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My Accutane Diary

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Day 95

THE INSIDES OF MY NOSTRILS HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!! Nothing is helping me!!!!!! I bought this saline gel thing. It doesn't work!!! Can someone......anyone......please help me

Dez*

Dez*

06/02/2010

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06/02/2010

 

Holy Nosebleeds!!!!! Day 89

Christ!!!!! I woke up twice last night choking and drowning in my own blood!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I'm being extremely dramatic . I felt the nosebleeds begin, and I was able to get up before I made a mess I've been slacking on swishing Vaseline in my nostrils before bed. I guess I'll have to start again. My face is doing pretty good. I have 2 maybe 3 in the healing process. I just have a lot of hyperpimentation to get rid of. Lips are still really dry. Sometimes I wake up and I have these tiny whiteheads on my nose. I know its gross, but I sort of run my fingernail over these white things and they come right out But then I notice my pores look huge after I do that. Like little holes in my nose Not sure if I told you guys I started 40mg twice a day last month. I went to see my Derm on Saturday. He says that my skin has come a long way. He says that I'm progressing faster than he expected. He kept me on the 40mg twice a day. Oh, my blood work is looking perfect as well. Along with the Accutane, I was spot treating random pimples with BP. I feel like it just made me break out more. So, for now, I've been washing with Neutragena daily scrub, and moisturizing with Cetaphil hydrating lotion. Oh, and I stick with Blistex for the lips. It works well enough for me. I also have been developing these dry patches on my arms. I dry to keep it moisturized, but sometimes it still gets itchy even with my moisturizer. I keep forgetting to mention it at my derm appointment. I also have minor aches when I wake up in the morning, and when I have to go up the first flight of stairs at work. But other than that, I seem to be ok. I'll try to post some pictures in my gallery tonight. I hope everyone is doing well and keeping your heads up.

Dez*

Dez*

05/27/2010

 

Day 65

So, I'm going to try and update more frequently.... So, I'm down to 2 monsters on my face. They are side by side. as if their keeping each other company. Jerks. Well, over all, my skin seems to be smoothing out a bit. I feel like my nose is beginning to do that peeling thing again since I've been taking the 40mg twice a day. My lips are still dry. To be expected. And I still haven't had any nosebleeds since week one. I'm starting to have pains in my knees. Not sure if it's the Accutane. And I'm extra tired. Well, that's all I have for now. Hope everyone is doing well....

Dez*

Dez*

05/03/2010

 

sooo......Day 62

My 62nd day. I haven't posted in a while. I'm just so scared to post. everytime I think I'm doing well, I feel another pimple come up. I must admit right now, i only have 4 healing pimples on my face. I haven't had a cyst in forever My skin is smooth, besides those 4 monsters. I still have a lot of scaring from before and after Accutane. I try to cover it the best I can with make up. Lips are still dry. But I always have chapstick on me, so that's cool. I haven't had a nosebleed since my very first one. I still use a q tip to rub vaseline into my nostrils. Seems to be working just fine. Oh, so I've been drinking. Not too, too, much. No more than my usual. Though I was drunk last Saturday. My face is perfectly fine. No drastic changes or new breakouts. Just saw my derm last Saturday morning. (Yes, before I decided to go drinking). He bumped me up to 80mg per day. I wonder if I'm going to get another initial breakout with my new higher dose. I hope not. I'll post some new pictures soon.

Dez*

Dez*

04/30/2010

 

Day 28

Hey everybody.... I posted some more pics. So, I went to my derm appointment today. He kept me on my 60mg dose. He says that I should start to see some results soon. Since my IB, I haven't had any more huge red cystic monsters till about 2 days ago. It's just one. I blame it on my monthly. My face has healed a bit since the IB, though you can still see where they are trying to go down. Let's see....the dryness is still the same. I'm ultra dry. Cetaphil moisturizer is a God sent. Lips still dry. My doc gave me a few samples of this aquaphor thing that everyone raves about. I don't like it. I prefer my blistex. I haven't had any more nose bleeds since the very first one. I still continue to swish around a cotton swab with vaseline on the inside of my nose. I guess that's keeping my nose bleeds at bay. hmmmm....what else.....anyone craving salt?? I can't seem to stop craving salt. I could be just weird. Well, I'm about to start my second month of Accutane. I'll keep everyone updated.

Dez*

Dez*

03/28/2010

 

Day 22...but who cares

Okay, so I posted my awful pictures. Quite embarrasing. So, as of this morning, i give up. I'm cursed with bad skin. I'll keep taking this shitty medicine, and try to update you guys in a month or so. I feel worse after I posted my pics. But no sense in taking them down. At least everyone on here with a zit or two can see what real acne looks like.

Dez*

Dez*

03/21/2010

 

Day 21....

What can I say....... I'm not sure if I'm seeing quite a difference. The 4 uglies that are on the left side of my face just won't go away. One of them seems to be trying to come alive again. Can a cyst come back after healing? Ugh!! So, this is weird. When I touch my nose I feel like i have a million tiny pimples on it. It's not noticable at all, (I don't think it is). Same when I strectch the skin on my chin. Is that weird? Has anyone experienced that? My face is still really itchy... I have 2 pics saved in my phone that I took on day 13. I'll try to see if I can post them. They are absolutely horrible. And my face is still horrible. Talk to everyone soon.

Dez*

Dez*

03/21/2010

 

Day 19......

Hello everyone......Not too sure about my progress. Sounds funny, but I'm enjoying the right side of my face much better than the left The right side of my face seems to be a bit smoother, the acne is getting so much smaller! Hopefully it'll disappear. I can't say that for the left side. I still have the cysts from the initial breakout. They are huge. about 4 of them. They don't hurt anymore, and they are no longer red. But they are still visable and quite annoying. I'm an african american female, as I've stated before. My hair is quite thick. But I'm noticing that my hair is getting really dry and flaky. Is anyone having that problem? Oh, and Next week my monthy is due. I'm wondering if my face will get worse as it usually does around that time? Can anyone help me with that answer?

Dez*

Dez*

03/18/2010

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03/18/2010

 

Day 17

Quick update..... I'm at work right now. I just noticed that I didn't have to blot the oil off my face not one time today. I was kinda excited about this. Seems like my make up is holding on also.... The right side of my face seems to be healing quicker than the left. The acne on the right side is still noticeable, but they are considerably smaller. My left side still has these gigantic, what used to be cysts type bumps. They don't hurt anymore, but are still very noticable and annoying. Remember I said my face was very itchy? Well I've had no outbreaks on those itchy areas of my face. My face still continues to itch and be very irritaed. Especially at night. I think it might be due to the Neutrogena face wash I'm using. Maybe I should get something more gentle?? I don't know. Till next time.......

Dez*

Dez*

03/16/2010

 

Day 16

Hello everyone. All this rain is killing us. The basement has flooded!!!!! Ugh!!!! Anyway, my face doesn't hurt anymore (still looks awful, though). When I woke up this morning I had the illusion that the dark spots on my face seemed to be getting lighter. But as I look at it now, I don't think so. My horrible break out from Friday seems to be healing up. My lips are not bothering me as much. I guess it's become a habit now to keep applying Blistex. I am very itchy today though My face is itching so bad! My ears too! Well, I looked in the mirror and it's getting quite flaky. I just threw some Cetaphil Lotion on it. It works very well. Oh, by the way. I heard that when our face is itchy that we will most likely suffer a few zits in that spot. Does anyone know if that's true ? Well, I guess I'll see in the morning

Dez*

Dez*

03/15/2010

 

Day 14

Good Morning. Today I feel horrible. It was very hard to sleep last night. My face hurt so bad that I couldn't lay it on my pillow. I have so many cysts that just came out of no where. As of this morning, they still hurt. It hurts to wash my face! As for the side effects, my lips are still constantly dry. Not unbearable. My skin tends to be extremely dry right after I wash it. I use a little bit of Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. I've struggled with extremely oily skin for years. So just a drop of this stuff takes away my dryness immediatley. I reccomend it if anyone is experienceing a lot of dryness. Through out the day, I notice that my ears peel, too yuck. So I try to remember to throw some Cetaphil on my ears, too. This is day 14. I don't want to leave the house. My IB feels like is going to last a life time. I'm generally a high spirited person, and I don't believe I'm falling into a depressed state. But this IB sucks. Makes me feel bad. I swore I saw a woman on the train staring at me with eyes that said "How dare you get on the train looking like that." Well until next time........

Dez*

Dez*

03/13/2010

 

Day 13

Well, I started Accutane on Feb 28th. Today is March 12th. By the end of week one, I had a major flare up. A lot of cysts. My face hurts horribly. (Oh, btw, I'm 28, female, african american, lots of active pimples, and lots of blackheads and scaring) Along with the flare ups, I got the expected very dry lips and skin. Last night I had my first nose bleed. Luckily it happened in the shower After the nose bleed last night, I took a cotton swab, swished it in some vaseline and rubbed it in my nostrils. I'm not sure if it'll help , but I repeated it again this morning. Today is day 13. I will keep everyone posted. Oh, I'm on 60mg, and taking Yaz for birth control.

Dez*

Dez*

03/12/2010

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