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Day 112 - more than halfway thru

Hey hi hello, not much to update besides when I started my fourth month (the half way mark) I started noticing the hair loss again. Its too bad this medication is too worth it for me to do anything about it. At this point I'm really just tryna be gentle in the shower, condition my roots, TWICE, brush gently, and wear protective gentle hairstyles. Also, I been having a mad earwax problem in one ear, could be related, or nahh the pimples are pretty much gone. its just redness, scarr

Day 99 - smooth sailing (sort of)

This whole time I was eagerly waiting to start month 4 because during my last round I took photos as often as I could remember and it w after month 3 that I noticed a definite improvement in my skin. And, I can say that has held true! I don’t have any major breakouts. I don’t still have quite a few very small unnoticeable comedones on my chin that I honestly don’t know if they’ll ever come to surface if I don’t aggravate them. I sort of want them out, tho. Is it worth the break out and potential

Day 83 - joint pain

Quick diary update since I’m typing on my phone and should be sleep. This joint pain is SOMETHING ELSE. My back hurts so bad getting out of bed. It’s so sore when I bend down to pick something up or over the sink to wash my hands or face. My elbows and shoulders get sore and hurt from just leaning on them. I am trying to get my exercise in, like running, but my hip flexors will be sore for the whole next two days. I’m going to try stretching but even that hurts more than feels good. I feel stiff

Day 71 - shmooooodd

I realized that I didn't post nearly as often last round of accutane (lol I just told my computer to add this word to dictionary bc its such a huge part of my vocab that I have to use so often now). I posted maybe 7 times up until day 40 then the day of my last pill. Am I handling this round differently? Different schedule? I think I feel the need to document this round as best as possible just in case I end up taking acc a third facking time and need to remember what side effects are normal, no

Day 68 - let's get cysty

at this point I realize this blog is mostly just me talking to myself. and sometimes, it helps. so here we go again eyes: I'm surprised they are not as dry as I thought they would be. I wear contacts probably 5-6 days out of the week and fall asleep in them probably 2-3 times a week (its the brand where this is allowed). I only need to use eye drops maybe once every 2 weeks. my eyes were dry af by the end of my last course. oh I'm slightly paranoid that the gooey tissue under my eyelid was

Day 63 - accutane friends?

A lot of days have gone by and I still have acne I've had good and bad days in the past 2 weeks (skin-wise). Its an emotional rollercoaster. On the good days I want to go and see and do things with friends and be my social self and I feel so good you'd think I was high. On my bad days, which is usually a lot of pimples showing at once on diff parts of my face, especially when its around my mouth or in the center or if its painful, I want to cry. I want to curl in a ball, peel my skin off, and s

Day 48 - I picked and I regret it

Hey, its been awhile. I'm surviving. I am stressed about completely unrelated sh*t but skinwise: I picked a painful one on my chin that didn't pop the way I expected and instead I ended up squeezing with no satisfaction. The result was a large red circle of pretty much raw skin that I can't even put make up on. DO NOT PICK EVER WHILE ON ACCUTANE!! Even if it itches or is painful. It will heal SO much better and not ugly if you just let it go away on its own. I then picked the scab in my sle

Day 35 - dry eyes

Fifth day taking 70mg. I usually wear contacts daily -- I have the kind you can sleep in. I typically (and definitely on Accutane) take them out day and night. My eyes have been pretty dry and seem to get tired more easily while working on the computer? Anyone else experience this? They are almost hard to keep open after working with a screen for awhile. I bought some eye drops, brand is called blink, for contacts. ~$8 at CVS. I'm trying to wear contacts only when I have to (I work in a lab) oth

Day 33 - just complaining about being ugly

I have pictures from last round that show I didn't have dramatic improvement until after the third month. I just started my second month so I know I shouldn't see dramAtic improvement, but damn am I tired of looking like this. Been on 70mg for 3 days now, worried about a second IB. so far my skin does look a little worse honestly but I don't feel as sad and frustrated about it as I did that one day last week. I've also been working out (speaking of which, i need to do today) which i think makes

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Day 31 - What is a low-fat diet??

Had doc appt yesterday. I fasted for it bc last round I got blood tests done every month. This doc only wants a blood test every two months I guess? weird. I like to know my blood test results bc it assures me that my triglycerides and cholesterol aren't clogging my arteries and leading to a heart attack . Anyway, he increased my dose from 40 to 70!!! I'm very happy, but also nervous. Last round I took doses 30/40/40/60/40. My doc took me off of 60 bc my triglycerides were getting very high. So

Day 30 - I feel good (:

Don't get me wrong, I'm still breaking out a bit. But its definitely better than 2-3 days ago. I feel a lot better today. I was almost dreading seeing my man this weekend because of how my skin looked and hoping so badly that it would heal / look better by the time I see him, and I think that will be the case. I don't get to see my doc for another 4 hours, so I get to starve (fast) all day, woohoo. I keep reaching for food and have to remind myself not to eat XD. Will try to schedule next appt i

Day 29 - my dry nose

I literally have nothing to say besides its day 29 and my nose is annoyingly dry and crusty and needs to be tended to probably every 2 hours or boogers will form YAY -__- Oh, my doc appt is tomorrow and I get to find out what dose he puts me on. Its almost like waiting for Christmas. Fingers crossed that I get a dosage boost!! I'm tryna kill this sh*t asap.  hahahahahaha f*ck acne, am I right? P.S. note to self: I think I felt so sh*tty yesterday because I got little to no sleep and ha

Day 28 - Social consequences

Hi Day 28 symptoms are the same. I usually break out on one side of my face more than another but not these days, they both are horrible. I don't have much to update besides to vent to feel better. Acne has the WORST effect on my self confidence. I knew I had to get back on accutane because I started skipping out on social gatherings just because I felt so ugly but would have otherwise attended. And I'm feeling the same way now with this IB (initial breakout); its so bad -- there was a social ev

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Day 27 & sex on accutane

Hi. I basically use this as my diary bc I don't know anyone on accutane right now and I need to get my thoughts out so I don't go crazy. Maybe someone can relate and this could help somebody. I finished round 1 of accutane in 2016, had amazing beautiful skin until 2.5 years later in 2018. I have no idea why, but I do know I was under a lot of stress at that time. I started round 2 January 2019 because of all the stupid ass hoops female patients have to go through. I'm on Day 27. I know the side

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