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#61 CoralShine

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:53 AM

I cannot believe I have finally hit 3 months!

 

But thought I would share with you some things that have really helped with the dry skin on my face.

 

Firstly, the balm cleanser by Clinique called "Take the day off". It is a bit of a splurge but it gets ALL the makeup off and leaves the skin feeling nice and not dry.. or that dreaded 'tight' feeling. It's made without any artificial ingredients, and (at least for me) does not break me out.

 

The second would be a sample I received from Sephora recently. It's the Fresh Seaberry Face Oil. This has been an absolute lifesaver! I put a drop into my moisturizer and then massage it into my skin. Most of the time I do it before going to bed, but if I feel my skin is on the drier side then I'll put some on in the morning.  I only have the sample, but I may be willing to splurge on this as well because I am so content with how it works on the skin. Also, its important to mention that it does have a little bit of that "herbal" smell, but I don't find it to be something that I can't manage.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:25 AM

Holy MOLY it's been a long time since I posted. All I have to say about that is, I'm an accountant, it's been year-end closing, and also, I recently found out I'm getting promoted, so I've been training for my new role!!! YAAY!!!

 

My SO came back from PA, too, for a couple of weeks, so I was spending time with him. Alas, he's been back in PA for a couple of weeks, and it's likely he'll be there on and off until the end of April sad.png MAJOR sad face. Ughhhh, it's like a punch to the stomach the sadness I feel when we're apart, but I'm dealing. I'm going to visit him this weekend, so that's a plus!

 

ANYWAY, back to the log.

 

Day 92

 

So...over the past month, my symptoms haven't really changed.  My skin has been uber dry, especially on my face, but the body skin is so dry it's painful if I don't moisturize every day.  The stupid zit on the underside of my chin went away and then came back and is going away again (very slowly, although it's really not going away, it's just not inflamed).  Hand rash is still there, intensity comes and goes depending on how cold it is.  And of course, my lips have been ridiculously dry.  Oh yeah, still loving the side effect of not having to wash my hair every day.  I usually go like 3 days so my hair doesn't freak out and get too dry and unmanageable, though, and I put Argan Oil on it every day when my hair is dry (or if I wash it, I put it on mid-length down before I blowdry and on the ends after I blowdry).   

 

I've been using some of the same products as before but I have switched it up a bit... 

 

  • Still using Aquaphor and Chapstick on my lips during the day and the Vaseline with Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy at night.  The latter helps a TON only if I'm diligent about it, but I admit I slack sometimes. 
  • On my hands, still using the Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy moisturizer during the day and the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream at night. 
  • On my body, I switched to a slightly more moisturizing body wash (Caress Vanilla and Sandalwood) and Nivea CoQ10 Body Hydration moisturizer for my body, it's not as thick of a consistency as the Eucerin and therefore doesn't take forever to dry, which motivates me to use it more frequently.
  • On my face, I finally went to Ulta this past Saturday (the 1st of March) and talked to a sales rep, who recommended Exuviance Ultra Restorative Creme.  It's a weird consistency (very similar to the Norwegian hand creme I'm using which is thicker and tackier than Aquaphor) and has no SPF.  It's also green, which is kind of bizarre.  I was hesitant to try it, but she said it was flying off the shelves.  Also, after mentioning I was on accutane, she pointed out that it is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and is safe for rosacea patients, so I gave it a whirl.  So far, I really like it.  I put it on my entire face, neck, and lips before bed; it actually looks matte once I rub it in, and sinks in very well. 
  • As far as cleansers go, I'm still using the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming cleanser at night only.  In the mornings, I either just rinse my face off with water only.  But, a couple of times a week, I'll use the Clarisonic Mia with the delicate skin brush head and the Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser (not to be confused with their Ultra Gentle Cleanser, although I did get a few samples of those last time I was at the dermatologist). 

Speaking of my derm, labs are still perfect, and I'm still on the 40mg/80mg alternating (which equates to a net 60mg/day) dosage. 

 

So, yeah!  YAAY!!  I'm pretty happy with my skin, just wish it wasn't so dry!  My derm scared me though; he said my oil will return pretty much in full force a few months post-'tane, so I'm kind of sad about that.  :(  Hopefully it won't be as bad as before, or I'll probably get acne again and will have to go on another course of Accutane!  Let's keep our fingers crossed that doesn't happen! 


Edited by LoveLouisV, 06 March 2014 - 11:35 AM.

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Check out my Accutane Log!!

 

F - 31, 105lbs

Start date: December 5, 2013

Month 1: 40mg Claravis

Month 2: 60mg Claravis

Month 3: 60mg Claravis

Month 4: 60mg Claravis


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

SO glad to hear that your side-effects aren't getting worse.  It sounds like you are seeing some improvement, too! 

 

I love that you list everything you are using. I did end up getting the Mario Badescu Moisture Magnet, and I absolutely love it. It works SO well underneath my makeup. I am going to have to check out the stuff you are using at night, too (the green stuff).

 

Enjoy your weekend with your SO. :) 



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:03 PM

Thanks for all the posts! Just starting Accutane here! It really helps to read posts from others who have gone through the process! Thanks!



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 09:48 AM

So, I’m back. I know I slacked during my course, but life was busy – I had gotten promoted and my workload doubled. Add to that, I was feeling somewhat depressed because my boyfriend and I hit a rough patch in our relationship due to us being long-distance. I also got diagnosed with PMDD (pre-menstrual dysmorphic disorder – Google it if you don’t know what it is), which was possibly exacerbated by the ‘tane – I was feeling especially anxious and depressed the last few months of my course, which only added to my relationship woes!

ANYWAY! I should catch y’all up on how the rest of my course went.

I last posted on Day 92, which was about 3 months in. I think I was on 60mg/day at that point. My skin finally cleared up completely in the 3rd & 4th months, and after using that Exuviance Ultra Restorative Crème, the dryness subsided (that stuff is a miracle product, let me tell you!). Lips ended up peeling off in sheets and cracking in the corners, which sucked. I did use Neosporin to help mitigate that issue.

Month 5 was a different story. I had a few little tiny breakouts, with little tiny pimples. They all healed pretty quickly, but it turns out it was a harbinger of bad things to come.

My final dose was Cinco de Mayo – May 5th. Skin was pretty clear at that point, although I did have the aforementioned tiny breakouts still occurring. For about 3-4 weeks after my last dose, my skin was perfect – no new acne, skin was not as dry, and lips/hands were healing. Hair was still not oily at all, and I was super happy!

At some point in mid-June, I noticed my skin becoming increasingly more oily throughout the day. Needing to use dry shampoo for my oily 2nd day hair became a thing again. I also got another little tiny breakout. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I had a derm appointment, and he prescribed me Retin-A again for maintenance, which I was thrilled to begin using again (for anti-aging purposes).

Breakouts/oiliness continued, and by mid-July, my skin was almost as oily as it was pre-‘tane, and I had at least one-two actives on my face at all times (during that time of the month, it was more like 6-8). My acne was back, and it was here to stay, it seemed.

In the meantime, I had tried a bunch of samples of products (BB creams, moisturizers, masks, serums, etc). I had also been going to the pool more, which meant using sunblock. And of course I was using the Retin-A. I decided a “cease-fire” on my face was necessary and stopped using everything except Ivory soap and my beloved Mario Badescu moisturizers (right now I love the Kera Moisturizer and The Moisture Magnet).

Skin reached an all-time low last week, and looked almost as bad as it did pre-tane. INNUMERABLE actives, oiliness, irritation, the works. I’m thinking I need to go back for a second course…

…but not before I finish up the last of my pills. I was over-prescribed and had about forty 40mg pills left after my course, so I began taking those last Thursday. In addition, I’ve been doing a TON of research on going dairy-free (DF), and I think I’m going to slowly ease into it while these last 40 pills clear me up/”reset” my skin.

Ideally I’ll be as DF as possible by the time my mini-course is done, and when I’m done it’ll be October. I’ll see how I do for the rest of 2014, and if I start breaking out AGAIN, I’m going back to my derm for another full-blown course.

Wish me luck!

xoxo

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Check out my Accutane Log!!

 

F - 31, 105lbs

Start date: December 5, 2013

Month 1: 40mg Claravis

Month 2: 60mg Claravis

Month 3: 60mg Claravis

Month 4: 60mg Claravis





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