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Most annoying side effects this far: dry lips, sore ankles in the morning, and back pain.
Back pain has gotten a lot worse as of late. Itchy scalp...ew. Blackheads still hanging around on my forehead, but getting better. Hair still gets slightly oily. Backs of hands are dry as well as a few spots around my wrist from time to time. Some side effects have subsided such as the small amount of blood I had in my nose and the pain in my neck and shoulders in the morning when I wake up. But yeah..this is basically a pointless blog. 10 more days til the 1 month mark!
My skin: Is looking better. My scars are beginning to fade which is a GREAT sign since it's so early in the treatment. I have about 3 active pimples. 2 of them are on either side of my mouth and they just keep popping back up. The other is on the upper right side of my cheek...and I picked at it. Blackheads appear like they are getting closer to the surface on my forehead, but it's not real noticeable yet. I am still gently exfoliating about every day.
Side effects: A teenyyy amount of blood in my nose, but not even enough to count. Body aches...feeling like I've been walking around an amusement park or something all day just when I've been out shopping for an hour or so. Dry upper arms (not bad yet), but they were dry before I started treatment. Dry lips, but no cracking and they're not disgustingly red like last time. They appear perfectly normal, they just feel weird and it's annoying. Not very hungry in the morning, but it's getting better. Hair still seems the same..it may be a LITTLE dryer. I am washing it every other day right now. Feeling very tired a lot of the time (especially right now). Chest pains when I inhale sometimes.
That seems to be about it. i am thankful that I haven't had some of the other side effects I had last time yet like dry eyes and sensitive gums. I am looking forward to seeing my progress at the month mark. Oh yeah...and I am starting to feel itchy under my left nostril which as I remember, is the first sign to the skin cracking right there. So I am trying to keep that moisturized.
No sensitive gums yet, which is why I am trying to finish up these white strips. I had a cold a few days ago...not sure if it was accutane related or not. My energy is a little low but not enough to where I've noticed much. I've had 2 pimples so far...one was on my upper lip and I popped it even though I know I shouldn't have..but that's just a terrible place to have a nasty looking pimple. I am trying to leave the other one on the left side of my mouth alone. Although last night I treated both places with the proactiv refining mask all night and today I put a small amount of 2.5% BP on them. It will be really nice if I don't have an initial breakout. I didn't really have one last time.
Today I am not feeling very good. I have been cramping all day, but I shouldn't be starting my period for another 2 weeks..so that stinks.
I bought some of the Palmer's cocoa butter oil stuff the other day and have been mixing a few drops of that into my moisturizer morning and night to treat my scars. I was going to buy bio oil, but I thought I'd try something cheaper first. However, I don't think it will do anything for hyperpigmentation which is my biggest issue. Right now I'm just kind of letting time make those dark spots fade, once I get into my third month or something I may try a product for that.
The funny thing is I havent been getting any breakouts/pimples for several weeks now (even before I started the meds)...it's mainly these dark spots! My doctor said I needed to do a second cycle because I just keep getting more and more scars. So it will be very interesting to see what my skin looks like in a couple months or something. I have been reading old entries on this and I think around day 11 last time is when allllllll the blackheads started popping up...so I am really dreading that. I have been exfoliating, but I've been pretty gentle with that. Every few days I use the "St. Ive's" apricot scrub with salicylic acid and on other days I use a more gentle, "Simple" facial scrub. I am hoping that this will help with the blackheads.
Other symptoms....oh I woke up really sore today. My neck and shoulders just hurt and felt stiff. Dry lips as mentioned above. I think that's about it so far.
So I've been off of accutane for a little over a year now...but now I have to do a second cycle. THIS BLOWS!!!! I started breaking out several months ago and nothing is stopping it. My doctor said I probably should have been on a higher dosage on the first cycle. So this time I am gonna go higher but my derm is a little worried because I'm only 103 pounds and he thinks it might not be good for me, but I guess that's what we're gonna do.
I'm really scared about what this is gonna do to my liver and organs! But at the same time, I am sooo self conscious right now and I don't wanna feel that way! I'm too old to be dealing with this..ok so I'm only 20, but I hardly see anyone these days with acne problems.
If anyone has any advice, words of wisdom, etc...it would be appreciated.
Hello hello everyone
Everything with my skin is going great. No acne, no blackheads, no whiteheads, nothing. It's reallllly nice. I just wish I didn't have the little scars right on the apples of my cheeks. They make me sad.
Ugh I have strep throat though. I have been feeling real lousy for almost 3 days now. Went to the doctor today and they confirmed it was strep and gave me penicillin.
But back to accutane....
Anyone who is considering trying this drug...DO IT. It really is a miracle. If you're tired of trying different prescriptions, spending money going to the derm and buying everything you can think of, then lets end this battle with accutane. The side effects are definitely blown out of proportion. Don't be afraid of them, just be aware. I was terrified to go on this, but I didn't suffer from ANY major side effects. My best friend has really bad skin and has had it since 3rd grade. She has selfish parents that have never taken her to the derm and they drilled it into her brain that it's too expensive so she has suffered ever since and she is now in college. I hate that her parents didn't care enough about her self esteem to try to help her. So anyway, she buys all these dumb expensive things from the store like clearasil, clean and clear 3 step kit, the neutrogena "wave" ..gosh...it's dumb. Cystic acne isn't going to go away using this junk, heavy medications are the only way out. So yeah, I'm done venting on that. But my point is, nothing you buy or use is going to satisfy you or guaruntee clear skin except for accutane. Don't waste your time and money on things that don't work. I was on many prescriptions before and for a while they kept my skin under CONTROL but they never completely stopped the activity or got rid of my blackheads which I hated. So other prescriptions are a temporary fix and you'll have to continue getting them filled or switching once you become too immune to them. It's a vicious cycle. TRUST ME.
Wow, I haven't updated in a long time. Umm...my skin is clear. Although I have a few tiny bumps in a couple places. I don't know if they are white heads are what. I don't really notice them but I can feel them when I touch my face. I still get those dand dry patches but I just put up with them. I went to the derm the other day and got my LAST PERSCRIPTION!!! So that was pretty exciting! It's been a long journey, but at the same time it went really fast, once I quit thinking about it all the time. That's why I didn't blog all the time. My derm said my skin looked really good, there was no activity, and that he wanted to see me 9 weeks from now to see how I was doing. I'm SO ready to be off of accutane but at the same time I'm terrified that my acne will come back.
I've looked back at pictures from last spring break and I can see a really nice difference. My scars still bother me but I hope that they will fade eventually. Mineral makeup covers them well, so it's really not a hassle to take care of.
Back to college on Monday. I don't want to go back!!!
My skin isn't behaving like I had hoped it would at this point. I mean I got this huge zit on my chin a couple days ago which I popped yesterday to relieve pressure but now it's this really red spot. I have 2 dry patches on either side of my mouth. The dry patches on my arms are returning. They were gone for quite a while and now they're back. Everything seems to happen in cycles. The truth is, I am really tired of being on this stuff. I want to wash my hair everyday again, to have moisture in my skin and lips, to just feel normal. I would also like to stop losing hair. My hair has been so dry and annoying I am seriously thinking about cutting it all off, and mind you, my hair is at my lower back right now. It's prettyyy long. My whole body is darkly tanned right now but my face keeps on like, rejecting the sun. Like, I'll get some sun on it, but by the time evening roles around it looks like it's gone. Or when I exfoliate my face or just wash it, I can feel that tanned skin just rolling off. So it's frustrating because my face doesn't match the rest of me. It's been hard to be positive when I feel so defeated. I'm just wondering how much longer it's going to take before I can see a big difference in my skin. But on a happier note, a new Twilight trailer teaser just came out and I watched it and it made me very excited!!
Things are getting better from the last blog I write! My skin is feeling really smooth and I put aquaphor on my dry patch and it's helping a lot! My nose hasn't been as sore. Tell you what I love it when I have a few days where I feel like I am looking good! They don't last long though. But I'm in my second month so hopefully by the end of this month I'll be looking even better!
I haven't had any new pimples I don't think. A few whiteheads here and there. The only thing bugging me is the dry patches that are red and other red marks from past breakouts or zits I popped...mistake. Haha. With my mineral makeup you can hardly see them though.
Oh. my. gosh. I went to the Indy Zoo with my family on Sunday and danggg I was sore from walking around all day. My ankles were killing me, my back, just all over. But my mom gave me a massage that night so I was grateful for that.
I went kayaking today for about 2.5 hours and it was at midday so....hopefully I don't look like a lobster by tomorrow morning. I had sunscreen on but in certain places I used a very low SPF.
Still haven't heard a word about my blood test. I'm really getting worried about that for my liver's sake!!! I didn't even get one before I started accutane. Which I think most people do. Am I going to a quack derm or what? I really like him though.
My forehead is so smooth it's amazing!! I love touching it, but I probably shouldn't be! Haha. It looks perfect. I don't think I have anymore blackheads either. I can't wait to see what I look like at the end of my 3rd month.
My derm hasn't bumped me up on my dosage yet. I have been on 40 mg for 2 months and he thinks I am doing really well with it.
Things are not going so well. I have dry patches on my arms, and they are multiplying. They are pink so they show quite a bit. My nose is dry inside and out. I am getting dry skin on my face (this hasn't happened til now) and I also have a dry patch on my face!! NOT easy to cover with makeup!! The smallest things like this just knock my self esteem down quite a few steps.
So I'll be going to the pool here soon and I'm worried about what the chlorine will do to my hair and skin. Anyone have any input on that?
I have back pain, pain in my calves, and ankles. I only get the back pain when I sneeze..weird. And I only get the other pains when I am at work and when I get home from work.
I ran out of my St. Ive's apricot scrub and I have been using it all along..well since I haven't used it in the last few days maybe that's why I developed this dry patch..ugh. I better buy some more!
I've been tanning outside and fake baking on rainy days and I'm fine. The only thing I noticed was my neck got pink. That's my sensitive spot now that I'm on accutane.
I also cried myself to sleep the other night. Depression?? Well, I don't think so because I had reason to be upset. A guy I worked with died on Thursday in a freak accident. He was a really sweet old man..maybe 60's or 70's and he just had eye surgery. Well, surgery went fine. Next day he was under his car doing something and the jack broke and the car collapsed on him. I'm so torn up by this. Just how it happened. I was working with him one day and the next day he's gone. The weird thing is, on Tuesday of that week he talked to my uncle (the boss) in his office and he gave his life to Christ. By Thursday he's gone. It's just insane. ANDD on Monday I think it was? My uncle told all of the employees to pray for Mike because he is having eye surgery and my uncle was getting choked up about it. I'm thinking..Ok...what the big deal, he's just getting cataracts which is very common. But my uncle was like "He really needs a lot of prayer" so it was almost like he knew something was going to happen. I don't know.
Second reason I cried myself to sleep was because of my cat. She was sick all day and growing up with cats, most of the time if they are sick, it's not all day. She was throwing up foam-bad sign. She was seen chewing on my sister's laptop cords-bad sign. And acted very sluggish almost in a daze. I was really really worried about her. She wouldn't eat or drink. Then late that night she was laying on my bed and I was ready to go to sleep and I wanted her out of my room. So I try to pick her up and she growls at me. She NEVER has done that. THEN I try using the sheet on the bed to kind of push her off. She hisses at me and snaps at me. Again, never happens. At this point I am crying. I finally got her out by going downstairs and shaking the treat container. She doesn't eat the treat. So I run back upstairs and get in bed. I was hysterical over this. I think it was because I read all these stories through google about her condition and I thought she was going to die during the night. But she is fine now, thank God.
Alright, enough for now. Hoepfully my skin will get better soon because these dry patches aren't attractive.
PS. My derm never told me to get a blood test and I am going to my second month appt. within a few days! Anyone have this problem? I heard that he may not have told me to get one because I am on a low dosage. Plus before I started treatment he said they would do the blood tests there in their office...?
My nose is really dry inside. In fact when I rub it I can tell how sore it is inside.
Whenever I sneeze I get this awful twinge in my back and it hurts bad. I know it's the accutane. Sneezing is no longer pleasurable. Haha.
I have 2 pimples right now. One I thought was a bite of some sort but since it seems dryish today I think it was just a stubborn pimple and is getting better.
I just can't wait til I am completely clear.
I don't even have a dry face and my lips don't bother me because I know the tricks around it. I'm really grateful for it too.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
I just read something about having trouble getting earrings in while on accutane. Well, this has happened to me as well. Weird! I'm still working on the crack on the right side of my mouth. It's not severe though. I still get little pimples from time to time and they stick out because they are red and the rest of me is basically clear. My forehead is really smoothe today. I think the blackheads that were there are gone. But I still have some on my nose and chin and who knows where else. My scars have faded, but they're still there and that's what's hard to deal with. I don't want to get a chemical peel when this is all done and over because I saw one done on tv the other day and for a week (after getting one) she looked quite scary.
Anyway I won't update much unless something happens, because right now I'm just coasting along.
Well, nothing is really happening. I have 2 lovely zits on my face. Um..blackheads are still there. I washed my hair on Sunday and I just now washed it again today (Friday) WHOA. And the thing is...it didn't need washed even in the slightest bit. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Although the other night when I took a shower I put a deep condition on it, but I did not shampoo it. The right side of my mouth is trying very hard to start another crack. Here we go again....BUT I have my neosporin so I'm good.
I can't wait until I am in the third month because I hear that that's when most people start seeing progress if not completely clear. And I have very mild acne so I'm hoping I get lucky. I'm worred about my hair though because once my cousins get there pool ready I will be over there about every day swimming and I'm afraid of what the chlorine will do to my hair..and skin for that matter.
My hair has changed texture but I only notice it when I'm in the shower. It feels dry. Other than that, no dry skin and lips are just fine with carmex.