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The most boring blog ever!!

This may be the most boring blog anyone has ever written! I have only 8 weeks to go on accutane now and it's been VERY uneventful. I am thankful for that though! I still have very dry skin, scalp and lips. THAT much has not changed throughout the entire course. I never experienced any excessive hair shedding. I had only a couple of blood nose episodes in the beginning then nothing. I have not had a single pimple since starting treatment, no breakouts or purging AT ALL. I've had dry e

matureacne

matureacne

08/27/10

 

I made tinted carmex!

Haven't written here for a while because not much has happened really. My skin is still really dry, but being kept under control with moisturizers. My lips are still VERY dry, but being controlled with Carmex (my lips are never without a coating of this!!). And I still have not had a single pimple! As the title says, I made tinted carmex today. I got a pot of carmex and stood it in boiling hot water for a while, then stirred (as it got soft) and added in some mineral pigment I had. I u

matureacne

matureacne

06/04/10

 

I love my hair right now!!

I've heard that accutane can cause hair loss. This never happened to me the first time around and I don't think it's happening to me now, BUT I am LOVING my new dry scalp! I haven't washed my hair with shampoo in a week and my hair is rewarding me with shine galore. It's because I'm not "stripping" my length, so my hair just feels nicer and has more body. I love not having to wash my hair because of my oily roots. My hair is coloured, so it is a bit more dry than virgin hair, so anything th

matureacne

matureacne

05/25/10

 

I cut my hand :(

Yes, the title of this post IS relevant because Accutane can effect the skin's ability to heal itself. I cut my hand pretty badly the other day while chopping vegetables. The cut was deep and there was lots of blood. I was really worried it would be a real hassle to nurse it while it healed. It was in an awkward place on my hand too. Anyway, I kept it covered with a bandaid for a couple of days and then when I took it off, it looked REALLY good! It had healed remarkably well, especially g

matureacne

matureacne

05/24/10

 

First blood nose!

Oh dear, today I had a blood nose! Now, I have just had a nasty cold so my nose has been through a bit of trauma these past days, and also the accutane has dried everything out. I should have been EXPECTING this! Anyway, it wasn't too bad and stopped pretty quickly. I have decided to start using Fess Nasal Gel which is a moisturizer for your nose. I have a sample here, so after I use that up I'll know if it's good enough to buy a full size. Last time around I used vaseline on a cotton b

matureacne

matureacne

05/22/10

 

Almost 3 weeks in. Supplements...

I'm almost 3 weeks along now and things are great. I thought I might post about the supplements I'm taking. Daily, I take the following: vit B, zinc, fish oil, Vit C. I read that these might be beneficial to reduce side effects of accutane, and I know that in my case it seems to be working. I'm thinking of taking some spirulina too, but want to wait a while to make sure I'm not going to flare anything up. Weird symptom of the day: tight scalp. My scalp feels really tight, like it's pu

matureacne

matureacne

05/20/10

 

Things are looking GREAT!

Well I'm over most of this cold, hard to say if accutane is giving me any other side effects at the moment because I've been sick anyway. I did have a HUGE headache yesterday, but as I said: can't really blame it on the accutane. As for my face, well, it's looking amazing! It's totally clear and soft My chin has improved greatly and is hardly red or flaky anymore. It's still dry (as is my whole face) but definitely controllable with large amounts of moisturizer. In fact, I used my extr

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matureacne

05/18/10

 

Another weird "side effect"

My cold was REALLY bad yesterday, but a bit better today. I have read that accutane lowers your immune system, so I guess it's not so suprising I got sick. My chin is still very red and feels kind of rough when I moisturize in the morning. I'm still using a few drops of rosehip oil under the dermaveen moisturizer and it seems to be keeping the flakies at bay. I just really don't like the redness I'm blotchy and I'm not sure I can cover it with anything either, so I'm just hoping this

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matureacne

05/14/10

 

Sore face and I have a cold :(

Well I think today I was officially unsuitable for public viewing. My chin is quite red, my face is peely and to top it all off, I have a cold My youngest son has a cold, so I probably got it from him. I spent most of the day just laying around feeling sorry for myself. My face is really SORE too, mainly my chin. I kinda remember this from last time (man I WISH I'd kept a journal back then!!) so I know it's "normal". It just sux. I got my BB cream today, so I'm looking forward to try

matureacne

matureacne

05/12/10

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05/13/10

 

My chin! My chin!

No, it's not breaking out, but it's looking quite funny. Not funny ha ha either! I woke up this morning and it's quite red and blotchy. The skin is flaky (as it's starting to be all over my face) and it has a "waxy" appearance. Very hard to describe, but kinda plastic looking (not in a good way). It may be the extra moisturizer I'm piling on or it may be that my chin is slightly swollen! It looks a bit fat all over. There are no pimples, but it looks blotchy and unattractive. I'm still

matureacne

matureacne

05/11/10

 

Day 10 - 3rd day of 40mg, things are happening

Yesterday was Mother's Day and we went out for the day. Seeing as I've been noticing my insane level of photosensitivity, I slathered on sunblock and carried around my favourite parasol all day (if you're looking at getting one, I highly recommend abitshady.com.au). I'm pretty sure that no sun touched my skin all day My face is becoming a bit red and flaky now, in particular my chin area. I'm pretty stoked about that actually, as it means the drug is working. My chin is my worst area,

matureacne

matureacne

05/10/10

 

First day of 40mg

So today I took two pills instead of one, that's 40mg per day which will be the norm until I finish my course in several months time. My skin is a little flaky today, but nothing too bad. No new pimples since I started the course and my leftover cyst mark is still not gone On an unrelated note, I dyed my hair red today At least my hair can look good even if my skin sux for a while

matureacne

matureacne

05/08/10

 

Still oily....hopefully not for long

Day 6 and as the title says, I'm still oily. The weird thing is, my skin feels "dry" at the same time, like moisturizers (and my skin's own oil) are not penetrating. Weird indeed. Actually my hair is still quite oily too, can't wait until THAT changes. That is one side effect of accutane I'm actually looking forward to! I bought some Burt's Bees tinted lip balm today in "watermelon". I already own "fig". Watermelon looks LOVELY, so I hope it will be moisturizing enough in a week or tw

matureacne

matureacne

05/06/10

 

Products! I still want to look pretty :)

Day 5 and things are starting to happen. It's not much, but my lips are feeling a bit tight when they are without carmex and I think I have a slight rash developing on the bridge of my nose. My skin also feels a bit sensitive all over. I recall these symptoms from last time and it means the accutane is definitely starting to do it's thing. Amazing how half the dose does the same thing! Btw, my skin is still clear (just the left over cyst from weeks ago and even that is going away now )

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matureacne

05/05/10

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05/05/10

 

Flushing and clear skin!

Well day 3 came and went without much to say, except for my flushed face in the afternoons and evenings. Day 2 and 3 were flushed days for me. My face got hot and red at about 2pm and stayed that way until bed time. It has been a bit warm here (weather wise) and I do have a habit of flushing in the afternoons, but definitely not two days in a row and not for so long a time period. I'm sure it is linked with the accutane. On the bright side, no new pimples/cysts at all. My skin is lookin

matureacne

matureacne

05/03/10

 

About cholesterol

I'm on Day 2, and of course I have nothing to report in the way of skin changes! I am sore right now, but that is because of my hardcore once a week Pilates session which always leaves me sore on the weekends. Perhaps I'll have to give that up for a few months? Accutane does cause soreness and this can be exaserbated by hard exercise. I've been thinking about the side effect of raised lipids in the blood: ie cholesterol. I had my blood test before I started and I'm 5.9 which is on the

matureacne

matureacne

05/02/10

 

Day 1 (and the back story!)

Hi. I'm 37 years old and back on Accutane. I've suffered with mild-moderate acne since my teenage years. Nothing too bad, but it persisted until my late 20s when I finally took my first course of accutane. My problem was with cysts. In fact, I hardly ever got "normal" pimples. My cysts would occur mainly on my chin and were painful and obvious. You just cannot cover those things! (and I was a professional makeup artist, so I know). Along with that, I had oily skin and a constant "shine

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matureacne

05/01/10

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05/08/10

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