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Accutane Journey Day 25

Nothing new to report except that my face is definitely less oily. i can feel another spot looming under the surface next to my nose but touch wood it doesn't feel as hard or as big as my usual cysts but I guess time will tell. Eyes still blurry at night but not getting any worse, lips pretty chapped and sore and my hands are very dry too but that may well be down to the weather rather than the Accutane and my O'Keeffe's does wonders for them anyway so not a problem.

mum44

mum44

02/24/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 24

I really, really don't want to speak too soon but at the moment I have a few what I call 'normal spots' and a couple of scabs from where the cysts came to a head but no current painful cysts! Yay! Obviously I don't want to look like this but if they aren't ones that hurt I can forget about them for a bit. My eyes are very blurry in the evenings but absolutely fine in the day time and my lips are so chapped that even drinking a hot cup of tea can hurt  but on the whole feeling much better about

mum44

mum44

02/23/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 23

Three weeks in and my skin seems to finally be beginning to dry out, in some parts anyway. Usually my skin is very oily but now my cheeks and nose especially are noticeably dryer. My eyes are still getting very blurry but only in the evenings and my lips are now extremely dry and it makes no difference how much chapstick / vaseline / coconut oil I put on them, no dry nose or nose bleeds though. 

mum44

mum44

02/22/16

 

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 22

I sunk to a new low today... I needed to nip to the post box which is literally at the end of my street...and I put make up on first...for a two minute trip outside! Even as I was doing it I knew it was ridiculous but I was just so horrified at the thought of someone seeing my au natural face. To be fair most of them are starting to go down but the one on my forehead is just so large, painful and red I feel like a Dalek!  

mum44

mum44

02/20/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 21

I met up with a friend today who I haven't seen for a few weeks and her first words were 'ooh your face looks painful'..... I know she was just showing concern but that just made me feel that everyone was looking at me thinking the same or worse....oh well, I should be used to it by now I guess Side effect wise my lips are no worse, no headaches or rashes and other than the cysts depressing me no feelings of actual depression or anything so all good. It is only the cysts (I say only - they ar

mum44

mum44

02/19/16

 

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 18

No changes to report, dry cracking lips and applying chapstick regularly, nothing that I can't cope with. My face is still covered in huge red cysts, one burst last night just before bed and wept and bled for ages (sorry for the descriptions but those of you with cystic acne will know exactly where I'm coming from), and although now there is a lovely scab there it is at least alot less painful now  

mum44

mum44

02/18/16

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02/18/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 17

My face is a complete mess and I have a huge painful cyst in my ear too!  Not sure how long this IB is supposed to last but it's getting to me now, just trying to concentrate on the long term picture and hoping that it works. My lips also seem to be getting dryer and are starting to peel off in chunks

mum44

mum44

02/17/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 16

I got home very late last night so am updating a bit late, my face has SERIOUSLY errupted...there is hardly and inch of my face that isn't cyst free, all very red, painful and swollen. I wish I was one of those people that could magically cover up with make up but when I try all it looks like is someone who has unsuccessfully tried to cover up and look a mess. The one thing I am grateful for is that I am off work this week, I work with the public and it is so hard to maintain eye contact when y

mum44

mum44

02/16/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 15

A new side effect to report today but nothing that I can't cope with ... my face has just gone very red, the way that you look if you have exerted yourself and ran up 10 flights of stairs? Although on the whole my chin is going down I have many more appearing from underneath the skin that feel both sore and big but i'm keeping my fingers crossed that they go down again quickly like my chin.  

mum44

mum44

02/14/16

 

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 13

The pressure on my chin hasn't felt as bad today and although it hasn't burst or leaked at all (sorry for gross description but this is what these do) it seems to be smaller than yesterday - although still huge... i have read some people's accounts where their IB has erupted but gone quicker than usual so am crossing my fingers that maybe as well as the accutane making the cysts worse in the first place but that it has also been the reason that it is (hopefully) going down quicker... i guess I

mum44

mum44

02/12/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 12

Well my chin is just so painful and swollen plus I can't even cover it with make up as when I get these cysts my skin turns a rubbery texture a bit like a balloon? I don't know if anyone else finds this?  One thing I do need to share, if anyone else is on Accutane and getting dry hands I have found something called O'Keeffes Working Hands Hand Cream and it is amazing, you don't need much and it really helps.

mum44

mum44

02/11/16

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02/19/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 11

I don't know about Accutane making you depressed...for me it's ACNE that makes you depressed!  All day my chin has felt sore and bruised like I had been punched in the face but with no mirrors around to speak of (generally a good thing) and deliberately trying not to touch my face it wasn't until I got home that I realised why. Not only have I got multiple cysts appearing on my face a group have joined together , I have one HUGE cystic lump starting around a cm underneath my lip and around 4cm

mum44

mum44

02/10/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 10

Another 11 hour day but not feeling the extreme exhaustion that I did at the weekend.  My lips do feel more dry today and have been applying coconut oil regularly throughout the day. Unfortunately my skin feels no dryer and is just as oily as ever although only one of my current cysts is giving me pain now, the others don't seem as huge - down to the accutane? Who knows..

mum44

mum44

02/09/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 9

I worked an 11 hour shift today and after the exhaustion that hit me at the weekend I was worried that I would be like it today but i'm fine. So nine days in and side effects are minimal which is good however my face is in agony from the cysts growing through. I can't even say if it is the IB that people talk about as unfortunately this is normal for my face.. Still just crossing fingers that this works for me.

mum44

mum44

02/08/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 8

One week down and on the whole no side effects although today I had another wave of exhaustion hit me which is unusual so am guessing is down to the pills. My skin is extremely oily still and I can feel at least three new cysts trying to burst through to the surface one of which is really painful. I know that things are going to get worse before they get better but it's still disheartening feeling the old familiar pain...  

mum44

mum44

02/07/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 7

Today exhaustion hit me like a brick.. I am always an active person , full of energy and then around half one I really suddenly felt like I was about to fall asleep on my feet, glad it's the weekend! I googled it and apparently is quite common. After saying yesterday that I was having no real side effects but that I was having no IB either maybe I should have kept my mouth shut, I can feel on my chin one of my big huge cysts appearing deep down. Nothing visually yet but have the familiar tingle

mum44

mum44

02/06/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 6

Sixth day and nothing...no side effects, no major breakout worse than normal but no improvements either. After getting so hyped up before starting the course I almost feel deflated, not just because there's no improvement (I know it's too soon for that) but I almost feel that as my body isn't even reacting negatively to it is it having any effect at all?  

mum44

mum44

02/05/16

 

Accutane Journey Day 5

Day 5 and other than a dry mouth at the beginning still no side effects! No new cysts have appeared which is great but my skin is still very oily, I haven't seen any difference at all there... I've been taking my tablet after half an avocado each morning but wondering if I should up it to a whole one as maybe it's not being absorbed properly as I generally have a pretty low fat diet?

mum44

mum44

02/04/16

 

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 3

Day 3 and it's been a great day. The dry mouth which I had yesterday seems to have gone (maybe it wasn't down to the accutane after all?) and so far am not experiencing any other side effects. I have a brand new spot appeared right in the middle of my fore head (nothing new there) however this feels much smaller and not as deep as the huge cysts that I usually get, is it too soon to be hoping that's because of the medication?

mum44

mum44

02/02/16

 

acutane journey

Day 2 Well second day and I still feel fine, a slightly dry mouth started last night and has continued all day but has been easily managed sipping water and chewing gum.. I know it's only two days but was very nervous about taking this so am relieved that I have had no adverse effects yet. I'm doing this blog partly for my own benefit so that I can keep track and a record of my 'journey' but also so that if anyone else is in the same boat and considering it or going thorough it it may help t

mum44

mum44

02/01/16

 

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

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