Hey everybody sorry its been awhile since my last post(not that any of you guys really read this anyway) haha...
ok so heres the deal...i've got quite a lot to say now..
I am on day 106.. half way through my 4th month. WHOA! time really moves when you get to the third month... My acne has improved drastically, i currently have no acne on my back or shoulders and only a couple pimples on my face, but they aren't very noticeable. I have some red marks that still kinda bother me but i think that they should fade faster once im off this stuff...?? which leads me to believe that 5 months instead of 6 months might be the way to go. A few days ago my face was clear of all pimples but the red marks kinda still make it look like i have acne from far away. my face is so smooth its pretty nice. its far from perfect but im starting to see some significant progerss i think.
im kinda concerned with one thing, the drynessssssssssssssssssss. OH MY LORD. when i first started getting legit dry around the end of month one, i figured id be able to deal with the intensity of that dryness for another 5 months...but let me be clear for those of you who are still thinking about going on it or JUST started your treatment... you get dry and all, but the dryness doesn't stop getting more and more intense(atleast for me). I was moderately dry for the first 3 months really, but recently ive reached a new extreme... im talking dry patches all over my face that can sometimes be worse than having actual pimples.. especially at THE CORNERS OF MY LIPS... JESUS... this accutane shit is not for the faint of heart, its alot harder than i suspected. its definitley a rough ride.
Because of the excessive dryness i've moved from using CeraVe Cleanser and then CeraVe Cream moisturizer toooo ONLY using warm water from the shower on my face anf then moisturizer...
ive reduced the amount of showers i take... MAX:1 shower a day! no more than that. if im gonna sweat after playing basketball or running i make sure to plan my one shower accordingly...
a few days ago i got burnt with SPF 90...WTF?WTF?WTF? is that even possible. skin is very sensitive so be careful...nosebleeeds are more frequent than before and soreness is also more frequent but that could be from my running..
Another thing, im running a marathon on March 20th 2011, and so i have been conditioning...running 3 miles, building up to 6 miles, then 9, and now i've reached 13 miles. and let me tell you... IM SORE as balls when i wake up in the mornings. 26 miles seems sorta far fetched but ive already come this far so ill continue.
i have a dermatologist appointment tomorrow for more blood work and stuff so ill see what i have to do and if she will recommend me taking it for another couple of months or if 5 months will be just as effective... i dunnno, ive been on primarily 60mg this whole time, i got drunk really fast when i drank this past weekend and have decided to stop for the remainder of my course. hahahaha... you guys who drink on this stuff probably know what im talking about. i am going on spring break early april(a week before id finsih a 6 month treatment) which could be rough with alcohol and loads of sun from the beach...whatta ya think??
anyway some questions i have for yall(people with experience and/or those who finished an entire course):
how much more effective will a 5 month treatment be instead of a 6 month treatment for somebody whos acne is completley gone at month 4??
is it okay to NOT wash with any cleansers and let the shower pressure water do the cleaning alone?? reducing irritation??
thanks guys! comments are appreciated! hang in there for those who still are facing initial breakout:D
oh lord day 80...
im not feeling great... more breakouts.
red marks wont go away...
breakouts by my mouth THE WORST KIND...
i just want this shit to be over.
im seeing my derm tomorrow...blood tests and shit.. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
maybe my skin looks better to otehr people?? fuck if i know...
it doesnt look good to me.
3 more months before the end of my course. that is unless my derm wants to extend my treatment.
still 10 days till i finish month 3.
i hope this is the miracle month coming up.... MONTH 4....
i dont want any more active stuff on my face. i thought i was done breaking out... NOPEEEE
i get so dry by mouth and it irriates the shit out of me while im in class all day. i put stuff on but it doesnt even work anymore...not for but 15minutes. chapped lips.
BACK acne HAS in fact dissapeared.
but i didnt really have much to start out with.
ill post again later. i dunno how soon itll be unless i notice great improvements:(
Well I just finished up my second month on accutane. It's hard to tell if it's really getting any better but im pretty stoked to be done with the first two months because I hear that those two months are usually the most hell-like. On month one i was on 45mg of amnesteem a day for a total of 30 days. When i visited my dermatologist to get more blood work done she told me she wanted to increase my dose to 60mg a day! I didn't know if that is a good thing to increase my dose because i was afraid id break out more. I took 30 mg in the morning and 30 mg at night for another 30 days(claravis), and just finished those thirty days.
Some of the darker scars i had on the left side of my face have become lighter. I feel like I'm breaking out more frequently but at the same time i break out with smaller pimples. It's really hard to be optimistic through this time in my life, because I feel like i like i look the shittiest ive ever been...
Well yesterday was my last day of school before winter break, so i've got 2 weeks to see more improvements before school. I decided that since i wont being seeing the people that will judge my face that I won't shave and that ill be extra cautious about my routine to reduce any facial irritation.
hopefully ill look better in two weeks than i do now..? ugh.
so today is day....62? maybe? something like that.
please comment and aske questions, i sort of feel alone in this whole process...
Well! Here is my first post on Acne.org. I just recently saw this and I decided I wanted to document my experiences in the hopes that people will see what I say and comment, ask questions, and help me through whatever questions I have. I don't know how successful this course will be but let me give a little background information on my struggle with acne:
I used to take my clear skin for granted all the way up to the start of high school there was not a single pimple or mark of misfortune to be found on my face. I was crystal clear. Right when I hit sophomore year I hit my first "real" break-out, nothing bad, but certainly something that bothered me. In my frustration I took my sister's advice to use astringent and clean my pimple daily(until it was suppose to go away) little did I know I was only making things much worse. I had no idea how to take care of my skin when dealt with these problems. I irritated and inflamed these small markings unintentionally until i had a somewhat of an actual minor skin problem. Well...I'm not THAT stupid. I learned from my mistakes and I went about it differently once I realized I made things worse. My skin was fairly good through my 2nd year in high school still, much better than most of my peers. It wasn't until the start of my junior year where things started to add up. I had started to build up a few scars from where I picked pimples and made my skin worse. This was right around when I hit puberty, so perhaps all of this was unavoidable, but I still blame myself and not all of it on genetics. FINALLY I went to see a "dermatologist" ...she saw my skin and immediately put me on antibiotics, a benzoyl peroxide face wash(3%), and a topical treatment. WOAH. A lot of stuff... things actually started to shape up and by the end of the year my skin was "basically" clear. Not perfect but definitely improved. Over the summer(after I'd been off the antibiotics) the acne started to reappear! ... i had moderate acne again and i went to visit my derm and she put me on a entirely new regimen. BOTTOM LINE: She honestly had no fucking idea what she was doing! It was like I was her guinea pig; just throwing things at me to see if anything stuck. I later learned she was a new dermatologist... I got fed up and asked my mother to switch my derm to the one she had. (close friend) After my visit she agreed to put me on the closest known "cure" for acne of all types, ACCUTANE!!!
Week 1***I took my first pill on October 15th and today is October 25th so I've actually taken 11 of the pills in my first package. Nothing new to report this first week. I've started the dreaded INITIAL BREAKOUT! I've been breaking out more with pimples and I'm afraid to pick them because I fear they won't heal fast:(... My lips are sort of hurting, some of the skin is peeling leaving an uncomfortable feeling on my lower lip. I use chapstick but it doesn't seem to be working very well. I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleanser in the morning and night, and i'll occasionally put on Cetaphil ultra hydrating lotion at night before bed.
This is my first and LONG post. Most of them won't be nearly this long but I will update as best and as often as I can. I NEED YOUR COMMENTS. ASK questions! It will probably help me in the long run. It's not easy doing this by myself. I made this so that people will help me with advice! If you've been on it before I would like to hear anything you have to say about your experiences!!!