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2 Months After Roaccutane

Hey, its been a while - this website has even changed and i hardly know how to use it!! Im up to 2 months post 'tane. My skin has started to have oil return back to it - hopefully it doesnt get back to how it was. Have only had a couple of small pimples. No blackheads have come back to my nose. My right hand continues to give me grief. The skin split and it got infected so i had to go on antibiotics, and they made me really sick i am currently using advantan cream on it... My

Tlee

Tlee

09/26/11

 

Day 6 A.R.

So im into day 6 after roaccutane My fingers are starting to look better - not peeling as much, less red, less itchy My lips are still dry, my face isnt oily, my nose is still dry on the inside. Clear Skin. My hair is not oily. I had one drink last night (vodka mix) and felt so unbelieably bad. I dont know if this has anything to do with coming off the roac or if perhaps it had heaps of sugar in the mix (as sugar has bad effects for me) - but what ever the cause was, i dont

Tlee

Tlee

07/30/11

 

day 1 of no 'tane

So i took my last pill last night. I had it in my hand and stared at it for quite a while. It was quite emotional really... It felt weird not having one after dinner tonight... it will be interesting to see if i feel a difference tomorow. I dont think i will. If anything, itll have to be a few days. My derm has given me a prescription for epiduo, which i have never used, for maintenance. Hoping i will never use it I uploaded pictures of my fingers so anyone who wants to see the b

Tlee

Tlee

07/25/11

 

One pill to go!!!!!!

It is the END At the beginning it felt like it was forever and a day away, but looking back now, 6 months has gone like the click of a finger!! I havent posted in around three months as there hasnt been much to post about. Roac cleared my face up 100% and DRASTICALLY improved my scars. Part of the way through my treatment my derm decided to drop me to 4 months, (from 6), but after seeing the AMAZING (her words) improvement, she said we would do six months. My extreme oil problem

Tlee

Tlee

07/23/11

 

day 87

WOOOOOWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEE its been a while!!! I am almost done with month 3 already! Now for an update, that cyst that was shrinking - well it shrunk too much. Now i have a trench in my cheek It has filled in a bit though and is less deep now, so we will see how it goes - maybe a candidate for future dermal filling. On another note, the lump on the left side of my face near my jaw line just will not completely shrink - its so frustrating!! When i run my finger over it it kind

Tlee

Tlee

04/07/11

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04/07/11

 

D 58

Today is day 58, so im almost done with month 2 - and this means im half way in my course!!!! FARR OOUUTTT cant believe it. Yesterday i woke up with a really bad stomach ache (like up where the stomach actually is, close to the bottom of the rib cage area) and it lasted most of the day. I have had similar pain before, and it was apparently gall bladder pain, associated with actions my liver was undertaking at the time. The fact that it is back when i am taking roac makes me nervous. I am ho

Tlee

Tlee

03/18/11

 

eye balls = fire balls

I woke up thismorning and got a shock! I looked like i had had a massive night partying lol. My eyes were so red and awful looking and feeling (burning) - and stayed like it most of the day, even though i used drops. Thanks for that roaccutane! The Lump left under the skin from the cyst on my cheek is slowly shrinking (is very small really). I have continued to put benzac cream on it. Rest of my skin looks great. I have always had blackheads all over my nose, but not anymore! was goin

Tlee

Tlee

03/16/11

 

day ?

...Ive lost drack of my days - cant be bothered working it out right now. Not heaps to report. Have had 4 pimples at the 4 corners of my face. Not sure if i have mentioned this before, but i have an aloe vera plant, so i have been applying the gel from that to pimple scabs etc and it works really well - takes out redness and swelling and heals it quickly. I got in my car today and just looked at myself in the rear vision mirror - in daylight. Big step. Have been avoiding mirrors for

Tlee

Tlee

03/15/11

 

good news

Good news champs! My cyst exploded last night - yeya! I put a bit of pressure on it washing my face and yeah, hello goop. Its pretty scabby at the moment and still a bit swollen but much, much better, and no pain! So i didnt look SOOO bad for my conference today. I did actually buy the apple cider vinegar, but yeah didnt get to use it. In other news, had a few white heads thismorning, as well as a pimple on my forehead, which might go tonight. Also, well done to me, because i stil

Tlee

Tlee

03/10/11

 

:(

The pimple on my cheek, hereafter referred to as the cyst, is HUGE and HURTS. Im trying to work out wheather or not to go to the shop to get apple cider vinegar to put on it to act as a poultice and draw it out...or put on the Benzac 10%.... Anyone used cider while on Roac? Im so embarrassed by this monster Its taking over my whole face and i have a conference to go to on Thurs... I dont want to network when i look like this! Also weighing up going back to the derm for an injection tomorr

Tlee

Tlee

03/08/11

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03/10/11

 

derm today

I am holding an iceblock wrapped in a tissue to my cheek right now. My pimple has doubled in size since last entry. The iceblock trick definately works for reducing swelling, redness and pain. It was throbbing most of today My derm said thismorning that depending on how it goes she could inject it with antibiotic...has anyone had this done? Im assuming its not the same as steriod/cortisone? Does it scar? In the meantime im going to continue to ice, and put on Benzac 10% which my brother left a

Tlee

Tlee

03/07/11

 

Allergies

I discovered today that 'tane has exacerbated my skin allergies. I am allergic to hairy animals ie, horses, cats, dogs and my symptoms are usually very minor, and occur only if i have HEAPS of contact. I actually have a beautiful dog of my own, i just make sure not to rub myself all over him, or touch/rub my eyes after touching him. HOWEVER, I had to touch him more tonight as he just had surgery on his leg and is less mobile and needed help shifting around - so i had quite a bit of contact

Tlee

Tlee

03/04/11

 

scarring improving?

I dont want to jinx myself, so 'touchwood' here i guess, but i think my scarring is actually looking better. I know this sounds crazy when i am on the roac, becuase your skin's healing is inhibited etc, AND my derm warned me that it wont heal scars....but my theory is that the roac has calmed my skin down and reduced the oil/inflammation/infection, thus putting my skin in a much better position to be able to heal itself finally........ Also i am loosing a lot of hair from my head......too

Tlee

Tlee

03/03/11

 

D 42

I still have the giant pimple (yeh, the one that is impersonating a MOUNTAIN!) on my cheek. I have to stop putting tea tree oil on it because its made it really red and DRY, and dry all around it. You could even see the dryness through my makeup today. I have also shifted from cetaphil cleanser to QV. At the beginning, the derm gave me a little pack full of products, and so did the pharmacy (both free) and they contained, among other things, QV cleanser. So anyway, i thought it would be rea

Tlee

Tlee

03/02/11

 

sore bum bone!

This morning my right bum bone was really hurting sitting in the car - as in i actually had to keep changing my position to try and stop the hurting...I also have to mention that i am really sore all over. Yoga is getting really quite hard - well, harder than normal lol im not particularly flexible. The pimple mentioned previously is still there in all its massive glory on my cheek...

Tlee

Tlee

03/01/11

 

is this a sign?

Last night i washed my face, which had foundation on it. As i was (gently) rubbing in the cleanser, i noticed my right cheek really hurt! Then i had a squiz, and a massive pimple, kind of half under the skin, had developed during the day without me knowing - sneaky little scoundrel! So i dabbed neat teatree oil on it, and after 10 minutes it stopped throbbing. This morning when i got up i had a quick look and it appeared to have disappeared! However, when i washed my face a bit later, it ha

Tlee

Tlee

02/27/11

 

Horrified

I know i posted just a few minutes ago - but i was just reading a blog which detailed what an American can pay for accutane and associated expenses without insurance - $450 per month!!! This is outrageous!! In Australia because of subsidisation (regardless of health insurance or not) most medications and specialist doctors are affordable. So for me, a 60 pack of roac is around $30, my derm was $130 and i got $70 back, so total cost was only $60 for her, and blood tests are free... Ther

Tlee

Tlee

02/26/11

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02/26/11

 

confidence returning

i had my hair cut short in an entirely new style a few days ago. I have say it was amazing to sit down in the chair and be able to look at my face, and really look. I have been trying to avoid looking at myself at the hairdressers the past year (a very difficult thing to do when you are right in front of the mirror!) but now i was so happy to look and see how good my skin looks Also, i have been feeling really good because SO many people have commented on my hair - they love it! I even ha

Tlee

Tlee

02/26/11

 

my shnozalozz :(

My poor nose is sooo sore on the inside every morning i have to begin to make movements with it only slowly, otherwise it jolts me (like if i scrunch it up or anything). Its all like constantly scabby with blood pretty much - YUKY lucas paw paw ointment is working wonders on any broken skin i have BTW... ALSO i wanted to note that any little pimples i get now are different to anything i used to get - i know this sounds weird, but their coposition is different - and if i attack them, t

Tlee

Tlee

02/21/11

 

hair bleaching

Hey guys i just thought i would let you all know that i had foils done to lighten my hair today, and i was a bit nervous about how it would go because of the bleach (with my hair and scalp being dry now), but all went well! The hair dresser didnt actually touch my scalp with the bleach, and my hair itself didnt have any crazy reaction. I read a fair bit on the net about not bleaching/dying on roaccutane, but was fine for me. So YEAH! no more regrowth

Tlee

Tlee

02/16/11

 

D 27

My sincerest apologies for not blogging often. However, i havent had heaps to report. My skin is looking the best it has for 10 years (bar scarring). The oil is gone. My make up lasts all day now without blotting. Its now obvious to me how inflammed and kind of swollen my skin was without me realising before. It just looks so calm and un-red now, which is very good. The inside of my nose is so dry and sore. The skin on the inside has now taken on the consistency of conflakes. I rubb

Tlee

Tlee

02/15/11

 

D.14 - popping

I had a pimple, and i popped it...I KNOW, very bad, but its SOOOOO hard when i can actualy see pus in it......yuuuuuuukkk bleh My face seems to have got a bit oilier....hmmm

Tlee

Tlee

02/02/11

 

Day 13

CANNOT SLEEP!! Sooo tired. I think im going to have to take the 'tane in the morning instead of at night... In other news, my skin looks okay. A couple of little ones, but nothing major. My scalp is itchy, and my lips are very dry - i couldnt previously imagine this level of dryness and the uncomfort it would bring ehhhh Vaseline provides the most relief. I also feel SO unmotivated. I am seriously lacking energy right now. I would also have to say that it is afecting my mental capac

Tlee

Tlee

02/01/11

 

Day 5

Well, 'BAM' and the oil is gone.... but im not dry dry. I really like it, soooo over the oil. My skin looks really good at the moment, the best it has in over a year. It has quite a calm appearance, my lips are dryer, but not unmanageable. No break outs ....(yet...) Assuming my IB is lurking around the corner just up the road... I had some freakish allergic reaction to i dont know what at work today, resulting in me having to blow my nose about 700 times this afternoon with cheap wor

Tlee

Tlee

01/24/11

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