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Not much to report zit/pimple wise, I have about a week left on this drug! :)
But I am super scared to get off of it. Did anyone taper their drugs out? Or just stop when you run out? I feel like I want to be on a low dosage for another month or something? any suggestions? eekk!
I attached a week 13 pic and this weeks pic. It is such a relief to see the results! And week 13 wasn't even the worst!
Went to the derm last week and was informed that this is my last month! He did say that he wants to put me on Retin-A once I am finished with Accutane. Has anyone else done this? I am just tired of using powerful topicals, I think that is where I went wrong in the first place because my skin got so use to them, once I stopped using it I got horrible break outs and cysts. But I am also nervous to just quit accutane! :/ (will I ever be happy) ;)
He also said in about 6 months they will start doing some sort of laser type thing to even out my skin. There are lots of scars and dents right now. Has anyone had that treatment?
week 21 was pretty uneventful. I am noticing my hands are getting that rash again and it seems to be really dry but putting lotion on it does not seem to help and sometimes burns :( Nothing much other than that. I go to the derm on wednesday, I was told I was staying on 80mg but I am not sure for how long. I think I have one month left! but I will have to wait to see what the derm thinks.
Again, nothing but scars and dry skin right now. My scars look the same as they did 4 weeks ago so I am kinda bummed they aren't fading as fast. I will say I since my dosage was upped to 80mg I noticed my tolerance for alcohol has gone down a lot! I dont really drink much on this drug, just occasionally. But I was out celebrating an engagement with friends and before I knew it I got really drunk really fast and got sick and had a 3 day hangover. I would be really careful drinking on a high dosage. I should have gone to the doc but I literally couldn't move. I think I really messed up my body so I didn't take accutane for 2 days and only drank water. I have decided not to drink the rest of the time on this drug, be careful everyone!
Pretty much same as last week, drier skin and no new acne to report [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/surprised.gif[/img] just scars. I think it is weird how some scars take FOREVER to fade and some go away quicker. Like I had a cyst on my chin and cheek at the same time and the one on my cheek still has a dark scar and I can't even see the one on my chin anymore. weird!
I go in on Thursday to get my blood work checked again. I hope it is okay so I can stay on 80mg
Sorry super boring update...
It was a pretty good week, I got bumped up to 80mg, where I will stay until I am finished with my course. I think 2 more months left! No new zits or cysts this week just started to get dry skin on my face which is making my scars look better because they are kinda peeling off. But makeup is harder to put on
Also my doctor did call me and say that something in my bloodwork was high so I need to go back next week to get it checked again. If it is still high i think they will put me back to 60mg so we will see what happens. I have been so tired and lots of back pain. Also I am super forgetful lately it is crazy... but finally seeing results so I am happy [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/surprised.gif[/img]
Wasn't too happy these weeks because I got 2 more cysts, one on the clear side of my face and one on my chin. They look a week and a half to go away and they are still noticeable. The worse part was that it was Christmas and I was seeing a bunch of family I haven't seen in awhile. But oh well, I still have a few months left on this drug. I still have scars that aren't disappearing so not sure what to do with those and I can count four black heads on my face, which is awesome considering I use to have like 1,000. But my face isn't dry at all. My eyes and inside my nose are though. I am going to derm today so we will see if I get bumped up to 80mg or stay on 60mg.
Happy new year!
During week 14 I had two pimples come up, one on my cheek and one on my chin- and they hurt! I thought I was done with the big ones! Oh well, it is still a lot better then the beginning. I also became really impatient with these two black heads on my chin that haven't purged out yet... actually it looked like a little bit was hanging out of the pore so I picked it out. I know I shouldn't have but they were so weird and hard to get out because they seemed to be bigger underneath then the pore itself, so it seemed like they would have never come out. Anybody else experience that?! So picking those out left a scab, oops. But they are healing quick.
Still lots of scarring on my right cheek and just waiting for those pimples to go down.
overall I am pretty happy! I can definitely handle a few pimples, compared to before. [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif[/img]
[attachment=45971:me.jpg][attachment=45972:me2.jpg]Doing well, the only change I have noticed with two weeks on 60mg is I am so unbelievably tired and my back hurts a little more. My nose is still super dry and painful so I have been putting this gel stuff my pharmacist gave me up there so that helps. Hardly any new acne to report, some tiny ones are still coming up and gone the next day. My main problem now is scarring, one side of my face is pretty scarred up and deformed from cystic acne... [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/sad.png[/img] Any suggestions? I have been using mederma but willing to try anything if anyone has had success. Even on the 60mg my face isn't drying up... is it suppose to?
Thanks for listening!
Everything has been going well, went to the derm and they bumped me up to 60mg (i was on 40mg before) I am a little scared of the side effects getting worse but I am going to give it a try. I have only taken 60mg for 3 days and I can already feel my muscles are more achy. Other then that the derm was really happy with my skin, just a bunch of scarring right now. Hopefully some of the scars go away before Christmas!
P.s. I love not having to wash my hair everyday!!!
Everything is starting to calm down, I have still gotten a few little ones that are gone the next day but my cysts are finally starting to *slowly* disappear. I also get these random weird black scars and it will start bleeding when I wash my face and dry up the next day and slowly start to disappear.. they are so weird because they are only full of blood- doesn't even seem like a pimple or cyst or anything!
Other than that I am getting pretty bad dry spots all over my arms and really weird gross black/red boogers that are rock hard and just fall out of my nose! sooooo gross! .... what we have to put up with for clear skin!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Week ten was pretty similar to week 9, not a whole lot going on. Still waiting for scars from cysts to fade. Only one active whitehead on my neck right now, I still see some blackheads on my checks but they aren't even noticeable. There is one scar that is bothering me and it happened during my first week of accutane and it is on my chin, it is from a huge blackhead getting pushed out and the hole it caused wont close! It definitely looks like an ice pick scar... hope it fills in!
I still have one cyst, but now the doctor isn't sure if it is even acne... so we are trying to figure that out. Not sure what it could be, it is very soft and long on my cheek, and never comes to a head and has been there for almost 2 months. Anyone have anything like that?
Week 9 has basically been the same, still have two cysts, but they opened last night while washing my face. YUCK! and they would not stop bleeding They are pretty much just full of blood - it is really weird. but the rest of my face is looking better! Thats about it, sorry so boring! not a lot to say.
Well week 8 was exciting.... NOT. four large round red cysts on my check! well needless to say they upped my dosage because 20mg wont do a thing for cystic acne. I was pretty sad this week because my whole cheek looked deformed and makeup seemed to make it worse. I will say that I was so frustrated that I did some research and found online that a bunch of people have had success with using fresh garlic on cysts (it has to be fresh!) Since I am so desperate I tried it, only kept it on for about 5 minutes because I read a bunch of horror stories about getting blisters if you leave it on too long. But it actually worked! My cyst was about half the size the next morning! I am excited to do it again tonight! I will also say that I put tea tree oil on after, so I am not sure which one it was, or if it was the combo of the two working!
that's about it. hope week 9 brings me no cysts!!
So I guess I had missed my window to do the online iPledge test and from when I got my prescription or something so I had to go back to the derm and "start over" so I went to the derm to get another pregnancy test and a new prescription (which they said I was going to stay on 20mg) but decided to up me to 60mg because of my cysts. The nurse said I have severe acne and 20mg wont cut it. I knew I had bad acne but never really considered it to be severe, so that really crushed my confidence and I almost started crying, because I even had makeup on so I thought it looked better, guess I am not fooling anyone with makeup. with an increase in my dosage I am really nervous about another breakout and worse side effects. I can't handle anymore cysts, they are completely deforming my face. i am so sad.
I finally decided to upload some photos so you guys can understand what I am dealing with. (sorry for blacking out my eyes, I am incredibly embarrassed about this)
hopefully 60mg works!!! cross your fingers for me!!
thanks for listening to this pathetic rant.
Well week seven my cyst came back for a third time along with 3 others right next to it. I got them all shot with cortisone friday so they have gone down but are leaving pretty deep scars. I am really hoping that is the last of the cysts, they are so painful and multiples in one small area is the worse ever!! I did put fresh lemon juice on them which burned but seemed to help.
Not much else to say at this point. Just waiting for the break through to beautiful skin!!!
This week my gross, large cyst came back so I got it shot with cortisone again (it took 3 shots!) and currently it is just a little bump (today is my 1st anniversary with my husband so happy anniversary to me!)
Otherwise got a couple new whiteheads but that is about it. I am really trying to cure my scars. I have terrible scarring so I am using Mederma which I think is really helping. any other suggestions?
Week five has been okay, my doctor is keeping me at 20mg for four more months. I am happy with how things are going except the cyst that I had injected on friday has now started to come back! 4 days later.... I have had success with cortisone injections prior to this so I dont know what the deal is! Otherwise I have been happy with how things are going, i still have black heads being pushed out of my skin (gross) and a few white heads coming up, but they are drying up and falling off very quickly. I am liking that! and i dont have to wash my hair everyday
Hopefully this cyst doesn't get any bigger!
Help! have a nasty cyst and want to know what others do to get rid of them! It just seems to keep getting bigger
I have been trying baking soda, ACV, and calamine lotion. I hope someone has some better ideas, it really hurts!!!
Week 4 wasn't much different except I noticed another cyst forming on my cheek and I started developing dry skin patches on the top of my hands and fingers. Normally the dryness on my hands wouldn't bother me but part of my job is hand modeling so I really need it to go away fast! I bought Venicream from Walgreens today because I have read really good things about it so I hope it works fast! I go to the derm on friday, I hope they don't up my dosage because I am ok with the way my face is reacting and don't want it to get worse.
Week 3 I started to experience some dry skin. mainly on my chin, which is where about 1,000 black heads are. But it has been manageable, nothing really to complain about - I like having dry skin compared to oily! I only have 3 active pimples right now and they are drying fast!
I have also been putting calamine lotion on the spots and scars at night and sleeping with it on and I think it is helping. I have also been using Mederma scar cream.
Another thing, I am starting to get little spots on my arms of eczema, I believe, anyone else getting this? There are about 5 spots, doesn't really bother me I just hope my whole arms doesn't start to get it!
On to week 4......
After week 2 I have noticed my skin is less oily and my lips are a little dry. I am not experiencing any side effects other then the lips (yet). My zits/cysts are also drying up a lot faster than they used to. I am also putting Calamine lotion on cysts and pimples before I go to bed, that seems to be helping.
On to week three....
After week 1 I didn't experience much change at all. I take 20mg of Myorisan once with dinner.
I am 23 and have very oily skin. I have had acne since I was 14, not terrible acne (but noticeable) and the usual zits/pimples with cysts. I can deal with the zits but the cysts that I get are awful and HUGE- sometimes I can't eat or sleep because I think they are going to pop! so gross!
Since I have tried everything imaginable I am finally giving accutane a shot. Hope it helps!!