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Nikki287

Tomorrow is 3 months on Iso!!!!!!! I am still using the same routine and it is still manageable. My acne is not terrible. I am just trying to get rid of the cystic acne on my chin and forehead. I will say I have not had one large pimple in a month and a half! Yay!!!! I had one recently that lingered but, it was small!

Cons:

- I have noticed my skin on my arms is a little worse, but not noticeable to the eye, just to the touch. My skin is very dry and patchy. I have been applying eczema cream but I have been a little lazy about it lately, and I think that's why its so rough. I can't see the patches so I haven't been too worried about applying the cream. 

- My nose. OMG my nose. It is sooooooooooooooo dry and so annoying. It's so irritating to scrunch my nose and my nose is clogged all the time! I have been applying Aquaphor with a Q-tip and this has been helping. But, gotta keep up on it. It's gross and one of the worst parts of this entire process.

Other than that, it's been good. They increased my dose and I am now on 80mg and it's going fine! 

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1 week on Isotretinoin

Nikki287

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Hey there! 

I decided to create a blog to share my journey on Isotretinoin. I enjoyed how informative other blogs were for me and wanted to share my experience with everyone also. I am going to start with a little info about me. I am 25 years old, about 115 pounds. I never had acne growing up. My face was always very clear until about a year ago. I started to get deep cystic acne around my chin and forehead area. It wasn't terrible, but I would get a couple at a time and maybe a couple other small spots in different areas of my face. A couple cystic bumps even led to scarring (one on my forehead and one on my chin). The scar on my chin really set me over the edge, it is deep and I hate it. I wanted to do something before the cystic acne and scars got worse. It's amazing what a little scar can do to a girls self esteem. They started me on spironolactone. I was on the medication for 4 months. It helped with the amount of cystic pimples I was getting but, it didn't rid of them. I talked to my dermatologist and she asked if I would like to start Accutane. She started me on 40mg of Claravis. Here are my side effects so far: 

- Dry lips. They aren't terrible but they are definitely dry. I bought HPA Lanolin for my lips. It is normally used for sore nipples and cracked skin after pregnancy. I have been applying it religiously and about 2 minutes after applying it, my chapped lips are GONE. I have to apply it A LOT but, it has been working very well for me. 

- My face is dry, but bearable. I bought an oil to apply in the morning and at night and I also use a moisturizer after. I moisturize my entire body every morning as well. 

- I haven't had any mood swings. 

That's about it. Not much to say after being on it only a week. 

 



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Hello again!

I have been on Isotretinoin now for 43 days. I take it every night with my dinner, along with my birth control. I am very happy with how my body is tolerating it. They just increased my dose from 40mg to 60mg, yesterday. I am very happy with this medication so far! I had a couple pimples recently after my period that lingered for about a week but that's it! A lot of people have complimented me on how well my face is looking! I also think my birth control may be helping. They put me on a birth control called Femynor which is FDA approved to help with acne. My scalp has began to dry up a little, but I still wash my hair every day. My hair is very thin and I HATE when it is greasy and don't like using dry shampoo. I have found a good morning and night routine for my skin that I would like to share. I also will give an update on my lip routine and include links on where to find these products. My routines are as follows:

In the mornings: I always shower in the mornings. Sometimes, depending on how late I am running, I apply Johnson's Baby Oil Gel RIGHT AFTER my shower. You have to apply it to wet skin and let it soak in a little before you get dressed. I wash my face with Cetaphil. I then follow up immediately with a facial oil called Skyn Iceland Arctic Facial Oil, which I found at Ulta (I am sure any oils would work well though, they really seem to help my dry skin the most). I let the oil sit for a few minutes and then apply First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream. This cream comes in a decent size container and will last me a long time since I only apply it to my face. I also apply the Eucerin Original Healing lotion all over the rest of my body. 

At night: I wash my face with Cetaphil, apply the same facial oil, the same ultra repair cream, and use the same Eucerin lotion all over the rest of my body. Sometimes if I have any very dry spots on my face (mostly around my nose) I apply Aquaphor. 

For my lips: I have retired the HPA Lanolin. It was too greasy for me and I didn't like how often I had to apply it. I have switched over the Aquaphor. Aquaphor is thicker and lasts a lot longer than the HPA Lanolin did. It is also not as greasy. It's actually pretty amazing. I still apply it a lot throughout the day, but it is nothing like how often I applied the Lanolin. I don't buy the chapstick kind, I just use the healing ointment and I buy the small tube of it. I felt like I would go through the chapstick tubes really quick so that is why I decided to buy the ointment. 

I have developed spots of eczema. I bought an over the counter Cortizone cream. It is very inexpensive and works great for me. My spots are on the backs and sides of my arms and on the tops of my hands. I applied the cream a couple times a day and made sure to apply it every night before bed and the red spots went away within a couple days. I was impressed! I will be in a wedding in April so I am hoping this will continue to work well for me! My spots are just very dry now. The redness has gone away completely. 

I would also like to mention something that most people don't seem to talk about. THE COST. Lord have mercy. I have a high deductible plan because I figured since I never go to the doctor, why do I need to pay a bunch of money for insurance every month....? At the time I enrolled in my plan, I did not expect to be starting this Accutane journey. Lorddddddd this medication is costly $$$$$. I pay about $150 for the office visit which takes about 15 mins, $100-150 (at the moment) for the medication, and $50 for the lab fee every month. Totaling a big whopping $350+ every month. I have Aetna. Call your insurance and get a feel for the dermatologist office visit, lab, and medication costs. When I was on 40mg, it cost me $90 for a month supply. She then increased me to 2, 30mg pills every day. My pharmacy called me stating it was $500+ for the medication, but my dermatologist found it at a different pharmacy for $150. THANK GOD. So, just call around. 

To sum it up, here are my list of pros and cons:

Pros- Acne has cleared up. Mood is good. Dry skin is very tolerable. Lips are tolerable as long as you apply something religiously. 

Cons- Eczema spots on my arms. The cost. 

I wanted to wait to post links to anything until I REALLY knew if they worked or not and these have really worked very well for me and I hope they work well for you too!

Links:

Cetaphilhttps://www.target.com/p/cetaphil-daily-facial-cleanser-8oz/-/A-13446827?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BBeauty%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9014989&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqrallMWC4QIViB6GCh1P1wExEAQYAyABEgJUHfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Skyn Iceland Arctic Facial Oilhttps://www.ulta.com/arctic-face-oil?productId=xlsImpprod12951085

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Creamhttps://www.sephora.com/product/ultra-repair-cream-intense-hydration-P248407

Johnson's Baby Oil Gel https://www.target.com/p/johnson-s-baby-oil-gel-with-shea-cocoa-butter-for-baby-massage-6-5-fl-oz/-/A-14775693

Cortizone Creamhttps://www.target.com/p/cortizone-10-intensive-healing-lotion-for-eczema-itchy-and-dry-skin-3-5oz/-/A-12193567?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BBeauty%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9014989&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjvnb2cuC4QIVDlqGCh3uYwnAEAQYAiABEgIeTPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Eucerinhttps://www.target.com/p/unscented-eucerin-original-healing-soothing-lotion-16-9oz/-/A-11001764

Aquaphorhttps://www.target.com/p/unscented-aquaphor-healing-ointment-tube-1-75oz/-/A-13287607?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BBeauty%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9014989&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgYvouM-C4QIVhUSGCh1ZuAABEAQYASABEgLia_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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I AM STARTING MY LAST MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY! :smileys_n_people_32: Not only with being able to stop this medication, but also with the results! It feels amazing to not have to worry about those large bumps showing up on my face anymore. I can't even begin to explain my happiness! This journey actually didn't feel as long as it has seemed. Overall, I think the entire journey is totally bearable. I was hesitant when I first started, because it seemed to be hard to deal with between the dryness, nose bleeds, and eczema. But, I actually have not experienced the nose bleeds like some do.

Just keep lotion and Aquaphor on you and you will be totally fine! Not going to lie. I have been bad about applying lotion, and Aquaphor in my nose. But, honestly my skin is not as bad as it used to be and I think I have just got so used to my nose it doesn't really bother me as much anymore. 

It does suck that it's summer time and I have to be really careful about being out on the water. A lot of my friends are boating, kayaking, canoeing, and I can't be out all day on the water with them.

1. because I am already a pale person.

2. because I don't want to chance getting severely burnt.

I went outside for about 2 hours one day and applied sunscreen and got a little burnt. It wasn't horrible, I have definitely had worse burns but I normally don't apply sunscreen and I still got burnt after applying it. Normally when I am out on water, I get burnt a lot easier. I still go out but I make sure to limit my time outside. So that just sucks but it's almost over!!!!!! ;)

I am really going to miss not having to wash my hair everyday!!!! It is amazing! I don't even have dandruff, and I was worried about that with my hair being so dark. I have been working in the garden, and outside a lot more and I have noticed my skin is scratched and ends up scabbing more often than normal. 

Other than a few expected things, it's really not that bad and I do recommend this to anyone struggling with acne. It has boosted my self confidence and I could not be happier with the results.

LETS GET THIS LAST MONTH OVER WITH!!!!!! 

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I am back with an update after being off Isotretinoin for almost a year. My acne has cleared up and I have not had any breakouts!!! :) The only downfall is the loss of hair. It is normal for everyone to lose a good amount of hair every day, but I am losing a lot! My hair has become noticeably thinner. I lost a lot while I was on the medication and then it subsided until now. I am starting to lose the same amount of hair as I was when I was on the medication. I am losing large amounts of hair when in the shower. I already have thin hair so this is really upsetting to me. I am hoping this goes away, but I have read that other people have experienced the same issue, with hair loss, about a year after discontinuing the medication. 

 

I will be back with an update in a couple months, hopefully this subsides. 

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