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Accutane Treatment Week 4

Acne Status: I went to the dermatologist today to check in, get my blood work done, and refill my prescription! I’ve been getting used to the dryness and occasional flare-ups and things are slowly but surely starting to clear! My dermatologist increased my dose of Accutane to 80 mg a day (Two 40mg capsules per day). Not sure how I feel about this, but hopefully it’s a good thing. My chest is SOOO clear right now it’s so nice feeling confident in my swimsuit! My back is getting better, but still has some painful cysts. My face keeps on going through waves of being very clear to having certain parts flare up!! Right now the only “bad” area is my forehead, but it is not even close to how bad it has been before! Hopefully I continue to see improvement!   Overall Rating of Acne Severity: B   Face: C+ Back: B- Chest: A     Side Effects: The 4th week has mostly presented the all too familiar dryness. I am still using Aquaphor, Cetaphil, and vaseline and they work like a charm. My lips and cheeks are the areas which are affected the most and it can sometimes be irritating, but I assure you all it is bearable and worth the results! My mood has been better and I haven’t had any dramatic episodes lately (knock on wood!). My appetite has also been so much better and I am eating normally again. I think now that my body has gotten used to the medication, my side effects aren’t as bad as they used to be. Hopefully upping the dosage doesn’t cause them to get worse! Stay tuned!    Overall Ratings of Side Effect Severity: B   Dryness: C+ Mood: B Appetite: A-  

sdevine

sdevine

07/08/2016

 

Accutane Treatment Week 3

Acne Status: In the midst of my 3rd week I have been having a couple flare-ups on my face, particularly my forehead, and the back of my neck. I have asked my friends who have taken Accutane, and they said that their acne worsened in the first couple weeks of the treatment because your body is trying to push everything to the surface and get all the gunk out! It is a little frustrating, but I know I will see results hopefully by next month. Most of my acne in these flare-ups have been surfacing whiteheads with a few of the painful nodular acne that I am trying to get rid of. Many dermatology websites and articles have stated that it is very normal to experience breakouts in the first couple of weeks of the Accutane treatment.   Overall Rating of Acne Severity: C-   Face: D Back: C- Chest: B   Side Effects: Entering the 3rd week, my entire face has had flakes of dead skin peeling off and my lips have been cracking because they have been so dry. I picked up some over-the-counter creams and vaseline that my dermatologist recommended and they have been making me feel much more comfortable. I have been using Aquaphor lip balm and face cream along with Cetaphil, and they seem to be doing the trick. My mood lately has not been great. I have a couple of “dips” in my days where I feel like I need to cry or scream into a pillow (I actually did scream into a pillow and it felt great afterwards). I also cried when we ran out of grapes in the fridge. Be aware that your doctor has prescribed Accutane because he or she believes that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects!!! Power through!!!   Overall Ratings of Side Effect Severity: C   Dryness: C Mood: C- Appetite: B  

sdevine

sdevine

06/25/2016

 

Accutane Treatment Weeks 1-2

I’ve been on Accutane (Zenatane Capsules 40mg) for about 2 weeks now and let me just tell you all a little bit about how things have been going:   Acne Status: Right now I have this really nasty-ass patch of pimples on my left cheek and it literally is the nastiest looking stuff ever. I also have three massive cysts on my back that basically look like freaking welts and they hurt so badly! My chest is mostly clear which is good and my forehead only has tiny little zits. It is still early on in my treatment so I don’t have any expectations at the moment, but hopefully I will see some sort of improvement in the next couple of weeks!   Overall Rating of Acne Severity: C- Face: D+ Back: D+ Chest: A-   Side Effects: When you are first put on Accutane, your dermatologist will list all of the side effects that you may experience. A couple of these side effects include dryness of face, chapped lips, sun sensitivity, and mood swings. Let me tell you right now, they were absolutely freakin’ right!!! My lips have been so dry that I have gone through 2 tubes of chapstick already! My lips are peeling and sometimes my nose gets too dry and I get a nosebleed here and there. My appetite has also been a little set off, but there are times when it is fine and I’m eating normally. I am constantly drinking water and getting sunburnt more than usual when I lay out in the sun. I also have been super moody and snippy to my family. I basically yelled at my sister for not shutting the door to my room and screamed at my mom to stop wearing yoga pants around the house because I thought it was irritating… BUT! I have been told these are normal side effects so I’m going to keep on powering through the treatment. Stay tuned!   Overall Ratings of Side Effect Severity: B- Dryness: C Mood: B- Appetite: B+

sdevine

sdevine

06/21/2016

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