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Day 83

So you know how I was breaking out on the sides of my chin and forehead well its clearing up A LOT, BUT I'm not breaking out on my cheeks. great. But the pain is almost nothing compared to the lesions that appear on the sides of your chin I think your skin is just more sensitive there. Well after my cheeks, that covers basically all of my face LOL. Meaning I broke out in like increments of time first it was the sides of my cheeks and my forehead, now the cheeks oh and my nose has black heads here and there. What a process, but after this hopefully that's it! I am so over this break out stage. So, I started work Monday as a medical intern and it's pretty easy, but also lots of work. The people are all nice and very friendly so that's good . Tomorrow is the LAKER VS. CELTICS! Lakers are going to own Boston and eat them for DINNER! haha lets go Kobe, Gasol, Artest, etc haa But yeah I'm not really oily again, lips are chapped, and nothing else HOPPPPPPE THIS BREAK OUT GOES AWAY AND I MAGICALLLLLLY CLEAR UP

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/17/2010

 

Day 80

Getting better SLOWLY. My left side has been clearing up faster than the right side. My forehead is looking slightly better. So you know when I said I was getting more oily lately. I've been getting EVEN more oily. My t-zone is like a grease ball when I wake up lol, I think I'll ask my doctor about upping the dosage for sure for next month. I've been less stressed this week about my skin and I think it's helping the recovery process. Drinking lots and lots of water seems to be helping with the symptoms as well (no headaches). Another thing I noticed, my pores look huge lately. Hopefully these pills will kick in soon and clear me up.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/13/2010

 

Day 77

Still the same old breakout. I'd like to believe it's getting better, but looks the same in the mirror, maybe because the red marks after bumps go away. Less pain on the sides of my chin and mouth which is good. Drinking lottss of water lately and hi-c haha, every time I feel dehydrated after a nap I drink a carton of cold hi-c because drinking so much water made me tired of it haha My lips have been a little more dry lately but still not chapped so thats good What's weird is that this month my face is slightly oily again which is weird because it had no oil at all the last two months. Only on my t-zone area though not the cheeks.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/10/2010

 

Day 75

Same stuff, but I feel like the bumps are less and going down so that's a good sign. I'm going to stop worrying about my breakout now and just live life. It's the summer and there are parties every night, so I'm just going to have fun and do my thing. Last night I went to a graduation party and people offered me drinks and shots, I would say about 20 times noo jokee. I gladly refused every time, refused the hookah, refused anything "bad." Main reason was because I honestly think it's a waste of time and kind of pointless. I decided that I want my senior year to be sober, live up to my captain title in cross country and track, and be a role model pointing out that you don't have to drink and smoke to have fun at parties. Along with the fact that I'm on accutane, everything works out . Maybe I'll even save some breakouts from alcohol? haha I don't know Anyways lips are just dry, no headaches, no bloody nose, no dry nose, no sore back. I know people have said they had hair loss, but I seem to be growing more and more hair quickly! It's weird I don't know if it's linked to accutane, but my hair seem to be growing faster and thicker, not complaining .

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/08/2010

 

Day 74

still breaking out but gradually healing as well, no significant change.. Side effects: slightly dry lips not chapped though, break out No more nose bleeds, back pain, or headaches

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/07/2010

 

Day 72

Still breaking out, but I ended up popping all of the lesions all over my forehead and the sides of my chin. I know this is not recommended but I don't scar easily and my red marks fade really quickly. My skin is just different, so I highly suggest people NOT to do the whole popping thing. However, the pain from the lesions and cysts were too much and the only fast relief was removing all the nasty stuff from my pores. Let me tell you guys that was the most painful experience EVER. After I quickly washed my face and put a layer of aczone on my face and the next morning my face was significantly better. I had no more pressure, pain, and inflammation. Although I do have some scabs and patches from everything, everything is slowly healing. I'm still breaking out, but it's a littllleee bit less. No significant change, but the cysts are finally off of my forehead just some on the sides of my chin and one on my front right cheek. I've also noticed that if I drink the next couple of days I WILL break out. For example, a couple of days after my birthday party in April, I broke out. So, I'm definitely avoiding any bit of alcohol. What else, oh yeah my lips are very manageable lately after I've been reduced to 40 mg it's great. I've been getting some oil on my face back, like my face is not like dry and unhealthy looking, but more natural moisture without moisturizer. So that's good. But all in all still breaking out, face looks a mess, but Slooowly healing

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/06/2010

 

Day 70

Instead of Claravis (60mg), I am now taking Amnesteen (40mg). Different brand name, but the same old stuff. My lips have not been so dry lately yay for that. So I'm still breaking out with cysts all over my forehead now and the sides of my chin aren't soo bad, but still breaking out. I've noticed every clogged pore and all the small little clustered bumps I used to have are all surfacing out into huge pimples/cysts. And I had most of these small little milia looking bumps on the sides of my chin and my forehead so it makes total sense I'm breaking there like crazy. I'm thinking EVERYTHING will surface out, every little pore will detox and boy is it painful. Just touching my chin and my forehead hurts and I never really had the painful cysts. Definitely the worst breakout ever, but everyone around me is giving me support telling me to wait it out so I'm still hopeful. My back pain isn't that noticeable anymore and my arms are kind of dry. My lips are very manageable again. Oh I also have been getting baddddd headaches after naps and stuff and I thought they were migraines, but my derm told me I was really dehydrated and to drink lots and lots of water when that happens and throughout the day in general and I haven't got a headache since so EVERYONE DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS. I am almost halfway done Hopefully by next week I'll be done pushing out.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

06/03/2010

 

Day 66

So guy I have been off of accutane for about 4 days now. Not because I'm clear, or because my liver enzymes are too high but they said that my blood results showed that I'm one week pregnant! I ASSURE YOU THIS IS NOT THE CASE. They immediately gave me a urine test at my monthly appointment and surely it was negative. They interrogated me for about 10 minutes if I was sexually active and I scoffed a bit because I'm totally abstinent. Yeah but until I get another blood test they can not prescribe more medication. Sucks because apparently you can't get a blood test the next day because it is to back-to-back and so I'll be getting it sometime today or tomorrow since Sat-Sun-Mon they are closed (due to Memorial Day). So I'll be on it again by Tuesday . On brighter note they say it stays in your system for quite awhile after the last pill you took, so I will still continue to consider the days without me taking the pills as days that I took them. Also for my next month my derm lowered my dose from 60 to 40 mg because of the headaches, back pain, rashes, and etc. I'm kind of glad and uneasy. Glad because my side effects will decrease and uneasy because what if it would be more effective with a higher dosage? Ehh, I think I'll be fine. Also I'm still having a crazy breakout like no other. I of course asked my derm he said it was totally normal, common that some people breakout in between 2 - 3 months randomly. He gave me some topicals called Aczone and told me not to freak out because I'm on track and everything is fine. It's hard to stay positive when my acne was never this bad to begin with. It's so horrid to look at the mirror. I barely had crazy cysts only during the week of my period but omg I have cysts all over the sides of my chin and the sides of my cheeks that accumulate everyday since 2 weeks ago, but it's slowwly getting better with the cream he gave me. Also my lips are way less dry lately it's great. and two more days of school until the summer!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/30/2010

 

Day 62

So this past week I've broke out REALLY bad. The WORST one yet from my whole life of having acne and accutane. Like it's a continuous thing, everyday I get new bumps it's so weird because nearing the end of month 1 I was clearing up A LOT and then all of sudden a roller coaster turn. I'm confused, discouraged and embarrassed to go to school with my face looking a hot mess, but I need to suck it up. My face is dry and peely, my lips are so dry it's so annoying, back is achy. I need this month to zoom by because my face is a mess. Mainly the sides of my cheeks and the sides of my chin. Still hopeful and optimistic, but with a lot of effort! But Tomorrow is the start of my 3 months so yay for that haha

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/27/2010

 

Day 58

Hey guys sorry I haven't been posting daily, but I took a sharp turn and my improvement went down the drain. I broke out again pretty bad. I flared up all over my cheeks and some on my forehead. It was like back to week 1-2. I was pretty confused why I was breaking out again near the end of month 2 but I guess it happens. As of right now I'm recovering from the break out and it's almost all gone, just healing the scabs and red marks. This stuff is bipolar I swear, one day I'm clear and fine, the next day I go to school looking like Shrek haha. It's whatever though, no one seems to notice much.. but I DO! I hate it, but I still have faith. Did I really have like 2 months worth of gunk in my pores to push out ?! On to the side effects, I've been a little moody and depressed nothing severe though and my back is a little sore. My rashes are all almost gone. I still get clots of blood after blowing my nose, and the sides of my mouth are dry along with very dry lips. My skin is thinning out as well, for example if I hit something like the wall not even that hard, i'll start bleeding from a cut and the wall has a smooth, dull surface lol. Just got to suck it up and deal with it

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/22/2010

 

Day 51

So I got random bumps lately :/. I came to the conclusion that I'm going to continue to break out for another month and clear up around Month 4. I'm guessing I'm just pushing all the impurities out gradually. My lips are really dry, and skin is manageable. I got a rash on the back of my right hand also. Hair isn't oily anymore . But I'm still optimistic about the process despite the continual breakouts and side effects.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/15/2010

 

Day 49

So good news, every morning my face gets significantly better all my active bumps are gone except for a couple of small pimples. Not so much pimples but rather clogged pores. And I don't scar or have red marks left from my acne so everything is smoothing out nicely. I'm not saying anymore incase I jinx myself again haha. My lips are annoying and dry. My face is manageable just around my nose and mouth I get a little peely. I noticed when I get angry, I get fired up in a rage now, I wanted to like punch people in the face. I need to calm down and think more rationally, but I think it's probably accutane because I'm usually passive and tolerant. Tomorrow is Relay for Life and I'm excited!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/14/2010

 

Day 47

Alright so I get a few bumps still especially the sides of my chin, my skin is a little dryer and ultimately semi-improvement. Like my past break out is healing with the addition of a new bumps every other few days. My lips are really dry and irritating me. I feel kind of impatient now because it has been 2 1/2 months and I'm still getting bumps, why? My theory is I'm still pushing out my impurities.. BUT good news my last ap exam is done tomorrow

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/12/2010

 

Day 44

So, unfortunately still breaking out :/ but it is not as bad as the beginning of the first month or the breakout i had in the beginning of the second, I'm just getting cyst here and there and random pimples. My nose is peeling and very dry, I get usual nosebleeds/clots of blood, and my lips are a little drier, been getting small rashes sometimes but not a usual thing. So track is finally over so no more sun exposure all the time, but planning to do some p90x soon Uhm I'm not very content with this accutane process so far, I thought I would start seeing big improvement after the first month since i was a moderate case, but I'm still breaking out... why? Hopefully the third month I'll see improvement. Also I'm kind of getting anxious about all the commercials I see about the dangers of accutane and to call if a "loved one" experienced the adverse side effects ohh god. I've taken 2 out of the 4 AP tests I have, track is over, everything is almost complete and hopefully my clearing face will happen quick

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/09/2010

 

Day 36

Sorry haven't uploaded in a couple of days, and about the pictures. I've been super busy. But anyways a lot to say. So, I've been training really hard for track regionals. My body is reacting to it really badly. My whole body was so sore this whole last week to the point where it hurt to walk, even get out of bed. I had to take 800 prescription meds of ibuprofen and i even missed two periods of school because I woke up nauseous. My body in general feels weak and I have no motivation to do anything, it's weird. Although I've been feeling super crappy, I've been slowly recovering with more warming up before I run and religious stretching. Also I'm always tired and feel fatigued. My dermatologist told me if my joint pains (shin splints) do not subside we will lower my dose. Another weird thing, last few weeks I was healing from my initial breakout, but I've been getting new breakouts when I started month 2. And I also said in my other blogs that my face and hair had little no oil but lately it's been a little more oily along with the new breakouts. This is such a random roller coaster turn. Now my lips and face are just the regular dry nothing new and its manageable. More than my acne, I'm more irritated and concerned with my body. I'm so weak! But my doctor said I would be clearing up really nicely in month 3 so hopefully things will be better

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

05/02/2010

 

Day 29

Woah it's Day 29! Haven't blogged because I've been busy with school and my birthday party I had yesterday! Btw it was really fun! About 30 people came, and it was a success. I did drink a beer, and 8 shots (but the shots were really small so like 4). haha yeah but hopefully it doesn't take too much of a toll on my liver :/. Any way my face has been doing very well, I'm improving a lot everyday. I have only three active pimples right now. Everything is smoothing out and going away its pretty amazing. I'm finally hitting the part of the process where I'm improving! So tomorrow I will upload pictures and maybe some videos of my birthday party? if anyone cares hahah Side effects: Dry lips, dryer skin in general but manageable.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/24/2010

 

Day 26

improvement: So I won first and third place today! I also got my period ehh. So I definitely noticed some changes today that is note-worthy. When I touch my face it is so smooth and I can barely feel any bumps. It feels really nice today like I couldn't believe the sudden smoothness. My mom also noticed that my face was smoother today. Ok so I have a lot of theories, but I think it's because I finally got my period and usually I break out a couple of days I get it and my acne starts to go away. So it could possibly be that, but nevertheless I see definite improvement today. I lost my Nivea Kiss of Moisture chap stick at the track today, but i only had like a centimeter left. I used a new stick in like 1 and a half weeks! weird but I went to Vonz and bought Aquaphor healing ointment and this stuff works way better. It's my personal favorite compared to Nivea, Burts and Bees, and the Classic Chapstick. No new bumps today or at least I haven't noticed haha. I notice small little patches of dry reddish skin that are like rashes, but I put on some prescription ointment my brother had when he got rashes from accutane last year. It was almost gone after. So side effects that I actually noticed were: dry lips

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/22/2010

 

Day 25

My face seems to be improving. Looks and feels better today . Bumps are going away and complexion getting better, but still a couple of small bumps on the sides of my cheeks and on the side of my eyebrow i have one ehh. Side effects: dry lips I think it's almost kicking in full drive, just gotta be patient! Tomorrow is the last official track meet for the season, but not for me because I have to go to regionals. So over track now, I have to study for 4 AP exams as well :/. But I know it'll all be over soon and my acne will be gone as well . So ready for the summer!! Also I noticed my side effects are almost nothing compared to some other people, I'm in the sun everyday for 2 hours without sun screen and I don't burn, my hair doesn't fall out, and my skin is not peeling. Only lips, I guess I'm lucky woot!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/20/2010

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04/26/2010

 

Day 24

Today is my 17th birthday! So, my face looked really nice with make up today . I didn't think anyone would remember my birthday since it was Monday and all, but my amazing friends brought me two batches of cupcakes, a cute spongebob, pineapple cake, gifts, and balloons! It was the best thing ever, and then my boyfriend along with the balloons he bought, he gave me a small little bag with a Zale's diamond heart necklace! I love my life basically haha. ANYWAYS, my face seems like its improving. My forehead, tzone, and nose are really smooth with little to no bumps. But the sides of my cheeks and the sides of my chin are still breaking out. I honestly think things are still pushing out to the surface. I really don't mind my little breakouts anymore because I'm noticing that the first few weeks my forehead broke out and now its almost all clear, then my nose had a few dozens of blackheads everywhere! and then now its smooth and clear like baby skin, and my tzone was oily and tons of clogged pores but now clear! So I think the trend will continue and now the sides of my cheeks and my chin is the last stop once everything pushes out I'll be on my way to clear skin. Side effects: dry lips. Honestly my body is used to the drug and has adapted to it. None of the side effects bother me, not even my breakout. It's like a usual thing now and I've adjusted and learned to be patient. It doesn't even feel like I'm on accutane anymore, everyday I just swallow my pills almost involuntarily. 6 more days and I'm at one month! Hopefully my IB will end and everything will be pushed out . Can't wait what month two will do

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/20/2010

 

Day 23

So today I woke up with surprisingly better skin. My skin seems like its healing, but it's a little flakey. I popped the three pimples I had, so now nothing seems active on my face. Just healing. My forehead is really clearing nicely as well as my t-zone, problem spots are just the sides of my cheeks and the sides of my chin . My nose the black heads are almost all gone! So definitely seeing some improvement. Side effects: Dry lips, dry skin Also I'm not oily anymore woo hoo! So now that prom is over my birthday is tomorrow! I'm having a party on Friday, pretty excited! No new bumps this morning which is weird because the lady that did my make up told me i was going to break out today lol.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/18/2010

 

Day 22

So exhausted, just got home from prom like 1 hour ago. It was fun! Party bus was fun! We watched a cirque du soleil show at the Wynn (hotel in Las Vegas) called Le Rev. Ate at claim jumper and went to the dance and took pictures. I exhausted times two because I had to wake up at 6 for a Varsity Track Invitational and I had two races before my hair and makeup appointments it was JUST BUSY MADNESS. So when I had my make up done, my skin looked quite disgusting. The lady caked on concealer and bare minerals and it made my face glittery and shiny and oily and it just looked gross, so I retouched it with my own foundation. I can't wait until the 6 months is over so I won't have problems like this on special days like PROM! I'm so glad its over with though, no more stressing about the breakouts that I wanted to prevent on prom.. now I could care less if my initial break out is horrible or not. So my face got 3 new pimples, keep in mind though I get my period tomorrow so it could be my "period breakout" or from so much stress and business of prom and track .. nevertheless I still have acne! Honestly the only side effect I noticed all day today was a little chapped lips but nothing else because I was so busy Well that's all so in a nut shell, still breaking out, little improvement, still gross skin good night!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/18/2010

 

Day 21

Week 3! I'm exhausted today did everything I said I would do in the last blog and more: threaded my eyebrows, bought new lip stick, spray tanned, bought new heels, and mani/pedicure. BUSY, tomorrow is prom and I have a huge Varsity track invitational. SO busy tomorrow My face is more or less the same, but a little improvement Couple of new small bumps, nothing new really horrible or no crazy improvement. Just a little improvement, with a little new bumps so I would say neutral-ish. Side effects: a little more dry skin, dry lips, and that's all. Well when I blow my nose I still have clots of blood. Short blog today and I think I said I would pictures today on the last blog, I meant on the one month mark haha sorry. Well then goodnight!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/17/2010

 

Day 20

I feel less bumps when I wash my face but still have some pimples here and there. Notice that my oiliness decreased significantly. When I wake up usually my face is super oily but I have little to no oil now . All my side effects have kind of adjusted with my body. My dry lips are not bothersome as much anymore and my semi-dry face is easily fixed with some moisturizer. My joint / back pain have subsided and don't bother me at all. When I blow my nose I have little blood clots but no more bloody noses so far. Also I don't know if this is due to the accutane or just the temperature in my house but I have been sweating balls. Like I took a nap after school and I woke up drenched in sweat. I've been having random heat strokes haha. Even right now I opened my window because I'm so hot. Tomorrow will be a very busy day and the mark of 3 weeks! I'll try to update pictures tomorrow but we'll see because I have to get my eyebrows threaded, manicure/pedicure, and get my heels for prom :/. Off topic but I have a track meet on the day of prom which is on saturday haha, so right after my race I have to shower get my hair and make up done and go. So busyy. Hopefully by the end of this month changes will drastically improve!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/16/2010

 

Day 18

Day 18 almost hitting 3 weeks! So now that my cold is getting better my nose HAS WAY LESS flakes on the sides since I don't blow it every 5 minutes. My face is not that dry but on the sides of my mouth, they always flake by the end of the day. I've realized unlike some other accutane users I don't get sunburns still. Whenever I blow my nose, I notice clots of blood. My right knee hurt after my race today, but nothing serious (Btw I got first in the 4x800 relay and 4th in the open 400 meter dash ) As for my acne its more or less the same no dramatic improvement, I guess what I thought to be my last days of my IB were a false alarm :/ BUT it's alright I still have motivation and drive that this will work, so I'm just being patient. In the beginning of the process my acne was a little worse than my average breakout but right now it's pretty much my normal breakout so I'm managing it better. Another odd thing is that when I was stretching before my race my back hurt when I straightened it out so possibly a side effect. The most annoying side effect would have to be my lips. Well the classic cherry chapstick works the best for me but I ran out and my dad bought me the Nivea Kiss of Moisture which goes on nicely but only lasts a couple of minutes for me :/ I've been having dry lips all day at my windy, cold track meet today. So I'm going to pile up on some vaseline before I go to bed tonight. I also wanted to note that everything I write seems to seem so horrible when read BUT when your actually living it and going day by day the side effects are not that bad at all! The back and knee problem is a MINOR little nuisance that I just want to write to record everything for reference and detail, the nose bleeds/clots don't even agitate me at all just a little out of the ordinary that's enough to blog about, the dry lips is always easily eased with some good chap stick, and lastly the break out is just something to deal with for the first couple of weeks so don't be threatened at all because this seems pretty smooth sailing compared to all the horror stories I've read about Have faith you guys, we will clear up soon

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/13/2010

 

Day 17

Breaking out still.. Today is supposed to be day 16 REALLY because I skipped yesterday and I'll tell you guys why... BUT since skipping a day or even a week doesn't really affect your progress (accutane stays in your blood stream for at least 30 days after your last pill) I'm still considering today to be my Day 17 So yesterday I woke up to severe, sharp cramps in my lower right stomach and I couldn't sleep or anything. I thought my appendix burst because it was very painful. So I went to the emergency room and it took about 9 hours total! The healthcare system is crap omg, but they gave me a urine test, blood test, put me on an IV, made me drink 3 cups of this juice contrast for my CT scan, injected me with iodine and something for nausea, and then after 9 hours they tell me everything is normal. My white blood cell count-normal, liver, pancreas, kidney, stomach, appendix-normal, and the only thing they said was i had extra fluids down there and it probably something like in between periods I get that ... I asked them if it was related to accutane and they said not at all. PERSONALLY i think its from eating in n out late at night and knocking out right after eating so much haha. So i didn't take m 60 mg of claravis or my BC yesterday and I'll do that today. But I'm fine now and it's nice knowing my white blood cell count and all my organs are normal whew. BUT my acne got worse, maybe due to stress, pain, and oh i forgot on Day 15 which I didn't post I was so busy with a Track meet. It lasted until 10 at night and I was put in two races: the 4x800 meter relay and the open 800 meter. After the first race I felt so sick and feverish (I still haven't recovered from my awful cold) and the race made it so much worse. I asked my coach if I could skip my next race and he basically told me to suck it up blah blah blah, so I raced and after I was a walking zombie. I think because of all the stress and my cold I was in the emergency room the next day! and I broke out. I have two huge painful pimples and little ones scattered over my cheeks now. My face looks awful like the time I posted on Day 5 or 6. So it feels like I'm redoing my IB. I'm more dry, i have white flakes all around my mouth and my nose when I woke up today, my lips actually peeled a little today, and some stomach issues but I'm not sure if thats related to the pills. I hope it's okay to skip one day :/

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

04/11/2010

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