Well, this is the end of the road on my accutane journey! Nine months I have been taking this wonderful drug and now i've been told that this is it and i'm effectively "flying solo" managing this rosacea problem. I'm still taking anti-biotic daily, 1000mg erythromycin, so hopefully thngs will carry on going good as i've had no pimples or pustules for the past 7 months!!! incredible.
I would urge anyone who has acne rosacea and are at the end of their tether with this condition to seriously try this drug as with my story it has been fanastic and a real life saver for me..
I'll keep coming on here and giving you my accounts of my skin condition.
All the best everyone and keep positive......................'till next time!!
Well, I don't know where these last few months have gone!!!!!
Been to see my derm. Dr Gartner, today which was his last consultation with me so I see another one next month. Hope he's as nice as he was.
He's dropped me down to 10mg daily instead of 20mg alternate days for the next 3 months so that'll take me to 9 months on isotretinoin.
I'm stil taking 1000mg erythrimicin also so im well dosed up to fight these little buggers!!
Must say my skin is totally spot/papule/pustule/whitehead free and has been for a good few months now so I'm well happy with the results so far!! I still have the permanant erythema but can live with that with a good coverage of foundation. Looking to have laser surgery after i've completed this course of tablets after 6 months' absence so heres hoping for good results there.
Well,hope everyone else out there is blemish free and getting out and enjoying yourselves.
'til next time........................
I can't believe it's been 2 months since my last confession!!
On the skin front things are just as I 'd left them really 2 months ago which was pretty good considering where I'd come from 13 weeks previously!! Still no actives and no oily skin so i am still very happy with the results that isotretinoin has afforded me.
Still visiting dermatologist every month for the same script - 20mg alternate days 10mg alternate days. The redness still persists as I knew it would but that doesn't bother me at all now that the papules/pustules are cleared up.
When ive been off the drug 6 months then i'll see about having some laser surgery to hopefully zap away this redness business.
My knees and hips still are very stiff, especially if i have been sat for any length of time but i'm past caring now about that minor side-effects. The bonus of not having bad skin is good enough for me.
Well, I'll check in again in a month and update things on here.
'Til we meet again.........................................
Well, here we are again
Not a great deal of change from last week other than a new bump/papule, whatever, on the side of my nose/cheek area plus the 3 other ones that I've had for weeks now which don't seem to want to leave my face.
No oiliness at all and my skin's stil super smooth.
The only thing that bothers me now is my hips and knees are really stiff at the moment but Im not sure if it's just old age creeping up on me or it's the dosage but it's so low i wouldn't have thought itt would have made a great deal of difference to my joints. Maybe it does..........I'll put up with creeky,stiff joints for clear skin any day of the week!!!!
WEll, that's all for this week.........
'Till next time.......................
Well, at the derm yesterday and he's kept me at the low dose, 10mg alt. days and 20mgs alt. days plus the ertythromicin,250mg, four times a day. It's seem to be working well for me this dosage so i'm happy to just go along with it, I'm to have bloods done a week before my next derm appointment to check cholesterol levels and stuff so hopefully they'll be fine and I can stay on this dose. He mentioned again the laser treatment after I finish this drug treatment, for the erythema so I'm hoping that still comes off. I wonder what kind of laser treatment it will,be, there's so many different types out there. Just so long as it helps with this reddness I don't really care, at least for now there's no spots/pustules or papules/whiteheads or oily skin!! Tha's a first for me for I don't know how long!!!
Well, I'll leave it there and speak again next week
'Till next week then....................
Well, here we are again.
Week 11 already!! Skin first thing on a morning before I wash is deffo a lot lighter in colour to what it has been. Not sure if that's because of the length of time on isotretinoin or the dosage being increased to 20mg every other day to 10mg for the last month. I'm at the derm next week so I might ask him what he thinks.
Skin is still super smooth. In fact, this morning after I'd washed and dried it I just gently stroked my face, I know, this sounds weird, but it's been so long so since I've even wanted to do that, never mind even looked in the mirror minus a layer of foundation!! I'm just savouring it while it lasts..........I hope it lasts!!!!!!!!
Just a couple of papules allong cheeks/nose area and one little whitehead that just won't go above my lip/corner of mouth on the right side. It's been there for ages.
Well, that's about it for this week.
Next time I will have been to see the derm so might have more to say.
Well, 'till next week................
Well, it's been 7 days since my last blog and have only noticed 2 new little papules on left cheek along my nose which I'm sure won't hang around for too long. No whiteheads to report either, I can't remember the last time I had one!!
The reddness, to be fair, is quite apparent at the moment which I'm not sure why.
It could be the increase dose every other day of 20mg or the fact that I'm applying foundation every day and the process of having to
remove it with cotton pads could be irrating it a little. Might have a couple of make-up free days next week and see if there's any change to the colouring.
Have been doing volunteering work this week, hence the make-up every day, which I have enjoyed very much. Being part of the human race again after a couple of months of not going out due to the state of my face so have a lot of catching up to do.
Well, nothing much else to report so I'll be back next week for an update.
Take care everyone..............
Well, I think I've just finished my eighth week on isotretinion-so how was it for me:
I'm very pleased with the results so far and would urge anyone who has rosacea with papule/pustules and
who are looking to see improvements in skin texture as well as no zits then I would say "give it a go"
I'm going to update weekly from now on as I'm just repeating the same thing every day now unless
something major happens then I will update sooner.
Hope everyone else out there who are on this journey are having some good results too.
Well, 'till next week!!!........................
No major problems with skin at the minute although as we all know, only too well, that can all change.
Still got these bumps along jaw line and side of nose and this little one above my lip/corner of mouth which started off as a whitehead and
now is just a little, hard lump so don't know what that's all about.
Skin still very flushed. Reddness really hasn't improved at all but at least it's not as red looking with make-up on whereas
before you could still see the red under foundation which wasn't ideal and rather embarassing.
I had like a little interview/chat with the manage of a charity shop where I'm going to work a couple of days a week and
I was telling her that I had to leave my last job because of my skin and I could feel myself turning red and getting very anxious
but as soon as I stopped talking about it I was ok. Isn't it silly getting all worked up over your face?/
Well, 'till tomorrow..............................
20mg this morning and no headache today so that's a good thing.
Just got a few little bumps along jaw line and under chin but nothing too major.
About five little bumps-not sure what they're called so i'll just stick with bumps-down the side of
my nose, both sides, again I'm not too fussed about them.
Still no oil and the flakiness has gone so that's good news!!
Hard to believe I'm past day 50 already.......the time's just flying by.
Skin still very smooth, it's like glass to touch. I've never had smooth skin
like this before!!
Reddness slightly calmer today, I don't know why, it's hard to pinpoint what it
is that makes it more red some days and not others.
Trying not to drink any caffeine and cut down on milk so maybe thats
got something to do with it or it could be the upping of isotretiniion. I do like not
having oily skin, I could get used to it but I know that when I come off these pills
it'll come back.
Well, 'till tomorrow............
Taking 10mg today and no headache so I'm not sure if the 20 was the cause of it yesterday or
just the stress of going to the hospital, we shall see tomorrow if I get another one after 20mg.
Skin still continues to be oil-free and relatively pimple free. Just the odd raised
hard bump along jawline but nothing with any pus in them!
No whiteheads at the moment which is good.
Well, 'till tomorrow...............
Well, back to see derm today and he said my skin was looking a lot better, He's upped the meds to 20mg
alternate days with 10mg alternate days. Took my first 20mg today and heads aching a bit which is probably
due to the higher dose in my system but I guess I'll get used to that.
No whiteheads or pustules at all at the moment so I'm happy.
Lips quite but that's just my own fault for not putting vaseline on them when I go out.
Well, 'till tomorrow..................
Couple of little whiteheads just above right corner of mouth which are not going, stubborn little buggers. But apart from that and a few little bumps on left side of cheek my skins not in bad shape.
The reddness is still prominent which I know isn't going to get any better without laser treatment but that's something I'm used to living with
now but the pustules/papules weren't something I wanted to cope with on a daily basis.
Back at the dermatologist in the morning so we'll see what he says.
Well, 'till tomorrow............................
No great change in skin condition today, much the same as yesterday so won't warble too much.
Put foundation on today as I went out for fish and chips with hubby ( I know, naughty naughty), it was
lovely to be out, even though it was blowing a gale, just to feel "normal" in the crowds, with a little
help from make-up.
I should really have a full day with nothing on my skin to give it chance to breathe.
Well, 'till tomorrow.....................
Just a couple of little pimples left on chin and around nose but nothing major.
No whiteheads or cysts to note and still no oil but lips are fairly cracked but
put that down to this cold, windy weather we're having and forgeting to put vaseline
on when I go out!! The reddness is quite prominent just now but I'm putting that down
to wearing make-up and having to use a lot of cleanser to remove it and dragging the skin
with cotton wool to get it off.
Back to see derm on Friday which will take me to week 7 I think!! Wonder if I'll stay on 10mg, think
he will keep me on the same dose throughout which is fine by me.
Well, 'till tomorrow.............
No actives at the moment or whiteheads which is nice.
Reddness is calm in colour at the moment with no oilinesss or flakiness.
Lips aren't so bad.
Still using simple cleanser to take off make-up and moisturiser at night
and cetaphil cleanser on a morning with moisturiser.
Well, 'till tomorrow.............
Still have the pimples on my chin but they're nothing too bad, just annoying as I've been clear of anything for
a couple of weeks and thought I'd not get anymore spots........who am I trying to kid!!
skin still smooth albeit quite dry so put lots of moisturiser on on a night.
Lipa aren't too bad, in face, haven't put any vaseline on today which is good for me.
Well, 'ill tomorrow..................
Seem to be having a mine breakout on chin with small pimples. Skins feeling a little itchy too like
it used to do before I started on the isotretinion. Hope I'm not going backover with this and it's only
a blip. Been on these now 6 weeks on 10mg so maybe I'm just hitting the breakout period.
Might just have a day in tomorrow without make-up in case I'm blocking my pores up with foundation
and see if that helps to clear up.
Well, 'till tomorrow.................
Chin is quite bumpy today for some reason; not whiteheads but hard, red bumps. Oh well, have had
a good run so far with no breakouts so maybe this is the dreaded BP starting!! Wasn't going to put on any
make-up but decided I couldn't go all day looking at these pesky bumps so put some on nose and chin
Well, 'till tomorrow....................
Well, just a few red bumps under the skin but no proper spots at the minute.
Reddness is still a big issue but that'll only be dealt with by laser treatment so
will just have to rely on foundation to cover up, at least the dry skin has gone and spots so
can apply makeup without it looking hideous on top of flakey skin and pustules. Having a day off
foundation today so I'll not be answering the door if the bells goes!!
Well, 'till tomorrow......................
No real change in skin today other than the reddness seems to be getting much paler on my cheeks and forehead.
Only a couple of whiteheads on my chin and on right cheek.
No oil at all which is amazing considering only on 10mg daily plus lips aren't as dry anymore.
No dryness at all but only using cetaphil on a morning now so that might be why.
Well, short and sweet today!!
well, 'till tomorrow.....................
Well, I'm glad santa didn't leave me any little gifts by way of spots during the night!! Still a matte finish without oil and smooth to the touch.
Only had to put on a little foundation to cover reddness this morning which was nice not having to layer it on thickly but, hey, all that could change tomorrow!!
No whiteheads at all at the moment which makes a nice change.
Well, 'till tomorrow.......................
Skin is still super soft and smooth. No whiteheads at the minute only a few little raised red bumps down the side of nose/cheeks area
which aren't whiteheads and are hardly noticeable. Reddness this morning was a lot paler.
Still no oil on face which is remarkable considering I had a big problem with an oily complexion and it's lovely to put on foundation knowing that it's not going to slide off by lunch-time and not have to mop up with a load of oil sheets.
well, 'till tomorrow..........................