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About Freemimo

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  • Interests costume design, fashion, dogs (specifically my two japanese chin), traveling, camping, food

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  1. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Day 39   

    inndem hahaha i'm totally going to buy sunflower oil tonight! i bought some olive oil shampoo for black hair and have been using that every other week and might be too oily for my hair. cant wait to have cover girl hair!
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  2. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Day 54
    DAY 54: holy crap, i cant believe im almost finished with my second month. i haven't updated because i have been hella busy with finals and work. well just to follow up from my last post. those two cysts that were under my eye weren't going away any time soon, but i did notice they were flaky in the morning. by the fifth day i was able to insert a needle into them and drain them. the one closest to my eye went away completely and the other one which was the biggest of the two took awhile to completely heal. there's a tiny scar, but ill take care of that when im off of accutane. other than those two spots my skin has been looking great. i love not having to oil blot my face every 30 minutes. all the old acne scars are fading. there are a few under the skin cysts along my jawline, but i only notice them when i touch my face. ahh i can't wait for all this to be over. the side effects are tolerable, but super obnoxious. every morning when i open my mouth, the sides of my mouth crack open. not a pleasant feeling. im always thirsty and my back hurts like a mother. headaches here and there and i have been more aware of my emotions, which help a lot. so in a nutshell my side effects have been and probably will remain are..

    headaches here and there
    cracked/chapped lips
    dry hair (dont have to wash my hair for a week!)
    my cuticles are disappearing!!!
    dry skin, but not to an extreme flaky mess
    back pain

    products that im using:
    cetaphil gently cleanser
    cerave am moisturizer (love this stuff)
    head and shoulders itch relief
    olive oil conditioner (once a week and only on the ends of my hair)
    cocoa butter and coconut oil for body moisturizer
    makeup remover clothes for dry and sensitive skin from trader joes (LOVE LOVE LOVE)

    for make up ive been using chanel vitalumiere. it doesn't have heavy coverage, but thats okay since my scars are fading anyway. this foundation is amazing!! its so moisturizing and leaves my skin dewy, not oily!! its pricey, but so is accutane.

    anyway, i love accutane and it has really boosted my confidence. cheers to another 4 months!!
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  3. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Day 39   

    inndem thanks!! i have two bottles of jojobo oil (great for massages) so ill try that tonight. the flakiness isnt as bad as it was during the first month. ya, this IB is awful. im trying not to let it get to me, but they're so painful and angry!!! im hoping they will dry up and flatten before the weekend. that sucks about your conditioner! great way to find out you're allergic to something.. not!!! anyway, i hope your course is going well..
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  4. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Day 39
    DAY 39: the cyst under my eye came back and he brought a friend! two cysts under my right eye and they're just there for all the world to see. one of them came to a head, but doesn't seem to be going down. theres about five zit things on my forehead. i guess im not done with the IB. wahhhhhh!!! i haven't washed my hair in almost two weeks! gross? its so dry and my hair isnt even oily!! surprisingly enough, it doesn't smell bad. TMI? anyway, here is what i have been experiencing:

    chapped lips
    breaking out
    dry eyes (my boyfriend visited me at work and told me my eyes were so blood shot, so he bought me some rewetting drops.)
    dry hair and scalp
    my cuticles have disappeared
    headaches almost every single day

    cant think of any more right now

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  5. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Day 35 :) Week 5 Is Overrr   

    yay for clear skin!! im waiting for my boyfriend to tell me that, although whenever i ask him how my face is, he says it looks great. (liar!!) haha anyway, im so happy that your journey is going smoothly!!!!
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  6. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Day 31
    DAY 31: Last week I was going to call my derm to get something for my IB and the awful cysts on my face, but it turned out that I had my appt anyway. Lucky me! When I went in, my derm said that my face was looking a lot better and that she could shoot up my cysts with some cortisone to help with the inflammation. Obviously, I obliged without any hesitation. Two to three days later all the bumps went down and that cyst under my eye was completely gone. Thank the universe for cortisone. Anyway, my derm up-ed my dosage from 40 mg to 60 mg and since I don't have insurance, it would cost a lot more than the first month. I also had to pay for the cortisone shots, which I didn't mind because those cysts were ruining my life. I hope my IB is over, although I have about two to three actives right now and a tons of black heads and some white heads that come and go. The black heads on my nose look disgustingly raised and I keep feeling the top my nose.. it feels like a weird porcupine. GROSS!

    Anyway, today I took my first dose of 40 mg, followed by a dose of 20 mg. The symptoms thus far are:

    dry/sore throat, super thirsty (just like the first day/week when I first started claravis
    dry patches on face
    itchy spots on arms
    chapped lips (DUH!)
    flimsy nails (its a struggle trying to get those pills out)

    That's about it!! I will keep you guys updated.
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  7. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Day 25 - Dry Throat, Smoking, And Popping   

    i used to smoke too and the other night i smoked one and woke up with a sore throat and a headache!!! i hate when i follow through with a temporary craving!
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  8. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry First Month On Accutane   

    i think im about 4 or 5 days behind you. on my third week, i had a nasty IB and i went to the derm and she shot all my cystic acne with cortisone and three days later my skin is looking okay. no raised bumps! maybe you should ask your derm about it?! good luck and keep your head up!
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  9. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Day 22   

    amoxilworx I hope so too! I'm going to call her tomorrow. It really makes me happy to hear that you found a regimen that works for you. I can't wait for the day to say that I haven't had a cystic break out in forever!! That is so awesome, I'm kind of jealous!

    MollDoll Thank you for the response! I was supposed to go out last night with some friends, but I decided not to because of my skin(of course) and definitely curled up and watched a movie.

    Are you worried about your Vitamin A intake on Paleo? I'm going to ask my Derm tomorrow when I call her. Also, how long did your IB last?

    inndem I had a feeling that the sweet potatoes and kale might be risking it. And of course, I just went to the market and bought a bunch of those two things! I'm really hoping that all these bumps will dry up before next week, because I am going to be working a lot and wont have time to stress out about my skin.
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  10. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Day 19   

    amoxilworx thank you for sending me those links. im going to go to the drug store tomorrow and see whats cheaper. the only time i wear make up is when i have to work, which unfortunately is becoming more often since the holidays are coming up. i usually take off my make up as soon as i get home, because i feel like a cake face. yuck! its getting really hard now because my IB is in full force.

    nbyrww thanks for the response.. im going to look into cerave tommorw. ive heard great things about the line. i am trying so hard not to squeeze those nasty little things. its really frustrating!!
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  11. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Day 22
    DAY 22: yesterday was really hard guys. i had an emotional break down and freaked the f out on my boyfriend (bless his heart) my skin looks terrible.. its really putting me into an emotional state that is really distracting. the appearance of my face just looks unhealthy.. all my pores are the size of hubcaps filled with either white nastiness or black nastiness. i have that stupid cyst by my eye still that is so angry.. its literally so big, that its obstructing my right eyes vision! the cysts on my chin and cheeks that exploded the other day are still raised and look like there not done making my life a living hell. all kinds of new bumps are rising from the dungeons of acne land. i guess this is the IB that i was hoping i would surpass. im going to call my dermatologist to see if she can prescribe me something that will help tame the initial break out.

    also, the other day.. i thought i had cracked my lip, but it turns out a cold sore was forming. i immediately treated the area with cold sore medication and it went away. thank the universe! im prone to cold sores and i heard that accutane weakens your immune system, which, in some cases, causes people to have an outbreak, if susceptible to cold sores. im keeping a close eye on those things, because those are the worst, especially when one has acne! (i apologize for all the grammar errors and run on sentences)

    i also changed my diet to help with my energy levels. im now eating a paleo diet, which is basically lean meats, veggies, and some fruits and nuts. of course ill have my cheat meals on the weekends, because i love my ice cream and hot cheetos!!! anyway, i think i have noticed a slight difference, then again, its only been a week! if anyone you fellow accutaners have experienced paleo while on the drug, please let me know your thoughts!!! too much vitamin A in sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach?!

    in a nut shell, my side effects have been:

    chapped lips (premature cold sore)
    super dry scalp (itchiness treated with anti itch head and shoulder)
    itchy patches on arms (no rashes yet)
    initial break out
    minor back and shoulder pain
    emotional and unreasonable

    thats all i can think of right now! it feels so good to type out my thoughts and concerns regarding this journey. no one understands except for my virtual accutane buddies. i love you guys and thank you all for the support.
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  12. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Week 2 Complete   

    nbkyrww i bought some head and shoulders itch relief and holy toledo it felt sooo good and minty (if that makes sense?) after that my scalp hasnt itched too bad, although it is still super flaky and dry. im going to try to put some jojoba oil where the dryness is.. maybe that will help?!
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  13. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Day 19
    DAY 19: HOLY BLACK HEADS!!!! thats all i can really say right now! they are all over my cheeks and my face all of a sudden got super super dry and flaky today. the cyst below my eye is ginormous and painful. all the other cysts on my chin and cheeks exploded this morning, so now they are dry, scabby bumps. blah! also, time to get some new makeup that's more moisturizing. any suggestions? any suggestions on face moisturizers?
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  14. Freemimo added a comment on a blog entry Accutane Week 2 Complete   

    inndem thank you for the advice. its so crazy because i would have to wash my hair everyday because it used to get soo oily and greasy. now its the opposite! ooh accutane!!!
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  15. Freemimo added a blog entry in ACCUTANE Journey F/26   

    Accutane Week 2 Complete
    WEEK 2:

    i think the initial breakout has begun. my left cheek, which is usually the good side, has about 4 active cysts with some brewing under the surface. a honker just appeared on my chin and theres a bunch of zits/tiny pimples all along the right side of my temple, eyebrow, and hairline. there is also a super painful cyst forming under my right eye and when i say right under my eye, i mean, literally right under my eye. it hurts so bad!!!! any suggestions?! has anyone experienced cysts in this area? if so, how long did it last on accutane? usually cysts like this for me last a week and thats when i use draw out salve liberally. i dont want to go that route because its so close to my eye. i noticed today at work that my face seems really tight. also, there are dry patches forming on my lip area, chin, and nose. here are some other symptoms i have been experiencing since i last posted:

    SUPER chapped lips
    extremely dry and itchy scalp
    always parched
    itching spells
    sore/dry throat, which keeps me up all night because of the cough associated with all that
    just want to sleep!!!!!

    i think thats it for now. i will update sooner than later guys!!!
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