The Roaccutane Diaries – Week 2
My second week kicked off with me being bedridden with the flu. It started with a sore throat that I thought was just the Roaccutane, and then turned into full blown flu. Anyway, you can read about it here (let me not rehash the details about how crap I felt and how sorry I felt for myself).
The highlight of my week was obviously getting engaged (which I blogged about too, you can read about it here)
In terms of the actual Roaccutane it was a quiet week. I’ve woken up a few times with cracked lips, and blood in my mouth (which I presume is from the lips) and I have quite a nasty taste in my mouth – no amount of gum, mints, Listerine or water seems to help during the day. It’s not necessarily a metallic taste, which is what it seems a lot of other people experience (according to the forums and such I’ve read online), it’s a taste that I can only describe as morning-breath meets cotton mouth from a hangover on steroids.
I also had my geisha tattoo finished yesterday and I could definitely feel a difference. It was unpleasant. The inner arm is a VERY sensitive spot but I could definitely feel a difference in my skin and the whole shading process from what I’m used to (and I’ve had my feet tattooed, I always say that I’m used to the pain but this was different). I definitely couldn’t handle more than a 2 hours, even though we still have so much more to finish on the other side of my arm, but I couldn’t bear the idea of laying my newly tattooed arm on the bed and letting him tattoo the other side. Nope. Nope. I’m a big girl but nope. I can’t say the Roaccutane has had an effect on the dryness of the arm itself, I don’t feel like the fresh tattoo is any drier or scabbier right off the bat but I’m sure in a day or two I’ll be able to decide if there is a difference. I have one more session early next month and then we’re done.
My lips are definitely the worst side effect so far. Oh and the scabby nose from the flu, which I can say is a lot worse on Roaccutane than off. It’s dry and scaly and it makes me feel like I have snake skin on my face. I’ve been smothering my nose with Bepanthan, which I’ve also been using on my lips. On my tattoo I prefer plain Nivea (in the blue bottle) to Bepanthan, particularly because of the large surface area I have to cover, Bepanthan is not the most spreadable substance on earth. I also hate the smell of Bepanthan, so having it shoved up my nose is not ideal.
My medical aesthatian is suggesting that I change my skin care. I’ve always just used things like Nivea or the Body Shop, but she’s suggesting I use Nimue. While I have nothing against the idea of using a better skin care product, I won’t lie when I say that the Roaccutane and extra derma visits are already pushing my budget (medical aid is tapped), and R1900 for a new skin care regime is a little rough. For those of you who’ve been on Roaccutane, what have you been using for moisture? I can definitely feel a dry, flakiness developing but nothing my normal moisturizers can’t cope with.
I think that’s all I have to say. If you do have any insights on what skincare I can look into that isn’t going to cost an arm and 4 toes, let me know in the comments?
Hugs & sloppy daxie kisses