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Normally I do weekly updates of my isotretinoin course, however the improvement is suddenly so significant I felt it should be posted a couple of days early.

I have no active acne. No open or infected scabs, no zits, no lumps under the skin, nothing! I still have a few healing scabs, and a worrying (to me, purely because I don't know how I can treat it) amount of scarring but my skin is effectively flat. This is strange to me, considering 5 days ago I was on the verge of giving up!

I know it's early on in the course (9 weeks on Friday the 10th) so it probably won't stay so perfect for long but I've been so negative up until now that I felt it deserved some recognition.

I may just be imagining it, but my lips have got even more dry (which I didn't think was possible!) in a similar time period, which makes me think the isotretinoin was really starting to make itself known in the body.

But anyway, finally a happy update!! I have endless red marks over my face that are definite scars a few noticeable scabs but absolutely no open or seemingly forming acne, which makes me unbelievably happy! The scabs are healing in a way that makes me think they will probably add to my scar collection but I can focus on them once my course is over, so I'm not going to let it spoil how happy I am that the accutane has suddenly started showing such good results.

Hopefully this is the start of even more improvement :)

So today is exactly 8 weeks since I took my first isotretinoin dose. I have had no noticeable improvement since my last blog entry a week ago, or indeed the start of my course, so it appears my improvement will not happen in an early month as it does for others, but nonetheless I will continue :)

I had my 3rd dermatologist appointment yesterday. It was pretty simple- she asked about my side effects and to rate them as mild, moderate or severe. I tried to avoid the severe word as I didn't feel like I suffer anywhere near as much as some people seem to with the side effects! She also asked how I was feeling in myself and I told her truthfully that I was fed up of my skin, but that's no different to any other day! She didn't seem too worried about anything or the fact that it hadn't started working yet. I'm still on 50mg a day, presumably because we're working on a 1mg/kg dose.

I then decided to ask about the pill. I had originally opted out in order to try and avoid throwing medication at my body left right and centre. She assumed it was for its "main" purpose but in reality I'm hoping it will help improve the acne as well because I seem to have worse skin at certain days which I'm now concerned is to do with hormones, which worries me in case I'm not even meant to be on accutane. But it's probably just paranoia since I've had no improvement yet. I'm off to go have that awkward chat with my GP today about it all and see which he suggests.

I haven't changed any products I've been using so far, Carmex is still the only thing that comes close to sorting my dry lips! And I don't see any point in trying to find a new moisturiser when diprobase works perfectly well.

So, another week gone! I hope one day I'll be able to write a blog post raving about my improvement, but we'll see :)

Today is my seventh week on roaccutane (isotretinoin).

So far, I am not particularly optimistic, due to the fact my acne is 5x worse than when it started. However I will give the pills credit in the sense that my side effects haven't been too bad, and it appears that the acne that appears heals quicker than perhaps before. Only a little quicker, but noticeably so.

I've had the whole dry lips, dry nose, dry skin shenanigans, but this is nothing that a bit of Carmex lipbalm and some Diprobase haven't calmed down, and my eczema is bearable. I'm prone to eczema anyway, so it's only in the usual places of behind my knees and on my arms. My hair is a bit brittle, but this is coming from an unnatural blonde so I hold previous bleaching responsible too :) I've had the odd nosebleed but it's not gushing blood, it's very obvious that my nose is just a bit dry. If I was seeing improvement, I barely would've noticed all these side effects!

That being said, my face is currently a mess of infected open wounds, so I'm not the happiest bunny around. I have my next appointment on the 2nd of January though, so I'll be sure to have a bit of a chat about what I can apply topically or any tips for controlling what I presume is my initial breakout (though I'm pretty sure I've been on my initial breakout since about 8 days in).

Not the happiest update, but nonetheless I will stick to it and can only hope it will show improvement in a few weeks smile.png

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