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Course Finished!

So it's been a week since I have taken my last tablet. My dryness is starting to subside, and I think my eyes are feeling a little less teary/dry.   I still have some spots on my bum/underneath, which I'm not happy with, and I have one on the back of my left shoulder, but that doesn't seem to have erupted to the usual standard which is good.  I know the medication will stay in my system for another few weeks so I do hope that it all goes away and leaves me alone forever.  If not, I will be bac

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

03/09/18

 

2018 - is this the year to be spot free?

Happy New Year! I started my isotretinoin journey on September 6th 2017. I was nervous after reading all the horror stories. But I thought, if it gets too bad, I will stop. And after enduring bad skin, spots, cysts and boils for the last 25 years, I didn't think there was side effect that I wouldn't manage. I was right. My side effects have been minimal, some dry skin on my face (which is fine with a daily moisturiser and nightly smothering of aqueous cream; a little tiredness (but that coul

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

01/05/18

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01/15/18

 

11 weeks on Isotrtinoin

Hi everyone, I'm off to the Derm this afternoon for my next prescription. I'm hoping to increase my dose again as the painful cysts on my back are still appearing, and seem to take an age to heal. I confess my boyfriend is popping them, but only when they are ready as they are so painful and it's like they need to be released, does that make sense? I have some coming on my bum too, which is just great . Good points, side effects are still pretty minimal - dry lips, face is a little dry but

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

11/28/17

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12/05/17

 

month 3 started

Hello world! So not much to update, but it's still an improving picture. The large ones I had on my back seem to be healing and even though I am still having the odd one or two, its not as bad as it was a few weeks ago. The skin on my face is still looking good, and I have people commenting on it. (which is really nice to hear). Side effects are still very manageable. I'm pretty happy! Next visit to the derm is at the end of November. stay happy!

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

11/13/17

 

back break out

I have been on the higher dose of 60mgs for a week. My back has well and truly had a break out. I have around 18 large and painful cysts/boils. They really hurt and my bra also irritates them. . I don't think I could go to work with out one on.... not very professional!  But I know they will clear and the shit that is in my skin has to come out. The texture of my skin is still super soft and smooth, despite the boils. I have a couple on my neck too, so hair is worn down and scarves are a great a

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

11/01/17

 

increasing dose

So, my dermatologist has increased the dose to 60mgs. We shall see how I get on!............... take care all x

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

10/25/17

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10/27/17

 

6 and half weeks in - isotretinoin - over 40's

Hi guys, I am now 6 and half weeks into my journey. So far, my face is still clear and so much smoother. My rosacea is definitely so much better. I have breakouts on my body, mainly large cysts/boils, but the overall texture of my skin is a lot smoother than it was. there are still some under skin white bumps that need to come out, mainly on my chin My face is not that dry anymore, I use Boots Time Delay moisturiser with spf 30 every morning and that seems to be all I need. Nothing at night. M

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

10/20/17

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10/20/17

 

first month done

Hi guys. So I'm back to the derm tomorrow for my second prescription. I have been quite surprised about how my body has reacted with the side effects. Lips are obvs dry and will no doubt continue to be so, but they are not cracking or peeling. The dryness on my face is very manageable and I generally moisturise morning and night and occasionally once or twice in the day. I have had no initial break out, but I have had spots and cysts. I have a couple on the top of my thighs and on my hips, a few

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

10/02/17

 

3 weeks in

so three weeks ago today I took my first dose. My side effects have been ok, nothing too drastic. The worst has been my eyes, picking and burning and having to put drops in every thirty mins for a few days, but that has calmed down. They are a bit gunky in the morning and I still use the drops a little, but it's much better. I'm still getting the odd spot, but the smaller ones come and go in a matter of days. The large on on my chin seems to be subsiding, but it's still a lump under my skin. 

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/27/17

 

eyes.....

ok, so we are on day 18 I think. The last few days my eyes have been really picky and sore. They are also a bit puffy and bloodshot. I am using drops on an hourly basis if not more, and trying not to wear eye makeup but I have to for work and going out as I look like death otherwise.  I am hoping it will settle down. and actually, yesterday and today so far is a little better than the last few days. As far as the skin dryness goes, its much the same on my face only, and of course my lips. No c

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/23/17

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09/25/17

 

Day 13

ok - so nearly 2 weeks at 40mg of isotretinoin. not much to report really. Still have dry skin on my hairline, temples, around my nose and on my chin, but its not too bad. Lips are dry, but not overly so. I have picky eyes at the moment, and a couple of tiny styes on the lower lash line, they are a bit irritating, but not horrible. I do get a streak of blood when I blow my nose, but nothing to write home about. Yesterday i thought i was starting to break out, had a few small spots on my right

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/19/17

 

day 10 on isotretinoin

Day 10 - wow... things are going well on 40mgs a day.  My dryness seems to have settled and is mostly on my chin area with a little around my nose and at my temples. Lips are dry, but not overly so, no splitting or cracking. My face is red and is deffo sun sensitive! The skin on my back is still bumpy, but smooth, not rough like it was before. It feels much better. Still no breakout, but I am not getting complacent as it will happen at some point I am sure. I went to our local pharmacy on Th

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/16/17

 

day 8

morning peeps!  Not a lot to report today. I don't seem to be as dry, but still dry and flaky.  I am super tired today, but that would be due a bout of heartburn overnight and being awake since 3am. . Still itching in the pores of my chin and waiting for the breakout, but none as yet. I'll post again when there is something to update! xxxx

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/14/17

 

day 7

So day 7 - the first week is done! Facial skin is dry and flaky, but manageable. Head is itchy, but that due to the dryness.  I have a simple Aqueous cream that I am using at the moment and that seems to be ok. I have tube in work and a big tub at home. I put it on 5-6 times a day at the moment. I have the feeling that my chin is going to break out something really bad. Its itching deep inside and I can feel the spots/cysts forming. I hope they are not as bad as they feel, but will let you k

Rainbow.1974

Rainbow.1974

09/13/17

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