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Day 175 - 6 Months & 1 Week. Finished!!!

Sorry y'all this was supposed to have posted 2/25 but this site is so buggey. Last time I use that "publish at a certain time" feature.  DONE! FINISHED! COMPLETED! CEASED! I am fiiiinnnniiissshhheeeddd with my first course of accutane. I have taken my last pill and am, like I've said, DONE. Woohooo! Quick update and then we'll reminisce.  So, my skin has been a little more iffy lately. My back has had some white heads popping up lately and in the pictures that I will add, you can see one o

Megp264

Megp264

02/28/16

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12/07/16

 

Day 171 - Week 24

Well, it's been a month since I've talked to you guys and not much has changed. At all. There just hasn't been enough happenings to report on to you guys. But, I figured since I'm almost done with my course that I should check in.  I am 5 days away from being finished. Well... 5.5, I have tonight's pill and then 5 more days worth. I'm so stoked to be finished but a little disappointed that I might have to do another one. I have decided that, if the medication really didn't work and I'm still

Megp264

Megp264

02/21/16

 

Day 140 - Week 20

I'm back! I'm sorry to have been neglecting the blog but really not a whole lot has happened. My acne is pretty normal now, no random heads popping up. And when I say "normal," I just mean it hasn't changed a whole lot. It has not improved or gotten worse. The worst areas are still under and around my nose, my chin, along my cheekbones, and on my neck and chest. My back seems to be alright - haven't gotten a whole lot on there lately. I just checked and I have 34.5 days left to go. That is, if I

Megp264

Megp264

01/20/16

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02/02/16

 

Day 126 - Week 18

Fun fact! So far, I have spent 34.52% of a year on this medicine. Really puts it in perspective...  Well, good news and bad news. Good news first because the bad news kinda null and voids the good news... I only have one month and 14 days left for this course! That is... if I remember to take my pills every day - I've been forgetting a lot lately. But, that means I will be done by February 20th... ONE DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY! Woohoo!  Now the bad news: the accutane is not acting as well as my d

Megp264

Megp264

01/07/16

 

Day 121 - week 17

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday, got everything they wanted for Christmas, drank to their heart's delight on New Year's, and enjoyed a break from me complaining about my acne. Unfortunately, it's time for me to starts complaining again haha.  One of the most ironic things is that the thing I wanted most for Christmas is what is causing me the most of my problems. A while ago I talked about "accutane rash." It is a red/yellowish, raised rash that people experience o

Megp264

Megp264

01/03/16

 

Day 105 - week 15

So it's been yet another week and guess what?! Improvement! Lots of improvement!  I'm actually unbelievably happy that my face is clearing up the way that it is. Nothing too painful but I've been getting itty bitty white heads every once in awhile and my face is still red if I rub in moisturizer too hard or if the temperature is bothering my skin. The only weird thing that's happening is I'm getting acne in weird places... for example, my ears, my ear lobes, my very lower back, etc. Weird s

Megp264

Megp264

12/17/15

 

Day 98 - 14 weeks

So it's been yet another week! If you're keeping up with my journey then you'll know that I recently went back to my 80mg a day. So far, it's worked fabulously. My skin has cleared up from my acne that I had before. There is still some there but not... a whole lot. My neck has majorly improved. I have some pictures in my album that aren't uploading at this exact moment but keep an eye out!  Unfortunately, the paronychia has also returned. I've been trying to take my 2, 40mg pills as fa

Megp264

Megp264

12/11/15

 

Story Time!! - CVS & Zenatane

Two posts in one day?! WHat?!  Yeup. 2 posts. 1 day.  I just had a story (ok, more of a rant) that I wanted to share with you guys about CVS Pharmacy and Zenatane.  So, if you're on accutane or isotretinoin, you probably... aren't on "accutane" or "isotretinoin." Instead, you're probably on something like "absorbica," "roaccutane," "claravis," or (like me) "zenatane." If you've been following my accutane journey, which is currently starting its 4th month, then you know all of the

Megp264

Megp264

12/04/15

 

Day 92 - 13 Weeks in

Guess what!!!! I'm going back to 80mg! Woohoo.  Now, I know that probably doesn't sound like something to be excited about (and it kinda isn't) but it means that I don't have to add another month to this stupid process!!!! So woohoo!!! So, bloodwork was normal. But the girl who drew my blood had me a little worried because my arm wouldn't stop bleeding and she asked me repeatedly if I was on blood thinners or aspirin or anything - I wasn't. But everything turned out fine! My dermatolog

Megp264

Megp264

12/04/15

 

Day 85 - 4 months in

Wow... 4 months in.... and still not a whole lot of improvement. You could almost say that my acne is worse than when I started. And hey, maybe it WILL all clear up at the end of this process but I've said it once and I'll say it again: this process sucks    Because things around here have been so hectic lately I keep forgetting to write in my accutane journal but again, not much has happened. No new side effects, not really any new acne -- just old acne getting worse. There seems to b

Megp264

Megp264

11/27/15

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11/29/15

 

Day 78 - 11 weeks in

Good morning! Well.... good morning, good afternoon, or good evening based on where you are in the world and what time you read this... So, I don't have many new things to talk about this week because I started a new job and have been sooooooo flippin' busy trying to manager school, job, and health that I kept forgetting to keep up my own personal day-to-day acne diary. Y'all get the condensed version. But even with the job I've still been eating clean with the occasional junk meal. No, I'm

Megp264

Megp264

11/20/15

 

Day 71 - 10 weeks in

Greetings ladies and gentlemen,  So, it’s been yet another week but it’s been pretty easy I guess. I was off of my accutane for 6 days. Why? Well I guess my insurance covers accutane but only under the name of “zenatane” so every time my derm writes the prescription for “accutane”, my insurance doesn't allow my pharmacy to fill it and phone calls have to be made and it takes forever. So, it was not filled until the night of my last day to pick it up when I was completely unavailable so calls to

Megp264

Megp264

11/14/15

 

Day 63 - 9 weeks in

Well... I guess I need to change the description on this blog. It's not going to be a 4 to 5 month process... it's going to be a 6 to 7 month process and maybe even longer... [email protected]!% I met with my dermatologist on Tuesday (today is Thursday) and she told me that based off of how badly the side effects are affecting me, especially the paronychia (ingrown nails), it would be better to lower my dosage back to 40mg a day. She's still prescribing me the 2x 40mg pills a day but only wants me to take th

Megp264

Megp264

11/05/15

 

Day 56 - 2 Months

Heyyyyy! It's been another week already and now I'm done with TWO. WHOLE. MONTHS!! Whoop!!! Btw - I'm counting 1 month as 4 weeks and 1 week as 7 days. So 56 days = 8 weeks = 2 months.  Ingrown toenails update: They have improved a whole lot, at least in the pain department, but they're still pretty red. Taking the Cephalexin (500mg 2x a day for 10 days - today is day 8) seemed to majorly help and then another derm (because my derm wasn't available) prescribed me Triamcinolone which is a topic

Megp264

Megp264

10/30/15

 

Day 49 - 7 weeks in

Hola. So, it's been a rough week. If you read my SOS message then you know that ingrown nails are becoming a problem for me (pictures in my album - they're not too gross). I have no previous history and I take very good care of my nails (which I guess might be the problem) so I don't think it's anything I'm doing plus I've googled and most podiatrists and dermatologists say they're common with accutane/ isotretinoin. I have one on each foot, on the same toe and these are preventing me from my d

Megp264

Megp264

10/22/15

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10/29/15

 

SOS - Ingrown Nails... Eew

So, I know I'm breaking my once a week policy but I'm only talking about one thing right now... INGROWN NAILS.  If you've ever had one, even a mild one, you know these are painful and have the potential to become infected and in severe cases, require surgery... not fun. So, general note: take care of your nails at all times. ESPECIALLY ON ACCUTANE. Turns out, one of the less talked about side effects of accutane is ingrown nails... yay. I'm only talking about it now because it's becoming a pro

Megp264

Megp264

10/21/15

 

Day 42 - 6 weeks in!

Am I SIX WEEKS IN?! Yeah I am!  Trying to stay positive here! General update: Accutane is NOT fun so here's to hoping that it's worth it. So I left it last week saying that the side effects were definitely doubled with the higher dosage. This week, a lot of those side effects have either toned down or disappeared completely. I'm not SAD or DEPRESSED or ANXIOUS (at least not right now), I'm still pretty dry but I've gotten a handle on how often I need to moisturize, and I upped my water consumpt

Megp264

Megp264

10/15/15

 

Day 35 - 5 weeks in

SO! I am now 5 weeks in and let me tell you: going from 40mg to 80mg is actually a BIG change. I am twice as dried out, peeling twice as much, and twice as sad.  I started my 80mg dose (40mg 2x a day with food) on Oct. 3 which was 30 days in. Almost immediately, I was peeling much more and a lot faster. My face is consistently peeling, even with tons of moisturizer now and whereas it was just my chin and around my mouth before, my forehead has joined the party. My lips are continuing to dry ou

Megp264

Megp264

10/09/15

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10/15/15

 

Day 28 - 1 Month In!

Greetings fellow acne haters!  So I have completed ONE MONTH on Zenatane (accutane)!!!!    Gonna talk about two things today. 1) this past week and 2) my dermatologist visit.  1) This past week: My skin is still persisting in the dryness department. My forearms and legs are suffering the most and I'm still seeing the white, flaking circles/patches everywhere. I spent Monday working while on my knees a lot and when I got home that day, I noticed that there was piece of skin that was drie

Megp264

Megp264

10/01/15

 

Day 22 - 3 Weeks In

Happy Friday!! I just wanted the check in and I promise this will be brief. I finished three weeks yesterday and am quickly approaching the end of my first month. Acne is pretty consistent now. Nothing too bad or unsightly but it has been SUPER itchy where new ones have popped up. Facial peeling seems to have gotten a little worse so I've started putting on the Cetaphil lotion at night before I go to bed and in the morning before I go out. It does seem to help so far. Sk

Megp264

Megp264

09/25/15

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09/28/15

 

Day 15 - Two Weeks In

Hey guys!!! I know I only posted a few days ago but I want to try and post every week. I know I'm a day late but I figured rather late than never. So, I left off on the 15th so it's only been, like, 4 days - ish. I'm still using the same regime and I've completely switched over to the Carmex - it does wonders for my lips and feels so much better. I can get away with not applying it as often as other lip balms I've used without all the pain and dryness. Still consuming lots of wa

Megp264

Megp264

09/18/15

 

The Beginning

Hi guys, So, like a lot of people on this website, I'm starting Accutane and want to share my journey with y'all. Mostly because I came to this website with questions and actually found answers. So, I figured I'd add to the pot of information. The more the merrier, right? I am an 18 y.o. female who has struggled with acne my whole life. I had large black heads in elementary school which then turned in to cystic bumps and whiteheads in middle school. I can actually recall always havin

Megp264

Megp264

09/15/15

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