Well, things have been going pretty ok! I think I have entered the initial breakout phase. I was hoping I would be that percentage that didnt!
I have numerous large lesions on my cheek and they are all clustered together. I think that this was something waiting to come out though because I remember having small bumps there before accutane. My forehead also has several large nodules where previous small bumps were. I had a few blackheads that were impossible to get rid of without ruining my face but they have purged themselves out on their own! So I guess that is one positive! I don't have to really squeeze pimples anymore to get stuff out. It is kinda coming out on its own!
I have had dry lips and face. My face is a lot drier than it was a few days ago but it is bearable! No aches, pains, dry eyes or the infamous 'seeing or hearing things that aren't real'. Thank god! I had a slight headache the other day but I can assure you it was because I did not drink enough water. Does anyone know if it is true that Accutane dehydrates your whole body, and if so, why? Oh I also went for a 30 min jog the other day with spf 30 on along with bare minerals and I came back RED! I am guilty of being a tanaholic in my previous days and I do not burn easily due to my complexion so this was a shocker!
I started feeling a little 'out of it' the other day BUT it may be due to a recent move, other stresses in life, and me thinking about it wayyy too much. I think the best way to deal with this process is to not think about it too much! Is anyone else going through this?
Thanks for reading!
Ok. So I do not want to sound like one of those crazy people who look in the sky for UFOs and think that the government is watching their every move BUT I do have a theory related to Accutane.
Say there is a CURE for acne (Accutane). What would the pharmaceutical companies do if a cure came out for ACNE? One that is readily available for use by the consumer as long as they have a prescription with side effects comparable to other drugs commonly used. Do you know how many manufacturing companies that produce the drugs that we spend so much money on would be in financial trouble and end up closing? No more revenue coming in from companies that produce these creams, antibiotics, face washes, toners and lotions that are directed towards individuals with acne? What would happen if the 'skin care' aisle at our local drug stores were no longer there because they were not needed because there was a cure? This website may not even potentially exist.
Skin care products, especially those geared toward acne bring in billions of dollars in revenue each year from selling products to us. They would, excuse my language, be screwed if a cure came out. A cure that had side effects comparable to every other drug that has side effects.
What if the hype around Accutane and its potential side effects was greatened to place fear in the consumer so that not all acne sufferers ran to the option of taking accutane. What if the manufacturers of accutane were paid off by the big pharmaceutical companies that host other acne treating drugs so that their business could stay in business? It could be a simple formula-Scare acne sufferers from taking the cure so that only some do (keeping manufacturers of accutane still in business) while the other remaining acne sufferers who opt not to take accutane keep the manufacturers of other acne medicines (such as retin-a and neutrogena products) financially in the game.
Undoubtedly there are serious side effects related to Accutane. There are also other serious side effects related to other drugs that we take all of the time, although, these side effects may not be as talked about as those with Accutane.
Just food for thought.
Hello all! I am new to this blogging stuff but I figured I would give it a try because everyone elses blogs have encouraged me to put away the fear and start the dreaded AAAACCCUUUTTTAAANNNNE.
A little about me- I am a 25 year old registered nurse and I have been involved in healthcare for about 4 years now ranging from hospitals to primary care practice. I certainly did my homework before starting Accutane and I figured the risks were worth the benefit. It took about a year for me to fully come to the decision because of fear. It is only day 3 and I am already glad I decided to give it a try. I get cystic pimples, about 8-10 at a time all over my face. I have extremely red scars from where previous cystic pimples were and my scarring began to increase and become crater-like on my cheeks. I have had acne since about 15.
Past regimens - As many of you have, I have tried many things to clear my acne and have spent a ton of money doing it! Salycilic acid toners and face washes. Benzoyle peroxide creams and washes. Prescription antibiotics (tetracycline, doxycycline). Retinoid creams (retin-a-micro, tazorac, tretinoin cream). Antibiotic topical cream with clindamycin in it. I took tetracycline for about 2 years with retin-a-micro cream and benzoyl peroxide facewash. This worked the best for me until it STOPPED working because my body did not recognize the antibiotic to be effective anymore. Long term use of antibiotics are never a good thing anyways!
2/14/12- I started Accutane February 14th! I am on Amnesteem 40 mg once a day. This is based on my weight which is about 135 lbs. I take it at night with food about 2 hours before bed. I was soooo nervous before taking my first pill that night but I was so happy when I finally took the first one. I thought to myself - Ok, this is the start to the end! I felt this crazy sense of empowerment that I hadn't felt in a while. The rest of the night was like any other normal night! I woke up in the morning with a tiny bit of a pressure headache. It lasted throughout the day but was nothing scary or painful.
2/15/12- I woke up with slightly less of a headache! My skin was a little dryer than normal and felt very soft in the small areas where there are no acne lesions.
2/16/12-No headache at all! Feeling great. Went for a jog and nothing weird! My face is a little dryer and my mouth is a little dry. If anyone has taken retin-a-micro you know that your face peels a little while on this. My face was peeling a little today as the retin-a-micro had done.
I will keep everyone posted on my experience and good luck to everyone else!!!