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Week TWO, THREE and FOUR

At the end of week two my skin was relatively clear. I had a few blemishes, but only on my chin, and cheek - No drama. My skin wasn't dry. My nose was aching, however. I noticed a huge increase in blackheads, nose, cheek, forehead. At the end of week three, my only annoyance is my nose! I have nose bleeds, and it's dry. Although, I also have a cold so that adds fuel to fire. My skin is drying up, it's amazing how long my make up lasts now! No shine, matte all day through. My eyebrow area and chin are extra dry though. My pores are becoming less visible. Blackheads are gone, except for my forehead. Lip balm is a must, as my lips get really dry. Joints are quite sore, but the fact I tore up the dance floor the other night could be a contributing factor. At the end of week four, well hello initial break out.. It began on Sunday. Cheeks, and chin - Oh please, won't you just disappear? I had this sudden confidence last week, and was eager to go out, now... I've reverted back to my hermit ways. The acne is quite sore, but yesterday it peaked, I awoke with slight improvement today though. I'm noticing a pattern, I have drunk alcohol on two occasions while on this medication, both times I rose with aggravated acne - lesson learn't. My forehead has a strange texture - I don't really understand what's the go with that. I am happy, it's working

richmond01

richmond01

07/10/2011

 

Exactly One Week

No obvious side effects to date. Although, my skin has more acne. Two on the apple of my right cheek bone. Three down my left. And a few on my chin. Nothing too horrible. I'm hoping I see these clear by Friday the 1st. However, I have read that many people saw the 2wk mark was when their skin peaked at it's worst - But I'm thinking my skins doing that right now. I hope, any way. I'm yet to really see a clearance, it's just stayed the same, or gotten worse. I can't say I'm too bothered though. What I want the most I'm insecure. I'm shy. I assume I'm always judged by my appearance. I rely a lot on how I look, to have a good day. I want to to feel confident. I want to be able to sleep over at someones house, and stay for breakfast without worrying about my skin. I want to be able to put my face under the water at the beach. I want to be able to scoot down the shops without make-up on. I want to not worry about the lighting, about how close someone is standing to my face, I want not too worry about how my skin looks ALL the time. I want to not hide beneath my hair. I want to not have to wear so much make-up. I want someone to be able to touch my face, without me pushing their hand away. I don't want a boyfriend, because I don't believe I can be pretty enough for him all the time, because my skin is so unpredictable. I only go out when I have to, because I feel that applying make-up makes it worse - and I won't go anywhere without it. I miss opportunities. I want to feel beautiful. I believe it'll change my life, and I am so excited.

richmond01

richmond01

06/24/2011

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06/24/2011

 

The Beginning

Hi all I'm an 18 year old girl in Australia. I began getting acne around early high school - although it's always been pretty mild, yet incredibly frustrating. My skin is also oily, so under make-up it just looks 100x's worse. I've tried minomycin, topical's, birth control, yada yada, they have a short window where they actually work - then my skin just returns to bad. Minomycin made my skin clear, (my main issue was pore size and oiliness) but it stopped working in January 11' and I had breakouts again. So I switched to Dianne birth control which was horrible, I was depressed, and my skin actually flared up worse then I've ever had before. But how it played with my emotions was the ultimate deal breaker - Because I was aware of the 'worst, before better', but I just couldn't handle it. I've never had cystic acne until I went on birth control. "The Beginning" My dermatologist prescribed me Accutane, with 40mg a day. I must admit, it's quite a scary medication to go on when you've read so much about it. But when I finally had the prescription in my hand, I was incredibly excited. So I've taken my first Accutane tablet on the night of the 17TH of July. My nose and eyebrow area become incredibly sensitive, which has now subsided by the 5TH day - although inside my nose, and around is quite sore still, but it has improved. I noticed my skin had become oilier, I assumed this was kind of like my skin purging. My eyes are also more sensitive, but it's not bad. I was directed to take Accutane with erythromycin for the first month, to avoid an initial break out while the Accutane is beginning to work. I ran out of erythromycin (which I've been on for a month) on Sunday, and woke up with new acne Monday morning. Although I drank alcohol Sunday night, and slept in my make up, so that may be a contributing factor. The break out is minor, and is already beginning to go away. I am pale, so I'm prone to redness and warmth on my face on occasion - this has increased a small amount since the medication. I'm washing my face with Cetaphil gentle cleanser then applying Cetaphil moisturizer for dry sensitive skin - they're both great so far. Feeling good! I use sudocrem of a night; it has become the best (and probably cheapest) product that I own. It calms my skin, and reduces breakouts overnight. I've also noticed it helps fade red marks. The period between coming off birth control, and going erythromycin, I bought benzac AC wash and treatment both at 5%. The first time I used both products I could already see improvement - Instant mood booster, certainly! But it made my skin so dry, I developed a sore, sensitive rash around my mouth. I stopped using the products in this area, applied ridiculous amounts of moisturiser, rose hip oil, ect, ect, for two weeks or so, which just irritated it further. Then I bought suducrem, and BAM, I apply it for the first time, fall asleep... My skin was calm and comfortable again the next morning. Moral of the story: buy yourself some sudocrem! I just bought it at Priceline, but I've noticed it can be difficult to find in some countries. I hope I was a help of some sort! I'll continue to document the next 6 months

richmond01

richmond01

06/22/2011

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