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Accutane Journey 22/06/16

Well, that's Accutane and my relationship over....hopefully for good! I was supposed to do one more month so a bit worried that my accumalative dose has not been enough but I had no choice in the matter as the pills combined with my hectic lifestyle and job have pushed me to the brink of complete exhaustion which apparently the derm could see as soon as they saw me. (though i'll take dark circles over cystic acne any day!). The hospital hasn't discharged me yet which is good, I need to go back

mum44

mum44

06/22/16

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06/28/16

 

Accutane Journey 05/06/16

I went out with a friend the other day (who doesn't know that i'm on accutane but does know how badly my acne gets to me) and one of the first things she said was how good my skin was at the moment  . That just made me so happy. To go from feeling that everyone is staring thinking with is wrong with her face to someone actually saying how good it looks is amazing. Don't get me wrong, my skin will never be 'good', a decade or so of huge cysts has left millions of scars which show up loads at this

mum44

mum44

06/05/16

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06/22/16

 

Accutane Journey 30/05/16

No real changes in my face or in my side effects, this morning I woke up looking like i'd been in a fight, my lips were so dry they had split completely and had blood all over them   However, I hadn't thought that my mental health had changed at all but talking with the one friend that knows about the medication I realise that maybe it has affected me. I haven't been depressed but I have certainly been more emotional than usual, I have blown up at my boss (who luckily has known me for years and

mum44

mum44

05/30/16

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06/09/16

 

Accutane Journey 20/05/16

Back at the derm's today. Saw the nice consultant rather than my usual one today (not that my usual one is horrid - just more 'mechanical' rather than caring). I wasn't entirely honest about how exhausted I am and the extent of my bruises.. I just didn't want them to say I had to stop or anything and my blood tests are all fine so guessing it's nothing serious and it's nothing that I can't cope with, I just seem to stay awake in the evenings! I did have a lovely talk with a young girl who seem

mum44

mum44

05/20/16

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05/30/16

 

Accutane Journey 15/05/2016

I have just read an article in the paper on Adult Acne. It got me really annoyed as it insinuated that it was mainly down to poor diet and poor hygiene. Now I'm not saying that these things cannot be a factor but as we all know on here that when you have acne whether as a child, a teen or an adult that we try EVERYTHING including changing our diets and that we on the whole are way more fastidious than most people on cleanliness and are FED UP of people assuming that because we suffer (and I do m

mum44

mum44

05/15/16

 

Accutane Journey 12/05/16

More bruises seem to be appearing by the day none of which I remember getting... Other than that everything is all good, for some reason this month in between appointments seems s much longer than usual.. I feel like i've been on this forever.  

mum44

mum44

05/12/16

 

Accutane Journey 8/5/16

No real changes to report, no spots, no cysts, eyes still blurry, lips still dry and nose horribly crusty :( the one thing I have noticed recently and this may well not be connected to Accutane, I just thought i'd mention it in case someone else thinks yes me too! I am bruising really, really easily! I have the biggest bruise on my calf and about a dozen smaller ones on my arms.. I do nt remember hitting myself or knocking myself and have no idea where these have come from so just throwing it o

mum44

mum44

05/08/16

 

Accutane Journey 04/05

Working outside in the summer and accutane definitely do not mix! I am not complaining that it has been a beautiful day..should never complain about having sunshine but i look like a lobster! I had my factor 50 on but work is so busy at this time of year you just don't have time to pop off and re-apply sunscreen, I've always caught the sun easily as I am such an outdoorsy person (weathered) but people can't believe the colour of me already and I can't explain it as no-one other than my closest

mum44

mum44

05/04/16

 

Accutane Journey - lost track of days...

Ok, new day, new week, new beginning! The last couple of weeks life has thrown everything it can at me but I am not only still standing but I am standing here acne free! I'm actually getting used to the dry lips and skin although my nose being permanently crusty is pretty horrid. My eyes are still dry and blurry in the evenings but i'm very tired so that probably doesn't help. I'm due an annual eye as soon but am going to put it off until after I finish the accutane a) I don't want them to find

mum44

mum44

05/02/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 85

I haven't updated for ages, we've had a death in the family and this has kind of been the last thing on my mind  . However with all the stress that I have been under recently I still have no breakouts where before the two things that would make my skin doubly bad were the time of the month and any stress. The main thing that i'm worried about at the moment is that my 15 year old son has over the last week or two been breaking out in big red spots...now I know that it is common especially in te

mum44

mum44

04/28/16

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05/02/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 81

I worked in the garden all day yesterday in the sunshine but this time was prepared, factor 50 constantly topped up (never did I think i'd be doing that in April!) and moisturiser topped up all evening and I haven't burnt, yay! I do however look like I have been abroad, it's like the Accutane is a magnet for the sun :/

mum44

mum44

04/24/16

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05/02/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 80

I haven't updated for a while as i've had a horrid week and I didn't want my mood to come through on this. (Not accutane related) I've had no more nose bleeds (yay) and my dry lips although still dry and using lip balm 10 to the dozen they are not as bad as they have been. I don't know about any of you but my skin seems to like different moisturisers at different times. my arms and chest are the driest and I have been to'ing and fro'ing between all my MANY creams and moisturisers but at the mo

mum44

mum44

04/22/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 76

Well I may as well have had a conversation with a brick wall today. My dermatologists point of view was that he is the expert (which I know that he is) but that anything that anyone else says whether doctors, patients, scientists whoever doesn't know what they're talking about. I explained that although it is working fantastically for me and that I am really happy (understatement), I am also concerned that with the course he has planned for me I shan't be taking the full accumulative dose and

mum44

mum44

04/18/16

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04/19/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 75

Am seeing my Derm in the morning, crossing fingers that he listens to my concerns about my overall dose, I just can't go back to the way I was.. This may sound over dramatic and yes I know that people are suffering from WAY worse than acne but to me this has literally changed my life. 

mum44

mum44

04/17/16

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04/18/16

 

Accutane Journey Days 73 & 74

Much better couple of days, lips still extremely dry but having not been at work today I have found it easier to keep applying lip balm. No more nose bleeds, I suspect that the lining of my nose was just extra sensitive due to the cold that keeps threatening to come. Yesterday I cycled to work in a really heavy downpour and it struck me that I was thinking 'oh no , my hair will go frizzy', normally my only thought would be 'oh no my make up is going to wash off, where can I reapply before anyo

mum44

mum44

04/16/16

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04/17/16

 

Accutane Journey Days 72 & 73

I went out last night so I'm not sure if today was because i'm tired (though I was hardly out late), but my eyes have been sore, dry and blurry since before lunch time, my lips have had one of their extra dry, cracking days and I had the first nose bleed   It wasn't a bad one but my colleague was a bit shocked when I had a few spots of blood just  started running down my face! I shouldn't complain as it wasn't bad, didn't last long and when I first started the treatment I was told to expect nos

mum44

mum44

04/14/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 71

I feel like i'm coming down with another cold....this is the 2nd cold i've had in as many months and i'm starting to wonder if the Accutane is lowering my immune system as I'm normally pretty healthy and never ill? I've tried googling it but I don't seem to be able to find a reliable answer and it doesn't say anything in my meds sheet about it..? On the whole my lips seem a bit better today but my eyes are extra tired and the blurriness started very early this evening ...

mum44

mum44

04/12/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 70

Chunks of lip seem to have been peeling off today, i'm not sure why today should be worse than ever. I've been reading up on the accumulative dose that would be recommended for my weight and if my Derm does take me off Accutane after 4 months then I shall be way under which worries me as that could mean the acne comes back  . I will speak to him at my next appointment but i have a feeling that if he says I have to come off there's not going to be much I can do about it.

mum44

mum44

04/11/16

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04/17/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 69

Another 'con' that I forgot to say yesterday, as a result of my skin catching the sun so quickly my scars are showing up so much more. Don't get me wrong, i would 100% rather have the scars than the huge painful ugly cysts but still..it would be nice to have neither. The sun always shows up my scars more, the recent ones being a reddish purple and the older ones white which obviously won't tan. Alot easier to cover with make up than the cysts though! Going back to work tomorrow and just been p

mum44

mum44

04/10/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 68 (ish)

Well, i've been away for a week and I did try to update using my phone but a) my phone is old and b) the WIFI signal where I was was very patchy! Anyway, my skin is still doing well, still less oily and no breakouts. The one thing is I was in Wales (not known for it's sunny weather) and in a brightish, fairly cool Welsh break in April  I have come back looking like I have been to Spain! I haven't gone red or had flaky skin like I did on the one hot day we have had here at home so far but my sk

mum44

mum44

04/09/16

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04/10/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 61

The spot on my nose has gone down already.... I just cannot believe the difference! I was outside gardening yesterday and again my face went very red from the sun but not actual sunburn like i've read..I definitely am catching the sun (what little we have here) quicker than normal so if we do have a half decent summer here i'm going to have to be very careful especially working outside. I'm going away for a few days on Sunday and rather than thinking about what clothes to pack I have been more

mum44

mum44

04/01/16

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04/04/16

 

Accutane Journey Days 57 - 60!

Sorry, I haven't been able to update for a few days (though I may be boring some of you and that be a good thing!). I nearly put that yesterday I woke up with a huge spot on my nose but you know what..it's not huge, it's a noticeable spot which compared to what I was having for years is absolutely nothing and the fact that it now appears bad is a testament to how much my skin has improved recently!  

mum44

mum44

03/31/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 56

Still doing well however lips are flaring up again and actually cracking rather than just being dry. I was just reading someone's blog and they said that their Derm said that it's the 6th month that really helps the acne stay away for good. As mine has told me that i will probably only have to do four can anyone else give me their opinions on this? i really  don't want to go through all this only for my cysts to return months or years down the line  

mum44

mum44

03/28/16

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03/31/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 55

Well I took the plunge and dyed my roots which i'd sworn that I wouldn't as I was worried that my skin would be too sensitive but the grey got to me and all is fine..   Last night I could feel a spot coming up next to my nose but this morning that is all that it is..just a regular small spot, not sore, no lump that will turn into a cyst, its so nice to just wash my face and put minimal make up on rather than spending an hour trying to mop up my leaking oozing face before I could attempt to even

mum44

mum44

03/27/16

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03/29/16

 

Accutane Journey Days 53 & 54

Saw my Derm yesterday, appointment was running an hour and a half late but was totally worth waiting for. My bloods were all fine and he was so pleased with how my skin is responding (as am I) that he said I should only have to do 4 months not 6 which means i'm half way through!!! Not only that but they had forgotten to cancel my appointment for the 18th April when they moved it forward so when I tried to book for another 30 days time and of course they had nothing free I can use that appointme

mum44

mum44

03/25/16

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