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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

 

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 14

Two weeks in and side effect wise feel so much better than I was dreading when I started the course... I still have new spots and cysts appearing however the really huge one that appeared the other day on my chin which made the right side of my chin swell to almost double its size really is going down a) quicker than any cyst i've had before and b) by itself without bursting, leaking or being drained...that has GOT to be down to the Accutane. On a separate note I put my jeans on this morning a

mum44

mum44

02/13/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 33

End of another week and am so glad that it's the weekend! Side effect wise it's the worst it's not been the best week, exhaustion, dry and sore lips and eyes and a face the colour of a beetroot... However...my pores are smaller, I have no active cysts just a couple of regular spots and this is the best my skin has looked for years.  

mum44

mum44

03/04/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 47

No surprise but the hospital didn't phone back...shall email the consultant over the weekend. Still happy with the minimal spots that I am getting , until I get my blood tests and new prescription I am going to do as suggested by 'Wittysock' and take the rest of the pack on alternate days so that my body stays used to the meds.

mum44

mum44

03/18/16

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03/19/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 42

Well, I did read somewhere that you need to be careful in the sun, having checked the information sheet it says you can 'develop increased sensitivity to light'... it's not wrong! Today was a beautiful day, not hot but dry, warm and bright and I spent about 3 hours outside in the garden. If I thought my face looked red before it was nothing on now... I look like a giant red tomato! This summer should be interesting as I work outside - i'll be topping up the sun screen every 5 minutes! Still no

mum44

mum44

03/13/16

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03/14/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 37

Still no cysts appearing (touch wood) and my skin is so much dryer though not peeling dry (yet). The extreme exhaustion seems to have passed which is good as tomorrow is my 2nd 12 hour shift in a row which a week or so back I would never have managed, my eyes are still very blurry in the evenings though but even they don't seem as dry and sore so happy there  

mum44

mum44

03/08/16

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03/09/16

 

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 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 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 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

 

Day 4 Accutane Journey

Day four and still no major side effects and no new big break outs just a few white heads which after what I usually deal with are great! I have read other people's blogs where by day 2 or 3 their face feels less greasy and oily but this hasn't happened to me, anyone else noticed a difference quickly? I am expecting to have a huge break out soon from what I have read however i was also expecting my lips to be dry and sore by now which they aren't, not sure if this is a good sign or not...

mum44

mum44

02/03/16

 

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 41

Extra dry blurry eye day today and it seemed to start earlier than usual too so hoping new eye spray is going to help. My lips however don't seem to be as dry as they were which is great, i'm still applying the lip balm every 10 minutes but they are not cracked and peeling like they were  The rest of my skin doesn't seem any more dry than it always in at this time of year and I haven't noticed any change in my hair (which has always been dry anyway). I had told myself that I wouldn't dye my ha

mum44

mum44

03/12/16

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03/14/16

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