Hello All -
It's been a bit since I logged last - I guess I was waiting for something really exciting before I wrote another entry. But alas...... nothing exciting to report...
My skin has gotten progressively drier. I have given up my blotting sheets! I used to use two packages a week. It was bad. But I haven't even used ONE in about a week now. I can still use my clarisonic to feel like I'm getting my skin clean. I am still using my oil free moisturizer at night with a couple of drops of jojoba oil mixed in for extra moisture. I wake up and my face isn't the puddle of oil it once was and I am getting fewer cystic breakouts. I do still have a few that are healing, but they are not bad at all and can be covered with some tinted moisturizer and some extra cover up. Today I actually left the house and went in public without washing my face first. I don't think I've done that in over 10 years! I got up, threw on some tinted moisturizer and went out the door. That would have been completely unheard of a month ago.
I am really happy with my results and experience so far. The side effects for me aren't bad at all. I have really dry eyes which makes me feel more tired than I really am, and I can't wear my contacts for more than 8 hours.. if that. My lips are dry, but no cracking or anything crazy. Mentally, I'm in a good place. I am not constantly worried about my face anymore, but I am always paying super close attention to every ache and pain, watching every hair that comes out of my head.... Reading about the more serious side effects has done a number on how sensitive I am to any change in my body. I am trying to relax about it.
Speaking of hair, I only wash my hair about once a week these days. Pre-accutane I could go 2-3 days without washing my hair (some people would be really grossed out about that) but now, I go the full seven days. And even then, I don't wash it because I need to, I just do it because I think I should.
I am still exercising as I did pre-accutane with no trouble. I got my blood work for next month's supply this morning and have an appointment Wednesday to see my derm. If my blood work is OK, I'm guessing she will up me to 40 mgs. I don't think she will want to go higher than that though. I am 5'1", 110 lbs.
Carry on fellow 'taners!