Try drinking some strong chamomile tea about thirty minutes before bed. It will really help. Try and practice some deep breathing before bed as well, and maybe you could look into some bedtime yoga. I honestly think that, from your posts, it is not the accutane that is keeping you up but your hyperactivity and anxiety. Stay away from caffeine and sugar and give yourself only two times per day that you are allowed to look in the mirror, and set a time limit. I suggest using a gentle face and body wash that wont dry you out anymore. Try doing a honey mask on your face and shoulders for twenty or thirty minutes before showering, it can help moisturize and will make you feel more proactive in what you are doing for your skin. Use a gentle moisturizer on your face and acne affected areas and a lotion on the rest of your body to keep it well moisturized while the accutane works...I highly suggest for your face that you use MyChelle clear skin balancing cream and for your body something natural as well. Instead of worrying about your acne, try visualizing yourself with clear skin while you wait for the honey mask to work. When you begin to worry about it, repeat a mantra to yourself about the other areas of your life that give you worth (depends on who you are: mine is, "I am a great musician and caring person." Focus your time on something important to you, maybe volunteer. If you have extra energy, ask your derm about what exericises would be safe to do with accutane. You might be able to do some pilates and yoga, and maybe some swimming, so you can sleep better at night.
Oh and also, I looked at your pictures, and your acne is NOT THAT BAD. the way you were describing it, I thought it looked like this! It's not that bad. My boyfriend has acne about that bad on his back, and I still love him and am attracted to him...do not worry, other people will not be repulsed by you as you seem to think. I too suffer from body acne as well as face acne, and I understand how depressing and anxiety causing it can be. Believe it or not, people do not think you are disgusting. Have you considered therapy? I find that it's really helped me with my body image.
Ack! Also, when I am struggling with sleep issues, I find that juice fasting or going vegetarian for two to four days will really help my sleep schedule get back on track. However, make sure that if you did that you did not eat many fruits and veggies with lots of vitamin A in them.
thank you for this! I really needed some encouragement/motivation.
I have actually tried another mychelle products (mychelle fruit enzyme mist), and did not really like it. Regarding the mychelle clear skin balancing cream, do you feel your acne heals faster when you apply this cream? Are you on accutane as well?
In regards to the honey, I have tried using a honey mask on my face before, and after a while it irritated it (i was using raw unprocessed wild honey though, not manuka honey) and i kept it on for 30-40 minutes. Maybe I should give this another shot?
I have to try to remain positive, it is the only way to defeat obstacles. Posts like these keep me motivated and positive. Also, any methods I can use to remain positive? Should I take a picture of myself from such a distance where it shows me having clear skin, and look at that photo everytime I am down?