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First 3 weeks

Today I'm on day 19 of 20mg of Zenatane, so middle of 3rd week.  I was supposed to start on 40mg but when I went to my last appointment my doctor decided to start me on 20mg once a day, which I am completely fine with.  I was scared starting this drug again at my age.  Last time when I went on it at the age of 32, I was on 80 mg.  I remember the body aches, nosebleeds  and flushed skin were a problem for me.  I know I had dry skin and chapped lips but they weren't bothersome,  I also remember how quickly my oily skin went away and how quickly my skin cleared,  I don't remember getting an initial breakout.  Now, I work out quite a bit and love to be outdoors so starting on a lower dose should help with symptoms. 

My acne is under the skin, stubborn acne.  Honestly I sometimes wonder if it is something other than acne.  Tons of bumps on forehead and cheeks that you can feel but not so much see, only in certain lighting and then the occasional breakout around my chin and my temples lately.  None on my cheeks, like when I was younger.

Week 1:  Not much to report during this week,  I was really hoping for my oily skin to go away which is a huge problem for me.  I could blot my skin every 1 to 2 hours.  It has it pros and cons though.  People always think I'm younger than what I am (must be the oil).

Week 2: Lips started getting chapped and oil is somewhat down.  Started getting breakouts mid week. I would assume its the initial breakout because these breakouts were cysts and I maybe get a cyst near my chin a few times a year.  These new breakouts were on my cheeks.  I was completely scared because of all the pics and horror stories on line of the IB. There have been several days I don't want to leave the house because of the state of my skin especially at my age.  Completely sucks!! I always try to push forward and try to convince my self that no one cares what my skin looks like and I am beautiful.  My whole face also feels rough, yes the sandpaper feeling.  I know its all the gunk coming out and drying up but why must I get new massive pimple too????

Week 3 Day 19: I gently exfoliated in the shower at the beginning of this week.  So  much skin came off and a lot of those clogged pores are clear now.  My skin was pretty red after the shower but it felt good to remove some of the dead skin.  I was super gentle too.  I just rubbed off the skin with my fingers and face wash.  I have a couple of pretty stubborn cysts on my left cheek that wont budge.  They've gone down in size but are just hanging around. The few below my  bottom lip are drying up and I have a pretty big pimple that showed up on my forehead a couple days ago.  It has a white head but I will not pick.  Ill just let the beast dry up.  I've learned if I pick my skin it just gets irritated and the red marks takes longer to heal.  Plus I don't want anymore scars. Also sometimes even if it looks like its ready to pop it really isn't and the whole area just becomes swollen and so much worse.  No thank you!!  My skin is a little flushed and lips aren't to bad.
I'll list the products I've been using in my next post.  Hope you all are doing well!

Longjourney

Longjourney

02/20/2017

 

Accutane Journal

Hi everyone.  This is officially my first blog ever.  I've been reading blogs and other material I can get my hands on regarding adult acne over the age of 40.  Yes I am 40 years old and still struggle with acne. 
I started breaking out at the age of 12.  By the time I was 17 it was full blown cystic acne.  It completely hurt my self esteem.  I always wore face makeup to try and cover the mess.  I believe I started Accutane for the first time when I was around 19 years old.  It was a long time ago but I remember it healing my face rather quickly.   I was left with tons of acne scarring though  which has been another journey of its own trying to get rid of them.  I THINK I went on another round of Accutane a year or two later and again when I was 32.  So I had clear or manageable skin for a while there.  I do remember getting blemishes here and there but nothing to extreme.  The past year I started breaking out again.  It was different this time.  It seemed like all my pores were clogged and no matter what I used, antibiotics, retin a, soolantra, differin, oracea, metrogel, geez the list goes on and on.  I tried clean eating which I eat pretty clean anyway, more water, changing pillow cases, extra moisture, no moisture, organic cleansers, etc. etc.  I did notice my acne got better in summer time and was a complete mess in Spring and Winter.  I tried vitamins and still take them.  I added a vitamin D3 because I thought I was lacking but blood work shows otherwise.  I know many blogs have helped me with my Accutane journey so I hope mine helps you.

Longjourney

Longjourney

02/20/2017

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