Posted 16 June 2011 - 07:00 PM
I will not lie to any of you, I'm seriously anxious, scared, excited, apprehensive and hopeful all at once. I've dealt with acne on and off since I was 13 and I can honestly say I've given it the power to hold me back. After many years of very irritating and harsh products my skin has become super sensitive to almost anything. I can not wear make up on a daily basis putting it on and taking it off causes so much irritation. My skin in highs school was super oily, even my hair was a mess. I'd wash it the night before and by the time school let out I was covered in oil. At the time I hated the feeling of oil sitting on top of my face. As I got older and with the devil called tazorac, my skin is no longer quite as oily. It's combination, sensitive and my chin area tends to get the driest of all places, ironically enough this is where I have the most clogged pores. I know my issue with acne comes from a combination of dry and oily skin and problem with my skin turning over too fast.
Despite all this, I remain hopeful. I will be starting off on 40 mg. I'm 5''3 and I weigh around 105-110 lbs.
I put together a little checklist of what I will be using. If anybody has any input please feel free to comment. And by the way, anybody hating on accutane, just leave this thread now. I don't want the negativity. Please and Thank you. ;-)
1. La roche posay lipikar surgras cleansing bar.
2. La roche posay nutritic lips
3. Vaseline Jelly (I will be doing something different with this, I will apply a thin layer of this before I wash my face, I will then lightly rub my face for 2 - 4 mins, massaging it in a very circular motion, then wash with the bar and then apply whatever moisturizer I choose and then again apply a thin layer of vaseline to seal in that moisture, I'm trying to avoid dry gross skin at all costs, even if it means breaking out a little more).
4. Some type of Vaseline Body moisturizer
5. Cerave cream for the face
6. Aquaphor healing ointment for lips
7. Orgins drink me up Intensive Repair Mask (I never see any accutane users use hydrating masks to combat the dryness, so I'm gonna give it a go, see where I end up)
8. Visine for the eyes
9. Burts Bees and Blistex for Lips
10. Coconut oil for body
11. When my skin gets super dry I will only be washing my face every other day.
Supplements: If I'm going to be on such a harsh medication you bet your ass I'm gonna take extra care of my health.
1. Vitamin C
2. Vitamin e
3. Vitamin d
5. Tumeric Pills (amazing for red marks, been using them for about a month and my marks are almost all gone already)
6. Fish oil
8. ACV Pills (I'm excited to finally give these ago)
9. Metamucil (more people need to take fiber supplements, this saved me 2 years ago)
10. lemon water
11. 1 gal of water per day.
1. Stay hopeful always
2. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and positive
3. Stretch for at least 30 mins a day
4. Walk an hour a day at least.
6. Just Breathe.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:22 PM
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:29 PM
Wow, you haven't even started? I have seen your posts for a while now and your "veteran member" status threw me off a bit . Well, good luck tomorrow.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:56 PM
I know ur acne is mild, so I'm sure ull have great results. Hopefully ur ib won't be significant
Posted 17 June 2011 - 05:08 AM
I love the feeling of vaseline. It feels so good and I haven't even started accutane yet.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 06:05 AM
From from I've seen, you look great as you are, but I get why you'd want to be totally free from the whole acne thing after so long, once and for all. I was in the same position after suffering 13 years when I asked my doctors about it, but each one refused it because they said my skin wasn't so bad. So, I'm battling on and trying to clear up with a better diet and stuff.
People often tell me I look a lot younger than I am. Maybe they associate pimples with teenage years, even though I left that part of my life behind six years ago.
You certainly don't look 40! Don't be so hard on yourself because you like fine as you are. And when you get to the end of your course, odds are you'll be exactly who you want to be.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:36 PM
Posted 17 June 2011 - 06:07 PM
Forty - Thank you for being so supportive. I think its def the right choice for me. I can not wait for the day to not have to worry about red marks or active pimples or dead skin or oily skin or dry skin. It's all so frustrating. By the way how is that mask? I was thinking of getting that one or the origins one. I read reviews on it. And they are pretty good. Is it worth it you think? I want to do a mask at least twice a week. And I LOOOOVEEE VASELINE. Dear god. It makes my skin feels so much better. You should start using it to seal in your moisturizer. I put it on last night and my skin is still dewy. So nice.
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Posted 19 June 2011 - 03:26 PM
agree with the above poster. The media really scares people off from taking accutane. I understand that their are horrible side effects in rare cases, but the majority of people are fine. I was expecting a lot worse, but mainly only have had dry lips throughout my course and headaches when dehydrated.
And yes, in months 2 and 3 my acne at times was worse than I ever had in my life, it sucks but worth it in the end.
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:16 PM
exactly, and after awhile taking this pill every day really starts to feel like a normal routine. By the way, fish oil is def. okay to take, I do all the time when I remember to buy a bottle. Your tagline is from Alice in Wonderland, right?