DAY 69 So, I just started my third month late last week. I can honestly say, I can see significant improvements in my skin! At first, I didn't notice, then I looked at pictures from when I started. Holy crap, what a difference! I have started to get compliments on my skin and it's becoming so smooth. Literally, I woke up one day and all my blackheads were gone and there were no actives on my face. I had one on my jaw line two days ago, but it was a little pimple. Not a cyst at all. I just cannot describe how happy I am about my skin. The scarring is horrible though, I need to do something about it immediately. My stupid dermatologist won't give me anything. Oh yeah, I got bumped up to forty twice a day. I've been getting horrible horrible headaches, I actually have one right now. Nothing fixes them - it's a throbbing behind my temples. And I've been so freaking sore. If I get up from lying down my back is super sore. That's about all.
DAY 55 Wow, day fifty five. I haven't updated in so long, so much has changed! Since my dosage was raised I have been significantly drier (duh). I used to wake up each morning with my face an complete oil slick, now I'm pretty dry except for a little oil on my nose. Speaking of my nose, around my last post I extracted all my blackheads. Well, they all came back and now they are like completely at the surface. I'm not extracting them this time, I'm going to let them do it themselves. I still pick at my face constantly, every night in the shower I pop everything that needs it. I am starting to see pocket scaring though, but I can't seem to stop picking. I always think just one more pimple. Around mu mouth has been so dry and flakey. No matter how much lotion I put on, it is still dry. And disgusting, it flakes without me even knowing. It also burn when I put the lotion on, I think it's because the skin is broken. And two nights ago I waited to put on lotion, around my mouth turned white and liney, and flakey, and gross and I could barely move my mouth it was so tight. Disgusting. I'm still breaking out. I expected things to be better now, I guess not. I'm getting more pimples on my head then I was before and of course I cheeks are still horribly broken out with painful cysts. I have an appointment with the dermatologist on Friday, hopefully she'll up my dosage and my acne will improve soon. Other side effects. Hmm, dry skin everywhere and I keep getting pimples on my back (unusual). My body is so sore! If I get up from laying down my lower back kills! Same with my shoulders! Ugh, I hate it. I've been extremely tired. No matter how much sleep I get, always tired. I've been getting these really bad headaches that have been concerning me. I have a slight headache then all of a sudden I'll feel a throbbing behind my temples. I completely stop whatever I'm doing, it always catches me off guard. I lasts about twenty seconds but it's so intense. I've been getting headaches alot. My eyesight is a million times worse. Especially at night. But I can deal with those two, I just try avoiding driving at night. Sorry for the long update! On a personal note, I turned seventeen last weekend, enjoyed that. I also had homecoming last night. It went so well except around my mouth was peeling without me knowing! It was so gross! I was so embarrassed :/ Uggh. Whatever. Hopefully I'll have clear skin soon.
DAY 30 Goodness, I cannot believe I've gotten through month one! I am so thankful I am one month down.. I really haven't experienced horrible side effects though, the dryness and itchiness under my nose has subsided and doesn't bother me one bit anymore. I'm not really dry anywhere, I am so so happy my dermatologist bumped up my dose. I am now taking 30mg twice a day. Hopefully I'll start seeing some improvements! Things are basically still the same as before, my forehead is better but has been having the occasional pimple. My checks are still absolutely dreadful and I cannot stop picking. I'm starting to see pocket scarring though, so I must stop. I have scars all over my checks from picking but it's such a hard habit to break. My blackheads are okay, where I have extracted them looks awesome. I think tonight I will extract the rest. I see no point in waiting. If you haven't noticed, I am very impatient. Oh well, that's just my update. If I see any significant side effects from the upped dosage I will update. See you later guys P.S. Does anyone have any recommendations for a body moisturizer? Thanks!
DAY 16 Wow, I cannot believe it has been alittle over two weeks. They have gone by so quickly. So here's my update around my mouth is super dry, if I don't moisturize it gets disgusting. And if I don't put aquaphor on my lips I feel them burning and drying out. But I've been pretty consistent with both. A big problem area with dryness is under my nose! Boy it really gets itchy and hurts if I don't use excessive amounts of moisturizer. I am a huge idiot because I started popping everything that appears on my face with an extractor and I used a blackhead strip on my nose. I don't know, popping stuff on my face I haven't decided if it was a bad idea or not yet. I mean, I'm not getting those deep pocket scars. So what's the harm? The blackhead strip did absolutely nothing. But I can feel all the blackheads when I rub my finger against my nose. I'm currently sick with an upper respiratory infection so I feel pretty crappy. I also feel pretty ugly not going to lie. I just feel like shit. I feel so ugly. My ex and I broke up after two years and we recently stopped talking. The girl he is now interested in and talking to has flawless skin. Ugh, I'm envious. :/ Whatever, so overall my nose and hair are still oily but around my mouth and under my nose is dry. My face is SO sore.. Like my forehead is significantly better. But my cheeks are significantly worse. I feel these horribly sore huge cysts under the skin waiting to push up. My chin also has cysts which never happened to me before. Whatever, I look ugly right now. I'll check in later. Ttyl
DAY 6 & 7 It's one week! WOOHOO! I can't believe that time has gone by. So, I went out last night for the first time since being single and wasn't able to write on here in time. I actually ended up taking my medicine two hours later then I was suppose to, but hey, I was a tad bit distracted. And I'm writing this early so I can head to bed early tonight, I'm exhausted because I had to go to work today. So, updates. The pimple in my nose is smaller but under my nose still itches like crazy! My scalp is still itchy sometimes. I also have a new pimple on my lip with is a pain in the butt. My back is breaking out alittle. I'm still really really oily and not the least bit dry. But I've been using Aquaphor and Cetaphil as if my life depended on it. That's about it. My face is still super sore, I have so many active pimples. OH. I pushed out two blackheads on my nose because darnit I couldn't resist. It bled. I've never had that happen with a blackhead but it bled and didn't stop. Gross! So I'm not doing that again. I cannot wait to be rid of these ugly little blackheads and ugly pimples. Now that I hit the one week mark, I'm only going to write once a week unless there is a significant change. So see you in a week and happy labor day!
DAY 4 & 5 Sorry I wasn't able to check in yesterday, my internet wasn't working and I was just way too tired to even attempt to fix it. My boss has me working so much before school starts, I wish he would lay off alittle. Anyway, my new symptoms are my face is soo itchy! I'm still super oily but under my nose was soo icky and random places would get a random painful itch. Also, my scalp gets random itchies too. Like really bad itches. Not common for me at all. I have a huge and very painful pimple on the inside of my left nostril. Boy does this sucker hurt! My face is so sore to the touch. I have to be soo gentle when I wash my face because of how sore it is everywhere I really hurts. Whatever, hopefully the end result will make up for all this. My left ear was also dry, that's abit random? That's about it though. I can't sleep very well at night, I don't know if that's Accutane or lack of ability to turn my mind off. Does anyone know if it's okay to eat just a granola bar with Accutane? I'm tired of eating when I take the medicine and having to force myself to eat because I'm not hungry. Pain in the booty. That is about all for now, I will check in tomorrow hopefully! Goodnight
DAY 3 Okay, today I really don't have much news. My face looks so gross because I have tons of whiteheads that are begging to be popped. But I'm trying to resist the urge to pick. The pimple I popped on my chin yesterday.. bad idea. I woke up with a scab on my chin. Yuck! I have a cut on the right side of the corner of my mouth. Definitely from Accutane because I don't get them other wise. That's about it. I'm still super oily! Can't wait to see progress but I'm nervous for the initial breakout! See you tomorrow!
DAY 2 Hello! I am on day two and just took my pill. I took it a half hour earlier then yesterday because I decided I want to take them at nine o'clock instead of ten. Today my skin was still super oily (the usual). My lips actually do feel a little drier and I haven't had time to get to the store to buy all the products I want. I am currently using the Clinique 3 Step system for Extra Dry skin. Hopefully after work tomorrow I will be able to head to the local Wal-Mart and buy all my goodies. I have a new very sore pimple on my upper forehead, one alittle under it, on my right temple, two right next to each other next to my nose, a cluster next to my mouth, and a couple on and around my chin. They are very sore. They weren't this sore yesterday, some weren't even there. Not that I noticed at least. But I'm currently broken out everywhere so what would I know? I am taking pictures everyday but I'm not sure how to upload them. Whatever, I'll figure it out at some point. I also got my hair highlighted today. So my hair is looking good I'm just wondering what food everyone takes with there medicine? Any suggestions and support are appreciated. See you tomorrow! P.S. I forgot to mention.. I popped a pimple on my chin. I couldn't resist! I know it's bad, but the sucker was just staring at me as I washed my face. I had to put it to it's death...
DAY 1 Hello All. I start Claravis 30 mg today. I took it at 10 PM with a pbj and a big glass of water. We'll see how everything goes. I am posting pictures of how my acne is now.. Please don't be cruel, it's taken me alot of guts to post these. Acne is an embarrassing thing. I know you can't tell in the picture but I have HUGE pores and millions of blackheads everywhere. I'm really crossing my fingers hoping that it will fix both problems. Support and advice is appreciated! See you tomorrow! P.S. I can't seem to get the pictures up.. Can someone please help me?
Hello! I am a sixteen year old female who lives on the east coast. I have always struggled with blackheads since puberty and during the beginning of November 2009 I started with a breakout that continually got worse and never cleared up. So here I am with my last option of the highly controversial Accutane. I am very skeptical also but this is truly my last option and I crave beautiful, clear skin. So, I am going to try and blog everyday for the first week then once a week until I finish to answer questions and give detailed updates to help inform anyone out there. Today is the two week mark before I start Accutane so I have stopped taking my minocycline, doxycycline, and all topical treatments. I also pop and pick everything that surfaces but I am going to try and stop that so my skin will have no wounds on it when I start Accutane since they won't heal as well or quickly. So, stick with me and I will try and help you with anything I can. I also plan on posting pictures weekly to show my before, initial breakout, and after. Hopefully all the blood tests come out well and we can go through this together. Also, if you have any support or suggestions please let me know, I am alittle nervous for taking such a serious drugs. Thanks! See you in two weeks!