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I Feel Like Quitting Accutane

Posted by Catlover2012, 29 April 2013 · 865 views

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Today it's been on of the worst days since I started taking Accutane. I'm on day 39 and my skin is looking much worse than when I started, I can't take anymore all the redness and inflamation. it's like every tiny little blackhead have turned into big inflamed really painful and itchy pimples.
 
I can't take anymore all the itching on my faceeeeeeeeeee! On top of picked all the pimples, I went on a picking spree and now I ended up with huge scabs.
 
Advice please! I really want this to work. I thought that because my acne was mild-moderate I would notice an improvement by now.




I hear you. I went on Accutane years ago--it helped the severity of my acne, but I still have it. I've finally found a treatment regimen that seems to be working, but the hard part has been convincing myself to truly let my face heal by not picking at it. Ever.

 

Sigh. So here's my advice:

 

1) In the short term, find a way to quell the itching and the inflammation. This is your first priority. You may want to call your derm. In the interim I highly recommend a little bit of over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream mixed with your favorite moisturizer. Although hydrocortisone is not indicated for long-term use for the face, a little bit right now is probably worthwhile. You might also want to take some naproxen or ibuprofen.

 

2) Commit yourself to leave your face alone. Period, end of story, no excuses. It's essential for letting your face heal. What's done is done is done, so leave the scabs alone. If you think that they might be getting infected, or that they are infected, call your derm and get a topic antibiotic ointment, like clindamycin. I don't recommend neosporin because it can cause dermatitis, as I found out the hard way.

Promise yourself rewards if you can commit for an hour, 3 hours, a day, a week, a month, etc. of leaving your face alone. Whatever it takes. Just make that decision.

 

3) Distract yourself. I know, right? How? Your face is on fire and covered in fish scales, and you feel like you've been hit by a truck. Distract yourself anyway. Find something else in life to focus on, and throw all of your energy into it. Brainstorm and start writing the next Great American Novel. Learn to cook. Volunteer for a hospice or a homeless shelter. Sign up for violin lessons. Just keep the hands (and the eyes and the mind) off your face ;)

"thatwillnotfly" nailed it! I can't improve on it! Do it!

I hear you. I went on Accutane years ago--it helped the severity of my acne, but I still have it. I've finally found a treatment regimen that seems to be working, but the hard part has been convincing myself to truly let my face heal by not picking at it. Ever.

 

Sigh. So here's my advice:

 

1) In the short term, find a way to quell the itching and the inflammation. This is your first priority. You may want to call your derm. In the interim I highly recommend a little bit of over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream mixed with your favorite moisturizer. Although hydrocortisone is not indicated for long-term use for the face, a little bit right now is probably worthwhile. You might also want to take some naproxen or ibuprofen.

 

2) Commit yourself to leave your face alone. Period, end of story, no excuses. It's essential for letting your face heal. What's done is done is done, so leave the scabs alone. If you think that they might be getting infected, or that they are infected, call your derm and get a topic antibiotic ointment, like clindamycin. I don't recommend neosporin because it can cause dermatitis, as I found out the hard way.

Promise yourself rewards if you can commit for an hour, 3 hours, a day, a week, a month, etc. of leaving your face alone. Whatever it takes. Just make that decision.

 

3) Distract yourself. I know, right? How? Your face is on fire and covered in fish scales, and you feel like you've been hit by a truck. Distract yourself anyway. Find something else in life to focus on, and throw all of your energy into it. Brainstorm and start writing the next Great American Novel. Learn to cook. Volunteer for a hospice or a homeless shelter. Sign up for violin lessons. Just keep the hands (and the eyes and the mind) off your face wink.png

 

Thanks so much for your advice. I am using Polysporin for the scabs, which might be like neosporin,...why does it cause dermatitis? should I stop? I find that It helps to heal the scabs faster.

 

i love writing on my blog (not here, another one;-),......although it's hard since I'm self employed and I can take time off whenever I want. when my acne flares up I don't feel like going anywhere, or doing anything,...I also cancel work sometimes. but I can't even blame it on the accutane, I've been feeling this way for a long time now.

 

So how bad is your acne now? how do you treat it after accutane? is your skin dry?

:-)

If the polysporin is helping, definitely keep using it. Some people (like me!) are allergic to it simply through skin contact, similar to the way people are allergic to metals like nickel. You would probably know by now if you're allergic to it, but allergies can also develop out of nowhere (unfair, I know). But if it works, and doesn't cause irritation, then there's every reason for you to use it and none for you to stop.

 

I'm in kind of an interesting spot right now. I finally, finally hit on a treatment that seems to be Actually Working™. And that treatment is 10% benzoyl peroxide. I know that statistically 2.5% works "equally well" to 10% without causing irritation, and I don't doubt that this is true. But in my case, 10% works a million times better, and aside from some mild dryness, my face is finally happy for the first time since I was 11 (I'm 30). I don't even wear foundation anymore. Just a little bit of concealer over some red spots.

 

My problem right now has been convincing myself not to compulsively check my face in the bathroom 12 times a day, picking at clogged pores and transforming them into huge scabs, and generally hating myself. I have had health problems that are much scarier than this, but making the commitment to stop picking at my skin has been a huge challenge.

Glad to hear you've got a blog (I've got one too!) I think that's a good outlet, but don't make it your exclusive one. Especially since you "don't feel like going anywhere or doing anything." I think the key is to do a project that really transports you to some other head space. At some fundamental level, you (and me and the rest of the chronic acne world) need to make a decision to just live our lives as though we had clear skin. Life is so short :P

If the polysporin is helping, definitely keep using it. Some people (like me!) are allergic to it simply through skin contact, similar to the way people are allergic to metals like nickel. You would probably know by now if you're allergic to it, but allergies can also develop out of nowhere (unfair, I know). But if it works, and doesn't cause irritation, then there's every reason for you to use it and none for you to stop.

 

I'm in kind of an interesting spot right now. I finally, finally hit on a treatment that seems to be Actually Working™. And that treatment is 10% benzoyl peroxide. I know that statistically 2.5% works "equally well" to 10% without causing irritation, and I don't doubt that this is true. But in my case, 10% works a million times better, and aside from some mild dryness, my face is finally happy for the first time since I was 11 (I'm 30). I don't even wear foundation anymore. Just a little bit of concealer over some red spots.

 

My problem right now has been convincing myself not to compulsively check my face in the bathroom 12 times a day, picking at clogged pores and transforming them into huge scabs, and generally hating myself. I have had health problems that are much scarier than this, but making the commitment to stop picking at my skin has been a huge challenge.

Glad to hear you've got a blog (I've got one too!) I think that's a good outlet, but don't make it your exclusive one. Especially since you "don't feel like going anywhere or doing anything." I think the key is to do a project that really transports you to some other head space. At some fundamental level, you (and me and the rest of the chronic acne world) need to make a decision to just live our lives as though we had clear skin. Life is so short tongue.png

I'm glad BP is working for you. I used it for almost 15 years. DId it help? Yes and NO.

 

When I first started using it, it worked like magic, my huge zits would go away overnight, I was sooo happy!

 

Then I started putting it all over my face and came across Dan's regimen. A few years later it lost  effectivness and went from 2.5% to 5%, and when it didn't work on cysts anymore, I started using the 10% which I had to buy from the US, since it's by prescription here in Canada.

 

Even the 10% wasn't helping my cysts anymore after so many years using it. At the same time, I realized I was getting lots of wrinkles arounds my eyes! and I was only in my early thirties. I have recently found out that that is a side effect of BP, it will age your skin faster, specially if you follow the regimen. Other people on these boards have said the same thing. So I still had acne, and now I had wrinkles too! that's when I started using other things like try to overcome acne like Clindoxil and Retin-A which didn't work.

 

My advice: if you want to continue using BP, please don't put it all over your face, don't use lots of it, only in places where you get the zits. and use a good eye cream. I can't stress this enough.

 

You can also try Acnomel, which has sulfur, check out the reviews here, it works well but it doens't get rid of the oil like BP, it dries pimples but it takes a long time for me. I still use it even now that I'm on accutane.

 

I know what it is like not trying to check yourself in the mirror, for a long time, I thought I was the only one who had this problem, LOL. I also suggest using affirmations, I do it everyday, when I forget that's when I get more obessive about my skin, I also do Yoga and meditation.

 

You are right, despite the acne, we are just as good as anyone else, and we also deserve to be happy and enjoy life!

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