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#41 lila19

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:00 PM

6 days til end of month 2

I've got a new pimple on my chin, which doesn't bother me really.
I feel tired and unwilling to do things in general. I go to bed very late and wake up very late.
At times my face looks really red, IDK why...

#42 lila19

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

Month 2 + 3 days Posted Image

Everything's well so far, my lips are still cracked and my eyes get very dry.
My back is starting to look good =)

I'm a bit worried cuz I have enough pills left for two days, but I'm not seeing my derm for two weeks Posted Image

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:20 AM

Month 2 + 3 days Posted Image

Everything's well so far, my lips are still cracked and my eyes get very dry.
My back is starting to look good =)

I'm a bit worried cuz I have enough pills left for two days, but I'm not seeing my derm for two weeks Posted Image

Crap, you might want to call your derm and tell them you're going to be short. I feel like that's a pretty long gap to not be on the treatment.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Day 80 (2 months and 19 days)

Long time no update...
I didn't take Accutane for about a week and a half, because I ran out of pills. My derm told me not to do that ever again, so this time she gave me two prescriptions so as not to miss any pills.

My back is looking great Posted Image and my chest is healing up, I can definitely tell because before I had two massive spots, and now they are flat.
My face is really smooth, but still red. Haven't got any new zits though =)

Side effects:
Lips are very dry and because I fiddle with them a lot, they bleed a lot.
Eyes are very dry. I can't last two hours staring at my computer's screen before my eyes start to beg for drops.
Hair growth has increased.
Overall tiredness and unwillingness to do stuff.

There's a new side effect:
Imagine that peoples' mood could be measured in a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being super sad and 10 being super happy.
Before taking Accutane my mood was like 8-9 ish all the time. Now it's like 5-6.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not depressed or suicidal or anything like that. It's just that I care less about things in general.
Maybe this has to do with the fact that Accutane really drains your energy, I don't know.
You might say that this is a bad thing, but I'm not sure. I don't feel nervous being around people, so I feel a lot more comfortable speaking in public, which is a VERY good thing.
I was planning to tell my derm about this, but I am afraid that she will reduce my dose or something. I really don't mind feeling like this right now, if it's worth it at the end.

Edited by lila19, 09 December 2012 - 09:18 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

Before and after pics (2 months and 19 days of difference)

All pictures were taken with the same camera and under the same lighting conditions (limited by my photography skills)


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

3 months approx.

I got conjunctivitis a few days ago, and I think I might be close to getting it again, which is odd because I hadn't had since ... well I can't remember since when!

Oh and I got sun burn on the shoulder from spending a day outside, even though a) I applied sun block, and b) I stood on the shade 90% of the time.
So now i'm indoors, despite the fact that it's scorching hot where I am and that I haven't used the swimming pool since February..

I waxed too, but I think the wax was too hot because my skin came off.. urgh..

On the plus side, I drank quite a bit last night and I'm still here hehe :)

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

3 months and 10 days (approx.)
  • The back of my head is constantly pounding
  • Usually when I wake up I get headaches that go away after moving around the house for a while
  • The skin on my arms is itchy sometimes


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

Your pics from 12/9 clearly show progress, so congrats to you!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Your pics from 12/9 clearly show progress, so congrats to you!

Thank you!

I'll post new pics soon.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

4 months and 15 days in!

 

Everything's going well so far. I haven't had any new pimples on my face for ages, but I still have red marks and pits... I wonder when those are going to disappear?

 

These are my current issues:

  1. My internal clock has shifted a lot. I can't sleep before 3 am and can't wake up before 11 am sad.png I feel tired very frequently
  2. I think I am eating less than before.
  3. Headaches when I wake up, they disappear after some time
  4. Some chest pains which are very annoying
  5. My mood has lowered somewhat, I am less tolerant to people in general, and stupid things piss me off like they never have lol
  6. Dry skin, dry hair, dry lips...
  7. I get red patches of skin very randomly, and they itch like crazy! Especially on my arms and back.

Edited by lila19, 17 February 2013 - 04:16 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

I have to say, your skin wasn't bad at all before Accutane, though I definitely see improvements on the after photos! :)
Congrats!!!


Helton's Accutane Log:

http://www.acne.org/...og-58ft-140lbs/

 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

I have to say, your skin wasn't bad at all before Accutane, though I definitely see improvements on the after photos! smile.png
Congrats!!!

 

Thanks! I also see improvements smile.png

 

I took these yesterday. I'm not very happy with these pictures since they are TOTALLY different to what I see when I stare at myself in the mirror. Anyway...

 

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My chest is very different to what it used to be (covered in red marks)

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My shoulder

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Edited by lila19, 18 February 2013 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:02 AM

hey, did you have those bumps on your shoulders prior to accutane?



hey which moisturizer do you use on accutane?



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

hey, did you have those bumps on your shoulders prior to accutane?

Yes, I did. They're called keloids. But I can assure you they've grown smaller.

 

hey which moisturizer do you use on accutane?

Pond's.


Edited by lila19, 20 February 2013 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

How did you get those keloids? Can a keloid form on your shoulder blade if you bump your shoulder blade on the door, or on a wall, or even the car door?



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

How did you get those keloids? Can a keloid form on your shoulder blade if you bump your shoulder blade on the door, or on a wall, or even the car door?

 

LMAO!!!

No, I don't know why they appeared, they just did :P



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

6 months (approx.)

 

Side effects on the surface:

  • Dry lips, dry hair, dry eyes (need eye drops all the time)
  • Skin is super sensitive. Mosquito bites give me bumps, scratching and tweezing produces redness, etc.
  • My eyesight has worsened.. I can't see very well from afar, I see kind of blurry, really hope this will go away once I finish
  • Red marks and scars haven't disappeared
  • Snotty nose
  • Muscles ache if I stay still for a long period of time
  • Haven't had my period since I started!

I'm seeing my dermatologist next Monday, I expect she'll end the treatment then. Will keep you posted.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

I'm done with ACCUTANE! hifive.gif

 

The treament was a huge success for me, and although I still have scars, my skin has a improved a lot, and my CONFIDENCE too! I no longer feel afraid to talk to people and look them in the eye!

 

I can definitely recommend it to anyone with acne problems!


Edited by lila19, 10 April 2013 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

You look lovely. Congrats!



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:21 PM

You look lovely. Congrats!

 

 

Thank you!

 

I've got to report something though... after I finished my treatment, I started to get a problem called "hypersalivation" :S

It's so bad I can spit out half a glass in just a couple of hours!






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