Well, here I am...writing about my first week of accutane. To be honest, I never thought I would start the journey of accutane -- I was used to hearing such negative things about it, but once my dermatologist asked if I wanted to keep wasting money on creams, cleansers and antibiotics, I knew it was time for a major change.
I tried my best not to google about accutane since the negative stuff tends to be more pertinent. I stumbled across acne.org however, and loved that I could read the progress of others on accutane and compare my side effects/ changes with everyone else -- it is nice not being alone! : )
I thought I would track my progress weekly and start posting any side effects or really, skin changes that I notice throughout the course. I am taking 40mg of accutane (Claravis -- Isotretinoin capsules or whatever) once daily. Every time I take it, I always wonder how this tiny pill is going to change my skin. I couldn't be more excited.
I did not notice my skin changing until day 5. How about everyone else?
Here is what I am currently experiencing:
Day 5: The start of itchy skin, mainly on my hairline and nose
Day 6: More itchy skin, definitely my face -- sensitive skin* for sure, dry lips
Day 7: Dry lips, itchy skin around neck, nose, corner of mouth & hair line
*-- I have pretty sensitive skin, grew up with eczema and whenever I scratch, I tend to get really red so thats what I mean by sensitive skin
For the most part, everything tends to be tolerable...I am hoping that the itchiness goes away, or that I just get used to it? I heard that the drying of the lips gets worse, but I'm ready for it.
Here are the products I am currently using:
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
MAC Charged Water Lotion
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick (recommended!)
Blistex Medicated Chapstick
I usually just carry the Palmer's Swivel Stick around with me because it lasts the longest for me, but I use the others sparingly and whenever I tend to have them around me. I definitely stocked up ... : )
My only question I have and hoping that someone can answer for me ... do you use the Cetaphil Advance Daily Ultra Hydrating lotion on your face?? I usually stick to only things that say for the face & that are light weight...in fear of clogging pores. I know it says it shouldn't clog pores but it still feels pretty heavy to me.
Here's to an easy (hopefully) journey of getting the skin I have always wanted!