Accutane: Month 3 Review


Ahh I can not tell you how happy I am to have another month under my belt! It is such a good feeling to know I am that much closer to being done with this life altering medication. This month has certainly been much easier than the last two. My headaches have drastically slowed down, making day to day life so much more bearable. I cannot say whether that is because my preventative headache medicine is finally working as it should or I've gotten adjusted to the new lower dose at 20mgs.

So what have I noticed this month?

- Fewer to no headaches
- The continuance of lesser and lesser breakouts

- Still have extremely dry eyes
- Terribly dry and peeling lips
- Dry Hair
- Dare I say other lady areas are also becoming quite dry! EEK!
- I'm starting to see my acne scars more prominently
- My under eye area is so thin
- Dry nose, constant scabs/ bleeds in nose

Well as you can see the cons seem to out weigh the pros. There are days I question whether this is worth all the cons but I'm trying to stay positive and remind myself this is only temporary. Things will improve and only get better. 

I never noticed how terrible my acne scaring was until this month. I knew I had some deep pores that needed some correcting and pigment problems but I never realized the depth of my skin issues, pun intended! I've yet to talk to my dermatologist this month but from what I've learned thus far I can guess the reason I can see my scars so well is because my skin has become quite thin. It's especially bad around my chin. I hope I can fix this in the future. I can't tell you enough how much it bugs me. It's weird seeing your face change so much in such a short amount of time, I haven't had a lot time to adjust.

When I first looked into accutane I didn't find a lot of informative blogs sharing about their experiences. Most of the information I found was in chat forms about experiences that where hard to believe because there was no story to follow. Or if there were their photos were terrible, mostly consisting of web cam picts. I would like these post to help others who might be considering some form of Accutane. If there is any questions I can help answer please don't hesitate to ask.

As I mentioned above, there are several drying cons. Living in Colorado, the weather is already very dry and in the winter it's even dryer. Despite winter being the dryest time of the year, I've actually picked the best time to do accutane. Your skin is more likely to get burned and even get skin cancer while on this medication. Then add the fact that I am 6,035 feet above sea level and that much closer to the sun... well that really raises the odds. I believe my doc said I had a 40% higher chance. No thank you! The reason winter is better is because we cover our skin more. I'm greatly hoping to be finished before summer is in full gear. *fingers crossed*

Last time I mentioned I was going to share a bit about my current skin routine. I'm really limited as to what I can use. Most of it is really heavy and while I'm sure it's great for wrinkles and night use (which I love) day time isn't as great.
 All of the following products were recommended by my dermatologist except #6 which was recommended by my optometrist. With the exception of #7 they are all over the counter products that you can find anywhere from Walgreens, Target, to Walmart and everywhere in between.

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - I've been using this skin cleaner for years. It's wonderfully mild, smooth (Like lotion), and NEVER feels irritating on the skin. It's so mild you can even leave a thin layer on. I don't but it says you can. It's even mild enough for baby. I love how soft my skin feels after using it.

2. Vaniply Ointment: Skin Protectant / Dry Skin - My dermatologist gave me a wonderfully large goody bag full of samples to try. So many that honestly if I wanted, I wouldn't need to purchase a single product through the whole duration of this medication. But eventually you find faves... anyhoo, she suggested I use this under and around my eyes. Unlike some of the other ointments, this one is lighter and even works under makeup as long as you blend well.

3. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream / Sensitive Skin - I honestly bounce back and fourth with my all over face creams. It depends on how dry it is outside. This one is mild and light, one of my favorites. But as dry as my skin is, I have to sometimes apply it twice. However I prefer this over the heavier creams and ointments that feel very greasy on the skin

4. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion - As long as my skin isn't miserably dry, this is my general all over moisturizer. It's light, non greasy, and keeps my skin from feeling chapped for a time. I also love that it isn't heavily scented, just a nice faint shea butter and oats smell. When my skin is extremely chapped I use the ointment version of this lotion.

5. Aquaphor Healing Ointment - This is the one and only lip balm I prefer to use. I have a few others that I dabble with but this is the only one that gets the job done right. My lips are so chapped ALL THE TIME. I'm really bad about picking at them too. This ointment is wonderful for helping to keep me from being a shriveled raisin, well mostly. I've tried other lip balms but the waxy content of them builds up on your lips fast! When you're applying your lip balm about every 15 mins or so it gets gross.

6. Blink Gel Tears - These eye drops are like my lip balms, they're EVERYWHERE! Don't get the other kinds, they can irritate your eyes over time. These hydrate your eyes. They do a pretty good job too, sadly my eyes still hold a lot of redness/ irritation and as such I wear my glasses more often than I ever have.

7. EpiCeram - This is a cream my dermatologist prescribed to me for my dry skin. It basically helps create a barrier on your skin and alone it's nice but adding another lotion over it is like power charging your regular lotion. It's extremely good for those who have eczema.

I'm not a doctor so please be sure to ask your own dermatologist if you are unsure about any of these products. I've had people ask why I don't use natural products. I am always open to the idea of natural products, I still use my homemade natural soaps. I probably always will. Unfortunately when it comes to lotions and face creams I have terribly sensitive skin and I get irritates easily.

Sorry for the EXTREMELY long post! Oh but one more thing I forgot to add to the product pic above... I mentioned drying of a certain lady area. Accutane (claravis to be specific) is to blame. My gyno recommended a product called Refresh. Basically a inserted lotion. It works wonderfully and I completely recommend it! I had no irritation what so ever, this coming from a gal who is very sensitive to products. You can find this at Target.

Take Care,

Capture 365: 34-40


Day 34/365: More warm weather! Seriously Colorado, what is going on with you this year? I'm not complaining, I just feel like I'm in the twilight zone or something. Maybe we'll have an early summer this year. This is Piper right after a complete melt down about cleaning her room which she finally finished. I love her wild Hermione hair. ♥

Day 35/365: The sky was so blue and beautiful!

Day 36/365: This guy is not easy to photograph. I'm sure I've mentioned that before. He stands a bit higher than my hips (I'm 5'6.5). Outside he's all puppy and loves to jump around. He looks so funny shaved and without all his floppy curls.

Day 37/365: We got up early and played for a while before school. This is rare, extremely rare. We aren't morning people. Piper is building a house for her ponies.

Day 38/365: Today was mommy & daughters day. I took the girls to the park for a bit and afterwards we went out for frozen yogurt (before dinner). It was nice having some much needed girly time.

Day 39/365: I love this tongue shot! She's so cute. ♥

Day 40/365: This is Steve. Or that's what I'm calling him. I feel like he's trying to tell us something and is not happy that no one is getting it. We came across him in the mountains on one of our random snow drives.

Take Care & Enjoy,
 ♥ Heather

What I Wore: Hurray for Warm Weather!


Hello Lovelies! I've been a bit under the weather on and off this past week. Not so much with a cold but more feeling terribly drained, weak, and down right tired to the point that I've had absolutely no energy to do much of anything but rest. I tried several times to get on the computer to work but I never stayed on long before feeling sleepy and losing my focus. It was especially hard having Jedidiah out of town for the past 4 1/2 days. He always seems to go out of town at the worst possible times! I'm thankful to have him back.

On a brighter note, for now (and hopefully from now on), I'm feeling much better. These photos were taken about two weeks ago. I had hoped to have them up sooo much sooner. But I'm a work in progress so bare with me as I work out the kinks in making this a fantastic blog! Which by the way I'm so happy for the little group of followers that are reading along! Thank you!

Anyhoo, I'm off subject again, as I said, these photos were taken a few weeks back during one of the random bursts of warm weather we've been having lately. Hasn't that been so lovely?! There have been so many of them on and off this year. We try our best to get out whenever we can on these random warm days. It's sometimes hard because they usually fall on school days so by the time we get the kids, the sun is already setting. On this day we took the girls to our favorite wetland nature center. It's conveniently very close to our house. If you're ever interested in me taking your photos, I recommend this location.

We walk this park often and because the sun was starting to set we regrettably didn't stay as long as I would have liked. It's wonderful living so close to a large mountain range but the down side is that the sun seems to disappear much faster. It also gets cold the second the sun disappears. On the plus side, I finally got my darn 85mm back! Yea! I sent it out like 7 weeks ago to get cleaned due to some internal debris. I was promised 2 weeks max start to finish, boy were they waaay off and horribly rude. I'll learn to take names and be more assertive next time. With a full arsenal on hand it was fun shooting with a 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm, although after being spoiled with my L series lenses jumping back to my 85mm 1.4 just didn't seem to have the same punch as the other two do. An up grade is definitely in my future...just not my near future cause that lens is crazy expensive!

This girl and that stick. She dragged it through half the park before I finally said something is going to lose an eye! LOL!

I'm married to the dorkiest guy I know. I couldn't be luckier! I have dozens of "Where's Jedidiah" photos. Haha I should put together a collage of all these photos. It would be fun to see all the places he's popped up!

My beautiful curly haired girl. She was such a help offering to carry my camera bag so I could photography easier. I also wasn't wearing the most sensible shoes on this mostly muddy trail. This wasn't well thought out. Chloie can be intense but I'm so grateful for her constant help.

What I Wore:

Cardigan: Barracuda Bazaar | Dress: Fleet Collection (Or their Etsy Store) | Belt: ModCloth | Tights: Forever21 | Shoes: ModCloth (Chelsea Crew) | Earrings: ChicWish

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Capture 365: Days 27-33


Day 27/365: We are always trying new foods in our home, especially ones I can cook from scratch. A long while back I tried making eggplant. It was my first time tasting and cooking it. Boy was it terrible! But after spying some beautiful eggplants at the grocery store I couldn't resist giving them another try. I'm sooo very glad I did. These were a complete success. I made baked eggplant parmesan sliders. I regret I didn't get a photo of these finished delights. I'll try to get a recipe together soon.

Day 28/365: We do our best to get whenever the weather is nice during the winter. Wednesday it got into the mid 60's, it was such a treat to take the kids for a walk and of course do a small photo shoot. I just love how goofy Piper looks with her hair bunched in her glasses. She's so silly.

Day 29/365: Aww my bonsai is a bit bare right now. It was once full of leaves but lately it's been a bit sparse. It's my great hope it's finally taking a much needed rest. I've read bonsai plants are known to go dormant every year or two. I've had mine for 2 years so I think that's what's happening... I hope!

Day 30/365: This is where Chloie will spend 99.99% of her free time if allowed to do so. But in our home we're pretty strict on her spending too much time on her bed. Beds are for sleeping in. So often we encourage her to draw, read, or do an activity elsewhere. This photo was me capturing her hiding away... tisk tisk

Day 31/365: Oh hi there! Just me goofing around with my new 35mm 1.4 lens and how cool is my new shirt from Gnome Enterprises?! I absolutely love their tees. Amazing quality!

Day 31/365: Another lamp in my home. When I first moved in I had thought I would replace this guy but he's grown on me and now I can't picture not having it there.

Day 33/365: I can't picture my life without this beautiful soul. You better live to be 100 Gretta! (In people years...just saying)

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

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