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Friday, November 28, 2014

Accutane Diary: Day 80

I can't believe it is already Day 80!  I had my second appointment with my dermatologist after about one month of treatment.  He said there wasn't much difference, but hopefully by the next appointment we would be able to talk about scar treatment.  He booked my next appointment for two months down the road, which is going to be December 1!  He also increased my dose from 40mg daily, to alternating between 40mg and 80mg daily.

In the second month I noticed something strange happening to the pores on my nose.  They basically opened right up.  I mean, in a BIG way.  It was almost like the blackheads were getting pushed out...  The pores were wide open at this point, and very noticable.  Currently, on Day 80, my pores are smaller, and are completely clean.  It's amazing!

The main side effect I have had over the last month is an extreme dryness inside my nose.  There is blood in there, pretty much all of the time.  When I blow my nose throughout the day, there is always blood in the kleenex.  It is also getting quite cold outside, which is not helping.  I tried a humidifier, but I just cannot do ambient noise while sleeping, so I gave up.  My nose seems to have calmed down over the last week, still bloody, but not as dry and painful inside.

I was expecting huge problems with my lips, as the derm, and his assistant said that they were basically going to crack and fall off of my face.  I can happily report that this has not happened.  My lips are slightly flaky, but no more than usual for this time of year, really.  My hands are still really dry, and this dryness has started to move up my arms as well, with some eczema in the crooks of my elbows.

Now that I am almost done by third month of Accutane, I can say that I am seeing an enormous difference in my skin.  The left side of my face is completely clear, but still red from scarring.  My right side is clear, except for one big baddy zit that just does not want to die.  I just had my PMS week, and did not break out.  Also, the skin on my face has not dried out at all, which I was really expecting.

I am very, very happy with my decision to go on Accutane.  My skin is looking noticably clearer, and it takes less makeup for me to feel confident when I get ready in the morning.  The doctor says I will be on the medication for approximately 7 months, which means I am not even halfway through my course of treatment.  I cannot wait to see how my skin continues to improve.  At first I wondered why my derm opted to put me on 40mg, and 80mg alternating, instead of the full 120mg, which he could potentially do because of my body weight.  I think that staying on the lower dose has helped me avoid a lot of the more serious, and uncomfortable side effects that often come with this medication.

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