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#21 Rassendyll

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

@Smallguy: Pretty badly! It's all a part of the process. But I don't look particularly attractive right now!

 

Days 18, 19, 20: Redness continues to fade, but my skin is kind of rejecting all my my blackheads. The pores on my nose are huge. I also appear to be shedding my skin like a snake or something. Lips still bleed.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:48 PM

Not tried that yet but to be honest I'm blathering my lips in Vaseline Aloe Vera and they're not too bad. Will see what that's like if they get worse though...

 

How's the weather in the UK? More dryness will occur if the humidity is really low.



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:17 AM

Good luck with your roaccutane journey man! I've been on roaccutane as well for about 45 days now and there has definitely been some improvement. We'll get trough this :)



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:57 AM

Not tried that yet but to be honest I'm blathering my lips in Vaseline Aloe Vera and they're not too bad. Will see what that's like if they get worse though...

 

How's the weather in the UK? More dryness will occur if the humidity is really low.

It's pretty cold & dry at the moment, or at least it is in the North of the UK where I am. I had some extreme dryness in the first 7 to 9 days but I've been moisturising a lot, drinking lots of water and using lots of balm (I mean lots of lip balm) and it's working really well for me. I'm on day 12 now. I will say that my lips in the corners have cracked occasionally but I rubbed lots of vaseline into them and it's really helped it. I'm also lucky enough to work in doors all day so the weather isn't really an issue for me - maybe that's helping?

My dryness seems to come & go, but honestly, I was using topical Isotretinoin for 10 years and the dryness & redness which that gave me was REALLY bad, like literally just scales under my neck and around my mouth, under my chin and jaw/around my neck, so the dryness that the Roaccutane is giving me is far more tolerable that the dryness that the topical version gave me. 

Also, my initial breakout was pretty bad. It's calming down now (fingers crossed). It's made a mess of my chin, though. There's around a 1.5 inch in diameter patch on my chin that looks completely red, dry and sore from where I had around 6-7 very sore & very red spots come up within the space of a week. Also had some really bad muscle aches when I'm sleeping, like I've pulled a muscle through exercise - yet I haven't. It's work me up two nights in a row but I don't feel it during the day? Got another 2 weeks then I go on 60mg which is when I suspect things might get a little worse.



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 06:02 AM

@Smallguy: Pretty badly! It's all a part of the process. But I don't look particularly attractive right now!

 

Days 18, 19, 20: Redness continues to fade, but my skin is kind of rejecting all my my blackheads. The pores on my nose are huge. I also appear to be shedding my skin like a snake or something. Lips still bleed.

im having the same issue with pores and blackheads around my t-zone. it makes my skin SO rough! its horrible ...



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

Hey everyone!

 

I just read how you guys were discussing your progress, so i decided to jump in and join you!

I am 19 as well and I have been suffering from acne since I am like 13 years old :/ 

After various kinds of medicine (which never really worked out for me) my acne returned badly last september....

 

So yeah, Last week I decided to go to a dermatologist to hopefully end my acne forever.

He also prescribed me isotretinoin, of which I had my first two pills today.

I am supposed to take 40 mg each day from now on, for another 4 to 6 months according to my dermatologist.

 

The acne I currently have in my face isnt that bad at all... If it weren't for my shoulders and back, i wouldnt have taken this step at all. But unfortunately my back is filled with pimples, so I will have to go through with it...

 

I just hope the side-effects wont kill me :P Ive been reading experience logs all day, mostly scaring myself for the side effects :/ Luckily there are also some "before/after" pics here, which definitely encourage me to go through with this...

 

I wish all you guys the best of luck for these coming from what i have read "dry and partly bloody" months, hope the results are worth it!

 

See you soon!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:50 PM

Days 21-25: My skin has finally gone the dry I expected. I flake, look as pale as anything, no moisturiser can help me and it is glorious. My pores are tighter, so I couldn't initially squeeze the blackheads out, however using a pore strip after a really nice hot shower made me look a lot better. It was disgusting, but satisfying in a morbid kind of way (@Lalaland, definitely consider this if you think your skin can handle the adhesive, just don't look at the strip after you've used it). My bottom lip has a really bloody groove down it where it has split and failed to heal. Overall though, my acne looks a lot better. 

 

@Patrick: Thanks man! 

@Skelerox: The suffering is definitely worth what it does to your self-image. I've seen a couple of friends come out of the course with better-than-normal-people's skin. Good luck! 



@Smallguy: How's it going?



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:15 PM

Day 4: It's still the status quo really. Quite oily apart from lips, which split at the side at the gym today. 

 

Do you go to the gym often? I go almost every day and play soccer almost every day, so I have to wash good every day also. I know that some people don't wash as much while they're on accutane to minimize the drying but I don't think that will be at all possible for me. I am hoping this won't make my drying out too horrible. 



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:23 AM

Do you go to the gym often? I go almost every day and play soccer almost every day, so I have to wash good every day also. I know that some people don't wash as much while they're on accutane to minimize the drying but I don't think that will be at all possible for me. I am hoping this won't make my drying out too horrible. 

 

Yeah, you'll have absolutely no problems with the gym whatsoever while on it. Some people complain of lower back pain and I suppose I can feel it a little more after squats or deadlifts but I don't think you'll have any problems at all with football. In terms of how often I go, I like to weight-lift three days a week, run on a forth and go fencing on a fifth. 

 

I've heard the washing thing too, but not showering just sounds plain awful. Although, be careful about shampooing every day. I've not particularly mentioned it on my blog but your scalp will flake along with your skin and so it might be better to leave it for a few days. It's also impossible to get greasy hair, which is great. 



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:02 AM

Morning all!

@Rassendyll - nice to hear that your acne is clearing up!

I'm on dose 18 today. Skin dryness on face comes and goes. Sometimes it's bad, then it's not so bad. I've found that exfoliating twice a week is helping. Oil production has been reduced too. My acne is clearing up on my face quite nicely now after my initial breakout around 7 days ago. It made a real mess of my chin though. Face looks quite red which I can't do anything about, although I'm not too bothered about that. I even managed to have a close shave yesterday which is the first time in a long time! That also really helped hydrate my skin and get rid of some of the dryness. I never really had that many blackheads around my face but I did have a few around my nose, which seem to have all popped up this week and I've managed to get them out. 

I've had a pretty bad flair up on my shoulders and back which is annoying. Hopefully that will clear up soon. 

Lips are still ok but I really have been absolutely blathering them in Vaseline which really is helping. I can however feel the dryness underneath. If I leave them for more than an hour then I can feel the dryness setting in, any more than 2 hours and they'll crack - so I'm applying the balm every 40 minutes or so. Also still drinking 2 litres of water per day which helps. 

I've developed some strange muscle pain, though. A little in my lower back (which is normal) but also down my right side. It's almost like I've pulled my muscle exercising. The strange thing is that it only occurs at around 4am every morning when I'm sleeping. I turn over and it goes for a while. Then when I get up for work and start to move around - it goes completely and does not come back at all during the day. It only happens while I'm sleeping at around 4am! Crazy! Anyone else having a reoccurring muscle pain like that?

Overall I'm fairly pleased with how this is going. I think everyone responds differently to this and your initial problems will occur where your acne is at it's worst. For me, it's on my back and shoulders which is where the biggest flair up has been. My face has calmed down now (knock on wood), although I'm fully braced for another facial flair up. This treatment and acne as you know is extremely unpredictable. I just think of what things will be like in another 4 months which is what keeps me happy.

Got my next derm appointment next week which is where I'll go up to 60mg per day. I dare say that the most problematic of side effects will start then...

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:38 AM

Morning all!

@Rassendyll - nice to hear that your acne is clearing up!

I'm on dose 18 today. Skin dryness on face comes and goes. Sometimes it's bad, then it's not so bad. I've found that exfoliating twice a week is helping. Oil production has been reduced too. My acne is clearing up on my face quite nicely now after my initial breakout around 7 days ago. It made a real mess of my chin though. Face looks quite red which I can't do anything about, although I'm not too bothered about that. I even managed to have a close shave yesterday which is the first time in a long time! That also really helped hydrate my skin and get rid of some of the dryness. I never really had that many blackheads around my face but I did have a few around my nose, which seem to have all popped up this week and I've managed to get them out. 

I've had a pretty bad flair up on my shoulders and back which is annoying. Hopefully that will clear up soon. 

Lips are still ok but I really have been absolutely blathering them in Vaseline which really is helping. I can however feel the dryness underneath. If I leave them for more than an hour then I can feel the dryness setting in, any more than 2 hours and they'll crack - so I'm applying the balm every 40 minutes or so. Also still drinking 2 litres of water per day which helps. 

I've developed some strange muscle pain, though. A little in my lower back (which is normal) but also down my right side. It's almost like I've pulled my muscle exercising. The strange thing is that it only occurs at around 4am every morning when I'm sleeping. I turn over and it goes for a while. Then when I get up for work and start to move around - it goes completely and does not come back at all during the day. It only happens while I'm sleeping at around 4am! Crazy! Anyone else having a reoccurring muscle pain like that?

Overall I'm fairly pleased with how this is going. I think everyone responds differently to this and your initial problems will occur where your acne is at it's worst. For me, it's on my back and shoulders which is where the biggest flair up has been. My face has calmed down now (knock on wood), although I'm fully braced for another facial flair up. This treatment and acne as you know is extremely unpredictable. I just think of what things will be like in another 4 months which is what keeps me happy.

Got my next derm appointment next week which is where I'll go up to 60mg per day. I dare say that the most problematic of side effects will start then...

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80mg tends to have the most side effects. The dry and bleeding lips would seriously bug me--how could I eat, then?

 

That reminds me: I forgot to ask a derm whether applying ammonium lactate then Vaseline would be better than just plain ol' Aquaphor. 12% ammonium lactate is better than ~5% glycerin. Does anyone else know this?

 

Huzzah for the close shave! :)



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:03 AM

Days 26-28: 

 

It now hurts to apply moisturiser to my lips, they're definitely getting worse and are attracting worried looks from people. My face is covered in white dead skin and I look disgusting. Blackheads are going and and I no longer come out in whiteheads. It's just the inflamed red bits that have yet to go, but I think that'll only happen when I go up in dosage. 

 

My skin is going from pale to an angry red. Not so much from the acne, but just from all the irritation of dead skin/ gale force winds/ cold. 

 

This isn't a good day. 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:13 PM

Days 26-28: 

 

It now hurts to apply moisturiser to my lips, they're definitely getting worse and are attracting worried looks from people. My face is covered in white dead skin and I look disgusting. Blackheads are going and and I no longer come out in whiteheads. It's just the inflamed red bits that have yet to go, but I think that'll only happen when I go up in dosage. 

 

My skin is going from pale to an angry red. Not so much from the acne, but just from all the irritation of dead skin/ gale force winds/ cold. 

 

This isn't a good day. 

 

Are you trying to apply a physical sunscreen, or is that too much? You might want to have a humidifier around, too.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:58 AM

Days 29-32: Despite looking okay a few days ago, I think I'm having a not-very-initial-at-all-breakout. I thought I'd escaped it! My face is coming out in spots: not any nasty cystic ones, but blotchy inflammatory ones. They're appearing all over my legs too. I'm trying to convince myself that it's just my skin purging all the gunk, but it's pretty dreadful. 

 

I've been solving the lip situation by putting moisturiser on it, and then using lip balm to sort of stick it down. 



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:57 AM

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. 

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:40 PM

Glad to hear it's going well for you man! Hope my acne goes the same way soon

 

Days 33-4: Red all over face. Can't open mouth properly due to scabbing. Was given some Cetreben today by the doctor and it sort of helps in that it makes all the dead stuff soft. I may still have to find a way to exfoliate and get rid of all the flakes hough. Bloods tomorrow!



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

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. 

Much love.x
 

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Glad to hear it's going well for you man! Hope my acne goes the same way soon

 

Days 33-4: Red all over face. Can't open mouth properly due to scabbing. Was given some Cetreben today by the doctor and it sort of helps in that it makes all the dead stuff soft. I may still have to find a way to exfoliate and get rid of all the flakes hough. Bloods tomorrow!

 

Oh geez. You guys getting any really dry hands?



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:17 AM

Glad to hear it's going well for you man! Hope my acne goes the same way soon

 

Days 33-4: Red all over face. Can't open mouth properly due to scabbing. Was given some Cetreben today by the doctor and it sort of helps in that it makes all the dead stuff soft. I may still have to find a way to exfoliate and get rid of all the flakes hough. Bloods tomorrow!


So far it is mate, thanks! But to be honest my facial acne wasn't terrible as I'm 28 and my hormones are (sort of) more balanced now. It was more annoying for me as it was unpredictable acne and my shiny oily face was becoming embarrassing too, which is one of the reasons (as well as problematic acne) I'm on this. I'd wash & exfoliate in the morning and within 3 hours my face was just covered in oil. Which has now stopped (yay!). My shoulders and back were the area's that needed the most attention really. I'm expecting everything to flair up again soon though and I won't be surprised if it does. But, so far, it's now starting to clear. Yours 100% definitely will clear man. If it's doing this with my mild (yet still active) resilient & persistent facial acne after 24 days then I think it'll take a little bit longer for it to work on more aggressive hormonal acne - but it WILL work. 

Is your skin still producing a lot of oil at day 33? If so then it sounds like your hormones are in overdrive man.

My girlfriend gave me some of this for exfoliating: http://www.clinique....-Exfoliator.jpg

It's really helping too so I'd recommend it. Do it twice to twice to three times per week then very gently dry (almost patting your face) and moisturise with this immediately after to lock in the moisture: http://www.superdrug...0ml/invt/369656

Apply the E45 daily, and liberally in the most driest of areas after you wash. You can barley notice my dry skin when I do that. 

@Michelle - Yes, I was getting dry hands which also started to look a little like eczema but that E45 creme has cleared it up when I apply it daily & after I've washed my hands etc. 

Let me know how you get on with the above exfoliating/moisturising creme guys!x



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

sounds like your hormones are in overdrive man.

 


 

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Day 35: I slept with my face absolutely covered in Cetraben. Woke up dry still, I'll try exfoliate with some of that stuff you were on about Smallguy and see if it'll take off all those flakes, thanks! Had my bloods today and I have 12 more sets of pills left, will see if my dosage changes. Hopefully it can go up! 



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:39 PM

Days 36-7: For now, I can exfoliate to get rid of all the flakes, then cleanse to get rid of all the oils I've scrubbed out of the skin and then rub a heap a moisturiser in for five minutes. It appears to be working. 

 

I feel a little happier about my skin, the redness is further going down. Also I went to the Ally Pally which was good.






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