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Day 53

So today is day 53. Everything is going well on the Tane. I had an issue the other day I was so busy I took an extra pill. I took 90mg instead of my 60. It wasn't a big deal I just took only 1 pill the next day. But taking the extra 30 mg made my lips super dry. I am all out of my eucerin redness relief night cream I need to pick up more. I'm not having that many side effects just my lips are very dry but my skin and scalp have not been that bad.I am just very self conscious of my scars. They cover my cheecks and are a purple hue. It has been impossible to cover them up with make up. My face is covered in moisturizer and my bare minerals looks very splotchy and uneven when I apply it. So I think I am gonna switch to liquid makeup which sucks, the last time I used liquid make up was almost 6 years ago, I love my bare minerals, but with the crazy hot humidity and my ultra moisturized face I just don't think a powder mineral foundation is gonna cut it. I'm excited though to go back to the derm so he can see how Im doing, there is great improvement and I hope he will take me off a month early since I'm doing so good that would be awesome! I'm just really nervous about seeing people right now. I'm going to see some very important people, friends, and family in a couple weeks and some I haven't seen since my skin got bad, so I'm nervous about what they will think about me. I know it is very superficial but looks are very important now. I was having breakouts when I last saw them but it was easily covered and didn't scar. They know I'm on the Tane, but i don't think they know how serious your acne must be to get on it. Some of them are like "So are your pimples all cleared up?" It's difficult to tell them that it could take months and months to see any improvement and even if I don't have any active breakouts I still have scars and red marks left behind. It sucks my brother understands he was on the Tane he had many cysts but his scarring is not nearly as bad as mine lucky him. Well I will probably write again after I go the derm or if I find a good make up or good products. I can't wait until the end of Aug that could possibly be my last month of treatment!

j-ri

Day 41

So today is day 41 in on 60mg a day of the Tane. Everything is going well. Hardly any side effects just dry lips and dryness on my face. I think the fact that it is becoming more humid out is helping out the dry factor. Aquaphor has been great. I switched moisturizers at night I am using eucerin redness relief cream. It is really great i think i am seeing some improvements. I think I need to try the rest of the line there is also a day moisturizer with SPF and a cleanser, but I will just stick to good ole cetaphil. I have stopped wearing make up on days that I don't have work. I don't wear makeup on days that I have class. I don't care how bad my skin looks it looks way worse when I try to cover it up with make up. But i really do think I am making progress. I have no actives, except for one right between my eyes, but it wasn't a cyst. The last time I had a cyst was probably 3 weeks ago(knock on wood). But everything is going pretty good. I'm changing my diet to hopefully help improvement. No more sugar and cutting way down on processed food. Only water I'm cutting out the tea. I also need to get serious with working out. I need to drop the pounds and shape up for the summer. But I am almost done with school I'm nervous about some finals but i just need to get through them. My next derm appt is the 24th so maybe he will bump me up to 80mg cause I'm doing well. I'll just have to wait and see.

j-ri

Day 6

Today is the 6th day since I have been on accutane. No side effects so far. I'm trying to stay ahead of the game in the moisturizing department. So no dryness except for the scalp. I'm using aquaphor on my lips and aveeno calming cream on my face at night. I'm trying not to wash my face too much, I am only using cetaphil and most of the time I don't use water to cleanse. No improvements so far I don't think i have had my initial break out yet. I have some small bumps around my temples and ears. There is a big cyst on my jawline by my chin. I have a big white head right on my lip so that deffinately looks attractive(NOT)! Well I hope this is worth all the trouble. I'm sticking to it, and trying to stay very positive about it.

j-ri

Day 13

So it's the 13th day that I have been on accutane. Everything is going good I think. I just didn't think I would get so dry so fast. Aquaphor is a life saver when it come to keeping the lip dryness under control. Im using aveeno calming cream at night but it has really been burning my face thanks to the dry patches on my cheeks, chin, and around my nose. I don't know what else to try. My dandruff is outta control. I only wash my hair 2 times a week I would wash once but I work out alot and get pretty sweaty. I use neutrogen T-gel i hope it works cause it looks like it's snowing on my shoulders and shirt. My eyes are pretty dry but i don't like to complain. Im just trying to keep everything moisturized and hydrated. The only issue is really my make up with so much moisturizer on it makes me look weird so any one know good makeup to use while on accutane?

j-ri

Day 32

So today I went to the Derm and everything is going great. Labs are perfect I've had no new actives since my initial outbreak the second week I went on the Tane. Hardly any side effects just the dryness but im not complaining I like that I only have to wash my hair once or twice a week. Im using cetaphil cleanser without water I just gently wipe it away with a wash cloth. I use oil of olay hydrating cream for sensitive skin and tons of aquaphor it's great. Derm is bumping up my dosage from 40mg to 60mg and he thinks I won't need to go the full treatment. He had me planned at 5 months we're gonna wait and see how everything is going in the 3rd and 4th month to see if I want to go off of the Tane. I would like a shorter treatment but I don't want the acne comming back once I'm done so I may go ahead with the entire 5 month treatment. Now I am just dealing with redness and scars which are slowly getting better with time.

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