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Seven Years After Last Accutane Pill - Still 99.9% Clear Skin & No Side Effects

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It has been at least four years since I updated my acne journal and over seven years since I took my last generic Accutane pill in late 2004.

So I thought it was time to give you a little update on how my skin is doing so long after my one and only Isotretinoin treatment of 80mg/day for six months.

The skin on my face, back, shoulders and chest are still 99.9% clear. I've even got some of the natural oils appearing on my face that help keep my skin looking youthful and elastic.

I'm also happy to report that my problem with wearing my contact lenses during even a short nap is starting to get better. I used to fall asleep with my contacts in and wake up with super dry and red bloodshot eyes that looked terrible.

As you can imagine, having this problem with my contacts was a major inconvenience while traveling because I couldn't fall asleep on a plane without feeling embarrassed about the appearance of my eyes upon landing. My solution to this glued on contacts and red eyes problem a few years ago was to remove my contacts in the airport or airplane bathroom.

I wasn't happy about having to do this since it seems rather unsanitary to be touching my eyes and handling my relatively expensive contact lenses in a public place with unknown cleanliness. I really didn't want to get an eye infection and lose my eyesight in one or both eyes just so that I could nap on a plane and not look like a zombie or addict with red eyes.

Lately it seems like my eyes have recovered quite a bit and they can withstand short naps of 30 to 60 minutes with only minimal dryness. I can cope on a long plane flight by remembering to use some saline "tears" eye drops just before napping and then again upon waking up. This procedure keeps my eyes looking normal with just a tiny bit of redness depending on how dry the air is in the airplane.

99.9% Clear

I say that I'm now "99.9%" clear because I do still sometimes develop a tiny zit on my face or neck. But they do seem to disappear quickly on their own without much thought or distress on my part. Luckily I rarely if ever see a pimple on my back, chest or shoulders. Having body acne was arguably one of the worst parts of the total experience since I live in Florida where there are many opportunities for outdoor activities that most guys remove their shirts to participate in.

The only time that I do see these tiny pimples pop up on my face is when I ignore my skin care routine for a day or two. Not shaving especially helps cause a few blemishes to appear since the hair on my face becomes oily and greasy.

So if you're almost done taking Accutane or a generic isotretinoin pill, don't think that you'll be able to get away with no continued effort to maintain your clear skin.

Wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil, moisturize with an SPF 15 lotion, keep out of the sun, and guys should gently shave with a sensitive skin shave gel at least every other day.

I can't stress enough the part about wearing sun block and keeping out of the sun when possible. Nothing will make you look older (except tons of cigarette smoke) than constant sun exposure without at least SPF 15 protection. I've had strangers say that I look much younger than my age and I directly attribute that to my relentless sunblock applications, moisturizing, and sunburn avoidance.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my complete Accutane Journal and my Accutane Before & After Pictures page.

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