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Week 4 Already!?

Well, it’s the beginning of week 4 today.  I think there is some improvement in the quality of my skin based on the pictures.  As for side effects, I have lots of back pain and shoulder pain and that stuff (probably from cross country) and my lips are chapped beyond belief (probably also because of cross country, and the fact that I can’t find Carmex lip balm anywhere, so I’m using this Blistex complete moisture stuff).  But overall, it’s doable, although I think I must have an abnormally high tolerance for pain.  So without further ado, here are the pictures from the end of week 3/beginning of week 4: (As always, click any of the small pictures for a larger version)

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Day 13: The Pros and Cons of Sun Exposure

Today was a beautiful day outside, nice and sunny, not as hot as it has been, but still really, really nice.  So, I went to Portsmouth, NH with my family, and we went kayaking.  Sounds great, right? Well, it was, but the sun wasn’t so great.  I applied my normal 30SPF sunblock on my body and my Aveeno 70SPF face sunblock as usual, before we went outside.  I also applied lots of lip balm, and brought it with me (the only thing I brought on the boat ;)).  Most of the kayaking was great, but near the end, I felt this burning pain on my face and on my body that wouldn’t go away. It felt like I was getting a sunburn before my eyes, I could feel the heat from the sun.  Also, to make matters worse, I didn’t bring my sunglasses out of fear that my month-old RayBan aviators would find their demise in the ocean.  So, along with my skin crisping up, my eyes were almost shut, and my face was incredibly dry.  When we reached the shore, I ran to the car, put my sunglasses on, sat down, and then changed my clothes.  Upon later inspection, I didn’t really burn badly at all, it just felt like I was burning.  But, like I felt, my face was so so so dry.

Overall, it was a nice day.  Next time, though, I might take a bit shorter of a trip on the water, because my skin is definitely affected by Accutane.

My New Favorites

After my lip balm fiasco yesterday, I went to CVS this morning and picked up two more tubes of Blistex Complete Moisture lip balm. I love this stuff.  I went through a whole tube in a week, but as Napoleon would say, “my lips hurt real bad.”  So, I officially like the Blistex Complete Moisture lip balm the best.  However, I was also looking for a remedy for the cracks and the burning and all that fun stuff.  So I turned to Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment (jeez, I should buy stock in Blistex or something).  This really soothes and heals the lips, but because it doesn’t have a sunscreen, use it when you’re going to bed or if you’re going to be out of the sun.  But I think with these two products, I’ll have fully (or as close to fully as possible) moisturized lips during my Accutane treatment.

Day 9: Lip Balm Emergency

I ran out of lip balm.  Earlier tonight, I went to twist the bottom of the tube of Blistex Complete Moisture Lip Balm and it wouldn’t turn.  I almost died.  My lips became very dry about 15 minutes after I stopped using the lip balm, and I had to take some of my grandmother’s vitamin e cream—god only knows if that’s safe for my lips.  It helped hold me over until I returned home, where my emergency backups (Carmex and Burt’s Bees) were waiting.  I have to say that the Carmex is a bit stingy, I can definitely feel it on my lips.  I’d assume that the Burt’s Bees is the same.  I have to go to CVS tomorrow to buy more Blistex (probably at least two containers).  But this definitely shows me that using lip balm is imperative, so don’t leave home without it!


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