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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:31 AM

If my mum ever lets me! Shall i just book an appointment with my GP and have a talk with her? Shes pretty nice and understanding - she offered to let me on it last time i visited her but again......my mum was like hmmmmm not sure better try the antibiotics again. Was pretty annoyed haha. Tried them again and no change! 

did u add a new post about ur experience and try?

i think u should.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:23 AM

Day 17

So I'm definitely noticing this drug kick in now. A few days ago my face started to sting and went bright red after I washed my face and my skin went dry and flaky, so I went to my local chemist and asked what they recommend I wash my face with. The answer was Aqueous Cream, which I have now been using in the morning and in the evening and it hasn't irritated or dried out my skin at all- in fact it's moisturised it too!

 

My lips are still dry, as is my face if I don't cover it with Emu Oil (my very greasy best friend). Around day 14 I went surfing (I've been on holiday). This was a BIG mistake as it made my face red, dry and sore and I had a rash all over my neck and chest (I think this was from cramming myself into a wetsuit). I didn't go in the sea or the swimming pool for the rest of my holiday, which sucked, but eventually my face returned to its natural colour so it was worth it :)



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:07 AM

Day 22

 

Initial breakout has kicked in the past week. My entire face is covered in tiny spots and my skin feels (and looks) very rough. Normally I would exfoliate if my face felt this rough, but obviously that's not an option at the mo *sighhhhh*

 

Lips and skin still as dry as ever. Have started using baby lotion on my face as a moisturiser and baby oil on the rest of my body (after showering) as my skin so super sensitive that anything else seems to upset it.

 

My eyes have been itchy and a little sore over the past couple of days. My derm mentioned that my eyes might get dry and if they did I should start using eye drops.

Do you think this itchiness is my eyes getting dry? Help would be much appreciated :) 



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:35 PM

For sure pick yourself up some eye drops. I swear if there is a product for moisturizing every area of your body on accutane you will need it as some point. Ears, nose, lips, eyes, I have read logs where people's butts get raw and bleed. The medication is crazy. When I was on accutane the eye drops I used were ayr brand and they were gel. So they worked a lot better than the drops.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 12:02 PM

Day 24

 

Thanks for the advice :)

 

I brought some eye drops from Boots today that are designed for dry eyes so I'll see how I get on.

 

I have the strangest rash on my foot. It's only on my last 3 toes and it's made the skin is lumpy. It's not at all red but it is really itchy. I have never had anything like it, the side of my toe is an odd shape because of a large squishy lump on the side of it. It's so weird. 

I tried putting insect bite cream and Sudocrem on it to help the itching but they had not effect.

I was planning to make a appointment to see my GP about it, but I'll see my derm at the hospital on the 17th May and I don't suppose I'll be able to get a Dr's appointment before then anyway. I will show my derm when I see her next Monday.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:16 PM

Day 24

 

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I brought some eye drops from Boots today that are designed for dry eyes so I'll see how I get on.

 

I have the strangest rash on my foot. It's only on my last 3 toes and it's made the skin is lumpy. It's not at all red but it is really itchy. I have never had anything like it, the side of my toe is an odd shape because of a large squishy lump on the side of it. It's so weird. 

I tried putting insect bite cream and Sudocrem on it to help the itching but they had not effect.

I was planning to make a appointment to see my GP about it, but I'll see my derm at the hospital on the 17th May and I don't suppose I'll be able to get a Dr's appointment before then anyway. I will show my derm when I see her next Monday.

 

Hey Accutane Buddy!
How have you been? wink.png

 

Have you tried taking fish oil with the pills yet? I stopped taking my pill with olive oil, only with fish oil pill now~ ( The olive oil was too much work! I need to pour it on the spoon and all that... I am too lazyyyy, haha!!! Would be better if it were in pill form though... )

I haven't experienced any dry eyes so far on my course .( In fact the only things that I am experiencing are some random break outs, and dry lips, )

Maybe the fish oil plays a role in this! It's even supposed to help with joint pain on Accutane which I haven't experienced.

 

Hope all is well! smile.png


Edited by Helton, 08 June 2013 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:21 PM

Dry soe hydrocortisone ointment or cream

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:45 AM

Day 24

 

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I brought some eye drops from Boots today that are designed for dry eyes so I'll see how I get on.

 

I have the strangest rash on my foot. It's only on my last 3 toes and it's made the skin is lumpy. It's not at all red but it is really itchy. I have never had anything like it, the side of my toe is an odd shape because of a large squishy lump on the side of it. It's so weird. 

I tried putting insect bite cream and Sudocrem on it to help the itching but they had not effect.

I was planning to make a appointment to see my GP about it, but I'll see my derm at the hospital on the 17th May and I don't suppose I'll be able to get a Dr's appointment before then anyway. I will show my derm when I see her next Monday.

 

Hey Accutane Buddy!
How have you been? wink.png

 

Have you tried taking fish oil with the pills yet? I stopped taking my pill with olive oil, only with fish oil pill now~ ( The olive oil was too much work! I need to pour it on the spoon and all that... I am too lazyyyy, haha!!! Would be better if it were in pill form though... )

I haven't experienced any dry eyes so far on my course .( In fact the only things that I am experiencing are some random break outs, and dry lips, )

Maybe the fish oil plays a role in this! It's even supposed to help with joint pain on Accutane which I haven't experienced.

 

Hope all is well! smile.png

 

I'm surprisingly good thank you Helton! 

 

No, I'm not taking my pills with oil. I tried to take a pill with a spoonful of olive oil a few days ago, but turns out that extra virgin olive oil tastes AWFUL on its own so I gave up on that idea. I looked into buying olive oil pills but they're quite hard to get hold of. They're also not cheap (or the ones I could find were not cheap anyway) and at the moment I'm spending (well my mum's spending...) so much on vaseline, moisturiser and now eye drops that I didn't really want to ask her to buy me more Accutane paraphernalia. It's going to be an expensive few months... ;)

If in a couple of months I don't think my body is absorbing this drug then I'll definitely invest in some fish oil pills.

 

How's Accutane treating you so far? Judging by your log you're pretty good, right?



Dry soe hydrocortisone ointment or cream

Thanks for the recommendation :)

 

Are you sure I am okay to use this since my skin is so sensitive at the moment? I think I'll see what my derm says, but I'll mention this to her :)



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

Day 26

 

My hand is now covered in tiny bumps, almost like a rash, but it's not itchy, red or sore, just really strange and it only covers one hand.

If it gets any worse I will try and get an appointment with my GP because I still have that itchy, lumpy rash on my foot.

 

My acne has definitely got worse sad.png I'm getting spots on areas of my face that I never used to get them. My skin is dry if I don't slap on a load of moisturiser and my lips feel like they will fall off if I forget to take lip balm with me when I go out. My eyes need eye drops every few hours and the inside of my nose is dry and crusty.

 

I have to keep telling myself that it will be worth all this in the end.

 

On the plus side, my hair is great! Before if I washed my hair on Monday, it would need washing again on Tuesday as it used to get oily so quickly. Well, not any more! I washed my hair 4 days ago, and it still feels fresh and shows no signs of grease.

 

I'm wondering if it's normal to get these side effects so early in my treatment? Especially since I'm on such a low dosage at the moment. It could be because I'm so young?


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

 

Day 24

 

Thanks for the advice smile.png

 

I brought some eye drops from Boots today that are designed for dry eyes so I'll see how I get on.

 

I have the strangest rash on my foot. It's only on my last 3 toes and it's made the skin is lumpy. It's not at all red but it is really itchy. I have never had anything like it, the side of my toe is an odd shape because of a large squishy lump on the side of it. It's so weird. 

I tried putting insect bite cream and Sudocrem on it to help the itching but they had not effect.

I was planning to make a appointment to see my GP about it, but I'll see my derm at the hospital on the 17th May and I don't suppose I'll be able to get a Dr's appointment before then anyway. I will show my derm when I see her next Monday.

 

Hey Accutane Buddy!
How have you been? wink.png

 

Have you tried taking fish oil with the pills yet? I stopped taking my pill with olive oil, only with fish oil pill now~ ( The olive oil was too much work! I need to pour it on the spoon and all that... I am too lazyyyy, haha!!! Would be better if it were in pill form though... )

I haven't experienced any dry eyes so far on my course .( In fact the only things that I am experiencing are some random break outs, and dry lips, )

Maybe the fish oil plays a role in this! It's even supposed to help with joint pain on Accutane which I haven't experienced.

 

Hope all is well! smile.png

 

I'm surprisingly good thank you Helton! 

 

No, I'm not taking my pills with oil. I tried to take a pill with a spoonful of olive oil a few days ago, but turns out that extra virgin olive oil tastes AWFUL on its own so I gave up on that idea. I looked into buying olive oil pills but they're quite hard to get hold of. They're also not cheap (or the ones I could find were not cheap anyway) and at the moment I'm spending (well my mum's spending...) so much on vaseline, moisturiser and now eye drops that I didn't really want to ask her to buy me more Accutane paraphernalia. It's going to be an expensive few months... wink.png

If in a couple of months I don't think my body is absorbing this drug then I'll definitely invest in some fish oil pills.

 

How's Accutane treating you so far? Judging by your log you're pretty good, right?

 

That's great to hear! smile.png
My Accutane's treating me well so far; I agree with you completely on the hair part~ My hair feels so niceeee, I used to have to wash it everyday or it gets greasy X_X

My skin is going through the stage where the break outs died down and they are slowly peeling off which is a good sign to know they are renewing, scrubbing is no good during this stage so I am just going to look crazy biggrin.png

 

You don't really have to do the fish oil/olive oil thing as long as u r eating a meal with fat in it. I just get lazy some time and eat like a piece of toast for breakfast then rush out to school, that's when the fish oil pill comes in handy wink.png

But I like fish oil because of the omega 3 + the fat content, I also eat alot chia seed for the omega 3 too, they are good stuff smile.png

And I agree olive oil tastes awful on its own, it burns my throat too X_X

Maybe u can have a spoon of avocado when taking ur pill, it's full of good fat too :)

 

I hope the rash/bumps on ur hand and foot will heal soon!

And it will FOR SURE worth it at the end! smile.png


Edited by Helton, 09 June 2013 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:38 AM

Hi! Do you remember me! You gave me advice on my post!

 

For the nose - I've heard a lot of people put vaseline/aquaphor up there on cutips.

 

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I feel in any other context that would sound really creepy.



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:04 AM

Hi! Do you remember me! You gave me advice on my post!

 

For the nose - I've heard a lot of people put vaseline/aquaphor up there on cutips.

 

^^^I feel in any other context that would sound really creepy.

 

Hi! Yes I totally remember you! NIce you see you here smile.png

 

Thanks, great advice, been using that little trick every night before bed and it seems to be helping.

 

 

Day 33

 

So... my rash is driving me crazy. It's unbelievably itchy and is now on both feet and both hands. I've been putting a ice pack on it before bed and this helps numb it and stop the itching so I can sleep. I will see my derm tomorrow and this will be the first thing I ask about.

 

This is my little army of supplies... (sorry the picture is terrible quality). Will be interesting when I have to take this lot on holiday...

 

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My recommendations so far have to be:

  • Wash with Aqueous cream
  • Use baby oil as a body moisturiser
  • Buy Palmer's cocoa butter as a moisturiser to use on face
  • Use an intense moisturiser on your hair (mine's been incredibly dry). I use John Frieda's intensive repair
  • I use Sterimar's nose spray as it helps to moisten and clean the inside of your nose 

And as for the lips... you can see my vast collection of products I've tried (e.g. Nivea, Vaseline) I can say that Burt's Bees is the best lip balm out there. I also use Blistex intensive lip repair treatment twice a day which is quite good.

 

Just ask if you can't read the label on a bottle in the picture and I'll upload a better one of the product you want smile.png

 

As for my mood, I felt really down on day 29/30 and I just didn't feel myself. On day 29 everything just got to me and I cried (which is very unusual for me). My mum and dad were so worried about me and asked me every 5 minutes if I was 'okay',  However I'm so happy to report that after those 2 rough days I feel completely fine now.

 

So far... it's been okay. Derm appointment tomorrow so I'll see how it goes.


Edited by EatsRainbows, 16 June 2013 - 08:06 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:51 AM

I was really overly emotional when I was on accutane. It was weird. I wasn't depressed or anything but I would cry over anything. I would get into a tiff with my sister and I would be crying and I would read something touching and cry like a baby it was weird, things I wouldn't normally let get to me affected me more more. Lots of people I talks to during my course had issues similar to this or being bitchy and not being able to stop even though you knew you were over reacting. Accutane is crazy medication.

Have you tried bag balm on your lips yet? It's cheap and works wonderfully. If there is one thing I could recommend during a course would be bag balm.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:06 AM

I was really overly emotional when I was on accutane. It was weird. I wasn't depressed or anything but I would cry over anything. I would get into a tiff with my sister and I would be crying and I would read something touching and cry like a baby it was weird, things I wouldn't normally let get to me affected me more more. Lots of people I talks to during my course had issues similar to this or being bitchy and not being able to stop even though you knew you were over reacting. Accutane is crazy medication.

Have you tried bag balm on your lips yet? It's cheap and works wonderfully. If there is one thing I could recommend during a course would be bag balm.

 

I'm experiencing the exact same thing, and I'm not really an  emotional person. The day after my super bad day I had an argument with my sister and she when she came to make up with me I cried as she hugged me. It was crazy. I'm not worried though, as you said, I don't feel depressed just tearful and silly things.

No, I'm not sure where to buy bag balm in the UK so I think I'd have to get it online. For the moment, Burt's Bees is doing the job fairly well but if I get fed up of it then I'll look into bag balm more so thank you for your recommendation.

 

Day 34

 

Had a hospital appointment this morning. I went expecting to see my derm but I saw a specialist nurse instead, who I have to say, was much more knowledgeable than the doctor I had seen previously and she was very helpful.

 

Turns out the rash on my hands and feet is a strange type of eczema, caused by my skin being so dry. The nurse gave me three different samples of intensive moisturisers to try and she wrote down the name of a steroid cream that would help. She said that if in a few days my rash has not improved then I should get an appointment with my GP so he can prescribe me the steroid cream. I'll let you know how I get on with the moisturisers.

 

My dosage has been increased from 20mg to 40mg. I had to do another pregnancy test today (even though I opted out of the pregnancy prevention plan) and you'll all be pleased to know that they gave me a marginally larger pot to aim for! ;)  Then the nurse confirmed that I am in fact not pregnant (surprise surprise...) and the other good news is that I don't have to have a blood test next month (Whoooop!).

 

Just a word on blood tests, if you're a wuss like me and you're worried about taking this drug because of the blood tests, don't be. They get less nerve racking every time and they're always not as bad as you think they'll be.

 

I strongly recommend Palmer's Cocoa Butter (I buy the original solid formula) as it is such a nice moisturiser for my face and it makes your skin feel so smooth even once you wake up in the morning and the cream's all rubbed off.

 

Finally, all the tiny spots that I used to get all over my forehead are gone and my skin doesn't feel as horribly rough as it did a couple of weeks ago. It's hard to tell if the rest of my skin's improved, but I think it has. I can't explain how nice it is to not have to worry about oily, shiny skin like I used to have to do aaaall daaaay long.



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 04:36 AM

Day 39

 

I'm finding all this a bit rough. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting an easy ride when I signed up for this, nor am I even considering quitting at this point but this is tough.

 

My eyes are dry, itchy and sore. My eczema is still awful. I did go and see my GP for the steroid cream that I've been using for 3 days now but I haven't seen much of an improvement yet. Now it's on my feet, hands (especially my fingers), my wrists and my elbows. I have never experienced anything like it. If anything's going to make me give up it will be this.

No one can tell you how dry your lips are once you take this. I read countless logs with people telling me about this side effect but I definitely wasn't prepared for this.. Yesterday I went to a friends house without any lip balm. I was only there for 2 hours, but by the time I left my lips were dry, flakey and one side of my mouth was bleeding. My dad thought I had food on my lip. I had to tell him, no, that's just my face falling off.

 

Please don't think I'm moaning, no pain no gain, right? Also, for anyone else out there who's finding this hard, remember that nothing worth having comes easy, it's all about that final goal.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:43 AM

Sorry to read you're having a rough ride. Just hang in there :) the early days seem to go really slow, but before you know it you'll be approaching the end of the course. Out of all the lip stuff I tried, I found the Blistex ammonia treatment worked the best. If you want me to tell you the proper name, let me know and ill grab it from my make up bag and have a look. Think it was under a fiver from Boots.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:51 AM

Thanks for the support :) I believe that's the one I have! It's Blistex relief cream, aromatic ammonia solution or something vaguely along those lines. I agree, that's the best thing I've tried.

 

Day 46 (if my maths is correct!)

 

My skin looks bloody awful: I am breeeeeaaking out like crazy. I've read that this happens to people after their dosage has been increased and mine's just been doubled so I guess that'd explain it.

 

Not much change side effects wise. I went to my doctor and have been using a strong steroid cream for almost two weeks. My hands and elbows are almost back to normal (hooray!) and my feet have improved (although the skin on my feet is still a little itchy and is unbelievably tough and dry). Just when I thought it was all getting better I ran out of the cream goaway.gif  I have an appointment with my GP in two days and in the meantime I'm using hydrocortisone cream. Obviously, I'll keep you updated :)



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:05 AM

Day 52

 

Went to my GP and got two more tubes of steroid cream which seems to be really helping my feet.

 

The cream I've been using is Betnovate RD Cream, here's a little pic for youuu

 

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My skin is really bothering me now. I am going on holiday in a few weeks and I want nothing more than to stand in front of a camera and feel vaguely good about my appearance. It doesn't look like that will be happening this year with my skin looking so disgusting.

 

Is there anything I can do to help my acne at this stage?

I know I shouldn't really use powerful spot treatments, but has anyone has any success with treating acne with anything whilst on Accutane? I know I have to be patient and just let this drug work it's magic, but I'm finding this quite difficult to handle.

Please suggest anything you can guys, I'm getting desperate.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 08:22 AM

You are not alone hun.  Unfortunately for many people, a horrendous IB is just a part of the process.  All i can say is to stick with it and try to go about your everyday life.  What helped me when i was on accutane and things weren't going great was telling myself that apart from making sure i took my pills and moisturized my face, everything else was out of my control.  This made me feel less guilty about the condition of my face and i wasn't too busy blaming the weather, humidity, food, etc, etc, etc.

 

By the third and fourth month, things should start looking up



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:08 AM

You are not alone hun.  Unfortunately for many people, a horrendous IB is just a part of the process.  All i can say is to stick with it and try to go about your everyday life.  What helped me when i was on accutane and things weren't going great was telling myself that apart from making sure i took my pills and moisturized my face, everything else was out of my control.  This made me feel less guilty about the condition of my face and i wasn't too busy blaming the weather, humidity, food, etc, etc, etc.

 

By the third and fourth month, things should start looking up

 

Really appreciate the encouragement, thank you :) Trying to stay positive.

 

I just had a thought. I'm taking Dianette to control my acne too. I used to take my BC pills in the morning, but since I've been taking my Roacc pills in the evening after dinner, I've been taking my BC in the evening too. This means that the time I take it can vary from 5-7:00 each day. They do say that you should take your BC pills at the same time every day, so is there a possibility that the varying times I've been taking them has been confusing my hormones and therefore messing up my skin? 






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