Okay Day 48 here... I am now taking 20 mg 2x a day and so far so good. The dryness is definitely getting worse, but again, it's still not unbearable. Aquaphor for the lips are pretty much a life saver, and I use vaselene on my face at night (on the creases by my nose, my chin crease and on the corners of my eyes). I've noticed my arms are extra dry and very itchy... which is annoying. I picked up some Eucerin dry skin itch relief lotion last night but it's not really doing much to help. Maybe if I'm consistent with it. Hm. We'll see. I quit my gym when I started in fear of muscle aches but I've been feeling antsy and gross so two days ago I used my Nike app to do a 15 minute leg workout thinking it would be no big deal and OH MY LORD I can barely walk!! I don't know if this is due to the accutane or the fact that I haven't exercised in months or maybe a combination of both. I think I'm going to try easing into workouts, maybe use the treadmill a little or take some walks before I do all these crazy muscle toning workouts. On the bright side, my lower back doesn't hurt anymore... so yay. ANYway, my doctor told me that the next two months (months 2 and 3, although I'm almost done with month 2) people tend to either start clearing or break out like crazy. I feel like I'm in the middle. I'm still getting a few breakouts (and some in the most random places I never got them before... on my leg, my shoulders, my stomach!!) but I wouldn't say it's anything crazy. Here are my updated pics for today:
My really bad spots (the chin area) are flattening but they're so red I def can't go without makeup (that is my dream) so I'm hoping/wondering if accutance will help with the redness. Anyone know?