Well the length of time I haven't had an entry is indicative of how much more improvedthings are! I haven't had a spot in so long! My dark marks have gone and my complexion is just a dream. I am thrilled with the results of accutane. I can't recommend it enough for those with serious cystic acne where antibiotics havent worked. Obvioulsy everyone has their opinion about Tane and its not for everyone but its worked really well for me and I feel like I have my confidence and looks back. I have about 10 tablets left then I'm finished wooo! No more visits to the derm they signed me off last week. I was prescribed a small bottle of Eurein? something like that I cant remember the spelling sorry!
I will carry on updating this to explain any ceasation of side effects following stopping taking accutane.
In the meantime some pictures to show!
I continue to be (almost) spot free!
Amazing - very happy about this and getting lots of compliments about my skin. I had one spot chint he other day which you can see in the photos but this didn't really bother me.
Trying to keep to the Derms advice to not touch my face at any time. It's difficult sometimes - you forget how easy it is!
To anyone starting on the accutance journey be very patient - it took me nearly 4 months before spots stopped! I thought after the first month of it that it was beginning to clear but then I was hit with the breakout that was horrific. But its really worth it.
Also to people in the UK taking accutance I can't stress enough how good Aquaphor lip balm/healing ointment is - it's been my lifesaver. Ive a whole bag full of lip balms - burts been, chapsticks, every type of vaseline, manuka honey lip balm you name it - I've tried it. Nothing worked as well as Aquaphor and I wish I'd have known this during the first few painful weeks. It's on sale on ebay for as little as £4 for 2 tubes.
I've noticed the skin on the back of my hands is really scaly (ew) and I moisturise constantly. With the cold weather its made worse!
I'm due to stop accutance mid january and I really really can't wait. I can't wait to have normal lips, a facial, and above all A WAX! ahhaha
had a visit to the derm yesterday, and been prescibed another 8 weeks. I knew this would happen but I was a bit annoyed that I have to take the full 6 months. But I am still getting the odd small spot so it will be worth it to be completely free and clear. still on same 40g dosage.
Skin is actually looking great I must admit, I'm really happy! Few dents there and there from scars. Once I have finished accutane I will see how bad it is and look into scar treatment, or at least getting a few facials to improve tone.
I've definitely noticed my hair is thinner, which is a bit distressing but I was warned. Luckily I have very thick hair so it's not noticable to others.
Dry skin as usual - lips are under control. Aquaphor has been my lifesaver, I've just bought another batch off ebay. I highly recommend it to anyone starting accutane I wish I had it earlier when I really suffered with my lips.
Nose bleeds are less frequent, muscle aches have gone. It seems I have metabolised isotretinonin!!
8 more weeks
Just a quick update.
Still waiting on the derm appointment really.
Not had any big spots - I've had one or two smaller lumps which as per usual don't come to fruition. Now it's just a case of old lesions healing peeling, and pigmentation. I've noticed it more recently that my forehead is covered in pigmentation, in pictures it's more noticable. I hope this subsides eventually. I can always ask the derm if there is any scar treatment/pigmentation treatment available on the NHS before I look into other options.
I really can't wait to finish this treatment. It's been slow, painful and a real intrusion into my life. I think back to the summer and how self concious I was when I was having break out and it makes me really sad.
I've definitely noticed my hair is thinner, and of course never gets greasy. Initally I was of the view that I needed to wash it much less, but now I think just wash it every 3-4 days and use a very good conditioner, otherwise it's just getting dryer and dryer and brittle if it's left.
I have used dabs of differin on some new lesions. Which is actually against the universal advice of stopping topical treatment due to skin sensitivity. However I had this big lump on the bridge of my nose between my eyes that just wouldnt grow a head, and wasn't shrinking. It's still here and driving me mad! I'ts slowly started shrinknig since I've been putting differin on.
My lifestyle hasn't changed that much - I mean in terms of drinking. Which is not good really because I do party a lot! But I've started eating meat again since the summer which is good, and having a bit more of a healthier eating lifestyle which is positive.
here's a few pictures to update - annoying red marks! When will you go??
I'm still suffering from "bad chin skin".
I get these lumps that don't build a head and just stay angry and red for ages. This is all concentrated on my jawline and chin as you can see from the pictures
I'm over 3 months in I would have thought that this nonsense would be over by now!
I'm still on 40mg, and my next appointment with the derm isn't until the 28th. So I decided to call up and see if I could increase to 60mg as I was still having breakout. My derm told me that this wasn't possible and that is wasn't unusual to stil be having breakout at this stage, that the full 6 month course is required before break out cessation. This completely conflicts with what she told me last time I went in September. She told me then that I should expect new lesions to stop after 2-3 months. She also said that it's not likely that they will increase my doseage. When I mentioned that I knew of people on 80mg she siad they would never do that.
I hate people who criticise the NHS, and I don't like to do so myself. But obviously people on here from the US where private healthcare is the norm are all on 80mg , and my friend here in the UK who went private for Accutane started on 40mg and then went to 80mg.
I'ts not a weight thing as I'm 5'4 and weight 9st (57kg or 132 pounds).
Just a bit frustrated as it's clearly a lack of funding but I giess I can't complain as I should have gone private.
Hopefully by xmas I will be clear (Fingers crossed)!
I didn't think it was possible but my skin has become amazingly clear
I have a few scabs that are healing slowly and tend to peel a lot more but I've not had a pimple or spot in about a fortnight.
Very happy about this - seriously the clearest I've been for about 18 months and I'm loving it.
Pictures to follow.
There is hope - to anyone in the bad stages of Tane just read back on my blog, there have been times when it's been nightmarish. It really does take time
A very long overdue blog! It's just about a month since my last entry.
I went on holiday to Ibiza and although I was very worried about my skin getting destroyed in the sun I needent have - I got a lovely tan and my skin cleared up somewhat with the sun and salt water I wore factor 30 on my face and 15 on body. I didn't burn at all! I had special lipslave and did suffer with cracked lips for the duration of the holiday which was mildly annoying. But I covered it well with Bare Minerals make up. Also despite the bad lifestyle of boozing and eating crap I didn't breakout anymore than usual (haha grim!) which was nice.
AS it currently stands I've had a mild breakout of very stubborn cysts on both cheeks, on the lower part to the sides of my lips. They sit under the skin and cause it to be darker than the rest of my face which is really annoying, make up covers them to an extent but you can tell there's a spot lurking under the face slap
Although overall I'm fairly upbeat about the skin situation, it's better than it's ever been despite the imperfections. I have an ordinary routine, I've not noticed anything causing breakouts specifically so I'm assuming the medicine is just working it's magic. I'm hoping the cysts will slowly disappear and by the end of this month I will have relatively clear skin.
Annoyingly today I developed a cysts on my upper back which you can see. I was going to wear my hair up on a night out but the spot is so unsightly I've had to opt for a "down do" lol!
I have also developed really bad aches in my feet randomly! I play a lot of sport so I am used to DOMS, but me feet have been so cramped and achy it's been awful, in the morning I walk like I've got club feet lol!
I havent really taken many pictures, to be honest last time I took pictures and uploaded it made me feel really depressed. So no pictures for the time being!
Slight improvement over the last week - or very few new lesions at least. I've felt the effect on the lips following the increased dosage, very painful and cracked all around my mouth and i am constantly reapplying the vaseline! But generally other areas of my skin are looking really really clear which is nice - it's just old scabs and lesions making my skin look bad.
Hoping things continue to improve!
Also worried as I'm off to ibiza for a week soon and I have to be careful in the sun :S
I'm attempting to put pictures up with this not sure how successful I will be
This is my image hosting site with an album of the images:
All pictures no make up - I was actually quite horrified when I saw them fully blown on the computer it's really bad
Following a visit to the dermatologist my intake is upped to 40mg - two 20mg tablets a day.
So hopefully things will start speeding up. I don't go back now for three months!
Skin is still pretty bad - the chin spots have calmed down a bit, but I've developed some cysts on my forehead which are very difficult to conceal. I've also noticied some spots - actual whiteheads on my back. I've never ever had any back spots even during the worst bouts of breakout so this is very perplexing. My chest remains completely clear thankfully.
I'm investing in some Bare Minerals make up - I've been meaning to for months but I'm just about to run out of Mac makeup so now is the perfect time.
Lips have massively improved - vaseline cocoa butter is a dream come true. I'm never using carmex again! I have also changed my regimen which has helped massively with skin dryness:
Washing with hot water and a sponge using some Simple daily wash (or a gentle exfoliator once a week) rinse with cold water and gently towel dry. Apply a gentle toner, currently No7. Then apply Aquaphorus (the strong excema cream) and them allow it to absorb. If I'm going to bed I apply some Clearasyl overnight cream to problem area but not too much. I've found that this massively decreases spot size by morning. Morning routine is just washing with simple gently and applying a simple moisturiser. No toner or spot cream for the daytime.
It's very time consuming but more than anything it's therapeutic.
I still wear foundation make up which probably isn't great but I just can't get away with it with my job.
Pictures definitely to follow soon just can't seem to find the time!
Another whingey blog lined up!
Well not as bad as last week but I'm definitely in the midst of a breakout. Chin spots are the worst - they scab and dry too and just look awful. Thank god for make up is all I can say. I wish I could try to go without it as I'm sure that would stop the aggravation but because of my job I just can't go around with a lepper face. It's so red and angry underneath I can't ever imagine it being clear again. Ive a few lumpy cysts on my forehead whihc are very apparent too. I've gone back to using an overnight cream of Salicylic acid which has calmed a few of the big swines on my chin. It's helped the scabs peel too which is good.
Moisturising very regularly.
I got the lips under control - stopped using products like blistex and caramex cause they were ripping my lips to bits. Using vaseline which I was advised not to use but goes to show you can't always trust other peoples experiences. Everyone is different.
My nose is really painful to touch as it tends to bleed quite a lot. I'm a bit worried about my derm upping my intake (which seems to happen to most bloggers during their IB) as surely this will just intensify the side effects?
So mostly just "ow's" in my face and my acne being the biggest preoccupation of my life. I need some perspective really!
I'm going to put pictures up in the next few days.
My face is slightly less angry today. Or perhaps I've gotten used to how it looks? Who knows!
But lips are certainly better. I've stopped using Carmex as I think it was making them peel. Now alternating between some manuka honey balm and blistex cream.
I have dry skin where spots used to be which is begging to be pickedand aggravated. Trying my best to ignore...
I had a relaxing bath last night and a gentle face mask and face massage with Simple moisturiser - a richer version. It seems to be helping the dryness and flakyness but it's still very dry. I also have a sore at the side of my mouth which is just delightfully attractive. It keeps splitting because of where it is and it's taking ages to heal.
When I see my derm next friday I'm going to seek advice on the face dryness and the lips, and of course the breakout. I suspect they will just tell me to ride it out "it gets worse before it gets better". I'm going to try not to breakdown and cry as I'm worried they will take me off it due to fears of depression.
I'm back in the place where I keep saying WHY CAN'T I JUST HAVE NORMAL BLOODY SKIN! My skin definitely hasn't been this bad since I started breaking out like bad and first went on Tetrasyl. And I stayed off work during that time because I had huge cysts which were just impossible to conceal.
I wish I could find out the cause of this - it must be from those years of being on the implanton. I am never going on such an invasive contraception again!
Hoping everyday gets easier
This is hell.
My face looks like its been through a hedge backwards. I've got sores from spots just everywhere but especially around mouth and lips - they are taking ages to heal. Spots erupting all over the shop which are sore and horrible.
Even where spots clear up the dry flaky skin which is patchy and red, its just as unsightly as the spot it left behind.
Lips are flaky and dry and I can't find anything to help. I don't know how much worse this will get, I dont know how bad I can cope with it getting. I'm giving serious thought to taking time off work as I just look horrific. I can see peoples eyes go to the parts of my face where the breakouts are and I just want to run away.
How long is this going to last??
It feels a bit silly having an entry complaining about my skin when my community in London has been plagued by rioting thieving thugs, but addition to the riots irritating me my skin has also been a bit shit.
Nasty crusty/flaky/peeling skin around my mouth and lips area. Make up does nothing except make it more noticable and I look very perculiar with it on. Damn you!
Three lurking cysts, threatening everyday to erupt into all out boils. Sitting under my chin, by my nose crevice, and forehead. Damn you! Nowhere near ripe to sqeeze, not really noticable they are more like lumps atm. Fingers crossed they get bored and deflate. I've also noticed that smaller spots/blackheads are like orange pips - IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE! Squeezing just makes the area red so I've given up, which is very good.
The blackheads on my nose are more prominent and I can feel then protruding on my nose, its a bit gross. They refuse to come away even with gentle exfoliating.
And my lips - don't even get me started. They sort of remind me of scar tissue - really tight shiny. Applying a mixture of lipbalms/serum. trying some manuka lipbalm atm as it has injury healing qualities, however it's more of the waxy variety.
But I'm staying positive as all the above are sign that the tane is working and soon enough it will start clearing up. Along with the riots
Hope everyone in the UK has stayed safe
I won't (over) bore you with the perils of my acne suffering - basicaly similar situ to many bloggers on here. I'm a 25yo lawyer and after having a second contraceptive implanton in my arm, my face seemed to erupt uncontrollably . I had the implanton removed but the acne stayed. It's been awful. I put up with it for 13 months. Then January this year I started Tetrasyl, made minor difference but six months later I was still having significant breakouts. Accutane 20mg started two weeks today. It's been an unmitigated nightmare causing a lot of stress, depression and frustration. I've read a few blogs on here and it's supportive to hear that I've not been alone.
I get a complete mixture of rosacea, small pimples, large cysts, whiteheads. Anything and everything. My acne does not discriminate. Esp hairline cysts. My chest and back started to flare up just before I went on accutance. I have a fair amount of scarring or certainly dark acne ghosts on my cheeks and forehead. Very oily skin and I blot frequently.
I've noticed a vast improvement since starting two weeks ago - smal lumpy spots around my nove, chin and forehead have dryed up. I have not had (knock on wood) the IB but time will tell. I still get the odd zip but nothing compared to what it's been like over the last 24 months. Feeling much happier and stopped wearing make up. I blot and nothing - the oil has cleared up significantly.
Symptoms: MY LIPS ARE DRIVING ME TOTALLY MENTAL! Dry, cracked, peeling large pieces of skin. I've been advised not to rely on Vaseline, this is by an accutane 40mg a day survivor and my Dr. Essentially petroleum jelly is to keep essential moisture in, it doesn't acutally cause moisture. I don't want to start a debate about whether thats right or not but to be honest vaseline hasn't helped me personally at all so I've moved onto Carmex and it very soothing I was also told that Molton Brown do a gorgeously moisturising lip balm but it's pricey.
Also dry face, dry eyes - contacts becoming blurry, tight shiny skin (great for pictures), flaky skin in crevices. Dry throat. Dry nose, nose bleeds (small). Nothing else springs to mind.
So I'm fairly happy so far! I've tried to cut down on booze, I had a booze free weekend last weekend but I won't lie, I find it quite tough to avoid! Going to avoid shots and spirits and drink water between drinks.I take Zinc and vitamin E to counter some of the accutanes negative effects.
Skin care routine was previously a Garnier anti spot treatment wash - using a sponge. Twice a week I would use an exfoliator on dry skin, massaging for 5mins then gently washing off (much more effective) toner, differin cream.
Now I just use a Simple daily face wash for greasy skin. Anything else feels too abrasive. I moisturise with Nivea.
Here's hoping the nightmare is coming to an end!
Hello to everyone!