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I Love Me.. I Just Dont Like the Acne.. My Accutane Journey- WEEK 9
- It's been long Enough
- posted 4 months ago
- updated 19 days ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $600
- Barbra Arnzen (Lewiston, ID)
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!
My Doctor: Barbra Arnzen
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.