It's been a while hasn't it?! In fact, it's been 1 year and 2 months since I last took an Accutane pill, and I'm delighted to say that my quality of life has improved vastly since.
The Early Days
A few months post-treatment I still got a few spots, which seemed to be brought on by stress and hormones, but that has calmed down further where I get a (usually) small, pimple-like rather than cyst-type, spot every 2-3 weeks, and the life-cycle of these spots is usually a day or two rather tha
Hi, it's been a while! Well my skin has been great overall, the tone of it is getting clearer with the help of this sunny spring weather. I'm extremely happy because I can see my freckles! Back before getting acne I hated my freckles, but now I couldn't be happy to see my little friends appearing again. When I had acne for the past three Summers I couldn't see any freckles, basically because I couldn't see any decent skin under the lumps and bumps, and I really missed those little guys. Being ab
I have three spots on one cheek and one just under my eyebrow, all within a few days One of the spots on my cheek is similar to the type I used to get, sore and with pus inside (although the pus is gone because I *shockhorror* squeezed it-it was ready to pop. I took my last Yasmin pill in the cycle on Monday so maybe it's come from that because I'm due. I hope so. Can't deal with acne again!
Could have cried this morning before going to school, not because of the spots themselves but t
My 'after accutane' skin care routine is to apply mild Retin-A at least once a day on my red marks and problem areas (areas prone to spots when I'm in my 7 day Yasmin break). I also apply bio-oil twice a day all over my face, which helps restore moisture and is also supposed to help even out skin tone. After sticking to this consistently for around 30-40 days, my skin definitely feels clearer and smoother-it's even helped blur out a scar on my nose! I've always looked a bit young for my age (mam
On Tuesday I went for my post-accutane check at the hospital. I had to do my regular pregnancy test, where as usual my mam decided to strategically slip in her usual joke of "imagine if it came back positive-it'd be like you were Mary having Jesus", while teenage boys were sitting beside me. Yes, remind me of my non-existent relationships in front of all these people, that's cool. Also, the nurse gave me a thin tube to pee in. I just stared in confusion at him until he said "oh, sorry! I was thi
Hey, finally have time to upload some pictures because my exam is out the way now...
I just have redness now but that's really improving since I started using bio-oil. I thought it was just a fad product but seems to be working really well. I put that on twice a day on my cheeks and when I feel a spot coming up I put Retin-A around that area. I feel a lot better now that I'm not stressing over exams and I don't feel so down. I haven't had any spots since my last entry, and it seems
It's been almost two weeks since finishing accutane and I wish I could say it's been brilliant but it hasn't. On Christmas Eve, a few days before I was planned to take my last pill, I got a spot. I couldn't believe my luck, weeks and weeks with clear skin and I suddenly had a massive one between my eyes a day before Christmas. That one burst and was drying up by Boxing Day, and then a few days later I got another one. Now I've officially been off my accutane for almost two weeks and yesterday I
Went for my consultation today and the Derm was really impressed. She said I'm one of the few who take really well to the drug really quickly, and she would see the main professor while I did my pregnancy test (which was negative; no miraculous conception for Renn this Christmas) to ask if she should up it for one last month/2 months. When I came back she said they decided it was ok for me to finish-was not expecting that, I didn't know what to say! In one sense I was so happy, seeing as I could
My face is like a baby's bottom (minus the microscopic faecal matter and large crack down the centre), but my lips are like little scaly, swollen red slugs. I bought cocoa butter Vaseline but it still had petroleum jelly in it, which isn't good for lips long-term. I went to the Body Shop and bought some beeswax cocoa butter, which I'm sure feels lovely on already moist lips, but when slathered on my lips it just lingers on the top layer of rough skin and doesn't sink any deeper. Cost me 4 quid t
Another quick before & now picture
Before 100 Days
Obviously there's a huge improvement but I've still got red marks that are difficult to see on that picture because they kinda merge with the freckles. The ultimate result would be my face skin looking like the skin on my neck, that would be incredible.
Side Effects update: I've noticed that under my eyes is a lot darker than usual, and it's very obvious when your skin is as pale as mine. A teacher literally asked me
I have uploaded skin pics into my gallery if you're interested in how my skin's looking. I've uploaded one in my regular light, one in a strong light and one in natural light. What can I say? I'm just a talented photographer.
It's freezing cold here in the North of England and I'm wearing three pairs of socks because my toes feel like icicles. My dad is very stingy about heating costs so we have to just wrap up as best we can and hug the nearest fluffy dog for warmth. The weather combined w
Wow-wow-wee-wow, I've reached triple figures! That sounds a bit like I expected to die during the treatment or something, but what I mean is that I can't believe it's gone as smoothly as it has. Ok, there have been days where I've not felt great, and some weeks have seemed to go by slower than a nan carrying some thick bling, but the past few weeks have flown past, leaving great improvements. I've been using Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Toner which I found buried in my box of past attempts t
I’ve spent the day sleeping and soaking. We ran out of bubble bath so I squirted a ton of my brother's Lynx (Axe) shower gel into the tub. I lay in there for so long that it must have seeped right into my skin because, 2 hours later, I still smell like a teenage boy. The stench is so strong it burns my nasal passages. It's not even one of the nicer editions of Lynx. It's called 'Instinct'-what instinct, repulsion? Fear? I cannot describe how much I hate this smell. If you had to pick a smelly,
I am so ill. My throat is dry and tickly and my eyeballs feel like hot coals. I'm so out of it that I got up this morning, picked up my advent calander and opened door 3...and carried on opening doors! I opened about 6 more until I realised I was only supposed to open the one. Oh well, might as well eat the rest now. The cold weather is really hitting hard now too, so my skin is extremely dry on my hands and lips, to the point where I can't wash the dishes because they crack and sting. Oh my. Wh
I managed to find a picture of my skin when it was all disgusting and had a staph infection. I was on 4 flucloxacillin tablets a day for, I'm not sure exactly, but a long time. It died out eventually, but I felt so crap when I had it, like I was diseased.
It's not great quality because it was taken on a mobile phone. I wish I had taken proper photos of my skin when it was at its worst but whenever I did take some with the flash on I would get too upset and just delete them. Just happy I'm no
Whenever I have to choose which restaurant or cafe to go to I will always go to the same places, even if I don't particularly like them, if they have a 'flattering' light. If it has that dim, sepia glow about it it's good, but if it has that horrible, doctor's surgery light it's not an option. It's gotten to the point where if I'm in such a strong light I give off vampiresque side-effects, like hissing and melting into a puddle of glitter. Slightly exaggerating but I do sometimes use
I've been surfing the net, and can I just say that I hate that phrase. Why 'surf' and not 'skate' or 'pogoed'? Surf is quite inappropriate actually, seeing as computers and water is a no-no. Anyway, back to the point, I've been on the net looking at evolutionary explanations of acne. They're just theoretical ideas as they're not backed by any real evidence, but I thought it was all quite interesting. I thought I'd do a little round-up on here; see what you guys think of it all.
Had my derm appointment and instead of seeing the doctor I usually see I saw the professor of Dermatology. He asked how I was doing with the side-effects, and before I could say anything he blurted "you look a bit depressed!". Someone else said I looked down the other day, and I am, but I don't intentionally show it so I don't understand what I'm doing that gives it away. It's not like I'm sitting with black eyeliner smudged down my cheeks whilst slicing my wrists with an expressionless face. He
So I'm almost into my third month and could be finishing my treatment in another 40 days, when I hit 4 months. 120 days sounds like nothing when compared to a previous 1460 days of acne hell (that's 4 years for those without a calculator). I've had dry skin and lips for so long now it's just part of the routine and doesn't even bother me anymore, it's just the random sweating that's irritating but it's a teeny weeny price to pay to have good skin. I've started healthy eating properly today becau
Hi, just thought I should let you know I'm still alive and consuming enough fatty foods that I'm beginning to look like Aunt Bessie, and the redness of my face gives me a similar blush to her, which is just fantastic...
I have a huge blue bruise on my upper arm from where a bucket of potatoes fell onto me this morning. I think they were drawn to my Aunt Bess-esque aura and wanted me to make them into some roast potatoes. I never used to bruise, and it's only since 'tane that I've been getting s
So I haven't posted in a while but, well, nothing has really happened...apart from developing the watery moustache.
The watery moustache is the name for the phenomena where my upper lip sweats non-stop all day. That, along with my watery eyes and dry, crusted lips, gives me that 'nervous sexual predator' look every self-conscious, desperate-to-fit-in teenager wants. I don't understand why I'm all of a sudden getting this though. I did get it a little when I over-exerted myself or became too
My skin is getting redder and redder as each day passes. Perhaps Accutane is not only purging out spots but also a baboon's bottom which has been living dormant under my face for the past few acne-corrupt years of my life? It would explain my craving for bananas and urge to 'ooo ooo, ahh ahh!" at people.
Below is a picture of said skin today. Compare the skin on my face to the skin on my neck (which is deathly pale) and you might understand why I'm still reluctant to go out makeup-less.
Today has been one of the most boring days in my 6th form life. I was so bored that in Psychology I decided to draw a dinosaur on paint:
That was my excitement for the day. Also, I balanced a pile of 5 Jaffacakes on my left cheek, which was satisfactory.
My skin feels like it's burning up constantly which is pretty annoying. I solved the problem of my eyes constantly watering by buying eye drops. Don't get how putting more liquid in my eyes would help but it has! My lips are the worse, t
THERE'S A MOOSE LOOSE ABOOT ME garden. Well, technically it's a rat-grey, about 6", excluding the tail, with a medium build (this is starting to sound like a description on Crimewatch). It was dining on some of my dog's finest excretion and ran away when I opened the door-didn't even pay the bill! We've had to phone the Council because apparently it's illegal to have rats in your garden(?) which I don't understand because it's not like people purposely smuggle rats into their gardens for the ple
I'm going to post today's blog in invisible bullet points. Chic? I think so. Indie? Kinda. Plan B after normal bullet points appeared in random places, deleted original post and lead to a mental breakdown? Yes.
In yesterday's blog I wrote how happy I'm feeling in life, so my life has decided that that's just weird, Renn having a positive outlook? Let's fix that. I woke up this morning feeling like I'd been run over by the stampede that killed Simba's dad. What was Simba's dad called again? I