I guess it's been awhile. The hydrocortisone cream was helpful, because it helped speed up the healing process of the cyst. I apply it everyday and the two are going away much more quickly than would happen. I also use it on other pimples to help them along as well. I don't know if it's helping or if I am just healing. My skin is very dry on my face, and has been flaking a lot, causing the lotion to sometimes just sit on top of my skin because of the flakes. So, I have had to start exfoliating with St. Ives sensitive skin exfoliating cleanser. It is kind of harsh and leaves my face red, but it also leaves it incredibly soft and smooth. My skin isn't getting worse, or breaking out anymore I don't think- knock on wood- so hopefully it will start clearing soon. I am going home in 11 days, so it would be amazing so have some kind of results. I have started to that a lot of the spots on my face are really just bad scars. Perhaps I need to think of things to do to help heal the scars. I really want to start eating garlic. I'm gonna start tonight at dinner time.
I am getting used to myself without makeup. It isn't pretty, still distracting with all the spots, but it is better than wearing makeup that looks gross and flakes off my skin. I'm also a senior in college, so no one cares what I look like, and I don't have to pretend to look professional by covering up with makeup. I do feel like my skin looks better, even with no makeup and the current red beasts that have taken up residence on my face. I was in so much pain yesterday I spent a lot of time looking up ways to decrease the size of these monsters. I read two really interesting things: 1) hydrocortisone cream is supposed to get rid of/ help decrease size and redness of these huge cysts. This makes sense because they give you a shot of this at the dermatologist when you have cysts, or "acne surgery" as my derm likes to call it. I have applied it three times today (hahaha, I really want it to work...) and will probably do it again before bed. My boyfriend is coming tomorrow and I haven't seen him for an entire month! I am beyond excited, and will have these cysts taken care of by Friday or Saturday at the latest. I am hoping that this is like a miracle drug. I was reading stories that descirbed it that way, so I hope it works for me tooo! The other thing I read 2) was that eating a clove of garlic is supposed to really help improve skin. Where were all these tricks before I started Accutane? hahaha, I may have to try this one as well, because it is cheap and easy. Both of these tricks are very simple remedies, so I figure that I don't have much to lose so I should try them.
My skin is much drier and I need lotion at least once a day or my skin becomes very dull and flaky- all over. My lips are incredibly chapped all the time. I have to apply something about every hour, and if I dont, I SHOULD. I've still been drinking a lot of water. I mean, drinking water and going to the bathroom aren't really bad side effects...maybe that's why my skin has been clearing.. I am wondering what the effect of alcohol is with Accutane. That should be the next thing I research. I probably won't write for a few days since my boyfriend is gonna be here! Woot!
Today is my seventh day of Accutane! The aches, headaches, tiredness, stomach aches, etc. have mostly seemed to go away. it was probably just my body reacting to the new medication. I have read that after you have had 120 mg of Accutane is when it really starts working, so yesterday would have been the day. I feel like my skin overall does already look significantly better. I only have two new pimples, but they are the deep red cysts that take forever to heal, and have probably been waiting to come to the surface for a long time. The two of them are kind of joined together to make a super pimple that is huge and hurts like hell. It's whatever though, things could be much much worse and my skin is starting to look much better!
I am a little bit concerned that I am starting my women's issues on Sunday, and that the hormones that come with it may make my skin explode (as it typically does). I've been having cramps this past few days, and it is very uncomfortable, I may skip it this month..My skin is drier than normal (it is always really dry, but now it is flaking a bit more) so perhaps it won't be that bad. I am just worried that because I am so dry, my skin may start trying to make oil to make up for it. Is it okay to keep applying moisterizer? Should I even wear makeup? it looks okay initially, but a few hours later it looks kind of crusty and not appealing...perhaps I should switch back to using a powder or something that won't flake as much as concelear....
It would be amazing if my skin would be partially healed when I go home in like 3 weeks. It would make me sooo happy! (and my Mommy who has been such an amazing support through this horrible skin condition)
Manifesting beautiful, clear, sparkling skin!
Yesterday I overate a bunch of food, and had a double double from In N Out. Soooo dank, but probably not good for my skin. I started getting one of those huge super painful deep pimples next to my nose. I wonder when it is gonna show up. Other than that, my face appears to be drying out. Today I am not wearing make-up since I'm just chilling at home mostly. I may not wear makeup for the next few days until Erick comes because I feel like it has to be better for my skin. My skin is super dry and itchy, and the more I touch it, the worse it looks. The fact that I don't feel like I look that much worse without makeup I think is a sign of it working. I am having the positive intention that my skin is gonna get really beautiful really fast. I think if I keep up with my diet, drinking water, and getting sleep hopefully things will get better faster.
The joint pain and nauseaousness went away. Maybe I am getting used to the dosage
Today I have woken up drunk from last night. I wonder if the Accutane had an effect on my drinking. I only had 2 glasses of wine, 1 glass of champagne, and two pulls from the tequila bottle- I shouldn't have been that drunk. I ate salad with seasame dressing and tons of vegetables (so delicious) and lentil salad with tomatoes and spinach. I think the only reason you aren't supposed to drink on Accutane is because both are hard on your liver. I decided not to re-apply my makeup before I went out last night mostly because I don't care. It may be better to wear less makeup during this process. I have a huge pustule on my chin that literally hurts and one on my forehead. I am currently eating dark chocolate almonds sprinkled with sea salt for breakfast and will take my Accutane once I go get more water.
Lemme introduce myself:
I'm a 21 year old female college student living in Southern California. I am graduating at the end of May, and all I want for graduation is clear skin. I have had acne since I was about 13 and started getting my period. Throughout high school my skin was bad compared to my friends (who always have had miraculously clear skin without needing to do anything), but I wore makeup and didn't care about it that much because acne is something that you are supposed to grow out of when you become an adult. When I went to college, my skin started to get worse and worse. Over the last two years, my skin has become more broken out than ever before. I sometimes don't recognize the person in the mirror, and often find myself crying to a very sympahtetic mother about how much my face literally hurts (not just to look at hahaha).
During this time, I have also discovered that my IBS is mostly due to my dairy/egg/wheat sensititvity, and suffer from pain and discomfort after some meals. Because of this, I try to avoid these foods as much as possible, but find that I rarely succeed for more than a week at a time.
I have tried everything that the dermatologist has given me, ProActiv, and all of those vairous drug store and homeopathic remedies. Acctuane is really my last option, so I am disregarding all of the possible side effects, giving up my favorite leisure activity (laying in the sun), making a blog to keep track of my progress and problems, and MANIFESTING CLEAR SKIN.
I was so excited about my Accutane coming that I literally took it right away. That evening I felt extremely cold, like I had a fever or that my skin was burning. It is really unlikely that I was already experiencing problems...maybe it was wishful thinking that the drug had already begun it's magical transformation...I was experiencing a bit of soreness and discomfort when I woke up in the morning and decided it was a good idea to start taking fish oil daily for my joints.
I have decided to take 20 mg instead of 10, after reading many postings about the effectiveness of Accutane. I personally suffer from intensely dry skin without Accutane, so dry to the point that it usually just flakes off despite that I wash my face and use Cetaphil moisterizer twice daily. My experience in the past with other products is that they have been too severe and damaging to my extremely sensitive skin, so I figured that I should use the same dosage for Accutane as someone with very sensitive skin (like Rosacea sufferers).
Even though it was gorgeous outside, I didn't want to bake in the sun since it was my second day. I went to read outside in the shade for maybe an hour and a half and then went home. Along the way, I was feeling kind of dizzy and having a headache despite all the water I was drinking, so when I got home, I sat on the couch. I was basically falling asleep so I went an took an hour nap. When I woke up I had dinner, did homework, and then the headache started coming back. I smoked weed and got a really good nights sleep. I could already feel new pimples coming to the surface, and was certain that this was the horrible breakout that is supposed to mark the beginning of the treatment.
When I first wake up in the morning, my face looks a little bit better. Then I wash it and it becomes horribly inflamed and red (even though I am using Cetaphil...). This is completely normal for me, it just sucks. When I went to the bathroom around 3 hours after doing my makeup, I couldn't believe how dry my skin was! The makeup was already beginning to crackle and flake off. It was not looking too sexy, but I don't really know what to do about this makeup issue (this is always my struggle). It is weird because my skin is like severely dry and I can never seem to get rid of all the dry skin and flakes. I put moisturizer on, and it looks better for a little, but an hour later, my skin is thirsty again.
Have I mentioned how much water I have been drinking? I've had at least 5 liters of water today and still feel thirsty. I have also been feeling kind of nauseous. When I drink a lot of water it kind of goes away. But drinking water is great for you, and great for the skin, so I guess it can't be a bad thing...it's just so UNLIKE ME. And I have been so tired feeling all day. But it's my first night of the weekend, and I have tons of stuff to do, which will hopefully keep me distracted until my boyfriend comes next Thursday.
I am manifesting myself with perfectly clear skin because this treatment of Accutane works quickly and effectively with very little side effects. And so it is!