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Details of my experience with accutane

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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

 

Day 123

You know when you can distinguish when a person has acne or "just pimples." Like a kid with a bumpy complexion in contrast to a kid with a nice complexion but occasional scattered pimples here and there. Well I feel like I'm nearing this stage haha. Like my forehead, tzone, and chin is clear but some scattered pimples on my cheeks. My red marks are going away as well. So I just have a couple more bumps to deal with . I think.. I THINK, that some of you are thinking wtf how come she's still not getting clear results at DAY 123! Well my personal HONEST opinion is because I had the moderate acne to begin with. Does this type of acne sound familiar. The small bumps all over your cheeks and forehead with a mix of pimples and rare cysts once in awhile? I'm talking about the small bumps that are not inflamed but just like color of your skin tone but just a little microscopic bump but tens of them scattered over your cheeks and forehead. Yeah well I had the moderate but persistent acne. THE MAIN THING I HATED about my acne was the small bumps everywhere that never went away! It just made my complexion look gross. So in hopes to clear this all up I went on accutane. Sure enough every little bumps inflamed lol. So the moral of the story is that the people who already have the cystic severe inflamed acne will heal faster since they are already broken out! But the people like me we still need to push out we have the stubborn little bumps that are just stuck chillin in our pores so this is why we seem to get "worse." just my theory...Patience is key! If anyone has questions regarding my course, accutane, me LOL, or anything just comment! I don't mind at all

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

3 weeks off accutane

Im completely clear, my skin tone improves everyday. no scars no nothing , my oil is back my face is normal oily now. Everything is going back to normal gradually my back is still sort of sensitive from the medicine but i am so happy i dont break out anymore its a miracle. It seriously took the entire 6 months for me to clear up .. wow i lost hope so many times but its worth it just BE PATIENT

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 12

Still breaking out but not as much, I feel like things are really healing. The same friend who said, "wow your face broke out" told me today "wow your face look A LOT better" better application of make up perhaps haha? but I do really feel like I'm finally healing from the IB. I noticed my nose was a lot flakier today and dryer than usual got to start moisturizing more ehh I just hate the consistency of moisturizer... does anyone feel that way as well? I don't know maybe I just hate it because I hate the feeling of applying sticky gooey consistency onto a bumpy face ehh. My lips are more or less the same dry. I've noticed that my eyes get a little dry now, and it feels much better with my contacts in for some reason. Another weird thing is that whenever I have my glasses on for awhile the grips that rest on the bridge of my nose leave bright red sunburned looking marks and leaves the skin very sensitive.. weirddd i know. I guess my skin is super sensitive because of the accutane. No nosebleeds, minor stiff back So I'm nervous about going to track practice tomorrow because I feel like my skin is going to burn from the sun. I haven't gone to practice for two days because of my ridiculous cold, but I need to go even though I'm still congested because I need to train but I am nervous. I'm going to load up on the sunscreen Other than that, I feel slight improvement and hopefully accutane kicks in full drive and takes care of my acne for goooood .. almost at the 2 week mark !

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 118

I'm about half way into my 4th month as of right now and things are slowly getting better. One thing worth mentioning is the dramatic change your skin takes as in the thinning and healing. Before I would heal from red marks quite quickly, maybe 3 days.. but now it take a little longer and my skin heals differently. My skin all over is generally thinner and more fragile. I used to never get sunburns, but now if I'm not very cautious, I do. But with the whole acne issue, I no longer get huge cysts FINALLY. My forehead is 100% clear with an amazing complexion. My cheeks are healing, but I have a couple of red marks and small bumps here and there. The horrible breakout scene is clearing up significantly now but it's such a gradual process, I forgot I was improving. One thing with accutane is that you must me patient. It seems like it's going nowhere half the time, and just making things worse and making you doubt yourself, but with patience and hope it'll work out in the end. Although I'm not all the way clear, I still believe it'll work because I'm slowly but surely improving. Another thing I've realized is too not stress out about it. Like whatever is happening will happen. There's not really a way for you to prevent the inevitable initial breakouts and the roller-coaster rides. You just have to go along with everything and accept everything without shame or regret. Make the best out of your situation. Beauty is ONLY skin deep. Everything else counts too: your personality, character, charisma, charm, etc. So for the people who want to burrow in their room for 6 months... you will lose yourself and forget the spontaneous, chill person you used to be. I know I did. During month 3, I seriously was depressed and unhappy, and then I made sure I hung out with my friends EVERYDAY or did something EVERYDAY. My stress went away and slowly started to heal again. I call it my "dark days" haha it was pretty bad. So keep exercising and doing whatever you want. Get your nails done, go swimming, dye your hair, thread your eyebrows, hang out with all your friends, go on dates. Don't let this temporary skin problem control your life. BTW DID ANYONE WATCH INCEPTION? let me know if i should go watch it haha

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 104

[b]COMMENT THIS POST PLEASE ! Less breakouts BUT I have red patches from where my skin had blemishes... I'M GOING ON A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA ON FRIDAY WITH MY BOYFRIEND'S FAMILY .. and I am nervous! ANY GOOD TIPS TO DECREASE RED MARKS? lol I'm just nervous when they see me without makeup and stuff like that I know it's stupid but just like any person with acne we are anxious about people seeing our cute little blemishes and redmarks haha.. SO PLEASE RESPOND! But honestly I've been breaking out way less. but no one would notice because of the red marks which is killing me .. slowly

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 141

I might consider stopping soon because my brother took accutane last year and he is experienced bowel problems now. He advised me to stop because he is experiencing the long term issues as the commercials are stating. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Roaccutane/Accutane are going crazy right now and I'm actually worried. I am nearing the end of my treatment in one and half more months though... hmm what to do. This sucks lol. I'll talk to my doctor and see what to do because I don't want any permanent damage from an acne prescription FOR NOBOODDYY haha. but my skin is clearing A LOT. only small little bumps and overall healing good complexion

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 142

Every day is like another shock. I'm improving so much my complexion is so smooth. I want to point out though that the small little remaining bumps are pushing out randomly now and I'm glad. They don't even really bother me because it's like one or two here and there. But finally my forehead is clear, my chin is clear, my nose, and almost my cheeks (they are still pushing the last few). I think I can guarantee that i will be completely clear by the end of this month. I can't believe it's working, like finally. Like starting last week, I would every day like with very noticeable changes. All it takes is a lot of hope and faith

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 5

So tonight is the end of day 5 and I am on 60 mg/day which is a high dosage for a small girl with moderate acne but it's whatever. My nose is peeling, especially the sides and it burns. It's very irritating. My skin is already peeling and dry and my lips are dry but very manageable. Often when I blow my nose in the mornings, blood will stain my tissue but a persistent flow never happens. My scalp is slightly itchy but nothing crazy. Other than the well-anticipated side effects, I have been experiencing a small little break out on my forehead, and a couple of bumps on my cheeks and chin. I honestly believe this to be my IB which is annoying, but not very severe so that's good. I'm quite surprised on how the side effects took place so soon and my IB... maybe it just means i'll clear up soon as well? Fingers crossed.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

another update

Hey guys, so I've been eating healthier and I went back to my Cetaphil gentle cleanser and honestly that was the trick! My skin is fine, but I wouldn't say flawless, but it is good enough for me! Like I'll get a small bump or two but nothing crazy like before. I don't know why but Cetaphil seems to be the product that works the BEST for me.. not even acne products with salicylic acid/benzoyl peroxide works as well as my cetaphil haha I guess the natural approach is actually better, the less harsh chemicals the better? who knows.. my new skin care regimen after accutane is a healthy diet, LOT OF WATER, running, Cetaphil, and lots of laughs. And for those emotionally struggling: I feel your pain, but honestly almost everyone goes through it and it will eventually heal through time. There are a plenty more ways to shine as a person.. beauty is skin deep, so try working on your character, your morals/ethics, and other things that really matter. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that by generally improving and bettering yourself in general will be a far greater satisfaction than merely healing your skin and who knows maybe your skin will heal through this process as well! Good luck!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Pictures of me

When I was struggling through accutane, I always was curious as to whose blog I was actually reading.. what they looked like, and how they healed after the process. I don't have any pictures of when I was breaking out on accutane.. Sorry I was a chicken :/ But here are pictures of me now and to anyone who followed my blog and is curious as to who I really am. Just me http://i52.tinypic.com/1zlgbxk.jpg Homecoming http://i54.tinypic.com/w9vh9i.jpg Sadies http://i56.tinypic.com/dggl86.jpg Not much but yeah enjoy! and don't be afraid to ask any question, I'm happy to help!!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

 

Day 6

So today is the end of day 6 and i am pretty dry and my lips are more dry can't leave without chap stick. I'm breaking out not too bad but still annoying on the sides of my cheeks and the middle of my forehead. I also noticed that i heal faster than usual which is good .. uhm that's all but i really hope this IB goes away soon because prom is in 2-3 weeks! Going to continue drinking lots of water, eating healthy, and moisturizing!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

 

Day 88

So as I said before I'm gradually improving, my breakouts are slowly declining and giving my skin time to heal. Hopefully this is it and I'll continue to improve from here on out. Today I really felt excited and my hope came back. My face is actually getting better. I mean it is still a mess, but I can see and feel the difference. So I never lost hope, even when I reached my lowest points..but I don't want to jinx myself anymore. I think work, exercising, hanging out with my boyfriend/friends, going out more has all been significantly helping with the process. It makes time fly by, decrease my stress levels, and evoke all the happiness in me so therefore less breakouts . Still drinking lots of water and lately I've been running again after my like one month off season break from track season. Honestly it has been hard getting back in shape but one more week of running and core workouts should do it. I've been running 3 miles everyday with intervals of p90x (ab ripper x) every other day. WELL ANYWAYS haha hopefully more improvement throughout this week Oh I went swimming yesterday and my neck has been itchy.. weird but yeah that and chapped lips are basically all the side effects

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

 

Day 8

Definitely broke out and experiencing my IB. My left cheek is just disgusting, I would consider this one of my bad breakouts. I was wondering if you guy could tell me how long your IB lasted? I have a huge dilemma because prom is in 2 weeks! Fingers crossed? I also just got the flu/cold yesterday and stayed in bed all day. I was achy, feverish, and so weak along with a runny, congested, plugged nose. It was horrible, but i managed to not take ANY medication and fight through it naturally. Today I feel so much better and proud that I didn't have to pop even more pills. Although I'm feeling better, my skin begs to differ. My forehead broke out which usually stays clear, both sides of my cheek but more on my left. I am so frustrated, but hopefully it will calm down soon because my spring break ends in 3 more days . I am dry, the sides of my nose especially because I keep having to blow it ever 5 minutes because of my cold haha and whenever I wake up I have flakes everywhere disgusting I know.. Also my lips are dryer than before and i switched chap sticks from burts and bees to the classic chapstick strawberry flavor it seems to work better. My scalp is also very itchy even though I use dandruff shampoo. Hope to clear up soon and manage my dryness better!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Day 9

So, this stuff is no joke. I woke up this morning with a bloody nose, lasted for like 10 minutes. Then after an hour it bled some more for about 10 minutes .. -_- its whatever though haha Still breaking out what i mean by this is like a new pimple everyday, but when i first got my IB it was like 3-4 at once so at least its one a day but still so frustrating because I usually don't break out this bad. Seems like all the nasty stuff is pushing out, hopefully this goes away soonnnnn My face is still dry but managing better and my lips are still dry but managing oh also i noticed after i washed my face and as i was straightening out my back it was really stiff and sore and i felt like an old grandma haha that is probably the accutane because never have any joint/bone/back issues. If anyone is experiencing an IB or want to give any suggestions PLEASE feel free to comment because I would love advice, support, and comments in general! Now this is where I'm going to be a little more pessimistic.. This sucksss real bad like i hate this initial breakout, I feel like an ugly beast really. Why can't I just have good skin genes?! I hate these random nose bleeds, my dry lips, and being stuck in my house ughh.

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

 

Day 90

Still breaking out but less haha, still pushing out the nasty stuff. Month 4 is in about one more week so hopefully I'll see more change. I don't know about other people, but for me accutane is a pain in the ass. I can't believe I broke out for about a month straight lol. So the sides of my chin and lower jawline is breaking out less while the sides of my cheeks just started breaking out like last week into this week. My forehead is getting wayy better, its pretty clear with one or two bumps. My tzone is like crystal clear smooth. It's so weird like parts of my face are clear and smooth with a great complexion and then the other parts are like bumpy and breaking out. Whatever I still have 3 months to clear up so I still have my hope . I've been still drinking lots of water, exercising, but I need to catch up on some sleep so I'm gonna take a nap today Oh and the other night I was watching tv and i flipped to MTV's True life and it was I Have Acne. I was so surprised, but my luck goes out to all the three teens that suffered from acne. One went on accutane and two tried laser treatments.. looked extremely painful. Anyways I'll try to update more often, I just get busy and lazy sorry! Keep checking because I know it'll start working soon

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

Day 10

Day 10 finally, I feel like my break out is getting a little better and everything is calming a little. My face is not that dry, but when i wake up I have some flakes here and there nothing crazy. My lips are dry, but no more or less just like it was since it first became dry. My back is still stiff but I'm starting to think its because I have a cold/flu because whenever i'm sick, my body generally aches. What else, oh no bloody nose today ... and no other side effects .. my scalp is not that itchy and my body is not dry or itchy either. Left side of my cheek, forehead, and right cheek is getting better but as we all know when it heals and scabs it looks actually worse :/ Getting some small little bumps on the sides of my chin but not a big deal. In a nutshell: -Neutral improvement, nothing worse and nothing better -Side effects: Dry lips mostly nothing else really to be pointed out -Emotionally still not very happy nor content Oh I now started to take Milk Thistle for my liver, Vitamin E to help the skin regenerate faster, Vitamin C because I hear accutane suppresses your immune system and it helps absorb the pill better, and Mineral Calcium for my joints (in case of any joint pain), and Super EPA (it is like a superman of fish oil or omega 3's haha) this is to help with the absorption of accutane and is also good for skin regeneration i hear.... I don't want any body complications while I'm on this as you can see! Happy Easter everyone!

vegasgirl

vegasgirl

 

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

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