well i was planning to update this every exact month, but i didn't really think it would be of much use without pictures and since my skin actually looks worse at the moment there's not much point as i intended to make this a progress log and yeah i just look really bad lol. but out of boredom and just a general review of how it's affected me so far i've decided to do a text-only update. only a few days late anyway...
by the way i'm currently taking 30mg a day and i don't tend to eat high fat or oily foods so i also take a fish oil capsule with the pills.
so i'm not really that affected at all in the way of side effects - should i be worried about this? do all the side effects that you're going to encounter tend to have started by now or can they just come in at any random time throughout the treatment? i'm wondering if maybe just my general daily routine that i've always done combined with the extra care i've been taking may have combated it as even before starting the course i moisturised twice daily and applied vaseline to my lips every night before i went to bed (i've now changed this to carmex lip balm). i did get pain in my lower back about two weeks in which is still there now but it's nothing that's really bothering me too much. i also got some random dry patches on my elbows however after applying aquaphor healing ointment every night these disappeared after a few days. even though i'm not noticing it too much, the roaccutane must be drying me out because my hair is so much less greasy i'm LOVING it, it literally used to be that i could wash my hair in the evening and then wake up the next morning with it looking as though i hadn't washed it for about a week, now though i only have to wash it every other day. as i'm finding the side effects so manageable (not to say this might not change) if i don't get much worse i think at my next appointment in just under a month i'm going to ask my dermatologist if he will put my dose up to 40mg.
like i said, my skin overall isn't currently better than it was when i started, in fact i would go as far to say it's worse which is making me a bit worried - is it normal to be this way this far in to the treatment? it's kind of fluctuated, i think after about two weeks in i noticed that it was improving and i thought 'onwards and upwards from here ' however this was not the case and since then it's kind of had periods where i notice it starting to clear up, and then a whole fresh batch of spots appear and destroy the tiny bit of confidence that was beginning to creep up however one aspect of my skin that has improved is the oilyness. pretty much my whole face used to be covered in grease and i'd have to wipe it (particularly my nose, it was like a mirror) every half an hour, it became second nature and even now i find myself going to wipe my face and then realise i don't have too anymore which is nice. about three weeks in i noticed my nose felt quite rough, and at first i thought it was dry skin so i started moisturising it, but then i realised it was all the plugged pores and blackheads emptying themselves and now almost all of the blackheads have gone - this is something i'm pleasantly surprised about as even when i didn't have acne i always had blackheads on my nose and they've been there for years so i was worried that even roaccutane wouldn't be able to get rid of them as i thought they'd be really deep into my skin. in terms of actual acne, i have about eight active spots on my forehead, quite a lot on my cheeks, two on my chin and two at the corner of my mouth so yeah, quite a lot. on one cheek, it's like a small cluster of quite big, painful spots - they're the ones that are kind of under the skin and i didn't really used to get these type but they're so painful however the skin covering them is kind of dry so i'm hoping this is some sort of signal that they're going soon.
that's about it for now anyway (again sorry about the long-winded nature of this, never have been one for conciseness ), i'll update if anything significant occurs.
Edited by sxdness, 16 September 2013 - 05:46 PM.