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25F whipping my acne with Accutane

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Day 12 - Cautiously optimistic!

So I'm nearing the end of Day 12 on Accutane. It's been a few days since I've posted as I've been out of town. At this point, I'm extremely happy with how things are progressing. Today, my skin is the best it has been in at least few months. It feels much smoother and I have alot less active pimples. I'm still getting a couple papules or pustules each day but I can't believe how fast they dry up and flake off. Still have alot of hyperpigmentation from past blemishes though. Overall, my face looks much better since starting Accutane. I was away for a few days and finally spent some time in the sun. I can't help but wonder if this helped my skin out a bit since it tends to calm down in the summertime. I definitely noticed the Accutane has made me more sensitive to the sun. I have a sunburn despite wearing sunscreen (only 15 though), and I rarely burn normally. In terms of side effects, I've been lucky so far (knock on wood). My lips are definitely dry, but well controlled if I apply lip balm regularly. My skin really isn't that dry right now. Overall, I'm really excited right now because I am seeing definite progress. I'm trying not to get ahead of myself though in case I'm in for another big breakout. I'll say I'm cautiously optimistic! I can't believe how much of a difference even a tiny reduction in my acne can make in my self esteem. I'm at the point where I can hide alot of it with a bit of makeup and not be so self conscious when I'm out and about. I really hope this continues and I can finally be free of this!

alyssa1674

alyssa1674

 

Day 5 - Stable, no side effects yet

My face is still pretty stable, I'm continuing to get about the same amount of papules/pustules each day that I did pre-accutane. No more, no less. I have been noticing that they are drying up quicker though and partly sloughing off. I just want them to go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The skin on my face is pretty dry, but we're in the dead of winter here and it's no more than expected. So far, I'm not really having any definite side effects at all. Though, now that I say that, I'm sure I'll wake up with beet red botox lips in the morning. One thing that's kinda funny is that I've been having some vivid dreams the past few nights and actually remembering them. This is weird for me since I never ever remember my dreams. The other night, I dreamt my got ultra obese and I got scolded by the vet! Today wasn't the best day. I was feeling a little down and out about my face. I see patients all day for my placeament for school and I always feel like people are judging me, even though they probably aren't. Therefore, I went shopping and dropped $200 bucks on clothes for my trip this weekend! And I'm now enjoying a glass of red wine (it's tiny, I know I gotta lay off the sauce) and watching the biggest loser on tv to feel better about myself! I'm hoping my face will improve a little bit for my trip, but I'm not holding my breath. As long as it doesn't get worse this weekend though, I'll be happy. If I get an initial breakout, it can rear it's ugly head next week when I'm back to the daily grind. On one last random note, I don't think I'm very good at blogging but I find it mildly therapeutic so I think I'll keep doing it. I can rant to my computer and spare my boyfriend. Over and out.

alyssa1674

alyssa1674

 

Day 3 - I'm too neurotic!

Well it's day 3 and I'm just checking in. As expected, not much to report. I was breaking out quite a bit the last couple of days prior to starting the pills, this seems to be controlled at this point (knock on wood). My face and lips were dry prior to starting accutane so I'm just waiting for my face to flake off. So far, so good. I need to go out and get a good lip moisturizer before my lips start to crack. I decided last minute to go away with friends next weekend, so I'm just hoping my acne doesn't worsen and I don't have to feel self-conscious the whole time. From what I've read, it may get worse before it gets better. I'm such a neurotic person and I really need to stop obsessing about my face and accutane side effects and just relax. I feel like I am going to will every side effect on myself. I have read an enourmous amount of material on accutane and many other people's experiences. At this point, I believe all this information is just stressing me out. I am overanalyzing my acne and any fleeting feeling I have in my body. Interestingly, most of the medical literature I've read makes accutane seem not nearly as bad as it is often portrayed by individual people. I read that only 1/5 find their condition gets worse before it gets better and that many of the side effects you read about are in fact quite rare. I also had a good friend who had a very positive experience with accutane and called it a miracle drug. Her skin is beautiful and I'm so jealous! So, I am going to focus on the positive at this point. I am on accutane and I'm likely going to be on it for a few months. I might as well have a positive attitude and hopefully this will help me deal with some of the inevitable side effects. I'm going to stop obsessing about my face and how it looks all the time. I'm going to stop reading negative things about accutane. I'm not going to let any side effects or breakouts get me down, I'll take them in stride as part of the process. Well I'm going to go and enjoy this beautiful day, bye for now!

alyssa1674

alyssa1674

 

DAY 1 - Let's get it started!

Here's my little diary of my accutane journey because I am a little freaked out and feel the need to write it all down. I'm a 25 year old female, always had mild acne but got significantly worse just this past year. Located pretty much only on my lower face/chin/jawline. Really leaving alot of hyperpigmentation after each break out. Tried all the topicals as well as Diane 35 OCP and doxycycline to no avail. It's really affecting my self esteem and I'm pretty obsessed with getting rid of it. Prescribed Accutane (Claris), was gonna wait to start taking it as I'm going to Miami next weekend, but I just broke out again and got impatient and wanted to get started. I'm in a couple of weddings this summer and would love my skin to be clear by then. My doc started me on 20 mg twice daily for the first 30 days, so 40 mg/day total. I literally just took my first couple pills a few hours ago so obviously there is no change yet whatsoever!!

alyssa1674

alyssa1674

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