I haven't updated this in a few days, but I felt I needed to vent about what's going on here.
I upped the dosage to 2 30mg pills a day on friday as instructed by my dermatologist. Well, the whole oily face thing is a thing of the past. Now, I am "craving" oil lol... My face is dry dry dry dry dry. Have I said dry enough? Also, when I use a moisturizer that controls oil and has spf 15 in it (Cetaphil brand) it BURNS. I'm talking like acid burning. But it goes away, and my face looks normal for a bit. Then the dryness gets worse as the day goes on, and my face is beginning to flake. Not too bad, thank god.
I haven't even had a new "pimple" come up yet, only a few deep hard things that you can only see when I flex my forehead. I think these are cysts? Idk, I can't notice them so I'm not complaining. The pimples I have are staying the same size, and same redness. I am not even expecting them to go away this soon.
My Scalp. Oh good god my scalp. It itches. So bad. Terribly bad. And guess what? If I scratch it, it looks like a blizzard. I learned that the hard way when I was with my girlfriend. I don't think she noticed, but I sure did. Way to boost my self confidence 'Tane. It itches right now as I am typing this, and I just took my second shower and washed my hair with Nutrogena T-gel. It seems to calm it down, but I think I need to buy a conditioner as well. I have short thin, light brown hair, so the flakes aren't noticeable. I'm hoping this goes away.
My Lips. Well these crusty things I call lips anyways. Aquaphor isn't helping that much, it seems to rub off. I smoke too, so it probably plays a factor. If I can get it to stay on there long enough, my lips are shiny. But they feel so good while it stays on. They are peeling kinda, and I can bite the peeling skin off of them. It isn't that noticeable, but one of my biggest pet peeves is chapped lips. I'm hoping this gets better as well.
Back pain is an issue now. It is only when I am bending down, bending up, or trying to lay straight down. It is excruciating pain, and my friends have even commented that I look and sound like an old person when it hurts. I have only taken 3 pills since starting 'Tane. 2 ibuprofen for a headache since I had to work, and then today a nasal decongestant because it's winter, and my allergies are deciding to fuck with me now.
Oh, and I have noticed a rash type thing on my left arm. It looks like small ringworm, and there's 2 circle like rashes. Google a picture of ringworm, and that's what it looks like pretty much. It itches like crazy. I don't understand how I could have gotten ring worm, so for the time being, I'm blaming it on accutane.
My contacts are still going in, but they are burning when I do put them in. I also have to take them out earlier than I usually do, because my eyes just can't take it anymore, and I don't like eyedrops.
My skin is dry all around, I just want to bathe in lotion. Since starting accutane, I have had to buy all new products for my hygiene. All of them are supposed to be the best for moisturizing. Let's hope these start to work soon, since it's getting cold out, and I already have dry skin naturally.
Well, that's my rant. Feel free to comment about if you have experienced these side effects.