So I checked in with my dermatologist today and he upped my dosage of Clavaris to 30mg twice a day. All in all this was a good month, I've definitely noticed my skin has been smoother and I'm getting a little less acne. Hopefully during this month I stop getting acne altogether but I know it's a 6 month process so I'm not sure when it's going to stop. My left cheek has no actives at all which is amazing but I do have scarring and two ugly scabs. My right cheek is still looking messy. I have a large mark on my face because two cystic zits basically combined into one large one and the scabdoesnt look like he's going anywhere and will definitely scar. I also have an insanely painful one under my lip but other than that all my actives are super small and go away fairly quickly. My chin has never been smoother in it's life and my forehead is getting there but again, all scarring is more prominent because the skin just doesn't heal as fast while on accutane. I asked my dermatologist about scarring and he said the best thing to do is use vitamin e capsules (break open the capsule and put the liquid on individual scars) he also recommended a silicone based cream or mederma but because those may be harsh I was told NOT to use it until I am off of accutane. So for now I'm only spot treating scars with vitamin e and actives with calamine lotion. I haven't noticed a difference with those two yet but again I'm sure it will come with time. Let's see how this month goes!
I've almost finished my first month and it's pretty exciting actually. I feel like I'm handling the dryness well, I'm still dealing with the cold which absolutely sucks. My pink eye is gone but I have like a broken blood vessel which we do think is accutane related not pink eye related. Sadly I lost my Burt's bees chapstick so I've learned that all of my chapsticks I used to love downright suck. I love EOS and blistex but they do nothing for the dryness. Also because I've had such a bad cold and I'm constantly blowing my nose, my nose is always dry but I've found that a saline nose spray and excema cream or chapstick helps. Even though really chapstick does nothing for your lips it helps with a raw nose. AND! I haven't been getting acne around my nose as I usually would if I got stuff like that on that area. I'm still breaking out a little bit and the scabs are taking forever to heal. My scars are also not going away very well either. The pictures I attached show how red my skin is with both the scars and actives, but the darker/brighter red ones are the active zits while all the lighter pink is just scarring! Believe it or not my skin is getting very smooth! It's hard to cover all the redness with makeup because all my marks are kinda dark, but seeing how easily putting on foundation is makes me happy (doesn't stay on too well with all the flakiness though) the last picture is me with makeup, and to clarify- I don't wear actual foundation, I wear bb cream. I've always been scared of foundation because its always too heavy and breaks me out, so im not sure how well this would be covered with something heavier. You can also see the mark on my eye that hasn't gone away since my pink eye has cleared up, not quite sure what to do with that as it doesn't bother me and I don't want to make another trip to the doctors so I will just wait for my next dermatologist appointment.
So it hasn't been three weeks quite yet but I wanted to update. So accutane really does make your immune system absolutely suck. For the past few days I've felt kinda gross but yesterday it hit me like a truck. Honestly I've been pushing aside my cold thinking it was mostly accutane related. My red eyes I just thought it was my contacts and I shouldn't be wearing them so I wore them for a shorter amount of time. My sore throat I thought it was just dry because accutane dries you out like CRAZY. But I realized when I was getting all super congested it was most definitely a cold. But because my immune system is struggling so hard to fight it I feel straight up sick. I'm so mucusy and drainy that I now have pink eye and an ear infection. Thankfully though I went to a doctor and they gave me some heavy antibiotics so it fights it ASAP because they know that my body probably won't be able to fight it by itself. So anybody on accutane as soon as you feel like something is wrong... Take care of it like you're really sick because it's going to be a lot worse on accutane. Hopefully everything clears up in a week or so but I'll continue with updates. You can also see in this pic how dry my lips are, it's gotten to a point where they just bleed. Everything is still dry and my scabs are falling off if I just run my fingers over it. Also sometimes my current acne/scabs start bleeding without messing with it be it's so dry.
So this is a pretty late week two recap mostly because I just have no clue what the days are anymore because I don't have classes over the holidays lol. Anyway my skin hasn't changed much since two days ago which would have marked end of week two. The dryness really isn't bothering me at all lately, I got a new moisturizer which is absolutely heavenly and the only dryness I've been dealing with is around my nose and lips. I've been using otc excema cream around my nose and regular Burt's bees chapstick. I only have to moisturize like twice a day but I have to reapply chapstick constantly so that's kind of a pain. New zits are still popping up but they really aren't alllll that bad, what bothers me most is that they are constantly scabbing up and falling off. Same with my acne scars, it's like they don't retain moisture and flake off multiple times a day which is so weird to me. My spots are also like bright bright red so it's pretty hard to cover. ALSO! Foundation and contacts are a pain in the ass so im just wearing glasses and avoiding skin makeup unless I need it.
Ok so it has been a week since I started and everything everyone has said about the first week is true. My skin isn't way too flaky, definitely my nose and a little of the insides of my cheeks but it's not drastic. My lips won't stop chapping but blistex has been so helpful for me. By the end of the day though my lips just feel covered in chapstick and still dry but it feels amazing to put on chapstick. Honestly I might need a new chapstick. My acne though, well anything that would have formed is forming right now and all I can say is that it HURTS. The pictures I'm adding is also in bad lighting so everything looks worse. I have gigantic painful one on my chin, my forehead, and each cheek, and they're all in akward placements so they hurt a lot no matter how I move my face. I have really bad self control so it's been really hard to not pick at them but I also learned that when they say absolutely don't pick at it. Don't pick at it. This nasty boi on my chin may not look like waaaaaay to bad but I haven't had this painful sit in a long time (also important to note that I don't usually get painful acne, I just get crazy clogged pores, whiteheads, and just red bumps constantly, but I don't typically get cystic acne. This really helps show that everything is being pushed out of my face in any form it can take) so anyway I decided to put maybe just a little pressure to get it to calm down and so much came out of it but it hurt my skin so badly my eyes watered up. I barely squeezed at all and there was no way I was willing to squeeze any harder to actually pop it. So when they say don't pick, just don't, because you're a million times more sensitive and you're really just going to make it look worse. even if you picked at a similar kind of zit before accutane, there's probably much more gunk in there and you aren't getting it out until it decides it's gone. All in all my first week hasn't been too bad, it's just the painful acne that I'm not used to is getting to me. I can deal with the dryness and constant water drinking (water is seriously the tastiest drink so I have no problem at all) so let's hope my skin starts to feel better soon!
My skin has started to get pretty tight and my nose is getting flakier each day. My skin is still pretty oily but now that it's getting dry it feels weird to put on extra moisturizer. Also all my current acne is PAINFUL even if they were just little white heads, and everything in my skin that would have formed eventually is forming at the exact same time. So I'm dry oily and breaking out. I was told to expect an initial breakout so I wasn't surprised when these guys started to pop upon my face but I'm still sad it's happening. After this post I'll only post weekly updates with pictures, the daily updates were mostly to track how long side effects would take to kick in. It seems to have only taken five days, wish me luck and if anyone has recommendations let me know!
Ok so technically day 2 is day 3 and day 1 was the morning after I took the first pill but whatever. I was not expecting it to affect me this fast. My skin hasn't started to change any which isn't a surprise but I am DRY. I heavily moisturerize normally anyway but after I showered today my nose was definitely a little flaky on one side but my eyes and the inside of my nose are super dry. I'm going without contacts today so my contacts don't fall out from being too dry. I'm taking 30mg of claravis and I'm 100 pounds so I guess because I'm lighter it's taking effect faster, my friend is 150 and he started out on 30 and didn't have any effects for a week or so. It might also be because it's 30 degrees outside. I will be moisturerizing like crazy from now on, will also be looking into nasal spray and eyedrops
I went to the dermatologist yesterday and after fighting insurance I was finally able to start accutane. The brand I'm using is Clara is, which seems to be a very common brand of isotretinoin. Clearly nothing has changed yet but it's my first day so this is what my skin looks like before accutane. I've never had several acne, only moderate acne but because of its persistance for 7 years my dermatologist finally recommended this for me and I'm SO excitedI was told to stop using "harsh" acne products during the course of accutane so I stopped using my salicylic acid toner a few weeks prior to begining, which of course didn't make my skin happy and I have bumps all over my face. I already use a very gentle face wash and moisturizer, but I'm not sure if my moisturiser will be enough for me in the coming weeks, especially because it is prime cold weather season. I can't wait to start seeing results.