Hey everyone so my dermatologist kept me on 60mg and honestly I was really disappointed. Right after I saw her my skin broke out pretty bad and left me feeling pretty discouraged. I am going to ask her to up my dosage next month. Here are my progress pics for this month. Nothing new to report and probably wont have anything new to report anymore aside from the fact that I did break out bad this month. I have only two months left on accutane after this month and I am so scared to get off of it. My skin has never been better and I am really afraid that as soon as I get off it it will be like I never even went on Accutane. If anyone has tips on how to fade hyper pigmentation let me know!
Hey so I know I've been gone for three weeks, But its been the holidays and a crazy month! I have developed really bad eczema on my hand and ankles, I have a dermatology appointment in 4 days so I will be asking for some sort of a topical cream to treat that. I have still had the normal nose bleeds every now and then and the crazy dry lips. Nothing Aquaphor cant fix! I had absolutely clear skin for about 2-3 weeks and just a few days ago I broke out with 3 small cysts on my jawline. I think this is either due to me traveling by plane a few days before or just because I am suppose to be having my period...except its 6 days late. Last month my period came 5 days late. There is definitely no way I could be pregnant because I do use two forms of birth control, I did some research and found that a lot of women have this problem while on accutane. They either bleed for to long, get their periods late, or skip them all together. I am still using Jojoba oil to get a deep cleanse/ add extra moisture (this stuff is seriously amazing) let me know if any of you use Jojoba oil and have seen amazing results from it as well. I will be updating a progress picture this weekend and let you all know if my dermatologist raises my dosage.
Hey everyone I thought I would share some information with you all because it is possible someone out there could be going through the same thing. So I have been wanting to get Rhinoplasty for at least 8 years and recently I came in to some money that would finally make that a reality for me. Well before I went to see my dermatologist I noticed that the tiniest surfaces scratches on my skin would take 5x as long to heal and they always end up scaring... I barely scratched myself with a pencil on the back of my hand and now I have a surface scar there. So obviously accutane makes your skin very sensitive. I was about to set a date for my surgery when I decided I should ask my dermatologist first. She told me it was great that I asked her about that and told me the following:
She said that while on accutane if you are going to get any type of surgery that is optional do not do it until 1-3 months after you finish accutane, because you will not heal correctly. In my case my nose could heal crooked and I would be left with a very noticeable scar( and the cartilage could heal into lumps.). She also said that If you are on accutane and you absolutely need a surgery to just expect to scar very badly and heal slowly.
So looks like I wont be getting my surgery until after I finish my course of accutane, which is best and does not really bother me. I would rather have clear skin and a successful surgery then having a crooked nose as the outcome. I've waited this long so a few extra months is nothing. So just a heads up to anyone who is thinking about having an optional surgery while on accutane such as breast augmentation, face lift, etc.. Talk to your Dr first about how you would heal and how long after accutane you can go through with the procedure.
Hey everyone so I know its been awhile but I have been super busy! So here is an update: I went to my dermatologist two weeks ago and she decided to up my dosage to 60mg. while I was there she said everything seemed to be going good and that I should be done with getting an initial breakout (lets hope). Last week I had three cystic bumps on my left cheek but those went away like all the other ones have. It sucks having them in the moment, but once they go down things always look up. I don't have any new symptoms except for extremely dry lips and eczema. One thing I should tell you all is that I do workout 5 days a week for about an hour and a half everyday. I have not had any muscle pains or difficulty working out,however I have noticed I am running out of energy much sooner,looks like I might have to start taking a pre workout. oh yeah also I have not been able to wax or thread my skin. If anyone has advice on how to remove facial hair while on accutane I would love to hear your advice. My cheeks are starting to look really fuzzy. here is my progress picture after being on accutane for 46 days.(You can see my 1st day on accutane pictures in my first blog post )
Hey everyone, this post is gonna be a little bit shorter because I am gong to the dermatologist in 3 days so I will update everyone more after my visit with her. I will also be uploading a picture of my progress after being on 40mg for one month. So far I am so happy with the results and I can't wait to show you all how my skin is looking! This week I experienced a few nose bleeds but they were very light and short, lasted a total of maybe 45 seconds, I also have noticed that my arms are very dry and scaly... I think it might be eczema? My skin is still the same, and the awful breakout I experienced last week is finally cleared up. So far so good! Talk to you all in a few days.
Thought I would update everyone on the past 4 days since I wont be able to tomorrow because it's my 21st birthday!!! (and yes I will be drinking while on Accutane tomorrow. My mom is a doctor and she said that since I am on a low dose drinking wouldn't damage my liver) The day after I updated everyone I formed another cystic pimple on my left jaw line ... it's really weird because when I had my first initial breakout all the cystic pimples that I had on the right side of my face decided to switch to the same exact spots on the left side of my face? As I am writing this I have Three Cystic pimples on the left side of my face that are slowly going down. Over the weekend I went Skiing with some friends and I skipped taking my pill for a day so that might be why I formed another pimple? Anyway just thought I would let everyone Know I am having another initial breakout (right before my birthday) but I am honestly not bothered by it at all because I have seen for the past two weeks how amazing Accutane is and how quickly it clears up my skin after I have a breakout. Side comment: Anyone that has moderate acne and never gets cystic acne, you will most likely end up getting cystic breakouts while on this, however they are not all that bad because they clear up so fast and don't leave me any marks. My sister made a comment to me the other day about how she has never seen me with such big painful looking pimples, I told her it was honestly not a big deal because I have seen first hand how amazing my skin looks while it is not purging. She has acne opposite to mine, which is moderate to severe cystic acne. She wants to go on Accutane but is discouraged by the fact that I am now getting a few Cystic Pimples. Her thought is that if I am getting them hers will be 20x worse, everyone goes through something different while on accutane, but what keeps me going is the thought of having clear skin one day.
Almost One month on Accutane! Yay!!! So far everything has stayed the same for me, my lips are still dry, I have some dry patches on the back of my hands, and I produce absolutely no oil! My skin had been looked amazing the past few days but on day 17 I got an under the skin pimple on my left cheek bone and a small pimple on the right side of my face. I think this happened because I did skip a day of Accutane and didn't wash my face that day ( ewwww I know). Sometimes you just get crazy busy with life and that's what happened to me. I was not home at all one day and I left my accutane pills at my house, as soon as I got home that day it was already 2 am and I was so exhausted I passed out in my bed with my makeup still on. Two days later I woke up with those two pimples... I have still been doing the oil cleansing method every night and I have been adding Jojoba Oil into my moisturizer. This stuff is like Gold to me now! If I don't put a few drops into my moisturizer my skin is dry and my makeup does not look good at all. So far all is good and I am so excited to see what the next few months hold.
Day 11 I woke up with 3 huge under the skin pimples on my chin and I could feel one under my skin on the right side of my cheek bone. I'm assuming this is the initial breakout? I never get pimples on my chin..these are the worst pimples I have ever had. The only good thing about them is that they are under the skin and not red at all. Day 12: I woke up with another pimple on the right side of my face, however this one is a small whitehead. I put on makeup today and it looked horrible on my skin. It was a really weird texture and made my under the skin acne stand out more. I have decided to start doing the oil cleansing method with Jojoba Oil so I can really get all the dirt out of my pores and add moisture to my skin at the same time. I did put Epiduo on my pimples last night, and when I woke up this morning they seemed smaller but now my skin is very red/ irritated in the areas i put on the Epiduo... looks like I wont be spot treating anymore. Day 13: When I woke up this morning my skin looked amazing! The hyper pigmentation was very faint and the pimples on my chin are down in size by about 60%. When I put on makeup today the texture was perfect. My skin looked very smooth and I didn't have any oil throughout the day( I don't think I have ever experienced a day without having to blot my skin every two hours)! My scalp Is very dry and itchy, its so hard to stop myself from scratching it, I am going to invest in a really good deep conditioning treatment for my hair because i'm really scared it'll start to fall out. The corners around my nose are starting to become very dry and my lips are still about the same. They are no longer uncomfortably dry and I'm gonna have to give all the credit to Aquaphor for that one. Day 14: WOW! I woke up this morning with my skin looking the best that I have seen it in a while and I strongly believe this is due to the oil cleansing method and Accutane combined. I have been doing the oil cleansing method for the past three nights and let me tell you I should have started doing this a looooong time ago. I was just scared that if I tried it I would wake up with ten new pimples on my face. I couldn't take the dryness in my face anymore and I decided that since I am on accutane already I might as well just go for it. I remove my makeup at night with Jojoba Oil and then wipe that off with a warm paper towel, I then get more Jojoba oil and massage it into my skin for 2 minutes and remove it with a warm paper towel after, Finally I wash my face with a cleanser and apply CeraVe Moisturizer. My acne is down by about 90% and the hyper pigmentation is also down by about 50%. I'm so happy with the results so far and I do believe the OCM and Accutane combined have really helped my skin. Now I am not to sure if this was my initial breakout? I was expecting it to be a lot worse, I'm still going to expect the worst just so I don't feel discouraged if I do get another Purge. But for now things are looking great and my skin has never looked so good! I am loving this Jojoba Oil!!!
First 5 days: Hey everyone so today is day 10 of being on 40mg everyday. The first 5 days I didn't notice any significant changes, however I did get a cluster of 4 big whiteheads around my chin/jawline. I was unsure if this was because of the Accutane or because I was about to start my period in a few days? I am going to assume the acne was a result of both the Accutane and my hormones because I usually never get such bad acne on my jawline. Day 6-10: On day 6 is when I started to notice the Accutane was working, I woke up with my lips feeling very uncomfortable. They did not feel dry, they felt more dehydrated (In my first post I talk about how I have very dry lips to begin with so I was concerned about that).I went out to buy some Aquaphor and that helped me so much! Now remember how I had the cluster of pimples on my jawline near my chin, well on day 7 I woke up with them completely dried over (almost like a scab) and my skin in that area looked like it was wanting to fall right off. I gave it a few hours before deciding to steam and exfoliate that area, right after I did that all the dried up pimples that I had were gone and the hyper-pigmentation in that area was very very light,it was like My sin had been healing that area for a month or two(usually right after I have a breakout that bad I get very bright dark red marks that do not fade for 1- 3 months.) Now for days 8-10 I have had extremely dehydrated lips, I have to apply the Aquaphor once every hour or more, I am going to have to start exfoliating my lips once a day because my skin is flaking off so easily. It doesn't hurt its more just a very uncomfortable feeling. One positive thing is that My hair isn't oily at all, Its been three days since I have washed it and it still looks fresh!!! I woke up with two very small whiteheads on my cheeks and a big pimple right below my lip, its not bothering me that much because it is not visible it just hurts whenever I touch it. Anyway that is my update for now, I'll be back in 5 days to update you all on how everything is going! Oh yeah I forgot to mention something.My period came about 5 days late, I am on hormonal birth control and my period is very regular so I am guessing its a mixture of the HBC and 40mg that made it come late? If anyone else has had this problem while on Accutane let me know in the comments because this is kinda weird.
As you can see I have moderate acne, I will get maybe 5 cysts a year. I usually wake up to 2 new pimples every week which leave very bad hyper pigmentation that will last for more then 6 months. I am lucky in that I do not get bad acne on my forehead, back, and chest. I get all of my acne on my cheeks and recently it has been leaving ice pick scars, that is when I got serious about tackling my acne. Today is my first day taking 40mg, and the one thing I am nervous about is dry lips and eyes because I already have dry lips and eyelids to begin with. I'll be updating this once a week to let you know how each week has been and I will be uploading pictures of my journey once a month.