So, I turn 18 tomorrow , happyyyy birthdayyy to meeee
I was hoping to have flawless skin, walk into school and shine with my seemingly photoshopped complexion, but ill have to put that dream on the back burner.
I mean, my skin isn't bad, but my cheekbones are breaking out, symmetrically. Three breakouts on my left cheekbone and almost 3 on my right. So yeah, that kinda sucks! The rest of my skin looks more decent of course.
As for the side effects,
my legs aren't peeling as much, I have to be a lot more careful when I shave.
My joints are okay, I haven't been able to exercise as much though):
and i've been okay emotionally, not too bad, not too good.
My lips are extremely chapped always and I peel here and there.
oh my nose hurts really really bad. its super dry, and there is blood but it doesn't come out of my nose, so it's not really a nosebleed.
anyways, thats it, gotta get ready for my birthday tomorrow :3 nighty night~
So, I'm getting joint pains, majorly on my knees and back.
That isn't too bad though.
The weirdest thing is that my legs are literally peeling. I tried applying lotion, but it does nothing. It's so bizarre, I don't think my legs have ever peeled before.
Another thing that has really been bothering me is that the inside of my nose feels dehydrated. I tried using lotion and oil but i ended up inhaling it or it didn't make a difference.
My vision is fine, my mood is the same, and I am having no other side effects besides peeling excessively and joint pain.
As for my skin!
It digressed a little ):
I broke out on both sides of my cheeks. Just two blemishes on each side, symmetrically (I always break out symetrically, it's odd), so I am a little disappointed by that.
Not that much news though, I'm headed to Halloween Horror Nights this weekend so hopefully my legs will stop this peeling ordeal.
wow, i have been neglecting my process blog, shame on me.
although, i did mention my probable lack of updating due to school (among other factors).
SO, yes, Accutane.
My skin looks great, there are still red marks that are healing, but overall the quality has improved a lot. Even my dermatologist was telling me "you already improved and it's only the first month, you're going to do wonderful". Around my period though, I did break out and it was two huge painful bumps. I was on a cruise so I tried to pop them but I forgot that it's a really bad idea to do that, and I ended up having two scabs, which are now the reddest part of my face. The bumps cleared up in about 4 days which is amazing, if you've ever had a huge blemish, they take a very long time to flatten down. I have one tiny active pimple under my jaw but it went away, so the improvement is amazing.
As for the side effects...
major joint pain. My back hurts when I lay stomach down, to the point where I have to bite my lip and hold the position for about 20 seconds in order to be able to lay down. When I was at the gym 2 days ago, my knee hurt badly and I had to stop my leg workouts. So, yes, my bones are weaker.
I've also been getting sick often while on Accutane, although I'm not sure this has any correlation.
Dryness, still very active, my lips are the worst. My face is dry but it's not peeling as much (thankfully). My arms sometimes are white from the dryness, but lotion fixes that.
My mood has been up and down, but not dramatically, it's been the same as always.
So, the basic symptoms are still here. Peeling peely peel skin and chapped lips that just won't quit.
My skin is improving, I had three white heads on one of my cheeks yesterday morning but they've already been annihilated.
There's a bit of a problem considering I'm going on a cruise the 15th through the 23rd and I have my appointment on the 14th which means I'll have to beat the window of time and ugh its a hassle.
Also, I drank coffee on the morning of my blood exam on Friday and there wasn't any appointments for Saturday or today so I have to do it tomorrow. Hopefully they can get the results to the dermatologist in time or I will be missin some days of Accutane ):
I am having some joint pains, and my hair is so dry. My scalp is so dry no type of dandruff shampoo is helping. I made a lemon & apple cider vinegar mixture which helps the dandruff but the scalp is still super dry.
As for my mood, I'm just feeling very romantic? I'm not sure if this is because of accutane or because everyone I knew is in a relationship, but it's happenin'
I'm actually not as depressed as I used to be, so that's always good.
Okay so here are some side effects I'm experiencing:
-extremely dry lips, I have cuts on the sides of my mouth and I literally apply aquaphor every 5 minutes. Also, I am constantly losing my chapstick, not really significant but worth complaining about.
- muscle/joint aches. I always had back pain, but that's increased since taking Accutane. My back gets sore when I lay down for too long and my chest sometimes hurts too. It's mild though, and I still do weight training twice a week.
-no mood changes, I actually feel better.
-peeling face, super sensitive, I apply emu oil when I don't go out to help with my red marks. In the mornings I use ceraVe.
Yes, there has been some improvement! I still break out, of course, there are 4 active blemishes. However, the texture of my face is noticeably nicer. Some of the red scarring around my nose has faded dramatically. My forehead is practically perfect, but that was my least troublesome spot.
My cheeks and jawline still have work to do, but I do see improvement already. )
Helloooo everybody. So yesterday was my first day of school while on Accutane. I woke up, my lips almost numb from dryness, and my skin was peeling.
It was peeling so much, and i had to slather on moisturizer like it was nobody's business.
Today, was much worse, I was so frustrated because no matter how much moisturizer I put on, my foundation did not cover the peeling. It was clear that I was peeling and I had to put a tiny bit of emu oil so it wouldn't be so disastrous.
Yeah, so that was awful; then my skin felt so disgusting all school day. I was so paranoid, because I felt my skin soaking up the moisturizer and trying to deal with the peeling and the foundation. Argh, it was a big mess and needless to say, I was trying to find a mirror to reapply make up the entire time.
I had to tell people that I got a sunburn that's why I am peeling, but considering there's been a tropical storm for almost 5 days, it's not very believable.
Other than me being dried to a crisp (I learned quickly that moisturizer and lip balm are literally my best friends, this is no exaggeration) I am having a tiny bit of back pain but I've always had that. My hair is even dryer than usual too, that really sucks.
Another effect I've noticed is that I have so much trouble paying attention! I'll be sitting in class, trying my hardest to be attentive and anything the teacher says will sound like an adult on Charlie Brown talking. It's very frustrating, because I need to pay attention, it's senior year after all.
So that's basically it! I'm hoping that this is the worst it'll get, and I really hate that my skin is peeling so much because unless I wake up an hour earlier to peel my entire face, it'll look like i'm diseased.
OH, ALSO, I am breaking out along my jawline. A lot. I don't know what that's about, but my jawline isn't very prominent so I do not worry much bout that.
Anywho, thanks to anyone reading <:
My lips are dry
I suppose I should be glad that process is being made but still, the reapplying of lip balm is tedious.
Also, my face does not feel very good.
It feels raw, kind of. My nose even seems sunburned because it's red, but I haven't gone in the sun since starting Accutane (there's been a tropical storm blocking the sun heheh)
Also, I have a few more tiny whiteheads, and my face hurts if I touch it. All side effects that aren't too bad, just frustrating.
I just hope that this isn't the initial breakout, I'm hoping for no initial breakout.
I didn't get a chance to post last night, my internet was down and I got home late. I live in south Florida, so everyone's preparin' for the tropical storm.
So, some of my symptoms, I don't know if they are because of the Accutane or because of my flu. It is only day 2 though, so I don't expect trouble already.
My lips are a tiny bit dry, but they're completely manageable.
I have this rash on my left thigh. There's small red dots and they itched a lot for a while, and now they're just there. I hope they go away, and I have no idea why I have them. I don't want to link it to the Accutane but you never know
As for any breakouts? Two active blemishes I had go away (to make room for two more).
I do feel my skin drying up a tiny bit.
As for what I use to keep this all under control:
cetaphil daily facial cleanser 2x a day
CeraVe moisturizing lotion
CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion PM
nivea a kiss of moisture
vanilla shea butter lib balm by Out of Africa
Aquaphor lip repair
covergirl natureluxe silk foundation (I despise using covergirl because they test on animals, but I can't afford the more expensive foundations. if anyone could recommend a better brand that's affordable I'd appreciate it!)
So, I'll pretty much be using the same things for now, if any change, i'll be sure to mention it.
I do hope that the Accutane won't effect my mood. I'm not a very happy person to begin with, and I don't think I'd be okay with some major mood swings or depression.
Anywho, I'll keep you guys updated.
I haven't decided yet if I was going to do a weekly report or a daily report on my skin. I suppose with school being a heavy burden on my shoulders, among other things, it'll alternate between days and weeks. I am as dedicated to this as humanly possible.
Technically, my first day was yesterday. However, considering I only took one pill at night, I decided to do my first entry after doing a morning and night pill. So, here's to my first day
Let me start out with a complain, and it's not even about the Accutane. More like, the fact that I have a sinus infection or chest congestion; something along those lines. My nose is clogged and I have the gnarliest cough. I was worried that the sickness was going to interfere with the Accutane, but now I'm not concerned at all.
Anyway, no symptoms yet! My lips are a tiny bit dry but that has been due to my only source of breathing being my mouth. My skin looks the same, red, and I have two under the skin painful blemishes along my jawline.
I'm hoping not to get an initial breakout, knock on wood, but only time will tell if that's going to be a thing.
Anyway, there's not much else to document on. I'll probably be posting on the weekends more than on weekdays; and that's that.
Thanks to anyone who read...and wish me luck
Brand name: Myorisan.
Dose: 40 mg, twice a day.
The day has come!
After 30 days of research, forum questions and interviewing others about Isotretinoin (better known as Accutane) I have finally received my prescription. The iPledge is a pain in the butt, and so is the blood being drawn, and the time windows for getting the prescription...but I finally have it!
When I went to pick it up, the pharmacist asked me if the medicine was for me and I was like "yeah, I'm wearing make up, that's why it looks presentable".
He kinda scared me though because he kept commenting about the side effects and how it's for severe acne not mild acne (I get pimples every day, I have tons of red marks on my cheeks and I get a zit or two per week). All I could say was that I'm prone to scarring and I tried everything for six years, and this is my last resort.
Anyways, I'm taking my first pill tonight. I'm very scared, but I'm willing to take the risk.
I'll make a blog about my first day tomorrow night after 3 pills.
If you have tried everything for your acne except for nutritious foods and exercise...read on
Okay, so, I know a lot of people don't believe diet has anything to do with skin. I also know a lot of people who will preach about how important diet is for skin.
I believe that diet can absolutely make a difference, it is no miracle cure by far, but here's what I've noticed (from personal experience).
My mommy has been a vegetarian for almost 18 years. In the beginning of 2012, I was suffering from annoying red blotches and red bumps (not many whiteheads).
I decided to become a vegan, for the month of February just to test it out.
It was difficult at first, but I found alternatives to nearly every animal product. Let me tell you, I didn't see results right away. In fact, I didn't see results for that whole month. Toward the end of the month, I decided to become a vegetarian. I use that term loosely because I don't drink milk or eat eggs. I just have cheese once every few weeks. Around April/May, I did notice that my skin looked much smoother. Now, the acne did not go away, but the red marks weren't flaky or rough. My skin was still red, and there was still active acne, but you could tell there was a softness to it. So, yes, my new lifestyle of eating healthy did contribute to helping my skin. While very minimal, i'm positive it will continue to effect it positively. (:
In addition to my new food routine, I began to exercise in early July. I barely exercised before, and I have to tell you, I dread going to the gym to exercise; however, once I'm finished, I feel so much better and I'm glad that I did it. I haven't missed any training sessions, even if I was sick for two of em'. So far, and it's only been about...8 or 9 personal training sessions, I have seen an improvement in my skin.
At first it made my skin a little more prone to whiteheads because of the sweat and whatnot, but afterwards I saw that my red spots weren't as red and that I didn't get acne as much as I did previously.
Now, I'm not saying, that this will cure your acne. I am not a dermatologist, nor a nutritionist. I am just suggesting that if you have acne, and you eat whatever you want and you are a couch potato, then you should really give eating healthy and exercising a chance. Not only for your skin, but for your health in general. I'm not saying become a vegetarian, I know how annoying it is when people try to push their opinions on you ha, but I recommend eating a whole foods diet (:
ALSO, DRINK TONS OF WATER, i know you all hear it! I am a firm believer that my skin's texture improved because of water. I drink 10+ cups a day (and yes, I'm constantly in the bathroom), but it really helps.
Anyways, this was just a tiny bit of help, good luck to you all!
Well, I'm about 80% sure I am going to use Accutane.
While that 20% could increase as it gets closer to my dermatologist appointment, I really would want to start as soon as possible that way, I'll be over the treatment by the new year. (New year, new skin, I like the sound of it).
I just need to figure out which is the best moisturizer, best for chapped lips, best for dry skin, best for dry hair, ears, nostrils everything.
Ohh, and i must figure out which makeup to use, because I'm sure that my Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation will be too harsh
I also hope my initial breakout isn't too bad or lasts very short, because on the day that I get my Accutane, that is the day that school starts. I go to school, then go to get my ~life changing~ drug.
Anyways, I was thinking that for cleaners, I will continue to use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner because I really enjoy the smell...(oh and it works fine too )
I have the CeraVe PM facial moisturizing lotion and the CeraVe moisturizing lotion for bodies or faces. I think I'll stick to those too, I heard good things.
As for my lips...I always enjoyed Nivea Kiss of Moisture I don't know if his will be strong enough to handle Accutane but who knows.
I'll have it all figured out by August 20th. Hopefully. Maybe.
I am a painfully indecisive and emotionally riddled 17 year old female who was recommended by her dermatologist to use Accutane/Isotretinoin.
Oh, if only i were a spontaneous and care-free rebellious yet wealthy teenager who could have no doubts about this miracle drug; and yet, I suppose that I was blessed with this paranoia to help me in dangerous situations (or...make things more difficult to enjoy, but let's be optimistic and go with the former).
So, here begins my journey with less than 30 days to decide on whether I want to take the chance to possibly permanently damage my body.
I say less than 30 because I know I have to stop all medicine 2 weeks prior to getting the medication, and it's been a day since i visited my dermatologist.
Now, as I learned from a TV sitcom, the thing to do when you have a tough decision to make is to make a PROS/CONS list.
So, I suppose that's what I will do
(always start with bad first so the good can cheer you up afterwards)
1. Common annoying side effects (Sahara desert skin that will make me look like that rock fellow from Fantastic 4)
2. That the possibility of the rare side effects is even POSSIBLE (i used to have depression but most of it was because of my skin. also, there's the chance that i might get a life long disease, extreme joint pain, suicidal tendencies and of course severe mood swings. lovely!)
3. This could possibly make me a huge hypocrite. (WHAT KIND OF HEALTHY VEGETARIAN/MULTIVITAMIN/EXERCISING/NO SMOKING OR DRINKING PERSON would I be if I ruin all of it because of my acne?)
4. I heard the pills were hard to get out of the packaging....(I'm trying to squeeze any cons here, gimme a break)
5. Initial breakout. whyyyy does that even happpeenn (rhetorical question, i know why it happens)
6. spending extra money on lip moisturizing, high quality foundation and anything else that will give me the equivalent of an oil bath throughout the day so I don't spontaneously crumble from dryness.
7. I heard it makes you age quicker. I like my oily skin for the fact that it will most likely stall the wrinkle process.
8. YAY i only thought of 7 cons, not bad...i might add on later as the days became tauntingly closer to my decision date....to which i can only dread (or look forward to, depending on the pros.)
PROS (BRIGHT PURPLE COLOUR EXCLAIMING HAPPINESS VIA COMPUTER HOORAH)
1. THE RESULT! How I longed to look at myself through my compact mirror at school and not groan in annoyance at my cakey makeup making me look...cake like.
Ohh, seeing the process after the initial breakout of my skin slowly blossoming from an acne ridden caterpillar to a smooth skinned butterfly. Being able to LEAVE my house WITHOUT make-up on saving me two whole minutes to which I can now save for victory dances (ya know, for having clear skin.)
2. Clear Skin. Almost guaranteed permanently.
3. As I said, no more foundation for everyday occasions
4. Higher self esteem/confidence/I-look-good outbursts
5.I can go to pool parties/the beach and NOT worry about my makeup coming off
6. No more painful pimples
7. It's only a few months
8. More time to focus on school and not on skin
9. HAPPINESS WHICH IS WHAT IS PURSUED IN THIS GREAT LAND, I BELIEVE
10. A possibly successful Accutane story
11. Seeing my cheating ex in the eyes and have a nice hardy laugh as he falls dramatically to the ground and sees how wonderful i look...ahem
12. well, that's 12. I guess I'll be updating (and pirating.)