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Isotretinoin (Absorica)

27/F/ CT NOTE: I will update THIS entry every 5 days for the duration of my treatment to track the progress/side effects. I've been struggling with acne and large pores since I was 13. Moderate, sometimes mild, but persistent. Enough lesions, redness, enlarged pores, blackheads, and scarring to feel very uncomfortable going out in public without makeup on to cover everything. In my teen years it was everywhere: face, chest and back. Chest acne went away sometime in highschool, but the backne persisted. However, over the last 5 years it is much less severe- Mostly just scars left behind and a few new lesions per month. I have been on birth control pills since 2006 in an effort to help curb the acne. I, for the past year now, bumped to a higher dose of estrogen in a monophasic pill (Yaz 6mos then Sprintec 28 currently). This seemed to help, but only slightly (ie- less backne, but face seems about the same) Like everyone here, I've tried everything under the sun to banish the acne, with no luck aside from some courses of antibiotics throughout the years which I've decided to stop taking for numerous reasons- mainly the fact that it is not a long term fix and in my opinion derm prescriptions of antibiotics for aesthetic reasons are worsening the soon-to-be-upon-us antibiotic resistant infections... Anyways, I decided to bite the bullet and start Isotretinoin in the form of Absorica. Here's my blog to keep track of the (hopeful) progress: MONTH 1 (30mg/ 2X daily) I take it with food (with fat). Skin Regimen- *CeraVe moisturizing cleanser with lukewarm water to wash face *Dove beauty bar (Shae butter and 1/4 moisturizing lotion) for the body *Selson blue shampoo to control dandruff from dry scalp *Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer applied generously 2X a day and as needed throughout the day on any dry patches that may develop *Carmex lip balm from Day 1... every 1/2 hour or 15 mins in a proactive effort to keep my lips from drying out and cracking. *liquid gel eye drops for dry eyes *Moisturizing lotion (whatever I have on hand. Jergens, Burts Bees, bath and body etc) all over the body and hands after every shower and before bedtime. 3 liters of water a day + using a plug in humidifier in my room on full blast when I sleep. It feels like a jungle in my room when I wake up but my skin is thanking me. DAY 1 After 2 pills - uncomfortable cramping in the gut throughout the day. Increased flatulence all day. DAY 2 Diarrhea @8am - before taking any pills for the day. Type 5 stool (Bristol scale) abdominal pain and flatulence continues- comes and goes throughout the day DAY 3 abdominal pain continues (note this seems to be the worst roughly 4 hours after taking a dose) flatulence continues decreased appetite DAY 4 9 am (prior to any doses for the day) BM- very soft stool/ Type 4. noted blood in the stool. face is beginning to peel slightly around the mouth and nose (4 days?! wow that was fast!) abdominal pain and flatulence continue Note: due to the blood in the stool and abdominal pain I was very worried and considered stopping the medication due to some studies I read that ISO may trigger IBS or Chron's disease in individuals that otherwise might develop these anyway later in life... after some thought I decided to wait it out and see if my body is just adjusting to the new med...) DAY 5 intermittent abdominal pain continues intermittent flatulence continues decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) dry skin on bottom of hands- small parts are peeling. moisturizing hands now after every time I wash them. DAY 6 intermittent abdominal pain continues intermittent flatulence continues decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) DAY 7 noticed a decrease in appetite over the past week, BMs have decreased from daily to every other day/ every 2 days onset of a cold or allergies beginning so with constant nose blowing the skin around my nose is dry and flaky. 1st very minor bloody nose today after blowing nose. DAY 8 less abdominal pain less flatulence decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) constant nose blowing= skin more dry around nose. blood in the snot. sudden sharp pain in the R knee when bending, especially when going down the stairs (chalking this up to the joint pain that is a side effect of ISO) DAY 9 less abdominal pain less flatulence decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) constant nose blowing= skin more dry around nose. blood in the snot. knee pain continues DAY 10 abdominal pain seems to be gone aside from some loud digestive noises once or twice a day much less flatulence decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) constant nose blowing= skin more dry around nose. blood in the snot. knee pain is gone by the end of the day one large red pimple formed in the center of my chest (i rarely get pimples here) it has not come to a head (yet?). NOTE: Days 1-10: I got about 7 new pimples in this time period on my face while old pimples from before starting ISO are healing. Some were big and turned very red on my face with the scarring and others were very small or never came to a head. Photos after 10 Days: DAY 11 9am BM- stools returned to normal for me (Type 1) (woohoo!) abdominal pain gone (woohoo!) flatulence almost gone (woohoo!) decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) peeling on the bottom of my hands seems to have stopped with moisturization. drier skin all over body- making sure to moisturize with lotion after every shower and before bedtime. constant nose blowing= skin more dry around nose. blood in the snot. Noticed a few new pimples formed on my back over the last few days. DAY 12 3 new pimples on my abdomen of all places (above belly button but below bra line). These are very very rare for me (last ones occurred sometime last year) but they take FOREVER to heal so I'm really not happy about these. skin felt a slight "burning" sensation after washing and while applying my moisturizer... a tiny bit of redness but mostly a burning sensation. Going to switch to the CeraVe hydrating cleanser instead of my green tea natural soap bar. Also- I put on makeup today after about 5 days going without and I noticed my nose and cheeks were very dry looking. My foundation makeup does not sit well on my face like it used to- it accentuates the dry skin if you look closely so this was a bit depressing considering my makeup is my holy grail to hide the bad skin.... and now it just looks bad in a whole new way. Ugh. Incorporating a HUMIDIFIER in my room tonight when I sleep in an effort to keep my skin hydrated. Went to the store today to buy more moisturizing lotion (Burts Bees shae and Vit E), Dove beauty bar soap for body, and also Selson Blue shampoo in preparation to be proactive about dandruff I know will be coming on. decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) drier skin all over body, especially after showers- making sure to moisturize with lotion after every shower and before bedtime. DAY 13 decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) drier skin all over body, especially after showers- making sure to moisturize with lotion after every shower and before bedtime. switched to CeraVe hydrating cleanser for my face. DAY 14 a few new pimples on the face, noticed the marks from last week stay red longer and are more difficult to cover with makeup. BM today around 8pm- very difficult to pass. Did I drink enough water today? I'm now thinking to incorporate more fiber into my diet or fiber supplements while on the med course because OUCH. used Selson blue shampoo this morning and my scalp was the most itchy today and I could see flakes of skin coming off my scalp. I tried my best to not scratch. Luckily, once I tousled the flakes out of my hair- they weren't visible in my hair (I have dark brown hair so this is something I was worried about) decreased appetite continues dry skin around nose and mouth continues (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) drier skin all over body, especially after showers- making sure to moisturize with lotion after every shower and before bedtime. DAY 15 HUMIDIFIER WORKING. I noticed a difference on days that I use it when I sleep compared to days that I do not. Skin looks much drier and flakier on a day that I forgot to turn it on. Definitely need to fill the humidifier up every night from now on. Noticed over the past few days that my skin, aside from the dry patches and new pimples, looks BETTER. I have noticed significantly less blackheads on my chin, nose and cheeks and my pores appear slightly smaller... I'm very happy about this (taking the wins where I can get them) decreased appetite continues lips are more raw than days passed- i think there are small cracks because foods with acidic juices sting a bit despite my constant lip balm application. dry skin around nose and mouth continues, but has decreased (not bad- moisturizing regularly controls this) drier skin all over body, especially after showers- making sure to moisturize with lotion after every shower and before bedtime. slight flaking on the scalp, but hair is noticeably less oily (horray!) My hair is very thin and fine and usually have to wash every day to make it look nice due to the oils that weigh it down and make the roots look greasy (i don't wash every day unless I am going out somewhere and doing my hair), but I noticed the past few days it has looked better (minus the flaking from dandruff). DAYS 15-25 cons: -same dry skin on the face, mostly chin/nose area (especially right inside the nostrils- flakes off) and LIPS -dry scalp continues but less itchy. -dry eyes on occasion- especially after sleeping. Hard to open eyes to put eyedrops in without pain. -developed some very itchy patches that looked like an allergic reaction on my legs, but I noticed this after shaving- so it may have just been some irritation from the razor. Luckily it's winter and I don't need to shave often... -dry rough patch developed on back of R hand- very itchy like an allergic reaction at first. It's gone down and only red scaly marks are left. -occasional light nosebleed -random flatulence continues pros: -appetite is getting better - only a few new pimples formed and are small and go away faster, however do leave behind flat red marks and seem to last longer... -skin overall looks better aside from dryness/ new bumps/ old red marks. -hair on scalp is much less greasy. I am loving this side effect. I used to NEED to wash my hair daily, dry and style in order for it to not look greasy compared to my friends with thick hair that can go a few days without washing. This past weekend I went 3 days without shampooing and hair still looks great! What I need to work on: NOT PICKING. I have a bad habit of squeezing blackheads and new pimples and get carried away... when I don't squeeze or pick skin it really does look MUCH better and seems like ISO is starting to work... fingers crossed!

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02/04/2015

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