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Day 32.

its been 20-something days since my first entry and all i can rant about that, as far as i can remember, was how frustrated i was in having nodulocystic acne in clusters for more than a decade already! i was also hoping that this accutane medication that i just started will prove me right, that it is really a miracle drug! its my day 33 using accutane, and boy, it really IS a wonder drug! you won't notice the change during the 1st 2 weeks, probably because your body is adjusting to the new drug that its taking. but yes, i used to be hopeless in finding a solution in relieving my acne coz of the thousands of dollars that i spent buying all these anti-acne products that never worked. as for accutane side effects, it was horrible for me; but oh well, i don't really care because its treatable. my normal skin type is dry, and the moment i took accutane, it got severely dry to the point where flakes were coming off my skin each time i smile. fine lines were more obvious. my lips were horrible too. i used either chapstick lip butter, carmex and eos, but none of them worked. they just sit on my lips and they're only good for 5-10 mins and i had to reapply again. i was gonna try cortibalm (http://www.drdanslipbalm.com/) because it was created by a doctor and designed for accutane patients due to this expected side effect. and when people say they had diarrhea, or loose stools, mine was the opposite. i have regular BMs but i had to strain, probably because of the lack of fluids in the GI tract. but these side effects were treated, and still in the process of treating because im still on this medication. i keep myself hydrated. water bottle is a must now, and i make it to a point that i drink water all the time, for my skin and for my bowels. i also bought a beauty drink (http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/innerglowe-natural-pomegranate-acai-flavor-dietary-supplement-beauty-drink-mix/ID=prod6028670-product) for in between hydration packed with all the vital vitamins and minerals for the skin, hair and nails. as for the face, i love using dr.hauschka's moisturizing day cream! (http://www.drhauschka.com/) it leaves my skin soft, moisturized and supple like never before! i never broke out even if i use it as a base for my make-up foundation. i super love it! its a little pricey but its definitely worth the money!! u can buy it online or in any of the whole foods market in your area (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/); yes, dr. hauschka's product is natural and oragnic! two thumbs-up! as for my make-up, i use mineral fusion products. i didn't have any acne the first time i used it, and until now with weeks of using it. you can purchase it online (http://www.mineralfusioncosmetics.com/) or in any of the whole foods market in your area. i will update u guys for more of my accutane experiences: effects, side effects, adverse effects and how i managed all of those! thanks for your time reading and if u have any suggestions, comments or reactions, feel free to say it!





Day 7.

It has been 7 days since accutane was first introduced into my system and i am always looking forward everyday that these bitches in my face would be murdered one by one for destroying my life for almost a decade! my acne started when was a teenager (/highschool days), which for me, was kind-of acceptable because you gotta go through hormonal stages when you're growing up; but i noticed that my type of acne was different from most of my friends. their's was the typical small whitehead, small inflamed pimple and is either 2-3 zits from either the forehead, or the chin; mine was bigger, more inflamed, more white stuff coming out up top, harder (when u touch it), more painful (i guess the growth was pretty deep, esp in the forehead, i get headaches and excedrin cures it), and were in clusters, on both sides of my cheek and chin (yes, both. i dont know if these bitches hormones had an agreement on getting an equal share of space in my face) at first i figured it was normal, coz i thought everybody goes through this phase of life, so i didn't really care. when i was in college, it got worse. my friends' zits were almost gone, or they would only have a 1-2 round, mild forms before their period, but mine was becoming nodulocystic, and yes, in clusters. i was pissed and depressed because i have a small, round face and my pimples looked like they were bigger than me. on top of that, i was diagnosed with having prolonged periods, so i guess my hormones were overactive, so OB & Derm prescribed a birth control pill for my period issue and my acne as well (one medication for 2 issues) they said i gotta wait for like 6 months, but was never happy with the result. my period issue was resolved, but my acne was the same. i have tried antibiotics, cortisone injections, facial treatments, laser treatments, herbal soaps/ointments/creams, branded soaps/ointments/creams, prescriptive soaps/ointments/creams, borba drinks, proactive (didn't work for me; my face is more responsive with benzoyl peroxide than salicylic acid), supplements: N-A-D-A. you name it, i tried it all. i have spent a lot of money with all these damn treatments, and all i can do is blame my genes everyday (yes, i have a family history) ..and i am so fed up already!! my last resort is accutane and hopefully this miracle drug that everybody is bragging about will work for me! from my teenage years until now, i am already battling adult acne. this ruins my social life because i really have huge pimps that form in clusters especially when its 2 weeks before my period! i couldn't even go out! make-ups can't hide it because these aren't marks but flaring cysts and nodules, so its really very obvious and my friends would ask me all the time, "What happened to your face??!" like, yeah, did u forget that you asked me the same damn question last month?! so i am hoping that accutane will be my savior with the hell im going through! im only on day 7, so i haven't seen the 'good effects' yet, but 'side effects' are starting to be obvious. my lips became super dry, chapped and flaky (and yes, its 90 degrees here on LA). i will tell you more about the other side effects, but this is the more obvious one for me; oh yeah, my hands are starting to become dry, too! in fact, i had 2 damn cuts already! and, no, i don't remember getting a papercut. thanks for the patience in reading my blahs! pls share your AM-PM beauty regimen, diet/supplement, activity/lifestyle, make-ups and whatever u want to share in helping your sister get her life back together!!