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shadylee

Member Since 23 Mar 2011
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#3439074 Old Lady On Accutane—50, Female, 40Mg

Posted by shadylee on 02 July 2014 - 04:00 PM

Awww Mandy, didn't mean to scare you.  dry eyes are a very common side effect and it seems the big majorityof people get thru it just fine.  I happened to be in the small minority.  If the margin of my eyes hadn't gotten so swollen I would never have stopped.  I think you will be just fine, especially since they already calmed down.  Don't be scared..you can always stop if you think they are getting bad.  As I said, if I hadn't had such a long way to go to finish my course, I wldve finished it..All the best Mandy, I always love hearing the success stories!!

 

DD..hope you're having a great day 3!!




#3438820 Old Lady On Accutane—50, Female, 40Mg

Posted by shadylee on 01 July 2014 - 08:46 AM

Hooray for day 2!

 

Yes it was so disappointing for me to have to stop my course.  It had taken me so long to finally to make the decision to go on it, and not being able to finish it was truly heartbreaking.  It had taken me about 10 days to decide to come off of it.  I was taking a pill every other day to see if a lower dose wld lessen the side effects, but mine just kept getting worse.  My eyes were so swollen that my derm also had given me prednisone to take down the swelling.  It was so upsetting to stop, I really do believe Accutane is the miracle drug for tons of people.  I actually have jealousy for people that are able to finish their courses.

 

DD wishing you luck everyday!  You must be very excited knowing your first course was such a great success!!




#3353956 Dry red eyes from Accutane? Temporary?

Posted by shadylee on 01 June 2013 - 06:14 AM

hi dry eyes..

i was on accutane for only a month at 40 mg...i started to experience realllly dry puffy eyes..went to the ophta told me that the accutane attacks all oil glands including your eyes.  it shrivels the oil glands of your eyes and since your not getting the oil your eyes need, its also a breeding ground for bacteria.  well i stopped the accutane immediately.  

 

what he told me to do was warm compresses twice a day for five minutes each time..to get the oil flowing again.  i did this for abt a month and it did help, but didnt make it 100%..so then he put me on restasis eye drops.  with the use of restasis and doing warm compresses my eyes are abt back to 90%..i dont even do the warm compresses that much anymore, only when my eyes get irritated from my make up..

 

pls look into restasis, it really did wonders for me...good luck!




#3299121 Sonrisafingida's Accutane Journey

Posted by shadylee on 31 October 2012 - 03:00 PM

i have been following your log, and i have to say, i think your skin has made such a great improvement!!!  it looks so much smoother!  And i know it seems like those red marks wont go away..but they will..i truly think you're on your way to beautiful skin..congrats!!  u look great!


#3286387 Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

Posted by shadylee on 13 September 2012 - 01:15 PM

JUST GOT BACK FROM MY LAST APPOINTMENT WITH THE DERMATOLOGIST!!! (at least for a long time)

I was scheduled to end accutane in a few days, but my derm and I both agreed to do one more month!

I'm both happy and annoyed. I wish I didn't break out this month, but I think it was all the wedding stress playing mean tricks on my skin. I've been sooooooooo dead tired with sore, achy muscles and sometimes achy, creaky joints. I try my best to be active. I go to the gym or go for a hike every other day. The days I'm not working out, I'm going for light walks or just generally being as active as can to move around and prevent stiffness. I asked my derm about the fatigue and she said she rarely hears that from patients. Wtf??? I feel like every log I read on here talks about fatigue.....I wonder if patients just don't talk about it with their derms. She said it was nothing to be overly concerned with, and was probably just stress-related. I'm going to be better about going to bed earlier and turning out the lights.

The good news is that I get to take one more month without having to pee in a cup again. Haha Only cause I'll be out of the country and you're not legally allowed to pee in a cup out of the country, according to iPledge. Hahahaha effing stoopid.

Here's the bad news, friends. She said I have to use a topical afterwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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She prescribed me retin-A cream. Oddly enough, retin-A is one of the topicals which worked the best for me, but it was irritating. She said even if I use it only a few times a week, that is better than nothing. She said that if your acne was severe enough to go on accutane, that you need to use a topical for maintenance, or else you could relapse. Well, what the heck....? I thought part of accutane was that you don't have to use a topical after, but I know from reading some of these logs on here, that people's acne can come back and especially if they didn't use a topical retinoid. She said it will help with wrinkles (yay I guess) and give me a youthful glow (yay!). Also I should use a moisturizer after applying.

Plus, I'll be out of the country and really don't want to see a derm in the U.K. since I read it's difficult and they only have like one of each medicine (one birth control, etc.).

I wonder if your derms will have you do the same thing??? I have some light scarring, so I'm also hoping it will help with that.

Did anyone else see their derms this week??

Love,
G

Hi Gina...Yes my derm said the exact same thing...that when i'm done she will put me on retin A for maintenance..:(..i was using it b4 accutane and it really irritated my skin..so she prescribed me a lower %...that didnt irritate as much..YYYAAAAYYYY for you, your last month!!  You must be thrilled!


#3275646 Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

Posted by shadylee on 12 August 2012 - 06:30 AM


How's the cyst sweets? Still going down I hope Posted Image


Hey girl. I should name this cyst cause unfortunately, it's been a real A-hole who apparently wants to set up shop. I thought it would have died down more today, but no, it's definitely there. It feels like there is a smallish, hard nodule inside. Fortunately it's on the part of the jawline that is about 3/4 of an inch down from the hairline so it's only noticeable if my hair is up, which it will be for the wedding. Posted Image

I had a tiny meltdown cry session today cause I've been working so hard to maintain clear skin and then this happened, but I realized that lots of people, if not most, get pimples before their wedding. It's some sort of stupid rite of passage. I can just use concealer and get on with it. I don't know about the cortisone shot and accutane. I know Stacey said it worked for her, but some people talked about bruising. Don't want to risk it.

I was considering not taking the medicine for 3-4 days before the wedding, but now I'm not so sure now that the A-hole has arrived.

How are you doing this weekend??? You said something about a few clogged pores. What's going on?

Awww Gina, stupid frkn cyst!!  I completely understand..I got married in January and days before got a gigantic cyst and 2 smaller ones after having clear skin for awhile..omg did i cry and cry!  I made appt for cortisone shots but i knew the really big one wld leave a mark, wasnt enough time for it to heal..I got my cortisone shots ..(my poor derm i went into the office crying my eyes out, she was so great)  the shots worked pretty good, the big one by time of the wedding was just a red mark that was coverable...cortisone shot may not be answer for you, but another option which i have tried is prednisone...i wld never recommend it if it wasnt for a special occasion..its a steroid..it takes the swelling down in like a day, also if any other buggers wanted to come up they are killed dead too!  the problem i had with it is..(which doesnt happen to everyone) is i had flare up after coming off of it..but it does work..my derm prescribed it to me cuz my right cheek was taking a beating with cysts and she didnt want to shoot anymore cortisone into it..

When is the wedding Gina?  Although i didnt follow my advice..Please please please dont let a stupid cyst ruin such a happy time..i look back on it and it sucks that i'll always remember days before my wedding i was breaking out , crying and hiding ..We had just moved into a great little town with beautiful little shops, all i wanted to do was go shopping...i didnt..i just sat home , and i regret it now..  I wish I cld take that cyst for you now, bc i know exactly how you feel, and wedding is most important day for a girl.. I would call your derm and see what options she gives to you..

Also..i think you shld just name the cyst A-hole, cuz thats what it is!!


#3275447 Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

Posted by shadylee on 11 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

thanks staci!  so glad the bump up is gong good for you, so happy to hear!  gina, glad the cyst has come down a little..i saw your recent pics and your skin looks AMAZING!!  and yes positive vibes for gina!!


#3269338 Rachel's Accutane Log

Posted by shadylee on 25 July 2012 - 12:16 PM

Hi Rachel and everyone!  I too have been reading all the girls logs last couple of months..Im starting accutane Aug 9th and i just cant wait!!  Its so frustrating waiting when i've finally made the decision to take it..time has been moving so slow Posted Image..All of you have been so informative and i've written down all my supplies im going to buy , you girls have been the greatest...   Gina, i got married in January.  I didnt want to wear heavy foundation either..My derm gave me free samples of a tinted moisturizer called Revision Intellishade..its awesome..i like it best in the matte finish..im not sure where you can buy it, but it covered quite well while not looking like i was wearing a heavy foundation..i really liked it...Good luck to everyone!!


#3254317 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by shadylee on 11 June 2012 - 02:01 PM

feeling horrible..had an epic crying fit this morning...feel so defeated


#3254303 Complete Accutane Journey & Tips

Posted by shadylee on 11 June 2012 - 12:58 PM

brain..what a great post..and ty for the honesty!  im seriously thinking about accutane, and your information is helpful!  i wish i had done it 25 years ago...lol