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My skin is freaking fantastic!

Foundation routine that has my skin absolutely glowing: CeraVe Moisturizer Boots primer Revlon ColorStay (in Sand Beige for summer!), applied with a sponge, very lightly. And that's it!!! I can swipe it on! Don't have to stipple at all! Because my skin is just THAT FREAKING SMOOTH! I used to spend ten minutes on just applying foundation. Now it's ten seconds. Having clear skin is so much different from being a pimply mess... And I realize new perks almost daily.

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

06/25/11

 

One week into month five

Things have been going pretty well. The only new side effect of the upped dose that I'm noticing is my chin getting drier as the day goes on (it starts peeling sometimes and I have to re-moisturize). Other than that, nothing. I drink more often now (once or twice a week, as opposed to once a month) and my labs come up fine still. As for the birth control problem, the pharmacy somehow just automatically renewed my prescription. Don't know how they got authorization but hey that's f

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

06/11/11

 

derm appointment today!

One side effect that's been irritating me lately: face is darker than the rest of my body. It's perpetually flushed-looking and reddish in color. :/ I need a new foundation. Again! And I'm so fed up with pink-undertoned drugstore foundations that oxidize... some time next week I'm making a special trip to Sephora. Time to go big or go home. Saw my derm earlier today. I have almost no side effects from the meds and my acne is still not 100 percent gone, but she doesn't want to up my dose fro

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/31/11

 

Done with month four and i'm still breaking out!!!

Arghhhh. No more cysts, but these tiny bumps are so stubborn! I don't understand! Side effects: NONE. Well, almost. My skin is "dry" but to me it just looks normal compared to the oil slick I was before starting Accutane. Other than that, nothing. No nose bleeds, joint pain, eczema, depression, or even chapped lips. Chapstick does the job fine; I haven't used Aquaphor since the beginning of my second month. My Florida vacation was great! Wore lots of sunblock and my hat and had loads

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/29/11

 

30/40 pills down for month four.

So since my last entry over a week ago, I haven't seen any new pimples crop up! My skin is almost completely clear. The only issue I have is those little bumps on my cheeks. I'm beginning to think that they could be clogged pores, possibly from my makeup? I'll have to ask my derm. They're only two very small clusters (like 3 or 4) barely noticeable lumps right under the surface of my skin. Right under the highest point of my cheekbones. Weird. Side effects are the same. The inside of my nos

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/21/11

 

Idk how to count the days any more, but I'm in the midst of month four

The only things I have to complain about: 1. God I want to go to the gym and hit it hard!! Being inactive is taking a toll on my pudginess and my mental state. It's hands down the worst side effect of being on 'tane. My waistline is growing even though I'm trying to watch what I eat (most of the time, not all of the time. I do indulge!). But even worse, is I haven't felt that *accomplished* feeling you get after a good heavy workout in a loooong time because I'm just plain unable to hit the

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/10/11

 

more pimples :/

Yesterday I got another HUGE pimple practically on top of the other HUGE one I got a few days ago. Now the right side of my face looks super inflamed and nasty Sigh. I'm kind of glad though, since the aggressive breakouts I'm getting are a direct result of my upped dose. On the plus side, my dizzy spells have gone away since I've been eating a protein-rich breakfast every day. I'm still going to mention it to my doc at my next appointment, but for now I at least know that it's not linked t

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/07/11

 

I am in so much pain!!

So it's been a few days now on the alternating 40/80 mg per day. And wow, I'm feeling it (at least I think I am). It's like I'm having the IB I never had in the first place. A HUGE pimple came up yesterday, and today it came to a head. As far as side effects go, my body hurts all over, especially my feet (I walk all day at work). I'm getting near-constant headaches, and I'm also experiencing some major dizziness. ***However***, I'm pretty sure that I'm hypoglycemic and I would be getting dizzy w

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/05/11

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05/06/11

 

Day 93... on to month four! A long emotional rant ahead.

It's going to be harder to keep track of the days because my derm upped my dose this month. I've been on 40 mg/day for the past three months. Now I'm going to be alternating 40 mg/day and 80 mg/day for the next two months since I'm still breaking out and my side effects are almost nonexistent at this point. One little snafu, though: the pharmacy could only give me 40 pills (at 40 mg each) since the max they can legally dispense is 45, and they can't break packs of pills (10 in a pack). Soo

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

05/03/11

 

Day 88

The edges of my lips have miraculously healed! I'm stoked! Two new pimples popped up, one on my chin (where I never ever used to break out), and one near my left temple. Neither of them are/were cystc... in fact, they seemed empty every time I tried to squeeze something out, even though there were lumps there that definitely looked pus-filled. Both of them turned red and inflamed before I touched them at all. Such an odd reaction that left me confused and infected-looking. I'm hoping that

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

04/21/11

 

Day 84!

Wow! The days just blend together. I forget what month I'm on, even, since I can't believe I'm in my third month already (and about to head into my fourth). This is nuts! I'm sorry to say that my face hasn't shown any improvement for a long time. Blemishes come and go, and I haven't broken out severely since I started taking Accutane. However, the smaller breakouts just keep on coming. I feel small bumps all over my cheeks and it's depressing since I saw such LEAPS and BOUNDS of improvemen

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

04/17/11

 

Day... idk? Will have to count later!

I've been away for so long! I've moved towns and houses and here the internet is very scarce and very expensive, so my updates won't be as frequent. So here's an update, finally. Cortisone cream worked in two days. Everything was gone until recently. Then last night the eczema came back a bit. Will have to start applying the stuff again. Once in a while, I'll blow my nose and a tiny tiny tiny bit of blood will come out. First signs of coming nosebleeds? Maybe. I hope not though. T

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

04/02/11

 

Day 61

Directions on my cortisone cream: "Apply sparingly to scaling plaques twice a day until clear." Scaling. Plaques. Sounds delish! Even though the cream makes me sound like a reptile with leprosy (which at this point I basically am, I'm so covered in red flaky spots), it works. And it was cheap, too. Only $5 for five tubes of the stuff, and two refills afterward... that's fifteen tubes of cream. If I were on Accutane for the next three years I might need it, but I think it's a bit

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/25/11

 

Day 59

AAH! So this morning when I stepped out of the shower, I saw myself in the mirror and holy hell... my torso is covered in eczema! Why I haven't noticed until now, I don't know. Accutane is just king of surprises I guess. Later tonight I'm definitely picking up the cortisone cream Rx. I am sooo itchy even after applying Eucerin everywhere. On the plus side, the CeraVe moisturizers and cleanser are great. I was able to apply a bit of foundation, along with blush and bronzer. My face is glowin

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/22/11

 

Day 58. Beginning of month three!

Derm appointment was this morning! A few notes: 1. My blood work came back "perfect," lucky me. 2. I told her my skin was getting very very flaky, especially on my upper lip/under my nose, and on my eyelids. "Yeah, I can see that" she said. "We're sucking all of the oil out of you. It's only going to get worse. Much worse!" And then I swear she cackled. -_________- 3. So basically, there is no hope for me in the foundation department since just keeping my skin moisturized is goi

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/21/11

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03/21/11

 

Day 57

Somehow, some way, my face magically has cleared itself within the past two days. It's 100% free of active pimples. Let me say that again. 100% FREE OF ACTIVE PIMPLES. NO CYSTS. NO WHITEHEADS. NO BLACKHEADS. NO PAUPLES. NO PUSTULES. CLEAR. JUST CLEAR SKIN. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME SINCE I WAS 12 YEARS OLD AND HIT PUBERTY. THAT'S TEN YEARS. Ohhhhh lordy. My pores have shrunk to near-invisible status. Today I went out with a tiiiiiny bit of liquid

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/20/11

 

Day 55

Woke up with a huuuuge pimple on my right cheek this morning. Popped it as soon as I felt it. It's gonna scar, I just know it... Hyperpigmentation on my left cheek is very stubborn. It just refuses to go away and it's pretty difficult to cover up. Overall, I feel like Accutane's effect on my acne has stalled. I was like 85% clear after the first month, dry skin, very small breakouts, etc. Now I feel that I've regressed back to getting cysts more often, and the scars the cysts leave ar

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/18/11

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03/18/11

 

Day 52

My skin is sooooooo dry. The skin on my hands are so fragile, it's almost painful to be at work because they dry out and crack and I have to go hours at a time without moisturizing them and it's just sigh. The dry/rough patches on my arms and the back of my hands are slowly growing to be more apparent. I'll def have to show my derm when I see her on the 21st. On the plus side, my makeup looks amazing today. It hasn't budged at all since this morning (I put it on more than 12 hours ago). Ve

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/15/11

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03/15/11

 

Day 50 (forgot a pill yesterday). exercise, makeup, alcohol.

My body huuuuuurts from exercising two days ago. I've decided that weight training is simply too much for my body to handle right now. But I will go nuts without regular exercise and I don't want my gym membership to go to waste, so I'm going to try power walking on the treadmills instead. And if that's too hard for my joints, I'll do a slow elliptical workout. This is probably the most frustrating part of taking Accutane. Oh, and an update on the e.l.f. tinted moisturizer: it's great! It'

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/13/11

 

Day 49

An awful day for side effects... eugh. Went to the gym for the first time in a few weeks (long story as to why; gym clothes were stolen out of my car because people are dumb). I hurt myself on my third set of squats. Even when I considerably lightened the weight, I still couldn't make it through my entire workout. And afterward, while shaving in the shower, my razor felt like... well, imagine shaving with a rusty knife. That's how it felt (and the blade was brand new). My sk

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/11/11

 

Day 45. Accutane vs. makeup; e.l.f. haul to the rescue?

So in my quest to find the perfect foundation for my Accutane'd skin, I pulled out an old enemy from amongst the mess on my dresser: Revlon PhotoReady. Oil-slicked, pre-'tane moi hated this foundation. I bought it at CVS a while ago thinking "hm, I like Revlon's ColorStay, so maybe this (new) thing is even better!" Oh how WRONG I was. The color was too light for my skin, it blended horribly, it didn't cover my acne at all, and I really disliked the shiny stuff in it. Well, I tried it

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/07/11

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03/08/11

 

Day 44. Foundation woes!

Ugh, the NARS sheer glow foundation looks horrible. It won't blend into my dry dry dry skin. And I've found that every foundation I own (and I own a good amount) just refuses to go on properly. Even the Neutrogena moisturizers I was using don't do their jobs any more. The SPF 35 just sits on top of my skin and makes it greasy, while the one for combination skin just won't absorb. I can rub it in all I want, but it just streaks and gets pushed around without sinking in. The only moisturizer that

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/07/11

 

Breakdown of the cost of Accutane (American with health insurance)

Thought this might be helpful to others in some way. Monthly cost of Accutane, for me: $20.00 Dermatologist co-pay $20.00 for a 30-day supply of Amnesteem/generic Accutane, 40 mg capsules $20.00 for 28-day supply of prescription birth control pill (Aviane/generic Alesse) $25.00 (roughly) for blood and urine tests So that's about $85 each month, plus the cost of gas, plus the cost of having to take a few hours off of work (missed wages). I'm lucky that I have health insu

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/05/11

 

Day 43. Major-ish update.

Acne status: Small pimples have stopped forming. Instead, I'm getting about 2-3 large and painful cysts a week. I don't like this one bit!!! I feel like I'm regressing, like the Accutane isn't working like it used to. Arghhh. Side effects: My whole body is just sooo dryyy. I'm about 60% sure that rashes on my hands are starting to develop... they're kinda red and blotchy, like, you know all the little dots where those fine hairs come out? They're red and inflamed-looking. Also, ye

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/05/11

 

Day 39

Dry patches on both of my arms, from shoulder to the back of my hands. Can feel em but can't see em. Dunno if they'll become rashes.

KAZ2Y5

KAZ2Y5

03/02/11

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