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Nearly 5 Months- Update

blueberrie

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So it's almost been 5 months since I started my accutane cours.

There's been a few ups and downs, having to decrease

My dose from 40mg to 30 because of side-effects. The worst

Part has been what it's done to my eyes! They were so dry, svollen

Sore and burning that I could barely keep them open. So currently

On 30 mg which is ok. Still very dry eyes (but not nearly as bad) dry lips

And sore joints. As far as scarring goes its still very obvious and I'm trying

not to look at it too much to keep myself from getting depressed.

Will deal with it later. Hoping to end this course pretty soon and that acne

Doesn't return. Ever. And that my scarring disappears.

As if it would.

That's it for this time!



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Sounds like it's been a rough ride. Still, well done on getting this far. Really hope it all pays off for you. :)

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Have you tried using eye drops for your sore eyes? I'm on 20mg at the moment & my eyes get so dry & sore that I feel like my eyelids drag over my eyes when I blink! But I got some Refresh eye drops to carry around with me & they make my sore eyes feel like heaven! You don't need medicated ones just water or whatever the plain ones are.

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I can't say the scars wil go away but they will improve...my scars are fading...could take ten years but they will fade..

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Oh i looked on you're "Hate my life" , but did u pop them?

acne is gone yeah. no i barely touch my skin at all. doesn't matter though. it will still leave a scar

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I wish you the best!

thanks. Thats the only thing that still keeps me going. What doesn't fade I'll try to fix in other ways.

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Sounds like it's been a rough ride. Still, well done on getting this far. Really hope it all pays off for you. smile.png

Thanks. Yeah its been a bit rough from time to time. not as bad as I thought it would be though! How are things working out for you?

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Have you tried using eye drops for your sore eyes? I'm on 20mg at the moment & my eyes get so dry & sore that I feel like my eyelids drag over my eyes when I blink! But I got some Refresh eye drops to carry around with me & they make my sore eyes feel like heaven! You don't need medicated ones just water or whatever the plain ones are.

Yeah I've tried a bunch of different ones, didn't really think they made much of a difference. They helped for like 10 min and then it got bad again. But when we decreased the dose it got much better. Are you staying on 20 mgs or increasing? What month are you on?

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How are things working out for you?

Pretty good, thank you. :)

As far as my skin is concerned, there's not much to report at all. I think it's about six weeks since I had any notable breakout. The odd pimple, but nothing that hasn't healed within a couple of days. It's all going well and I think those problems are behind me now. All things considered, aside from the insecurities I always seem to have, I'm happy with how my skin looks now.

I started a new job a month ago and I've found that having something to do and a way to occupy my week has taken away a lot of my attention from my skin. That used to be a big problem because I used to pick my skin a lot. Even when there wasn't much acne, picking ended up being a way of passing time for me and it was just habitual. Having something to do during the week has really helped me start to break that habit. Not so easy during the evenings and weekends as I tend to spend them alone. I end up bringing myself down sometimes and end up feeling kind of lonely, so there's a bit of effort required in those instances to make sure that I stay away from the mirror.

I think the next step will be to work on myself and start building some confidence. I'd like to try and get out a bit more and maybe find some things to do with my free time. All seems a bit alien to me as I've always hidden away before so I don't really know where to start, but I suppose the fact that I at least want to work out how to change that aspect of my life is progress in itself. I could look at it as an adventure; going in search of new places and finding out where my kind of people go. In fact, it's probably about finding out who "my kind of people" to begin with, as I can't say I've ever really had a social circle or felt like I fit in. My instincts are telling me not to bother because it seems kind of scary and there's potential to be rejected or whatever, but I don't really want to carry on spending lots of time alone or feeling lonely, so I guess it's got to be done.

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My 2nd month will be done tomorrow, I'm supposed to be on for 6 months so I'm a third through my course. It's gone pretty fast really! I'm not sure if I'll be increasing or not. The derm told me he won't increase me if I get side effects but I haven't had too many except really bad eczema so I'm not sure if he will count that or not. I don't really want to be increased, to be honest I don't think my body could handle it. I dunno though he prescribed me 3 months then I go back before that runs out for the last 3 months.

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