So far I am failing at actually keeping my log. It was supposed to be weekly. So let's pretend I went from week 1 to 6 with nothing in between.... Ok so I am seeing improvement Overall, I am feeling more dry and have the typical dry lips and arm dry spots. I have maybe 10 big active spots, which isn't too bad but with all the redness and scars it still looks pretty bad. New to my second month, I am taking Amnesteem 80 mg and no more fish oil. I want to see if it was causing some of my breakouts. I may start it again and see if it was really a problem. I am already looking into scar treatments. Maybe this time in a couple years, I will be finishing school and working on getting rid of scars. Who knows! But I'm just going to let the Accutane work and try to relax!
This is from the beginning of December. I kinda gave up on a blog out of frustration with my progress. So anyway....
I have had minor issues with acne for a few years now but only a blemish at a time. I realize now that I used to have beautiful skin. I really really miss it! This past year my acne has gotten way out of control and nothing has helped...nothing. So I decided to try Accutane. I don't care about the side effects anymore. This has gotten so ridiculous. I will deal with any side effects as i come to them. If this actually works for me I will be thrilled. So here it goes....
I have been on Accutane for a week now. I was so nervous to take that first pill. But I did and it has already become routine. Since it is December I just knew my lips and skin would be soo soo dry. But so far I have had no problems with either. i use tons and tons of Aquafor and Cocobutter and lotion throughout the day and Neosporin or Aquafor inside my nose. The only thing I have noticed is that i am thirsty all the time. I drink a whole lot of water and constantly have to pee. At least I will be well hydrated. About 30% of people on Accutane have an initial breakout so of course I was one of them. This past week my face, neck, and back have gotten new spots. this was so disappointing but I knew it would happen so I can't be too upset. If it means being totally clear in 6 months and for the rest of my life then I can deal with it for now. I am looking forward to moving forward in my Accutane journey and will keep you updated. My daily routine is below:
gently wash face with water and Neutrogena facial wash (very mild)
apply Olay Complete lotion to face and neck
apply Aquafor to lips and Neosporin in nose
I use Cetaphil lotion for the rest of my body.
same routine as morning.
I only wash my face twice a day because it is important not to overdry or irritate it.
Vitamins and Accutane:
Since I had to quit taking my daily multivitamin when I started Accutane, I have not been able to find another that doesn't have Vitamin A. (The Vit A combined with Accutane can cause side effects to be much more likely.) However, I still take Calcium and Fish Oil daily. I have been thinking about taking a joint supplement since I am an athlete and Accutane can be tough on joints. Mine are already so bad that it wouldn't hurt to take it anyway. As far as Accutane, for my first month I am taking Claravis 40 mg once daily with food. My derm said that Amnesteem is what she recommends, but no pharmacy anywhere will have that particular brand for at least a month. So I am starting with this and hopefully switching to the other (better) brand next month.