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Finally starting accutane so here is what happens during my experience. Hoping this helps someone along the way :)

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On To Month #2

Hello! I have officially finished my first month of being on accutane! I had my 1 month appointment Friday but haven't been able to get my new prescription yet from my pharmacy so I'll have been off today (Monday) and tomorrow since I'll be at work and can't get it right away :/ Anyway, I have had a good first month considering. I have definitely had more breakouts but its not my acne at its worst thankfully. I'm guessing this is my IB stage in the process. The breakouts are in random places though which isn't too fun. I also have blotchy red skin which is new for me I'm not sure if it is from the dryness but I keep trying to think how great my skin will be once everything is over! Gah! The main symptoms I've had are dry lips (still have aquaphor glued to my hand) as well as dry skin. I haven't had any other dry eye problems since first starting out which is great since I despise my glasses. One thing that did catch me off guard was these dry patches of skin just on the back of my hands that were very similar to eczema. I used eucerin to assist and they've gone away a couple days ago. Overall that lasted about a week. Sensitivity to light is noticeable but not unbearable. This is everything I've experienced so far since being on the drug so we'll see what month 2 has in store!

missnik

missnik

11/13/2012

 

Day #13

First of all I can't believe it's been 13 days since starting my accutane treatment. I lose track of time lately. Hopefully it stays that way! Anyway an update on my skin. My lips have been dry (not to the point of peeling or cracking or bleeding) but I literally can't go a moment of the day without anything on them. I haven't even tried lanolin yet because my aquaphor has worked so well! Lately my face has definitely been more dry to where it feels like it can't stretch well if that even makes sense. It hasn't been peeling though. I always use my cerave moisturizer every morning and night. I've also used some bio-oil as well to see if that helps with scarring as it helps with moisture too for my skin type. So far I've had 2 breakouts. One really small one on my chin and another giant cystic pimple in my ear. So random! I have also experienced dry eyes. The end of last week and this past weekend was very bad with my eyes constantly red. I felt as though I looked high at work! Eye drops weren't helping much either. This did start as I was wearing contacts (yes, I know I shouldn't wear them but I get too stubborn to wear my glasses). Even though they aren't my favorite I did proceed to wear my glasses and my eyes remained red. This week so far though they haven't been as bad. That being said I did test out the contacts again and they are slightly dry, as they are without my contacts. My eyes aren't bothering me for the time being. Really would like to keep them this way instead of that horrible dry red eye look I had going on. One more small thing I've noticed is sporadic headaches throughout my day. Not everyday either. It's like a very minor ping of pain that occurs for a couple minutes then goes away but then may come back later for another short period of time. This usually doesn't happen to me so I assume it's the drug. Other than that I haven't had crazy thoughts or sore muscles or sleep issues. That's it for now until my next update!

missnik

missnik

10/25/2012

 

Day #5

Well I'm on day 5 of my accutane journey. So far so good! <--- on a side note, anyone else think of peanut butter jelly time? Ok back to the topic at hand. Of course I'm sure there is plenty of dryness and zits coming my way soon with the IB stage and all but I'm definitely not going to complain right now. I did notice this morning that I had a few really small red spots on my face that looked as if they might become zits but so far they haven't potruded from my face! Maybe some jojoba oil will help? Trying this later! I'm still applying aquaphor religiously which lasts super long throughout the day which is awesome. I plan to get lanolin later today as well to keep my lips moisturized rather than cracked. I'm really trying to take all the steps that will hopefully prevent possible outbreaks or dryness but you never know how you will react. I also borrowed my grandmothers humidifer to help me out! Definitely don't want nosebleeds... my face is VERY oily too and haven't had much change in that department yet either. I know things get worse before they get better so I plan to keep posting about what is to come for the next few months!

missnik

missnik

10/16/2012

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10/17/2012

 

Day #2

Hello everyone! Even though it is day numero 2 of my accutane/claravis journey, I thought it'd be nice to give some feedback as to what happens throughout my time on the drug. Not only that, it'd also be nice not to be alone as I'm the only one I know who is on the medication or has taken it before. Not very fun when you see some of the possible side effects. Yuck! Anyway...a little about my never ending battle with these dreadful pimples. I am now 21 years old which now makes my time with acne 10 years. That's right. It all started when I was 11. Lets just say it has been a nightmare! I've tried proactiv (total waste), retin A, doxycycline, acanya, clindamycin, differin, peroxide wash, the BC pill and more recently solodyn. I think I forgot a couple but I've had my fair share of topical creams/gels and oral medications. I've finally decided to put forth the money and time for accutane so that I can finally have clear skin! I've heard so many good things I'm at the point where it would totally be worth it. I have moderate/severe acne which is on my face, chest and back. It hasn't been too bad recently thanks to the new BC pill I've been put on but I really don't want to be on the pill plus topicals and solodyn as I have been. It may have even been a combination of everything...who knows?! What's the point of taking medication all the time when my skin isn't even clear? So here I am with a new job, a new age where I'm legal to do everything and close to finishing school not wanting to live my life with the insecurity of my oily yet dry super sensitive acne prone skin. I've read that aquaphor is the best for your lips so I have been applying (even though I just started) to help with any dryness that may occur. I'm also using cerave wash and moisturizer since I've been using it per my derms instructions. I've also heard lanolin (yes, the stuff used for breast feeding moms) is great for lip dryness throughout accutane so I may need to get some. Then of course there is the good ol' vaseline in the nose to prevent nose bleeds. Hopefully these precautions will help down the road but that is why I decided to blog. If not hopefully some new perspective can help? Please let me know if there are any tips or suggestions you may have for me as I'm definitely nervous facing the IB stage and dryness coming! Plus, I'm here with any questions anyone may have about my journey as well good luck to everyone with their acne troubles. Trust me, I know how you feel. Cheers to us that we may be acne free soon!

missnik

missnik

10/14/2012

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10/18/2012

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