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BlueMoon3

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In Topic: 21 Y/o Female - Second Course Of Isotretonoin Log

11 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

Day 77

 

I have made such an amazing progress already, that I forget I'm on medication most of the time! I cannot believe how drastic the change has been in a matter of months. I honestly did not think I'd see such an improvement within only a couple of months, on 30mg! I haven't had an active spot in weeks (a few minor ones here and there, that seem to clear very quickly, but nothing like what I was experiencing before), and my skin is so soft. I am looking after it well, so I have not noticed any severe dryness, and I seem to have found a regime that works well for me right now (it works at keeping my skin soft, without becoming dry and sensitive). See the end of my post for more details about that. smile.png

 

Pains & overall health:

  • My hips feel a lot better, especially over the past week. Every other joint in my body, including my back, has been fine for a while now. I think my hips took a little longer to adjust to the medication because they obviously take most of the weight, and I walk a hell of a lot. I'm just glad they're feeling better, and hopefully I can go up to 40mg for December.
  • My eyes no longer feel dry! They have been a lot better over the past few weeks - hurray! 
  • Also...my complexion seems to be a lot less crimson. I haven't felt that burning feeling in my face for a while now. This seems to have faded within the past couple of weeks. Perhaps my body has started to adjust well to the medication. smile.png

So um, yay for going back to normal! I have my fourth dermatologist trip this Wednesday, and if my hip pain has completely subsided, I'll go up to 40mg. He said he'd ideally like to put me on 40mg for the rest of my course, because it would mean less of a chance of relapsing, and I'd also be on the medication for less time. If I stay on 30mg, I'd probably be on it until March, which won't be fun. 

 

I thought I'd share my skincare regimen, because it's working so well for my sensitive/dry skin at the moment. This might not be ideal for those who are on a higher dose, as I'm only on 30mg, but for those looking for a gentle regime with moderately dry skin, I really recommend these products.

 

Morning

 

The Body Shop - Aloe facial cleanser lotion

The Body Shop - Aloe calming toner (an amazing, alcohol-free toner to help refresh and cleanse)

The Body Shop - Aloe protective serum (a pre-moisturiser, makes skin super soft) 

Simple - Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30 

Garnier - Sensitive BB Cream (helps to moisturise as well as cover redness)

 

Night

 

Simple - Refreshing Facial Wash 

The Body Shop - Aloe calming toner

The Body Shop - Aloe protective serum

Simple - regenerating night cream

100% Aloe Vera Gel for scars

 

I really like the Body Shop's Aloe Vera range. I can't live without these products now. I decided to try them when I was in my first month of Roaccutane, because I noticed that they're designed for sensitive skin, whilst being super gentle. They do just what they say on the bottle. I only buy the cleanser, toner and serum, because they *are* slightly more dear than regular brand cleansers, but I'd definitely say they're worth every penny. The Body Shop usually has a 3 for 2 skincare offer though, so I've saved money by taking advantage of that anyway. I am never turning back, amazing products!


In Topic: 21 Y/o Female - Second Course Of Isotretonoin Log

18 October 2013 - 11:07 AM

Day 53

 

Mood: Tireeeed again. The dry eyes are making me feel like I haven't had a blink of sleep in days. 

Skin: Aaah, it's so much better! I can't believe it! I haven't had a new spot in a while now. I literally only have three really, really small ones on my face at the moment, which are from a while back, so they're nothing. I'm still in awe over how quickly my skin has improved. I thought I'd be waiting until the third month at least to see such an improvement. I've only been on 30mg too, which is what surprises me. My derm wants to keep me on 30mg for another month because he was impressed at how well my skin is doing on a relatively low dose. I'll hopefully be going up to 40mg for December, or sticking to 30mg and staying on the medication for longer. 

Pains & overall health:

  • Weirdly enough, my hip pain has come back again. Not sure why. It disappeared for a couple of weeks after lowering my dose, but returned within a fortnight. It must be because I walk so much. I don't use public transport/own a car, so I'm always on my feet. I guess the medication isn't going hand-in-hand with the walking. It's nothing chronic anyway, but hopefully the discomfort will fade. No other aches or pains. 
  • Stupid, stupid complexion. My face feels like it's on fire sometimes. The flushing happens at random times too, even when I'm not anxious. This has to be one of the most aggravating symptoms.  
  • Dry eyes, but for some reason, they've been slightly better this week.
  • I had rather bad insomnia in the first month, and I was pretty certain it was the medication. That has passed now. :)
  • Amazing hair! It feels so soft! I haven't washed it in over a week and it still looks so fresh. :D

In Topic: Accutane Users Please Help!

09 October 2013 - 10:52 AM

 

Hey guys quick question for all you brave people who have used accutane or are currently on it.

 

1. If you had experienced and intial break out what was your begining doses?

2. If you had not experienced and intial break out or it was nothing too serious what were your begining doses?

3. Also what was the severity of your acne at the time. I'd say mine is mild but with very unhealhty life stile choices it gets moderate

 

Hi,

 

I did not experience an initial breakout. My bodyweight is 69kg, and my initial dose was 60 mg per day (two doses of 30mg). My severity was mild, but with bad diet would get moderate from time to time. I have experienced fairly steady remission and drying over three months and am very happy with the results so far.

 

I currently have one (!) lesion that has gone down very quickly compared to how they used to be, and seems to be healing more rapidly as well. My dosage was increased to 80mg per day in two equal doses two weeks ago, and I have experienced a bit of an increase in lip dryness and am tolerating the drug well.

 

Best wishes,

 

Steve.

 

Thank you so much for your own personal experience! Best of luck to you too!



Hey guys quick question for all you brave people who have used accutane or are currently on it.

 

1. If you had experienced and intial break out what was your begining doses?

2. If you had not experienced and intial break out or it was nothing too serious what were your begining doses?

3. Also what was the severity of your acne at the time. I'd say mine is mild but with very unhealhty life stile choices it gets moderate.

 

Also ive been doing research online and I really feel like the intial breakout all depends on how good your dermatoligst is to be honest. I've read posts of dermatolgists saying they start at a relatively low dose at first to preven it.

 

Here is a post i found and yes i know this may or may not be a real MD but i hoping she is

 

"Accutane is a great medication for the right acne patient.  To prevent initial flares, I start patients on a low dose for 2 weeks, then increase to the full dose, which is dependent on the patient's weight.  It is very unusual for patients to flare with this regimen.  Topical medication, cortisone injections into cysts, oral antibiotics or oral cortisone may be requirecontrol flares.  Make certain you see your dermatologist monthly for assessment and blood tests."

 

I know i posted something previously before but PLEASE GUYS IM BEGGING YOU I JUST NEED SOME HELP!!!

 

1. I did not experience a terrible initial breakout, but it was clear to see that my skin was "purging" somewhat...raised blackheads, a few cysts underneath skin, and quite a few mild spots here and there. I started on 20mg for the first two weeks, then went up to 40mg for the following. I believe this helped to tame the initial breakout and side effects.

2. I guess the above answers that. smile.png

3. Mine is moderate (currently almost two months into my second course of Roaccutane, so I'm still unfortunately waiting to talk about my acne in the past tense!)

 

I think starting on a low dose helps rather a lot. It depends on the individual, as some people start on a high dose, and seem to cope fine with that. However, if this is your first time, I would recommend talking to your dermatologist about getting set on a relatively low dose, and then working up to your required dose. This will not only potentially control the IB, but it will give your body time to adjust to the medication, which reduces the suddenness of side effects when you increase your dose. Keep in mind that you'll need to stay on the medication for a little longer if you start on a low dose, but this shouldn't matter too much as your health is a priority over your schedule (unless of course, it's absolutely necessary). 

 

Best of luck.

 Yes this helps very much! Thank you so much!

 

I know you are not a doctor but do you think that since my skin is oily and i do have blackheads on my T-Zone they will all turn into pimples? Just wondering if you were in the same boat. I'm terrified of the IB

 

 

What will possibly happen, is your skin will "normalise". Your oil production will reduce, and then your blackheads will start to clear. I wouldn't worry too much, as the blackheads are the "easiest" thing for Accutane to work on! They're tiny and will surface as soon as the Accutane is working at pushing out the dirt/spots that are under the surface. The only way a blackhead could form into a spot is if you bother it too much, such as squeezing or using irritating washes etc. Your skin will be extra sensitive on Accutane too, so make sure to avoid this completely. Use a gentle soap-free wash and try not to pick. 


In Topic: 21 Y/o Female - Second Course Of Isotretonoin Log

09 October 2013 - 08:29 AM

Day 44

 

Aaah I haven't updated in a while. I've been pretty busy with Uni, but I have a couple of hours to spare this afternoon before I dive back into my dissertation. Sob!

 

Mood: Pretty tired. My eyes are suffering for this. They feel so dry, especially when I'm out. They feel excessively dry when I'm working at Uni, and the eye drops are becoming a nuisance. I can't really use eye drops in the studio, and if I really can't be bothered to trail to the toilets to access a mirror, I'll use my phone as a reflection-tool to apply them during a lecture! Yes, they get that dry! I try to wear sunglasses when I'm outside, but the wind seems to make them feel so dry and irritated. The eye drops I am using (Boots own-brand) are only offering very temporary relief, so I'm thinking of buying different drops next time. I'm not sure if I should go for eye-spray instead. Anybody have any experience with this, or know of effective eye drops (that won't cost an arm and a leg)?

Skin: It's definitely improving, but nothing drastic just yet. I am noticing the difference each day. I am still developing spots, though, and they seem to be in different areas of my face. Luckily they're not cysts, but they take a good week or so to disappear. My nose looks a lot clearer and my blackheads have cleared a lot. I guess it's early days, though, so I'm not expecting anything magic just yet.

Pains & overall health:

  • The back pain has faded dramatically. I'll only notice a slight ache when I lie down after a busy day, but this is nothing to complain about anymore.
  • My ankles, knees and hips have been a little off recently, but they felt a lot better after going down to 30mg a couple of weeks ago. I still get odd twinges here and there, but it's nothing that impacts on my day, and I still find myself running up and down the stairs (I don't know why I dash up and down when I could just walk....)...so um, nothing that has been altered there.
  • Dry eyes...
  • Dry lips, but the Cortibalm has been helping tremendously! I can't praise this lip balm enough! 
  • Reddddd complexion. I'm finding myself flushing more often, too... like if I'm laughing or overheating or something, I'll feel my face going really warm and I'll know that my face is resembling a hot tomato. 

 

I'll be going back up to 40mg in a couple of week's time.


In Topic: Accutane Users Please Help!

09 October 2013 - 07:50 AM

Hey guys quick question for all you brave people who have used accutane or are currently on it.

 

1. If you had experienced and intial break out what was your begining doses?

2. If you had not experienced and intial break out or it was nothing too serious what were your begining doses?

3. Also what was the severity of your acne at the time. I'd say mine is mild but with very unhealhty life stile choices it gets moderate.

 

Also ive been doing research online and I really feel like the intial breakout all depends on how good your dermatoligst is to be honest. I've read posts of dermatolgists saying they start at a relatively low dose at first to preven it.

 

Here is a post i found and yes i know this may or may not be a real MD but i hoping she is

 

"Accutane is a great medication for the right acne patient.  To prevent initial flares, I start patients on a low dose for 2 weeks, then increase to the full dose, which is dependent on the patient's weight.  It is very unusual for patients to flare with this regimen.  Topical medication, cortisone injections into cysts, oral antibiotics or oral cortisone may be requirecontrol flares.  Make certain you see your dermatologist monthly for assessment and blood tests."

 

I know i posted something previously before but PLEASE GUYS IM BEGGING YOU I JUST NEED SOME HELP!!!

 

1. I did not experience a terrible initial breakout, but it was clear to see that my skin was "purging" somewhat...raised blackheads, a few cysts underneath skin, and quite a few mild spots here and there. I started on 20mg for the first two weeks, then went up to 40mg for the following. I believe this helped to tame the initial breakout and side effects.

2. I guess the above answers that. smile.png

3. Mine is moderate (currently almost two months into my second course of Roaccutane, so I'm still unfortunately waiting to talk about my acne in the past tense!)

 

I think starting on a low dose helps rather a lot. It depends on the individual, as some people start on a high dose, and seem to cope fine with that. However, if this is your first time, I would recommend talking to your dermatologist about getting set on a relatively low dose, and then working up to your required dose. This will not only potentially control the IB, but it will give your body time to adjust to the medication, which reduces the suddenness of side effects when you increase your dose. Keep in mind that you'll need to stay on the medication for a little longer if you start on a low dose, but this shouldn't matter too much as your health is a priority over your schedule (unless of course, it's absolutely necessary). 

 

Best of luck.