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Day-Week-Month walkthrough of Oratane experience. As a 20yr-old girl, I've had very bad acne my entire life. Hopefully through this process, I'll be acne free for the first time in my life!

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Day 18: Update

It's been about a week since my last post, and there have been lots of changes since then.

My skin has broken out around my mouth (extremely annoying and slightly painful with the really dry lips), and my forehead. They tend to be the ones that build up from underneath the surface of my skin, and get red/swollen. The ones around my mouth are whiteheads...

Since my last post, my lips have gotten really dry. Usually they form this waxy type of coating which is SUPER uncomfortable. The only way I'm able to remedy this is to use Blistex, which helps a lot. My skin overall is also quite dry, so I try and avoid makeup as much as possible, only applying water-based foundation underneath/around my eyes in the morning. I also have noticed that my although my pimples dry up quite fast, they still are red. The contrast of my red pimples to my clearer skin makes me look quite pale.

Also, for all the girls out there who are where I'm at: who feel ugly, dirty, discouraged, disheartened, and depressed about their skin's appearance at this stage... remember that the medication PUSHES the dirt from underneath your skin, out. So all of that crap that's been sitting in your pores for God knows how long, is finally coming out and cleansing your skin. It dries up the rest. I have to continually keep telling myself that over and over.. that this next month is going to be really hard. But think about it, your skin becomes CURED of acne. It biologically changes something in your body to rid your skin of hormone-induced acne. So personally, a month or so of bad skin that can lead to a lifetime of clarity is SO worth the wait. Hang in there with me, girls!

:) xo

So I'm halfway into week 2, just took pill #10, and it's not too bad. My skin is moderately dry, some flakiness, my lips are quite dry and hurt (as was expected), and my joints don't feel bad. New pimples have surfaced near my hairline and above my upper lip which are clustered, but they tend to subside if they aren't agitated or have any makeup on them.

I know for girls that not putting makeup on is quite hard, but it actually helps a LOT. I still use mascara, eyebrow pencil, and a little bit of water-based coverup underneath my eyes, but that's it. Nothing on my cheeks, forehead, chin, or nose. I find that it makes my skin even dryer when I DO use it all over.

I have noticed that my acne scars have faded a lot since being on this medication. My cheeks aren't as red as they used to be, which is surprising considering it's only day 10. However, I still have this whole month as "battle phase" so we'll see how it pans out.

That's it that's all!

Day 4: Update

It's now day 4 of taking the treatment. I have noticed some new pimples, but nothing super drastic. They typically pop on their own after I wash my face. I'm trying to wear the least amount of makeup as possible, drinking LOTS of water, and moisturizing regularly. My lips haven't gotten dry yet, but I apply Blistex often in order to delay it as much as possible. It was quite windy today, so skin feels slightly sensitive. My doctor recommended sugar-free gum to help with a dry mouth, bad breath, and helping my mouth to stay moist to protect my teeth.

I have an off and on headache, but my period started yesterday, so that could be a contributing factor. As for joint pain, I'm not sure if it's due to the medication. I operate TV cameras for 3-4 hours at a time, and most of it is standing... it could quite possibly be from that as well.

That's it for today!

First day ever taking Oratane (Accutane). I took Accutane when I lived at home in Canada, but had to come off of it because I couldn't meet the blood test dates due to moving to Australia. Now, I'm back on their version of Accutane, so we'll see where this goes!

While on Accutane, I had some progress. I wasn't on it for very long, and I did have the side effects of severe dry lips and flaky, dry facial skin. My hands were moderately dry, but I didn't notice any other side effects besides that. I'm quite active: exercise 4-5 days a week, I eat healthy, and also just started taking fish oil capsules (1000mg per capsule), 4x a day (to equal 4g). Hopefully that will help with inflammation in my skin when the war breaks out on my face in week 4 (as I was warned).

Trying to maintain a +'ve outlook on the fact that my skin WILL get worse before it gets better. However, my sister is on the exact same treatment, except she's a lot further along, and was SUPER excited for me when I told her I was going on it as well. Her skin looks incredibly gorgeous, and she's been on Accutane for about 8 months (she decided to do another round of treatment due to how severe her acne was).

Planning to use: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30 moisturizer for dry face (worked wonders with Accutane, but $$$)

Blistex Lip Medex for dry lips

Vaseline Intense Therapy for dry hands

Clearasil gentle face scrub for flakiness (probably going to discontinue using this b/c skin will be 10x more sensitive)

Here are pictures of my acne as of day 1: cheeks, chin, and forehead. As you can see, I have the type of pimples that come up from underneath the skin, the puss ones. NOT fun.