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My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - End! May 14Th!

Description - Hey everybody! I want to apologize for my delay, I did not forget you guys. I just had too many personal and academic things going on in my life. However, everything has calmed down and I want to tell you guys that I finished my five month on 15th May 2012. My skin is great but there are also some negative effects I will talk about later. I apologize again and happy Olympics! Side Effects - So my dry lips and everything went away pretty quickly and I am now swimming again! HOWEVER, the small pains in my lower back is occasionally still there when I lay down. Advice - So I have started reusing many products to take care of my face. I found these two videos on Youtube that may help you guys. I have only tried the honey one but it helped me so much in my black heads and redness. Skin Post Accutane - My skins is amazing! I have been able to eat and drinks some drinks that are not so good for me. However, I do not really regret it since I need to enjoy my life and my cystic acne is not preventing me anymore. After my course, my oil came back pretty quickly, now that it is summer, oil blotting sheets are my life savior. I do have the occasional teenage pimple, but they go away the next day with the proper care. I have had probably three to four cysts that returned but I will not worry about them. With the oil came the black heads on my nose, the honey mask really helped this. IMPORTANT: From time to time these pimples filled with puss appear on my cheek. They do not hurt and are small but are itchy as mosquito bites. They only appeared after I finished Accutane, but once I pop them they heal the next day. Before and after picture will be posted, I am sorry I only found one picture of me before I took Accutane (I think you will all understand why). Conclusion - I apologize again and I will definitely do another post on my post Accutane journey in a few months. In the end, I am extremely happy with the results and I can now look others in the eyes when I talk. Many people have noticed my dramatic transformation and complimented my skin, a first. For those who are going through this, the journey will go fast than you think so hang in there! For athletes, I will post a special note at the bottom for athletes. I am so happy and remember to stay busy during your journey and warn your friends of the possible side effects. If you guys want I can post my skin care regimen, but only if you guys ask I do not want to waste my time. Athletes - My conclusion is that athletes should think VERY carefully before they go for Accutane. Before I say anymore, remember that each person will experience different amounts of side effects. About one month post Accutane, my fragile skin (another side effect) on my pinky was sliced open by the metal bucket as I was playing sponge relay. Now I only grabbed the bucket and I have to get about four stitches. This can be a model for physical contact athletes. Also, maybe it is before I am done with Accutane or because school and track season is over, but I am not as fatigued anymore. Anyways, swimmers should not take this as your skin will bleed from the dryness. All in all, please consider all the possible side effects before you take Accutane! Picture - This is the only picture I can find and you can not see all the cysts on my jawline and back. I am sorry for the shirtless picture but I have to quickly snap a picture and you can see that there is not more chest acne!

Augustus46

Augustus46

07/30/2012

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07/30/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 17,18,19

Description - I combined another three weeks together because everything is going great! I recently calculated how many mg I will have taken by the end of my five months(http://www.acne.org/...ccutane-dosage/). Which I think is about 115mg/kg but the recommended dosage is 125mg/kg; so I plan to ask my dermatologist to give me one more month. However, I must stress that the dosage amount is different according to the severity of acne (some people get almost 200 mg/kg) Side Effects - - VERY dry eyes, wearing glasses most of the time to school - I am literally applying chap-stick every 5 minutes - Very dirty ear lobes, probably because there is no oil to trap the dirt out? Not sure - Dry nostrils, dried boogers that will not come out - If I apply Vaseline into my nostrils, it starts smelling terrible after awhile Advice - - Every morning make sure all the Vaseline is wiped from inside your nostrils Skin This Week - - Little bit more oily - Like 1 pimple - I got a painful pimple in my ear somehow Sports - This upcoming week is my Track league finals. I have PR'd (person record) recently However, some things I've noticed is that my dry eyes get very teary when I run because of the wind. I am positive that I accutane is part of the reason I am always so fatigued. Yesterday I got a very long and wide cut on my arm from a nail scratch while playing basketball. This was a result from the fragile skin everyone has while on accutane. Therefore, I believe that every sport will have difficulties with accutane with swimming - painful dryness, contact sports - cuts, and running - possible joint pains and fatigue.

Augustus46

Augustus46

04/29/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 14,15,16

Description - Hey guys! So since nothing major happened I combined the past three weeks. Today I just took my 5th blood test, it's suppose to be my last month. However, I plan on asking my derm to give me 6 months to be on the safer side. Furthermore, since it might be my last blood test I decided not to look away during the blood drawing. Let me tell you, it was pretty nasty even though I am not scared of blood. When I was told to open my fist my blood literally squirted two inches inside the tube (the lady just laughed at my expression). In addition, this week I forget to eat one pill, my second time (shame on me)! So recently I found a very rare picture of me when I had terrible acne. Therefore, when this is all done I will be happily posting a before and after photo! Side Effects - - PEELING LIPS! (I barely keep this in check by exfoliating with a wet towel) - Drier eyes for some reason (But I can wear glasses since my face is currently not oily) - FRAGIL skin! I went to the beach the other day and I got so many scrapes. In fact, I tripped and was holding a plastic shovel that pushed into my skin. With Accutane the shovel took out many layers of skin, even the life guard said it was deep. - red rashes with small bumps, I am guessing it's eczema. I can control this with lotion so no worries Advice - - Buy a good moisturizer, no matter how expensive it is since I have used my moisturizers for about one year now (I have one for morning and one for night) Skin This Week - Pretty good! except I am guessing a white head just inside my nose

Augustus46

Augustus46

04/07/2012

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04/08/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 12 & 13

Description - I just began my fourth month, time went by so fast while on Accutane! So my allergies are gone and I can see my skin improving everyday. So earlier a week ago I went to get my blood test so I can get the meds on time. However, my dermatologist kept delaying and said that I could skip a few days since my face is better. Of course my skin is better because I only skipped one day (I am not even sure). Honestly, my dermatologist is pretty unhelpful considering that I pay $50 every time I see him for 5 minutes. Side Effects - - Same old - Fragile skin, a bump against an object can scrap off a thin layer of skin - Minor bleeding inside my nose - I just want to add that I have had no thoughts of suicide Advice - - For dry lips, every morning and night take a wet towel and gently rub your lips in a circular motion. This will exfoliate and prevent LAYERS of dead/dry skin peeling off on it's own throughout the day. - I have done this before. Looking into the mirror and seeking out every little flaw about myself. For those who do this, know from experience that others won't see most of the flaws things you see. I have proven this and it helps me keep my self-confidence up when in my opinion my skin is bad. - Swimming - So I have stopped swimming at the gym for 2-3 months now. Last week I went for the first time and immediately my skin cracked. From this I concluded that it's impossible to take Accutane and swim; football is probably bad too with the fragile skin. Skin This Week - - A few stubborn blackheads or small pimples but I can deal with them Running - So my left knee healed but my right hip, knee, and ankle started to hurt. I am still very fatigued but I have gotten much better. Furthermore, my back is not hurting as much and I can do stretches easier now. With my dry eyes + contacts, I get a lot of tears when I run.

Augustus46

Augustus46

03/17/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 10 & 11

Description - End of another two weeks! So I have started track season and I have much to talk about. First, having allergies and taking Accutane is very bad. From the constant usage of tissue, I managed to get a HUGE blister on the side of my nose! It went away after 3 days (accidentally popped it). Side Effects - - Same old - Minor nose bleed that didn't come out - Back pain - Can't leave without my chap-stick, I have 3 open and used constantly Advice - - Every night apply Vaseline into your nostrils with a Q-tip. This will help prevent it from drying and result in bloody noses. - Apply vaseline onto places that are dry and easily crack. I apply it on the sides of my chin and the part my earlobes touches my head. - VASELINE - From my experience Vaseline causes my pores to clog and create black heads. This is because vaseline moisturizes by trapping moisture inside and skin. However, for oily people it will also trap the oil in. Therefore, even with Accutane I refrain from applying Vaseline onto my nose, which is especially oily with bigger pores. I will do another review when I am done with Accutane or such. Skin This Week - - Two (quite large) pimples during week 10, however it went away but left two scars - skin (anywhere) gets damaged or scraped easily - Annoying blackheads and whiteheads ~Running~ So I started track season with a hurt knee (I don't think it's from Accutane). Anyways, I am not sure if it's because of tane, but after my first race five days later I am still not recovered and fatigued. Then, I had another meet yesterday which didn't help at all. With tests and everything, I have been very tired lately. My back pain and restricted me from doing certain stretched and warm ups. In addition, since I am as dry as a dry prune, during races my nostrils and throat has been especially dry. Therefore, I do recommend taking Accutane one week before the end of your fall sport so you have one whole off season for Accutane. Thanks for reading, see you in two weeks!

Augustus46

Augustus46

03/03/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 8 & 9

Description - Hey guys! It's been another two week and I finally entered my third month!!! Now, I think it's safe to say that my initial breakout was not that severe. This was probably because before Accutane I took antibiotics for my cystic acne. Which worked to a certain degree with very irritating side affects. Therefore, I started taking Accutane when I noticed I was getting use to the antibiotics. These past two weeks was hell, I had a combination of sever seasonal allergies with Accutane side effects. This combination caused me to have tear, sweat, and snot flying out when I run. I don't have it anymore though, now that I finally got my allergy medicine =.=. I just wanted to add that if you live near L.A., you should start taking Accutane in the fall season. This is so you don't have to deal with too much sun and you will finish right before summer. However, if you wish to not let people see you during your IE, then you can take it during the summer. Although, you will be missing out your break and having to deal with the burning California sun. I will be back either next week or in two weeks with updates. Thank you for reading! Side Effects - - same old - Dry patches of skin, eczema? They go away though - Dryness which caused the part where my earlobe touches my head to rip. It hurts very much and I've been applying vaseline and neosporin on it. In my earlier posts I said that my skin is very fragile right now. As a result, where they ripped are large red marks. - Flushing when I laugh too hard or when I am embarrassed - With the problem of bleeding, I researched and it is probably due to dryness of my anal ring or somewhere near there. However, if you guys see dark blood I would suggest you call you derm and discontinue taking Accutane until then Affect Running?- -I haven't said much about how Accutane affects me as an athlete because it didn't affect me that much. However, recently I have noticed a little bit of pain in my hips and knees. This may be due to the beginning of track season and the intensified workouts. Furthermore, I have noticed that certain type of stretches I have to do slowly because of my back pain. Even though the back pain does not affect me in any way while I run. Skin This Week - - The first week I had two large pimples, one on my forehead and another on my right cheek (I break out more on my right cheek...) These also left those red marks I talked about - Although there are currently no pimples that hurt, there are still many white heads and black heads

Augustus46

Augustus46

02/18/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 6 & 7

Description - I combined week 6 and 7 because nothing much happened in week 6 and I had finals. So today I got my blood test for my upcoming third month (so fast!). Really I have had seasonal allergies for two weeks now... I think eating Aprodine with Accutane made me get stomach aches so I stopped. Anyways, it's horrible and I bring a huge stack of tissue to school. In addition, I have a very strict diet because of acne and last week my friends called me uptight for it, but I guess they don't understand why I am very strict when they eat instant ramen freely. I am very excited to start my 3 month and I might combine weeks if nothing new arises. Thanks for reading! Side Effects - - Same old - Shedding of one layer of skin everyday on my lips - FLUSHING and REDNESS!!! I can bear the normal redness that makes me look a little sunburned, but I get sooooo red when I laugh or yell too hard or get angry... I am practically feel the blood flushing my face, people always think I am blushing in every situation. - SCARRING! Alright I discovered that while on Accutane my skin scars easily and is very fragile. Even if I don't pop a large cyst, it leaves big blotch of red and dark skin that looks like it was burnt. It also takes up to 2 weeks to 1 month to fully heal. This also applies to other areas of the body, so be very careful about injuring yourself. - *IMPORTANT and DISGUSTING* I noticed minor bleeding when I wipe my butt, I am not sure if its Accutane hurting me or because I've been pooping much more after starting Accutane. I will keep a close eye on this issue. Advice - - Combination of moisturizer and Vaseline has eliminated any trace of flaking - I don't recommend using Cetaphil's gentle soap bar to wash your face (it dried me up!), which is why I use it to wash my hands before I touch my face Skin This Week - - Few normal pimples, the huge ones I got from stressing over finals last week are gone. - Aside from a few pimples, redness, and pigmentation my skin is in pretty good shape! People even said that it looks smooth and wanted to touch my face. However, I wouldn't let them since their hands might not be clean. Questions - - What type of allergy medicine is safe to use with Accutane and could be used in the morning?

Augustus46

Augustus46

02/04/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 5

Description - Yay! Just finished the first week of my second month! Well this week was great! I didn't have one single cyst since almost 1 year or more? There was no flaking and less back pack. I just wanted to add that I have told some of my close friends about Accutane and to keep a close eye on the dangerous symptoms. I really hope that my minor initial breakout is over. For the athletes, so far I haven't had joint problems even when I run for over an hour. I know that I am slowly gaining my confidence back, I was easily able to make eye contact in a presentation this week. In addition, my friends and family has also noticed a difference on my skin Side Effects - - Common ones - Redness and flushing when I laugh too hard -_- - *Not sure if related* I have been more sensitive about things since I started the Accutane course. I guess we will know when I finish the course and see. Advice - - I think it's better for outdoor athletes to start Accutane during the winter since there's less sun - Vaseline has really help stop my flaking (so far it has not made me break out) - I started using Burtsbee chap stick and it's really nice, not too thick but moisturizing - Water is very important! I take 3 bottles of water (metal bottles) to school everyday Skin This Week - - No cysts! - Only 2 pimples with puss that was probably due to stress over my finals - Somehow more oil - Only a few black heads on my nose, even the ones in the side crease of my nose are gone Relationship between Kimchi and acne. Leave your thoughts here! http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/309661-relationship-between-kimchi-and-acne/

Augustus46

Augustus46

01/21/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 4

Description - Hey guys I am done with month one! So I'll began by saying that this week was pleasant. I only had 1 cyst and other small pimples I can deal with. However, a new problem arose.... my skin peeling. I began by applying my moisturizer like 4-6 times a day. Then, I started applying Vaseline, a very thin layer, on affected areas which worked wonders for the faking. It says non-comedogenic but I am still testing for myself if Vaseline breaks me out or not. In addition, I have not received any joint pains, exhaustion, or severe back pain even when I ran for 70 minutes. Side Effects - -Dry lips (burning sensation, peeling, and cracked corners) -Dry eyes (currently not wearing contacts on some days until I run) -Dry skin (burning sensation and flakiness that includes my neck and earlobes) -Dry skin (very itchy and irritating) -Flushed face (happy because I know the medication is working haha) - I don't know if it's related or now - While writing a essay this week, my vision suddenly went weird and some areas were completely white :/ Furthermore, I had a sever headache. These went away after about 20 minutes. I will keep careful tabs now on this from now on. Advice - - After your moisturizer if you want, apply a very THIN layer of Vaseline on peeling areas at night and morning. However, if you discover that it's breaking you out, stop immediately. I would recommend getting the real Vaseline that says non-comedogenic. - I believe that diary does break me out. Therefore, I stopped drinking milk for awhile. However, I discovered Almond milk from Costco. It's better tasting (in my opinion), less thick, has less calories, 50% more Calcium, more of other vitamins and minerals, lactose and diary free. I suggest trying it if you drink milk frequently . Skin This Week - - One cyst inside the pore on my mustache area, which hurt so much (popped it and it healed) - small pimples here and there without any pain -peeling skin! Question - - What type of sunscreen do you use that does not feel thick and does not break you out? Feel free to post your advice or questions!

Augustus46

Augustus46

01/14/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 3

Description - This week I had much less back pain, but my face burned when I run because of the sweat. The sides of my chin are really dry because I talk and laugh a lot. Also, for a whole day this week I felt super sad. However I don't know if it was something else that made me sad, or the medication just made me sadder. I had a enormous cyst on my cheek this week. It hurt so much, was super red and kept enlarging. In the end it took almost the whole week to go away and left a scar the size of a jellybean -_-. Thank you for reading these! Side Effects - - minor back pain - way more blackheads on my nose - burning sensation on my skin after I run (from the sun and the sweat) - red skin - super dry lips, skin, and eyes - WAY less oil!!! I almost don't need blotting sheets anymore - really really small pimples around my face - feeling of sadness - thirstiness Advice - - If you go to school, bring like 3 bottles of water (the metal bottles). You get really thirsty and it helps your body detoxifies. - Wash your face right after you exercise and apply moisturizer Skin This Week - - One huge cyst on my cheek, continued to get larger and hurt so much. Went away on the 6th day? Left a big scar on my cheek though.

Augustus46

Augustus46

01/07/2012

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01/08/2012

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 2

Description - So this week my skin started off with many painful cysts, but by now there's nothing except a red mark on my jawline. I got this huge pimple near my armpit -_-, which was where my shingle scars were; so it was very painful. I had neck pain for a few days, it would go away as I ran. In addition, I have worsening back pain and I have noticed that it hurts the most when I lie. Which gets in the way when I try to do ab workouts, but it haven't affected when I run. Side Effects - - Neck pain that went away on about day 11th - Back pain that keeps worsening, feels the worst when I lie down - Dry eyes, lips, and skin (less severe than last week) - More black heads on my nose - WAY less facial oil, still a lot though - Edge of my lip cracked for one day - Little bit of flaking Advice - - Drink tons of water, really helped my dryness - Try sleeping early, my painful cysts would die down quickly if I got 8-9 hours of sleep - Since its break, which means no stress, I got less pimples Skin This Week - - 5-7 cysts, but overall pretty good skin - At this moment, there are no painful pimples anywhere - First pimple near my armpit Questions - - Now that my eyes are dry, I can't wear contacts for too long. However, my face is still too oily for glasses (slips down due to the oil). Does anyone have a solution to this problem? Putting eye drops didn't help - Any medicine that will help with my back pain?

Augustus46

Augustus46

12/29/2011

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Week 1

Description - Well the first day was fine, then I woke up with a massive headache on the 2nd day. I noticed drier eyes and skin by the 3rd day, probably because of the sweating, sun exposure, and chlorine water. Later, after I took the pill I got a stomach ache but it went away. For the rest of the week, my skin, lips, eyes continued to get drier. Also, by the 5th day my whole face felt chapped, probably because of the sweating or sun from running. Side Effects - - 2nd day severe headache - 3rd day stomach ache (not sure if its Accutane) - dry skin, little bit flaky by day 7 - drier eyes - minor back pain - minor burning in joints after running for one hour - dry lips - redder face Advice - - wash face with cleanser right after running - apply moisturizer after every time you cleanse face (max 3 times) - carry chap-stick and eye drops everywhere - apply sun screen or moisturizer with SPF if you are in a sport Skin This Week - - huge painful nodule on my chin (went away on the 7th day) - minor amount of small pimples that I can deal with (they cause no pain)

Augustus46

Augustus46

12/22/2011

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12/24/2011

 

My Accutane Journey As An Athlete - Introduction

I have decided to start this blog so I can help myself and share my experience on Accutane as an athlete. To start off, my name is Austin and I am 16 1/2. My acne began in 7th grade when my face started producing enough oil to fry my own fries, the weather in California didn't help either. Then, in 8th grade my acne increased in amount, size, and in pain. During the summer before 9th grade, I joined Cross-Country and began running almost everyday. Sadly, without me knowing, my acne (which I thought was normal adolescent acne), erupted into painful and inflamed cystic acne. *I've always heard that the sun and exercising helped acne* By this time, I've been experimenting with different face washes, diets, and environmental factors. Some of them were: drinking more water, cutting back on diary products, eating less of certain foods, changing my pillow case everyday, never touching my face, putting on moisturizer, and stopped drinking soda. Finally, 9th grade came... my face was scarred and filled with painful cysts. During this time I wash and moisturize everyday; along with the usage of different prescribed creams (I can't remember) and Benzoyl Peroxide of: .5%, 2.5% and 10%. In addition, I tried and hoped to cure it with natural remedies such as aspirin mask, lemon juice, honey, and many more other things. As the end of 9th grade came, my self-confidence and self-esteem was nonexistent. Furthermore, everyday in school I only thought about how my face felt like there were needles constantly poking me. Which was why it became harder for me to concentrate on school. Also, I noticed I was isolating myself, always hiding at my house and being depressed all the time. It didn't help when a little kid came up and asked what was wrong with my face. This was when I finally understood that I needed professional help or I might reach a breaking point. So I preceded to go to my family doctor and he gave me topical creams that either didn't work or were the same but with different percentages. Therefore, I made him recommend me to a dermatologist, who never listened to me but glanced at me for two seconds and gave me ANOTHER topical cream. By this time, I was angry that I was losing the battle with acne so I went to another dermatologist, who I had to pay myself, but he listened and agreed to apply for Accutane even though I have never taken any acne medications (except topical). However, they rejected me... so I took one month of antibiotics and then reapplied (the antibiotics cleared 80% of my cysts but I knew they were temporary). So one month later, while I noticed that the antibiotics were becoming less effective, I was prescribed 40 mg of Accutane on the beginning of December! With my story done. I am a Cross Country and Track runner, I also swim whenever I can. I didn't find many blog about how Accutane will affect competitive athletes. So I thought I'd start one and give you guys some of my tips and share my journey. I'll probably post a update every week. I would love to hear your comments, encouragement, advice, or questions!

Augustus46

Augustus46

12/22/2011

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