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Vitruvian

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  1. Hi Yvette, I understand why you'd be nervous about Isotretinoin. I was too. In fact - I resisted going on Accutane for years. I'd heard all about the horrible, horrible side effects and thought the worst. I was determined to try absolutely everything before Accutane. And I mean everything - both conventional and alternative. Someday I'll type out a summary of the journal of all the nonsense I put my poor self through. Now, I deeply regret not having made Isotretinoin my first line treatm
  2. Today, when my dermatologist opened the door to the examination room to see me, he actually did a double take! One quick glance over his notes, then a second longer look, and then ... a big smile. I smiled back. It was so fantastic to enjoy that moment of recognition for the progress I've made. He asked how I was doing. He isn't happy about the severity of the side effects but I reassured him that I'm managing well so far. The results of my blood tests were stellar and make up for the
  3. Whoops. I posted this as a new post when I meant it to continue my log. Eek.
  4. On good days, I've got braggadocio to spare and the 'side' effects of the treatment don't faze me. (Not even the hair loss.) On bad days ... I have to remind myself over and over that no matter how bad it gets (even the hair loss) none of it is as bad as acne rosacea. It's socially acceptable to wear a wig, but not to wear a mask. On bad days ... I keep very close to my heart the understanding that all of these side effects (even the hair loss) are part of a wonderful healing process that wi
  5. On good days, I've got braggadocio to spare and the 'side' effects of the treatment don't faze me. (Not even the hair loss.) On bad days ... I have to remind myself over and over that no matter how bad it gets (even the hair loss) none of it is as bad as acne rosacea. It's socially acceptable to wear a wig, but not to wear a mask. On bad days ... I keep very close to my heart the understanding that all of these side effects (even the hair loss) are part of a wonderful healing process that
  6. I've been with my man for close to ten years now. When we first got together I didn't have the acne rosacea and I was usually au natural - welcome to my memories of a make up free life. Now I know how lucky I was. Anyway, acne rosacea came and got worse and worse over the years. I think he took it in better stride than I. On the whole he's less concerned with how I look than with the discomfort I'm in. He never asked me to wear make up, but he's more comfortable when I do. I'm more comfor
  7. Same problem. In my case, Irish skin. Pale, almost white, translucent. Beautiful when healthy, but been13years is right, acne makes a livid contrast! I've had good luck with mineral foundation since it doesn't agitate the skin. Definitely avoid anything that has pink or peachy undertones. Try to find golden undertones instead. And buy a shade lighter since it will be darker once applied.
  8. Well, it's been a few months! The initial break out was no fun but it's settled down finally. When the IB first started I was okay, I was smooth, I thought to myself: "I can handle this." By the fourth day I was upset - really, really upset. But thanks to the wiser and more experienced users on this forum who have already been through this I knew chances were good that I'd survive. I did - and better. Much better. Isotretinoin is a miracle. A God send. Thank you Hoffmann-La Roche! The
  9. Kanmi is right, there is a difference between redness and rosacea. I first saw the claim that Accutane caused rosacea on Wikipedia but unfortunately there is no citation to evaluate the source. I've seen it mentioned in various posts here as well. Because of how it works Isotretinoin can cause flushing which might last for some time after treatment, but rosacea? Isotretinoin is actually used to treat cases of recalcitrant Rosacea. I'm just a little over a week into my own treatment. I'
  10. You have my sympathy sephora28. Pain is often a very difficult thing for other people to understand because it is invisible. But I'm glad you were able stand firm on what your knew to be a healthier choice and say 'no' to your mum. Were you able to explain why? Were you able to talk with her about how having acne makes you feel and how they might support you better?
  11. Your parents need to be your allies in this not your critics. Parents are just as susceptible to marketing hype as everyone else, and Proactive pushes their product hard. You gave Proactive a chance for a number of years and it didn't help your condition, explain that to your mum so she understands why trying it again would be counter productive. If you have sensitive skin Proactive will burn. Sensitive skin tends to have a thin keratinous layer, (literally thin skin) and has fewer defence
  12. Since this is only my first week on isotretinoin (Accutane) it's difficult to know what symptoms to blame on the isotretinoin, i.e. which are "normal" and which are just me being paranoid. The first day was fine. Nothing out of the ordinary. The second, my face was a little pinker than usual (which is pretty pink, not pretty and pink!) By the third day I looked like I'd been skiing in the Himalayas with Michael Palin. (Hey, I've got the ski mask to prove it!) And by the fourth day, well,
  13. Haemorrhoids will swell when irritated and because the vessel walls have weakened they're prone to tearing from irritation and straining during a bowel movement. The lacerations will heal again and the swelling will come down. But depending how bad the haemorrhoid is you'll have to take care not to irritate it. Witch hazel or Prep H can be applied externally. Suppositories are available for internal treatment as well. If it's very prone to irritation you'll want to avoid psyllium since it w
  14. First day with the little pink pills. I'm going to take them at lunch since that's usually my biggest meal of the day. I'm hoping that taking them with a bigger meal will minimize any possible tummy upsets. Isotretinoin is fat soluble and I've read from other people on the forum that it's best to take with a meal that is high in fats. So I planned for a meal with some nice healthy fats. Cajun salmon sandwiches and a huge garden salad with cumin vinaigrette made with hemp seed oil. Lots of
  15. Diagnosis: Concomitant peri-oral acne, papulopustular/ocular rosacea Primary symptoms: Facial erythema (flushing), non-transient erythema, papules and pustules, nasal and malar telangiectasia, burning, stinging, dryness, greasiness, comedones. Ocular redness of bulbar and palpebral conjunctivae, telangiectasia of conjunctiva and lid margin, inflammation of the meibomian glands, dryness, burning, stinging, light sensitivity, decreased visual acuity Loads of fun, fun, fun. Treatment: Oral Iso
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