Only knew thing to report is this very red itchy rash on my forearms. I asked my derm what she thought it was when it was starting and she said from the sun. I didn't buy it. It only gets worse when I sleep with covers or have a blanket or something up against it. And it does get worse in the heat. The Derm gave me a cream to put on it that doesn't work it just hurts when I put it on. So I started putting Emu Oil on it and so far so good. Today is day 35 and my husband looked at me yesterday and said, "I don't know why you are taking that medicine it doesn't look like it is helping". Ok, that didn't earn him any brownie points. What he doesn't know is I can tell that the deepness of my acne are not any where near as deep as they were. They seem more on top of the skin. I know that most people don't have "great" results until at least 3 months. I also asked my Derm about increasing my dose and she said no. 60 mg would more than likely be what I'd be on. She also said I'd be taking it for at least 6 months. So I should finish up mid October.
I went to the Biltmore House in Asheville for a girls weekend this past weekend. Couldn't pass over the wine tastings or the bar with peach margaritas. I was worried about my blood draw yesterday since I had drinks for the first time being on Accutane. All my blood work was fine! SHewwww! I will be staying on 60 mg for another month. I have only one small active and several healing ones. My Doc said I was lucky to have such few symptoms. Only a little dryness and dry lips. She also said mild exfoliator was ok every other day. My hand are dry nothing I can't handle. I am able to go 2 days without washing my hair. I think I could go longer but I am not willing to not wash my hair to try it. I have had to wash my hair everyday since I can remember. Once you get over the initial waxy look and redness, everything is so much better!
My face is more clear today except for this one little cyst that won't go away. It is raised, not painful, but has something in it. It is taking this guy forever to go away. Nothing new really has happened except everyday feeling better about my face. I also have been able to go 2 days without washing my hair. YAY!!!!! Being dry is so much better than being oily! I would rather have to condition and moisturize than live with the oil and everything that comes with it!
I wore make up today without my face peeling and looking like a road map. I actually looked in the mirror and even with thought for a second it looked pretty damn good for what I looked like 3 days ago. The only new thing is my lips are cracking not on my lip but near the inside of my lip on the bottomThe skin is really raw. It is pretty much in my mouth so nothing will really stay on it such as Aquaphor. I have a confession to make. Against better judgement I have been using the mild ExfolLots of improvement today for my face today. It has really calmed down so much. I actually wore iator when I know I am going to wear make up. It helps with the dry skin so I can feel comfortable about my face. It doesn't hurt at all not one bit and doesn't irritate my face at all. I still don't have a clear answer as to why you shouldn't do it. I just know people have commented that I shouldn't. I really wish I knew the answer why. I am going to ask my Derm at my appointment. I also had something weird happen. I got a small blister on my right middle finger. I don't know if it is Accutane or just some fluke thing. It is very sore though. I was doing a little cooking so maybe I burned it. I have no idea. A busy week ahead and I hope my skin gets even clearer!
So, I have about 5 cyst going now. People can be so rude too. I was at my son's baseball game and a man who I have known since I was little looked at me and said, "You really need to do something about that." Talking about my face. I didn't have any make up on so I am sure it might have looked bad. But when I wear make up it looks worse because of the peeling. He said it in front of people so I felt like I had to explain that I was doing something about it. I have felt lately like people look at me like I am on Meth or something since my face is so broken out with these cyst that are so red. I am on day 17......how long will this crap last? I know it will be worth it but Jesus it really is frustrating!
So, I thought I might be one of the lucky ones who didn't get the "break out".....not so much. A new cyst on the other cheek. The one that I got a few days ago is healing but so slow. This new one is pretty small but painful. I am proud that I have left it alone. Man it is really hard though. I did have a white head this morning and it had to go. I just couldn't leave it sitting on my face! I wear Bare Minerals makeup which is good for your face but even using moisturizer right out of the shower after about an hour with makeup on my face looks like a road map where my dry cracking skin appears. Anybody have any suggestions?
Everything is going fine. The only thing new is peeling on my chin. Why are you not suppose to exfoliate while on accutane? How do you get the dead skin to come off? It is about to send me over the edge! The cyst I had on my cheek is still fading. Very slowly though!!! I am ready to see what results I will have when I finish the accutane. I can't remember my face before I had cystic acne. I wish for a day that I don't feel like I have to put on make up to cover up my face!
This is my 2nd day using Emu Oil. So far so good. I can tell the redness is fading. The cyst I had is also shrinking. Very good for my lips too. They are not nearly as dry and I can go longer before reapplying. Starting day 13 today of the Accutane. I don't really think I have had the "breakout" yet. I hope I am one of those that are lucky enough to skip it!
I ordered Emu oil and have started using it. I like it so far. Hopefully it will work on my scars. My lips are still dry and my face is still peeling. Still using the Cetphil wash and sometimes Aveno Mild Exfoliator. It burns but helps with the peeling. I also use a toner sometimes. Aquaphor doesn't always cut it on my lips so I use Burt's Bees lip balm sometimes. I have been putting the Emu oil on my lips in between too. I got a pretty big cyst on my cheek 2 days ago but after putting the Emu oil on it a layer of skin peeled off of it this morning and it seems to be drying out. I put more on it this morning to see what happens. Everything else is going great as far as taking the medicine. The worst part is my lips!
I am catching up my blog~! Today is day 6. My lips are very dry. Nothing a little Aquaphor can't fix. My face has started to peel. Seeing everyone else's blogs I decided to try Cetaphil mild wash and moisturizer. I also bought the moisturizer with an SPF of 50 since it is April and we are seeing warm days here in NC. My neighbor is a pharmacist and I saw her yesterday and she was shocked my face was already peeling. I wish I would have taken this in the winter! It sure will be a bother on our family beach trip in June and a trip to Disney in July! Oh well, clear skin is worth it right? I have also noticed my face is clearing up! Good sign!
As a teenager I only a few break outs here and there. My first child was born when I was 18 I still had no trouble with my face. Clear skin. Then at 26 my second child was born. During the pregnancy I started getting major breakouts that never left me. I was left with cystic acne! It wasn't as noticed by others as it was by me. Most of the time they were very painful and very deep in my skin. I am 30 now and the mother to 3 wonderful children. I have been on many antibiotics and many prescriptions topicals for my face. I also had tried a testosterone blocker. It worked a little but not near enough! NOTHING worked! I finally talked to my Dr. about Accutane. I researched it and knowing all the side effects decided it was worth it for me.