Wow so it's been a while... I'm going to do a major update (hence the title) starting right now!
So the last time I wrote, my skin was a lot better but my lips were horrible...inflamed, red, raw..hurt to eat, touch, I couldn't kiss.. even when the wind blew on them it was weird. I went to the derm and he said it was an allergic reaction... I stopped using what I was using on my lips and it still didn't really go away. I went again, desperate, before Christmas vacation and he said he's never seen a reaction like this to the medicine, but to stop it until it goes away completely, and then start again and see if it comes back.
So! I stopped the medication during all of Christmas break (about 2 weeks here in Spain) and yes, my lips got completely better!! And then I started up again around the 8th of January and my lips have been fine (just dry, like normal accutane effects) since.
Quick note + Flashback: When my lips first got little bubbles and blisters, I tried to think of what could be the cause. And my boyfriend said "well we drank that old orange juice that morning" and I thought... I don't think though. But I avoided orange juice anyway just incase. THEN during Christmas break, my lips were slowly but surely improving each day, and one morning we went to a café and I decided to have some orange juice, and the rest of the day my lips were so much worse. Uncomfortable, peeling, hurt to move them. SO.. this is my theory (which I haven't gone over with my derm yet because my next appt isn't for a couple weeks)..
--I think I had an allergic reaction to the orange juice. I don't know if it was the acidity or what.. but I think the fact that I was on accutane made the reaction a million times worse and because accutane weakens the immune system somewhat, the reaction wasn't healing well. I had stopped accutane for a little over a week when I drank the orange juice again, and my lips were bad all day but the next day they were much better again. I think because I had less of the medicine in my body.
Makes sense, right?
Anyway, my skin did not break out during the holidays even off Accutane. When I got back on again, it was fine as well, just a bit red and a little oily again. Now, it's totally fine. Still some hyperpigmentation but I haven't gotten a pimple since the first month I think.
The end. Update soon hopefully! Though I don't think much is changing so I may wait until my derm appt.
OH also... during holiday break, since I was off the medicine, I drank alcohol and ate quite bad for my cholesterol (my cholesterol had risen a lot between my 1st and 2nd derm appts). It was hard because I was meeting my bf's family for the first time so I felt it was a bit rude for me to say no to food and drink. Also, he's French and I was in France. And god knows how much wine they drink and how much cheesy, meaty, creamy foods they eat. I don't know if it was a bad idea since there was still accutane in my system obviously.. so it worries me a little.. but hopefully everything is okay in my body.