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jataro

posTANE month 5

im off accutane 5 months now and im still happy with the result of the medication.. my lips are back to normal, my face is not flaky anymore.. not as hell dry as it was.. but my scars are really noticeable mostly on direct sunlight.. i have lots of it, but i think its just fine.. as long as there's no humongous stuff coming out of my face--im fine.. :D

im not sure whats with the small pimples or zits coming out recently.. i sometimes have 2, now i have 5.. im not sure why im still having them.. is it normal? im not touching them anyway, afraid of what may happen, so im just leaving them there.. but what should i do to prevent it from coming back?

im still using qv moisturizer cream in the morning,,, cetaphil facial wash and cetaphil moisturizing cream at night..

jataro

its my 7th month and i have 19 more pills remaining.. im still.. DRY! but its ok.. i think i have gone used to it.. my doctor and i decided to extend one more month of treatment just to make sure that the bad stuff dont stay... (hoping it really wont come back anymore.. :D )

my face is clear... i havent had a single zit for almost 2 months.. i just have persistent blushing (which is really annoying) i dont know where the blushing is coming from.

routine:

i wash my face twice daily with cetaphil now.. in the morning and at night..

moisturize my face with qv sunscreen 50spf in the morning and cetaphil at night..

take my 20mg pill after dinner

thats all! :angel: and im really overwhelmed with the results...

journey:

my first 2 months were considered the hell part of it.. yes! i suffered a lot.. the IB phase made me really think of not going to work anymore and not showing myself to people-- which i think likely happened.. :D i declined every invite and just stayed at home with my dog.. so, if youre planning to do this.. better buy a lot of dvd's and healthy food stuff and stock them in your fridge just to stay on the good side of trying to be invisible.. :think:

from experience, i have seen possible outcome on my fourth month.. and im only taking 20mg a day. so, how good is that?! seeing people suffering from acne made me realize that it really is something you shouldnt be ashamed of, its not your fault youve got acne.. becoming conscious about it is more annoying (to the people seeing and talking to you everyday) just be yourself.. thats what i did.. ;) i even made fun of it -at times.. :wall:)

ill try to post update on my tane experience. and im still rooting for the success of this treatment..

if youre on it.. just stay on it... have faith on the drug, it helps though.. :lol:

jataro

its 5 months already, and i have not suffered an explosion of acne since my first IB... im just scared that once im done with the treatment, they'll all go back and start ruining my face again..

im still on 20mg/day.. dry lips, no nosebleeds..and my period is still normal.. im just plain dry.

im using neutrogena oil free wash.. and cetaphil moisturizer.. id usually get 2 dots of pimples during my cycle and thats it.. :D i couldnt complain more..

what else???

ah yes.. :) i have marks.. dirty dark spots around my face.. and i dont know how to get rid of it.. im afraid that using other products or going on other form of treatment may ruin my skin once again..

advise... 'nyone? please? :)

jataro

i know its been a while since i last updated my blog... but here i am.. just back on track.. :D

ok so now im getting better.. :D people around me are complimenting on noticeable changes.. like, my face is not really painful anymore.. no puss, no zits, no bumps.. nothing.. the only thing left are scars.. and i still have 3 more months on accutane

still on 20mg dose.. and i think its working just fine.. im still dry.. my lips are still chappy.. my doctor is still positive with the result... just that infection from last year that bothered us both..

to those who are still on accutane.. just go on with it.. youll be just fine.. :( it will really get worst before it gets better.. hang in there.. :(

what else??? yeah i drank beers during my vacation but i limit my drinking to a bottle per session only.. :) im still using neutrogena and cetaphil for washing my face.. cetaphil moisturizing cream in the morning.. and at night sometimes.. and... im planning on taking vitamin c and zinc next month..

will be posting more updates soon.. :)

jataro

this winter season is giving my skin a hard time to heal.. i have to put on moisturizer from time to time... and it pays a lot of help.. the persistent itch has gone and im feeling so much better now.. im off antibiotics 2 weeks ago.. and the infection has subsided already... though sometimes ill be seeing bumps filled with pus and all i have to do is scratch it with gauze then put betadine on it and tomorrow it will gone.. now, im left with scars and just a few bumps.. i wouldnt have to hide my face like this --> :redface: if only i could during my IB! haha!

im still on 20mg/day and its working just fine.. people around me are seeing noticeable changes.. and they're telling i look just fine.. my confidence is back too.. i could like talk to people and not worry about the things going in their head about my acne.. bumps on my cheeks, temple area, chin and cheekbones are gone.. only a few ones around my jawline, that really dont matter at all.. :D and... what else??

yeah.. im also sick,, maybe my immune system has gone weak because of the antibiotics ive been taking months before accutane and during my accutane course.. so now im trying to refuse any medication, except for accutane coz i really dont want my kidneys and liver to suffer..

good that im seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but itll take a while to get there.. so guys... hang in there... the worst part of the medication will be over soon.. just be positive. :dance: .. and also here's a funny thought.. hahaha!!! i have observed that the medicine works without stress.. if we keep on stressing at the sight of acne then the worse it will break out.. then i stopped whining about it.. in an instant.. my face got a million times better... try it! :redface: Christmas is a YAY! for me.. :redface::dance:

hmmm.. thats all for now.. i think.. :redface: ill try to update more often...

im praying for a fast progress and complete recovery to all accutane-takers :( MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! :(

jataro

onTANE DAY 58 aiNT NORMAL

i should be drying up by now.. unfortunately, my right cheek is a fresh meat! red and shiny and yeah, huge!!! ok,,, so im gonna be mentioning some things not normal for an accutane experience...

1. my progress is really slow.. and- is there a term much worse than breaking out? thats what im experiencing right now.. and yes im still positive about it.. still taking 20mg/day (a very low dose) and my face is really freaking out.. :redface:

2. i was on doxy last week, (because of an infection) i discussed it with my derm after my panic episode.. she said its ok, blah blah.. besides ill be on it for 5 days only blah blah... and guess what... i have a stubborn infection.. so yeah.. my face is still infected.. after my antibiotic 5-day treatment.

3. i had my blood tests and??? culture pus! F*ck!!! im getting a lot of tests!

RESULTS:

RBC and Hemoglobin are low.. (yes! im anemic- i get that)

bad cholesterol is a bit high (because of accutane itll be normal once i get off the medication)

uric acid- high

etc etc

FULL PROFILE: liver can still handle accutane.. so im still good to go.. :redface:

heres the awkward thing...

culture pus- e.coli??????

why the hell will e. coli be present in my face??? DAMN!!!

and right! its my dog... SHIT! from now on, id have to let my dog sleep on the floor or outside my room.. :D he mustve got this bacteria on my face..

so later.. ill be having a moment with my derm again,, and shell be discussing some antibiotic treatment just to get rid of the infection.. hope it works this time...

FML!

jataro

why would my derm prescribe doxycycline 10mg 2x a day for 5 days during my course if it says in the label that its not recommended?

ok i get that antibiotics will kill the infection.. i already took 2 pills...

now im scared if the doxycycline interaction with accutane is safe or that im putting myself in great danger..

jataro

this is just an update..

i thought that i can resist from updating my progress every other day but here i am writing today's events regarding my accutane battle..

my day started worrying why my face cant handle the itch.. its been like this for a month.. and im so worried...

before heading to work, i decided to have my blood tested and just maybe pay a visit to my doctor hoping that shed think of a miracle plan about my condition..

i was thinking that, this is just my breaking out phase.. and no.. hell no!..

tsktsk... i was wrong.. ive been struggling the entire 2 weeks with this pus-filled pustules only to find out that my skin just cant handle 20mg of accutane.. its not clear where i could be infected?.. whats clear is that, she keeps on telling me that its an infection.. OK FINE, I GOT THAT RIGHT.. its indeed an infection..

so now, besides 20mg of accutane at night and 30mg of zinc+vit c in the morning i have to take antibiotics twice a day.. (VIBRAMYCIN) which actually worked for me many times before accutane.. and a cream which should be applied locally twice daily (BACTROBAN)...

im just not sure if im still in the right direction.. all im sure is that my face is not really a good thing to look at.. and its really depressing..

tomorrow is a new day.. hope i get better..

jataro

i dont know but my doctor seemed helpless with my condition.. its not worst though (but still red and breaking out)

i noticed that accutane is working in portions... like first it was my forehead, then my left cheek (which hasnt healed yet) now its my right cheek which is so itchy.. yesterday was smooth flowing... i woke up feeling better..seeing my face progressing is just the best news youll ever get. im taking fish oil together with my 20mg and in the morning i take zinc+vit c.

how to get rid of the itch coz i really cant control myself from scratching it...

im thinking that itching is a sign of healing skin, then how come that my cheeks are so red still inflamed?

will sudocrem be helpful? for the rash and redness?

jataro

onTANE DAY43

i think, im making a habit of updating my progress every other day, that makes me look like im an impatient person.. if youre suffering from acne, and taking accutane, then tell me about PATIENCE.. :wub:

so, im still itchy but not as itchy as i was 2 days ago.. but im not sure if my face is in the state of progress.. maybe its progressing, but in a very SLOOOOOOOW way. the redness is really frustrating.. its like a gradient of black and red that looks like i have huge patches on my skin.. and last night while i was washing my face, i accidentally rubbed one huge pimple and it bled.. (ok,after that i popped some of the pimples that were filled with pus) yikessss!

i know accutane has its own way of healing my skin,, but please ACCUTANE hurry up.. im going home next month!

so, yesterday, i was checking on blogs and have seen that people are recommending emu oil,, unfortunately, emu or emu oil dont seem to exist here.. ive tried checking every pharmacy and vitamin shops and the word "EMU OIL" seem to sound strange to them.. oh well FML! then i started checking on other remedies.. and a friend of mine suggested Turmeric Powder... next, ive seen that salicylic acid as a spot treatment at night works too? (isnt it too harsh on the skin?) finally, i was checking my drawer this morning and ive found my zinc dietary supplement and omega3 fish oil.. then inside my head is a voice thats saying, "take me! take me!" hahahaha!

which of these things should i do? and since i gave up on alcohol? can i smoke instead? just to release my tension when im stressed... im avoiding caffeine too...

one thing's for sure, i should be avoiding mirrors! :pray:

til next time!

jataro

onTANE DAY41

im so red and still itchy!

HEEELP! when will breaking out end??? this is so HORRIBLE! my face is so sore, i dont know know what to do... :pray:

the doctors dropped me to 20mg/day and my face is still so inflamed..

breakouts are full of puss and its so sore... in one area there seems to have 3 huge pimples and its turning black but still active. most of them appear on my jawline, cheeks and forehead.. or should i say all over my face??

this morning theres this one guy staring at me, and i feel like punching him on the face.. but i cant help but envy his skin.. wahaha!

sometimes i feel like wearing a hijab just to hide my face from people.. :wub:

im just praying that ill start seeing progress before january.. :whistle:

jataro

onTANE DAY38

hey yey yey! my name is JEI, female, 28 years old, asian and depressed because of acne.. haha!

so today is my 38th day on accutane, i used roaccutane,sotret and curacne...all these meds are prescribed by 3 different dermatologists.. first, im on 20mg/day, then after a week they told me to take 40mg/day... then thats when i started breaking out.. after 3weeks on 40mg/day i started noticing my face's getting red.. (or should i say dark red) coz sometimes my skin is turning to black... i wonder why?

so now they dropped me to 20mg/day which im not sure if its a good or a bad thing.. so its my 2nd day on 20mg again.. and i noticed that everytime i use moisturizers/sunblock, my face would turn out itchy.. why oh why??!!! so this morning i didnt wear any creams on my face, just to check if the itchiness is due to the creams im using.. and yes, my face itched just a little bit.. after that, its gone... but my face is really dry.. (but sometimes i feel its thick) is it fine to just leave it like that??

now im worried... when will breaking out give up on me? :wub: im tireed of seeing constellations on my face every morning..

or sometimes theyre like armies on fatigue,,, im scaaaaareeed!

but yes, ill live! just have to be patient since its just my 38th day!

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