stressed. This week is going to be crazy, so I’m stocking up now!

I just went grocery shopping and prepared a huge bag of grapes to freeze. I LOVE frozen grapes as a late-night studying snack. They are almost addicting and great for satisfying stress-induced munchies without the consequences that come with eating massive quantities of other foods I usually crave when I’m stressed. This week is going to be crazy, so I’m stocking up now!

Anonymous asked:

While on accutane did you experience hair loss of eyebrows and eyelashes and a lot of hair? If so, how did you deal with it/take care of and nourish your hair?

I didn’t notice that I lost eyebrow or eyelash hair, but I did lose a lot of hair from my scalp. I washed my hair infrequently (maybe 2x weekly) and tried to be really gentle with it. I didn’t use any heat styling methods and let my hair air dry. My hair was a frizzy, dry, breaking mess. At the end of my treatment, I discovered a deep conditioning treatment for damaged hair by Aveda. My hair looked SO much better after using this product only a couple of times. I HIGHLY recommend it and wish I would have known about it before I only had a week or two of treatment left. It would have saved me from a lot of days of highly unmanageable and fragile hair. My hair is still thin and I still lose a lot of hair, but I think that is also related to other sources of stress I have in my life. Good luck!