Hi everybody! After scavenging through the internet looking for people with similar stories to my own, I thought the right thing to do would be to contribute my own story and progress for other people to benefit from. I didn't post anything my first day but just decided to start this now.
My name is Dalton, and I am 18 years old. I am 6'2" and weigh 190 pounds. A little info about my acne being treated: My acne is typically on my chin and forehead, with a great deal of black heads on my chin and nose that go unnoticed by everyone. I really only see them when I get closer to a mirror and kind of bite my lip to tighten the skin up around my chin. The nose ones are easily seen though by anyone looking for them. As far as my nose and chin go, their isn't one square millimeter that does not have a black head on it. I tend to just have mild acne but for some reason my skin tends to get really good and then all of a sudden will get absolutely awful. When my mild acne flares up the way it does, it becomes more moderate to even severe. Something that I constantly am trying to remind myself is to to not pick, though it is something I nervously do subconsciously. As a result of this I have dark spots on my chin and forehead. Does anyone know if acne scars smooth out and fade over the course of an Accutane cycle?
Today, is the eighth day since I took my first pill. I have been initially prescribed a 40 mg/d dosage. Some things I have noticed since beginning this medication are the usual dry skin and lips. Something I did notice that I don't typically see from people (not sure if they are embarrassed to report or if it just a not very common symptom) is blood in the stool. After bowel movements I would notice excess amounts of blood. Nothing that made me feel worried to the point where I felt that I should call my derm/doctor, but more than enough to easily notice. The blood, however, has slowly tapered off to the point where it's extremely minimal or non-existent. The first day I took it I also had a bad headache. I am pretty tolerable with pain and rarely ever get headaches, but I believe Accutane to be the culprit to the headache. I have not had another occurrence similar to this since. Cotton mouth has been a consistent symptom, though easily manageable. I work in a grocery store and am constantly on my feet and a little more than 3 months ago, I suffered an ankle injury playing basketball that was pretty severe. The swelling in that ankle is still rather large and I notice towards the later end of my typical 6 hour after-school shift, my ankle begins to become sore. I will be supplementing with fish oil for joint support so I will keep everyone posted on how that helps. I believe I am hitting the initial breakout. My black heads which are pretty much not noticeable are growing in size and prominence but still not easily seen unless you were to look closely. I have also had an increase in active, cystic acne on my forehead. I usually put my hair up with a product to keep it off of my forehead but I now leave it down to cover up the breakout.
This is my first post, and I will post weekly updates in addition to sudden changes in my skin condition. I hope this "blog" so to speak, helps some people out there who have questions.
Edited by Deequarius, 12 May 2014 - 04:47 PM.