I really fail at this.... haha. As soon as I started accutane I was like 'Woo gonna update everyday!', but then life got in the way. I'm in 6th year so school is very busy for me at the moment but now I have a week off. Yay! Apart from all the study I have to do
But anyways, i would say side effects started to kick in around the end of the first week. So far I've experienced:
- Drier skin: So my skin is definitely not dry yet, but it's noticeably less oily. It's even slightly flaky around my nose but that's not unusual for me in the winter. I'm starting to find that some of my cleansers ( at the moment I'm using Simple's refreshing gel wash) are starting to make my face feel a bit tight after using them. So some mornings I've just been using water which feels so strange to me! But it seems to be working. I really need to get a new cleanser though! Everyone on accutane seems to recommend Cetaphil, but I live in Ireland and I can't seem to find it anywhere. So if anyone knows of something similar available in the UK/Ireland I'd love to know! And for moisturiser I'm still using my usual one which is the Olay day fluid for sensitive skin which is still working fine. I haven't noticed my body being dry yet but my Mam recommended Silcock's base to me. You can get this in a huge tub in the chemist ( i got mine in Boot's for about €4) and it's basically the base of what most moisturisers are made of. I've only tried it once and it's really thick so I think will be good when the dry skin really hits me.
- Dry lips: Coming up to end of the first week i started to notice them getting slightly drier but it was yesterday it really hit me! I didn't put anything on my lips until about 1pm because it was saturday and I wasn't in any rush to get ready. But then by the time I put my carmex on they were all flaky! And they were also flaky last night. It's also really cold here at the moment so that didn't help. Lip balm recommendations are also appreciated, unfortunately I can't get Aquaphor here
- Back pain: Now I'm not entirely sure about this but I think my back hurts when I move certain ways or when I'm studying for ages but that could just be me being paranoid.
- Dry/Itchy eyes: Again, not positive about this one but I do think they feel more irritated than usual.
I think that's about it as far as side effects go, nothing too crazy yet. Strangely enough, my skin has actually been treating me pretty well this week. I've only gotten maybe three small spots and one bigger one (close to my ear which is a first for me). Now don't worry, I'm not under any illusion that this is the accutane working already, it's just my skin having a good week. But still praying I don't get an initial breakout! Can anyone tell me their experience with an initial breakout please?
So I know you're not meant to drink while on accutane.... but I think I will be on Halloween. I know, tut tut. But I'm gonna drink less than usual and just take it slow. This isn't an ideal year for me to be on accutane from an alcohol point of view since I'm in my last year of school and all of my friends will be turing 18 throughout the year. I don't drink very often though, only like special events/hoildays/birthdays etc. But hey, better than being on it starting college!
That's about it I think. I'll try to update before the end of the week!