Shalom! This past Friday (October 8th) marks my 2nd week using Accutane. So far I have extremely dry sky (particularly on my face). I have tried to combat this with a few things: DAYTIME 1) Arbonne Re9 Nourishing Day Cream: -I absolutely adore this formula. Jam-packed with vitamins and moisture-rich minerals, it always seems to give my skin the perfect balance before make-up application. Never greasy. Never sticky. Just perfect. 2) Dove Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture -I'm a faithful user of this body wash. I cannot even describe to you the wonders that this product works. My skin (especially my stomach) is a soft as a baby's bottom. It's fantastic. Because of this, I don't have to moisturize my body after the shower/before bed. It delivers enough moisture in the shower to last for 24 hours. NIGHTTIME 3) Origins "Night-a-mins" -A bit pricey, but well worth it. My skin literally drinks it up. It's a heavy cream, drowned in vitamins B-complex, C, E and A. It naturally exfoliates the face (and does NOT have a gritty texture at all). It's fantastic. I wake up and my skin is less red. **Plus, the aroma helps you sleep!** Both DAYTIME and NIGHTTIME 4) Arbonne Corrective Eye Cream - Easily Arbonne's best-seller in their Re9 collection, and for good reason. It moisturizes your entire eye area beautifully, and because of tiny peptides included in the state-of- the-art formula, your eyes are literally "plumped" nearly instantaneously. I couldn't live without this product--Accutane or not. Lol 5) Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion (For All Skin Types) -I use this on my body whenever I need to. I works so well. I absolutely love it. Not greasy by any means. My skin loves it! 6) Vaseline -Ahhh, to combat the dreaded dry lips! Chapstick doesn't quite cut it for me. I need extra moisture, and Vaseline does the job! Sure, it's kind of awkward to randomly whip out a jar of Vaseline in the middle of lecture, or while student teaching the kids, but it's well worth the embarrassment. My lips feel instantly replenished. LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff. ------------------------------- I've continued to work out 6 days a week. No joint pain or fatigue. My moods are stable (actually, even better than ever). My hair has yet to thin. So far, so great! I attribute my good fortune this far with the supplements I am taking to combat all of these symptoms. 1) Stresstabs with Zinc: -Multivitamin WITHOUT vitamin A (Vitamin C 250mg, Vitamin E 30 IU, Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 10mg, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 10mg, Niacin 100mg, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 5mg, Folic acid 400mcg, Vitamin B12 12 mcg, Biotin 45 mcg, Pantothenic acid 20mg, Calcium 70 mg, Phosphorus 30mg, Zinc 23.9 mg, Copper 3mg ). I love this stuff! I definitely felt the difference in my stress/mood levels when I accidently skipped a day. Try it out! I know quite a few other acne.org Accutane users are on it! 2) Biotin: -While research is still debating as to whether or not Biotin truly helps your hair and skin, I refuse to take any chances. My hair is very thin already, and I need all the help I can get to combat the Accutane if it should want to make my hair fall out. 3) Flaxseed Oil: -Giant horse pill, but fantastic. My joints are yet to feel achey! 4) Glucosamine: -Another giant horse pill, but again, works very well. My joints feel healthy and happy. Side effects of Supplements: 1) The only side effect I have noticed is green urine (Hey, I told you I'd be honest!) This can be traced back to the B vitamin in the Stresstabs. Completely harmless. ------------------------------------- Other symptoms: 1) Some breakouts, but nothing more than the norm. 2) None. 3) None. So far, so good guys! I'm happy, healthy, and aside from really dry skin, lookin' good! I'll update you all next week! Good day!
Hey guys ! Welcome to my blog! Let's start with some housekeeping. It's only proper to introduce myself =0]. My name is Allison. I'm a 20-year-old broke college student currently residing in New York. I'm going to school to be a teacher--elementary to be exact. I've started a new chapter in my life that mostly focuses on self-improvement, which is why I decided to finally go on Accutane. I've battled with acne since I was 11/12 years old. It's been a hell of a road. Like most of you, I have the drawer in my room that's overflowing with failed acne products. Everything from Proactiv, to Skin ID to Murad; from Tazorac to Retin-a; from Aczone to Duac to Benzaclin; and from Solodyn to Dorox (and a hell of a heap of others in between), have done nothing but aggravate me even more. It's been hell, and I'm sure most of you know exactly how I'm feeling. I don't leave the house without makeup. My self-confidence is shot. When I was living in a dorm at New Paltz University, I ran from the shower to my room because I was so embarrassed by my skin. Ex-boyfriends never saw me without my make-up. Those who did admitted I looked like an entirely different, less attractive, person. There's been plenty of days that I didn't want to get out of bed because my skin was so bad. Yes, I missed class, work, family functions, business meetings, etc. because of it. I avoid mirrors. They're only a reminder of how imperfect I really am. I tend to wear nice clothing, to hopefully distract people from looking so much at my face. Like I said, my self-confidence is shot. So if you're going through an emotional roller coaster with your skin, I hope you find comfort in knowing that you're not alone. I decided to finally go on Accutane. After being dumped 3 times by the man I expected to share the next 70 years of my life with, I decided to get a little bit more self-esteem so I don't find myself in situations similar to that ever again. So I made an appt with my dermatologist, discussed Accutane, and here I am now. I started my journey September 24, 2010. It has been 10 days since starting. In that time, I have also signed up for a gym. While I was told it wasn't a good idea because I'd be experiencing extreme joint discomfort, I have yet to feel achy, less it be from normal muscle soreness from overexertion. I give credit to flaxseed oil and glucosamine for this tiny blessing. So, here's to a new me! Clear skin, nicer body, more confidence, and a better, more happy Allison. Cheers!