Just wanted to check in and see how it was going..How's the Accutane journey so far?
Hope you're doing great!
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Posted by shadylee on 06 February 2015 - 06:05 AM
Just wanted to check in and see how it was going..How's the Accutane journey so far?
Hope you're doing great!
Posted by shadylee on 19 January 2015 - 03:35 PM
Hi ya Krissy,
Although the cysts are still there, it does look like you're having improvement. The area around the cysts look like they've healed very nicely. One of my first cysts years ago was quite the doozy. It was on my cheek and I got a shot. Back then I knew nothing about cortisone shots, I didn't know I could go back and get more shots if it didn't work. The shot brought it down some, but I had a nice size lump for over 2 months. I couldn't stand it. It just sat there and did nothing. One day it formed a head and It finally popped. Omg I cant even tell you how happy I was...I couldn't believe the thing was finally gone, it was such a relief! I couldn't stop looking in mirror and feeling the spot, I just couldn't believe it was gone. I cant wait for you to have the same feeling!
Do you plan on going to derm again soon? Or just wait it out? How is Accutane going? Hoping its going smoothly!
Posted by shadylee on 29 December 2014 - 05:29 PM
I wish I knew Val, bc this is pure torture! I got my shots today, but not even happy about it. I have this cyst that keeps refilling, its starting and it wasn't big enough to shoot today. I also feel a new lump growing..this sucks!
The derm I like going for my shots are closing from Wed. to Sunday. I got an appointment with my other derm for Friday. He kind of sucks with shots but its better than nothing. I'm going away on Monday and i'm praying my skin will at least be "ok".
I have been on spiro for almost 4 months, I thought my skin wld be better than this. My skin was actually better in 2nd month that it is now. I'm back to getting a new spot everyday, its so frustrating!
I just know i'm gonna have a whopper on my face for new years. I'm praying the cyst doesn't get too huge, I have no idea how I will last to Friday.
I keep waiting for that magical day where the breakouts get less and less, and then go away...
Posted by shadylee on 08 December 2014 - 05:09 PM
I have never tried crushing ibuprofen pills or the gel, but always wanted to! If you try, please tell me how it goes. My skin seems to be back on track, keeping my fingers crossed!
Sorry to hear about your breakout ..Hopefully it goes away fast!
Hoping December is a good month for both of us!
Posted by shadylee on 05 December 2014 - 07:34 AM
My cysts are usually pea sized too, and dang do they get so red. I'm fair skinned so they really stand out. I'm a cortisone shot junkie, I just cant bear having them sit on my face. I have gotten so many shots in the last few months I lost count.
Its funny when I started to get cystic acne 5 years ago, it was always on my left cheek, nowhere else. My poor left cheek took a beating. But I would always have bouts of clear skin. I would get one or two cysts, get them shot, and all wld be ok for awhile. That changed a few months ago, that's when the cysts became chronic. They would just keep coming and coming, and it was all over my chin area. I rarely ever broke out on my chin, so it was bizarre. Now its my chin that's taking the beating, I don't even know how a cyst finds a new place, I feel like every single pore on my chin has had a cyst. I have never had a cyst on my right cheek or my forehead. I wish my whole face looked like my right cheek, no scars, no marks.
The last cyst I got which happened on Monday was literally one of the biggest cysts I've ever gotten. It was a lima bean, so frkn swollen. I went for cortisone shot on Tuesday and even my derm was like , "wow, that is pretty big". Usually shots work pretty fast for me, by the next day i'll see significant improvement. Not this one, I seriously thought the shot got messed up somehow. This morning finally it seems to be going down. I guess it was frkn big it took awhile. I have a feeling though I'm going to have one of those underskin bumps that last forever with this one. I'll take it tho, as long its not a stupid red lump sitting on my face. The cyst freaked me out totally just bc it was truly one of the largest ones I have ever gotten, and being on spiro for almost 3 months its bewildering. UGHHHH!!
I use aveeno ultra calming face wash most of the time, and sometimes use panoxyl bp wash. I used to use acanya in the morning and tazorac in the evening. Then my derm thought I should try aczone, so I tried that for awhile. When that wasn't working I got scrip for clindamycin gel. I think my fav still is the acanya, taz combo but when I started to breakout in all the cysts, it seemed irritating. Also I know bp slows down the healing process of red marks. I think the taz was thinning out my skin too much. So basically ive been using the clindamycin, but I just started to incorporate taz back in. All very confusing lol.
Today my skin does seem clamer. I had a spot on my chin that I thought was turning into something big, it seems to be at a standstill at being an annoying lump, thank god!
Hope you're having a good skin day, well a good day all around
Posted by shadylee on 03 December 2014 - 07:18 AM
I actually had asked Tracy if she had talked to you bc I was dying to know how you were doing. I am sooo happy that you're doing good! What a journey this is. Very up and down.
I'm glad that things are calming down for you. Its also great to hear that you've had no cysts, yayyyyy!!!
The support here is fantastic, would go crazy without it.
Hope things continue to go well for you! xo
Posted by shadylee on 11 November 2014 - 04:25 PM
9 weeks 1 day
Well things are way better. I did go get those 2 buggers shot that day, I couldn't take it. That was 2 weeks ago. My skin started to be clearish after that. I left for Aruba on Nov. 2nd with the clearest skin I had in months. Felt really good. I was clear until the 2nd to last day of my trip which was Friday. I got a cyst that wasn't huge, but I popped my prednisone bc I wanted to enjoy the ending of my vacation without freaking out about my skin. I took the prednisone for 3 days, I stopped on Sunday. Since then my skin has been clear, I have zero actives right now. I don't know if its bc spiro is kicking in or its just aftermath of prednisone. Before I took the prednisone tho I noticed my skin was doing better, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm just so happy I was able to enjoy my vacation.
I am still suffering from the anxiety every morning tho. I wake up with it, I cant stand it. It takes me awhile to make it to the bathroom mirror. Even when I don't have something new on my face, it takes awhile for the anxiety to calm, it totally sucks. I'm hoping if I sustain some kind of clearing for awhile it will subside.
Besides having a little longer period than I used to have, still no side effects. I'm so glad my body is tolerating 100mg.
Posted by shadylee on 06 October 2014 - 05:35 PM
I understand COMPLETELY what you are going through. I am 47 years old and suffering the worst acne I have ever had. I always had acne since I was 17, but it was bearable until my early 40s. That's when it turned cystic. I was dealing with it ok bc I would get one or 2 cysts a month, go get a cortisone shot and be done with it for awhile. That is not the case anymore. 4 months ago my skin went absolutely haywire. I have no idea why. I have broken out every single day for the last 4 months, my face is an absolute mess. I cry just about everyday.
I had blood tests done, my first one came back testosterone very high, next one came back in normal range. I do believe its hormonal. I was prescribed spiro and have been taking it for the last month. I've had massive breakouts, but i'm holding faith that it will kick in eventually, its truly my last hope.
I've found it harder to deal with it at this age, its just so embarrassing to be suffering from acne at this age. I see nobody at my age dealing with this. I've been too embarrassed to go out..Thank god for my wonderful husband, friends and the super support here. I would lose my head if I didn't find the support that I've found here.
I wish I could give you some great advice, but i'm at a loss too. You will find a lot of great info and support on this site. Even though I can't give you advice, I can give you any support you need...Just know you are not alone!
Posted by shadylee on 15 September 2014 - 06:58 AM
I've been following your log since beginning. I know exactly how you feel. Last 3 months have been utter hell for me. I breakout every single day. Stuff starts to heal and a new batch just follows. I cry almost everyday, I hate going out.
Every time I think i'm going to get a break, something awful arises. Was feeling "ok" last cpl of days, woke up this morning with one of the biggest cysts I've ever had, its horrible. I also have one under my eye that is freaking me out. Have a few small zits, and red marks that are taking forever to heal. I hate the way I look.
I'm going to call derm and beg to get in for shots today, I was just there last Thursday. So frustrating. I started spiro last Monday, i'm so hoping it will be my cure. Hopefully the both of us will be happier soon.
Hang in there and know you are not alone!
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!!
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!!
Posted by shadylee on 13 September 2012 - 01:15 PM
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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??
Posted by shadylee on 12 August 2012 - 06:30 AM
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..
How's the cyst sweets? Still going down I hope
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.
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?
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