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monkeeeeeeee

Things are great! I get maybe 2 or 3 zits every now and then, but nothing as bad as it used to be. I can handle 2 or 3 with the RetinA the dermatologist gave me biggrin.png My face does have acne craters, but that's OK with me...maybe some day I'll save enough money to get that taken care of, I'm just glad to be pain and pimple free.

I have a boyfriend! wub.png He's amazing we've been together for 6 months now...he told me I should really get back to this forum and post after pics...so that's what I am doing. blogentry-140948-0-32521500-1344270670_t

Hope everyon is well!

Best Wishes,

Adrianna

monkeeeeeeee

Month 4 Accutane

Hello!!!

Haven't posted in a while...sorry. The Accutane is going great!! I just looked at the pictures I uploaded in my gallery like 2 months ago, and WOW! My face is looking so good now! Not yet where I want it to be, but way better than what it used to be...it's not painful anymore! :D I am really excited about that...I will upload progress pics as soon as I can :(

So far so good with Accutane though...still on 40mg/day and now taking Prednisone 5mg every other day and still washing my face with dove beauty bar :D Using Aquaphor like crazy because my lips are in pretty bad shape...they're pretty disgusting actually and I really need to stop picking at them :) using Cetaphil cream for my face and anything else.

I was out in the sun for like 5 minutes this weekend with a short sleeve and I totally burned up...that's never happened before...I can only assume it's because of the accutane, but oh well...i'm already starting to peel.

That's it...hope everyone is enjoying spring :) bye bye! check back later this week for more pics :(

Yours truly,

Adrianna

monkeeeeeeee

Day 38-Smooth skin!

As I have been washing my face the past couple of days I noticed how much smoother my face has gotten!! How much less painful it is to wash it!! Wow! I love it! I mean I still have very noticable acne, but it's not painful!!!! When I work out it doesn't hurt to wipe the sweat off!! Ahh, such a nice feeling. Most of the painful bumps are pretty much gone :) I have like 3 actives and some that are just going away...I haven't bleed on my pillow cases in days which is gross to say, but also really cool! I think the thanks goes to the Prednisone.

Still very dry! Using body butter from Victoria Secret which works really well. I never was a face of the cocoa butter smell so I never even tried it. Using Aquaphor and a Buxom Bare Escentuals lip gloss for when I go out. That works really well too ladies! On the label it says: contains Vitamin A, but I only use it when I go out and it's not like I'm sitting there licking the stick. The one I use is called Katie...I've heard that one works the best than any other shade. It works just like Aquaphor and stays on probably longer than Aquaphor, but is much more sticky.

Well that's pretty much it...still on 40mg/day of Accutane/Claravis and 5mg/day Prednisone. Still washing my face with Dove bar soap.Hope all is well! I start the semester again next week :D Bye Everyone!!

Yours Truly,

Adrianna

monkeeeeeeee

Month 2-Begin

Saw my derm today and picked up my 2nd month of Accutane...they gave my Claravis this time instead of the Amnesteem I had last month. It's fine. The derm told me to use the Cetaphil cream all over my body. He prescribed me Prednisone because I have like 3 really tender ones and are very irritating and he said th Prednisone woud help to bring those down so I will take 5mg/day of Prednisone and still 40mg/day of Claravis. My whole body is so dry! Everytime i take off a jacket or my clothes you can hear all the static :D and my hair sticks up xD! I also told the derm about that little problem I mentioned in my previous blog and he said it had nothing to do with accutane :redface: but I finally got scheduled to see a colonoscopist next week so hopefully he will be able to help me out.

Hope everyone is doin OK and enjoyed the holidays :redface: Stay strong and thanks for reading.

Yours truly,

Staticmonkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

I have finished 4 weeks of Accutane!! :redface: I will see my dermatologist on monday to get another 30 days...not sure if he'll change my dosage, but we'll see. So something really embarrassing has happened to me. Yesterday I went to the doctor to get xray results on my knee, but I also went back to tell him about a painful little problem my butt was having :D He chekced me in and out :dance: and told me that I probably have a hemroid because he felt some internal abnormality :redface: He is sending me to a colonoscopist just to be certain and safe. I don't know if this is because of the Accutane, but I've never had this before :( maybe because of the dryness? Has anyone else had this problem while on Accutane?

I eat my fiber and drink lots of water...it's so uncomfotable :(

Anyway...my hands are very very dry they have rough patches on the tops and my lips are very dry as well, but the Aquaphor is helping out a lot :redface: Face is looking better, but ya know...still have acne :redface:

Happy New Year Everyone!!!! Be safe and have fun!! :dance:

Yours truly,

:(

monkeeeeeeee

2 week pics posted

My 2 weeks into Accutane pictures are up in my gallery so feel free to view them and comment :redface: On one of them you can see the bump on my left cheek (well I can atleast...) it has diminished quite a bit since the pictures though and my chin has really cleared up even the scars are going away.

I'm back home for the holidays finally and made the Dean's List :redface: mom was pretty happy about that...it pays to go to class I suppose :dance: We had a party yeasterday and one of my 7 year old cousins asked me what was wrong with my face :D I told her I was a little sick...I don't know how to explain acne to a 7 year old. Oh well...

So far so good with Amnesteem just very very dry lips and the eczyma on my arms is a little more noticable and itchy so just using plenty of body butter.

Have a good week and enjoy the holidays :redface: :redface:

Yours truly,

monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Two weeks conquered!!

I've made it through two weeks of Accutane :D I felt really good the other day when I had finished my first Pak of capsules!!! I'm pretty sure I'm in the IB stage of Accutane :redface: A really anoying cyst has grown on my left cheek and some on my temples argh!!! It's ok...I'll get over it soon. I just uploaded some photos of my current skin condition, but you probably wont be able to see them until late tomorrow or the weekend because they take a while to get approved. I'll make sure to make a notification blog about them!!

Anyway, still using Aquaphor...I'm using it constantly because my lips are so chapped and like I said in an earlier blog have grown some kind of sticky film. Still using Dove bar soap as my facial cleanser and taking 40mg/day of Amnesteem(Accutane)

Finally finished the semester today and just waiting for those grades to get on that unofficial transcript...this is so stressful -.-!

Have a good day and enjoy the upcomming weekend :redface:

Yours truly,

Adrianna

monkeeeeeeee

Day9-itchy scalp

So my scalp was extremely itchy today! It was a little itchy the day before yesterday, but today was so itchy!! And I was scratching it...bad idea :D Gotta stop scratching. I bought Head&Shoulders Dry scalp formula today...I dunno if that'll help, but it's worth a try. Did anyone else have this side-effect? Lips are still very chapped and sticky haha..so weird. Face is looking the same...I honestly wouldn't be able to tell if I had an IB or not because my face looks so bad already -.-! But the Accutane seems to be working because I noticed 3 cysts come up, dry and peel within 1 week which is super fast!!! Cyst usually stick around for weeks :dance:

Still on 40mg/day of Amnesteem, washing my face with Dove and using Aquaphor and Cetaphil face cream :redface:

See ya'll around :redface: Stay Strong! :redface:

Yours truly,

Itchy-Scratchy :redface:

monkeeeeeeee

1 week on Accutane

So I made it through my first week of Accutane(Amnesteem) :redface: Still alive and well!! Nothing much to report except my lips are still very chapped, the inside of my nose is very dry and my lips have developed some sort of sticky film -.-! I don't know what it is, but I have to be constantly wiping my lips haha. I haven't had an IB, yet...my acne is still in the same condition maybe little less redness i've noticed :redface: so that's a good thing :D

More info to come as I continue taking Accutane :redface: Thanks for reading everyone I really appreciate it!! And keep posting please! :dance: I enjoy reading your blogs as well

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Ok so I'm actually taking Amnesteem and NOT Accutane, but it's still Isotretinoin and I'm sure it works just as well :D

So I'm on day five right now. No major side-effects to report except for chapped lips and this morning I woke up at 3am dying of thirst!! Oh man I felt like I has been in the desert or something! I drank a lot of water and I was fine. Yesterday I felt really dizzy and couldn't keep my balance, but I don't know if it was due to the Amnesteem or my nerves because I was performing in a concert that night...either way it was strange 'cause I had never felt that way before. It went away with in 15min though. I had a headache this morning, but took some Excedrin and I was fine...I think it was because I got so thirsty!

Well that's about it...my skin is still the same maybe a bit more oily.

Almost time for winter break!!! :redface: Have a good rest of the week everyone!!!

Yours truly,

monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Day 3-Chapped lips

Just took my 3rd dose of Accutane :redface: So far no real serious side-effects!! I woke up this morning with a really dry nose and lips a bit chapped, but I'm using the Aquaphor so I should be fine.

Playing in a recital tomorrow night which happenes to be the recital of the semester that everyone and thier mom goes to...maybe my acne will vanish by tomorrow xD! Actually, my mom is coming to listen to me :D She's gonna try and record, but they don't allow recordings so we'll see if she gets away with it.

Well that's it and as I mentioned in my previous blog I am washing my face morning and night with Dove bar soap, using Cetaphil face cream, Aquaphor and taking 40mg/day at dinner time :redface:

Bye everyone!

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Today, I took my first dose of Accutane! :D Let the fight against acne begin ( seriously this time) I hope this works :redface:

I also went to get my eyebrows waxed one last time today...I was waiting for the cysts on the sides of my forehead to diminish so it wouldn't hurt so much. When I was getting them done of course the asian lady had to say something about my acne :redface: Gah! I am so sick of that and honestly am getting really offended. They're not doctors!! They dont' know my history of skin care! What gives them the right to tell my why I have acne?! She suggested I wash my face after my showers...OK, first off she doesn't know that my face was clear this summer and that I haven't changed the way I do anything! Ugh, I can't wait to get rid of this acne!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Patience...

Anyway! I'm on 40mg/day and taking it in the evening around dinner time and washing my face with Dove bar soap, I will be using Cetaphil face cream and Aquaphor for the extreme dryness. I will also be drinking plenty of water as many of you have suggested. I will keep updating my progress and hope people will keep reading.

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Almost there!!!!

School has been keeping me busy because finals are in less than two weeks so I haven't had a chance to update!!! Anyway! I finally got the prescription from my derm :D:D:D:D:DD:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D Gave it to Walgreens yesterday then they said that the derm forgot to put some number on the prescription o.O anyway the receptionist called them today and straitened everything out and I will be picking it up tomorrow :dance::redface::D:D:D:D:DD::redface::D:D:D:DD:D:D He put me on 40mg once a day at dinner time, which is great for me because i'm not a breakfast/morning person and they gave me two hand fulls of Aquaphor and a tube of Cetaphil facial cream. He was very specific when he told me to buy the cream and NOT the lotion so I will also be getting that tomorrow. I bought some body butter which works nice...I've only used lotion, but this last much longer on dry skin and feel better :redface: I asked the derm about the IB and he said he didn't expect me to go through it :dance: we'll see. I also mentioned red faces to him and he said it was because of dryness and to use plenty of the Cetaphil face cream and Aquaphor around my lips and nose. I asked him about headaches and he said because he was starting me off on a low dose he didn't expect me to get them, but if I did and the headache lasted a whole day, I should stop taking it and go back to see him for a lower dose. Let's hope those headaches will stay away :( The other side-effects I can handle. Of course he mentioned depression and should I ever feel depressed or just feel like something isn't right I should stop taking it right away and go see him. Let's hope that doesn't happen either!!! He said he's never had a patient suffer from depression with it.

I just want to thank all of ya'll for posting your blogs on your course of Accutane, they have all been really helpful and I'm so glad I came to this site before taking Accutane. Keep posting please!! :redface:

Gott do homework........

Yours truly,

Almost there

monkeeeeeeee

Tminus 1 day!

Starting Accutane in one day! Just washed my face and about ready to sleep. Going back to my apartment tomorrow afternoon...back to the stress. In the 6 days that I have been here at home with my family I've noticed my skin get clearer...i don't know it is due to the lack of stress or the benzaclin or maybe both. I don't know, but I like it. I'll probably update pictures tomorrow because my skin has cleared up from the pictures in my gallery (at least I think so :redface:) Although I have to new cyst at the top sides of my head, but my hair kinda covers them up so i doesn't really matter :D

I've been washing my face with just a bar of Dove soap because this is what my derm suggested and I like it honestly, it doesn't dry out my face like other facial washes I've tried. Will he put me on a different face wash when he prescribes the Accutane?

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone :redface:

Yours truly,

One day to-go

monkeeeeeeee

Tminus 3 days...

Hello everyone :wub:

Thanksgiving is over, I did the midnight black friday shopping and I still feel full from mom's food! What a great holiday though. I hope everyone has enjoyed it :pray:

I will be starting Accutane Tuesday :dance: I'm so ready for it although mom is still a bit worried. My skin is still in the same condition as in my pictures and the Benzaclin doesn't seem to be working, but I'm still using it :clap:

I felt more paranoid than ever today for some odd reason...I just felt like the whole world was staring at me in all the stores I went in to :dance: What an awful feeling...I don't think I've ever felt that paranoid. I can't wait for all of this to be over.

Well, that is pretty much all I have to report. Stay strong everyone :whistle:

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Pictures =.=!

Just realized my pictures were approved and are up in my gallery...whoa. Almost wanted to take them down, but I wont. It was quite disheartening. Oh well...patience. I'm finally home for the holidays and so tired, but glad I get time to relax because none of my professors assigned anything over the break :pray:

Acne is still the same today probably gonna get worse as the week progresses because it is that time of the month for me :clap: I've decided to stop using product in my hair before and after straightening because my hair gets so oily with them and my hair touches my face a lot of the times and the last thing I need on my face is more oil. I also read somewhere online where this girls posted an acne story and she said her hair was the main cause. I don't know though ugh......my face was clear this summer and my hairstyle and the way I styled it haven't changed. Who knows...

Off to buy new shoes and see Harry Potter later tonight :dance:

Bye everyone have a good day :whistle:

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee :wub:

monkeeeeeeee

Pictures o.O

I thought I had uploaded pictures to my gallery and it have been more than 24hours, but I don't see them -.-! Maybe I didn't do it right? Or maybe I need to wait longer for them to get approved...they should get approved...they weren't inappropriate :wub: Oh well...I'll keep an eye on it.

Good news!!! Called my mom this morning and talked to her for a bit and she was telling me that she was talking to one of my aunts yesterday and apparently one of my counsins is using Accutane!!! He's been on it for a month and he's been fine except for the side-effects that I've heard of...so mom says she'll be OK with me starting it by myself!! So I'll definitely be starting Monday!! 100% sure!! Nothing can go wrong.... :pray:

I woke up this morning with like 5 white heads all over my face...what the heck :whistle: Oh well that doean't matter to me right now...I'll just leave them be! I'll be leaving home for Thanksgiving in a few hours, but I need a nap first, it's a long drive. Can't wait to be home!! :clap:

Enjoy your week everyone!

Yours truly,

Monkeeeeeeee

monkeeeeeeee

Went to see the dermatologist and came out teary eyed and a bit confused. Apparently I got my pregnancy test too early and I wont be able to start Accutane for another week. Still a bit confused as to why the derm told me after our last visit to get a pregnancy test before today so that I could start Accutane tomorrow...I guess he was a bit confused too. Oh well...ugh! I really wanted to cry when he told me the bad news T_T I guess I'm glad that he's following the iPledge program and that he's concerned for my well-being, but still, I got my hopes up T_T Now I really don't know when I'm going to start because my mom was very adamant on me starting Accutane while I was at home so that she could watch over me for any really bad side-effects. I know she loves me and worries, but I'm 22 years old, she's not always going to be there when I have to take medications.

I guess this is just a minor set back that I just need to deal with...

Yours truly,

T-minus 7 days...or who knows...

monkeeeeeeee

Not so itchy

Not so itchy anymore!! Starting Accutane in T minus 2 days!!! Nothing really new to report except that my skin is extra oily today and the red zit in the middle of my forehead seems to have gotten bigger and more red. I can't wait to have a clear face. I can't wait to go out more often and not be so afraid.

I'm giving my senior clarinet recital next semester and I'm really hoping that the Accutane will clear up my face at least a little so that I can feel more confident on the stage. I'll be student teaching next year as well and I'd like to look like an adult that works at a school and not like a students whose hormones are raging. I think that's what bothers me most. I think I will post pictures right now, so if you're reading this check my album in about 10min if you dare :/ Not really sure about doing this....here goes nothing.

Have a good week everyone, enjoy the upcoming holiday :wub:

Yours truly,

Unsure

monkeeeeeeee

Itchy face

My face is extremly itchy!! Due to the Benzaclin more that likely. I'm sitting here trying to stretch my face to relieve the itching (if you can imagine that) -.-! Starting Accutane in T-minus 3 days!!!!

It's finally the weekend, I though it'd never come. All that's left is for me to go see the dermatologist Monday morning, go to class Tuesday morning and turn in a paper and get on the road to go home and take that first dose of Accutane!

I think I will post pics of my progress on Accutane or at least take pictures for myself. I don't know if I will continue to use the Benzaclin. Honestly it doesn't really seem to help...I guess it helps the regular pimples, but as for the cyst and nodules, not so much. Gosh my face hurts and itches to badly.

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Yours truly,

Itchy face :wub:

monkeeeeeeee

Hi again,

Watching Conan...I don't know why because I don't really think he's that funny, but I think the commercials he was doing to advertise his show were pretty funny so I though I'd tune in. Oh well...I shouldn't be up this late anyway xD

So I pretty much had like the worst experience ever (OK, maybe it wasn't that bad...the world is still turning) I was at the store buying my groceries when I passed a little girl and her mother and as I passed the little girl said "Mommy, that girl has a polka dot face."................ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Thanks a lot little girl. I can't blame her...she was probably like 6 years old. Wow, did that make me feel awful...I wanted to cry, but I was in the store so I just got out of there as soon as I could and didn't even finish my shopping. So sick of this acne. I suffer from severe acne or nodular acne and have suffered for many years...since middle school. I'm in college now and no longer a teenager so needless to say it's just a little more embarrassing.

I will be starting Accutane in a week!!! I cannot wait!! Next Tuesday can't come any sooner! I will be on Accutane and I'll be home for Thanksgiving which is even more exciting because I miss my family and my dog!

I should sleep, I have class at 8am (boo, what a drag...) Maybe I should post more about my acne trials and tribulations in future blogs...share my stories with others.

Wishing everyone a good night or good morning from wherever you may be and remember to keep your head held high :wub:

Bye bye!

monkeeeeeeee

New member

Hello everyone

I've passed this site a couple of times, but never really spent a lot of time on it. I decided to register and make a blog...I've never had a blog either, but this seems like a good place for ME to have a blog seeing as how I have been a long sufferer of acne. I'm a 22 year old female and in college(I have to leave for class in like 2min :whistle: hopefully I can finish) I just got done taking a major test that will determine if I can register for my proper ED block courses...stressful, huh? :pray: Anyway, hope everyone has a great day...I'll write more detail about myself tomorrow :wub:

Bye everyone!

-Monkeeeeeeee

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