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Here we go, Journey to clear skin



I should probably start by saying that this entry is NOT written on the beginning of my Accutane Journey. I am currently on day 32...but, i did keep a hand written journal so ill begin by writing down here what i said on my piece of paper.

First week (week 1)

I didnt write down in too much detail what really happened in the first week, on the 9th of march, 2011 i went for my blood test and first doctor’s appointment, unlike the majority of patients on this medication im taking this drug through my family doctor (who we have been with us for over 5 years) and not a dermatologist, he (my doctor) didnt think it was necessary?

Living in New Zealand and having medical insurance i only pay a total of $4.00 a month to go on this medication. Zero for a appointment with a dermatologist, $20.00 for doctors appointment, Zero for blood tests, and $4.00 for isotretinoin 20mg (30 tablets)

Although i still pay hard core for cethaphil lotions and washes + bulk lip products for my horribly chapped lips.

WOW totally off topic, my face... i weigh 55kg on 20mg per day (in my view, very low) and i take 2 tables of Omega 3 fish oil tablets to keep me up with Vitamin E. in my first week i have yet to experience chapped lips, took a few photos... God knows what happened to them, missing. i looked horrible though, probably a good thing i lost them.

2nd week

my second week was the start of my initial break out (IB) :( side effects are chapped lips, aggravating back, its not exactly what i call painful, just discomfort... i seem to sit hunchback, my dad yells at me quite often because i sit like a old granny (im only 18!) OH i forgot to say that in the first month i was only on 10mg a day.

3rd week

end of week 3, IB just getting worse. i had about 5 medium/small cysts on my left jaw line and one whitehead on my left cheek. on my right side i had about 7-8 average sized pimples including 3 quite large cysts on my right jaw line. i picked at them which was obviously a really bad idea. on the bright side my forehead is completely clear except for one small open zit.

Last week of first month

i noticed a slight improvement from the IB although im still breaking out. i have a few pimples on my chin ( a place i have NEVER got before) I still have the same cysts around my jaw line they are not getting any bigger or smaller. i have smooth patches and then rough patches.. i get very annoyed when i wash my face with cetaphil and some patches feel so smooth and then i run my finger tips on the affected areas and its like...erghhh kill me...

After first month checkup

on day 28 i went to get my blood taken and following day i went for my doctors appointment to check my results, i was hoping he would up my dose to 20mg. on the bright side, yes im on 20mg a day now BUT apparently my cholesterol level is very bad. Average is a 2? and im at 4... (whatever that might mean) he told me that i dont need to worry, he will just keep an eye on me but i have to cut out all fatty foods... Also he said that my thyroid glands isnt working how its supposed to ( it helps turn food into energy) it results into weight gain, hair loss and fatigue (weak) ALL of which im experiencing..funny enough. so far the same old cysts are still there, not wanting to make its farewell. i have one funny looking pimple under my left eye (my dad asked me if something bit me in a sarcastic tone..HA...HA dad, ur hilarious...) and one pimple near my noise PAINFULL. Forehead is still clear and soft as a babies bottom, cant wait for the rest of my face to feel like that.

Sorry for any spelling mistakes, grammer ..punctuation, the whole works, im not the best at english since its not my first language


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Quick update, day 32 (really its day 33, 1:30am) I am so fed up, frustrated, angry, tired and a total mess. My face looks horrible, but its all my fault though, from tomorrow im officially wearing my ski gloves to keep me from picking at my face, its leaving ugly inflamed red bumps, that overnight turn into black painful big scabs... lets all say YUCK together!! i have class on Tuesday although its embarrassing, i am very thankful to the class mates that i have at tech. They are all so chilled and nice, if i was still at secondary college, i would probably be suffering from depression and absent 50% of the time. high school is hard when you have severe acne .. its just publicly humiliating. i hope i dont make anyone feel bad by saying this. this is all just personal experiences that has made me put up this barrier of self consciousness. i have been dealing with problem skin since the age of 12. im lucky i have never been bullied about my skin.. ( at least face to face) except for 2 small minor experiences from ignorant young kids who probably have insecurities themselves. so off topic again... im using cetaphil cleanser and wash twice a day, my face is not very dry and not oily ether, which is good. lips are DISGUSTING, no joke, today i was complaining to my mum that my lips looks like my top layer is almost completely off. i have little scabs of white skin peeling off my lips, then dark pink skin at the bottom which looks raw.. ew..i knowHoping for a good month though

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I just posted this and it got deletedbut this is day 39my face is still the same, i thought it would be a little better by now but gues i was proven wrong. i have 2 ugly medium sized pimples, one under my lips and one on my chin. i still have the same cysts around my jaw line, they are not getting any bigger or smaller... and im still very very redSide effects:ugly mood swings (got hit in the face today by my mum for backchatting, oeps)horribly chapped lips, it looks and feels terrible!slight depressionvery uncomfortable back... we moved this week and carrying all those heavy items didnt help at all, felt like my back was going to break in two :(hope next week brings some light, its by time i see some positive results on the slight bright side is my forehead is still clear as ever.

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day 46Meh... not much has changed at all to be honesti finished week 6 last night. i hope the next 6 weeks is my healing process because the first 6 weeks has only been hell...at the moment i have a clear forehead, top part of my cheeks is somewhat clear, still have the same cysts around jaw line, although my right side doesnt have a lot of meduim to large sized cysts anymore maybe one or two. i have about 3 pimples on my left bottom cheek and 2 (could be more) on my right side. i have one painful zit under my nose and one big zit or small cyst on the top part of my neck. in general though my face doesnt look pretty without make up or concealer..very very red...side effects, same old same old, nose are starting to crack on the inside with slight bleeding. lips very cracked, back discomfort, occasional depression aka lazyness. headaches (dont know if its random or because of accutane)one more month to go then its back to doctorstarting from next week, i have to go back on a strickt diet or i wont be aloud to continue with accutane, due to my high cholestrol

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