I have never done a blog or anything but I figure I should contribute to this board since I have learned a lot from everyone on here!
Brief intro: 26 y/o female with acne since teen years. Had severe reaction in high school to doxicicline. Managed acne with topicals and birth control. In college had a brief flareup, then had a glycolic peel which seemed to keep my acne away for a couple years.
The past 2 years I have had a reoccurrence of acne, which coincided with a very stressful time in my life - law school. I have seen three different dermatologists in the past two years and determined that I am indeed allergic to all the "cycline" drugs. Was put on Bactrin which ripped up my stomach. I then sought out a naturopath and completely changed my diet, etc. Then tried a variety of different birth controls. I have now been off birth controls for 4 months. The past 8 months my acne has continued to get worse to the point of not wanting to leave the house. I am pretty sure it is hormonal / stress related since my skin is sooooo oily. I even went to an endocrinologist to try to get my hormones tested but he said that I didn't have any signs of a hormonal disorder and that I will eventually grow out of acne. He told me to wash my face more and stop wearing makeup. haha thanks a lot. I def will try to get my hormones tested again in the future because I don't want to have acne again once I am done with accutane and I really want to get to the root cause and stop masking the problem.
Finally searched for a derm who would specifically prescribe accutane. It had never been suggested to me by any of my previous derms (no idea why not!) and I was always afraid of it. But after extensive research, especially on this board, I decide it was my only option and that a lot of the bad rap was exaggerated. Found a new derm locally who had accutane listed on his website, went in with a list of reasons why I should go on it, but I didn't even have to convince him, he told me to go on it right off the bat! Went through all the crap to get it, and here I am, 3 weeks into it.
Started: 2/5 or 2/6, not really sure. 60 mg per day
The bad: Bloody nose, Unquenchable thirst, excema on hands, irritability, fatigue, hair feels dead, loss of appetite
The good: significant decrease in oil production, don't have to wash hair often, loss of appetite.
Products I am using:
Facial steamer at night
Fish oil capsules
Tumeric face lotion mornings
Emu oil as a makeup remover
Emu oil mixed with pure aloe and manuka lotion at night for moisturizer
Biofine Act as spot treatment on red marks
Aquaphor on lips
Birth control - 1 week
I was of course put on birth control but since I have been off of it for so long and just got out of a relationship, I stopped taking it. It was making my emotions go crazy and I think the accutane was contributing to that too!
The aquaphor doesn't seem to be doing it for the lips. I just ordered some "bag balm", will report on that when i comes.
I just started adding the aloe on my face at night, and i really think it is helping with the red marks.
One month check up next week with the derm. Then going to Mexico for 5 days - Derm already told me I shouldn't go, but I rarely burn in the sun naturally without sunscreen. So i figure with a hat and SPF 60 I should be fine. Sick of letting acne control my life! Plus I think I will just not take the tane for the 5 days that I am there, as I have read some others on the forum did that when they went on a trip.
Questions for the community: How do you quench your thirst? I drink soooo much water and I am so thirsty, my throat is constantly dry and sore!
Is it weird that my derm started me on 60 mg right away? Seems kind of high compared to what others have been starting on. Oh yeah I am 115 lbs.
Thanks and good luck to everyone!
I will try to post pics this weekend. with a shorter post!
Edited by js327, 21 March 2013 - 07:43 AM.