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My face sucks lately. My skin is so dry and sad and scarred. I wish I could just look bright and happy and put together. Without makeup. Will my skin ever be normal?
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Okay, okay…. So I totally flaked on my Accutane blog. I know. It’s sad. Mostly cause I couldn’t share my transformation or my story as it was happening. But also because well I only have one more month left to even blog about!
So for those of you mid-way through your treatments, you should know by now just how bad everything sucks. I have never had back pain this intense, and all times of the day but especially when I wake up. I swear I feel like a 70 year old woman trying to will my body to get out of bed in the mornings. Plus going to cheer practices and always being in pain is really starting to wear me down. I can barely bend down to pick things up or travel up and down the stairs or do squats or run because my knees ache so badly. I’m also starting to notice how moody I’ve been getting. I hope the effects don’t last because it’s sort of scary. I snap at my boyfriend and I find myself saying sorry for “being a bitch” a lot. I now call myself “irritable” which isn’t a word a would have used to describe myself several months ago. It’s been a long journey. Luckily my side effects seem to be okay compared to the horror stories I’ve seen and read. I almost feel like I am resilient in a way because the medicine hasn’t affected me as much as I thought it would. I will post a few photo updates after this post to let yall see what my face looks like now. It’s the strangest feeling not having acne anymore.
I use MAC Studio Fix pressed powder foundation in NW20 :) It is supposed to be really horrible for your skin but I am not breaking out while on Accutane, so I’m continuing to use it. I really love the full coverage it gives me. And I have gotten a lot of compliments while wearing this kind:)
So this is half of my face with makeup. Crazy! Now all I’m covering is the scars and the red. Creepy what a little makeup can do. WOOO!
My skin 3 months ago
My skin yesterday :)
So I figured I would let you guys know about the worlds greatest secret product for your lips. On or off Accutane, I suppose. But it helps SO MUCH!
It’s called Lansinoh. It’s made from Lanolin which is supposed to be great for healing chapped/irritated/cracked skin. My dermatologist originally gave me a small sample to test when he wrote my first Accutane prescription. I swear it is the greatest. It’s actually made for breast feeding mothers to put on their nipples (lol, yeah I know) but trust me, you’ll be saying “Why didn’t I know about this sooner!?!?!” I believe it runs about $12.00 at Walgreens and comes in a lavender box. Also it lasts forever and you only need to use very little at a time. Ask your dermatologist for a free sample!
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I had the same type of acne as yours. I went on accutane and it cleared me up completely. Unfortunately the acne comes back, not the cysts but the small ones you get just because you have oily skin. I recommend once you're off accutane give your skin a couple months to recover and put barely anything on it. then start up on spiro or a topical to keep it from coming back. I wish I did because I'm 9 months off it and breaking out. Good luck :)
Aww that sucks! But I guess I will be thankful not to have the acne as bad. As long as my scars eventually fade and the breakouts aren’t as bad I will feel okay. Have you tried any microdermabrasion, laser treatments, or deep chemical peels? I’ve heard about a lot of people doing those to make sure their skins stays clear.
About the accutane dosage, I get a new dosage almost every time I go to the dermatologist. I weight about 182lbs. The first month I was on 20mg. The second I was on 40mg. The third I was on 80mg (two 40mg pills a day). This month (my fourth month) I'm on 120mg (one 40mg in the morning and two 40mg at night). Hope this helps! Good luck!
Hey! This is the great info I needed! Thanks so much :)