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#21 Helton

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:02 PM

A mini update- some random thoughts about moisturizers and Accutane smile.png

 

Skin's doing fine, I noticed a lot of dry skin flakes on my problematic areas and no where else. Such as around nose, chin, and cheeks, only the areas where I broke out.

Logically, I should apply moisturizer on them to stop the hideous flakes right? But here's what got me thinking.

Accutane is supposed to temporary shrink our oil glands to help with break out, thus the drying effect.

So why should I put moisturizer over my skin if its sole purpose is to dry up my oil glands? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose?

It's like drying up a sponge, I would want to leave the sponge alone and let itself dry up, and not soak it into water every once in a while and wait for it to dry.

And we have to remember, the oil gland shrinkage from Accutane is only TEMPORARY, it's not as scary as people suggest that it's permanent. So during this six months, I want my oil glands to reshape themselves by letting Accutane work by drying them out. And hopefully stay this way even after the course.

 

That's just something that I thought of, might not be beneficial for everyone.

But for my personal experiment, I want to apply a MINIMUM amount of moisturizer through out this course. ( But generously on my lips and eye areas since they are not the areas that I need accutane to work on. )

I will be using minimum amount of Cerave's sunscreen during the day and wear a hat, and none at night time.

I also might use physical scrub such as this plastic scurby with my cleanser whenever I need those skin flakes to go away for a day or so. ( Can be found in Walgreens or Sephora; those "spikes" are SUPER soft, so I am not damaging my skin in any ways. )

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But it all really depends, and I am going to use my best judgement to see if I need to put on lotion or not, just wouldn't be a every night thing.

 

So far, I am only using warm water + cleanser once in daytime and night time (Without the scrubby, only gently with my hands.) . My skin doesn't feel tight afterward, and the skin flakes come off easily during washing.

 

In a nutshell what I am doing:
- Accutane 20mg for this month

- Wash with cleanser in warm water

- Minimum amount of oil free, none pore clogging sunscreen just enough to cover my skin in daytime, and wear a hat.

- No moisturizer at night and just let my skin "dry out" and let it peels on its own freely. I might even use alcohol free AHA toner depending on the situation. The point is, I want as LESS products on my skin as possible, but still effectively letting it renew itself.

- Again, common sense and best judgment will be used! If my skin does get to the point where it's actually getting damaged from being too dry, then I will make sure to properly moisturize until it returns to normal. smile.png

 

*I HIGHLY recommend everyone get a hat like this, It's awesome! Blocks the sun and doesn't mess up my hair! :)
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Edited by Helton, 08 June 2013 - 03:19 PM.


#22 Helton

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

Notes 20mg:
 

Yaya, on the 6th pack which is the last one for this month! Time really does fly by, it seemed forever to go through this month but fast at the same time! :/

Skin's doing OK, no more random break out on face/neck.
However, nose is filled of blackheads now, it feels like sandpaper to touch around my nose... it's so gross...

But I will stick to what I am doing, just wash and avoid applying too much stuff on my face. I might use my 8% AHA toner this Friday so I can make the blackheads go away quicker ( And I pick Friday cause I can choose to stay out of the sun if I want to )

 

I also notice my memory is kinda.... not as sharp as before or I just have an OCD of checking stuff?

I checked my wallet like three times in a row to make sure everything was inside LOL. Or I am just getting old now :'(

But nothing major!

Summer school started 2 days already, classes are going well!

I noticed exercising is really important for skin, it seems to bring stuff like blackheads up the surface of my skin quicker. Sure it looks gross but that just means at least my skin is getting rid of them, in time.... I hope they go away quick sad.png
But I am optimistic, if 20mg is already helping me that much, think about what 60mg will do! smile.png

 

AND I HAVE NEVER FELT SO HAPPY TO BE NOT OILY.
Is that how it feels to have somewhat dry skin!?
I used to hate touching my nose in the middle of the day and see grease on back of my hand. But now I don't have any even though I stayed up since 7am today! It's amazing!

People with good skin must feel damn good to be themselves everyday! sad.png((

 

Going back to derm on 14th to get blood tested, then 17th for another appointment, then have to go to another pharmacy on 18th to get prescription. Repeat this for the next 5 months, blahhhhhhhhhhh. It's such a hassle but I can't complain since I am literally saving 2k dollars just by doing all these visits!

Feeling optimistic and happy! smile.png


Edited by Helton, 11 June 2013 - 08:37 PM.


#23 Helton

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:48 PM

Yaya Update time!
This month is 40 mg!

 

Notes 40mg:

I went back to the derm and got my blood work checked and everything was fine. It was such a hassle though, they drew TWO tubes of my blood... I was like is that even necessary... they probably only needed a drop of my blood or something.

Anyways, he and I agreed on going up to 60mg since my nose went NUTS and the blackheads were increasing in an unbearable amount, so I wanted to go higher to get rid of them.

So when I went to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription and they only gave me 40mg, I was like whattttt.

Turned out my insurance only covers a total amount of 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. They don't cover 60mg...

Oh well, I am going back to the derm next month and maybe go on 40mg for a few more months, then finish off with 80m so I get the right amount at the end.

 

What I am doing:

- Night: Wash with warm~hot water in the shower, moisturize with Cerave lotion

- Morning: Wash with COLD water, moisturize with lotion; no sunscreen,  always wear a hat even if it's cloudy in day time.
( I don't like the feeling of wearing sunscreen, it always gives me white cast and makes my skin looks weirdly shiny and I can feel something's on my skin. Even the Cerave one does the same thing. Its lotion's awesome though. )

 

Skin changes:

-LOTS of blackheads, I avoided picking them but got really tired of see them, so I scrubbed with my scrubby. It turned out nicely and loosened up most of the plugs. Still feel like sandpaper though....Oh well, I hope the pills will get rid of them eventually.

-Not oily at all! It's crazy how I NEEDED to wash my hair everyday before or else it gets greasy. But now, I feel that I can go without washing for a few days and still be fine. ( Though I still wash everyday, got used to it )

-No more breakouts :D Still have marks though.

-I am starting to moisturize more now, it was getting crazy and started to hurt when I make facial expression. Currently using Cerave lotion, LOVE IT. It's oil free and disappears on my skin! No heavy moisturizer mask-like feelings

 

So far so good! smile.png
I wasn't feeling happy for the past few days, but I realized friends are really important! If u r feeling down, just go find a friend and hang out with them smile.png


Edited by Helton, 21 June 2013 - 12:52 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:49 PM

Yaya Update time!
This month is 40 mg!

 

Notes 40mg:

I went back to the derm and got my blood work checked and everything was fine. It was such a hassle though, they drew TWO tubes of my blood... I was like is that even necessary... they probably only needed a drop of my blood or something.

Anyways, he and I agreed on going up to 60mg since my nose went NUTS and the blackheads were increasing in an unbearable amount, so I wanted to go higher to get rid of them.

So when I went to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription and they only gave me 40mg, I was like whattttt.

Turned out my insurance only covers a total amount of 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. They don't cover 60mg...

Oh well, I am going back to the derm next month and maybe go on 40mg for a few more months, then finish off with 80m so I get the right amount at the end.

 

What I am doing:

- Night: Wash with warm~hot water in the shower, moisturize with Cerave lotion

- Morning: Wash with COLD water, moisturize with lotion; no sunscreen,  always wear a hat even if it's cloudy in day time.
( I don't like the feeling of wearing sunscreen, it always gives me white cast and makes my skin looks weirdly shiny and I can feel something's on my skin. Even the Cerave one does the same thing. Its lotion's awesome though. )

 

Skin changes:

-LOTS of blackheads, I avoided picking them but got really tired of see them, so I scrubbed with my scrubby. It turned out nicely and loosened up most of the plugs. Still feel like sandpaper though....Oh well, I hope the pills will get rid of them eventually.

-Not oily at all! It's crazy how I NEEDED to wash my hair everyday before or else it gets greasy. But now, I feel that I can go without washing for a few days and still be fine. ( Though I still wash everyday, got used to it )

-No more breakouts biggrin.png Still have marks though.

-I am starting to moisturize more now, it was getting crazy and started to hurt when I make facial expression. Currently using Cerave lotion, LOVE IT. It's oil free and disappears on my skin! No heavy moisturizer mask-like feelings

 

So far so good! smile.png
I wasn't feeling happy for the past few days, but I realized friends are really important! If u r feeling down, just go find a friend and hang out with them smile.png

 

 

Just looked at your log. Didn't even notice this entire time you had one :(. I thought u were just giving good advice. I guess were down the same journey though. I do wish you good luck. Black heads are my best removed acne. I found the facial scrubs with 2% Sal acid to work super well with the black heads. takes about a week, but they go away for sure.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 12:08 AM

Helton, how are you doing my friend? ;)