hey guys! SO sorry it's been a while! Been a little busy, but I'm back now.(: Right now, I'm exactly where I was 2 weeks ago. Clear. It's so funny because I've been worrying about an initial breakout and "healing over time," but turns out, I'm one of those people that start clearing up from day one. I did have an initial breakout, for sure, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and it only lasted 1 week (during the second week of treatment). I haven't had anything huge since. Yeah, sure, maybe the occasional zit every other week, but those only last for a day or two. Nothing that bothers me! LOL. I've been getting so many compliments on my skin lately and I'm feeling so much more confident. The only issue I'm having with my skin is the common chapped lips. I find myself constantly gently exfoliating them with a warm washcloth and then having to apply aquaphor on them every few hours. This week, I'm going to my derm for my blood work and to get my next months prescription! Almost halfway through! ahhhh! Really. Accutane's probably the best thing that's happened to me. I don't know if it's too early to be saying that, but as of right now, I'm in love. <3
Day 42! Right now, 98% clear. My face is so smooth, there is NOTHING. (: I've gotten so many compliments on my skin lately, I'm absolutely overjoyed. I do, however, still need makeup because of how red my skin is. (Mainly my cheeks and chin area.) All of my scars on my left side of my face have lightened significantly, and the scars on the right side of my face have all gone from almost a purple shade, to a bright red. the only place I'm just starting to clear up on is right under my chin. But that's really it. My skin's not too dry, my lips aren't bad either, and my blackheads are all (I think) gone. Just large pores left on my nose. -___- BUT, I did get to trying out the Porefessional by Benefit Cosmetics. It didn't break me out! I used it two days straight, and nothing. (: But I will say, it doesn't last very long, so as soon as I finish it, I will not be repurchasing. Instead, I'm looking at the Too Faced 'Primed and Poreless' primer. That's really it, but I'll talk to you guys soon!
Hey, you guys! <3 Long time, no update, huh? :[ But I have things to share with you- happy things. Today, I visited my dermatologist for my monthly consultation, to see how everything's going, to get a new prescription, etc... I'm SO happy and GRATEFUL to say I'm not anywhere I was about a week and a half ago. My skin has cleared up almost entirely! To the point where I didn't take accutane for the last 4 days (I ran out of pills) and didn't get a single zit. My skin just healed in those 4 days, and right now I only have 2 pimples on the side of my face as of right now that I can simply cover up with some concealer. When I told her about this, she told me I must've already gotten my initial breakout. I didn't even notice it, and I'm already done with the worst part in all of this. And if my acne were to get worse from here on out, she'd actually be surprised. My blood's normal, and my body is holding up well. Miracle drug it is indeed. <3 I know I shouldn't be getting this excited, as it is only the first month, but you can actually see what my face looks like now without getting distracted by anything else on it. My scars are all still mostly there, many turning bright red, but to cover them up I use MAC studio finish concealer (which has SPF 35, bonus! [: ) and Too Faced Amazing Face SPF 15 powder foundation to set it. The concealer doesn't accentuate the flakiness at all, and the powder foundation is so sheer and soft, that it hardly looks like you have anything on. Like it's airbrushed. Neither of these two products are breaking me out as I have been using them at least 3 times a week. Other than that, all my blackheads, yeah. GONE. Oh my goodness, but now you can actually see how large the pores on my nose are. Lord, help me. I purchased the Benefit Cosmetics "the porefessional" about a year ago, and I think I'm going to try that out and see if it breaks me out. It's supposed to be a pore filler that won't break you out, but I have my doubts... :/ Going to test it out sometime this week! Less than a week ago, I also got my eyebrows and upper lip threaded for the first time since starting accutane. No issues there. No more pain than usual.(; My lips and face aren't too dry anymore. Not tight, not flaking like they used to. My hair has become really dry though. One pill in the morning, and one at night. I don't notice anything else. We'll see where I go from here!
Tomorrow marks 3 weeks?! And then one week from tomorrow marks 1 month... 1 down, 4 to go. Easy. But what's not easy is having to deal with these breakouts! The first two weeks I started accutane, my face had started to clear up and I was excited, thinking I might just be one of those people that start clearing up from day 1, but no. What they say is true: It gets worse before it gets better. BUT HEY, at least I know it's working! [; forehead: clear, except for a few new cysts around hairline. cheeks: left side is clear, right side is clear. sides of face: left side is clear, right side is annoying the shit out of me. Quite a few active pimples, all the way up to my temples. Constantly bleeding. -___- Eyebrows: breaking out on both sides. On top of eyebrows and underneath. Can't get my eyebrows threaded without bleeding. >:L Oh, and the insides of my ears are breaking out too? Like, it's not just one pimples, but multiple inside my ears? o__o Two on lips, but that's it. Other things I've noticed: My face is a lot more red than usual. My scalp has gotten really dry, so I can't wash it every other day like I used to. (more like every 3-4 days now.) When I bend over, my back "locks" into that position and it hurts to get back up. Dry flaking skin, dry lips, the usual. I would update more often, but I think I would bore you guys if I updated every other day with no actual changes, you know? All I can do is sit back and hold tight for now.
Day 13 You guys, I want to quit. LOL, but do you think after all the tests I had to go through and crap my parents had to go through just to get me this medication, they'd just let me quit because I'm not happy with the condition of my skin at the moment? No. -__- Alright, so. Gonna be a big girl now.(: Oh and! Tomorrow marks two weeks in. WOW. As of today, my skin has become dry, flakey, and extremely itchy. (I really wanted to roll around face down in a pile of grass yesterday.) Not just the skin on my face, but on my arms as well. (But I'm thinking that may have nothing to do with the accutane. Probably just a new sunscreen I've been using.) I have to apply moisturizer more than once a day. After a few hours of applying moisturizer in the morning, my face starts to feel a bit uncomfortable. BUT HEY, no more shine! YESSSSSSSSS! Another thing. I have several breakouts scattered all over my face. Mainly on the tops of both of my cheekbones, sides of my face, and on the center my forehead. Same issue with the area in between my nose and mouth. I'd never gotten acne there up until recently, and let me just say. It's not attractive. At all. There's also one SOMETHING (I have no idea what it is. LOL.) on the side of my nose. It's not red, and it's not visible, but when I touch it, it's almost like a bump and it's sore. :L My lips. They're killing me. I forgot to take lip balm with me out yesterday, (How dumb am I?) and I almost died. Haha, not really, but I wasn't having fun. xD When is this going to start looking better? Why do I feel like month 2 is going to be even worse? >:[
Day 11 Now, I'm not sure if this is just a normal breakout or if this is my initial breakout. Can you even get your IB this early on? .___. My face has gone from being clear to Hell in two days. It's dry, it's flaking, it's red, and I'm breaking out especially on my forehead, chin, and the area in between my nose and my lips. (That's the worst! OUCHHHH.) My face isn't oily anymore. I mean, there's a slight shine, but there's no reason why I should have to go into my bag to dig for blotting sheets now. Anyway, I'm really hoping this is my IB. The sooner I get it, the better. I want to be at least have somewhat clear for school. It'll be the first time in years that I'll start off the year with clear skin. Fingers crossed!
Day 8 So it's 1 in the morning, and I couldn't sleep so I figured I'd do a quick update.(: First thing, I feel like whenever I go out or even get near sunlight, even for just a few minutes, my face turns bright cherry red. I guess I just don't have a high enough SPF on... As for the cysts on my chin and around my nose: they're all still there, slowly shrinking, and I've also gotten a few new cysts scattered on my forehead. There are also a few on my hairline. The blackheads on my nose have also gotten a lot less noticeable. Barely there. My scars on my cheeks have lightened drastically, too. I still have quite a bit of scarring, but NOTHING like what I had before starting accutane. Because you can't wax your face while on accutane, I tried threading my upper lip and no problems! So I'm hoping I don't have any problems threading my eyebrows next week... My lips are also staring the dry up and it doesn't help that I have a bad habit of biting my lips until they bleed, so I've been using aquaphor to help me out with that, otherwise my lips just HURT, they sting and the aquaphor just helps soothe them. Mild backaches and the skin on my face is feeling a lot tighter, and the skin on the sides of my nose are starting to flake quite a bit, but I can handle this.(: just got to keep thinking positively!
July 17 - Day 5 For someone who's been dealing with acne since the 3rd grade (I didn't even think it was possible), getting made fun of all the time, even by her own friends-I think I'm ready to be done. I'm 14, and I know it's young to be starting a harsh medication like accutane, but this really was my last resort. So, anyway, this morning, I took my 7th? pill. Up until yesterday, my face was slowly starting to clear up and a few of my scars have actually slightly faded (Haha, my sister asked me if I was wearing makeup last night, and when I said no, she was shocked! BEST feeling ever!), but this morning I woke up with a few new cysts on my chin and around my nose. BOOOOO. Oh, my lips aren't too dry yet (Always have aquaphor handy! haha), but my face is starting to feel a bit stiff. And the sides around my nose are a LOT more sensitive than usual... What I'm really afraid of is the initial breakout. I really hope mine isn't too terrible, as I was taking antibiotics for a month for my acne up until the morning of day one, so we'll just have to wait and see.(: