Thought I'd give a short little update on my progress. I was on Epuris from November 2014 until mid-February 2015. I stopped my treatment about 20 days before I was supposed to, because I just couldn't do it anymore. My mental state was just not... the best during these months. It was probably unrelated to the medication, but I believe that the medication may have just topped it all off. Anyway, as per my last post, I'm in such a better place. You'd be surprised how much happier you are when you're eating and living life normally again. With respect to my skin, I haven't really gotten any more break outs. Maybe a pimple here and there once a month, but nothing like before. I still have my acne scars, but they can be covered up. For the first time, I can actually leave my house without feeling like I need to drench my face in overpriced skin-coloured paint. That's a really big step for me. My confidence has really gone up. I was digging through some old videos I used to watch on youtube about acne, and watched a picture timeline of someone with severe acne. For the first time since my acne has disappeared, I realized how lucky I am. Watching that video made me flash back to my days, and how self conscious my acne made me feel. Your face is the first thing people see when they meet you, and to have these red bumps everywhere representing you, it's a tough thing to go through. You slowly begin to define yourself by these bumps, and think that that's what everyone thinks of when they think of you. Acne doesn't only mess with you physically, but it can have so many emotional repercussions even after it's gone. To all of you out there that are going through this, know that you're not alone. You well get through this, and that you are always beautiful. Don't let any red bumps make you feel any less.
Just a quick check in. I'm surprised with how quickly time flies -- can you believe it's already been 14 days since I've quit my Epuris treatment? Woah. I feel amazing. My eating habits are back to normal (hehe or my version of normal - AKA hungry 24/7), and even though I'm still struggling to go out more and not be at home all day, I've been feeling so so so much better. Having a healthy apetite and lack of nausea really has a huge impact on one's mental state. It's just so nice to be me again. My skin is looking good too, all praises to God. With help from Aczone and the Glaxal Base cream, my skin is just so nice! I still have some bumps and red spots here and there, but most of my scars have disappeared! For the first time since puberty, I have nice skin again! It's been such a long battle, and I'm really happy with my current results. I just hope that my skin will continue to defeat the remaining blemishes, so I can have baby smooth skin again. Even though I didn't finish my Epuris treatment (and wasted $70 worth of it that I didn't get to use), I'm happy with my decision to quit. It was just getting too hard and my grades were starting to suffer. Now I'm trying to do some damage control on my grades. Wish me luck!
As the title suggests... I quit Epuris after my third month. For the first 30 days, I was on 20 mg. Then, for the next 60 days I was taking 40 mg. My blood work was good after the third month, so my doctor decided to increase my dosage to 50 mg a day. I was on this dosage for 6 days, and then I decided to stop. It was not an impulsive decision -- I had been thinking about it for a while, it just took one really bad day to make me stop the medication. I quit because I felt terrible on this medication. Appetite suppression ⟶ not eating ⟶ no energy ⟶ sleeping a lot ⟶ not going out, no desire for anything ⟶ depressed state of mind. I've also been feeling super moody on this. I normally have a short temper, but on this medication, I noticed that it would take milliseconds for me to get angry. Fortunately, I know when to walk away when I get like that, so I would be walking out of conversations very often and just distancing myself from other people because everyone seemed to tick me off. Isolating myself, not eating, getting angry, no energy, no desire or passion for anything = not good. I decided that it would be best for me to just stop this monster before it ruins my life. I've had no energy/motivation to study these past few months, and it's really biting me in the bum. It is very possible that these "side effects" are all in my head and that I'm really the problem, but I'd rather not risk failing all my courses just because I have acne. How stupid is that? (and if it is in my head, then I'll really know because this medication would not be a factor anymore). So, my plan is to continue to use Aczone (Dapsone) topically and pray that I do not get any more pimples. Overall, here's a summary of my experience with Epuris: - Entire body is dry (hair, eyes, skin,lips) - Bodily acne gone, facial acne still persists but is less - Pimples on this medication become cystic -- really big and super gross to deal with - Acne scars have faded in some areas, some are still there on my body --- most have disappeared from my face - Dry/Scabby patches of skin on my arms and on the back of my hands - Nausea and appetite loss -- eating enough fatty foods to take the medicine was tough - Mood swings - Used in conjunction with Aczone (Dapsone) because it wasn't helping my facial acne Any other symptoms would be listed in my other blog entries.
So I've just started my twelfth week with Epuris. I'm currently on a 40 mg dosage. Just wanted to update my symptom list since they're getting a bit more interesting. In the past few weeks I've been getting these severe migraines. They're not too frequent, but when I do get them, they're super intense. I've gotten about three of them within the last 4-5 weeks. I will talk to my doctor about this when I see him -- obviously if they start occurring more often then I'll just stop the meds and go see my doctor right away. To describe it, it feels like a ginormous cramp in my head. They last quite a while, I had one that lasted basically a whole day. The only way to get the migraine to go away is to pop a few advils and sleep it off. I don't actually know if they're correlated to the medication, or if they're just related to stress/hunger/annoyance. I'm also experiencing super dry scaly skin in random spots on my body. They were first showing up on the back of my upper arms. I will admit that I've been a bit lazy to moisturize every day, but the dry skin was strange because instead of the whole area being dry, it would just be random patches. Just to be specific, by "dry" i mean rough, scaly, bumpy and scab-like. It's super weird and kinda gross. I also noticed the same on the backs of my hands. In the middle of my left hand, I have these very ugly brown dots that look like ingrown hairs -- but no, they're just "dry spots". Overall, my skin feels very rough and bumpy, hopefully that's just the medicine removing all the yuck in my pores or something? I'm still pretty upset with the Epuris though. All of my body acne has disappeared, but I'm still getting them on my face! It's really annoying. I thought I'd be clear by now, but nope. However, that said, it should be noted that the blackheads on my nose have disappeared, and my nose is as cute as a button. Hopefully it stays that way!
After being on a 40 mg dosage of Epuris (similar to accutane) for a month, I went to visit my doctor on Thursday. He mentioned that we need to be careful about harming my liver, that my "ald" or something is 50 something higher than normal people. Yikes. He decided to maintain my dosage, and just continue to monitor my blood work. Symptom wise: - liver enzymes up - dry eyes, lips, face and arms - dry nose -- no nose bleeds, but very uncomfortable when I wake up - nausea / lack of appetite - random back aches / crampy limbs - dry hair and hair loss For my dry skin, I switched moisturizers -- I now use Glaxall Base, which is apparently recommended for babies with minor eczema. I like it because it's so darn thick -- it lasts all day and sits amazingly under makeup. I am still getting some pimple bumps here and there -- to combat those, I've been using Aczone (dapsone) to help speed up the healing process - I love this stuff because it actually works! I use it as a spot-on treatment, and usually a thin layer on the pimple works great (don't use more because it will cause your skin to peel and become flaky). I might've mentioned this in my previous post, but I've noticed that my pimples with Epuris are much more cystic, so they take FOREVER to heal -- on it's own it takes about 1-2 weeks. With the Aczone, it will take about 4-5 days to heal. Before I was on Epuris, the Aczone would take 1-3 days to heal. With respect to my facial acne scars, they have improved so much, and it makes me so happy! I remember when I first went to the doctor for Epuris, I went on with a thick layer of makeup and only washed it off after I was called to wait in the patient room. The second my appointment was over, I ran to bathroom to reapply my makeup. For my appointments now, I don't even bother with the makeup. I just make sure to apply my sunscreen. Overall, I'm very very pleased with the results (minus the cystic pimples). [Edit: Actually, I should mention that the lack of appetite is pretty noteworthy. Lately I just can't eat and have no cravings for anything. I do still eat, but my appetite has shrunk. For example, if it's pizza, I could normally eat 2-3+ slices, but now I can only eat a max of 2. If it's pasta, I can only eat half of the portion I used to be able to eat. In general I just can't eat as much as I used to without feeling super full and nauseas.]
I've been on Epuris since November 13, 2014. My initial dosage was 20 mg, and I took it for 30 days. My current dosage is 40 mg, as of two days ago. Just as a quick background, my skin on its own (without any acne treatment) is normal-oily, and not too sensitive. My forehead is clear, but my cheeks and jaw tend to break out more often (a new pimple once a week). I have moderate acne, but tons of acne scars (those "gorgeous" dark spots that are impossible to hide). In terms of bodily acne, I occasionally get a few bumps on my back. The average healing time of a pimple (without treatment) is about 4 days once it's peaked. To be honest, I'm almost always using some form of acne control. The longest time in 8 years that I've gone without treatment is 1 month. So that said, I'm not even sure what my normal skin is like anymore. The first week of my Epuris treatment was pretty normal, I think by day 3 the dryness hit me. I was pre-cautious though, and made sure to moisturize the moment I started the treatment. Honestly, the first four weeks were great. I didn't get any new pimples until around the third week, and those pimples were huge and almost cystic -- I don't normally get those. My Epuris pimples were definitely more ugly -- bigger and took a few days to surface. They also take much longer to heal, leaving a dark spot in its place. As a matter of fact, I'm still healing from one that showed up 2 weeks ago. However, I have noticed an improvement on my acne scars, they're mostly gone which makes me very very happy . In terms of dryness, basically everywhere becomes dry (obviously haha). Some areas more than others -- my face, lips, arms and hands. Funny enough, I use different products for each of those areas. I use a Facial Hydration Cream for dry skin on my face. I got this one from my doctor's office, dermatologic cosmetic laboratories (www.dclskincare.com). I absolutely love it. It's not too thick or thin, and it does its job. I apply it multiple times throughout the day (about 3-4 times). Although, since my dosage had increased to 40 mg, I might need to invest in a more heavy duty cream. We'll see. In terms of facial cleansers, I'm currently using both Cetaphil (normal to dry skin), and Spectro (dry skin). Spectro does a slightly better job of actually cleansing the skin whereas Cetaphil is just a washable lotion. I use Cetaphil when my skin is flaky, and I leave it on for about a minute before washing it off. For my arms, I use Aveeno, my favourite. My arms don't get as dry/flaky as my face, they just get really itchy. I've also replaced my body wash, and now I use Aveeno Dry Skin. It's an unscented body wash that leaves your skin feeling so amazingly soft and smooth. For my legs I use Johnsons Baby Lotion (Shea and cocoa butter). This lotion is nice for my legs since they don't get as dry/itchy. The consistency is relatively thin (I think that's why it's called a lotion and not a cream), so it just sits nicely on my skin. Plus I like the smell hehe. For my lips, just plain old Vaseline does the trick. I bought two little tubes of it from the travel products section at Walmart. I keep one in my backpack, because reapplying is so necessary. With the 20 mg, my lips would get a little dry, but since I've been on the 40 mg, my lips are starting to peel and get rough. Not fun. Another symptom that I've been experiencing is dry/itchy/watery eyes. I do wear contact lenses, but luckily I haven't experienced any discomfort when wearing them. When I remove them however, my eyes will get a bit teary and itchy -- but it's usually temporary. Oh! I've also noticed that my hair is super super dry. Before starting the treatment, I would have to wash my hair every other day. And by the second day, my scalp would be itchy, and my hair would be really greasy (I use Head and Shoulders). Since I've been on Epuris, I can't wash my hair as often since it's so dry. It sounds gross, but I usually wait 4 days between washes, or whenever it starts to look/feel greasy. I don't like waiting so long, but hey, at least I'm saving some money on shampoo right? Haha. To sum it all up, I'm really enjoying this treatment. The dry skin isn't as bad (or painful) as I thought (if you've been on Tactuo, this is nothing). The consumption of the pill isn't that bad either (ie. no stomach pain/cramps). I'm really liking it, so let's hope I see results haha.
About time I started a blog about my journey. A little backround information: I'm about to hit 20 in a few weeks, and have had acne since I was 12. Over the years it's gotten worse. I've been on almost every prescription treatment, and have tried multiple home remedies too. I'm currently on Epuris (similar to accutane). Here's a list of what I've tried so far (that I can remember): Benza-clin Aczone with Apodoxy (doxycycline) Clindamycin Tactuo Tea tree oil Lemon Green tea I don't remember any of the other ones, which probably means that they didn't help at all, and weren't important enough to remember haha. I have posted reviews of the above products, so if you're interested, feel free to check them out I'll be posting about my Epuris journey, and how it's going. Stay tuned!