So it's almost the end of January now and I am almost 4 months finished my Accutane/isotretinoin journey. My skin is flawless still! I don't gain any acne except for tiny blackheads rarely , that's it!! I'm so happy in my skin and feel like a new person. I've gained much more confidence in myself due to the acne going away completely. I'm still working on reducing the scaring but I'm over the moon as my skin is now. The only products I use on my skin now are pure coconut oil obviously for cleansing , Aveeno skin relief moisture repair cream for moisturising and i use lush's rose water toner!
I have just finished my full 4 month course on Accutane/isotretinoin and my face is completely clear and has been for the duration of my 4 month course! The only added side effect I have to the rest I stated in my previous blogs is a cold sore on the right side of my mouth and Im not one for suffering with cold sores ever. As you can see in my picture I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks due to the antibiotics but I'm hoping that will go soon now I'm finished the course! I am ecstatic with the results I've had from the antibiotics. I've never been happier with my skin and even the little scars I've left over on my cheeks don't bother me because I feel they are already fading! I've had such a positive experience and journey on Accutane/isotretinoin and I don't regret a single thing!! (One photo with makeup and without)
I'm almost 3 months in on my course of isotretinoin and I have to say my skin has never looked better. I am completely acne free and haven't had acne since the start of my course. I'm over the moon with the results after this short period. I've gotten loads of lovely comments about my skin that have really lifted me up. I feel like a different person. My self confidence has been peaking through more and more and I no longer have to worry about what foods I want to eat and how often I wear make up. All my side effects are the same , no different. Isotretinoin has been the best choice I have made for my skin in all of these 8 years. I can't believe how well it's worked in these 3 months. I hope it works as well for everyone else who is currently taking a course!!!
So I am a month and a half through my course of Accutane/isotretinoin and I feel GREAT! my skin has cleared completely!!! Since my last update i have had 2 small spots which have had heads that I could just leave to go naturally rather than pop them which I am a terror for doing normally! My family and friends can't believe the change in my skin and how healthy it's becoming! I still have all the same side effects as I had in my first post and nothing more. My mood hasn't altered a bit! I haven't suffered with low mood, anxiety, depression. (That's what I was most afraid of) Tbh I have had a really positive journey with Accutane so far and i am over the moon with it. The only thing I'm trying to tackle now is the remaining redness on my face because using Bareminerals makeup I don't dose my face , It gives a natural look to it so it's hard to cover the redness. That's my next step! To say I'm a very happy girl is an understatement. I get emotional when Im all done up ready to go out because of the difference and how i used to feel with acne. Accutane has been a lifesaver for me. I can now eat junk food more often than I used to without feeling bad about it after. (That's not everyday though) I used to be very harsh on myself with my acne and now I am a lot calmer :)! I'm excited for the next two and a half months ahead on my journey! One photo with makeup and one without
I have just completed my first month! Yesterday was my first check up with my dermatologist. She was very impressed with the quick results I have had. I was asked if I had an initial breakout when I started and I told her it cleared more than it broke out which surprised her. After a month I have no new updates to my side effects, they are still the same as posted in my last two blog entries. I have had some lower back pain recently but nothing major which my Derm taught was normal being on the medication. I am feeling really positive for the first time in a very long time and I am having some lovely comments off people on how clear my skin has become. I can finally wear my make up some days and feel I've applied it well, giving good coverage as I have no lumps and bumps only some scaring to cover. My experience so far on Accutane has been really great , I am excited for the next here months!! EEEEEEKK!!
So, I am over 2 weeks on Accutane now and this week my skin has completely cleared except for two small whiteheads I've had (one was on the end of my chin.) I seem to have been controlling the dryness on my face too. As I mentioned in my last entry I am loving the Aveeno skin relief moisture cream! I have been using that since I started Accutane and it does not make me break out! This moisturiser soaks into my skin lovely. My skin looks hydrated which I haven't seen in a long time and from that it has a glow to it! The only con I find with the Aveeno after some hours it gets a sticky feeling to it on my face. I have decided to use it at night all over my face before bed and then in the mornings after washing my face I only put it on the areas I find that are dry and slightly flaky, that works lovely. My lips are still mega dry so I use my lip balm every half hour as I need constant topping up! My scalp is still the most dried part for me , it's really flaky on my head. I'm using the coconut oil every weekend now to hydrate my scalp so that the flakiness does not build up. My nose is still dry inside and I constantly have to use tissues to clean it out. I'm finding this week my eyes are drying up a bit , in the afternoons they look quite red and I feel they are drowsy. It goes away after a while.
Other than that I haven't experienced any other side effects!
I will add, today I went out so I put my make up on and for the first time in a long time I felt good in my own skin , really good actually!!! ( I use Bareminerals make up, the natural stuff!)
So I am just over a week on Accutane now and am experiencing some different side effect. I've been getting the dry peeling skin on my forehead a bit , quite a lot around my nose , lips, chin and the tops of my eyebrows. After a lot of research on a good working moisturiser I found the Aveeno skin relief moisture cream which was the first product I ever found with so little amount of negative reviews and so many positive. It is also fragrance / steroid free , non comedogenic , and contains ceramide! I find it's great for ridding of the dry skin and really soaks into the skin making it look healthy! I also use any sort of lip balm for my lips cause any type works for mine but I find I have to top up quite a lot throughout the day. I've always been sceptical using different creams so I used to use pure coconut oil but for the face it's too oily and wet, doesn't soak in well to moisturise. Next I've been experiencing a really dry scalp to the point I feel my scalp is actually burning it feels so hot , but I had it checked and it's not even red or sore looking. I find coconut oil as a treatment is perfect for your hair and head! If I'm not going out on the weekend I melt some and rub it through my scalp and ends of my hair for a few hours , tie my hair up and then wash it out later in the day with double shampoo and condition. I swear I feel I have new hair afterwards , it's so soft and silk and light! I swear by coconut oil for a hair treatment it's brilliant! my head and hair atm are great, my hair looks so healthy and my scalps not burning or itching that much. I do the hair treatment every few weeks depending how much dandruff I have.
atm I have currently broken out on the bottom left side of my face but the spots seem to be going now , however I am getting those under skin lumps that grow from inside and are really sore on my chin. I have no idea if this is the clear out before the tablets start kicking in , I'm hoping so as I don't have it on any other part of my face so I know it can't be my new moisturiser. I'm such an impatient person so fingers crossed the tablets start kicking in as quick as I'm having the crappy side effects!