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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:26 AM

It has now been 2 weeks since I started Accutane.  I am still having a little of the dryness, but moisturizing helps, a lot.  On January 1 I woke to a zit farm.  I had little pimples all along my temple, and one right beside my nose.  I was quite surprised when they went away quickly, and without much fuss.  Yesterday I woke up to find that my little friend (typed fiend first and I think that is more accurate) below my lip had sprouted a bigger, meaner brother.  It hurts like mad! Looking forward to having that one gone.  

 

So far I am still highly impressed with the clinique make up and moisturizer.  I am alternating between the Blistex medicated balm in the white tube, and Aquaphor.  Between the two of them, my lips are doing pretty well, all things considered. 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:25 PM

HAPPY NEW CLEAR, JESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

Darn I hate those ouchy ones! Battling a couple myself. Glad the Clinique is working out. I am loving Estee Lauder right now. I know a lot of people want to get rid of their acne so they can go without makeup, and, although I'd like to wear less concealer, I LOVE MAKEUP!

Yay New Year!



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:30 PM

Thank you Ciara and Kim for the New Year wishes. :) 

 

I woke up this morning with 2 minor sore spots.  The one is on my forehead somewhere.  It was one of those that I brushed across, and for a moment it hurt like crazy, and then it was gone.  I have touched lightly, and haven't been able to figure out where exactly it was. Strange.  The other is right on the edge of my lip.  It is invisible, at this point, but still hurts! 

 

The "bigger meaner brother" kind of came to a head.  I must have scratched it in the night, because the next morning it had a scab on it. So far the scab is holding.  Hopefully it will go away SOON! 

 

We're expecting some extremely low temps, and yucky weather for the next few days.  I will be keeping a pot of water on the wood stove to keep things from drying out TOO much. And I'll be protecting my skin when I go out to take care of the animals, too.  :) 



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:25 PM

Wood stove! Animals! Whoa, do you live in some sort of majestic country wonderland? I LOVE wood stoves!

I hate those nasty pimples you can feel and can't find. Then every time you think maybe you're imagining it, you feel it again! Damn those sneakers!

Glad you're doing well.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:26 AM

Kim, I do live in the country. I have rabbits and chickens (And a humongous indoor cat).  I was actually awake a lot last night worrying over them, with the low temperatures (Not nearly as cold as where you are, though).  Fortunately everyone was fine this morning, just thirsty because their water froze! :o

 

The wood stove is awesome for heat.  I love that I can stoke it up, and leave it for hours, and when I come back, the fire is still going and with a little air it puts out A LOT of heat. It does great keeping things toasty, and there's nothing like coming in and standing by the stove, and feeling the warmth just seep into your body. 

 

Update: I was so worried about the animals this morning that I got up and put my gear on, got a bucket of water, and went running out... and completely forgot to put stuff on my face before I did.  So I'm back in now and I'm looking and feeling kind of alligator-ish.  I'll be moisturizing pretty intensively over the next few hours to make up for that.  :P

 

I looked in the mirror this morning and discovered that some of the redness on my face seems to be letting up.  I'm not sure if that is a temporary thing, or something that might actually improve with the drug. So far the "sneaker" is still hiding. I have the feeling one of these mornings I am going to wake up and have an enormous cyst somewhere on my forehead. 



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:48 PM

Hey Jess

 

Enjoying your blog so far.   It sounds like something is happening for you.

 

I haven't been on Accutane - but feel like I  need to, so am watching and learning first..

 

Good luck and here's to your success.surprised.gif



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:04 AM

Welcome Waytooldforthis. :) I was offered accutane several years ago, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. My turning point came with that huge cyst, and the realization that at 37, I have other problems I should be worried about, besides acne.  I am finding that, so far at least, it is worth it. The fact that things come up, and then go away quickly is wonderful.  I do think that it is a decision that everyone needs to make for themselves, because it is an intense process.  

 

update: My skin is doing much better today, probably thanks to much lotioning yesterday, after my venture into the cold. My hands still look like they've been in a briar patch.  Before I go out today I'll be putting lotion on my skin to hopefully keep it from getting too scaly.  It is above 0 right now, and supposed to get above freezing later today (hooray).  If my car will start I am going to go out and get some groceries!



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

My car started yesterday, and I went out for groceries (hooray)! I came back home, got out of the car, and heard water rushing.  I knew that it was not from the creek, and as I got closer to the house, I discovered that I've got a burst pipe.  The water had to be shut off, so now I am eating things that do not involve cooking, or dirty dishes (as much as possible).  Hopefully it will be fixed later on today.  I did go to a friend's house, and get a good shower.

 

Update: For some reason right under my nose is extremely sensitive.  It almost feels raw, even though my nose has't been running.  I have a bruise on my cheek from walking into a gambrel (big metal hanger), and a few red spots along my jaw line that are completely flat, and don't look like they will develop into anything.  So far, so good!



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:40 PM

My car started too! I only had to have it plugged in for two days!

Our temp jumped from the minus thirties to minus eight today, which was awesome. That's Celsius, of course, because (if you hadn't noticed from how cold it is where I am), I'm Canadian.

 

My nose is feeling better, but it felt like it was ON FIRE the first week of Accutane, and then that just went away and hasn't come back - yet. I think it's just sensitive skin. My nose is perhaps just not used to not being covered in an inch of grease.

 

Glad to hear things are going well! My first round of Accutane was SO much more pleasant than this one. I think the first-timers get off easier!

 

Your home sounds intriguing! What kind of animals do you have there?



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:19 AM

Kim, I have Californian rabbits (white, with black nose, ears, tail, and feet), and White Rock chickens. There is also an enormous indoor cat that lives here, and is currently passed out in the bed after carousing all night. I had figured you were in Canada, based on the Centigrade measures, and the temperatures. SO glad that your car started.  I haven't got a plug on mine, so I just had to wait 2 days for things to warm up above 15 degrees. tongue.png

 

My face felt like it was on fire last night.  I lay my head on the pillow, and it felt like sandpaper on my face. OUCH! I actually woke up twice to moisturize last night (for some reason a Dr. Who episode or two comes to mind there). . It is still feeling pretty rough right now, but hopefully I am on the road to recovery.  I actually managed to thaw most of the case of bottled water I got, so I will be able to drink more (I have no tap water at the moment, thanks to a line break) today than I did yesterday. 

 

On a VERY positive note, it seems that my hair has turned dry, at least temporarily. Given how difficult it is to heat water for hair washing, it was awesome not to NEED to do that this morning!

 

Well, it is off to the races! I got my class schedule for this semester straightened out (amazing how difficult they make that), and got a few hundred dollars worth of books yesterday (it was a rip-off). So next week starts with a bang.  Work (at school) and School... 


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:09 PM

Yesterday and today.... days 21 and 22, I believe. 

 

Yesterday was pretty average, except for having no water. My skin was a little dryer than usual, but not terrible. I went for dinner with family, and did something I knew I shouldn't have done... I had a couple of drinks. Now... to put this into perspective, I don't drink very often, have not been drinking long, and so I tend to get buzzed very easily.  Anyway, I ended up spending the night because I was too tired (and buzzed) at 1:30a to drive home. I had lip stuff with me, but no face stuff.

 

I used some lotion that was on the vanity in the morning, and it actually felt really good, and didn't burn my skin at all (I'm going to find out what that was, and get some).  I did "normal" things today, and ended up having to make an emergency run to the next town for more plumbing parts, and then came back to work on that with the guy who came to do the fix, and was so busy that I was paying NO attention to my face. 

 

So, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life... if you can be embarrassed by something that happened previously... After everything was said and done, and I still don't have water, I went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and discovered this... mustache and goatee of  flakes!  I was absolutely horrified, and immediately started going back in my mind, wondering if it was like that when I went to the hardware store, wondering if the plumber guy had noticed it... and being totally embarrassed by both possibilities. I started trying to remember when it was that I had last looked close in the mirror.  I realized after some time that I had put lotion on right before i went to the hardware store, and the plumber's eyesight isn't the greatest, so.... I might have gotten by. Still, the thought is mortifying.

 

Continuing along those lines, I realized that the area that was all flaky and weird looking was the area that has been burning so badly recently. Just under my nose, and around my mouth, and down my chin. And those areas have been very prone to breakout at times (though not so much recently).  Places where I'd once had a spot of some kind had bigger flakes.  And all of that leads me to wonder if I should really start paying attention to those burning areas, in case this tries to happen again.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:21 PM

Lol, I have woken up to this flakiness a couple times with horror. I often worry that it will happen during the day and I won't even know. Sometimes at work my face will feel dry, and I'll just pray it's not a mess of flakes because there is nothing I can do about it (don't bring my skincare and makeup to work). It does seem to happen more in breakout areas, even if there isn't anything currently there, and I have no idea why. Another mystery of Accutane. Someday we will look back on these moments and think they are funny! Right?



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:44 PM

 Someday we will look back on these moments and think they are funny! Right?

 

I sincerely hope so. And I hope that I won't have any more moments like that.  I'll be taking make up and moisturizer to work with me, because on Tuesdays and Thursdays I will have class right after school for the next 16 weeks, so my days will be extremely long. I surely don't trust my skin to behave at the moment. 

 

It is a GORGEOUS day here.  In the 50s, bright sunshine, and a nice breeze.  The fire is smoldering, and I spent a good chunk of time outdoors doing some chores that have needed done, and checking out what remains of the garden after the bitter cold and torrential rain.  My hands got very itchy while I was out, and to my shame, I scratched, and ended up with a tiny bloody spot.  It has gone away since I put the Aveeno oil stuff on it.  That really does a great job with the rash. 

 

My skin is extremely dry today, and I have a "sneaker" developing somewhere on my forehead.  I felt it a couple of times while I was in the shower, but I can't figure out exactly where it is.  Maybe it will just disappear? A girl can definitely hope. Something else I noticed... there is a spot on my nose that seems to be a zit magnet. Several times when I was a kid, and a couple of times recently I would develop a big, icky pimple right there, and so there was a little... divet in that spot. This morning I looked in the mirror, and it isn't a little divet anymore, it is a freakin' POTHOLE! So there I sat, trying to hide a hole with make up.  Since i'm not much of a make up girl, I don't necessarily know the right techniques... so the result was a slightly smaller hole.  GRRR. Going to ask the derm if there is anything that can be done about spots like that later on.

 

Hoping to finally get water back today!



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:37 PM

I finally have water again! I'm not sure how many days I've been without, but I am SO happy to have it back! 

 

My skin is extremely dry right now. I've put moisturizers on it, and it is still flaky.  I have been considering doing a very gentle exfoliation to try to get the worst of the flakes off.  



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

Glad you have nice weather, ours has been much better too. Sorry about the 'hole in your nose' (I sincerely doubt it is really a hole!). I have a lot of divets (I like that word!) - little bumps and marks here and there. I have often wondered about trying a treatment for them, but it wasn't that bad and I sort of see them as battle scars. After this bout of craziness I might feel differently.

Hope your sneaker sneaks away!



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:53 PM

Hope your sneaker sneaks away!

Me too! On a side note- I am also getting weird little twinges and pains that feel like the start of a new cyst coming up....then nothing happens (....yet..). I like your term for it, though. When I hear "little sneaker", I picture a little bump sitting on my cheek with a coy look on its face wearing little sneakers and singing "Youuu cant seee meeeee!".


My Accutane log (with pictures):

 

 http://www.acne.org/...r-accutane-log/

 

26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014

Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 -
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily

Morning:

Cetaphil cleanser

Food Grade Rose water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin


Night:
Cetaphil Cleanser

Food grade Rose Water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM

Cerave Moisturizing cream
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:29 PM

Well, so far the Sneaker is still sneaking. I'm not srue whether to be happy about that, or to want to get it over with. :P 

 

I have a very NON-Sneaker on my left temple. It isn't big, but it is definitely there, and definitely painful.  I am hopeful that it will be short lived.  It feels like it already has a bit of a head, and it kind of looks like it, but I can't get my eyes to look far enough sideways, even in the mirror, to have a look. :P  I have faith that the Absorica will have it gone by tomorrow. 

 

Today was my first day back at work after Christmas Break, and a weather break.  It went fairly smoothly. One of my kids asked why my nose was peeling, which reminded me to put moisturizer on.  I also started two of my classes for this semester, and got the preliminary stuff done. I have to say, it is very hard for me to be patient, and wait for someone to do their job, so that I can do mine. Especially when their job (or ineffectiveness) has an impact on my future.

 

Nearly forgot! I mentioned that I was considering trying to very gently exfoliate.  I gave it a shot with some oatmeal, and my skin looks and feels MUCH better.  I moisturized immediately afterward to stop the flakes from coming back too quickly.  And even though my nose is extremely shiny I am pleased that I am no longer flaky.  :) Note: Be VERY gentle. Otherwise, you end up with raw spots (I have one small one). 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:06 PM

Darn those children and their honesty! I feel very lucky to be teaching grade 6 this year. Last year I was teaching k-5 music, and those little tiny ones DEFINITELY would have said something about my skin, whereas the 6s are old enough to know it would hurt my feelings. Also they are too involved in their own drama to notice me much!

Sorry about the oucher - hope it clears up quick!



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

I am actually sitting in music class right now, with one of my kids. I work in special ed, with middle and high schoolers. Being special ed, some of them lack the mind-mouth filter.

The thing on my temple seems to be doing pretty well. No head, but not getting any bigger, either.




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