Starting "accutane Adventure" Give Me Some Hope Please?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:14 PM
I have been with [facial] acne since 7th grade. I am currently a senior in high school. It is mainly concentrated on my chin and cheeks (see photo). My acne is composed of large red bumps and big whiteheads. Also my skin is very oily. I have the unfortunate luck of also having sensitive skin. That is why Dan's Regimen simply failed me, my skin would flare up a nasty shade of red and flake orange when applying the slightest amount of BP on. I have gotten by day to day with gentle cleansers and some small amounts of DAPZONE. So since my face has been too sensitive to go the topical route my dermatologist started me on tetracycline antibiotics 5 months ago(took them up until 4 days ago). They worked like magic for the first two months, leaving my skin looking great. After that Im guessing i built up tolerance since my face started reverting back to its old and usual ways. Here I am a week after stopping the antibios and have been taking Isotretinoin (brand name Claravis) for 4 days now. I weigh 135 pounds and am directed to take 30mg twice daily.
What i seek to gain from Accutane : My face is prone to deep and big bumps as opposed to small whiteheads(what I used to get in middle school) so I hope that the redness and inflammation goes down. The pores on my cheeks have become big and easily visible so I also wish that they atleast appear smaller (since I know its impossible to revert them back to their usual size). Basically, I hope Accutane lives up to its reputation(the good one) and helps me get rid of these bumps for good.
There is a picture inserted to serve as my "Before" . But any feedback would be appreciated.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:35 PM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:31 AM
Nothing, but nothing has ever worked on my skin. I am in to my second month of roaccutane, and all I can say is, I wish I had done it sooner. Yes there are some very common side effects that we all have to deal with, but man, I reckon it's been well worth it so far
The only advice I can offer, is make moisturizer and chapstick your new best friends. Drink plenty of water. And wash with a very mild facewash and try not to exfoliate. If you squeeze the spots, because the skin is so fragile, it will make a mess of your face, so be as kind to your skin as you possibly can, I learnt the hard way lol
The first month was a bit up and down for me, I did lose faith, but stick with it!!!
Wish you all the luck in the world, keep us posted
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:49 AM
I THINK the IB may finally be coming to a close(hope its not just wishful thinking) I no longer have (from what I can see) any new ones forming and the ones I did have seem to be in that "healing stage". That isnt doesnt give me too much to cheer about since i still have tons of red marks on my cheeks.HOWEVER, it should be noted that the IB got so bad (+30 bumps) that I started putting on a light layer of Adapalene- a topical retinoid(which has always been gentle on my skin(just not effective ) ) on at night. Therefore, I cant say if its the Accutane or the Adapalene thats been keeping things rolling. But either way I dont intend on going out of the house just yet. I hope that if keep this simple routine going I'll start seeing real results by mid or late this week.
SIDE EFFECTS : Very light to non-existent at times
Dry lips (as expected) and a reduction in my oil production( definitely noticeable)
Hands get shaky at times
Some light headaches
THANKS ALL WHO HAVE READ THIS AND GIVEN ME WORDS OF NICE!
A but misleading photo since it doesnt show my chin (which looks the same as my cheeks) but it gives the idea of where my breakouts have been located.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:35 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:38 PM
A small update and a bit of rant on my life. Day 12 doesnt bring too many new things. I am still getting new daily whiteheads. One thing that has changed is the dryness.I have been going nuts with the lotion LOL. But really, I am starting to notice other sections on my body with dryness. My back and hands have been feeling rough lately (they like never are). But its my upper and bottom lips that have been getting the worst of it. I put on lotion and chapstick so frequently now. They arent cracked though- yay! But they just have this layer of like tough skin over them. Its tolerable. Some side effects that have actually gone away are the shakiness and headaches. Other than that I feel no other internal effects from the meds.
Ive been stressing out because ive been flaking(pun intended- lulz) on my family and friends because of all the breakouts ive been getting. I cant even look my dad in the eyes. I keep telling myself its not fair that I cant see anybody because of my own insecurities. I just stay inside and bide my time. School has been killer too. Its hard to concentrate on my homework and tests because of how much my mind is focused on my face. Im trying tho, im trying.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:17 PM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:59 PM
I'm really sorry you don't feel good about youself, you should. You are handsome with or without acne, except your nose ring is distracting me while I type this hahah. But anyway, everyone has insecurities that they deal with, and for this community it is acne, and there is so much time I've wasted during my teen years (I'm still a teen haha) that I wish I could have back, but I would call into work, school, cancel on friends, etc. I'm not sure if your one to do this, but if you are one to look in mirrors constantly, DON'T do it while on Accutane, our skin is going to go through massive changes, and it's going to need to go through a destruction, and reconstructing (weird terms I used there huh?) so that our skin can be acne-free!
Lulz, yea I let it hang occasionally. But thanks for the compliment hehe. OMGZ, the whole "wasted time" thing is like the story of my life. I mean like most teens ive had my share of fun times but theres also this HUGE gap where ive missed out on things because of the way I looked. Thats why Im so set on finally dealing with this so that my last "teen" year doesnt get wasted on being a recluse. Yes i am DEF the type to constantly look in mirrors. Practically every hour I look at myself in some kind of reflection. I dont even know why I do it, since I KNOW that nothing will change in mere hours. Its more out of habit than anything. Ive taken your advice and been making an effort to not do it as much since i know it just messes up my mood. Yeayea, its hard. Your last line is so nice since i dont really have anyone to vent this to (im literally the only person in my family that has skin problems) so thanks for the offer !
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