Day 17. I should really remember to keep up with this blog, as I'd like to track this journey a little better.
First the bad stuff/ side effects:
Before I started Accutane I picked up some medicated Blistex and some Visine. Nothing beats being prepared. I also always have my trusty Burtâ€™s Bees with me.
Over the past week or so, my lips have definitely chapped quite a bit. My top lip looks normal but feels very dry and my bottom lip looks dryer but puffier than normal, and was so chapped a few days ago that it started bleeding on the sides. So now I have scabby lips on the sides. Itâ€™s annoying but isnâ€™t terrible, and isnâ€™t too noticeable. I canâ€™t smile very widely, because then they will crack and bleed again. I apply chapstick or blistex pretty much every hour or so. And not only on my lips, but right around them too â€“ specifically underneath the sides, where itâ€™s scratchy and dry.
My skin also feels drier than normal, like I need to moisturize. Which I do, and it doesnâ€™t help.
Iâ€™ve been trying to eat foods that are a little fattier right before I take my accutane. Itâ€™s supposed to help the medicine work. Itâ€™s just weird because I donâ€™t eat that much fat normally. And I have to remember have my pills with me after I eat, and all that. It is helping me drink more water though! No burning my esophagus for me.
Iâ€™m terrified of my hair falling out, which hasnâ€™t really happened. Iâ€™m also terrified of losing my hearing, so I keep checking to make sure I hear normally.
Iâ€™ve also been constipated. Iâ€™m unsure if this is related.
Now the awesome stuff:
My skin is definitely, definitely clearing up. I may or may not have had an initial breakout, but whatever it may have been, itâ€™s definitely over, and my skin is getting clearer. I have had a few new pimples, but nothing too bad. The bigger thing is that old stuff seems to be disappearing, and my skin tone is evening out.
Last weekend (July 3rd, I think) I was already ready for bed and realized I needed something from the grocery store. And I actually went out *without* makeup. It was like 1 am and I was in a city where I barely knew anyone (visiting Orlando), but still! A few weeks prior I would have put on makeup just to go out for 20 minutes, and this time I didnâ€™t!
A co-worker also mentioned that my skin was looking clearer, and my boyfriend and I have talked about it a few times, and he definitely notices a difference.
Not to mention the difference I notice every morning! My skin is much more smooth which helps my makeup go on more evenly, and today as a test Iâ€™m wearing just loose powder (though, a good bit of it) and no other foundation. I really canâ€™t wait till I can go out every day without makeup. I get giddy just thinking about being able to shower in the middle of the day, splash cold water on my face, not worry about makeup rubbing off or fading off throughout the day, swimming, no worrying about having to run to put makeup on before I answer my doorbell, or sharing hotel rooms with friends feeling really self conscious.
My routines have definitely changed too. No five step acne systems and definitely nothing on my face at night. I used to go to bed with gunk all over my face and now Iâ€™m just fresh and clean. Iâ€™m still using the Murad acne cleanser, morning and evening, but thatâ€™s it!
I have a blood test this week to make sure all my levels are good and such, and then of course my monthly pregnancy test to make sure Iâ€™m not pregnant.
And then I get my next monthâ€™s dosage! I hope Iâ€™ll have great news next time I post, and less chapped lips!