Week 10: Day 65

I’ve officially broken into month three! 

I had my dermatologist appointment earlier this week and according to him, I am through the worst of my acne and from this point on, my skin should start to smooth out. The pictures really aren’t that great this week, but I think I am seeing some improvement on my face. I’ve have some breakouts on my chest, though. The improvement on my back is slow, but the dermatologist said that the back would be the last thing to improve. 

We talked about crazy dryness and red bumps I had on my arms from two weeks ago and my dermatologist just said that they were a side effect from the medicine. Good to know it wasn’t an allergic reaction or anything that would make me have to stop taking Accutane. I’ve really felt fine while taking it (I’m on 60 mg a day) and I honestly feel like some people’s experiences are just extreme cases it that get exploited. However, I do agree that Accutane should be approached with caution and it is up to the patient to have that conversation with his/her doctor. 

Okay, here are this week’s pictures: 

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Week 9: Day 58

Hello people out there! 

Not really that much to update this week. I get my blood work done tomorrow morning and I am not looking forward to it, but hopefully it will go better this time than last month. 

The eczema that I had about a week and a half ago is so much better now and the top of my arms feel like butter. Seriously.

Sorry, this is going to be a short post, but I haven’t had any big side effects or breakouts this week. So let’s check out this week’s pictures: 

 

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Week 8: Day 51 Pictures and Updates

The skin on my arms freaked out like crazy this past week. I started out getting these small, red bumps on my hands and then it eventually went up my arms. I assume it was eczema from the Accutane. I called my doctor’s office and they prescribed me a cream and recommended that I get CeraVe and use it on my on hands and arms. I think it has really helped. The skin is still dry, but it is not as red and bumpy as it was. 

Other than that, lips are still dry as usual. I got a big cystic spot on my chin this week. I haven’t had one like that in a while. I feel like I still have a ways to go before I see some real progress with my skin and it is slightly disappointing, but I will definitely have this conversation at my next doctor appointment, which is in about a week and a half. 

Okay, here are this week’s pictures: 
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Week 7: Day 44 Pictures and Updates

I feel like my body has been through a lot lately! Not related to the Accutane, but I went hiking a couple of weeks ago and scraped my knees and ankles, I spent some time outside and ended up with a bad tick bite, got my eyebrows waxed and ended up with a burn that made my eye pretty swollen for about a day AND THEN I got a really bad rug burn on my knee last weekend. Okay, I should have known better than to get my eyebrows waxed while on Accutane, but I needed to get them done. My burn from that is almost gone. It was pretty painful for several days. The rug burn on my knee has felt so dry, and I bet it is from the Accutane. I’ve been trying to keep it moist with some triple antibiotic ointment. I’m hoping I can stay away from injuries from now on. 

My lips, are of course, very dry. This morning I noticed my upper lip becoming dry as well. Usually it’s my bottom lip that bothers me the most. 

I had a big breakout on the left side of my face this week. I’m terrible about picking and it was a pretty bloody breakout. Sorry. That’s pretty gross. I think I might slowly be making some progress on my back. But I honestly don’t think I’ll see anything dramatic there for another two months or so. I’ve had a couple new spots on my chest too. I keep holding out for these dramatic results from the Accutane, but it is taking some time. 

Other stuff: I started running a couple of weeks ago and I’m honestly amazed at my progress there. I’m doing the Couch to 5K program and it is awesome. I think I’m on week 5 of that program and it has me running for 16 minutes now (spread out between walking of course) and that is HUGE for me. Since the beginning of April, I have logged about 25 miles and I am pretty thrilled with myself about that. It was such a struggle for me to just run the 1.5 minutes in the beginning and now I’m running 5 minutes at a time. That may not sound too impressive to you who don’t know me, but I’m impressed with my results being a beginner runner. 

Anyway, here are this week’s pictures: 

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Week 6: Day 37

My lips are dry as ever and are definitely peeling. The left corner of my mouth is cracking and it doesn’t seem to matter how much Vaseline I put on it, it still cracks and bleeds. 

Beyond the dry lips, I’ve had more dry skin, but nothing big or major other than that. 

When I visited my dermatologist last week, he told me that my face would improve first before my back. It’s only been six weeks and I really haven’t seen a dramatic improvement just yet. I think that for most people, the turning point is when they get into their third month of their Accutane treatment. I’m just beginning month two, so hopefully these pictures will someday show some beautiful, clear skin. Sometimes it feels like it’s just never coming. 

Here are this week’s pictures: 

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Ahh! Huge RANT!

This week has been so weird between all kinds of news and terrible things happening in the world and then having to deal with the annoying process of trying to get a new Accutane prescription. 

I saw my dermatologist this week and thankfully all of my blood work was great and I was good to go to get another prescription. The first time I saw my dermatologist, though, he wanted me to get Absorica, which is a brand new version of isotretinoin. I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to afford the medicine because it’s brand new and when I called my insurance to check on how much it would be, the person I talked to couldn’t even find it in the system. I told my doctor about this and they went ahead and wrote on my prescription sheet that I could have Amnesteem if I could not get Absorica. So, when we went to the pharmacy last month, they checked and told me that I was going to have to pay $100 for Absorica as opposed to the Amnesteem that was $5. With a price difference like that, we, of course, chose the Amnesteem. But when I got my medicine it wasn’t even that. They gave me Myorisan. When I told my doctor this on Thursday, he looked at me with a very puzzled look and told me he hadn’t even heard of that. And when I was explaining the cost difference, the nurse said they had coupons that made the Absorica only $10. I was incredibly excited to get that information from her. So, with that, we headed back to the pharmacy to get my $10 Absorica. The dermatologist explained to me that Absorica is much better because it absorbs (hence the name) much better than other isotretinoin pills. 

Here’s where my rant really starts – unfortunately, the pharmacy that my family uses doesn’t participate in the iPledge program and therefore, I cannot get my Accutane medicine from there. Last month, we went ahead and chose to go to the Walmart pharmacy to get the Accutane medicine. Last month they had to order my medicine and I couldn’t get it until the next day, and since they gave me Myorisan and my doctor doesn’t recognize that, I’m a little unsure that they actually did the right thing. But after my experience with them this week, I am SO done with them. I took my Absorica prescription to them and the lady at the window smiled and said it would just be 20 minutes to get my medicine. I was beyond thrilled. I was excited to get this medicine that’s supposed to even better than the pills I was on and just get started toward really clearing my skin. 

My mom and I waited around for about 30 minutes and then they tell us that they don’t have the medicine, but that they can order it and call me the next day when it comes in. I was disappointed, but left with the reassurance that I’d get my medicine the next day. 

The next day, I ended up calling the pharmacy around 2:30 and the girl who answered the phone told me that the Absorica wasn’t there and probably wouldn’t be there until Monday. I WAS SO MAD! I went off on her and was so angry between standing around wasting time in Walmart and then they tell me I can’t get this medicine until next week?! She asked me if I’d hold and she would check other pharmacies. So I did. I waited about 10 minutes and then the pharmacist started talking to me and trying to apologize and telling me about how regulated the medicine is and blah blah blah. Their pharmacy SUCKED for telling me I’d have the medicine the next day and just not delivering on their promises. After I hung up the phone, my mom called them back and told them we would be coming to get the prescription back and take it somewhere else. 

They told me they had supposedly called these other pharmacies and that absolutely no one had Absorica on their shelves. We called Target and they told us they had 60 boxes of Absorica. So, we took the prescription out to Target and thank the Lord they delivered on their promise and I FINALLY got my Absorica and for the $10 price the dermatologist office helped me with. 

So, now I am taking Absorica (the real stuff) and at 60 mgs a day, which would be double the dosage I had during my first month. Now I think I should really start seeing some results. I am so mad that I had to go through all this crap to get to this point, but I feel that I’m on the right track now and I will NEVER use the Walmart pharmacy again! 

Week 5: Day 30 Pictures

Okay, guys, here’s my week 5 update:

Symptoms – Just more dry lips. The corners of my lips have started to really dry out and that has been pretty annoying.

I have had a lot of lower back pain, but I’m not sure if that’s related to the Accutane or not. I go to my dermatologist tomorrow, so I’ll talk to him about that.

I cannot believe that I’ve already finished my first month! I got my second round of blood work done yesterday. My experience at the lab was fine for the most part except when the phlebotomist had to literally dig around in my arm with the needle to find the vein. Meh.

I have had a couple of break outs on my face, but I don’t see anything new on my back. I think my back is better from a month ago, but it still has a long ways to go. I’m hoping that my doctor will up my dosage tomorrow when I see him. I will keep you all posted, though!

Ok, check out this week’s progress:

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