Today is the beginning of month four. Still on the 50mg, and it's definitely working! I am starting to feel confident without makeup on my cheeks. As an added (and very appreciated) bonus, my scarring seems to be getting better each day as my skin heals more and more. I was lucky enough to avoid body acne completely, so when these last couple months are finished I am hoping for clear, clear, clear and mostly scar free skin. Fingers crossed everybody!
I have been running 5k three times a week (cross training the others) and I think that has definitely helped clear my skin. I have always been physically active, but this added push of running has done wonders. Maybe the sweat/rain/rain/snow/vitamin D (never had that before - Seattle!)/fresh air or the 4o minute walk to the group start point is a secret miracle elixir. I think. At the very least the exercise is releasing endorphins which counteract my naturally high (and boosted with midterms) stress levels, which could be reducing inflammation. Now that I think of it, when I've gone on huge exercise bought's before my skin has cleared drastically, why hadn't I thought about that earlier? I highly recommend starting a workout plan if you have bad acne (in conjunction with prescribed medication if necessary) as it seems to have helped me a lot.
I'm daydreaming of summertime now.
I went to the doctor for my third accutane check-up the other day. I guess it's not working as well as she hoped, so I'm being bumped up to a 50 mg a day regimen, up from 40mg. I've been seeing a difference, but the majority of acne is supposed to be gone within 4-6 weeks of the treatment, and I'm at 6 weeks. I hope the increase will speed things along, but this is still the clearest I've ever been.
I think I may get that prescription filled today and jumpstart it. I'm almost headed home from my first semester at University and any little difference would me nice. At the same time, bumping up to over 40mg means more side effects, and a 14 hour plane ride will be be drying enough. We will see.
I got a hair gloss treatment will color the other day, and it has made a difference in how my skin looks! The slightly darker (more cappuccino-y) color has made my skin look white and creamy, which with a little concealer, makes a huge difference. I'm all packed and have my travel outfit all laid out. So excited!
Today is the one month mark of my accutane (1/6 of the way done!) experience and also the first day of any real success. I had noticed my right cheek looking a little bit better each day, but overnight it almost entirely cleared up! My left side is still breaking out, but it has started the "looking a little bit better each day" process, so I am hopeful.
What positive encouragement! I hope everyone else is having the same success.
I am still moisturizing like crazy, probably developing a chapstick addiction (it's possible!) from how quickly my lips dry out, and the nosebleeds seem to have tapered off.
I finally tackled the abomination that were my eyebrows last night, and to my surprise, they're looking pretty good! No drastic changes, and definitely not perfect like they are when I go to the esthetician, but good enough for now. Yippee!
Looking good for clearer skin when I come home.... 31 days!
I knew to expect dry lips and eyes, but I will definitely be searching for some eye drops... I haven't worn my contacts because they are drying too. I think it could partially be from the beginning of my first Nova Scotian winter. I'm used to a more moist climate without wind, so combined with the accutane side effects, I'm in for a treat!
I have also taken to carrying a water bottle with me wherever I go - seems that I am drying up from the inside out. This is probably a lifestyle change for the better though.
I've started to break out in places that I never have; were these just zits waiting to happen or is accutane dragging up long lost pimples? I was never a t-zone girl, my nose and forehead are generally the clearest part of my face, so I'm not used to seeing pimples pop up there. On the bright side though, I have found that my cheeks are slowly clearing up. I have a couple of purple, raised, soft bumps about the size of a pinky fingernail right by my ears. Has anyone else ever had these? What the heck are they?
On a side note - has anyone found that eating habits affect their success with accutane? I mentioned earlier that I wanted to lose some weight before I went home for Winter Break (maybe drop a size or two; nothing that would get me on the front page of Shape...a target size of 8) so I'm focusing on upping my produce consumption (cafeteria food focuses on STARCH-- potatoes potatoes potatoes. Add to that a strict vegetarian diet and you have a recipe for PB&J sandwiches and instant oatmeal for each meal...not exactly well rounded. Plus my friends are really into dessert, for lunch AND dinner. We all know that what our friends and family eats affects us too. I'm just trying to be strong for my dessert Tuesdays!) Tangent aside, has anyone isolated any flare up foods? I will go out of my way to avoid them and see if that helps me clear up!
I am still using a spot cream each night after I wash my face and moisturize. I've read some blogs from those who didn't dry out too much to ditch their spot gels, and I'm hoping that will be me for a while longer. It helps me to feel like I am doing something productive for myself.
This is day eight of accutane. I've had moderate to severe acne for four years now, ad have been on all the brand name AND generic topicals and antibiotics. I used everything from the expensive skincare line PCA, costcos proactiv genric and the drugstore clearasil gels. Then I waited a year.
The result of waiting? A terrible, huge 5 month break out on both my cheeks following the cheekbone. Dark red, deep and painful nodules that are starting to clear a little bit on accutane. I still have lots of hyper pigmentation on both cheeks and lots of whiteheads on my chin in the groove between my lips and chin, they're small though. Accutane has managed to miraculously get rid of all the persistant whitehead from my nose to my cheek! That makes me feel so much more positive about this treatment.
I believe my initial breakout is in it's beginning stages - small and medium pimples that were not there prior to starting my medication (60mgs once a day) have come to head. My nodules seem to have gotten a tiny bit smaller.
One thing though, I'm TERRIFIED of scarring. I have a couple ice pick type scars on my right cheek, but I SO want to prevent anymore. I've struggled with poor skin all thoughout high school and some university, and the idea of finally clearing up but being left with lots of scarring breaks my heart. I know it sounds melodramatic, but I just want to be pretty for once. To regain my confidence and not worry that people see the acne before they see me. I'm going home from university in 51 days. I want to lose 15 pounds and have clearer skin when I step off the plane. I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see my little transformation.
Do any more experience bloggers have any advice for me? I'm curious to know how people prevented/treated early scars. I'm moisturizing and using a gentle face wash, but is there anything else I can do? What about those scar patches/creams they sell at the supermarket. The scars are new- has anyone had any success with those?
Also, I usually wax both my eyebrows and my upper lip (curse of the dark hair) but I won't be able to for another year! Ladies - what did you do? I will probably pluck my eyebrows a bit, but I am afraid of misshaping them! What about the upper lip?
I'm living abroad without health insurance right now, so the monthly blood tests and doctors appointments are expensive; I want to gather as much information a possible before I book an extraneous appointment.