More breakouts...................breakouts from yesterday, became bigger. I couldn't stand it cos it hurts. I popped a few..................
My lips are DRY now. I just cracked my lips and it bled. I just hope my skin will clear soon but it seems impossible, because I feel like my whole face is pimply. You know, washing your face, its sore and really bumpy. That's when you know, your going to have a pimple. Well, that's what my whole face feels like.
I had an acquaintance from uni asked me, 'what happened to your forehead?'. I'm not hurt, neither am I offended. I just wish people who are curious should just keep it to themselves. It was hard explaining that I was in a medication called 'Oratane'.
Aside from that, my face is getting WORSE when I didn't think it would get any worse, it DID.
More outbreaks on my forehead, angry big red ones. Sore. And my cheeks are starting to flare up with acne/pimples.
Fml. Lower jaw/bottom cheek area is having a slight breakout, acne/pimples coming to surface. A few whiteheads. My forehead is the worse.
My lips are dry. Other than that, nothing else.
P.S - Having a splitting headache now, not sure if its related to Oratane or not.
The worst 'initial breakout' ever. I believe it's going to get even more worse. Big sighs. My family members told me to stop wearing makeup because it won't cover up my acne/pimples on my face. People will still see my flaws but I just can't help it but to wear makeup because I have no choice. It somewhat makes me feel better when I cover it up, even if it does look cakey on my face.
I wish I had perfect skin that didn't need to be covered up by makeup. I wish I can just go out of my house without having to worry what people will think about my skin.
Tired of wearing makeup to cover my face. I can't wait till this 'initial breakout' is over but I don't see it coming soon because when I wash my face, I feel all these bumps coming to surface on my cheeks (which I hardly get acne/pimples) and that is what I felt for my lower jaw and now I'm experiencing big angry acne/pimples on my lower jaw. Argh. Acne/pimples.
Same as Day-11.
P.S - I think I may be breaking out on my both my jawlines soon and also my cheeks? Well, feels like it when I wash my face.
Same as Day-12. Except more outbreaks.................................. Also, when I wash my face with lukewarm water, my cheeks feel 'sensitive to dry'.
And I notice my lips is starting to get dry...
More............breakouts. Noticeable dry lips.
Finally, the start of Week 2!
I'm not experiencing any heavily dry lips. Just the occasional normal to slight dry lips. No dry skin? But I've been religiously putting lotion every time I finish having a shower. Also I have been drinking more than 2 litres of water per day. I'm not sure how I'm going to cope with drinking more than 2 litres of water during uni but I'll be ok. Will need to visit the toilet, always though. Kinda annoying but I'll be ok.
Just looked into the mirror, one of my big acne/pimple on my forehead has slightly decreased in size but it is still there. It comes and goes, I suppose. My face still looks the same, no changes from yesterday, Day-7.
What a horrible timing to have 'the time of the month' during Oratane but I'll just have to bear with it.
P.S - I might get a fringe just before uni starts. I need to cover my horrible forehead. I think it will make my face look less pimply. Sigh.
Had lunch, and took my 9th Oratane pill.
Just looked into the mirror, my face is still pimply (same old same old, as previous days. Refer to Day-7 or 8). A few more new outbreaks on my forehead and one big acne/pimple near my chin/right jaw.
Uni starts less than 2 days but whatever. I can do this. Yesterday night, I cut my own side fringe to cover at least 80% of my pimply forehead which is experiencing breakout.... Actually my whole face is experiencing a breakout...not just my forehead. I'm not sure whether I'm experiencing the 'initial breakout' or not.. But I am getting new breakouts on some days, they come and go and they leave a red mark/scar behind.
Off topic, I used to have a straight and side fringe so it was easy for me to cut my own side swept fringe because I had the guideline to guide me. It took me a bloody half a year to grow out my fringe for a mature look but its my last resort. I knew I had to cut a fringe to look 'less' pimply and makeup would slightly cover up.
P.S - Hardly any dryness? And face is still producing oil?
Finally! Woke up this morning and I had slightly DRY lips.
However...........I realised that I have a habit of scratching my face when I sleep. Woke up to my acne/pimple slightly inflamed. --oh dear-- But somehow, some big ones are slightly decreased.
I'll just have to tie my both wrist with a hair tie. So I'll not scratch my face at night, being half asleep or asleep.
No changes in my face. Still producing oil. Still breaking out.
P.S - I notice on some days, I get dry eyes. And yes, I do wear contacts/glasses. Ever since Oratane, I've stopped wearing contacts. Better to be safe than sorry lol.
I feel like I'm growing horns on my forehead. Yes, I'm experiencing more outbreaks. I couldn't stand my acne/pimple, they are big and red! I even put anti-blemish spot gel on these suckers, hoping they will calm down because uni starts tomorrow. Oh dear, is this really the 'initial breakout'?
I am not experiencing any side effects.. No dry skin? Hardly any dry lips.. Only sometimes when I wake up, I will get slight-to-normal dry lips.
But I do notice that when I do my liquid foundation on, the tip of my nose gets dry and flakey. Other than that, I am fine. Also....I've been noticing that my nose looks really rough in the mirror. All my blackheads are appearing on my nose. Horrible.
I hope all is well for uni tomorrow and nobody asks me 'what happened to your skin during the holidays?'
P.S - Lately, I have been noticing that every little thing gets to me. Like I get so emotional and moody at times.
I woke up this morning, haven't taken my 5th Oratane pill and I felt numb lips.
It was definitely a weird numb feeling on my lips as if I had some sort of injection on my upper and lower lips. Kinda like botox and I didn't get a good sleep last night either but I don't think it affected my numb lips. Also, I woke up during the night because I was just so thirsty. I was lazy to get out of bed to go to kitchen to get water, so I tried to get back to sleep in bed. Wrong move. After at least 10 minutes, I knew I had to get up. I was really thirsty by then. Drank 2 cups of water straight and went straight to bed. I fell asleep about half an hour later.
What a night. I think I lack of sleep at this very moment.
Just looked in the mirror, no changes.
Just took my 5th Oratane pill. I'll be heading out for the first time being on Oratane. Also, this is my first time wearing makeup on Oratane. Wearing Holika Holika's Aqua Petite Jelly BB Cream SPF 20+. Coverage: evens my skin tone yet have a sheer-cover. No coverage of my acne/pimples but its ok. I just want to even my skin tone - redness. I like this BB cream because it has a thin consistency and made out of 80% Aqua. Very light on the skin, breathable.
As soon as I came home, I quickly took of my makeup.
No changes still.
Last night of Day 5, I had a really bad headache. I couldn't sleep well because of the splitting headache. I'm not sure whether this has to do with Oratane or not but I hope not.
I woke up this morning with a new acne/pimple on my left jaw, it came with a whitehead. Aside from that, everything is fine. Also, I looked in the mirror and realised that my nose tip and the corners of my mouth are starting to flake. I never really had blackheads before Oratane but since then, my blackheads have been slightly noticeable. Also, my face (forehead, laugh lines and cheeks to be exact) is filled with skin coloured bumps (I had them before Oratane but it seems more noticeable). Looks as if they are coming up more on the surface making it more noticeable when I look in the mirror with daylight lighting. What a horrible bumpy complexion. I-feel-so-ugly.
Washing my face since starting Oratane has been horrible due to the soreness by gently rub on my face because of the acne/pimples and gently rubbing my face, feeling all these tiny bumps all over my face. Really made me miss my old days where I had clear skin, good complexion with no bumps whatsoever.
Was searching whether the skin coloured bumps are simply tiny pimple bumps or closed condomes, so I went acne.org and searched the correlation between "Accutane and Closed Condomes", apparently some on Accutane had cured closed condomes (meaning their closed condomes came to surface and became whiteheads/acne/pimples) --oh dear, I have a lot of those, does that mean I'll have more breakouts.....-- and others, still had closed condomes even till the end of their Accutane journey. I really hope that Oratane cures my skin coloured bumps, whatever they might be called in scientific terms. //crosses fingers//
Woke up this morning and the biggest acne/pimple on my forehead has slightly decreased (but it is still there) and most of the new acne/pimples that I have gotten from Oratane in the beginning has began to dry out.
Looked myself in the mirror before heading out and realised how bad my skin looked. Managed to use a compact powder foundation all over my face. Slightly bettter but still the same. Can't hide my acne/pimples and I don't dare to use a concealer since I'll be out for less than 2-3 hours.
Just came home, took off my makeup and washed my face. Feel so much better. I just love being at home. Also noticed when I was washing my face that the tiny bumps on my face has somewhat multiply on my laugh lines. Or am I thinking too much? Face is still full of acne/pimples and very very bumpy everywhere. --sigh--
Same, very slight dry lips (I think I can go without a lipbalm or I can apply less than 2x a day), dryness on the corners of my mouth is gone (perhaps it's due to Lucas PaPaws). Other than that, nothing.
Should I be glad or not?
Hi, I decided to post up my blogposts extracted from www.my-oratane-journey.blogspot.com to Acne.org.
Just came back from the Doctors. My blood test results was fine, everything was normal except for the thyroid production? I'm not really sure. Had to take another blood test to test for Hypothyroidism cos apparently, I had lower than normal count?
After I left the Doctors, I went straight to the Labtest and took a blood test. It was one blood test tube for Hypothyroidism so that is good.
I am put on 20mg for first month. -16.02.12 Thursday - Day 1
And I will have another appointment with the Doctor in a month's time when I do finish 30 capsules of 20mg and I will most likely up it to 40mg. Meanwhile, I am happy with 20mg for now.
Just took the Oratane 20mg capsule, once a day. And, I feel fine haha. Obviously no effects yet. But will keep this blog updated.
It's Day 2 of taking Accutane/Oratane.
So, after taking the first pill (Day-1) in the afternoon. Before I slept at night, I could feel my forehead becoming tight? My face felt congested, I don't dare to touch my face. I washed my face with Cetaphil gentle cleansing wash followed by moisturiser and felt bumps on parts of my face (especially my forehead).
This early afternoon, I woke up and looked in the mirror. Yes my acne/pimples are still the same but I have a few sore acne/pimple coming to surface on my forehead, left jaw and chin. I'm not sure whether it's the Oratane or whether I had a pre-breakout before Oratane but either way, washing my face is kinda sore especially on the forehead.
As I'm typing this, I feel as if I have shit-loads of acne/pimples surfacing on my forehead. Hate the ones on my temples because it makes it even more sore?
Just looked in the mirror, seeing where all my new acne/pimples are situated at.
My forehead - no whiteheads coming to surface yet. Just new red big acne/pimple bumps on both side of my temples.
My left jaw - one new big acne/pimple bump with a whitehead
My chin - one new big acne/pimple bump with a whitehead
Overall, this is only Day 2. No side effects yet I believe? But I've been putting lipbalm every now and day and moisturiser everywhere after I shower.
P.S - Just looked at the mirror. Yes, I believe I am experiencing the pre-initial breakout and I also believe that I will get my initial breakout in a week's time. Uni starts in 10 days, oops. Hope all is well.
P.P.S - I realised my face is oilier than usual.
No new breakouts. Just really oily skin, much much more oilier than usual. I'm not sure whether its because I switched my skincare from Clinique 3 Step System to a much gentle facial wash - Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cleanser hence the very very oily skin?
My skin type is combination.
No changes on my new breakout from Day-2.
No side effects yet, I believe.
No changes from my outbreaks since Day-1 of Oratane. However, I do have new outbreaks. Woke up this morning with pimple bumps.
Right jaw - pimple bumps coming to surface.
Left cheek - pimple bumps coming to surface.
Side effects: Slight dry lips (very minimal), thirsty than usual. Other than that, nothing?
Also, my face is less oily than the other day but its still oily.