So I've been taking accutane for around a month now. I'm roughly 120 lbs and am taking a dosage of 40mg every other day. The first month had been fantastic, my forehead had cleared up in the second or third week and I usually only had 1-2 pimples at a time. However I'm starting on my second week and I can definitely see the cycle is starting. I woke up on Friday with a bunch of small, slightly red bumps on my right cheek. This was very strange for me since I usually only get acne around my forehead and hair line. At first I thought it might have been an allergic reaction to something, or I wasn't eating right. But I had been using all of the same makeup and skincare products and eating the same as before so I realised it was probably due to the medicine. It honestly really sucks, because I'm getting acne in places where I had never gotten it before. I'm just hoping it will pass soon. Currently my lower right cheek is pretty much covered in small bumps, and I can already feel the same forming on my lower left cheek. Hopefully my forehead won't breakout at the same time, or else I'll probably look like a red bumpy mess. I'll probably post an update at the end of the second month but until then stay tuned!
Continuing from the last post, after going to see the dermatologist, he immediately agreed that I should go on accutane. He gave me a prescription of 40mg of isotretinoin to take every other day. However, I just got my blood test done today and will be taking my first pill later this evening. The reason being that I was on a 2 week vacation and my parents thought taking the medicine on vacation might not be the smartest idea, since your skin is more sensitive to sunlight. So, from now on, I will be starting a weekly or monthly update on my skin, side effects, and the products I will be using. Keep in mind I am no where near an expert, and if anyone has any advice from me, I'd be more than happy to accept it. Stay tuned!
Wow! Its been a while! In the past few months, I mainly stopped uploading because there wasn't a lot of change to my skin. There are still breakouts every day, on both my forehead, hairline, neck, and back. There has been slight improvement after using the topical gel and medicine -- I usually only have 4-5 pimples at a time on my face. But I'm still anxious to get rid of my acne. On Friday, I will FINALLY be going to the dermatologist! I'm hoping that I can finally get on Accutane. If all goes as planned, I'll post an update after the appointment and then hopefully start a weekly log documenting my Accutane journey. Stay tuned!
Skin Update: My skin seems to be okay today, the dry patches are getting somewhat better and a lot of redness is gone. Tried not to pick a lot today, but it was pretty hard resisting the bad habit. The area I'm most concerned about is my eyebrow area. I often get a lot of white heads between the brows and the redness really bothers me because it affects my appearance more than usual. People are drawn to the eyes and therefore drawn to my acne. I usually cover it up with some concealer, and you can hide the redness, but you can't hide the texture of the skin. Hoping the prescribed meds will kick in soon.
Right now I'm using a topical gel and antibiotics my doctor prescribed to me. He told me if my skin got worse or didn't change after a trial month (even though I've used both products before) he might consider putting me on accutane. I did some research on it and it seems like it works fairly well. I'm particularly love that if it works for you, it my change your skin permanently! My mom is against it though, she thinks the side effects have too high of a risk and wants me to try other things instead. Personally, I don't think anything else will work, and I'l end up going on accutane anyways, the process to get there will just take longer. If anyone has any experience with accutane please let me know how it worked for you!
Skin Update: As usual, there are maybe 5-10 pimples/whiteheads on my already scarred forehead. I have redness around my nose and a few small pimples on my chin and right cheek. My cheeks and nose bridge area have been really dry recently, I think it's because I applied to much topical gel in places where acne wasn't a huge concern, but large pores were present. The discoloration on my face is real, I looked in a mirror in natural sunlight and it made me so upset. Ughh acne sucks.
So a little about my skin: I started getting acne around 7th grade. It sucked, but it was manageable for the most part. A couple of pimples here and there were nothing to fret over. But I think it really started getting bad when I discovered a new bad habit: picking. Yes, I am guilty of being a picker. In my free time, I would scan my face for any small bumps and as soon as I had one targeted, I had to have it off no matter what. Eventually, this became uncontrollable and I'm still trying to manage my urges to this day. I'm in 10 grade now (a sophomore i think? I'm Canadian) and as of now, most of my forehead is covered in acne scars, and new suckers pop up almost everyday. I also have acne on my back unfortunately which is fan-flipping-tastic, especially in the summer. My skin is naturally oily (thanks mom) and it's a daily struggle trying to look presentable everyday in the morning. As of now, I'm on antibiotics and a topical gel, as prescribed by my family doctor but I'm finally going to be able to see a dermatologist next month and hopefully do something about my wretched skin. Until then, stay tuned! As I update you on the adventurous journey to clear skin.