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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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