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So its now half way through my 3rd week. Up until today I was doing good and starting to clear up. the pimples from my initial breakout, or what i thought was my initial breakout were drying up and going away and i was good about not popping them. I thought it would stay clear for a little but I was wrong. Today I woke up to two HUGE monsters on BOTH sides of my nose. The one on the right side is pretty big and red and the one on the left hasnt fully come out yet but its coming, I can feel it and it hurts. I'm really aggravated and pissed off about it but hey I guess thats part of the process right? I just hope I'm not going to breakout as bad as my second week now. Although these two pimples are pretty big and hurt, at least there's really only 2 of them now and not a million like last week. I do get little pimples near my mouth but they are usually gone within a day so it doesn't bother me. I just hope it gets a little better for next week when I have a lot to do. I started taking fish oil also. I dont really know why, but I hear that some people did this and it's supposed to be good for you anyways. I was wondering if anyone knows if after you breakout in a particular spot, such as both sides of my nose in my case, if you continue to breakout in that area in the future or if that's it for that spot? Does the oil that is getting pushed out in that spot now come back so that it gets pushed out again in a few weeks or something?..I'm asking because right now the monster to the right of my nose is pretty high up also near my eye and it's kind of swollen around it. I have never broken out in this area before and its really annoying so I'm hoping it doesn't happen again. Looks like another fun weekend where I'm going to look like poison ivy face...

mjn

accutane

ok so today looks a little better. Im noticing that my face is getting really dry but at least the breakout has seemed to stop. I really have about five cystic pimples on my face but they seem to be drying up and getting really itchy. I get about two new little pimples every other day but they come to head and usually pop while Im in the shower at night. I dont know if the cystic acne will come to a head, but it looks like 2 of them already have so I'm hoping they will go away soon. The side effects have been pretty manageable. I have slight back pain but its not bad and only comes when Ive been sitting for a long time. I have been good about moisturizing and carmex for lips so havnt had much trouble with that. I'm hoping I dont go through another major breakout this week because I have a busy weekend and then I have a presentation on Monday that I'm hoping I will be about as bad as I am right now, which is really not even that bad since the initial breakout has stopped and mostly gone now. I am noticing I am getting new breakouts right on the sides of my nose bridge close to my eyes, places I have never gotten breakouts before. Week 3 please be good to me

mjn

week 2

ok so its now day 13...still no real improvements. my face is getting really dry which is good because i know the drug is working and some of the initial breakout is drying up and falling off which is definitely good. Except I keep getting a new batch every few days or so which sucks. Not as bad as a week ago when I first had my initial breakout but enough to keep me frustrated. Also my skin is getting really itchy. I hope it starts getting at least a little better soon because I have to give a presentation in about a week and Im going to be really embarrassed if my faced still looks like this mess. I have a question about when to take my pills and I hope someone can answer it. Does it matter what time of the day you take the pills. I started out taking them about 3 p.m. but lately I've been taking them right before I go to bed at night. Does it matter at all? Also does it matter what kind of food I take the pills with? This month is going to be the worst I just wish I could speed up time.

mjn

1st week

hey, my name is matt and Im 21 years old. I've always had acne but not too severe since I was a teenager. This is my senior year in college and all of a sudden my face decided it wanted to get really bad. I never used to get cystic acne, but ever since September I have been getting deep painful nodular acne and it sucked. I was so embarrassed by it and sometimes didnt even want to go out in public it got so bad. I talked with my dermatologist and she recommended Accutane. I went home and did some research about this drug and Im not going to lie, I was skeptical about it. There were so many side effects that I wondered if it was really worth it. Im a pretty active person and I love playing sports so my main concern was the potential side effect of joint and back pain. I could deal with the dryness and I was pretty sure I wouldnt get depressed or suicidal because I am a pretty confident person with a lot going for me at this point in my life. Anyways I started taking Accutane about 10 days ago. I am taking 40mg a day and the dermatologist said I would be on a 5 month program. First week went alright, maybe a little dryness not big deal, got a load of chapstick and moisturizer. On my eighth day I woke up and my face absolutely exploded. I had a plane to catch to come home from college for Thanksgiving and it was the worst. I had the notorious "initial breakout" and it sucked. I was so embarrassed earlier at Thanksgiving dinner. Nobody said anything but I knew my family noticed :D . I have pimples everywhere, places I never used to get them like eyebrows, nose and my temples. Some are drying up but a few new ones have sprouted in the last few days so now its like a warzone of new blackheads and the dried up red marks. This initial breakout better end soon because this is the worst my face has looked my entire life. Anyone else going through the initial breakout??? This part really sucks and I cant wait until my face begins to clear up hopefully in a few weeks. From what I hear it's different for everyone, but most people start seeing improvements by their second month, is this fairly accurate? Anyways, I'm going to stick it out and bite the bullet for now and just cross my fingers that in the end it'll be all worth it and I can have a great summer with a clear face.

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