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my accutane course!

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week eleven?! zoinks!

So my three month completion mark is next week! insane!My skin is like AMAZINGLY loads better! Like i'm still breaking out hardcore on my shoulders and neck, but i seriously have maybe 5 active pimples right now. it's incredible. my skin is flaky along places where it's healing, and i've got some cysts that are awfully bloody? it's weird. anyway, i have smooth skin for the most part. i seriously want to touch it all the time!my red marks and scars are awful though :(yes!!!! i can't even believe how smooth my skin is. if only the color was better. i seriously have like 2 cysts right now. AKLSDJF;ALKJSDF :)

shmelsey

shmelsey

09/14/2011

 

week 7 point 5.

so i'm almost 2 months into this whole accutane business. i've had a lot of improvements on my face, but i'm pretty pissed that i'm getting cystic acne places i've never broken out before...NECK. SHOULDERS. FOREHEAD. what the feck. side effects are completely fine. i drink a lot of water and use aquaphor every 30 seconds it seems. i can't wait to be doneeeeee. wahhhhh. also my face is so flippin red, i'm over that shiz. my red marks and scars are really prominent because of it, too. booo.

shmelsey

shmelsey

08/18/2011

 

forty six.

so I'm about six and a half weeks into accutane. balls balls balls it is so annoying right now. my neck is freaking out! like huge cysts on my neck. i thought they were swollen lymph nodes at first, that's how big they are. my face is doing better. my left side (which is usually more broken out) is pretty much healed except for a dreadful amount of flat red marks. my skin is smooth where it's not broken out! so weird. my right side of the face is all broken out but at least it's healing. i can't wait for my next dr appt. it's how time passes in all honesty. let's see if this shit will finally leave me be and then i can focus on just being myself! and not worrying about getting splashed in the pool so my makeup doesn't run kind of thing. one dayyy.

shmelsey

shmelsey

08/11/2011

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08/11/2011

 

day 33. new dosage!

so i saw my derm a few days ago and he upped my claravis dose to 60 a day from 40. not too shabby. my skin feels a lot smoother but it's definitely breaking out hard core this whole last week. like i never break out on the apples of my cheeks...but i've got HUGE nodules that look like headlights. they're swollen and red and awful. the left one yesterday even was so swollen that it was impairing my vision. like it rose up that much, i looked like i got punched in the eye.and breaking out is so annoying. same bat time, same bat place.30mg 2x a day. AQUAPHOR is a flippin' miracle. my lips get so dry if i even skip a few hours without reapplying. chapstick is great too but i love how aquaphor feels and it lasts a long time. so far no issues with dry eyes / contact lenses. my hair doesn't get as greasy, which is totally fine with me haha my skin is quite dry and i'm applying body lotion much more frequently. however if a little dry skin for half a year is all it takes, i'm more than happy to oblige.oh and i biked 20 miles last night!! i heard some people get muscle aches from accutane but so far today my ass just hurts from that freakin seat! i can't believe i've been on this for a whole month and i can't wait to be clear by christmas! hopefully even thanksgiving though i wouldn't mind an extra month on it just to make sure i never get this acne again. i'll be a senior in college but by graduation and my best friend's wedding (both in may), i'll have perfectly even skin!! seriously what a relief this will be.derm said i should see major changes by my birthday yayyy!! i'll be 22 and hopefully have beautifully clear skin. let's see how august and september go then, eh?

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/29/2011

 

leapin' lizards day 21.

I can't believe my first month derm appt is this Friday. That went quickly! Maybe it's just because I'm hella busy. But here's the progress. I can actually hold my chin in my hand without pain! Although this huge cysts popped up on my neck this week, my biggest cluster on the left side of my jawline/mouth area has seriously decreased in swelling. It's not nearly as full and I can apply makeup to it without that awful tenderness. I seriously don't know what to do! I'm so surprised! Goal -- Stop picking!! Ugh it's awful. I'm always like oh just a little bit..ah shit. Something awful and I have a red spot for days. Starting to hate Cetaphil Moisturizer. It's so greasy. My arms/legs are starting to get dry much more quickly. But my hair doesn't get greasy!! That is something I am such a fan of. My lips are starting to crack though And I've been applying Aquaphor like it's my job. Looks like you can't avoid it all. Umm so what else. My forehead is freaking itchy. Which is a new thing for me. But my cheeks look smoother. That might be all.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/18/2011

 

fourteen / thoughts.

Okay I was thinking. Acne has always been something I'm so self-conscious of! Like I was living in Spain...but I was afraid to swim in the Mediterranean Sea because my makeup would wash off. Or I stopped showering with my boyfriend because my makeup would wash off or the warm water would make everything redder. I was so nervous waking up next to him because I wouldn't have makeup on. It's always been this fight with makeup to cover. How shitty! I wouldn't wish painful acne on an enemy. I can't wait until this is over! It's going to be so worth it. So. Off to take pill #14.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/10/2011

 

thirteen!

I'M ACTUALLY SEEING IMPROVEMENTS HOLY SHEET. Okay but fo realz. The right side of my face? It's always been better than my left as far as the severe cystic acne goes, and it's starting not to be as painful or swollen. Wahoo!! However, I'm like all up in this every pore in my body is clogged thing, which sucks. And my hair is starting to get flaky from being so dry. But. Improvements are welcome. The only new nodules that started....two on my back. WTF. That's new. And one near my eyeball that I'm just trying to pass off as a bug bite since it's circular and not too red. Pictures to come once I figure out how to do that. New regimen. Morning -- wash with Cetaphil, moisturize with Mary Kay Oil Free Moisturizer, Revlon Color Stay Foundations, Mary Kay powder and blush. Night -- wash with Cetaphil, moisturize with Cetaphil. During the day, the Cetaphil moisturizer is like far too oily. I look greasy and gross but the Mary Kay is perfect and absorbs well.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/10/2011

 

eight ocho [8]

Flaky skin. Sick. Okay so gross, but tonight at 4th of July stuff, I actually had to go home and wash my face and redo my makeup. Like a little kid I know ran up to me to give me a hug and hit my right cheek where this awfully painful cyst/nodule has been brewing for about 5 weeks now. Well it like opened?! SICK! So I awkwardly took my mom's keys really quick and just lit out of there because it wouldn't like, pop, obviously but it was like oozey and gross and UGH. The shitty part is that my face is seriously flawless from my nose and up. If I could just wear a mask to cover my lower cheeks/jawline, we'd be in business. Fuck this. Also my lips are killing me. Aquaphor is seriously great though. Hopefully I can avoid all the cracking if I keep on top of the applying chapstick and such.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/05/2011

 

day seven.

HOLY DRY SKIN BATMAN. OUCH. lips, face. so tight and dry. even my throat is scratchy.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/04/2011

 

six six six.

Womp, womp. Freaking I just want this to be over with! Like no acne. COME ON. I seriously feel so on the outside from my friends. Last night was my friend's bachelorette party, but these cysts and nodules are impossible to cover with makeup and I just felt so gross all evening, even though the bars were dark. On the plus(?) side, I'm starting to feel dry! It's definitely flaking. Which, to me, means the Accutane is starting to work. My lips feel really smooth yet like so dehydrated. I'm drinking so much water trying to rehydrate myself a little bit. Unfortunately, the nodules on the left side of my face are so sensitive! Warm and red...so painful at the slightest touch. No fun. Annoyed.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/03/2011

 

day 4. wtf, face.

BAH. SO annoyed. Okay, day 4. So far, I'm not too dry or anything, though I've been pretty careful with Aquaphor so as to prevent it just a little. But my face is insane! And I broke out like crazy all along where I got my eyebrows waxed the other day. Not sure if it's an effect of the Accutane but I'm annoyed. And tonight, I went out with my friends and after one beer, I swear I felt my cysts like throbbing! They hurt so badly, and I wasn't even touching them. They were legitimately throbbing and were warm to the touch. WTF. Accutane better start working because this is getting bad. I was hoping to get a bartending job when I move back to school here in a month but apparently I'm going to have the worst acne ever. I'm telling you, these nodules and cysts are sooo soo swollen. My face is painful -- I can't even smile fully! Even talking hurts. Not freakin' cool. Oh yeah, and every time I wash my face...every single time. There are whiteheads appearing on my nodular spots along my jawline. What? Like I wouldn't pop them per se - it hurts too much! - but it's like they wipe ff when I dry my face. I don't get it. Ugh I'm sick of the sulfur treatments, masks, spot treatments, benzoyl peroxide and other things I can't pronounce. Ready for clear skin.

shmelsey

shmelsey

07/01/2011

 

Day 2 complete.

So tomorrow morning (7 hours!) I will take dose #3! I honestly cannot wait for this stuff to start working. My face is freaking out currently and is so painful. I can't find a makeup that works and if it weren't for my two jobs, I'd just go without. But while I was researching this site, I noticed many women posting their "regimens" and I figured I'd do the same. Morning: Wash face with Cetaphil for Normal to Oily Skin. Moisturizer is Cetaphil for all skin types. It's great and absorbs well. I'm currently choosing between Aveeno's Tinted Moisturizer or Neutrogena's Sheer Glow Tinted Moisturizer. The Neutrogena is so smooth and matches the yellow undertones in my complexion a lot better than the Aveeno! Either way, they both contain 45 SPF. Makeup -- Revlon's ColorStay is wonderful!! Full coverage and lasts all day!! Then a powder blush, followed by a loose powder to sort of "seal" the makeup. Lips -- Aquaphor!! This was at the advice of all my friends who have taken Accutane in the past. Apparently it's a life saver for the dryness that kicks in. Night: Wash face with Cetaphil again. Then I use a spot treatment -- Benzoyl Peroxide 10%. I might quit this if I get too dry from the Accutane, but after two doses, I'm still normal (not oily) skin. Moisturizer is again the Cetaphil after the BP has dried. Wash it all off in the morning and start again. It takes way too long to cover my cystic acne around my jawline --- Hurry up and work, Accutane!! I'm ready for 5 minute makeup days. Oh yeah. I'm prescribed 40mg Claravis, once a day. I'm about 5'9" and 125lbs.

shmelsey

shmelsey

06/29/2011

 

The beginning!

The beginning! Okay, so I'm a 21 year old whose dermatologist diagnosed acne as severe, cystic/nodular acne. OUCH is all I gotta say. My acne problem started later than a lot of people; I was in my junior year of high school and it wasn't too terrible. Entering college, it got worse but makeup always covered them and they were pretty minor. Mostly my back acne was terrible -- cysts and the like. My sophomore year of college, I began taking birth control (Yaz) which did wonderful things for my acne! I wasn't cured, but my back acne pretty much disappeared except for blackheads, etc. But after medical problems caused me to switch to an IUD for birth control (Mirena) my face FREAKED OUT. During this time (Jan '11-May '11), I was living in Spain on a Study Abroad and chalked it up to the desert/beach climate and calcium filled water that did terrible things to my skin and hair. Up until now, I've tried everything. OTC -- everything including ProActiv, etc. Rx -- Bunch of anti-biotics in high school for my staph infection (incidentally helped acne) and now 3 types of birth control. I'm ready to have clear skin!! My mom took Accutane after my younger sister was born and said it was well worth the pain. Many of my friends (guys and girls!) said that it was the only thing that really worked. So here's hoping! Currently, my acne manifests itself on my face, especially cheeks and jawline. I have at least ten swollen cysts along both sides of my face, with the biggest ones measuring probably 1inch on the left side. They are so so painful! I accidentally scratch wrong and am almost brought to tears. My chest is pretty clear, aside from the random clogged pore that will go away on its own. My back has been worse lately but mostly it's my upper shoulders with smaller, red pimples. No cysts there yet! God willing, anyway. It's strange but I even have had a cyst behind my ears. Talk about painful...I wear sunglasses constantly! Come on, Accutane!! Do it to it.

shmelsey

shmelsey

06/29/2011

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