Okay so this is my first ever blog on here, I started taking accutane 20mg a day 19 days ago and want to share my experiences on the drug. So here goes...
My skin had been slowly improving ever since day one. I thought I was one of the lucky few who only ever improve on accutane and skip the whole IB phase.. but no I got my first horrific breakout yesterday morning when I woke up (day 18).
I now have three active pimples on my forehead, one on my nose and a few (I gave up counting after 11...) scattered on my cheeks (my usual problem area).
I woke up, looked in the mirror and cried. It's probably the worst my acne has ever been. It's not clearing up quickly either like some other peoples do on accutane, but that might be because I'm on a fairly low dosage and so early into my treatment. Oh well, guess I have to live with it for awhile. Fingers crossed I don't break out this bad ever again.
The usual chapped lips that no one can avoid
Dry skin on my feet and hands, a dry patch on my arm (nothing bad though, i haven't even bothered to moisturise them yet.)
Shoulder pain when I lay down
Loud cracking joints
I know I've listed a few side effects but seriously they're hardly noticeable. I'm just noticing tiny changes. My face hasn't become dry yet though.. I do moisturise twice a day so that might be keeping it at bay for now.
Coconut oil to remove makeup
Bezoyl peroxide 4% cream
Vitamin E oil added to my cetphil face moisturiser at night
pawpaw ointment on my lips - best thing by far to use!
I don't see my derm for another 5 weeks so he will probably up my dosage when I see him, until then I guess I'll just have to keep my chin up and soldier on. I'm actually really optimistic about this whole thing, i can't wait to see results and I know I will eventually. If this breakout means my skin is purging then that's awesome! better out than in I always say Okay well that's about it for now, if anyone else is on a course of accutane please comment and update me on how you're going.. I'll update this every week with my progress, until then - Keep smiling