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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 26

Saw the Dermatologist today (not my usual consultant but a really nice Doctor who was actually lots more empathetic than my usual one who is just business like.) All my bloods were fine and she was pleased (as am I) that my side effects are minimal, she said that most ill effects show within the first two months. The only area that she wasn't too happy with was that I have lost half a stone...not sure how as I now eat an avocado every morning whereas before I just had a cup of tea and all my o

mum44

mum44

02/26/16

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 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 34

I couldn't update last night as my eyes were so dry and blurry looking at a screen and typing would have taken me forever.. Other than my eyes a pretty good day, I have felt exhausted all week so have made an effort to rest and relax which has done me good. I don't feel as though my face is quite as red as it was, my lips are however at the point of splitting and no amount of chapstick is making a difference. Still no huge spots though which for me quite honestly is like a miracle!

mum44

mum44

03/06/16

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 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 Day 45

I may have spoken slightly too soon about my skin as I have two hard lumps underneath my skin, one near my mouth and one on the opposite cheek however...even though they're still deep below the skin only one of them is painful and touch wood they're not as big as my usual ones.  

mum44

mum44

03/16/16

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 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 Days 49 & 50

Yesterday was my son's birthday and I never got round to updating but to be honest there's not much to report.  I still haven't heard back from the hospital so I guess I have no choice other than to wait, my skin has been cyst free for weeks now and I am even getting fewer of the smaller regular spots too... My lips are still bone dry but not inside my nose, my face is dryer and still red but not excessively but my eyes are still soooo blurry in the evenings, I can't wait for that to be over..

mum44

mum44

03/21/16

Accutane Journey Day 52

Had my bloods done this morning and my arm is soooo bruised  I will be so glad when all of this is over but saying that hopefully every single bit of this journey will be worth it in the long run. Typing this is taking forever as my eyes are so dry and blurry however it only got bad this evening an hour or so ago and was fine during the day so not worried about it just frustrated... With all my scars from over the years i doubt I will ever have the confidence to go make-up free however it is t

mum44

mum44

03/23/16

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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