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Day 57 - HALFWAY THROUGH!

Hi People I am very happy today as I have had FOUR people at work tell me my skin looks good!! I never have heard this before lol! I feel pleased. I hadnt been paying too much attention to my skin recently. I found that if I didnt look in a mirror, then I could ignore the fact that my skin was red/flaky/dry/peeling. But, when I did take a good look today in the harsh light of the toilets at work, I must say it is a LOT smoother, not as many flaky patches. I actually look quite radiant!! Unless its a terrible coincidence as ive just bought a nice new blusher all beastly spots have reduced, the smaller spots are now gone or they're so small they can be covered with make up and my crusty looking chin and nose are now quite smooth. It's since ive used that No.7 Radiance cream facial thing. Only twice, but my skin is super soft after I use it. It's lovely and calming AND! Had my 2month check up at the derm yesterday. Again...very quick. Looked at my skin...said nothing...I told him I'd been feeling down and he said "Well do you want to come off Accutane?" so I replied "No....but I thought it was worth mentioning to you?? Due to all the reports of depression etc" and his reply was "Ok well keep an eye on it and if it worsens tell me". Suppose thats fair enough as i dont wanna come off them, not now that im seeing results!! So...continuing like before on 40mg per day in the morning after my brekkie. Just a word of encouragement. Only a few weeks ago I was thinking that this will never work. I felt sad all the time and skni was red raw. Then BAM, my skin is calming, the spots are going and ive had lots of compliments! KEEP GOING people x x

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

09/07/2011

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09/07/2011

 

Day 50 - Sun related advice please!

Hello everyone. Skin looks quite nice today!! Gave myself a little facial using No 7's "Radiance Boosting" cream. Just applied it after shower while pores were open, leave for 5 mins and rinse with warm water. Then slapped a bit of my Clinique SuperDefence night cream. This morning it was nice and soft, hardly any flaky dry bits and most of my spots have gone down (apart from a new juicy one on my forehead - luckily my fringe covers it) I need some advice though! Going to Barbados in 7 weeks and am quite scared about my skin burning. Before accutane I could handle the sun to an extent. I am blonde and quite fair but considering my colouring I didnt burn that bad pre-accutane. So... what factor cream should I be using out there?? I've bought SPF50 for my face (coz Ive suffered with an extreme case of sunburn to the face before..not good!) and then SPF30 for my body. Also an SPF20 if I can chance it near the end of the holiday?? Anyway, advice would be appreciated! Not long till next derm appointment. I would ask him for advice regarding sun exposure but I did already mention it to him on my first appointment and he merely brushed it off by saying "Oh dont worry you'll be on your fourth month of treatment by then"...well what difference does that make?! ahh. Speak soon

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

09/01/2011

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09/09/2011

 

Day 49

Hi All, I feel much better this week. More my cheery self The tomato-like redness has calmed down thankfully and spots are decreasing in size. I am expecting a few to pop up soon as I am due my period in about 4 days time. But hopefully they won't make an appearance! My skin has felt less dry in the last couple of days. Not entirely sure why as i havent been drinking more water, or moisturising any more? Anyway, Im not complaining. Today my lips are quite sore. The skin is coming off quite a bit lately. All I have to do is rub my finger over my lips and skin starts to lift and come away. Sorry to be gross but I can pull skin off and roll it into a ball yuck. Its my own fault as i hadnt used Aquaphor much for 4 days. And look what happens!!! Think i am going to treat myself to some nice new make up soon to give me a boost and make my skin look even better. Not much else to report really! All good. I think I can make it.... next derm appointment is the 6th so not long till im halfway through!

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/30/2011

 

Day 45....red red red

Hi all, I must say, I can understand why people want to give up. My spots are slowly going (despite some new juicy ones) but my face is VERY red without my make up. Its not a big deal I just look a bit like a tomato. It feels such a long way to go before I finish these pills!! Also, just now I have noticed that the skin on my left forearm is really red but the skin over the other arm is just fine? It looks like sun burn which is impossible as its been heavily raining all week and just appeared today!? Its quite warm to touch? Ah i dont know.. On another note, my mood has lifted quite a bit compared to earlier this week! Which is such a relief. I know this is a bit too much information but i have been having real trouble going to the toilet. Its been nearly a week now but it may not be related to the accutane....any one else had this? Not much else to report really!!

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/26/2011

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09/06/2011

 

Day 41...sorry for the delay!

Hello everyone, sorry i havent kept this up to date!! Time has just flown by ive been so busy. Not sure where to start really so sorry if I waffle on.... But basically since my derm appointment I have gone through a range of emotions. The week after the appointment, I got quite a few compliments about my skin, saying how well i looked and people saying they've never seen my skin so clear etc. So that was great, and a real confidence boost! But this last week, I just can't put my finger on why but I have felt very low. I've lost count of the times I have felt angry or irritable at my boyfriend, for the smallest things!! We never really argue and im very laid back as a person, so this feeling was quite unfamiliar. I would have put it down to PMT but im nowhere near period :S so...perhaps this is an affect of the drug.... All I can hope is that is doesnt get worse because I still have 2.5 months to go and I am worried I will push my boyfriend away, and perhaps lose my friends!! Furthermore...I have had another breakout a couple of days ago :'( About 4-5 new spots, quite painful in various places on my face, which has really bummed me out considering how nice my skin was looking!!!! Waaaa! Oh well, I know it needs to get worse before it gets better. I keep thinkin about the day when I can upload a picture of my new skin on this blog!! So, I'm gonna continue the pills and keep a diary of my moods i think and if it gets worse then i will speak to someone about it. Jesus, what we do for nice skin. Speak soon

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/22/2011

 

Day 28 - 2nd Dermatologist App

Hi people I had my first check up appointment at the Derm yesterday. When I walked in he said "Ahh you must be taking the drug" which I took to mean my face looked clearer! But then he continued "Yes, you look red"....cheers for that. I thought I looked fine!! Maybe its the "glow" my boss was talking about yesterday! Anyway, he asked me how my mood has been and examined my face quickly. Was pleased with the decreased spots on my forehead (which was my worst area) so decided to continue for 40mg per day. Today, I am quite dry and flaky. I have noticed the dryness more on sunny days. I seem to dry out even after being outside for a short while. So I currently sitting at my desk applying Aquaphor to the dry bits on my chin and nose...attractive. My eyes have still been playing me up lately. They are SO dry when I wake up and the left one feels very irritated. I keep washing it out with the artificial tears. I must admit, I'm not fond of mornings anymore, as when I wake up my eyes are bone dry, my throat's dry and my lips are pretty swollen! Lucky my boyfriend isn't too shallow. I wouldn't wanna wake up next to me at the moment! I dont know if this is Accutane related, but im soooo very tired lately. If someone handed me a pillow I would easily snooze right here, right now. But I have work to do unfortunately....speak soon xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/10/2011

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08/10/2011

 

Day 27

Nearly 1 month....oooh yeah! I feel happy that I'm almost a month through. My boss actually said to me today that my skin is looking better and has a nice glow about it that it never had before (talk about back handed compliment!) but anyways, that cheered me up considering he didn't know I was taking medication for my skin!! I am suffering with really dry eyes... when i wake up my vision is blurry and I can barely rub them as they are so dry... So. I have bought some "Blink Intensive Tears" which lubricate the eye. I have used these drops before when I had laser eye surgery last year. It seems to help so fingers crossed. I have my 1 month check up at the derm tomorrow can't believe it's been a month already. Hopefully he is happy with my progress and hopefully my bloods are all normal!! xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/08/2011

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08/08/2011

 

Day 23

Hey everyone, Sorry I haven't keep you all updated, its been a hectic week! Since my last post my scalp has calmed down in terms of itching but it was driving me mad for a few days! I bought head and shoulders shampoo and that seems to have helped a bit. I havent noticed any hair loss...yet, just it seems quite dry, despite using rich conditioners. Spots.....well it seems i am having my breakout. :S my cheeks have flared up and i have about 5-6 small-medium sized whiteheads appear on each cheek over the last week. It may be coincidence because it happened after id had a pretty busy weekend. Hardly any sleep on the Friday, a fair bit to drink (not good) and hardly any sleep on the Saturday. So it may be my fault. My forehead (which was my worst area) currently has no spots....just dry flaky skin from previous spots and some scarring which I am covering with make up. I have continued to exercise (in fact, more than before i started Accutane!) and I have not felt any aching joints or muscles at all. So that's all good!! The dryness around the nose has decreased although my actual nostrils are bone dry!! It's like a desert up in there!! I can understand why people feel like Accutane isnt working. I did feel a bit like that last week when i saw all my spots pop up but I know im only in my first month, so I cant complain. The spots I do get seem to go quicker after squeezing which is a good thing. I'm just praying I don't get any juicy beasts emerge on my face any time soon!!! xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

08/04/2011

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08/05/2011

 

DAy 16

Hellooo Not a lot to report really other than the fact i have such an itchy scalp!! People at work are gonna think I have fleas soon It's really ticklish and once I itch I can't seem to stop!! I feel ok though otherwise. Spots are scabbing up or flaking off and generally dry skin still. xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/28/2011

 

Day 15 on Accutane

Hi everyone I am less flaky today! :S im not complaining I just dont understand where all the flakes have gone.....my pillow must be disgusting if they all fell off in my sleep!! Last night I had a bit of a popping frenzy. The spots I attacked were fairly small (especially for me!) but they had heads on so I just went for it. After I dabbed them with Germolene and then a light layer of my nightcream moisturiser and this morning they are barely noticeable! So all good on the skin front, but I am feeling unusally sad, yesterday in particular. It comes and goes and I can't put my finger on why?? I'm sure it'll pass. I do feel that people of a depressive or psychotic nature should probably steer clear of Accutane as I am a happy go lucky sort of person, not usually sad and even Im feeling a little blue! However, the improving skin does cheer me up haha xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/27/2011

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07/27/2011

 

2 Weeks In..Let the nose bleeds begin....

Morning all I'm 2 weeks in to my treatment! Woo. Only another 14 weeks haha Sadly I have no great news to deliver. Things are pretty much the same in terms of spots but the skin on the sides of my nose are so sensitive!! It really stings when I put moisturiser and make up on... Also, the skin just around the nostrils is so dry and I was able to pull little flakes off this morning sitting at work. Not the best look. I smothered my nostrils in Aquaphor, which is nice and relieving and it helps a lot. On the subject of noses, I'm sure my nose is trying desperately to bleed! Again on the train I put a tissue into my nostril a slight bit (gently) and there was blood on the tissue. I'm finding it hard to breathe in properly as it feels like I have a blocked nose but in fact it is dry inside. I haven't had a full blown nose bleed yet but I'm thinking it may happen soon I've never had one in my life and don't really want to start now!! Plus im wearing a cream dress! Silly idea. And my eyelids. Wow. I use liquid eyeliner every day and its never been a problem until now. It BURNSSS! My eyes water so much I'm debating whether there's much point putting eye makeup on at all!! Lol. Has anyone else experienced this?? Anyways. Speak again tomorrow.xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/26/2011

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07/27/2011

 

Day 13 update....

UPDATE: Hey guys, I feel low at the moment as today has been a struggle. I'm undecided whether my symptoms are hay fever related or Accutane related but all day I have had red raw eyes, ithcy dry throat, flaky bits of skin coming off my nostrils and sore lips. They feel like they are radiating heat at times!!! I don't wish to be a drama queen but its been so distracting at work. Feels like all ive been doing is applying aquarphor to lips and nose, putting in eye drops, drinking loads of water and generally feeling down! I actually cried for no reason earlier (well, small row with boyfriend, nothing major - I would usually brush it off). While in the bathroom trying to reapply make-up, I noticed how lank my hair is beginning to look. I only washed it night before, which is my usual routine and it appears flat and lifeless already. Could be coincidence, so I'll just keep my eye on it. As I mentioned earlier this may be hay fever related symptoms, so I took a Piriteze tablet and things have calmed slightly. Can anyone tell me if you're allowed hay fever tablets while on Accutane?? Don't see why you wouldn't be able to but better check!! Has anyone else had similar experiences to mine? I want to feel like it will get better and to hang in there! I stupidly read a message board regarding the negatives of Accutane and it's saddened me to be honest! : xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/25/2011

 

Day 13 of Accutane

Hi everyone I think I spoke too soon.....I woke on Saturday (23rd) and had two or three new small spots, one under my eyebrow which is really sore!! Also, a cystic spot that ive had for about 4 weeks anyway seems to have gotten even bigger! I'm looking forward to that one going down I can tell you! My lips now are really dry and skin on the actual lips is starting to flake off. Having said that, I have been using Aquaphor a lot (like every 15mins) and after a while the skin becomes soft again. I have noticed over the weekend that after applyng my moisturisers as usual, the skin around my eye area and the sides of my nose sting like mad!! I don't know why exactly but I have to wait before putting my mascara on due to the fact my eyes stream for about 5 minutes! This morning my eyes were burning and stinging (unsure why) and my nostrils were really itchy and sore. I blew my nose on the train and saw a bit of blood on the tissue, but not a full blown nose bleed. Bit worrying as ive never had a nosebleed in my life.... Other than that, I feel well. No aches and pains. Happy in myself. Just hoping spots will go away!! Nic xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/25/2011

 

Day 10 of Accutane treatment

Hello again everyone, I didn't think I would have much new to report, but in fact my lips are a lot more dry. The weird thing is they are dry on the insides as opposed to the lip line?? Is this normal? My chin is still uncomfortable. Not itchy and not that sore, just uncomfortable. Like a crawling throbbing sensation. Also, my face is a lot tighter this afternnoon. No flakes or dry skin patches, it just feel tight. Mainly on my lower face? Around my mouth, lower cheeks and chin??! Strange I know. On a side note, I have had the occasional drink since starting Accutance and so far I can't see much in the way of side effects. My first drink goes to my head quicker than usual but I don't have any other problem. My skin in general (body as well as face) is the tiniest bit redder. It's not obvious, but it's not my usual fair skin for sure!! Like I mentioned before, not that big a deal. I'm not having any trouble sleeping (never have really!! Always slept like a log) but I do find I am very tired by the end of the day. Speak to you all soon xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/22/2011

 

Day 9

Today is the 9th day taking Accutane! My face is a lot clearer, I must say. The bigger spots i had are calming down but still visable and the smaller spots i had have now disappeared leaving me with flaky areas and some slight scaring. I'm really pleased with the progress so far, I just hope the next 4 months are like this. I forgot to mention I am on 40mg a day for 4 months (so not as bad as some people I guess, but the face was still pretty horrific!) Yesterday was the first time ive done any exercise since taking accutane. Played an hour of netball practise. Woke up expecting the major aches and pains i have been hearing of but didn't have any! The only thing is my lips are a lot more sore today, despite continuous use of Aquaphor and/or Carmex. I can feel them tingling now. I have been getting slightly itchy skin mainly on arms and legs every day since starting but it really isn't that bad. In terms of dry skin, it's under control at the moment....the clinqiue nightcream seems to be working wonders and i am only slightly dry on the chin and cheekbones. Will keep you posted. Nic xx

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/21/2011

 

Week 1 of Accutane Treatment

Hi everyone! Just to let you all know a bit about me first. 22 years old and have had spots for as long as I can remember....got real bad in the last 18months (unsure why). I have tried a variety of treatments, from topical gel, dianette, antibiotics, various face cleansers etc etc to no avail. I pushed and pushed my doctor until he finally recommended a dermatologist who took one look at my face and said that no antibiotic in the world would help me. I need Roaccutane. I had heard bad things about this drug so I was terrified but excited at the prospect of a beautiful face! So.....my first tablet was on 12th July 2011. I am now on day 8. I must say...it's not as bad as I was expecting (I know it's early days!) I wish I had taken a picture of my skin before. It was worst on my forehead, with about 6 cystic spots, my left check the same. My right cheek was ok and then various smaller white heads in other places. Within 2 days my lips were getting slightly dry so I have been using Aquaphor religously every hour and touch wood they are ok at the moment! By day 4 my skin looked quite flaky on my nose and chin. When I put my make up on it didnt look that great.... The only other side effect I have had is itchy skin on my arms and legs! Its worse in the morning for some reason, but not unbearable so I can live with that! Other than that, I feel totally fine at the moment. No headaches, no depression, no dry eyes etc. If anyone is interested this is my daily cleansing routine: Wash face in L'Oreal gentle cleansing milk Clinique Anti-blemish toner Clinique Dramatically different moisturiser Followed by Clinique Superdefence SPF25 (which really helps with the flaky skin before makeup!) Then my make up. In the evening i take all my make up off and either put on Clinique anti-oxidant nightcream OR Aquaphor on flaky patches of skin I will keep this updated every few days and I welcome anyone who has any questions or experiences to share!! Its nice to have support during this stressful and exciting time! ) Nic xx PS> I have not yet had the initial break out stage :S really unsure why as many other people seem to get worse before they get better. But when I woke up today all my cystic spots had pretty much disappeared!! So i dont want to get too excited but I cant help it! Lol

SunshineNic89

SunshineNic89

07/20/2011

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