I Love Me.. I Just Dont Like the Acne.. My Accutane Journey- WEEK 9
- It's been long Enough
- updated 7 months ago
Im 44 and after years of persistant acne ( I mean...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
Im 44 and after years of persistant acne ( I mean I NEVER out grew it) The Dr sent me to a dermotoligist and she is starting me on Accutane (generic). I am nervous and excited. I WANT clear skin... Ive taken everything and tried everything and combos of it all. IM DONE! I told her I didnt care what it was I wanted to try SOMETHING. so tomorrow I will begining the treatment. I dont want any DEBBIE DOWNERS on here to tell me how bad it was for them.. I AM NOT YOU. so with that please any HELPFUL tips like moisturizer ect would be great!
My reason? well like everyone I want to like the...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 1 day post
I started the treatment Monday Jan 7th. and am on 40 mg 1 time daily. I am using Cr.Dan's CortiBalm for lips, Cetaphil cream for evening moisturizer and CeraVe moisturizing CREAM ( not lotion) for the daytime. I also have Jojoba Oil for stubborn spots.. Palmers Oil for the body after bath. I was directed to (for now) take NO multi Vitamin.. I do already eat a very healthy diet so Im ok with that for now. I have insurance an a 30 day supply is $10.. that does not include the dr. or the labs.. but again I have insurance and considering I have been trying LITERALLY for 24 adult YEARS to get the acne issue under control.and that doesnt include the dreaded teen years!..... the $ seems like a side issue. :)
Ok sorry Monday and this week has gone way to fat....
- 16 Jan 2013
- 9 days post
Today is Wednesday so Week one and a few days. Pros so far: Easy to take just one time a day,
cons : THIS particulat one has to be taken WITH fat.. (which I dont eat a ton of).
Solution: I added Walnuts to my oatmeal or my Cherrios. because I only drink skim milk.. so the nuts added healthy fat.. I could take it with all natural PB but its so much easier to just take it with my breakfast.
As far as ANY difference in my skin: I do have a FEW more breakouts but nothing like I thought it would be but again its only a week. also I am noticing my lips are a little dry but nothing abnormal. not like some people say.
I believe it is simply a low dose for this month to see what my tollerance is. and with the lower dose side effects are minimal and so sticking to it is way easier.
I may or may not ever get BAD break outs or SUPRER dry skin. I am pro active in eating right, using the skin moisturizer, drinking water ,and lip balp. OH one more thing. I put vasaline on my lips at night only so maybe things could be worse if I didnt do these things.. But I think ill stick with it and hope to not find out!
No aches, no pains, even while or after workouts, no upset tummy or bowels, so so far. I rate this as A+...
If any one has any questions about what I am or am not doing... I'll be glad to tell you. Just know (like I do) that everyone is different.
Well it is week 3 so time for my log: I am...
- 23 Jan 2013
- 16 days post
I am noticing my face is a little tight and has some dry patches. not bad. But if I wait to moisturise my face. like shower and dress and fix my hair ect. BEFORE I mooisturise right out of the shower I notice it. Lips more dry using vasaline to help at night.. seems to keep them feeling moist longer. still loving the moisturiser for my fase!. Lota of water and sadly I am graving junk food. like sugar. so Im going to put an end to that NOW! not sure why but not a problem yet.. contacts do bug me so im not earing them at this point.
Well today is the begining of week 4. Lips are...
- 28 Jan 2013
- 21 days post
ace is more sencative to washing so I just use my hands and a cleanser I got from acne.org it really seems to be the best for me. sipping on water doesnt help my lips but I drink water any way.
I go back in on Feb 5 for blood test and talk to my Derm. so I will wait to update you till then.. other than that I am GOOD TO GO!
oh and umm GLAD I have insurance.. this stuff is not cheep! so far.. WORTH IT
Well I went back into the Dr. Got my labs done....
- 6 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
Went to the doctor yesterday. Everything is going...
- 8 Mar 2013
- 2 months post
Ok it is APRIL 29th. time flies! Monday I go back...
- 29 Apr 2013
- 3 months post
When the does was upped 3 weeks ago I did start getting a few bumps but they went away before they amounted to anything. YEAH! I had 1 yup 1 actual pimple that was more of a surface thing and I was VERY VERY VERY careful to open it and get the infection out and left it alone.. looks fine now... I have photos of the scars not the actual acne. sorry. BUT hope you can see by the scars how the acne was. Again I did have persistent acne ( I'm 44 and never have been acne free) not severe as in all over.. just ones that were deep and larger than a pencil eraser. and had to have the doc deal with them at times.
I will tell you I can honestly say for me it has totally changes how "I" see myself.. I don't feel like I need to hide my face. or feel like people are looking at my acne and not me..... I am liking Vaseline and for chap stick type stuff. now it is vitamin e stick and Blistex DEEP RENEWAL bonus with that is it has sunscreen... AND if possible drink from a straw!!! it prevents the lips from getting wet then dry then wet.... well you get the point. and it keeps the chap stick in place!
only two weeks left!
- 24 May 2013
- 4 months post
The little bumps that many call a rash seems to go away if I moisturize.. IF I DONT use my cetafill or cerave the rash is more noticeable... lots and lots of water. sucking on sugar free hard candy does help with the dry mouth.. my blood work has all been very good so no problems there..... so now the final stretch!!
- 31 May 2013
- 4 months post
Barb is really just a great HONEST person who IS NOT a pill pusher and is great at giving me options that will be best for me.. I am SO glad I was referd to her by my regular doc.