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Accutane Journey!

Val4063

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Started accutane today. 60mg a day. I take one pill in AM and two with dinner. I feel very nervous. I hope it doesn't affect my hair in anyway. If it just gets dry I can live with that. I am praying that I do not get an IB. If anyone reads this, say a prayer for me! I know I will have clear, smooth skin in no time! Ill post pics when I get home from work today and then weekly



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Day 15 here...had an initial break out, its sucks bad but all I really need is hope which I Do have! Prepare for the worst is all I can say, not that its going to be the worst but just so your mentally prepared...by day 5 all my old acne shriveled and my face looked awesome..day 6-13 was real ugly for me and im still left with a disaster lol..different for everyone though..40% get an intial break out...but get a nice conditioner for your scalp with real ingredients and get aquaphor for your lips, you'll need it! I also have a blog ill be watching yours to

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Thanks musicvisuals! After I took my first pill today I had a full blown panic attack lol I'm just gunna say a prayer and go with it. Hope you clear up soon and ill be watching your posts!

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hahah Ive read about people that have had panic attacks after the first pill but thats mental as you know..your not actually feeling the effects yet..I look forward to your postss!

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Day two: nothing new, still nervous! Been drinking water like its my job! Before acc I already had very dry eyes so I probably won't be able to tolerate contacts while on acc. We'll See. Does anyone know how to post pics on here? It doesn't give me an attach file option. My acne right now is somewhat mild/moderate, but it is a good day for sure. My acne flares up pretty badly at times. My biggest problem is clogged pores everywhere and cystic acne along my jaw that you really can't see. It's just painful, then scars me when it finally heals! Ughhh

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I was able to post one pic, but ill have to figure out how to post more. You really can't even tell the severity of my acne in the pic. Esp the zillions of little bumpy clogged pores. My derm told me I have a pretty bad case of comedonal acne which becomes inflamed at times. I hope accutane will smooth out my skin and clear up these clogged pores because they drive me crazyyyyyyyyy!!!!

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Starting day 4: yesterday at work at the end of the day my derm was like omg I can already tell a difference in your skin, you're not as oily as normally. I didn't really believe her but when I got home and really looked, it does appear a little better already. My lips really aren't dry yet. I slather them with balm 24/7. We tell our pts to stay ahead of the dryness so that what I'm trying to do. On the night of second day I woke up around 2 AM With a headache from hell!! Thought I was going to through up bc it hurt so bad. So even though I've been drinking a lot of water, I doubled it yest and no headache. Guess ill have to become a camel for a few months. Hope everyone has a blessed day!! ;)

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Day 5: when I washing my face late last night I realized for the first time that it felt slightly sunburned... Like ever so slightly. Guess this is the beginning of desert skin lol my lips still aren't dry, but then again I have been slathering on aquaphor constantly. No more headaches so that's good. I do have a few new pimples but nothing out of the ordinary for me. I still don't know how to post pics. If anyone knows how to post them on an actual post let me know please! Thanks!

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I just wanted to post and say that after I finish accutane, I will document very detailed notes about what accutane did for my non inflammatory acne in the form of closed comedones. I feel like everyone mentions how their blackheads reacted but I feel like no one talks about little bitty flesh colored clogged pores. I have been trying to research about how accutane affects closed comedonal acne for about a year and the little bit of info I find isn't really helpful. I have hundreds of clogged pores that give my skin a very bumpy appearance which is extremely aggravating. It's hard to pick up in pictures but ill try to take some good pics with my digital and post once I figure it out.

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Day 6: nothing new to report. If anyone is reading this can someone please give me some encouraging words about this treatment. I just need to hear positive things. I'm praying that I'm not making a horrible life choice here. I am praying for everyone else on the treatment as well!

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Day 7: well I made it to one week. I feel pretty good about that considering I was petrified to take my first pill. It's a tiny accomplishment but so far nothing detrimental happening! Can't wait to be clear!! I'm still getting new pimples here and there but I don't think that part of an IB. These pimples aren't out of the ordinary for me. Lips are a little dry, not bad. Scalp it kinda itchy. Skin is slightly less oily but nothing to get overly excited about. I'm going to post pics of my one week if someone can tell me how

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Day 8: ok idk if I spoke too soon or what but by the end of the day today I had multiple painful spots on my face that got bigger over the day. I probably have around 12 active pimples/cysts along jawline and cheeks. One is huge on my L cheek and looks pretty bad. So idk what going on, maybe this is an IB. All I know is that I'm praying that this will start healing up soon bc I'm pretty much over it!! Please say some prayers for me, if anyone even cares, bc this breakout is petty painful. It just makes me sad in general but I'm going to stay positive. I know this will clear over the next few days. And as always, I'm praying for all my fellow taners out there!-------------- Victoria

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Day 10: I think I did have an IB. At first I didn't want to believe that it was due to the medication but over the last few days my skin was pretty bad. It still is but they seem to be drying up. I hope that's the worst of it. I'm so ready for this med to truly start working. I'm ready to start living again!! And when my face is this broken out it holds me back. Sad to say but true. I'm not really having any side effects besides slightly dry lips. They aren't that bad though. Everyone have a great day. Praying for y'all!!

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Day 12: skin is still trying to clear up from that bad breakout, I think it's getting better slowly. My back is even breaking out a little which I never normally have a problem with so I'm not sure what that's about. I still get the occasional headache if I don't drink enough fluids. I'm scared to death to get another headache like I did in the 2nd day. Anyway my lips are dry but they really aren't that dry. Maybe it will get worse. Skin is dry at times. I'm so ready to start clearing I just keep imagining that in my head! Gosh, the liberty of waking up and not having to spend 30 mins apply coverup!! Now that is a little thing that most people take for granted!

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Day 16: so it's been a few days since I last posted. I have just been so emotionally drained! Some days I think it looking better then I wake up with a new breakout. I'm done trying to figure it out. I am trying so hard to stay positive but this whole process is exhausting. I am truly trying to be patient. I think this is a very big test on my patience. I keep trusting God like I have been. I know I will be cleared and healed of this for good. I'm just ready to start seeing some results!! Ughh anyway my face it noticeably drier. In a good awesome way!!! Makeup stays in place now. Lips are finally pretty dry. Not washing hair everyday anymore. Hands have an eczema rash on the top of both. Back is still breaking out a bit. Just want to wake up and be done with this!

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Hi!

Just keep going it all takes time.

As for the pores, I am the same. I have them ALL OVER my nose and cheeks and a few on my chin and forehead.

Around day 35 or so I noticed my skin feeling so bumpy so I just squeezed my nose and I'm not joking but all the crap from the pores just started coming out! It was amazing but disgusting all at the same time. For the following few days I just kept doing the same and they was coming out so easy.

I did use a bijore pore strip and it worked, there was loads of stuff on the strip but it made my life hell for the next 3 days and I had red scabby spots all over my cheeks. Probably where it took my skin off.

If you want my advice just keep at it for another 4 weeks or so and you will soon start noticing the blackheads just coming out on their own or with no effort at all :)

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Day 20: Hey Loz0908, thanks for the positive, encouraging words of advice. I am trying to stay optimistic. And I can't wait for all the clogged pores to go away. It's like some days they appear to be clearing and others days they look worse. Like I said, I'm done trying to figure it out lol I wish I could figure out how to post weekly pics on this crazy thing though. The only option it gives me when I try to post a pic is to change the original pic I posted. Maybe I just have to go to my gallery and post there. Anyways, my side effects also seem to fluctuate. It's like some days my lips and skin feel super dry, then other days not so much. In the last couple of days I have noticed that I am extremely irritable. Like omg the smallest things set me off!! My poor husband. I'm trying not to snap at him, but I feel soooo grouchy. I don't know if this is the accutane or birth control. Anyways, ill be saying a prayer for all my taners out there. Have a great day!!

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Day 24. So I don't want to jinx myself but I think it's finally starting to clear up. I just have two pimples left that are going away. Even all of those tiny bumps are "appearing" to get better! I'm praying they are because I'm so ready for clear skin!! My skin on my face is starting to peel and the back of my hands still have a weird rash. My lips really chapped of course. The only strange new thing is my left wrist started hurting the other day and I can't really rotate it all the way around. It really hurts. Idk if that due to accutane though. I prolly just slept on it wrong or something. Who knows! Have a great day everyone!!

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Day 26: Idk what to even post today. Last night I just sat in the tub and cried. Pathetic huh? I had to go to a birthday dinner for my best friend and I just knew getting ready would not be fun. I have a big cyst that popped up yesterday and my face just looks a mess from all those tiny clogged pores. I just kept thinking how long it would take to try to cover it all up and how exhausting the whole thing is. But then when I'm thinking like that I start to feel guilty bc I know I am really blessed and I should be grateful that all I have is acne and not something life threatening. Ughh I exhaust myself. I try to stay very positive but I just want this to be worth it in the end! I'm so ready to be done with all this. I make 1 Mo on Monday. Praying for everyone out there! Have a blessed day!!!

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