Okay, since my last post I have seen small but noticeable improvements. The lower parts of my cheeks (right above the jawline) are completely free from whiteheads, and the areas just adjacent to my nose are completely clear too. It seems as though the effect is gradually spreading - at first it started at the red bumps around my calves / knees, then it spread to clearing my back of red lumps, now it's moved on to my jawline and nose. Hopefully it's going to keep spreading. And post-haste!
I still have a few cystic pimples at the moment. I've been sick for the past week, and my face has just erupted, sigh. So encouraging. I have about 6 large but non-painful bumps around my mouth and chin, and a few to the outside of my cheekbones. That's all though. With a tiny bit of concealer--aside from the disfiguring mountains of cysticness--my skin looks socially acceptable. It's such an uplifting feeling on 'good' days, when I can just walk out to check the mail or go down to the store to grab some milk without having to cringe and cower at everyone's gaze.
There's still some work to be done though: I still have a fair few blackheads along the top of my shoulders, and along the back of my shoulder blades; and I still have a few hundred (maybe thousand? Eeep) whiteheads along my cheeks, chin, eyebrows and forehead.
OH, and my neck's cleared up! Well, almost cleared up. I have maybe 20 whiteheads spread out along the top of it, and rarely get a red, painful pimple pop up! It is so promising
I'm a little despondent though - this time last year I set myself a goal of having clear skin by the time I received my P2 licence. Alas, this did not happen, as I got my green P's about 3 weeks ago. Sigh
My ancillery goal was to have clear skin by my 19th birthday. This is in exactly 4 months. It is probably a massive stretch, but I have to have hope.
Also, I'm currently on 30mg / day. I don't know why it's more, as I could go up to 80mg, and my skin is FAR from perfect. So I've been a little deviant and have been on alternating 30mg / 40mg for the past 3 weeks, in the hope that it'll speed things up, as I'm thinking my derm is trying to make me have as many appointments as possible until I'm broke ><
WELL TOUGH FOR HIM, I'M GOING TO 40MG
Anyway, it's almost 1am and I'm super tried, so I'll head off. I'll try to update this more frequently, but eh