So it's Day 16 now, and I cant really tell if my skin is clearing up yet. That huge cyst that I had hasn't quite gone away, but the swelling has definitely reduced. The day after I made that last entry, when I washed my face in the morning it bursted and was leaking a lot of pus and blood. Eww. Also when I patted my face down with a towel, I noticed a bunch of blood coming from my left jawline, which was from a previous cyst that I had like a month ago. But it was leaking a lot of blood for some reason. I had that thing dealt with by a cortisone shot in my face, and god damn those things hurt. I just thought it was odd that it was leaking blood despite having healed since 4 weeks ago.
- I've read on a few peoples blogs that Aquafor is good for the chapped lips so I bought some, but honestly I think regular Chapstick works better for me. With aquafor I have to reapply it every 30 mins, with chapstick it's more like once every 3 hours.
- Another thing I noticed is when I drink alcohol (yes I know you aren't supposed to drink on this drug) my face gets really hot and itchy, and it feels like my acne is pulsating. But the weird part is I only feel these side effects from the first drink. I don't binge drink on accutane anyway, usually just have 2-3 drinks.
- When I wake up in the morning, my face is covered in dead skin, especially around my mouth. It looks pretty gross to be honest, and it happens regardless of putting moisturizer on or not.
I also wanted to mention that I'm on Lithium for bipolar, and a side effect of that is Cystic Acne, so maybe my breakouts were coming from that, only been on that for a little over a week though.
Anyway not much to say, I've been really stressed out lately so I've had a few breakouts, but I'm starting to think I'm over the worst part of it, who knows. I've been staying out of the sun religiously though, I have to wait until 9 or 10 to take my dogs on a walk (plus I don't want anyone to see my shitty skin)
Also I used to think I had really severe acne, but after seeing some of the pics on this site I've changed my mind. I just never see anyone with acne, even when I was in high school everyone had perfectly clear skin (except me of course) I can seriously remember 2 people with acne but thats because both of them were on accutane going through the worst part of it, thankfully my skin hasn't gotten as bad as theirs did, but it might. I really hope it doesn't. These 2 guys had literally every square inch of their face covered in small zits. But on the flip side one of my sisters friends (a girl) was on accutane and she never broke out one bit. I don't even know why she went on accutane because she had pretty good skin.
I also have a dermatologist appointment in 3 days, hopefully he'll bump me up to 60mg or even 80g. I'm not having very severe side effects so I think I can handle it. Plus I'm not exactly small, 6'2'' 225 lbs so I think 40mg for me is a fairly low dose.