5 weeks and 4 days into accutane!!
My skin has cleared up considerably. The giant cysts have more or less gone and are drying up. What is left are lots of red marks which look like zits and I daren't wear any makeup so my self-esteem is not at the highest right now.
But I'm happy that my face has cleared up this much. I believe we should always count our blessings.
But I noticed that my pores are actually very clogged. I have quite large pores by the way. Some of the plug in the pores stick out a bit and when I pinch it comes out. Dried up mixture of sebum and dirt I guess. Well, the problem is that all this plug I have underneath my skin are like time bombs waiting to be set off. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is check if any new pimples have formed. I've noticed that a new INFLAMED pimple can form overnight on a clogged pore which was otherwise giving me no trouble.
So right now my problem is pimples which don't go when popped, but are quite inflamed.
I went for treatment at the beauty saloon yesterday. I was quite wary and asked the beautician to just extract whatever is near the surface and not go too deep because I know of slow wouond healing and scarring while on accutane.
Anyway, the beautician's theory was that pimples HAVE got to be extracted else the pus stays inside and bacteria will multiply and eat into your tissue and then you'll end up with pock marks.
And dermatologists will tell u that popping pimples lead to scarring.
So, I don't know who to believe.
And I went to this accutane action group forum the other day. Man, it was scary!
The people there were suffering from the side effects of tane 10-15 years post-tane!
Can u believe it?
Some of the side effects were hypothyroidism( cold intolerabilty, slow metabolism, weight gain, sluggishness), night blindness, dry eyes, PERMANENT redness of the eyes, PERMANENT hair loss, PERMANENT depression and arthritis.
I must say I am so afraid of tane and what it can do to me. I already several side-effects: eczema, dry eyes, dry skin (slightly fine lines), hip joint pain, and some depression.
I'm now huge on popping supplements to overcome the side effects of 'tane. I'm on Vitamin E 400IU, evening primrose and fish oil 1000mg (for my eczema and hormonal balance), biotin 25mg, vit C 800mg, and milk thistle and dandelion (to help detoxify my liver so 'tane doesn't do so much harm to it).
I'm hoping and praying that my acne will clear up once and for all and that I'll come out of 'tane unscathed.