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I keep my acne under control with Dan's regimen and my skin has never been better:)
I have been to trichologist and homeopath and have been using treatments from both.
Trichologist uses light therapy, laser and darsonval rays to stimulate hair growth(once a week). He also told me that some hair loss was permanent and won't grow back. If I chose not to do anything about it my hair will restore more or less to its previous state within 1 to 2 years, no sooner. What is bad that I actually do have some permanent hair loss.
Homeopath prescribed me with these powders: japanese white oleander, iuesinum, nat mur, ignatia and 3 times a week I take highly dissolved vitamin A pill. Obviously these might not be at all right for anyone else because she prescribed it holistically for my body based on many symptoms etc and they are not targeted to treat hair loss.
On top of that I take 20,000mcg of biotin every day along with a drop of liquid iodine.
After completing the blood work I was told that based on my iron reading I should be bald![img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] Well, I suppose I need to take iron supplements and eat food rich in iron(which is easy).
Apart from that, I was tested for pcos and I do not have it.
For my skin, I use Dans regimen and it works amazingly well! At the moment my face is has no acne but lots of pigmentation.
Do send me a message if you have any questions:)
I guess, I have to say that I do not regret taking accutane regardless of it not helping me. I did enjoy 8 months of good skin(while taking it) which I never had in 20 years of fighting with acne. So, I know now, how it felt to be careless and happy about my skin.
But, I have to make a reality check- my hair is gone, my acne is back and I am back to square one:) It is depressing but I guess this is nothing new so I am going to try and see what else I can do.
From now on, I will be giving you the updates on my progress with Dan's regimen.
My acneface is back and I fking hate it but at the same time it is nice to see my oldself in the mirror even though it is depressing. Welcome back my doom and gloom! haha
The only good thing is that I got an amazing project to do in the next 6 months and my face has nothing to do with it![img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] I am going to close myself in my art studio and enjoy the solitude and art.
Fk you acne.
If you have any questions, do ask. I will update in a few months about my life post accutane:) with best to all:)!!!!!xxxx
Before I begin I must admit that my skin is as good as it never has been and it feels unreal. My oil returned, although not at all as bad as before, 2 weeks after I stopped accutane. At the moment I have to deal with some hair loss(nothing dramatic, had much worse in the past). I have 3 doctors in my family and they advised me to do liver tests and get several things checked. I will be doing a bloodwork soon and according to results my uncle will prescribe whatever needs to be to tackle the problem. If anyone is interested to know the results of my tests etc do watch this space:) Hair loss is not new to me because i had it before for different reasons and always recovered to what is normal for me. However because I am quite sure the fall out is due to me using accutane the tackling of this will be done a bit different.
There is nothing else to report at the moment. Do ask questions if you have any:) Wishing you all well:)
I will be keeping updating on my progress so whats this space:)
I hope effects of accutane last long and I will definitely be updating this blog about post-accutane progress. I am seeing my derm next month so it might not just be the end yet:)
all the best to you all,
do ask questions if you have them:))))
What else..... the inside of my nose is so dry I can feel the air slash and burn it as I breath. I still have a kind of ulcer near my mouth which does not want to heal. I am hopeless with my dry lips-they dry then peel then bleed and hurt and the cycle repeats! Aquaphor gave up on me this week. I can use my lips as a sand paper to polish wood now! I am loosing my hair which I am ok with....I hope it stops when I finish the course but if not, I will shave all and get myself a wig or whatever![img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]
Am I happy?! I am:) I can see that accutane works and even if it would not last long I will still be happy with whatever time I would have with my acne free face.[img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] I can look in the mirror and introduce my new self to myself.
Wishing all the best to all,
I am 33, have type 1 diabetes, suffering from acne since 12 y.o I feel I was born with acne cause I do not remember myself without that sh't on my face. My skin has no pores and is very very white. I get lots of pigmentation from acne....i am a human asian leopard. I am not a picker but my doctor tells me that I am!!!! Oil on my face used to be a distinctive feature of my face. I was vitamin A deficient since childhood but no one ever told me it will lead to have an ugly face at the age of 12. I am 176cm tall, 65kg.
I am a vegetarian who etas fish. I do yoga and swimming. I do not drink or smoke. I am not very social due to my unattractive face so I spend all my time reading, playing piano and doing beautiful art, I excel in it:)
I started accutane almost 4 months ago on the dose of 30mg(first 2 months) with these side effects:
dry lips, drinking much water, some minor head aches
my face was completely oil free by the end of 1st month and I thought it was doing great until that IB happened on the 2nd week of the 2nd month. That piece of devil's art on my face lasted almost a month and 1/2!!! It was painful to look in the mirror at that time. (please refer to my older posts for dramatic details;)
Month 3 and 4 I was upped to 40 mg. During that time I had much clearer skin with patches of it being truly praiseworthy, haha
My lips continue up to this day being a complete mess even though I use a lot of aquaphor.
I had days with very sensitive gums and brushing my teeth was a torture. I also had pink eye in both eyes but managed to cure it with OTM. The corners of my mouth appear to be cracked and that does not heal well at all, I am having that for the last 4 weeks. Sometimes my eyes get very dry. I have pale brown, dry patches of skin along my spine.
I have 2months to go before I see my dermatologist again.
Overall, my skin has improved greatly, acne which was active dried out and peeled leaving small scars.
I do not get any breakouts during my period. In fact, after IB went away there was nothing new popping out.
I was thinking to have a career on screen playing monsters without special effects but that seems to be no longer possible as I am looking rather human and pretty at the moment.
I did not get any mood swings as I was born depressed anyway:)
to be continued.....watch this space........
with all the best for all of you!
If you have any questions do ask if not, hope you enjoyed the read.
It looks like my IB is clearing out a bit. And I hope, since it is the 3rd month on accutane, by the end of it, I will see some more improvements. My face still looks like sh*t, so even if I put real sh*t on my face no one would notice the difference-that is how bad it is! Hahaha through tears! In the past, I had people spit on my face on the streets and now I reached the point I look in the mirror and want to spit on my face too! I should go and work in a circus freak show - I would be a star!!!! Pathetic I know...
There are no side effects except lips looking and feeling scorched.
With best wishes for all:)
I have seen my derm yesterday and she decided to up my dose to 40mg for the next 3 months. I was quite disappointed that my dose was upped by only 10mg because 30mg did not seem to do much. My IB is still in full bloom so I hope that before I get mental breakdown, haha, some improvements become visible. At the moment my face looks like a garden of nuclear acne explosions; where do I file and to whom do I address my complaint!? The girl from "exorcist" is on her break-I rule now!
On the positive side, my face is still oil free and with much skill of special effects make up artistry I can survive through the day without being arrested for scaring little children on the streets.
I wish one day I write right here, where you are reading now, that my face is acne free and I can go on with my life careless and happy and mirrors are no longer a problem.
Hope dies last. Smile.
Till next time,
My skin is dry, no active acne and no other side effects.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
I can add, at the moment, my skin does not need any blotting paper! My t-zone which is usually oily stays rather dry all throughout the day:) Lips are dry and hurting. Cetaphil helps. Also I use vitamin E oil(mix of macademia nut oil, rosehip oil, sunflower oil) on my face and lips at night.
to be continued.....
I am 33y.o. female, mixed race(asian/caucasian) with very white skin. I have suffered from acne since I was 12 and it got very bad when I got type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. I have tried so many treatments, there will be not enough space here to write about them; nothing ever worked. I have acne all over my face, often inside my nose, ears sometimes on my head. My diabetes is under control, not too bad but could be better (my HbA1C is 7.2). I do exercise regularly(swimming) and try to eat healthy(I do not eat meat, just fish, do not drink anything that has more than 8g of sugar in it, no dairy products in my diet as well) I do not drink alcohol and I do not smoke.
My weight is 65kg and I was given 30mg dosage for one month which will be reviewed in april.
I will be writing about the changes If I have any, so do check back:)