This week, an unpredictable things have happened on my face.My cheek areas have turned apple red and new bumps have generated in the mid eye region and also tiny bumps have generated on the cheek par.I noticed a color discolouration the upper lip part and also the jaw area
So, as the tag says it all, the redness and tiny bumps were developed.Everyone started asking me if i had put any blush on my cheeks. I kept coconut oil to my hair.So, I noticed that the coconut oil also falls on the face and this activates the glands on face, thereby inducing more acne. Tip: Donot oil your hair excessively while on the Isotroin dosage
The same old story went on even in the week6.My lips were chapped and the whole area around my mouth started scaling and pimples were shrinked but not eliminated completely.My face is shining(my friends started asking me why I am sweating so much)...:D
In short, you can check the before and after pics of my face.At first my face had whiteheads and many newly emerging pimples.I started using Isotretnoin 40mg and azithromycin 250mg per day for 15 days and then increased the dosage to 60mg per day.I have also been using cetaphil cleanser to cleanse my face and benzoyl peroxide 5% topical treatment on my face.At the end of the first month,my whiteheads have gone,skin has turned from itchy->less itchy->itchy when I stopped putting benzoyl peroxide.No new bumps have developed.But, the old bumps are still present and have grown more red when I stopped using Benzoyl peroxide in the last week of 1st month.
#Lesson learnt: Donot use benzoyl peroxide while on Isotretnoin.Benzoyl peroxide tends to shrink the pimple without eliminating it totally, whereas Isotretnoin generally tries to pump the pimples to its maximum size and then blow them out.So,if we use them together,they counter each other and donot show any considerable effect(I realized this in my last week on Month1)
I had to put makeup on my face due to some reasons,this week.Fortunately, nothing has happened(I feel). I then stopped using BP5% as I felt that it prevented acne from flaring up and bursting out(Because BP5% kept on shrinking the bumps without eliminating them).However, I still use cetaphil cleanser as facewash.After stopping BP5%, I felt like my bumps have flared up a bit, and they have now changed to wild red color.And my skin is now hardly scaling.I am now in a dilemma of whether the bumps which have flared up would disappear or give rise to more severe acne(since, I ate a lot of oily food this week).Now, I feel like I am back to nowhere,it is the still same adamant zit sheet on my face.My skin has retained its itchiness...:'( Tip1: Abstain yourself from using Benzoyl peroxide topical treatment while on Isotretnoin dosage because benzoyl peroxide tries to shrink the acne and I sotretnoin tries to burst out the acne by increasing it.So, they both are not compatible with each other in eliminating the acne(as per my observation)
Well, yesterday was the end of my week3.My lips were chapped right from the beginning of the dosage(week1).My face felt tight which often restricted me from giving any expression(I felt difficult to even smile)From week3 my dosage of Isotroin was increased from 20mg twice a day to 30mg twice a day.I started feeling better.But, there were some symptoms of new zits developing on my face and old bumps which had developed last week were still the same size(they were just stable )My cheek area and corners of forehead looked like a pizza with red spots everywhere...:'(...I see redness around my face when observed.But, I felt a bit calm that I can atleast cover this with a makeup unlike my previous week's face condition which I was unable to cover with makeup.However, during these 3 weeks, I never kept anything to my face apart from benzoyl peroxide and cetaphil cleanser to wash my face.I am trying to keep my face away from makeup products because this time I wanted to destroy this acne permanently.
Though my whiteheads have disappeared,some zits have developed on my face,say some 5 .And the rest of the zits are the same(getting neither better nor worse).My skin is red with shrinked pimples which haven't disappeared,but have gone small in size which seem to grow back again in future :'(
So, it is my week 1 on Isotroin.My derm recommended me to be on 20mg(twice a day) for the first 15days.I was also given Azithromycin 250mg along with this.Azithromycin and Isotroin are good supplements when taken together.I was told to take Azithromycin 4times per week for 4weeks.And it was my first day on medication.Being,aware of the side effects, I am taking this drug.I hope my acne ,which has been daunting since 7years gets cured .I am sick of hiding from friends, relatives, abstaining from parties.I can't wait to unleash the happening.I have also started using benzoyl peroxide 5% gel and Cetaphil gentle Cleanser since a week(as written in my previous entry) before starting this treatment.By the end of the week1, my skin started scaling rapidly, leaving half of the skin scaled and the other half unscaled.my face was full of patches with scaled and unscaled skin.Everyone around me started asking if iam suffering from any skin discoloration.I felt that my whiteheads have comedown to few now.I was only having red pimples around my face and veryyy few whiteheads.
I started using Cetaphil gentle face cleanser and then applied benzoyl peroxide 5% gel in the morning and evening .Though my pimples were the same,but I could see that few bumps were disappearing.I felt refreshed because of the cleanser and also felt less itchy because of BP 5%.My face started scaling.I was taking this in a positive way, that my acne affected skin is falling down giving rise to new skin.I noticed that my skin was becoming a bit smooth.This is how my face looked like at the end of 1st week after taking cetaphil and BP 5%...Look how unhappy and depressed I am...:'(
Generally Derms claim that diet doesn't cause any acne.But, in my case, I don't know, I felt that my diet caused my acne.Whenever, I eat oil/fatty foods like Pizza,manchurian,chicken,the very next day hundreds of zits from nowhere accumulate on my face and daunt me like hell.It looks like as if someone has glued a cardboard full of zits on my cheek and forehead area.Right now, my whole face is red with full of lessions and white heads on the zits.I feel like running away from the world.Im hiding from my friends.Postponing all my things for a later date :'(.I don't even feel like to get ready and comb my hair :'(.See, this is how I be whenever I get this dreadful acneeeee