Soooo I started breaking out last week on my left cheek and right now I have about 4 small red spots and one med size spot in the middle of my left cheek. I ended a 6 mon course of accutane in sept 2012, so about 3 months ago, which cleared me except for marks. my oily skin came back in oct so after a month being off of it which i can deal but now more spots mean more marks. I'm seriously really worried that my acne is starting to come back. I made a derm appointment to try to keep ahead of this but obviously they aren't booking until feb. I'm just not sure what to do as of now, should I just ride it out and do what I've been doing which was washing and moisturizing with Dan's products oorrrr should I try the benzoyl peroxide or something stronger. I'm nervous because I don't want to irritate anything and I hope this will just pass but it doesn't really look hopeful right now where everyday I'm waking up with a new spot, which is how it used to be.....anyone have similar experiences?
Ok so as the title says i started month 5 yesterday and had my derm appointment with some bad news. My cholesterol was high (246) so i has to go down from 60mg to 40mg for this month. I was bummed at first bc i wanted to go up to 80mg for my last month but im justglad i get to stay on it. My derm also said depending on my labs next month we could maybe do another month so we will see. Im just gonna be super conscious of what i eat and exercise more to see if that helps. I had high cholesterol to. Egin with bc its genetic in my family so i was worried and am acually surprised i made it this far to be honest i rememeber being so upset after my 1st appointment when she said id have to stop if it got to high. Even if this is my last month i still reach the cumulitive dose but now im just worried my skin wont stay clear Im currently clear now! I still have several marks on either side of my cheeks that i cover up with makeup and still dont go bareface except at home. I thought by month 5 i would be totally be clear clear of all spots and marks but time time time i know. So now im waitig for them to fade but im scared to use anything on my face in fear of breaking out bc i try to keep my face regimen very simple. Side effects- dry crusty painful inside nose. No face oil but not dry either, just use a small amount of lotion 2 times a day and im good to go. Some low back pain but i had some before i started because of work being on my feet for 12hours. So i just have to be patient and see how this all works out
WOW, that's all I can say right now because I never thought my face would take such a backward step. I put pics in my gallery and obviously you can't see all the marks but you can see that enormous red cystic-modular whatever, I'm never good at classifying spots. And I just got 2 new small but red spots with whiteheads. I really can't believe this it's INSANE. they say month 4 is the magic month but uhhhh I'm halway through and this is the worst my skin has been in weeks. I was so happy last week with my skin everything was going awesome and then the past 4 days it's been a downhill spiral out of control. I've been crying because I just don't know why my face is doing this, more spots=more marks which I've talked about many times before as being worse. I'm am losing hope and am sooo scared that this wont work now. Like what the heck changes to make my skin freak out. Uhhhh I hate feeling this way and I haven't in over a month because my skin was great and I want to vomit because it brings back all these memories of months ago not having a life. I've been going out so much lately with friends doing super fun things and have a trip planned for this weekend in NYC which i was sooo excited about and now all I can think about is my skin. Blah blah blah
So I haven't written in forever because things have been going well. I went to the Derm last week and she kept me on 60mg because of my weight of 58kg but she said we coulld go up to 80mg next month if we needed to. Skin: we'll I'm a little annoyed with my skin over this last week,I have two new spots that are raised and red on my left cheek and along with the red marks it looks terrible. These two spots have been here for a week but of course today they started getting bigger and of course they will leave spots, I think that's what annoys me the most is the marks left behind. I can't believe I am still breaking out this far into the course in month 4. I just can't believe it. My skin has definitely come very far but over the last couple weeks my skin has been fine other than marks, I'm REALLY bummed out because of course I made plans for this weekend and now my face looks bad, ugh of course right. Side effects: dry lips and that's pretty much it. No oil on my face but my face does seem to sweat easily, like when I eat or I'm nervous or anxious, idk it just seems really weird. My face and the rest of my body can get kinda dry if I don't lotion but not crazy, easy to fix. Which I am very surprised about because I expected to be a lot dryer so maybe I do need to go up on my dose to dry out these oil glands.
Ok so it's going really good lately so I haven't been on the site much or thinking about my skin as much as I used to which is a relief. I typing from my new iPad!! Whoo I love it. I was a little more self conscious this weekend bc I had my little cousins stay over and they are 12 and 13 and have very clear skin. It was just weird going out and being the older person whose complexion has spots and marks. But we had so much fun, at this age they are hilarious. Skin: overall doing amazingly well. I have maybe 2 small small spots. My main thing now is marks marks marks and more marks. I got some unintential sun this weekend, I put on sunscreen but it didn't keep the mild redness from my face- I just hope it doesn't peel like super crazy. I'm also mad that I got a burn bc now my marks will be darker and take super long to fade when I turn back to my usual pale self, I'm really really annoyed about that. But joe does everyone do it? Stay out of the sun all summer" this is going to be more challenging than I thought. I'm so nervous about the sun now. Side effects: dry dry lips, constant aquaphor. Inside nose is so dry and hurts whenever I go near it, I always have a ton of boogers and I don't have allergies or a cold. Slight red raised bumps on right hand that come and go, no big deal. Face not really oily only after 12 hours with makeup but I barely used blotting sheets. Some minor low back pain here and there. Other than that I'm still wearing contacts all the time, not overly tired, no mood swings ect. It's going very well My Derm told me I'd see better results with 60 and 80 so 60 this month and probably 80 for the last 2 as long as my LFTs and cholesterol stay in check. I'll try to put up pics but they might not be very good with this iPad, most like more forgiving than in person so don't be deceived.
Hello hello, ok so my derm said that the breakout i had last week was from my period, i guess that could be true but it was about 5-6 red/whiteheads that i popped, woops. soooo is that gonna happen every month now though? i'm confused about that because i'm going through accutane to get rid of these spots and my period is gonna keep coming obviously so am i gonna keep getting these spots. hmmm? but on a more positive note i'm getting upped from 40mg to 60mg for my 3rd month. my derm said i would see much more improvement w/ 60mg or 80mg so my 4th and 5th month of treatment i'll probably be upped to 80mg. so i'll reach the recommended dose, which is good and will be done mid august pending all my labs are normal. skin: still have some raised spots on R side of cheek and some clogged pores on the L side. open pores w/ lingering blackheads. tons of red/dark spots PIH from previous breakouts makes my skin look soo much worse. ok here's to hoping 60mg is magic.
Skin: ok well as the title says i'm still breaking out on my Right cheek. the breakout started a week ago and those 4 spots that started the breakout have turned to red spots and not bumps but now i'm getting new bumps in that same area that are red raised and have a whitehead just like the other ones. these spots make my whole Right cheek look like one big red spot and they hurt and always feel like pressure on that right cheek.. i'm annoyed to say the least mostly because i haven't had a breakout on my cheeks like this in months so idk where this is coming from. i was mostly breaking out on my chin and jawline but now it's all the cheeks which is almost more visible. i had good progress in my 1st month and a half on accutane and now i'm breaking out so i'm just wondering wth. i know everyone's progress is different but i'm really bummed now because i'm starting my 3rd month this Friday. side effects: face feels normal, kinda dry right after wash and then normal when moisturized- i still blot 1x/day and it covers like half the sheet- not bad and nowhere near as oily as before accutane=thank god. skin on arms and legs feel kinda dry. hands especially but manageable dry lips- not bad, no cracking inside nose is really dry and hurts if i move my nose. dry blood when i blow my nose. no nosebleeds occ low back pain- don't even notice because i get this pain after a 12H shift anyway ok well that's really it for now. my derm appt is friday and i'm waiting to see what my derm says. i'm hoping to increase my dose to 60mg for the next three months to reach the recommended dose. i'm just really worried about these breakouts because this is probably the worst my skin has looked on accutane so far so i'm disappointed. i've always notice other people's skin but lately i've been focusing on it it more because i'm breaking out i guess. i've noticed there are so many terrible rude mean people out there who have perfect skin which is super annoying because those people like that don't experience the emotional toll that acne puts on people and can't appreciate what they have and just make fun of everyone else. it's gross and annoying because there are so many beautiful people out there with acne that do everything right and can't catch a break.
SOOOO today is day 41, i know i just posted last week but i feel like my skin has been at a standstill for the past few weeks. it's definitely improved for sure but i feel like it's not continuing to improve it's just staying "okay" when it definitely has a lot of room to improve. i mean it's not terrible, a few actives and mostly marks. i've read in a couple blogs/forums that people experience a standstill in month 2 and see real improvement in month 3+. is anyone else experiencing this??? has anyone seen faster improvement w/ red marks w/ accutane? i know time is a major factor but what about accutane too? anyone??? NOW onto the OIL! my skin was doing soo well, not even blotting or maybe 1x/day and getting nothing on sheet. over the last week the oil seems to be coming back- i'm having to blot 1x/day and the sheet is almost covered. definitely less than before accutane but WHY is it coming back now when my dose was upped to 40 from 20. shouldn't it be more dry. the only dryness i'm having is lips and hair. skin really isn't that bad, i'm using DKR moisturizer not even having to do cetaphil on my whole face just around nose sometimes. and my face is going back to feeling gross a couple hours after washing but doesn't look bad, but then i can't stop thinking about my face when i'm feeling gross, if that makes sense, lol. i know the oil will probably come back after i'm done with my course but i thought it would be lessened and i thought i wouldn't be oil now on my course!?? my pores are still HUGE as you can see in gallery pics. anyone else having increased oil on 2nd month??? whats the deal. blahh just annoyed. but still happy with accutane. i'm always having mixed emotions about my face. blahh blahh. however, i can't believe its day 41 already. i'm excited for the next couple months. i think i'll probably be on accutane until mid august if i can tolerated 60mg for the next three months because that will get me into the recommended dosing. but if i can't tolerate it (which i don't see why i wouldn't except maybe if cholesterol/LFTs go up) i might be on a lower dose longer. we'll see. i'm embracing all options.
Hello! i put new pics in my gallery if you want to check it out- they are kinda out of order but i put the dates in the caption or comment hope that helps. the lighting is a little yellow/dark is some of the pics so you can't really see everything in real light so it's a little worse in person. i'm LOVING accutane! BUT still have a LOOONG way to go on my journey and to better skin. my skin still has a lot of room for improvement even though it has improved some and looks better SKIN: Overally my skin is doing better, 5 or less actives. 2 on my lower Left jaw, 1 is a cyst the other is a large whitehead which i popped this morning because it was THROBBING and needed to release pressure! forehead clear. chin clear minus some marks. MARKS are really the most annoying thing at the moment. i have a few red ones b/c i popped them weeks ago, i know it's bad but i've been really good lately b/c there has been nothing to pop= yay. my skin is SMOOTH. but a little more oily? i mean nothing compared to before accutane- i blot once a day BUT it only covers 1/4 of the sheet not 2 sheets like i used to do. so i'm happy with that. pores are still HUGE- well at least to me. but blackheads are pretty much GONE! whoo so i don't have black dots everywhere- it was terrible, just open pores and some ice pick scars. my eyebrows are out of control though- i miss waxing- wahh. i know there is threading but its in the middle of the mall and thats embarrassing and annoying to go all the way there but i'm gonna have to suck it up Side effects- a little more oily like i said earlier but nothing crazy and my face really isn't that dry- kinda in the middle of dry and oily but more dry, i know that sounds confusing. but i'm still only using DKR moisturizer and cetaphil around nose because thats the most dry flaky area. inside my nose is also dry and sometimes gets really runny and i don't have allergies. eyes are ok and i wear contacts for 14 hours a day w/o any issues. i've noticed i kinda get sweaty on my face sometimes and i can't stop it- it's kinda gross but idk if thats accutane related. scalp dry and kinda flaky/dandruff- washing every 2 days- can go longer but i feel more clean when i wash. hands and skin on rest of body are fine- i don't even lotion daily- but that might change in the next weeks because of the increase dosage to 40mg- i didn't start seeing side effects until day 20 on 20mg so i'm guessing it will take my body at least until day 50 to see changes d/t 40mg because of the build up in my body. ohh forgot to mention- i'm drinking like 2-3L of water a day so i think that could be why i'm not sooo dry or maybe it's my lower dose. got my hair done yesterday- highlighted for the summer! i did notice all the flakes though when she was cutting- so my scalp is really dry. but i hate getting my hair dry because of all the product and washing and hair on my face i have a little anxiety freak out session about it because they dont' pay attention to getting hairspray and crap on my face- ughh annoying but i won't have to get it done for a while now. my derm said 20mg 2x/day-40mg. but sometimes i've been taking it at the same time because it's hard to eat 2 fatty meals a day to digest w/ accutane. what has everyone else been doing? but things are looking up. i think my initial breakout is over, but i could get new ones in the next couple days/weeks with the increase dosage so we'll have to see. it seems like the breakouts are slowing down and now marks... thanks for reading!
sorry, just to warn this will probably be a long post.. well to start off, I LOVE my dermatologist <3, she's just so cool. i mean i had to wait over an hour to see her but she's worth it. i had my apt in the afternoon but went for my blood work this morning b/c i had to be fasting. but it worked out because we had the results by the time the appt was and we just did the ipledge thing together in her office and she's just so laid back about it. she asked me what i wanted to do as far as dosage goes and we both agreed to increase to 40mg 1x day for the 2nd month and if the side effects are too much we can scale back but we agreed that i don't want to by on low dose for many months to get to the 120-150mg/kg course because that means more blood draws and appointments. but if the side effects are bad i wouldn't mind being on a longer course if it means we can kill these oil glands for good. she was SUPER happy with my results as am i, at the moment i love accutane, however i'm nervous about the next couple months- i hope it continues to get better and not worse will the increase from 20mg to 40mg 1x/day. oh forgot to mention- my cholesterol was a little higher to 204 but nothing crazy she said and it's been higher in the past for me, damn genetics. but i was soooo nervous about that and i'm sure i'll by nervous next month too. trying to watch what i eat and exercise but it doesn't always work skin: very good at the moment but can always change tomorrow, only have 3-4 actives at this moment PLUS several red marks that are pretty prominent. forehead is close to perfect except for some blackheads. nose and front of cheeks COVERED w/ blackhead filled large pores that are screaming to come out, hah! 2-3 actives i have are to the L lower jawline, not a big deal. 1-2 actives on my R cheek, 1 has been there for 1.5 weeks and will not go away, no whitehead just red and raised. my face is SMOOTH and NOT oily, thank goodness, just looks overall healthy at the moment, but like i said could change, keeping my fingers crossed though, gotta have hope! i'm happy with the results the past couple of days and i got my period this week so i'm glad my face didn't freak out, but oddly enough my face usually calms down the week of my period- prob hormone levels at lowest. still nervous about upping the dose to 40mg but here goes nothing side effects: face slightly dry right after washing but feels NORMAL after applying moisturizer. occ flakes around nose and chin during day but re applying some cetaphil does the job and no big deal. NOT OILY ANYMORE, don't even have to blot! lips are dry- but totally fine w/ aquaphor. hair is dry- only have to wash every 2 days, could go more but i don't feel clean if i don't--no flaking but i try to not aggravate it w/ blow drying and straightening. i'm still using DKR cleaner and moisturizer as i'm always nervous to change products. but i may eventually have to change to cetaphil for both when my face gets dryer w/ increasing dosing. using less makeup- coverup the redmarks and actives w/ dermablend coverstick and physician formula pressed powder over it. ive learned to love eye makeup w/ acne because i like my eyes and hopefully that will disctract from acne, lol. i've been feeling more confident lately bc my skin is okay at the moment, like i said my nerves are high because of upping dose and worried about breaking outtttt, but hopeful still. thanks for reading/listening!
i still can't believe all these BLACKHEADS, beware the army is coming through. i mean it's definitely a good thing but right now every pore is filled w/ a blackhead so it looks kinda gross. i hope they come out over the next week or two, i mean sooner would be greatly appreciated but i know blackheads are extremely stubborn. but hopefully my pores will shrink down once these blackheads are out and can't hold them open anymore. the one major thing is am SUPER excited about is the decrease in oil over this last few days. it is AMAZING to not have to blot 2-3x/day. i am so grateful and hope it lasts after tane- it's just soooooo great. because that is really what makes me skin look worse and makes my face feel sooo gross by hour 3-4 after washing and also makes me not think about my face as much. BONUS. also face feels super smoooooooooooth even though its dry after washing, it's nice. new spots are popping up on the cheeks daily, some are whatever others are annoyingly red and then turn into a whiteheads which i try not to but usually fail. chin was clear but i'm feeling and seeing a pinkish large mountain ready to bloom at the moment. it's like when youre finally clear in one spot the acne gods are like hmmm this looks like a great place to settle in, uurrgh. side effects- lips a little dry. nose creases and inside nostrils are dry and flaky. as mentioned above wayyyy less OIL-THANK YOU THANK YOU. i felt a little dizzy yesterday when standing and moving around at the end of the day- don't think i drank enough water bc today is totally fine. nothing else really appointment is next week-wed so we'll see how the blood work is. really really really hoping its ok because i'll be so upset. prob won't be posting until after that
ok so i just took my 20th pill, wow seems to be going by faster. my last blog entry complaining about oily skin was too premature. over the last 2days my skin has been getting more dry- it's really dry when i get out of the shower and then i apply cetaphil and its okay. it does flake here and there throughout the day- esp around my nostrils, hah. but i only had to use 1 blotting paper today (usually use 3), and i didn't really even have to, it's just habit. honestly i'd rather have flakes than an oil slick- gross. so glad this med is working. i'll prob be complaining about the dry skin in a few weeks because it will get worse but until then i like normal-dry skin- my face doesn't feel so gross! other side effects- dry lips, dry inside nose, dry skin around hands- but also work in hospital so always washing hands which doesn't help. face is slightly red at times but nothing crazy or thats noticeable- i just tell people its from being outside and i'm fair-light skinned so it works, not more ?s skin- HOLY BLACKHEADS ( i posted pics in gallery). i can't believe they are everywhere and anywhere there is a large pore there is a prominent blackhead saying HELOO THERE! i'm kinda glad because i could never get rid of them before but as they are coming up they are going to look so much worse until there gone and from what i read it could take a while for them to completely disappear- oh well it will be worth the wait. i just can't believe i have that many- why are they so stubborn? crazy cheeks are another problem area. i have only 4-5 actives- med size not really any whiteheads, just red bumps. and a lot of red hyperpigmentation. not terrible but def needs improving until next time!
ok so i think i may have said in an earlier log that my face is slightly drier, LIE. so my face is still super oily 3-4H after washing. WHEN DOES YOUR FACE STOP BEING OILY ON ACCUTANE? i've read so many blogs/posts stating that after the first week everything was soo dry. well i just don't want to be oily. my lips are drier i think so maybe my face will be next but i still have to blot 2x or more in 12h= annoying. i'm sure once my face is dry i'll be complaining about that. but i just want to make sure this med is working. my pores do seem slightly larger?? but i'm not sure really- i have a lot of black heads and enlarged pores before but they seem wider, maybe the black heads are being pushed out. someone said i look like i got color and i haven't really been out in the sun so my face has been a little reddish, but not terrible. luckily its been nice so i just tell ppl its from working out in the yard. it's day 15 so i know it's still early but i've just been waiting so long for these spots and oily to be DONE. as far as spots go, i've gotten a couple of good large ones that take forever to go away, like 2+weeks. some are just whiteheads that come and go. but red spots are taking OVER. forehead is fine. chin has been getting more whiteheads.
so finished my 1st pack yesterday, whoah, hah. skin: i had 2 identical spots on both middle of my cheeks, they started out red and increasing in size and then the next day they were a HUGE whitehead, which i popped both, woops. they were angry eyes staring at me! i couldn't go to work like that, so now they are red spots but flat w/o the whitehead, hopefully this will fade along the spot on the R cheek are a few other small red/ whiteheads kinda in a cluster HOPEFULLY this is the IB? 11 days, is that enough for an IB or just normal spots that i would have gotten? idk i hope IB i did put some BP on just those spots to help heal them up forehead is great! maybe 1 spot thats nothing chin is also good mainly the problem areas are my cheeks! my pores seem slightly larger and blackheads more noticeable across the front of my face, not sure if it's just in my head though so i guess not too bad
side effects: dry- lips are getting a little worse not unbearable dryer face but because my face is usually so oily it's almost like just normal! thank god! i still have to use a blotting sheet 1x day but much much LESS oil than before, i probably could get away w/o using one but i'm so used to it i think i'm sure my face will get dryer but right now i'm kinda glad it's more normal! headache a couple of days when i don't drink enough water slight dry eye
It's been a week, time is going by a little faster because i'm trying to keep myself busy and keep my mind of things. It has been easy because it's been absolutely beautiful here in MA, mostly in 70s, crazy for March, thats New England weather for ya! Also hard b/c now i have to try to stay out of the sun, but not i'm out tanning or anything just doing stuff around the house outside but i have spf in my face powder and have never had a issue, i wear a hat if i'll be out for long, but it will be tough if spring continues to stay this nice and then summer, stupid acne. but went out shopping for our house today, we bought this past August but now that its nice again, i want to decorate more! decorating a big house is not easy, hah, there are too many walls and i'm not super creative at matching and interior decoration, hah but i'm trying! and it's fun! Skin: my face looks okay. the spot i popped on my L cheek last thurs march 15, it slightly fading but still reddish pink. The other annoying spot on my R cheek is red but ? shrinking slightly but not fast enough, boo! I'm getting little-med red spots on both sides of the middle of my jaw bone, like 2-4 on each side, not terrible but more marks likely to come from them and there are already marks near that area. forehead is perfect, chin just has marks. CHEEks are my most annoying part because of the marks and few red zits, nothing huge but looks bad w/ marks of course. worried about IB! eek, i feel like it will be when i start getting drier on my face and lips because the tane will definitely be in my system by then and affects those damn oil glands and everything else, soooo i'm expecting over the next couple weeks, ugh! side effects: slightly dry lips and area right around my nose flakes. skin is maybe slightly drier but still gets oily after several hours. can get a headache if don't drink or eat enough during the day, but i did before too. thats it for now emotions: feeling a little more up beat lately, it's been easier to be okay w/ acne because of the nice weather. I find that i feel better when i go out and do stuff w/ my husband or close friends because it takes my mind off of acne and i feel myself (as long as i don't look in mirrors!) now i'm nervous about the sun like i said before because i will be going into the summer w/ accutane if hopefully cross my fingers my cholesterol stays ok, please please God! it has been difficult at work because i interact w/ so many people as an RN, i definitely feel less confident in my abilities, which is annoying, because acne isn't in my brain but i sure feel like it lives there something because it's always on my mind, lol i have to laugh at that. also worried about IB, eek. here's to clearer skin soooooner than later. feels good to BLOG even if its just for me, whoo.
Okay so the nausea i had the other day is totally gone, it was just that one day and i don't think it was the accutane b/c other friends/co workers have been sick. Side effects: nothing yet, face is still oily. the only place the is dry is the side of my nose but they were dry before (nothing new). not even dry lips, geez i hope this stuff is working. it seems that people really see side effects by week 2, i'll have to look into it more skin: blaahh face sucks right now. i had 1 large red spot on my L cheekbone that i popped last night!!! ahhhh i know i should not have because it's already leaving a mark! damn me. i've been so good but this one has been there fore a little over a week and was never going away seriously. new spot on R cheek, painful/raised/red, no whitehead=annoying. some new spots on L cheek- small and red. still bumpy on chin not sure if this is part of IB, doubt it because i'm experiencing no side effects and it could be just regular spots that i usually get. who knows. Pores and blackheads are still prominent on my nose and cheeks. boo- never noticed it before until this acne started, like i need something else. emotionally: feeling bummed out. acne is getting harder to deal with i think because when it first started a little over a year ago i didn't think it would be this persistent and leave all these marks that make it looks worse. i'm worried about my cholesterol being to high and getting off accutane- then what do i do? i'm also really worried about my acne coming back after accutane- know i'm a couple months off but i've read so many entries on here about it working and not working. i'm hopeful b/c it worked for my aunt and we have similar genetics and her acne was worse than mine. i'm just ready to go out and enjoy life and sick of being stuck w/ this acne and not want to do anything. i'm a nurse and all i do all day is help and care about people all day, it's stressful, but seriously don't i do enough to have something go my way?? ergg having acne makes everything harder, i could bitch about this all day, lol sorry. but seriously these mean nasty people have the best skin... seriously?! it's just unfair. will post pics soon.
So i've been super nauseas all day, i've only been able to tolerate toast, crackers, and some water. i'm guessing it's the tane because i do have a really sensitive GI system. i've gotten sick w/ antibiotics and other meds before, so i hope this will pass soon or become more manageable because i don't think i can live on toast for the next few months, lol. OR it could be this GI bug that is going around lately, but more likely accutane i think. i'm just not sure if only 3 days of meds could make me nauseas anyone else have issues w/ nausea?? when did it go away? skin- a few like 4-5 new small whiteheads surfaced on chin and L cheek but i think it may be too early for an IB. I still have these 2 large red lumps on my L cheekbone and Left lower cheek, they've been there for a week already. they have slight whiteheads and i'm trying my hardest not to pop, ughh, but they keep growing, i want them gone. side effects- just ? this nausea. i've been prepping w/ aquaphor on my lips but they aren't really dry. my face isn't either, i'm still using DKR cleanser and moisturizer for now until it gets dry. days seem to be going by SLOW, c'mon now.
AHHH, so after trying many acne products, here I am to take the accutane plunge! Im going to 1st start out by saying a little about myself so that maybe this blog will help others. 24F, 118lbs, 5'5". I have a fair-med skin tone i think, usually burn the 1st couple times in the sun then tan and can build a pretty dark tan (won't be doing that for a while). I've been struggling w/ acne now for a little over a year w/ blackheads, large pores, red bumps, pustules, and whiteheads. My acne is mostly concentrated on my cheekbones and lower cheeks and chin. Very few on my forehead, but once in a while a nice blackhead or red lump. My acne seems to be pretty persistent and inconsistent w/ ups and down that i can't relate to food, stress, hormones, ect so here I am frustrated and ready to clear up my skin and stay clear (i hope) for good. Most recently i've been on spiro 150mg 2x/day and spot treating w/ BP. otherwise just doing DKR cleanser and lotion, which i will try to use as long as i can on accutane, because i know i will get extremely DRY all over so i've purchased cetaphil cleanser and lotion for a backup. Right now my face isn't that bad and i'm kinda nervous for it to get worse w/ accutane. I only have about 4 actives at this moment, they are fairly large and red on, 3 on cheeks, and 1 on chin. BUT i have a TON of red marks and red/brown hyperpigmentation that makes it look way worse. AND My face is super oily, it went down some w spiro but really not where i would like it to be. Even though my face isn't that bad right now, a month ago i was crying because it was terrible, and every time i said i need accutane but of course it's a process to get it and when i go for my derm or weeks before my skin is always better, ughh. so i say oh now i don't need accutane, welp i've done all the blood tests and visits so i'm doing it no matter what... here goes. Acne has pretty much ruled my life over this past year and i don't think my face is terrible but it is to me and thats what counts because its' affecting my life and career and it shouldn't. obviously i've tried other products: tretinoin, antibiotics (mino and doxy), pro active, clinque 3step, differin (WORSE IDEA EVER, never try DIFFERIN- made my life a living hell), and spiro. i'm just so tired, tired of obsessing over my skin. and i know my husband is too so here i am. I'm nervous. I'm starting on 20mg a day and just took my 1st pill w/ some grease as my derm said, lol. I had french fries tonight so it worked out but idk what i'll do the other nights. what have people been taking it with? My derm and I didn't discuss how long or what dosage but i'm assuming i'll stay on a low dose and won't go over 40 because my face really isn't that terrible, but we'll take it month by month. I'm really scared about my cholesterol though because its on the high side and i don't want to get 2 months into treatment and have it stopped, then this would all be for nothing, ugghhhh. so we'll have to see, if it bumps next month i'll ask what i can do, like fish oil or something, i know working out helps too, need motivation and TIME, hah. okay well i'll be updating whenever i can and try to do it weekly or bi-weekly depending on progress and whatnot. I'll give a skin update w/ pics some weeks if i can figure that out and side effects (i'm really nervous about). Just spend $80 at CVS stalking up on my dry skin essentials in preparation, any recommendations are welcome. I'm nervous but most ppl on here are happy in the end. i know these months will be challenging but here goes!