Heya guys. So I'm in my second month of accutane. Still in the 20mg. I only have 3 active pimples, and they currently reside just a bit beside my lips. They are tiny and not noticable at all. Everything are just scars. Redness on my cheeks. But overall, everything is smooth. I love it. I stopped putting any "crap" on my face. Which means no concealer or blush. I actually don't care anymore. I'm in high school and everything has been super busy. Everyone looks like crap in the morning anyway. Luckily, my redness does not show too much. My hair is always down which covers partly of it. My face has improved much much more.
Cons? Yes. I will not be wearing any mascara for a little while. I think my lashes have been extremely sensitive; thus, they have been falling off. Not randomly though, whenever I remove my mascara, I also remove some of my lashes, which scares the HELL OUT OF ME. I definitely know for sure that it is not the mascara itself. I've been using the same mascara before accutane for quite awhile. So I doubt it's the mascara's doing. And no, I don't excessively rub my eyes causing them to detach.
My lips are alright so far. They toned down a bit. I bought new lip balms. They are both Blistex. One is Daily Conditioning Treatment (DCT) with spf 20. Smells good. I put it on my lips in daytime. Before I go to bed, I apply the Lip Medex, for cold sores, cracked and dry lips. It has a hint of mint in it. I think it's very effective. They have both been very moisturizing.
So yeah. That's an update. I'm in a rush. sorry.
Oh. Here is a picture of my face against the sunlight. It doesn't really show much, I apologize. I will take a better picture later on. I haven't had the time to take any proper clear pictures. And this is before my 3 active pimples. I also covered my eyes for privacy reasons. I'm a paranoid child.
Hey guys, well today is the last day of November, marking my accutane journey as "Month one."
Negative side. My lips! My poor pink sensitive lips. It's absolutely horrifying! It's intensely dry. URGH. I occasionally have dry lips, but right now does not compare what I use to recall "dry!" I've tried Nivea, Vaseline, Vitamin E (oil), chapstick, mother-f-ing everything. I'm still having a search party on which lip treatment would be the jackpot. Sometimes my lips crack and bleed, and the weather here in Canada is not helping at all. You see, my lips is the prominent feature on my face. And having them crack like a crumpled piece of paper is depressing.
Positive side. My hair can survive without showers for days and it would not turn oily whatsoever. Yeah yeah, it's pretty gross, but for me, it's freaking amazing! My hair is soft and not dry at all. ah... Also, my face have stopped producing oil. No more oil!
My face has improved A LOT. For a month's worth of accutane, it's been giving me good results. Blackheads are almost diminished on my cheeks. Skin is soft, dryness is no problem. I only have red marks/scars left and it's only the first month! I can't wait for the end results.
Lastly, I don't know if it's the accutane but I lost 10 pounds. YEP. 10 pounds. Maybe my eating habits just changed, but I feel good
The products I use as my daily routine (it's simple and easy):
- Dove sensitive bar (does not dry the face)
- Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
- Maybelline Mousse Concealer (just a pat)
So, I survived my first week on Accutane! So far, nothing has really changed. No side effects, yet, and hopefully ever. I'm assuming it's because I am only taking 20mg of dosage this month. Actually, my lips have been quite chapped and dry lately, but I'm unsure if it's because of the cold weather here in Canada and my "lip-biting" habit--more like ripping/peeling the first layer of the skin subconsciously. Gross, I know.
I definitely noticed that my forehead cleared up a bit. Just a few spots left here and there. However, I broke out around my jaw and chin area. (My acne is not "hormonal"). So no comment on that; it's not too bad anyway. Oh, and I'm not sure why, but the blackheads around my nose area are more prominent that ever! They look like large disgusting pores. Although, I do think that the Accutane is actually protruding them out of my skin. The blackheads look a bit like it is more above the surface of my skin. I will update after at the end of November for my "Month One" results. Unfortunately, I've misplaced the SD card that contained pictures of my skin at the moment, so I can't post them. EH. Overall, everything is going swell! One question. Does Accutane help fade scars (red/dark spots)?
Today is my first day on Accutane (actually, more like yesterday since I am currently writing this blog post at 2 in the morning). Anyway, call me Tricia, I am 17 years old. My height is 5'5-6, weighing around...140lbs? I haven't checked recently, but does it really matter? My acne began as soon as I hit puberty, which was 5 years ago. At first, acne was not something I really thought about. I mean, I was young. I thought it was a temporarily "puberty" thing. However, as years passed, the acne remained dormant across my forehead.
I became desperate and so did my mom when it came to the point of removing the "crap" out of my face. I used a lot of useless products that I think may have worsen my face over time. Such as, proactiv, clean and clear, neutrogena, home remedies (green tea, apple cider topicals...etc), exfoliating scrubs, benzaclin..and a lot more, I can't even remember their names anymore. Finally, after 5 effing years, I got the courage to go to the dermatologist. As soon as she observed my face, she instantly recommended Accutane. I was quite iffy about this product because of some of its negative results and side effects that I've researched. But whatever, trying is not gonna hurt. Unless it does. So I got my blood test done, and next thing you know I'm carrying a month-supply box.
I would describe my face as...mild? My face is not severe at all. I have full control when it comes to subconsciously picking pimples and I eat very healthy meals. My acne is not hormonal. New ones grow whenever they feel like it. I would consider my face as "combination" type, since I have both dry and oily areas; however, it's mostly oily, so I really don't know anymore. I don't have acne on my forehead anymore, it descended to my temples and to the sides of my cheeks. It's those kind of acne that you can easily cover with concealer but it's also the kind of acne that is VERY sensitive to any products used. So yeah. I will try to post weekly depending on my schedule and possibly post with pictures as well. Also, maybe state any of the side effects that may occur or any problems I come across with.