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Day 29_Derm Appointment

Hi everyone:) So this afternoon I went to the dermatologist for my one-month appointment. He wrote me a prescription for the remaining 5 months of my treatment. He also said that there's quite a lot of inflammation so he gave me an injection for that. I have no idea what the injection was but I just really hope that it's going to help!! He injected me in my left shoulder and it was actually quite painful! I've also noticed that my dry lips have improved. I'm also going back to drinking both pills in the evening rather then one in the morning and one in the evening. I have 2 new cysts (a bit smaller then usual though), one on my cheek and one between my eyebrows. When I put on make-up for school (pressed powder and concealer) it looks fine but after a few hours my skin really dries up and my face flakes So the make-up doesn't really help! xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 25

Hi(: Soooo...there's not rally much to do a post about but here goes it seems as though just as one pimple goes away another one forms:( I have one on each cheek which are quite noticeable and that cyst on my eyebrow. It just sits there...so irritating. Still no headaches!! Yippie I have noticed some dry scalp though but it's not that bad. I'm going to the derm again on Friday...maybe he will put me on a higher dose? I don't know:( He said that he can usually see results after a month and I haven't seen anything yet. xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 22...can Things Get Any Worse?

Hi(: So obviously I'm having an initial breakout or SOMETHING because in these last 2 days so many people have commented on my skin it drove me to tears. I mentioned to my room mate that at least my glasses are covering the cyst on my eyebrow and she said: "what are you talking about? It's huge!" And yes those were her exact words, I'm not overreacting. Life is soo unfair!! So I'm not at all positive about these pills at the moment. And the fact that everyone is commenting is really not helping. No more headaches But still some muscle pains. I hope you guys are doing better with your journey then I am! xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 20 :)

Hello(: Sorry for not posting in a while...been a bit busy. So I haven't had any headaches since like Saturday I think I can't tell you how relieved I am because my exams are starting on Wednesday. I have a few new pimples so my skin is red. I have 2 new cysts - one is on my left eyebrow so it's all puffy and swelled I've also been having some back pains. Nothing else new to report on. Just trying to stay positive here xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 16

Hi(: Just a quick update for today. No headaches so yippee! It was so great plus my mom said my skin looks better. No new pimples or anything and most of the old ones are starting to fade away. The cyst on my chin as well. I'm REAL glad about that. My face is extremely dry though, especially after washing it. I apply moisturiser with 15 SPF. Staying positive here! xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 15...does The Headaches Ever Stop?

Hello guys:) Thanks for the comments on the previous post. I asked when my skin would start to improve and 2 people commented that your skin really clears up in your third month. I'm glad I know this because know I have something to look forward to!! At the end of my third month I'm going overseas for 2 weeks so I really really hope that my skin will look better by then!! I'm also trying to cut down on foods like muffins and white bread. I don't think all the sugar helps the headaches. I get one each day know and it's extremely irritating :/ My mom and I talked about the overseas trip today and since we are going to Italy, where it's going to be summer then, I should get a good sunblock. I don't actually get sunburn but someone told me that your acne scars can be sensitive to the sun. So I'd rather be safe than sorry Does anyone have experience with this side effect? I'd love to know about it in preparation for my trip. I also have some back pains but it's nothing major... My skin is still red with a few active pimples but no new ones:) I have a pretty sore cyst on my back though. And wearing my school bag on my back kind of presses against it xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 14

Hi(: I can't believe it's been 2 weeks already! I can't see a difference in my skin yet:( it obviously takes longer! Skin is still the same as last time I posted...just a bit more red though. Extremely extremely dry lips and back pains. I'm assuming it's associated with Oratane but I'm not sure. And the headaches which are getting really irritating :/ Does anyone know how long it takes to see any noticeable results?? Please please please comment if you do:) xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 13

Hi everyone(: Sorry for not posting that much recently...been really busy at school!! My dry lips are getting WORSE - I didn't think it was even possible. But its a small price to pay for clear skin No new pimples or cysts, but I still have a few active ones which are so tempting to pop!! Ugh... I've also noticed I'm having mild muscle pains, especially at night. But it's not that bad. And then...the headaches!! Each day I have a headache and it's so irritating, because it makes studying almost impossible:( and the exams are near. I just hope that it gets better before the exams or I'll have a huge problem. A friend noticed that I didn't have such a bad breakout like another friend of us who was also on Oratane. So that's a good thing I guess Staying positive xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 11

Hello:) So not much has happened yet... Only really dry lips...ugh! And I can feel my skin is getting dryer as well But it's a sign that it's working so yippie!! I had another headache today but drinking more water really helped. There's not much else to say...it seems no initial breakout yet xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day5....more Headaches:/

Hi:) So today has been a really rough day. I woke up this morning with yet another headache. It subsided a little bit after I had breakfast. I eventually decided to take a pain pill this afternoon. As for my skin - I still have that cyst on my chin...it looks so bad. I also noticed a pimple forming on my cheek:( My lips are also dry but the 8h cream makes it barely noticeable!! I highly recommend it. I took my 2 pills this evening with water instead of milk because the milk froze in our hostel fridge...I don't think it matters that much though. I don't know whether I've mentioned before that I'm on 40mg Oratane (so that's 2x 20mg). No initial breakout yet! And I'm not having any problems wearing my contacts although the derm told me I may have to wear my glasses. xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day9 (:

Hiiii (: So here's the thing: I'm trying to do a post each day but not that much happens in 24 hours... But I'll try my best so today my skin still looks all red and inflamed PLUS I picked it again... I should really stop doing that. I also went to the mall today to get some more Elizabeth Arden 8h cream so I told the woman that's selling the product that I'm on Oratane. Turns out her son was also on it and at the same derm as me! And it worked for him (he had to go on a 2nd course though). So that's keeping me positive right now I also have 2 new pimples... I just put on tons of make-up when I go out to cover everything up. I also noticed that the inside of my nose is a bit dry. xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 8

Hello(: My crazy dry lips feels as though it's getting worse!! (If that's even possible) I've also noticed that some of my blackheads are clearing (not sure how to describe this)...it's as though it comes out easily if I just squeeze it a bit. I went totally crazy though and popped a lot of pimples (the new ones I mentioned yesterday) and now my face is all red :/ But I guess it's my fault... Now I don't want to leave the house. Also, when I woke up this morning the skin at the corner of my mouth was very dry and peeling...which was weird. I applied some Bioderma and it looked better. I'm applying compact powder to my face almost every morning before I go to school now. I know it's not very good for my acne but I still do it. I also had a mild headache today but it was gone by the afternoon Staying positive though!! xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 7

Hi(: So today I started to feel more severe side-effects...my lips are SO DRY!! It's crazy :/ I have to apply 8h cream like every half hour. I also have about 4 new pimples (whiteheads), but no new cysts which is great I got a headache last night but none today so I think that drinking 1 pill at a time helps. Also no trouble with wearing my contacts. I am wondering how long a initial breakout will last so if anyone knows please share your thoughts I don't have any other exciting news to share though:P Hope everybody is doing well xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 6

Hi everyone No headaches today...yippie!! I called the derm today though about the headaches and he suggested taking one pill in the morning and one in the evening so let's hope that works! I noticed 2 new pimples today:( It's not huge though but still.... I still have that huge cyst on my chin as well and it looks sooo bad. I'm tring to stay positive because I've read that it helped loads of other people. I'm hoping it works for me too (: xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day4

Hi:) So today is day 4 and I'm actually starting to feel the side effects. Had a headache again today....not as bad as the other day though but still:( I also noticed some dryness around the nose area. I applied some Bioderma balm for this dryness as well as to my flaking cysts and pimples and it worked extremely well. I'm also applying 8h hour cream to my lips a lot!! They already started flaking:( but the cream really helps! It has a weird taste but you get used to it. No breakout...yet!! No new pimples or anything either which is great Hope everybody is having a nice Monday (of that's even possible!) xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day3

Hi:) I forgot to do a post for day 2 yesterday so here's a little info on what happened: I woke up with a really bad headache so I took 2 adco-dolls for that. I'm not sure whether it was related to the Oratane or not? I was left feeling very tired so I took a 10 min nap No side-effects yet but I'm applying Elisabeth Arden 24h cream to my lips in preparation for the dry lips:) So today is day 3:) no headaches this morning which are great! I still have that huge cyst on my chin...:/ Popped it very gently yesterday. I'm also trying extremely hard not to pick at my skin to try and reduce irratation and so far it's going ok. My lips feel a bit dry this morning. I hope everybody has a great day!

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Day 1 :d

Hi everyone! Well today officially marks the first day of my oratane journey. I got the ok from my doctor this morning after the bloodtest last Friday and went to the pharmacist to pick up the pills this afternoon. I have to take 2 20mg pills each evening after dinner with a glass of milk. Obviously there are no side effects yet...lol. I also took my last pill of Dianne 35 today. [its kinda weird ending the pill and starting oratane on the same day??] So just a general description of my skin at the moment: 2 very painfull cysts on my chin (only popped one...yet) The 2 cysts are flaking and has loads of scabs! This makes it extremely noticeble I've also noticed that this particurly happens when I put concealer on. I use Yardley oatmeal which is a pretty good brand I think. Pleas let me know if u have a solution for all this flaking!! 1 zit that's starting to fade just above my right eyebrow 1 zit on my left temple...quite red 1 million blackheads covering my nose and forehead Lots of whitegeads on my chin as well So its pretty bad at this moment and the initial breakout is also on its way...ugh... Anyways, I hust really hope that this will clear all my acne eventually! Feel free to post any questions or comments:) I will try my best to answer them xx

curlyhair

curlyhair

 

Background On My Acne Journey So Far...

Hi:) This is my first post as a blogger. wow So this is just a little background on me. I am 15 years old an have grade 3 going on grade 4 acne according to my dermatologist. I live in South Africa. My acne started about 3 years ago and have just got worse. So far I've been on anti-biotics and Dianne-35 (the pill). None of the above had any affect on me. On Monday I went to the derm and he told me that the only treatment that would possibly work for me is Oratane (it's the generic version of Roaccutane). I went for my blood tests yesterday (Saturday).The results will get to the doctor on Wednesday (because it's a long weekend here!). So hopefully he'll give the thumbs up and then I can start on Friday. I've been reading up on this a lot so I'm a bit anxious about all the side effects :/ I'll post again when I hear from the doctor. xx N

curlyhair

curlyhair

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