Day 6--Optimism

britszits

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I'm seeing an improvement! I upped my dosage to 15mg/day 2 days ago. The highest I will go is 20mg/day. People who use lower doses of Accutane see the same long-term results as those who use higher doses of the drug--the only difference being that low dose users will have to be on the drug for longer. I will likely end up using the drug for 5 months.

Results: I am trying to not get my hopes up, since this clearing I'm experiencing could just be part of my lady cycle.. It's not unusual for me to have a few clearer days each month. Just in the past week, I've had a decrease in sebum, and my blackheads are coming to the surface. I haven't really had any new pimples EXCEPT for two sneaky giant nodules that showed up along my jawline. These are the kind that are huge but will never surface. I would much rather have these stealth bombers hanging out on my face than the normal red ugliness I'm used to.

Side Effects: So far, nothing terrible. I've had some throat dryness/soreness from just about Day 1. This could just be Fall allergies so stay tuned.. Absolutely no lip dryness yet, but I'm obsessed with lip balm to begin with, so maybe I will completely prevent that one. Just today I'm starting to feel a little tightness in my face. It's not quite dryness but probably will be if I don't stay on top of it. I'm thinking of getting a bottle of the acne.org jojoba oil to help combat any extreme dryness that may show up.

Regimen: I have switched up my regimen a little bit so that I wouldn't be using any BP and only salycylic acid in about the 1% dosage. I've been extra diligent with using my toner and moisturizers. My goal is to keep that dryness from ever becoming a problem. I'm also limiting my harsh exfoliants. The face washes I use are interchangeable. So, if my skin is not actively broken out and/or if it's a bit dry, I won't use the Neutrogena wash at all and I'll just stick to the Origins wash.

Morning

Accutane: 10mg

Wash: Neutrogena Stress Control Power Clear Scrub

Toner: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different GEL

Makeup: Clinique Superbalanced Liquid Foundation

Night

Accutane: 5mg

Wash: Origins Checks & Balances

Toner: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different LOTION

On a side note, I realize that probably no one will even be reading my blog. But, I have to say that I'm having a much easier time coping with my acne now I have a place to vent about it. Over the past 5 years, I've never talked to anyone about my acne or how frustrated I am with it. It makes a huge difference to have a place where I no longer have to hide it. If there's anyone out there reading this, know that you're not alone in your struggle with acne. Make an account on acne.org or anywhere and vent about your acne. Talk about what works for you and what doesn't. I promise you'll feel better knowing that you have the support of so many like-minded people who are fighting the same battle.



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