Yay! I dropped off the face of the earth for the past few months because there was nothing to report... just dryness and peeling lips.. blah, blah, blah. I am now happy to announce that I have been zit free for four months now and I was released from accutane a month ago. It was terrifying to go off of it but it seems to have done its thing. I now have some moisture back on my lips and face, but it feels healthy. And now I can wear lipstick instead of aquaphor! Good luck to all of you out there. It was truly the best decision I ever made!
If you are reading this and you are still sitting on the fence about going on accutane... please know that it is worth all the side effects.. I feel wonderful! Yes I have dry scalp... which I solved with coconut oil. Now I smell like the beach Even better- now I have TONS of volume and body and EVEN BETTER I only have to wash my hair every three or four days. That alone thrills me. Yes my lips are dry... but so what? I just slather on the Vaseline before bed time and problem solved. But best of all... I now get to stress about other things that matter like my kids reading levels at midterm and how on earth I am going to squeeze into a bikini in Las Vegas over Spring Break. Gone are the worries about the oil dripping off my face 24 hours a day and if I should put on makeup before going to the grocery store. I am thrilled!!! Yes, I still have my battle wounds from the out of control acne I had three months ago (pre birth control) but my confidence is back and I am feeling good! Zit count: 1 (but no new ones under the surface finally!)
So I have an itchy scalp.. that seems to be the only side effect that I am really experiencing other than dry lips. It drives me crazy. Even with all the moisturizing shampoos and head and shoulders it just never seems to not bother me..... This morning during circle time we were sharing what we did over the 4 day weekend (I teach 1st grade) and one of the kids announced that they got to have those bugs in their hair and were bragging that they got to put mayo on their hair. The kids were seriously impressed with that. Then another kid announced that they had the bugs too! Every one thought they were pretty awesome... how cool are bugs? Especially in your hair. Ummm not so much. So of course I completely flip out and insist on having the whole class checked including myself. Some of the kids were freaked out and so to alleviate their fears I volunteered to have my scalp checked first.. in front of them. I am about done and the nurse thinks she found something... the kids all clap (WTF? Don't they know what lice is??) and I start to sweat but lucky for me it is just dry scalp pieces. Super gross.. but way better than lice. The end
Okay so I got my blood work back and all systems are a go... they even upgraded my meds to 60mg a day so I am really looking to see some serious progress! I continue to see how the effects of stress can wreak havoc on my skin. I had some er, personal problems at home and then BAM! I woke up with like 5 zits within 24 hours. So now I am exploring way to relieve stress that do not involve hitting the wine bottle (my previous method) such as yoga, bubble baths, or running perhaps? I didn't think I was a high stress person, but my skin seems to think otherwise.... Also I talked to my doctor about the whole birth control thing and how my skin might relapse once I am off of it. She wasn't too helpful and said she had topical things I could use when I am no longer required to be on bc. Seriously? Ummmm... isn't the whole point in this mess to clear up my skin on a more permanent basis? That was what I thought I signed up for after all. Anybody out there with some wisdom about birth control and what happens when you go off of it? Please send it my way!!! Zit count: 0