[i][b]My Roaccutane Journal[/b][/i]

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Hi Everyone!

I have seen a couple of journals on this forum and I thought it might help both myself and others if I wrote about my current experience with roaccutane. So just a little bit of background info about me: I am a 19 year old female and I have had acne since I was about 13 although it seems to be getting worse! I have currently been on roaccutane for 2 days now on 2 20mg tablets a day. I don’t have severe acne but just persistent whiteheads, enlarged pores, blackheads and very occasionally cystic pimples. My skin is quite oily on my nose and cheeks. In the past I have been on many many types of acne treatements to no avail. I would really appreciate any help or advice people can give me regarding this medication and the outcome of it. So here’s my experience on my first 2 days of roaccutane!

Day 1-Tuesday 11th December 07

To start with, as usual I have alot of large whiteheads on the back of my cheeks along with some dry scabby
skin. My pores seem enlarged on both my cheeks and nose, although they are noticeably blacker on my nose.
My makeup looks cakey and dry. Chin as usual is clear but forehead has a couple of white heads. Skin still looks
bumpy and gross. :(

Day 2 – Wednesday 12th December 07

My skin started peeling a little today – not sure if this is from the roaccutane or just from scabs since I get
this every once in a while. Absoulutely LOVED new foundation I bought (estee lauder) as it didn’t turn yellow however the downside is
that it does show off my enlarged pores :( . Starting to think that even roaccutane won’t help my skin. I noticed
today that I have loads of little tiny white heads all over the sides of my jaw and cheek…I don’t think roaccutane
helps with these kinds of pimples – only cystic acne. I know this isn’t just getting worse before its getting better
as I’ve always had this so I hate to think how my skin is going to look in a few days!!! I just really hope that my
skin responds well to the roaccutane and I get rid of these pimples that are plaguing my life! I don’t see many
other people with this kind of problem though I’m sure lots of people have them. Just so happens that every one
at work has almost if not perfect skin! Makes it hard to walk around especially under bright light at work when
everyone else looks so good. I’m worried that even when I stop taking the roaccutane my skin is going to look
cakey with makeup. Anyway its off to bed for me!!!
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  1. michelle9090 added:

    Day 3- Thursday 13th December 07

    My face looked pretty dry today..which is probably both good and bad. It shows that the roaccutane is working but it also makes my pimples very dry and flaky :( I’m sick of looking like this!! I also developed a few red and painful cyst-like bumps on my chest – an area which has been acne free for about 6 months!!! I hope this is just the roaccutane taking effect and not my skin going back to how it used to be. My blackheads actually seem to be clearing a little bit which is amazing since I’ve had them as long as I can remember!! I just can’t wait for these whiteheads to go away! Has any one else had just mild persistent whiteheads and other tiny pimples that won’t go away? Has roaccutane helped with this? Anyway I’m off to go shopping to try and find something to wear for a family photo this weekend :( wish i didn’t have to go because I hate photos because of my skin…

  2. michelle9090 added:

    Day 4- Friday 14th December

    Well my face is EXTREMELY dry today…looks absoulutely horrible!!!!! Its all flaky and gross and my makeup looked terrible and was going all patchy in areas :( my hair is getting dry too…its good that i don’t have to wash it heaps but i don’t like it looking almost dead! my lips aren’t too bad yet just a tiny bit dry and so are my palms.

    can anyone recommend a good moisturiser to stop this flaking and patchy makeup?

    well on a happier note my pimples seem to have subsided a bit and i can’t spot any new ones..yay!
    overall mood is pretty good…just can’t wait for the dryness to stop!

  3. michelle9090 added:

    Day 4- Friday 14th December

    Well my face is EXTREMELY dry today…looks absoulutely horrible!!!!! Its all flaky and gross and my makeup looked terrible and was going all patchy in areas :( my hair is getting dry too…its good that i don’t have to wash it heaps but i don’t like it looking almost dead! my lips aren’t too bad yet just a tiny bit dry and so are my palms.

    can anyone recommend a good moisturiser to stop this flaking and patchy makeup?

    well on a happier note my pimples seem to have subsided a bit and i can’t spot any new ones..yay!
    overall mood is pretty good…just can’t wait for the dryness to stop!

  4. michelle9090 added:

    well when i woke up this morning i was quite shocked to see how clear and even my face was looking…however since my pimples are really only noticeable in harsh sunlight i decided not to get my hopes up!!

    so after i put my makeup on to get ready to go out i went and stood next to my window in front of the mirror and looked at my skin…i felt like bursting into tears or being physically sick!! :( my skin was SOO dry and i still had a couple of pimples…my skin looked flaky and cakey and the texture was HORRIBLE!!! i don’t think i’ve ever looked this horrible in my life…. i really really hope this is just because of the roaccutane and not just something i haven’t noticed before…roaccutane feels like my last resort i don’t know what i would do without it!

    at the moment my skin routine consists of washing my face in the morning with only water and then moisturising with Neutrogena Oil free moisturiser for sensitive skin and at night I use Simple facial cleansing wipes to take off my makeup and then moisturise again. maybe i should be using a gentle cleanser?? Could someone let me know??

    Thanks :(

  5. michelle9090 added:

    Day 6

    Well today seemed a little better at the beginning…had to have the dreaded family photo!! but thank goodness you can’t see my acne in normal light!! :) as soon as i stood outside though… a million whiteheads became visible along with cakey makeup! again i don’t know if this is just a result of a breakout or something i’ve always had!

    i’m just really REALLY worried that roaccutane isn’t going to get rid of my whiteheads :( can someone please give me advice if roaccutane has gotten rid of their whiteheads??? thanks…i’m just getting desperate…

  6. michelle9090 added:

    day 7

    well made it to the one week mark…my lips were starting to hurt today and they were peeling a tiny little bit…any ideas on what can help this?? my face is also pretty itchy as is my scalp…i seem to have broken out a little bit but i’m not game enough to look too closely at my skin…i still have dry itchy and pimply cheeks :( oh well hopefully it only gets better from here!!

  7. michelle9090 added:

    day 8

    skin has cleared up a little bit! pimples are not noticeable at all in normal light but when i was in the car this morning on the way to work the sun was shining on the side of my face and showed up lots of little pimples i didn’t think were there :( they looked all cakey too… the texture of my skin is really bad even where there isn’t any pimples…is there anything i can do about that??

    anyway i guess a little improvement is better than none!!!!
    any advice would be appreciated….

    hope everyone has a very merry christmas!
    Michelle

  8. geckogirl added:

    Hey Michelle…

    I was on roaccutane a while ago, and i found a moisturizing spray form the body shop which was really really good…
    think it was call hydrating (or moisturizing) vitamin E facial mist (or something like that!).
    I sprayed it on my face constantly – you can use it over your makeup too. Its not slimy or oily or greasy or shiny like a lot of products are.
    It really helped with the dryness… and i also liked it coz its a spray, which means you dont have to touch your face.

    Good luck with your journey… keep us posted!

  9. michelle9090 added:

    day 16

    its been a little while since ive posted on here since i went away for christmas but i’m glad to say that my skin has improved ALOT.
    my skin has gotten rid of nearly all my little whiteheads!!!!!! yayy!! the only problem i’m just starting to break out but not with little pimples it seems…just a couple of scabby type pimples which seem to go away easier…im just REALLY worried that they are going to scar…

    anyway i’m much happier and hopeful after seeing these results and i just hope i can get through the rest of the course quickly!

    also im not sure if it matters what time of the day i’m taking the tablets…im taking 2 20mg tablets a day and they’re meant to be taken straight after meals but in the last week or so since i’ve been away i’ve been forgetting to take them until way after i’ve eaten…does this matter much and is it going to affect my results??

    Thanks!

  10. michelle9090 added:

    day 16

    its been a little while since ive posted on here since i went away for christmas but i’m glad to say that my skin has improved ALOT.
    my skin has gotten rid of nearly all my little whiteheads!!!!!! yayy!! the only problem i’m just starting to break out but not with little pimples it seems…just a couple of scabby type pimples which seem to go away easier…im just REALLY worried that they are going to scar…

    anyway i’m much happier and hopeful after seeing these results and i just hope i can get through the rest of the course quickly!

    also im not sure if it matters what time of the day i’m taking the tablets…im taking 2 20mg tablets a day and they’re meant to be taken straight after meals but in the last week or so since i’ve been away i’ve been forgetting to take them until way after i’ve eaten…does this matter much and is it going to affect my results??

    Thanks!

  11. michelle9090 added:

    day 18

    i knew that my good skin was never going to last!! :( actually i’m beginning to wonder whether it was ever good in the first place…i just don’t think i was looking at it in the right light.
    i only noticed it this morning when i was in the passenger seat of a car with window rolled down and the sun shining on my face and i got a glance of myself in the mirror on the side of the car and i noticed SOO MANY WHITEHEADS! My skin texture looked disgusting and overall my skin look revolting :( I felt like bursting into tears…just when i thought my skin was getting better it looks like it never changed at all :( I just don’t know what to do anymore… one moment it looks great and the next its horrible. i feel like its never ever going to get better

  12. michelle9090 added:

    Day 22

    Well I think my skin is getting better…slowly though!
    Today I looked in the mirror with the sunlight shining on my face (eek!) and suprisingly it wasn’t too bad…in fact i could only see one pimple! (although there is more) I was really happy with this because this was the same mirror i looked in on day 5 where my skin looked really pimply and flaky and it looked great compared to that!! The thing is i don’t think my skin is very dry anymore…most ppl think that would be a good thing BUT im worried that the roaccutane isn’t having much effect on me anymore..my lips are only a bit dry and my scalp a bit itchy and that seems to be it! could someone let me know if its normal?

  13. michelle9090 added:

    day 24

    well my skin is still improving slowly although my lips are really sore :( ive got a cold sore which i think may be because of the dryness on my lips as i think ive only had one cold sore ever. oh well at least it will go away soon! :) hope my skin only gets better from here…haven’t even made it to a month yet and already i’m estatic with the results! :D

  14. michelle9090 added:

    day 24

    well my skin is still improving slowly although my lips are really sore :( ive got a cold sore which i think may be because of the dryness on my lips as i think ive only had one cold sore ever. oh well at least it will go away soon! :) hope my skin only gets better from here…haven’t even made it to a month yet and already i’m estatic with the results! :D

  15. michelle9090 added:

    day 29

    my skin has gotten a little worse….mainly because its that time of the month and ive been an idiot and squeezed two of my pimples :( so yeh they’re a little big right now but hopefully i can stop picking at them and they’ll go away. i think its also because i’ve been touching my face alot trying to get the dead skin off my face! oh well…i’ve just got to wait it out i guess