Day 19! I have to go have my bloodwork redone somewhat soon and I'm dreading it... I don't do well with needles. But oh well, it's totally worth it.
Results so far: Amazing, this is the part of my cycle where I normally break out badly. Last month (pre-accutane) around this time I probably got about 5 or 6 somewhat painful pimples/ whiteheads on my cheeks/ the sides of my chin. This month, one whitehead right next to my nose and that's it. My skin really has been great since starting my course, it's actually incredible, especially considering I'm only on 20mg a day. Other than the one weird whitehead next to my nose, I'm pimple free pretty much. There is kind of another one toward the end of the healing process on my right cheek, but that's it! Knock on wood.
Side effects: ...And the dry lips have finally come... I can keep them under control by applying various combinations of nivea chapstick, aquaphor, vaseline w cocoa butter, neosporin, jojoba oil, olive oil, and exfoliating with lemon and sugar, but they're never quite normal. I had one random day where every time I stood up my vision would blur out and I would get slightly lightheaded for a couple seconds, but considering I've fainted about 20 times throughout the course of my life, it's not TOO concerning and it could easily have nothing to do with accutane. The skin on my nose is the only area on my face that has been dry, which is odd considering it's usually the oiliest, but hey, my makeup stays on way better now because of it. Oh and I blew my nose the other day and there was a bit of blood. Yuck. That's probably it on the side effects that I can think of.
I do admit that I'm literally incapable of using NO topicals on the few pimples I have gotten since starting my course. I dab a bit of tea tree oil on when I do get a pimple.
I also cannot seem to figure out how I feel about my red marks. At first it definitely seemed like they were improving, but now they're at a standstill. Last week I had a somewhat sensitive pimple on my jawline (the kind that would typically leave a mark), but it left NO mark what-so-ever. But the couple of very tiny pimples I've gotten on my forehead (the kind that would typically leave no mark) have left tiny redmarks. It's strange and unpredictable. I'm not a fan of unpredictable.
That's it for now I suppose.