Hello all. hope you're well well.
@Michelle Reece - Yeah, I reckon 80mg is where it'll be fun & games. Regarding my lips, during the day I've been using this stuff VERY liberally every 40 minutes and it's working a treat: http://www.britishco...ge/CLEN2204.jpg
On an evening when I'm going to sleep, I use this because it has a thicker consistency and stays on the lips all night. Again - I apply very liberally: http://boots.scene7....43&op_sharpen=1
@Rassendyll - just hang in there mate. They say that the worst sides are in the first month or so of the treatment. I thought I'd managed to escape the initial breakout too, but I was wrong. It made quite a mess of my chin & cheeks and also my shoulders. However, it's clearing up very quickly now. Once this stuff starts to work, it REALLY starts to work. Just think of what you'll be like in another 3-4 months time. It'll be worth it.
So it's day/dosage 23 for me. This is what's happened so far:
Day 1/Month 1: 40mg daily - felt quite ill/sweaty.
Day 3 & 4 - migraines. Bad-ass ones. Sort of like the aftermath of taking a heavy hit to the head.
Day 7 to 9 - headaches gradually go face looked as if it was clearing up, dry lips & skin kicking in, but...
Day 10 - 14 - I was wrong. Initial breakout kicked in. I developed painful, red, localised spots around my chin, cheeks, shoulders (VERY PAINFUL THERE). Facial redness set in. Skin tone becomes uneven & scars more noticeable.
Day 14 to 19 - Strange muscle aches develop. Breakout calms down on face & shoulders but the area's where my breakout was bad on my chin has left lots of dry skin patches, which is gradually getting better. Oil production (finally) reduces particularly around my T-zone. Redness slowly fades. Skin is dry. I use grade 2 E45 creme which when applied just takes the dryness away and you'd never even tell I have dry skin. I managed to have a close shave which I have not been able to do since I was 25 (3 years ago) so that's kind of a good thing for me, although I hate baby smooth skin and prefer a small stubble - just wanted to see what my skin was like under my stubble and dry skin, to which I was VERY pleased overall. Lips gradually get dry but I use a lot of lip balm & vaseline which helps. If I go over 45 mins without applying it then I feel them drying up rapidly. Pore purge kicks in. Blackheads that I didn't even know I had rear their ugly head around my nose.
Just to add - I was using topical Isotretinion for 10+ years and that stuff really dried my skin out and made it look red. The oral version (so far) is not as radical in terms of dryness so I can deal with it at the moment. Let's see what it's like when the dosage goes up.
Day 19 to 23 - Skin on face is looking the best it's looked in quite a few years. Tone is more even, dryness comes & goes. Breakout on shoulders & back is clearing quite quickly. Muscle pain when I sleep is still there. Mood is very good! Had some down time around week 2 but that was due to my skin looking terrible. Redness is reducing still.
Went for my first blood tests yesterday and have my next derm appointment in 2 days which is when I up my dosage to 60mg per day. I dare say that there'll be nothing much to report until around mid next week when the higher dosage kicks in so I'll probably update with you then, that is unless something else changes.
So, hang in there everyone. This stuff DOES work. I can see it already. Got to take the rough with the smooth to combat what we have. I'll happily take a few months of the rough for potentially a lifetime of the smooth. Hopefully you all have a family as supporting as mine that'll help you out though this period and if so then it'll be over before you know it. Right now, I'm staying optimistic.
Edited by smallguy86, 04 March 2014 - 02:01 AM.