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nrodriguez58

OFF THE TANE: X days

Lol x-days because I don't want to count how many days I've been off of it. Everything's been great ever since I got off the medication. I've actually found a way to get rid of almost all my acne without the help of Accutane! Currently I'm washing my face at night with Cetaphil face wash, then putting on Stridex, then applying Tretinoin cream to my face. Have gotten good results, face has been clearing up a lot :)

Kinda no side effects since, my nose was extremely dry for a while up until yesterday. No nose bleeds, seldom back aches, no chest pains, hardly any joint aches. I do notice that I have been extremely forgetful. Like I came home one day through the garage, and fell asleep in my room with no one in the house. My mom came home late at night and was freaking out because I didn't close the garage. Oh well! lol

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Nose bleeds everyday, without fail. I went for an eyebrow wax, even though I knew I wasn't supposed to, and came out with these nice red marks underneath my eyebrow. Seems like my skin came off, and hopefully it won't leave a scar. It looks really bad though. I care about it, but like I've learned to poke fun at it, even though every other girl would never go out till it healed (cause it's just that bad lol). Everybody that's asked what happen to it, I look at them seriously and say I was in a motorcycle accident. I feel pretty badass and besides no one has to know lol.

here's a look at my bloody eyebrows! Lol

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Anyways no pain anymore, although my skin keeps on getting more dry, esp. on the right cheek the pimples that were there are the driest. It's like a freakin desert. That's good though because my face will be semi-clear.

I haven't gone to the derma but I am going soon :)

I'm glad to be off of it, my lips don't need to be constantly smothered with vaseline every ten minutes. ;);):(:(:(:(

I'm happy.

nrodriguez58

Nose bleeds everyday, without fail. I went for an eyebrow wax, even though I knew I wasn't supposed to, and came out with these nice red marks underneath my eyebrow. Seems like my skin came off, and hopefully it won't leave a scar. It looks really bad though. I care about it, but like I've learned to poke fun at it, even though every other girl would never go out till it healed (cause it's just that bad lol). Everybody that's asked what happen to it, I look at them seriously and say I was in a motorcycle accident. I feel pretty badass and besides no one has to know lol.

here's a look at my bloody eyebrows! Lol

2utssqh.jpg

Anyways no pain anymore, although my skin keeps on getting more dry, esp. on the right cheek the pimples that were there are the driest. It's like a freakin desert. That's good though because my face will be semi-clear.

I haven't gone to the derma but I am going soon :)

I'm glad to be off of it, my lips don't need to be constantly smothered with vaseline every ten minutes. ;);):(:(:(:(

I'm happy.

nrodriguez58

OFF THE TANE

I've been off the tane for 2 days, going on three, and I am enjoying my 18 year old (not 57 y.o.) body again. My bones or joints still cracking a lot when I move, but the chest pain is gone and so is the joint pain (not the chapped lips though :) ). I still can't really sit through class without being uncomfortable, but hopefully that will go away too.

For those of you who are asking: "Why would you ever want to get off this drug? It did wonders for me and other people as well!". Well my answer is I love my body too much to even be at risk to go through anything listed on the side effect paper, even if it only happens to a small percentage of people. My deal is, you never know; and when I was first prescribed the drug, for the most part I ignored the side effects. I didn't think it would happen to me. And it did. So now I'm off of it, going back to the derm on friday and asking for another remedy/regimen. I'm happy and sad at the same time, I really couldn't wait to start seeing the carefree skin you all brag about! I was going to be with magnificent skin as well! But at what cost? Getting rid of one thing, to bring in another? No, not for me. Anyways I 've officially decided that if any other safer treatments don't work, as a LAST LAST LAST LAST resort, I'll be back on the accutane. Or if for some reason the doctor convinces me, then maybe..

Anyways good luck to you all on the tane right now, and remember if you feel like somethings not right, it's probably cause it isn't.

nrodriguez58

Day 11

So today, I'm laying on my boyfriend's lap, laughing as usual, and BAM I feel something funky in my nose. At first I thought it was a booger, so I get up to look at my mirror, and then I see a stream of blood coming down my nose. I freaked. I've gotten nosebleeds before, but usually I can tell when they're about to come, this one just up and came out of nowhere! Super embarrasing! GOod thing I always have napkins handy. I think I'm going to start putting vaseline up my nose like others have suggested.

Anyways I'm feeling a light wave of joint pain throughout the day and today I had to get out of my class to go stretch outside for a little bit after sitting in a chair for one hour listening to boring lectures. It was nice to get out, but the pain is uncomfortable. Also my chest tightness hasn't gone away either, I can't even laugh hard because it hurts! (It still worries me)

I did, however, wake up to an enormous volcano on my left cheek. Secretly it made me happy. Your probably asking why? I say: Because it's finally working. I know many of you would hate this but I can't wait till my face gets bad, because as soon as that process is over, I will have clear skin!

nrodriguez58

Day 10

Day 10: So today I broke down. I got my first back ache side effect and I'm not liking it. It's not like I was going to die of pain, but it was uncomfortable. I called up my boyfriend and cried. He told me to drink lots of water to flush it out of my system as fast as possible, but suggested I get off the pill immediately, before these things become permanent.

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My health's at stake and I don't know if I should go through with it, I'm only on my tenth day! I'm on the pill, yet I don't know if I should be on it? I mean I could be exaggerating but I googled "im getting really bad side affects to accutane" and clicked on the second link and it was a major list of people who have taken accutane and what they feel about the drug. Some people had little to no side effects. Others grabbed a nice list of side effects garanteed for a lifetime, such as a 22 year old woman that is diagnosed with osteo arthritis. I have MAJOR aspirations I want to fulfill, and I don't want to have osteo arthritis affect me at the young and fabulous age of 22! I may be over analyizng things, but I don't want to be a unsuccessful and case for accutane.

Let me know what you're going through...good or bad and/or inspiring! I just want my face to be clear; after all when I become a successful broadcast journalist sitting next to Anderson Cooper,I want to make sure my face will be looking FLAWLESS. Especially with the new HD phase, imagine having a pimply face on HD tv! GAHHHHH that would be HORRIBLE!

btw: my lips are still dry, although not so much bc of all the vaseline I put on. And I'm feeling like I've lost some eyesight, esp. a night! Major thing I'm losing is memory, i think? Either memory or willingness to focus. I'm not sure which one. But then again, it could all be in my head? Help?!

nrodriguez58

Day 1-9

Okay so I promise to post as much as I remember to!

DAY ONE: Took the pill (30MG Sotret) at 10:23 to be exact. Immediately, and I say this in ALL honesty, my skin started drying up. My chin had that white flaky dryness to it. My body took it in within minutes. I even have pics! (Which I will post as soon a I find my camera lol). Went to sleep, and had a dream I don't remember. It was a weird dream though, I remember that much.

DAY 2-9: My lips were as dry as dry lips could get! I mean my goodness, I could cut through steel if I wanted to, lol! But thank god for VASELINE! That stuff works wonders! I reapplied it like every 10 minutes, it was just that necessary. But everyday when I go to school, I put on a hat (if not slap on some cetaphil daily facial moisturizer spf 15) and my sunglasses; lookin like a celebrity trying to run away form the paparazzi but this time it's me running away from the sun! Being that I DO live in the sunshine state, I don't want my skin to dry out any more than it already has. But other than that no side effects until recently I went over my dad's house, and did some homework in my laptop on the floor (with my chest facing the floor). AND Oh man, I'm not sure if it was caused by my accutane, bc I've had one of these episodes before (but before it used to happen every once in a blue moon), but when I got up from laying down like that, boy did I feel an immerse amount of pressure around my rib cage and chest area! And ever since I haven't been able to lay on my side, chest, etc. bc of the pain it causes. And btw theres been 2 days where I've decided to boycott accutane for the day.

nrodriguez58

Approved for Accutane!

Hello Acne.ORG!

So this is a GIGANTIC step for me! I was approved earlier today for an Accutane prescription. I wasn't really excited about it because I honestly thought this was just another drug. Obviously, I had never really heard about it. I mean, one of my best friends, Nina, was on it for quite some time. I remember in high school she used to talk about having to go to the doctor frequently to check up on her mental state (depression or suicidal thoughts). But I never really put her drug and Accutane together. Anyways so my dermatologist started telling me more about it, and the more she said, the happier I was! Throughout high school, I had mild to moderate acne, nothing too severe. But my deal is that I have a really stubborn case of acne. I used Proactiv for 2 years and that product worked miracles on me until one day I woke up with an allegic reaction to it. It sucked, but life went on. I was never really self conscious about my acne till it started traveling to my chin (it originally started just on my forehead, then to my cheeks). But like I said its always (and still is) very mild to moderate. Then I started working as a lifeguard and my skin was looking better each day I was under the sun. That is, of course, till I stopped working as a lifeguard. Now I'm pale again and my acne is getting worse. :rolleyes:

Well I am excited for this product, yet concerned about its side effects! I read the pamphlet (...or should I say textbook lol) about Isotretinoin and it's some serious stuff! About a year ago I went ice skating and fell straight on my knees and they haven't the same since, and I've been hearing a lot about joint problems? I wouldn't want my knees to get any worse, I feel it every time I get out the shower, lifting my knees. Anyways I want to hear what you guys have to say about it! Any successes? Any problems? I'm kinda worried! :dance:

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