Hi, haven't updated in a while.
I stopped taking accutane only 3 days after starting it, because my depression was getting quite bad, however left it a couple of weeks and started it again on 21st December, so today, is the beginning of week 3...
So far, no initial breakout, skin isn't noticeably more dry, and lips arent either, they are a tiny bit dry but they arent uncomfortably so. This may be due to me being on such a low dose, hopefully i wont have many of these side effects..
I seem to be picking at my skin less which is a good thing. However i did have a spot on my nose, which turned into more of a semi deepish cut when the spot went (applied benzoyl peroxide and was gone within 3 days) however it is taking its time to heal, still bleeds sometimes and weeps occasionaly, it has been 2 weeks. This may be because accutane slows down healing. Having said this however, the other cuts on my face seem to have healed faster whilst ive been on accutane... so who knows whats going on.
So to sum up, day 15, no noticeable side effects or initial breakout. Skin feels the same as it did before, maybe looks a bit better.
Derm appointment on the 10th Jan, so she might boost me up to 20mg.
168 days to go!
Good luck to everyone on accutane x
No initial reaction, couple of extra spots but probably not due to the accutane, pretty much a normal day. Been obsessing and worrying about potential side effects but that's because im quite the worrier!
Been moisturising lips regularly with blistex, in preparation for the dry lip episode.. no difference yet.
I'll try to be more optimistic, because the majority of the feedback is very positive for this drug, after waiting the bad side effects out for a bit...
So a bit about me.
Over the last few months my life has been hell, crashed my car, broke my wrist (2 days before my exams, nightmare!), developed quite serious depression, a worsened gambling problem, and developed a severe habit of picking my at my skin and my acne (which would be mild if i didnt infect it due to picking). Through this i have had some wonderful friends and a wonderful girlfriend.
However due to embarrassment, due to the state of my skin post picking, i have isolated myself from my friends, broken up with my girlfriend, and generally hit rock bottom.. all because of my insecurities.
When i say pick, i dont just mean the odd squeeze, i pick, i sqeeze until it weeps, i sometimes even stick pins in my skin, infecting it and making it very problematic for days. Its a very bad habit and obsession which i am going to try and kick from today. Im sure others are the same so im not on my own.
As well as all this, i have progressively lost my appetite and motivation for working out, wheras about 11 months ago, before all this started becoming severe, i was a healthy 11 stone, with a fairly muscular healthy body (I'm an 18 year old male btw) i have gone down to under 10 stone and become noticeably skinny and generally unhealthy..
So that's a bit about me, currently feeling like a complete wreck, but there are people in worse situations, much worse.
Today is going to be the start of a tough journey to recovery. I have been given 10mg accutane to start me off, my next appointment is on 20 dec, so i will probably be upping my dose to 20mg. As i said my acne is mild. At the moment though my face would draw stares because of the way i pick at it and the scabs i create.
So here we go, just took my first 2 x 5mg pills, with milk and food at 11am, as i will be doing for the next 20 days, before maybe upping my dose. The derm told me i was to expect the usual side effects, such as dry lips, skin and maybe an IB. He has prescribed me with more antidepressants to help control my depression, which i understand in rare circumstances can worsen during the course.
Over the next few months, i am going to try and completely kick the picking habit, no matter how hard, and i have set myself a target of between 11 and 12 stone, to build muscle and to be healthy again.
6 months from today (the expected length of treatment) , i hope my worries will be over. I'll try and keep posted atleast every week, reply to any comments or queries, maybe more frequently.