Its been a long time. I stopped coming here when the site moved to web 2.0 design. 2010-2011 I spent a lot of time here.
Now, though, there is little to gain for me here. Reading other`s posts just reminds me of my own past and current hardships. There is so much pity, that, as someone else said, when you repeat yoourself over and over it gets old.
The staff tries to keep this a positive place. One of my own negative threads and posts in one thread were removed. I understand that, its a busine
I guess I have to write an update. Been some 4 months since ROA course.
Sometimes I get clustered pimples on my chin, you know those small ones with pus... they go away with little pressure and/or during washing. My nose is super oily. Sun is hot here, I was outside a lot yesterday and immediately had to "pay". Staying in the shadows helps overall... so thats my tactics against sun. But still have to go outside make my life.
Psychiatrist offered me Serdolect, 4 mg. You know, maybe this isnt ju
Its been some 3 months since ROA course. Skin is irritated, thin. Probably because I still keep pushing with cleansers and cremes, just too scared to stop all this. Getting some pimples around mouth/jaw, but no cysts. Forehead is totally clear. Blackheads on nose, along with other sebaceus stuff. I got a hige nose and lots of oil glands. Meh... Using clay mask once a week approximately. Taking vitamins when I think I need them, following my instincts. Same with ACV, I think it messed a bit with
So my ROA treatmend ended. For the next 2 weeks after it I was extremely hungry, always. Maybe the body tried to rebuild stuff, maybe I skip too much unhealthy food, or I skip food that I think is unhealthy, and thus the hunger. Havent gotten big pimples on face, only minor ones and they healed quick. Pores on face seem fine. Got one cyst on back now though. My skin tone (on face) has improved. Still the cold messes it up, but being home all day isnt right, I take some walks. Havent really picke
My ROA treatment ended last Sunday (it was 5 months 10mg). Was at the derm on Monday. I asked about this ultraviolet light therapy. She said yes, there is such thing. I asked what the nearest place would be to do it; she said at solarium aka tanning booth, and pointed one in our town, to which I gave a deep *sigh*, cause I think I dont want those stares at by back acne. She said cause of ROA I should start with 6 minute exposure, and use the vertical booth. I will check that place in February or
On the Physical side: Got the cream the derm recommended- Bioderma DS Light, supposedly would help against my heat flushes on cheeks, and I think it did. I thought the derm could be somewhat affiliated with the distributors.
Its now 4th month and 1 week on ROA. Will upload pics when Im on other PC. I have post inflammatoy hyperpigmentation mostly, new pimples are rare, very rare, like one or two a week, and those are shallow. Got blackheads on nose, some on forehead, but not inflammed. Lots of
I think I need to slow down with this. I am getting those heat flushes, and my skin is micro peeling, quite irritated and dry. I guess this may be due to my moisturizer, I think it has some alchohol in it, and it has salicylic acid, low %, but still no-no while on ROA. So I have 2 moisturizers which arent suitable for my skin ATM =(. I hate to ask my mom money for this. I have to make an appointment with derm, have 4 pills left. Maybe I will quit it right here, maybe take 1 pill per 2 days, if t
1: How old were you when you first started to notice you had acne? How old are you now?
12 years old. I`m 26 now.
2: Did it develop overnight, or did you gradually start breaking out with acne over a period of time?
I was 12, shortly before my 13th birthday and exactly during the easter holidays I was hit with hard cyst. From thereon my skin has never been normal.
3: How would you classify or describe your acne, when it was (or is currently) at it's worst?
Severe cystic. On a class photo,
I wish my skin was better now. Getting random pimple here and there, but overall my skin is in "suspicious" state. Not looking very healthy, and sometimes it feels like the oilyness returns, and of course there is a lot of dryness too. Overall- irritated and not lively. Been pretty cold here, no snow here yet, but its cold even inside. Been eating less natural green stuff , I need to take care of this.
Restocked my zinz supplement and vitamine E. I bought vitamine D too, pale clouds here for
The visit to derm went good. Thanks to things improving I was more confident and raised more discussion. Asked that idea about Retin-a and Differin, she commented that Differin is too strong and mentioned Duac. And I`m going into 4th month on ROA, 10 mg still.
I am worried about financial part, going into drug store and coming out with 80 $ less (ROA and cleanser; ROA and creme), as an unemployed person... I often thought that I am in a bad cycle: acne > no confidence and alienation > no
Its been somewhere 2 months and 2 weeks now that I`m on ROA (I started at 6th august, I remember that). And I am enjoying my skin condition. Have gotten like 4 small pimples in the period of 2 weeks, and they went away quickly. I am picking way less, because it`s hard to find stuff worth picking, now I try to wash and walk away from that danger zone at the mirror. I still feel there is stuff in the pores, non inflammed, just heaps of white stuff somewhere deeper, but there is little I can do.
It has been 2 months since I took 1st pill of ROA. Today opened the third package of 10 mg ROA. I could say I am clearing, but at an expense. My hair got thinner. Even my mom noticed, she does my haircut (been years since I have been at barber/hairdresser, altho I wouldnt call them that- just women that cut your hair ). And my hair was super thick, like viking`s, you could port Titanic if you`d make a rope. My skin got super thin too. On forehead, cheeks. As I said previously, on these cold day
This is the convo I had with my derm. :
-To treat the condition you have we will probably need "capsules". Let me see your back.
-I am not ready to expose it YET.
-Fine, but then go to other derm.
-Mmkay. (showing my blood-volcanos on my back)
-Oh yeah, Capsules, mos def.
-"Capsules" as Roaccutane by chance?
-Yeah. But first we try facial washes and stuff. If that dont work (it doesnt for me) then i prescribe it next month (and blood tests yaga-yaga).
Its been 1 month + 3 we
I am holding my recent blood results, I have to deliver this to my derm. I wish I could scan and upload this. Nothing is peaking at first sight. Good thing they show here my previous results from this lab, so I can compare, and the normal values of healthy person for results are given too.
RDW-ER ratio 11.1 (11.5-15.5) 11.5
The first number is recent result, second is norms and third is my previous from 2 months ago. This is the only stuff on paper that is underlined, I guess its too low
BP - benzoyl peroxide
BCP - birth control pill
IB - initial breakout (at start of accutane treatment)
TCA - trichloroacetic acid (used to treat scars)
bacne - acne on back, back acne
DKR - Dan`s Kit Regimen, the fellow who runs this site
CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
ACV - apple cider vinegar, stuff you can make to use on your skin as lotion, has AHA-like effect.
PMS - pre menstrual syndrome. hormones- common cause of acne in adult females.
PIH - post imflammatory hyperpigmentation
So, what up?
Add one on the board. This is the second week on roaccuttane. Something seems to be working, at least i have the same side-effects as other people are reporting (dry, peeling skin).
This could be due to this years insane summer too. Although my dose is 10mg, whereas the drug leaflet says the start dose is one half of mg/kg (weight).
The accutane FAQ on this site is quite nice- i have been taking ROA with some oily food and eating more green stuff. Cola and potato chips are alre