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My Accutane Journey

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One Week In

So, it's been a week. I've had zero side effects, with the exception of more and more pimples, &c., cropping up every day.


Here's hoping.

In other news, I've lost 3 lbs since starting. It's basically killed my appetite. Hm.

Alright, a few update photos; now to go cover this all up.




Day Two

Today was day two.

I had several new pimples - white heads and the formation of cysts alike. I'm trying to keep my hands off my face....It's hard.

My skin is starting to dry out a little, and it's more sensitive. My cheeks are red, and I can feel my lips beginning to dry.

My friends are still getting used to me not drinking with them. On Tuesdays, we go out after one of our classes and celebrate the fact that it's over for the week. Last night, I went out with them, so as not to break our tradition, and I had a diet coke.

Tonight, I met up with a couple old friends, and told them I wasn't drinking. When they asked why, I was honest and said because I started Accutane. And it turned into a five minute rant about how I should try herbal things for my acne, and how my friends would never poison their bodies with that "garbage." I tried explaining that I have done everything - from topicals to liver flushes - to clear my skin, to no avail (on the skin-clearing issue, or the getting my friends off my back about Accutane issue).

Is this something that is normal? When y'all started treatment, did y'alls friends react in a similar way? I wasn't really sure how to handle the situation, but I think I did as well as I could have.

Anyway, here is my face. Without any makeup. No editing, no "oh, let me just erase that mark." Sorry for the terrible lighting. Feel free to NOT look at these pictures as well wink.png



blogentry-182185-0-08674200-1352831073_tSo, today, I finally was able to pick up my Accutane prescription from the pharmacy.

As I sit here at my desk, neglecting a paper I have due in a few hours, I'm looking at the blister pill packs in my hand, and contemplating what this is going to mean.

Starting Accutane is going to mean

No drinking.

No partying.

More soreness.

Infinitely more dry.

Chance for my depression to come back.

And a plethora of other [potentially] negative effects.

But then I decided to break it down. No drinking? Really? I'm concerned about that one? Having been on TB profylaxis AND anti-malaria medication, that should be a breeze. I wasn't able to drink on those either. As for no more drinking and no more partying...I'll save money and lose weight. Both scores.

Yeah, I'll be sore and I'll be dry. But it's going to be so worth it. I've been waiting for this for ten years. It's been a really long teenage time, what with the acne beards, and the horrid massive cysts all over my face. I tried everything - every topical you can think of (prescription or not), Clinque three step, egg whites slathered onto my face, aspirin crushed up and rubbed into my skin, ProActiv (on which I had such a terrible allergic reaction, I couldn't smile. Every time I smiled or made any motion with my face, my skin would crack and bleed. I looked like a lizard), antibiotics, birth control pills, testosterone blockers. You name it, I've done it.

And so I sit here, at my desk, waiting for the right moment to come along for me to start this medication. Now?



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