I’ve been working a lot of nights so I haven’t had the chance to do many projects around the house, nights throw my whole game off.
But much like last week I have some skin stuff to go over.
This week I started on accutane. I’ve struggled with deep, cystic, nodule, acne for a very long time. I thought “well maybe I’ll grow out of it.” “Maybe it will at least get better.” But I won’t (my father still struggles with it) and it hasn’t, if anything it’s gotten worse.
I’m sure that has to do with genetics and the hormonal changes that have come with age.
Luckily I’ve never been self conscious about my acne. I was never bullied, I’m perfectly fine going out without any makeup on. For me the main problem isn’t the way it looks or emotionally feels , it’s the way it physically feels. Anyone who has had cystic acne knows what I mean. It’s a terrible inflammatory response. I’ve had ones swell to the point I couldn’t move my lips properly and I’ve been getting really annoyed at being so reliant on anti-inflamatories.
This is before birth control or accutane
5 days into accutane 1 1/2 months into birth control
So on to accutane. I’ve only been on it for 5 days and I’m already starting to feel the effects.
It started the other night when I absent mindedly scratched my arm in my sleep, just the act of doing so woke me up and my arm continued to burn for the next half hour
That’s how dry and sensitive my skin has become in such a short period of time. Since then I’ve had to completely reassess my skin care routine which is both strange and oddly satisfying. Strange because I’ve only ever had one skin type and that’s combination-oily. I have dryer areas of my skin but for the most part it’s pretty normal verging on oil prone, at least my face is. My body has always leaned towards the dry side which is probably why I felt the effects more quickly there.
And it’s satisfying because this is what I do for a living. I’ve had a pretty set skin care routine for a good long while now, and though I’ve introduced a few new things here and there and eliminated others I’ve never had to start from scratch.
It’s going to take me a while to figure out exactly what will work but luckily there are lots of resources open to me from the blogging community, my dermotologist and of course my coworkers and other peers in the world of skincare.
It’s not all itchiness and cracked lips and dry skin though. Even though I’ve only been on it a few days I’ve had a few little pimples appear overnight and be gone within a few hours. I’m not prone to little pimples all I get are gigantic deep ones that bever come to a head so apparently it’s clearing something out. And I’m already discovering that my inflammation has lessened.
One thing is for sure I will definitely be taking the advice I gave myself last week and slathering on the sun screen.
Also I’ll be sure to give you guys updates of my progress.