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Accutane Journey Days 39 and 40

I've not updated for a couple of days as i've been feeling really ill (not accutane connected) and by the time I get home from working i've just been collapsing in bed! No changes really though, dry lips, dry skin, no sign of blurry eyes getting better - though that may be worse from being tired and poorly. The main thing is (and I hope I don't speak too soon) but still no cysts appearing!  .  

mum44

mum44

03/12/16

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03/14/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 35

I realised this evening that I did something today that I NEVER do... (and i'm aware that it may sound stupid) but i was expecting a delivery and I still didn't put any make up on.. Normally i'd at least be putting on concealer and a bit of powder for fear of opening the door and being looked at in disgust, I wouldn't usually even go to the bin bare faced incase I bump into a neighbour... i'm sure that my skin will once again get bad before hopefully the Accutane works properly but for the mome

mum44

mum44

03/06/16

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04/23/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 36

Because Accutane is supposed to work better after eating a high fat food I have been eating an Avocado every morning for breakfast.  Although I usually love avocados i have to say after this treatment I shall never want to even see an avocado again! If anyone can suggest anything else that I can eat that is high in fat for breakfast (I don't eat meat or dairy) i would be very grateful... Also has anyone else found that drinking more water helps with the dry skin and cracking lips? I read that

mum44

mum44

03/07/16

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03/10/16

 

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 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 43

No physical changes, still no cysts, the one solitary spot on my chest (spot not cyst though) and skin still dry not oily. My red face from yesterday has gone down though and is just a bit brown and sun tanned today which is fine and it can serve as a warning to me to wear sunscreen when (if) we do actually get a summer! My eyes are still very blurry in the evenings which is really annoying and quite unsettling but the eye actimist that i've been using is making them feel much less tired and d

mum44

mum44

03/14/16

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03/17/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 46

I don't know whether i'm annoyed, disappointed or just not surprised... My last Derm appointment was on the 26th of Feb and as anyone knows who takes accutane you need to be seen every 30 days.. I was told at the time that they had no appointments free but to leave it with them and the Supervisor would fit me in a slot and let me know, this has happened before and they did so I wasn't concerned. As I hadn't heard anything yet I phoned them today and was told that they couldn't get me an appoint

mum44

mum44

03/17/16

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03/19/16

 

Day 1

Well evening of day 1 and I don't know what I was expecting but wouldn't know I had taken anything so all good.  Have read so many bad things about this (as well as good) so it's with some degree of nervousness that I am taking this but as anyone reading this will know Acne is more than just a 'vanity' issue, it is extremely painful and takes away any self confidence so crossed fingers...

mum44

mum44

01/31/16

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02/05/16

 

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 38

Well today has been a really long day, 12 hour shift on top of a very heavy cold but my skin is still doing much better, just regular spots no cysts, next week will be the real test as it's the time of the month when my cysts normally go into overdrive   My eyes are extremely blurry and looking at the screen is tricky but that may well be tiredness on top of the accutane effect. This may well make me sound bad but after such a long shift and to be honest not a great day before the treatment I

mum44

mum44

03/09/16

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03/12/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 48

Well I didn't take my pill today as the plan is to try and eke them out to last until my next appointment. I really hope that it doesn't make a difference as I feel that my skin has been making great progress.

mum44

mum44

03/19/16

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03/20/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 51

It worked! My Derm can now see me on Thursday. I feel much happier now that i'm not going to be left hanging until the middle of April. my eyes have been extra dry and stingy today and not even the spray has helped , am hoping that it improves tomorrow... Still no cysts though, its got to have been about 3 weeks now and that for me is completely and utterly AMAZING!  

mum44

mum44

03/22/16

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03/25/16

 

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 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 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 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 20

I'm still struggling with the painful cysts that have broken out but the good news is that I can't feel any more trying to push their way up so that's something. Although my lips are extremely dry my face doesn't feel any less oily yet but maybe as i have only started on 20mg maybe this will take longer. The losing weight seems to have slowed down which is good.

mum44

mum44

02/19/16

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02/19/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 22

Am feeling a lot better about things today... I slept with a waterproof plaster over the huge cyst on my forehead and it worked, it drew out most of the pus and although it looks a mess the pressure is gone so is a lot less painful. One thing I have noticed over the last few days and have only just realised that could be down to Accutane is my vision especially in the evenings is a bit blurry. it's not making a huge difference and at first I thought it was maybe down to tiredness or the fact th

mum44

mum44

02/21/16

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02/23/16

 

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 26

No changes from yesterday and am off to the Derm tomorrow so crossed fingers for the blood tests etc though everything seems fine to me, unsure whether he will up my dosage as my side effects don't seem too extreme or not as I have lost half a stone, shall wait and see!

mum44

mum44

02/25/16

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02/26/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 27

Last night I went out and it was honestly the first time in ages that I have forgotten about my skin and just been able to enjoy myself without feeling that people are looking and judging me. Don't get me wrong, my skin is still awful but is not itchy and painful which is what reminds me constantly. My skin however does go in cycles and the weeks before my period are always the worst so my skin is at the place where it would always be slightly better but normally the cysts would still be at the

mum44

mum44

02/28/16

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02/29/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 29

I think i've messed my days up a bit on here sorry but I get very easily confused! Now I don't want to speak too soon and it may be my blurry eyes not seeing my face clearly (if only everyone could see me through blurry eyes..) but not only is my face definitely less oily but my pores seem to be slightly smaller? I have always, well for as long as I can remember had really huge pores, I see people with smooth skin whose pores are barely visible and I envy them so much (stupid I know). I was wa

mum44

mum44

02/29/16

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03/01/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 30

Well, i Googled the smaller pore thing and the good news it confirmed that this does happen (Plus I Love my Pug agreed it is happening for her too... hi  ), unfortunately it did seem to look like its a temporary thing just while on the Accutane.... My face is still a bit redder than usual but a) not noticeable when wearing make up and b) I would choose a red face over huge painful cysts any day! I do wish my eyes didn't get so tired and blurry in the evenings though, however they don't seem dry

mum44

mum44

03/01/16

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03/02/16

 

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 Day 32

Still so very exhausted and today my eyes hit the dry stage. They were so uncomfortable and I kept blinking trying to 'moisten' them but my boss thought I was winking at him and started winking back! I hope that this is a side effect that doesn't last long as it is horrid especially on top of feeling so tired constantly. Off to the pharmacy for some eye drops at the weekend I guess... I have a few new spots appearing but so far touch wood no huge pustules or cysts so happy with that. As far as

mum44

mum44

03/03/16

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03/04/16

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