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My story on my struggle with acne and now starting up Accutane. Follow me on my journey to clear skin!
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Another thing I'm noticing is that my legs really hurt and I'm getting frequent headaches. Does anyone know if this might be from stopping Accutane?
Thanks guys! I hope you guys are doing well with your treatments or enjoying clear skin!
Now that I'm home I decided to go back up to 60mg because the 80mg was a little too harsh. So now I have had no new breakouts so far which is good! I also started taking Biotin because I am having some hair loss and my hair falls out really easily. I'm not really sure if this works or not but I'm just going to take it because it can't hurt!
I'm also headed to California this Friday so I think I will be going back down to 40mg while I'm there because I will be at the beach one day and maybe a few days at the pool.
Last time I went to the dermatologist he told me I would probably be on Accutane for a few more months. I'm hoping to be off by the end of August because I don't want to be in school while on Accutane because its a huge hassle for me. It's difficult to have to constantly drink water, use the bathroom, deal with you face peeling like crazy, reapplying Chapstick, etc. so in hoping to be off it and acne free by September!
Also I just want to mention some products!
For a few months I have been using a serum it's called Peter Thomas Roth Viz 1000 75% hyaluronic acid complex intensive hydrating serum. I bought this at sephora for $65. Which I'm well aware this is super expensive! But this is the biggest lifesaver for me! It's a 1oz bottle but a little drop covers you're whole face and will defiantly last you 6+ months. So if the lotions you have aren't working for you or you hate layering on really thick lotions I would suggest purchasing this.
Also I've been using the Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet that I bought at Sephora for $40. And this does a really good job at moisturizing my skin. I don't think I necessarily need this product even though I love it. I think the CeraVe moisturizing lotion works just as well. The reason I love this so much is that it's very lightweight, doesn't irritate my skin at all, it's very gentle, and it smalls amazing.
I still wash my face with Cetaphil and use Aquaphor and medicated blistex as my lip products.
So if you're looking for a good moisturizer while on Accutane I would suggest:
Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000 hydration serum
CeraVe moisturizing lotion
Use both morning and at night
Apply to face and neck ( I also put it over my eyelids and around my eyes and over my lips which is weird but it works!)
Also on my body I use the CeraVe SA cream which is really good it you have really rough dry patches or little bumps on your hands and feet. I believe you can only buy this at Walgreen or Walmart ( I know they defiantly don't have it at CVS)
I still have bumps all over my hands so the lotion my dermatologist gave isn't really working I also can't find this lotion in any store near me so in trying to save what I have from the little sample he gave me.
Since I've gone up in my dose I have been considerably more dry and itchy but whatever! I need clear skin!
I have notices some more dryness but I'm managing well.
I wash my face every night with Cetaphil gentle cleanser for all skin types. Then I moisturize with the CeraVe lotion, then the Cetaphil Creme, the the Cetaphil lotion. I know that's a lot of lotions but I find it moisturized bet when I use all three and I layer them before bed.
Then in the morning when I wake up I just rinse my face with warm water and mosturize with the CeraVe lotion and I use the Revlon photo ready BB Creme SPF 30. And then I use a very little but of pressed powder so my face doesn't look oily.
Then for my lips I use medicated blistex during the day and aquaphor at night.
The other side effect I have is dry patches on my upper arm but that first really bother me!
So for the last three months I've been on Claravis even though my dermatologist gave me a prescription for Absorbica. So they first month this happened I told him they put on that instead and he said it was fine. But every time I get a new prescription from him for Absorbica I always get Claravis. And every time I go into his office they're always like "so you've been on Absorbica for 3 months now" and I'm like "no I've been on Claravis for 3 months now" And yet every time they give me a prescription for Absorbica and the pharmacy always gives me Claravis. But this month I went to the pharmacy and they gave me Absorbica and I told them I've been on Claravis for the past 3 months why am I all of a sudden getting Absorbica and they were like its what the prescription says! And I was like it says that every time and you always give me Claravis! And they made a huge deal out if it and they couldn't even give me my full prescription because they only carried 40mg and I'm suppose to have a 40mg box and a 20mg box.
Then the lady went on to tell me that I'm suppose to have severe acne to go on this medicine and that I should have tried many different topicals and antibiotics before that. And I'm just thinking that this lady has no clue what I have tried and she's not my doctor. So I don't know what her business was telling me that.
But I don't even know if I'm allowed to just switch medications like that halfway through my course! And I don't even have all my medication yet I have to pick it up Tuesday! And if they give me a hard time picking it up I'm going to be so mad.
Also the Absorbica pills are huge. They look like pills for a horse.
Sorry for my rant. It'a just I think it's so weird that my medication is switched halfway through my course.
So basically my dermatologist increased my dose. So for the first two weeks I will be taking 60mg and the next day I will be taking 40mg and every day I will switch between the two. So today I took 60mg and tomorrow I will take 4mg. Just switching between the two dose so it will be like taking 50mg each day. Then for the last two weeks of the 4th month I will be taking 60mg everyday.
Also a side effect I've been having is these little white bumps all over the palms of my hands which he told me were trapped oils inside of the bumps because Accutane made my pores smaller so oil couldn't escape through them. So he gave me some type of CeraVe lotion called renewing SA cream that I just rub on my hands and any dry spots.
So that's about it! So far everything is going good and I hope this month is better than the last! Good luck everyone!
I'm serious. The struggle is real. Also my back and chest decided to break out again after they were like 4 pimples away from being clear. Also I developed weird rashes on my palms of all these little tiny bumps! That are probably the most horrendous things I've ever seen! Yeah I won't be holding anyone's hand anytime soon... Or even giving someone a handshake or touching anyone. I should actually just wear gloves.
My hair is falling out more than usual. Which I don't really care about. It's not like its a lot. And my hair is still oily even though my skin is super dry! And I'm really get tired of putting on moisturizer all the time and putting o. Tons of it before bed. It's uncomfortable and annoying.
So obviously I'm getting really irritated at this point and kind of had enough. But I hope I can make it through this fast.
So besides my horrible cysts I still have lots of whiteheads and blackheads. I swear it feels like I have been on Accutane for 69 years not days. My face is so dry and I seriously am about to go crazy. Not to mention the redness is horrible and my hands are peeling and I have wired bumps on my palms. I can't even wear short sleeved shirts.
My friend uses hand sanitizer on her face. Like literally she takes hand sanitizer and runs it in her face. And a few months ago she had acne that was moderate and now her face is so smooth! She was like it burns a little but it works! I seriously wish I would have tried that!
I also started using Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil to wash my face and I love it. It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth and definitely helps with the dryness.
Other than that! My skin is really clearing up now. Earlier this week I had some cysts that are pretty much gone or are scabs also my chest and back are pretty much clear. I'm so happy right now. And I can't wait to go to the dermatologist on Monday an possibly increase my dose. Also I'm going to request blood work.
Side effects: Dryness, itchiness, mild eczema, easily bruising and getting cuts.
Products for nighttime: wipe off makeup with Yes to Cucumbers soothing hypoallergenic facial towelettes. (These are super gentle on my skin, non-drying, and are 98% natural)
Cleanse with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser for all skin types(to remove and access makeup that might be left in the skin) I found that even moisturizing face washes still dried my skin out and it was better to just use this.
For moisturizer I use Ceraphil Lotion and once that dries I put aquaphor all over my face and neck, including my eyes and lips. Everyone says not to put on aquaphor on your face but my skin is so much less dry, it doesn't break me out, and it heals my skin so fast! Better than any moisturizer I have used! And it's so gentle on my skin and can be used on any part of your body.
Morning: I wash my face off with just warn water because my skin doesn't get as dry during the day.
Then I moisturize with CeraVe lotion and apply liquid foundation (haven't found a specific brand I like) then I cover spots that show through by putting powder foundation on a eyeshadow brush.
During the day I use medicated Chapstick.
For shampoo I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Aussies 3 minute miracle.
I honk that's it! I just wanted to give an updated routine because I changed it up and this works so well for me and so much better than my other one!