jesuislouise

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  1. 28

    Im still suffering from a minor breakout. I just have a few pimples dotted around my face, the skin coloured ones that don't really come to much. I think its definitely down to the fact that my dose has double so maybe its just bringing stuff to the surface quicker than 20mg would have. My overall skin texture is good, I have PIH on my right cheek which annoys me because my left side looks completely clear but i know that will fade in time. I feel a little bit gutted at how long my skin is taking to clear, last time I was on roaccutane my skin was reaaaallly clear by this point. Im hoping that in the next couple of weeks the 40mg a day will really kick in and I will start to see a vast improvement. I still have like 3 months left though so there is still time! Theres not much more to report on, the rash on my hands seem quite stubborn and aren't disappearing as quickly as they did on 40mg. My skin doesnt seem anymore dry which is a bonus! I definitely feel more tired though, yesterday I nappy for 2 hours because i was just so exhausted!
  2. 28

    I've been taking 40mg a day for the past 10 days and so far so good, I am suffering a tiny breakout at the minute on my right cheek but its only small, I just know I will have PIH to deal with after...! UGH. I did have a rash come up all over my face which seems to have gone away, I don't know if this was my skins reaction to taking more accutane but it's gone now so I'm not bothered. My hands have come up in a rash again but I know that will go in a few days. The only other thing I have experienced is tiredness, I feel really sleepy all the time! Anyway I have 2% on my laptop rn but will do a proper update in a couple of days! Maybe on the two week mark!
  3. 27

    I've just re read my blog '26' and i spoke about my PD in that, in-between blog 26 and 27 my PD flared up and went down. The ACV and zinc soap did manage it to a certain extent, but the skin where it had been was not healing and stayed dry/shiny. It's only since I've cut out all SLS that my skin has completely gone back to normal, this is the first time it's looked normal in about 7 months!
  4. 27

    It's been nearly 2 weeks since my last post and at LONG LAST my perioral dermatitis has GONE! I have known all along that SLS is major trigger for PD and while I changed my face wash, tooth paste and moisturiser to SLS free brands I never even thought to change my shampoo and body wash!!! I had been using apple cider vinegar with ok results and although it cleared the bumps I was still dealing with the redness and dry patches where the bumps had been. I don't even know why I bought SLS free shampoo and body wash but within a day it began to clear. That was about 4 days ago now and I have no trace of PD on my face! I now use Nobles Zinc soap to wash my face and Cetaphils body and face moisturiser for my face. In terms of acne, I have absolutely no active spots at the minute with a small amount of PIH! I don't know if its worth saying that for the past 2 weeks I have been taking supplements: a multi vitamin, vitamin e 400iu, zinc and iron. I have read that vitamin e helps towards fading red marks and I have noticed that mine are fading although it might be too soon to tell. My skin is generally looking SO much better, especially now my PD has gone. I was also bumped up to 40mg a day as of Friday the 24th so I'm sure the side effects will be out in full force in the next couple of weeks. I'm really pleased with my progress at the moment and so happy to have my PD sorted! Never under estimate the power of SLS!!!
  5. 26

    Quite a lot has happened since my last post. I've since come to the conclusion that the rash around my mouth is intact Perioral Dermatitis, I don't need a confirmation from a doctor, it's pretty obvious. Since discovering this I've been able to make the changes to prevent further outbreaks, like cutting out all SLS (I now use an SLS free tooth paste and face wash). I managed to clear the stubborn PD with Nobles Zinc soap and apple cider vinegar which did the job in literally 2 days. I used my Cetaphil cleanser this morning and last night and the rash is starting to come back so that confirms my suspicions! I'm going to continue using the zinc soap and see how I get on, the only down fall is that it's reality drying on my already parched skin. My skin is generally looking good, although i did damage it when the PD had spread to my eyes and I put pure ACV on it. OMG the burn and OMG the dry skin the next day. Today it's looking a lot less blotchy and I'm managing the dry skin with tons of moisturiser and Aquaphor! MY break outs are still happening. When I say breakouts I literally mean 2 spots and although that isn't much the PIH lingers for weeks so even though I'm acne free I still have a lot of red marks which is annoying. The spots I'm getting are really painful deep ones that come out over a few days and linger for a while. I was given the option to bump up to 40mg at my last derm appointment which I'm definitely going to take him up on. My skin is good but not amazing and I feel like that extra 20mg will be the boost I need. The thing I'm really struggling with is how parched my skin is, particularly around my mouth where I had the PD, it's just really red and you can see fine lines where its just lacking any kind of moisture. SO annoying. Apart from that I'm doing fine, my achy joints have gone and eczema has replaced it which I'm not bothered about. I'll update in a week when I'll hopefully have made the call to my derm to bump unto 40mg!
  6. 25

    I actually wrote this blog on my phone on the 8th February but just totally forgot to post. My skin isn't changing too much at the minute. I was going to write a post on the weekend to say the rash around my mouth has cleared but it's come back up again, I think a lot of it has to do with lack of moisturise and so my skin gets irritated and a bit itchy. My face is pretty much clear apart from PIH and literally in the last day I've developed a big red spot on my cheek bone, it's been brewing for a while but it's now really red - not sore though! I was thinking this morning that I'm 2 weeks off being half way through my accutane course, I can't believe how quickly it's going. I'm a bit scared to come off and for my skin go back to how it was! I've been on accutane twice before and both times my skin has relapsed, not as bad as it originally was but the perfection that accutane gives you is not attainable. I need to just remember to not experiment too much with skin care and to just stick with what works for me. That is my down fall, my husband calls my beauty cabinet a pharmacy because there's so many skin products in it LOL!
  7. 24

    I think tomorrow marks the 2 month mark for me! My skin hasn't changed much from last time I wrote, the spot that I pot around my mouth has healed and I just have pigmentation now. The one under my eye didn't really amount to anything but I still have a red mark. I was bad and popped a spot again, around my mouth, which was sitting there for ages. I picked at it and this massive seed came out - i know people will relate to how SATISFYING THAT IS!!! So that is a bit red but I've plastered Aquaphor on it in the hopes that it will heal the skin faster. Apart form that my skin looks good! The rash around my mouth rears its ugly head every so often but I think thats going to be a daily battle and possibly just down to dry/irritated skin! The only thing thats annoying me is that I'm dealing with a bit of PIH, I know red marks are more prominent on Accutane but its soon annoying. I think I will probably bump up to 40mg in a few weeks just to speed this process up a bit more, I'm also not dealing with that many side effects so I'm not bothered about that getting worse. The side effects I am experiencing are dry nose/bleeding and aching joints! I've really noticed that it takes a lot longer for things to heal, I didn't realise how often I cut my legs shaving so Im currently enjoying several small cuts on my legs at the minute which seem to take weeks to heal...! Looking forward to this next week and hopefully clearer skin!
  8. 23!

    So since my last blog not much has changed. Another spot has developed, again around my mouth and again, really bloody painful. I actually did exactly what I said I wouldn't do and popped it, I managed to not damage the skin and oh my god the relief, no more pain. So thats healing nicely, my lovely niece scratched me and so have a red mark on my chin from that. The only other spot I have is one right under my eye but its literally a red mark. The rash I spoke about around my mouth has cleared... i don't want to jinx that because its literally lingered for such a long time but I've been using Nobles Zinc soap on it and left it on whilst I shave my legs etc and thats seeming to help! I saw my derm today for a follow up app, although it hasn't been exactly 2 months I wasn't able to see him any later! He didn't really comment on my skin and just asked how I felt things were going. I said things were fine but I didn't think things were progressing as fast as they were with my previous course. He basically said he will keep me on 20mg a day but if after the first month I wanted to bump it up to 40mg then to just give him a call and he would send a prescription for an extra dose. He didn't really say anything apart from that, ,I did mention the rash around my mouth but he couldn't see it, I think because the Zinc soap was helping. He did say that zinc was an anti bacterial so maybe thats why, I personally think its perioral dermatitis. In about 12 days will be my 2 month mark and he said that is the month that makes the difference, and according to my posts from my previous course that is when I was clear by...
  9. 22 continued

    I've just looked back at old blog posts and I've just realised that it was at week 8 that my skin looked amazing and not 6. Apparently it was at week 6 that I developed a rash around my mouth when Iw as last on accutane, how funny that the same is happening again this time around! Hopefully in 2 weeks everything will be perfectly clear!
  10. #22

    I've been on roaccutane 6 weeks today! I remember the 6 week mark last time things were looking pretty perfect! This time around it feels like things have slowed down, I'm not sure if it's because I'm no longer taking the accutane that I bought online as well as the accutane prescribed my derm and so only on 20mg a day as opposed to 40mg. Saying that, my skin is looking really good at the moment and in no way looks terrible, I even had a client ask me what I do for my skin because it looked so clear! Oe of the spots that I spoke about in a previous post is STILL lingering, although it's just a red mark now! I don't really have any acne at the moment, although I've found my laughter lines and the area around my mouth has been quite itchy and I've developed small red lumps around the area. The only thing I can put this down to is the fact that I have started swimming in the mornings again this week and the chlorine is very drying, and I don't moisturise my face until I get home so my skin gets quite dry in the time between swimming, showering and driving home. I have a derm app on Tuesday so I will mention it then and see what he says, but its really minor. I've developed a rash on my right hand which I remember from last time so I'm not too bothered about that, its not itchy or anything, just some red dots. My husband freaked me out the other day because while I was getting ready he said to me 'is your hair thinning, because I know that can be a side affect?' and I was just like omg take a picture!!!! We decided it wasn't though and was just because my roots hadn't been done in a while and so appeared lighter at my scalp looking sparse. Apart form that I can't say too much has changed! I'm already thinking about after accutane and what I can do to prevent acne coming back and what I can do for brown spots etc.
  11. 21!

    Not much has changed since my last post! The two spots that I had in my last post are going, one is just a red mark and the other is still a hard lump but its definitely going down and it isn't painful now which is nice. My skin texture isn't as rough as it has been and the rash I was talking about before seems to be going. I think it was possibly a result of using a cleanser that contained Salicylic Acid (the La Rosche Posay Effacer foaming face wash), I've since swapped to the Hada Labo hyaluronic acid foaming facial wash which seems to be doing the trick. Although saying that, my skin still looks quite patched and almost has shiny patches where the skin is just really dry. I haven't seem much change in the past week which is disappointing but hopefully things will pick up again soon. My last course of accutane started to really kick in around week 6 so I'm aiming for that! Weirdly, I've recently noticed I'm getting a few pimples on my chest and back which I never normally get but I guess this is all part of the purging process, It doesnt bother me as this is all easily covered and it's winter at the minute so I'm not exactly walking around with my ta ta's out! In terms of side effects, I'm noticing my ankles are getting quite painful, especially when I haven't stood up for long periods of time i.e. when I wake up in the morning. I remember getting this last time I was on accutane so I'm not too worried! I've also been experiencing the dreaded dry nose and nose bleeds. OMG its vile. Every morning I can literally peel a big scab (I'm going to pretend its a scab and not a bogie because I don't want to publicly admit to picking my nose) off the inside of my nose, sounds gross but omg the relief after! I spend the majority of the day applying Aquaphor to the inside of my nose! Apart form that there's nothing more to report! I just told my husband that I'm writing a 'skin blog' and he goes 'I hope you've told everyone what you did'. He means, I hope you told everyone that you bought OTC tretinoin in Greece and thats why you're back on accutane. He then followed it up with 'and that your husband told you not to do it' LOL, ok Brad.
  12. 20!

    Sorry I haven't posted in so long! The lead up to Christmas got the best of me and I was flat out at work! My skin has been really good, the red marks from the HFM have completely faded now and my skin tone is looking really good. I have a really slight rash all over my cheeks but you don't notice unless you really feel my skin. I'm not worried about the rash because I remember getting something similar with the last course. In the past couple of days I have had two pimples come up but being on roaccutane they disappear really fast. I'm really starting to notice the dryness in my nose at the minute and it's really annoying and uncomfortable, I'm getting some bleeding but it's more just the feeling of the inside being dry! Ugh! Theres not much else to say at this point, I think in the next couple weeks I will start to see some proper changes in terms of the texture of my skin ie the rash, part from that everything is looking perfect!