So I've stopped the erythromycin and my dosage was upped to 40mg. I have definitely noticed a big difference. My doctor suggested I try a month at 40mg & if the side effects are too severe I can drop back down or do alternative days with 2 pills.
Extremely dry cracked lips
Vision is very poor.
Hair is thinning
Skin is flaking off
Heels are extremely dry.
Nosebleeds last week at work (eek)
This is odd, I've started to notice wrinkles developing on my forehead. I have NEVER had one wrinkle or even a hint of a wrinkle. I also have to double cleanse with the Cetaphil cleanser as it's just not removing make up very well. I'm quite an eater but I think I've lost weight... I'm currently at 42kgs & I eat like a horse... not sure if that's related but my doctor said it's more than likely. Oh and I'm washing my hair max once a week... It's so dry :S
Things I currently CANNOT live without:
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion.
Kiehls Lip Balm
Alpha Keri Lip Balm (this is the greatest thing ever)
Things that DO NOT WORK:
Blistex. Blistex everything. Boo.
OMG! I have never had period pain.... slight discomfort maybe but today I discovered that I've never had real period pain because I am in total agony. It hit me like a freight train.... I feel nauseous, aching & it's so severe I can't stop the tears. I had a google & it seems a fair few other girls experienced this in their first month. I can't breathe properly it hurts so much..... Why haven't more people talking about this?
Symptoms experienced so far:
- Extremely dry lips
- Tenderness to sun
- Dry red eyes (my director commented yesterday it looked like I've been crying for a year)
- Flare up in acne
So far so good... I have more cysts on my chin & cheeks (that REALLY hurt) but I noticed last night my skin is starting to look a little different. I am still on Erythromycin as well so I'm disappointed the spots have come up.
Symptoms so far:
Dry lips - Day 3 progressively getting a little drier each day
Dry feet - Day 4
Headache - Day 4
Skin worsening - Day 3 onwards
* I need to add I have found the most AMAZING lip balm by Alpha Keri. It's also got SPF 30+ protection in it!
The photo below is from day 5.... There is a big cyst that has come up on my cheek (it won't stop hurting...)
I spent a looong time trying to find information on survival kits. In fact that's the main reason I think I am going to keep a blog is so others can know what products work in alleviating the symptoms. Money really isn't a concern I am basing my findings solely on how well they work. Over the past month I have compiled a list in my Evernote and just cut and pasted it. Note there are prices & stores to purchase beside a lot of them. US means US dollar and AU is Australian dollar.
My stats are blonde, medium complexion with combination skin. No real body acne (a few pimples occasionally now). I am 45kg (100pounds), 5"3 tall. I have cysts that I call "grown up" acne that I get from behind my ears to my nose (mostly near my ears though).
ACCUTANE SURVIVAL KIT
biotin supplementation (?)
baby shampoo (I usually only wash my hair twice a week anyway)
Nioxin shampoo (last resort)
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($18AU Priceline)
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($36US/$76AU). Another girl said after a month she switched to this & life was good.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (Lips/Eyes/Ears)
Coppertone Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion Faces SPF 30 ($11.99US Walgreens)
* I am going to mix up all my lip treatments daily as I read on a few blogs that your body becomes use to it.
Visine Revive x2 (AU $7.69 each)
Clinique All About Eyes Rich (US$29/$58AU)
[*]Cetaphil Moisturiser ($18AU)
[*]Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment (Feet/Arms)
[*]Smashbox - High Definition Healthy FX Foundation ($55AU Oil-Free foundation from Mecca/Kit Stores)
[*]Smashbox - Photo finish colour correcting foundation primer Adjust ($55AU - Stops redness/Barrier between foundation from Mecca/Kit)
[*]Milk Thistle (Liver)
[*]Tumeric (Red Marks)
[*]Wild Salmon Capsules (Joints)
Hi I'm Miss Australia, I'm 25 and I have "acne" (duh). I was one of those lucky few who never had a pimple during high school and did not purchase my first bottle of foundation until I was 21. Something happened almost overnight (well, over a fortnight) and I ended up with bands of cysts across my face. They never came to the surface and when I went to the doctors he told me I had acne and I had to go on Roaccutane (Accutane for all you stateside users). My mother who lectures in mental health wasn't convinced it was the best idea so she took me to another specialist for his advice. I found out I actually had a hormonal issue with an onset of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and my face erupting was a side effect. Instead of going on Accutane I went onto Diane (the pill) and had VPL (variable pulse light - laser).
Everything was going ok, my face calmed down but the VPL burned my skin and scarred it badly. After about two years on Diane I couldn't take the pill anymore. I found it made me feel extremely sick and nauseated constantly. Even the idea of swallowing a sugar coated pill makes me gag.
About a year ago the symptoms resurfaced. I wash my face, I drank water, antibiotics.... nothing has worked. I went to the hospital under referral from my GP to have a cyst in my breast removed and the dermatologist told me I should be on Accutane. We had a long talk about my concerns and we finally concluded that for my quality of life it is for the best.
Currently I am also taking Erythromycin to combat possible flare ups. I will also be taking the precaution of talking to a shrink once a fortnight. I have a stressful job so I think that it's going to be a win/win longterm. In my career I spend a lot of time travelling, drinking, partying (I work in the music industry) so I am aware that it is taking a heavy toll on my body. I've cut alcohol out and will try to sleep more than 4 hours a night. And keep reminding myself it's not forever!
Tomorrow will be my first day on Roaccutane. I'm nervous but excited. Here goes nothing....