Have you decided not to have another baby because of the accutane? how long after being on Accutane did you have your first?
I am a little scared of this myself as my husband and I would like to start a family in a few years.
I have never heard of Zania and it seems I am happy about that! what dosage are you on this time around? higher/lower than before? what day are you on?
Lindsey, it was Diane and a 2.5 BP that kept me okay for the past 8 years. I stopped taking it to get pregnant, and things stayed okay for a while. Acne started slowly coming back this spring. It was slowly getting worse, so I did the stupid thing and tried to fix it with topicals. I don't even know what went so wrong, but within a few weeks of trying the biacna, things were terrible. Maybe I had a lot of stuff deep under there, maybe it's because I stopped using my regular BP, or maybe I had a bad reaction, I don't know, but I have never had such red, painful, bumpy skin. It's pretty harsh to have to be in this place with my skin, and even worse to have to give up the hope of another kid. But I have to try to be a good mom to the one I've got, and I know if this goes on much longer I will lose it.
I know the Diane is risky, especially at my age, but I was on it for a long time without incident, so I am hoping to be okay.
Rooth - I know about the paranoia! Even though I had great skin for 8 years, there wasn't a day I didn't wake up worried that this was the day it was all coming back. Pretty crappy that it actually did. Alas. I'll still take the paranoia over the actual acne. I've accepted that I will forever be mentally affected by this no matter what happens. Sometimes I think that is not so bad. It sure helps me to be more understanding of the imperfections of others, and not take for granted any good skin days I get.
I am only using products I have used forever and totally trust, even if they aren't as lovely as the things people with normal skin get to use. I totally hear you on the cetaphil thing!
So I'm doing: spectrojel cleanser (the Canadian classic for acne people!), moisturel lotion (the only lotion I completely trust, although it certainly doesn't have the nice absorbency and feel of high end lotions), and vaseline in the dry spots, just straight up. I am also mixing a little BP into my night time routine, because it is the only thing that has helped before and my skin isn't dry enough yet to be angry with me for it. I use proactiv for this - it is the only product in their line I like. It's less sticky and irritating than most similar BP products.
I will look into REN. Right now I am just trying to find ANYTHING that will cover it up a bit and not make it worse. I used to use Maybelline 24 hour foundation, it doesn't seem to break me out, but I have never liked it (it's sticky feeling), so putting more of it on is gross. I have parent teacher interviews this week (I'm a teacher) and I am not looking forward to thinking about what they are thinking when they sit down with someone who had perfect skin when they saw me at the beginning of September, and is now totally messed up. Especially when that is the last thing I should be thinking about. Just trying to keep telling myself it looks much worse to me. Just trying.
Day 4: Chapped lips have started and I feel dry skin coming on! woohoo!