When I started Accutane 90 days ago, I was so hopeful. Sure, my skin and hair are now dry (in a good way) and my lips are oh-so-parched. I know the Accutane is working, because I'm experiencing all of these side effects. Unfortunately, it is not clearing my skin. I would say that my acne has transformed to a different kind and is now on different parts of my face than it was before. But, I am still breaking out so consistently. I have new pimples every day. This is why I am increasing my dosage from 20mg to 40mg. If I were going by the U.S. dosage standard of 1mg/kg of body weight, the "standard" dosage for my size would be about 50-55mg, so I am still on the lower end of dosing. My acne is moderate so I don't feel the need to take a "standard" dose.
Before starting Accutane, I did SO MUCH research about low dosage courses of the drug. It seems like the majority of people who suffer from only moderate (as opposed to severe) acne have been very successful on low doses of the drug. However, 90 days is much too long to have not seen any positive results. I was going to discontinue the drug after a 160 day course of 20mg/day. Instead, I will be going 180 days, with the last 90 days at 40mg. I don't know what else to do.
Today will be my 4th day on 40mg. I am anticipating an IB, but we'll see. Hopefully in another month I will be happy to report some results. In the meantime, I really want a Clarisonic for Christmas.. lol I know they're supposedly terrible for delicate Accutane skin, but a lot of people seem to have had good luck with it. At this point, I am exfoliating almost every day because I am so dry (and loving it). I recommend the Lush brand sea salt scrub. It's quite abrasive yet not loaded with chemicals.
I get so much hope from watching Youtube vids of Accutane blogs. I wish I was brave enough to make one. I always pretend I don't have acne. I have all sorts of lotions and potions that I use for my acne and I'm always so careful that my fiance doesn't ever see me using them. I feel too old to still be covering up spots. I was 100% clear in high school and didn't start getting acne until college. I wish it had been the other way around like everyone else.
Thanks for reading my vent.. is anyone else out there in the same boat?