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Day 10

So day 10, having my normal breakouts around my mouth of sore inflamed pustules/papules. More red marks comming my way, my favourite lol Lips have started becomming a little bit chapped and dry, needing to use lip balm, so this is good, its a reaction i wanted to know that its starting to get in my system. Skin still feels kind of oily unfortunately, waiting for my skin to dry up a bit, that will make me happy. Not really any other side effects, at 20mg i wouldnt expect too many, not until my dosage is upped. The corners of my mouth have split a little bit, just need to take care of them. Really slight lower back pain, only sometimes noticeable, and nothing untolerable. Not sure if its from the accutane, but didnt remember it before i started. But i did have a workout the other day, starting to think i might need to cut back on that a lot if its going to make my back worse. An easy trade for 5 months time if it equals clear skin by the end. So yeah, about all, not sure if ive had an IB yet, i did breakout bad last week, but that could of been because i stopped using my topicals and started accutane. Oh well, time will tell.

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08/07/2010

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08/07/2010

 

1 week down.. shitload longer to go

Ughhh. so pretty much 1 week down. just took my 7th pill. So far been next to NO side effects. not even really dry lips. I really hope its working. I dont expect to see results yet of corse, and im only taking 20mg for now, but i really want to see some indication its doing something soon - through dry lips or whatever. Broken out all around my chin, which is really my problem area. Sick of staying home already. Waiting for atleast some half decent skin so i can get myself out the house without feeling insecure walking down the street. Told my friend i couldnt hang with her, i was 'out all day' .. fuck im lame. Soon i wont have any friends if i keep ditching them cos i feel so bad about myself and the way i look. Really gunning for 3 months from now to be clear. I feel like ive lost sooooo much time =( I see from facebook my ex of 4 yrs has ANOTHER new boyfriend. ughhh. kill me now. i mean we've been broken up 1.5 yrs now, and i dont really have any feelings for her anymore - just memories, i just feel like ive never really been happy since then after getting acne about 2 yrs ago. I just feel stuck in this same spot, never really being happy, going out half as much as i used to, scared of social situations. My self confidence and self esteem is pretty much next to nothing these days, which makes me not want another girlfriend or anything until i sort this out. What good would i be anyway, i dont even leave my house much anymore, cos there's rarely a day my skin looks ok these days. How i got this way i will never know. Literally watching life pass me by. This girl was actually interested in me a few months back - cute even too! - and i told her i couldnt commit to her at the moment cos i have stuff going on. She asked me what, and i couldnt tell her. Of corse i know it was my acne getting worse - me starting accutane - god knows how long this was going to go on for, but i told her it was best if i just figured this out on my own for now. Now, shes given up, we dont talk anymore, she probably thinks im an idiot for not wanting to atleast give me and her a go. And i pretty much am one, perfectly good opportunity, but when my skin is bad i just dont have any motivation to leave my house, to talk to anyone, i crawl away in my house and hide. How sad. My life seriously sucks at the moment. lol it does make you ask what you did to deserve this when everyone around you, including your fricken ex, is happy out and about, being social, in relationships. and then you look at what you do on your saturday nights now - sad and lonely watching tv. Ughh honestly, so over it. Cmon accutane! Cure me! Sorry to go on and on .. I just wanted to get all this off my chest - if you sat and read it all your a deadset champ lol .. I'll give a more insightful take more about the actual accutane next post. Comments or anything you wanna say dont hesitate! Cheers!

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08/03/2010

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08/03/2010

 

Day 5.. IB begins

Day 5 into treatment, still early.. Currently have broken out! .. kinda 13-15 red marks on my face.. i can only assume its the start of my initial breakout .. atleast im hoping it is, and its comming early so i can get it out the way and start clearing in comming months. Braved it and went to my friends 21st last night, glad i did - was lots of fun .. got home and didnt like what i saw, picked at a few which has made things worse today =S .. but luckily i dont have to go anywhere as ive taken 3 weeks off work on annual leave, as i think the next month or so is going to be baaaad. Had a light workout on friday night - no real signs of muscle/joint soreness yet. So very happy with that. Didnt go too heavy tho, and will try it a bit more intense next time i train. But yeah, things are looking pretty bad for now. As i guess i expected them to be atleast for the first month or so. My derm said he didnt think id get an IB, he said that when i started differin/duac creams and he was wrong. I think he said that to try not to worry me, i knew id get 1, most people do from blogs ive read. Just hoping it passes quickly!

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08/01/2010

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08/01/2010

 

Day 3!

So its only day 3, and already there's been some changes.. Whether they are all due to the accutane, i dont know. I started accutane with around 4 active pimples (this is good for me!) .. As i was previously on duac and differin, and have now stopped using it and started accutane. Today i woke up to find a breakout around my mouth, from around 4 previously to now about 10! I dont know if this is coincidence, the accutane or because ive stopped using my topicals, but if its the accutane i didnt expect a breakout this early into the treatment.. My epidermis would be a little thinner as ive just come off differin, which is making me think pimples that do come up from accutane would appear quicker.. but maybe not, either way.. got a good friends 21st this weekend, just greaaaaat! .. lol Dryness hasnt really set in yet, havent had the need to moisturize and have only used my chapstick once. Ive actually noticed my skin to become possibly a tad oilier .. could be the accutane starting to push all imperfections to the surface. About to go have a light workout, going to see how the body reacts to muscle and joint soreness.. I think im in for a rough month! lol Any comments/questions dont hesitate!

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07/30/2010

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07/31/2010

 

The beginning of hopefully the end.

Hey guys, im a 21 year old male with mild/moderate acne. Ive had mild-moderate acne for 2-3 years, whiteheads, pustules, papules which leave marks for months at times.. unfortunately ive had the odd nodule before, but very rarely. After trying multiple treatments such as Differin/Duac creams, minocycline, many over the counter creams, diets and home remedies, i decided to go to a derm. I saw 2 derms, both of which were willing to put me on accutane, at first i was suprised, as my acne isnt severe, but as its started to affect me emotionally and nothing else has worked, i decided its the right way to go. I'm starting out at a relatively low dose, 20mg - once a night with dinner. Later i think the plan is to up it to 40mg. Im very skeptical about it all - hearing so many stories and possible side effects. I take my first tablet tonight, and hopefully can give anyone else thinking of taking the same medication a better insight, particularly for mild-moderate acne. Any comments, advice or information is MORE than welcome. Not sure who will read, but ill probably post every 2-3 days, or if anything major happens. Wish me luck guys! Hopefully this will be the end for good! =)

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07/28/2010

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07/29/2010

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