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9months on Accutane! Minus some small issues it's AMAZING!!

Ooops! Haven't written for ages but once you have good skin you forget about all the stress and problems you had before and don't feel the need to blog! I've been on accutane 20mg/day for 9months now but I've only been taking 60-80mg/week for the last 6 weeks ish. I forget to take them sometimes, i've been drinking a bit and i've had a few other issues so decided to wean myself off accutane - my derm agreed it would be fine. I am really pleased with the results - I have been 100% clear for

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

05/18/11

 

Completely lost count but it's about 3.5months and a bit...

Sorry, I forgot to write for awhile because I don't think about my skin all the time anymore hahaha! It's fab! It's the first 'little friend' time of the month that I have not broken out - unless you can count 2 barely noticable pimples that seriously cleared in a day or less. I went to the derm 2 weeks ago and he was pretty pleased. I have another 2 months of stuff and then we need to decide what to do with my dosage.... I'm tempted to stay on an ultra ultra low dose for awhile as I

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

11/22/10

 

Almost 11 weeks!

Just a quick one as it's late but feel like I haven't written for ages.... Downloaded my photo's from holiday and my skin definitely looks better and healthier than it did 3 months ago....not 100% happy but this last week the breakout has calmed down and I've only had two smaller ones on my jawline. I did just have a gross blackhead moment where a big one was just sticking out and I have this wierd black dot near my eye...ewww! Side Effects: Skin healing ability is poop and I do fee

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

10/19/10

 

Back from holiday and it's over 9 weeks now..

Holidays were fab - panda's are sooooo cute! I did a lot of walking, met a lot of people and ate a lot of food Skin though is not so great. Typical! I have been backpacking (kinda) so had limited washing facilities and the place was cold and damp which hasn't helped at all. In the one week I had about 5 new spots which is a lot compared to how it has been for the last 3 weeks or so... They are also healing poorly The other annoying problems are 1) I have a prickly-heat type rash on

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

10/09/10

 

Week 7 and a day!

Yay! I'm not feeling so moody anymore - knew it would go away eventually! Still soooo tired though but it's party my own fault as I can't seem to sleep at a normal time. I get home late from work/gym/Chinese class and need time to chill out and mess around to wind down before sleeping. Skin-wise we are loooking at one big painful problem under my chin, another 2 dying cysts from ages before that won't go fully down (also under my chin) and that is about it! Woop! Oh I forgot the wierd lump

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

09/24/10

 

6weeks + a few days

Woah am I feeling moody! I'm hoping its just because of my hormones and because I'm tired! It's been a week now so I hope it goes away soon... I'm feeling really un-sociable and my self-confidence is rubbish! I need to keep a record of my moods again on here to make sure it's not due to the accutane. Also stocking up on the fruit and veg and the exercise plan is in process.... Breakout is still clearing up - a few of the bigger ones just won't go/heal up - they've all gone crusty and scabb

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

09/18/10

 

Day 39-ish (5.5 weeks)

I've not posted for over a week I kinda get addicted to posting and looking on here so it's been a bit wierd to have a break from it. I was over in factories further north in China for a bit then my friend has been here since - woop! Back is sorted now - no pains, aches or anything since over 1 week ago I did have my usual monthly lower back ache for a day but that's nothing new. I need to get back on the exercise when my friend leaves ..feeling very unfit and unhealthy now. Sk

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

09/13/10

 

Hmm Breakout! 4weeks and a bit

Ignore what I put about the cysts last time - they are deep and painful now and one is just an itchy lump under the skin which seems as if it will never come out at the moment! I have a total of 3 so far and they're all on my neck/jawline. Rest of my face is looking pretty ok though and my chest looks clearer although some massive blackheads are still surfacing! I wonder what will happen over the next week or two as it will be my hormonal breakout time?! At least I can show the derm it's no

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

09/04/10

 

1 month down! Wooop!

After the panic on Sun and Monday with my back, I am now recovering and not on pain killers today I just feel like an old woman at the moment but reckon i could do a bit of a workout later.... (I'm used to doing a lot of abs stuff though and yoga stretches which i think will be tough...I don't want to damage it!). Having a massage tomorrow as well hehe! I'm already worrying about what will happen when i come off acctuane...I know I shouldn't!! hehe! It seems like quite a lot of people g

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

09/02/10

 

:'(

Today i am experiencing very painful back ache in my upper back - never ever had it before and boy does it hurt. I did carry a lot of heavy bags yesterday and slept with my back facing the cold air con which is never good but I never have any problems at all! Taking a double dose of fish oil and I might do accupuncture tomorrow. What else can i do? Skin is scaly and extremely dry....i've tried 3 different moiturisers which are all good but need applying more than once a day!! Other than tha

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/29/10

 

Day 22

Going to write now as I'm off to Hong Kong tomorrow morning and will probably be super busy for a few days...(meetings and catching up with old colleagues - meetings bad, catch-ups good!!). I'm planning to go to North China next Wed-Fri too .... then my English friend is here the week after - yay! Not much to say: Skin is looking pretty ok - flaking a bit now but not too bad....Nose and forehead is looking much smoother and no new cysts woooop! Cheeks still have blackheads and blocked pore

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/26/10

 

Day 20

My first day off sick on accutane!!! It's not really accutane related though - more of a combination of things... I have a bad cold, i'm v exhausted and my knees and back ache (could be cold-related)... The other problem at the moment is that I have a yeast infection and (even more embarassing) I have a peeling bum crack - niceeee! I really hope no-one recognises me on here! I've never had that before so i'm blaming that one on the accutane LOL! I got some anti-fungal cream (also emba

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/24/10

 

Wierdness!

I wasn't going to post today but... I decided to extract some of the blackheads off my chest and it was really disturbing! Some of them were green - not a dull green but a bright green!!!! I freaked out! However after investigation, I realised it was probably the necklace I was wearing today (trying to cover them up!) reacting with the blackheads - it is a cheap old thing, and they were only in a certain area! My chest now looks a mess bythe way so remind me never to pick/extrac

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/22/10

 

Day 16

Well I'm feeling a bit moody today - maybe because I slept a LOT! Went to yoga last night so exercised 4 times this week now - gonna try and step it up next week as I want to be really fit and healthy hehe! I have a few more cysts on the sides of my face and jawline/neck. Also can feel a few under my skin on my cheek. Again not anywhere near the worst its ever been... The dry skin is really starting up now - dry scalp, ears, lips, chin and around my mouth....RetinA use is gonna be re

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/21/10

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08/22/10

 

Almost 2 weeks...

Time is going quickly on this stuff which is good Hopefully I will be clear in no time! I have pretty dry lips and the creases of nose are a bit sore. Also had some small flaking today on chin so I need to cut back on the retin-A now and mix it with a bit of moisturiser. My face and hair is much less greasy than before and I'd say is moving towards average - it is still a little oily but if it was like this forever I'd be very happy. Breakout is clearing up a bit on my neck and jawl

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/18/10

 

Day 10

Just had another dose and today I've had my first nose bleed! Also have some excema type patches that have come up all of a sudden (neck and collarbone) as well as a breakout on my neck again....it's not the worst it has ever been but i'm not looking great! Wierd how quickly it can change from one day to the next haha! Hopefully they will clear up quickly as i may have a date this week!!! Bugger! x

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/15/10

 

Day 9

Skin actually seems less greasy as does my hair - yay!!!! It's a miracle, i've not had un-greasy hair after 12hrs without washing in like 15+years!!! This could change my life Loving it so far! Side effects: Breakout on neck seems to be getting better already (probably to do with the retin-A). Breakout now on chest but it's not toooo bad! Slightly itchy scalp probably because its never been dry before!!! Lips are definitely drier than normal now! Nothing too bothersome though. Mood: Pret

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/14/10

 

Day 7

So it's Day 7! Nowt much has changed...skin/hair is still greasy yet maybe is a little drier in the creases around my nose. Lips don't seem particularly dry really! Back has been hurting a bit but I have a sore throat/start of a cold so may be to do with that... Definitely had a bit of an extra breakout because of the oratane - have quite a few cysts on my neck that have come up but it's not the worst it's ever been All in all, going well so far! Mood: Normal! Glad it's Friday

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/12/10

 

Day 5

Nothing much to report. Skin is still greasy. Lips are only a little dry but I'm not sure if that is due to the meds or not. Back hurts but that's because it's my time of the month. Small breakout round jawline and chin but probably because it is crazily hot and sticky here. Mood: Bit annoyed because of the crap going on at work!

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/10/10

 

Day 3

Another 20mg down tonight after home-cooked beef stew - was yummy but the sauce was too watery (need cornflour!). I had a good relaxing weekend and got some little jobs done but then I saw a massive rat just in my flat doorway (not uncommon for China!) so I'm extra jumpy now and not sure if i'll sleep well until i get someone to check it out! I've told my friend in England to be on mood watch for me - I'm more worried than I usually would be because I'm pretty much on my own over here so t

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/08/10

 

Day 2

Taken another 20mg this evening. My lips are also feeling dry but I think that's just because I haven't drank enough water today! Really must improve on that ...

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/07/10

 

Day 1: 20mg Oratane

I've just taken my first 20mg - hope I don't get a bad IB as my skin is looking relatively ok on my face at the moment. 3 smaller cysts on jaw/neck, bumps on neck, spots around chin, blackheads on cheeks and v oily skin! Still have upper thigh (these are scarring badly - they are purple!!), lower back cysts and lots of bumps, whiteheads on chest. Just been looking at lots of Accutane posts over the last 2 days and feeling quite positive. I am worried about it coming back after as it could

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/06/10

 

3rd Visit to the Derm: Now Accutane...

It's been awhile again... I was in the UK for a few weeks but now I'm back in China. The story so far is that I went on Differin for my face and AHA lotion for 3 months, then tried antibiotics and Retin-A for 10 weeks; there was a small improvement but mainly in skintone and scarring/ red marks and bacne is better but moved to chest and upper thighs (wierd i know!) and now the derm has run out of options and prescribed a low-dose of Accutane along with the Retin A still. It's v easy to get

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

08/04/10

 

7.5 weeks on Retin-A/antibiotics regime

Ooops it's been awhile again! Think i've been pretty down for the last 2 months so haven't felt like writing much - it is good to see my progress though so going to try and make more of an effort! The antibiotics are just evil but i continue to take them when i can....do you think they can cause you to be moody and depressed? My stomach is pretty messed up and my immune system is shocking...it is helping the bacne a little though.... So actually my progress has been pretty good. My ba

Mimi1984

Mimi1984

07/15/10

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