Well, i have completed month two of 60mg a day and am now half way through month three with the same dosage.
Month two, at the beginning... it was just the same. Still breaking out however the breakouts were smaller and not so inflamed. I started to notice that in the last week of my second month, my skin started to clear up and only had 2 or 3 small breakouts on the side of my face. I was very excited for month three.
Now, half way through month three, I am happy to say that I have been pretty clear for the majority of it. Apart from one small break out on my jaw when I was on my period. Other than that, I have been absolutely thrilled with the results and that I no longer need to worry about where I am breaking out next.
Something that really helped me out during my second month on Accutane, when I felt really unsure about my skin and the products I was using was Mrs. Hirons and her skin blog.Everyone should go check out www.carolinehirons.com, she is absolutely amazing and has really changed the way I look at skin care and cleansing. She is a british "skin expert", with many qualifications and a good understanding of the beauty industry. If you're curious or simply a skincare junkie such as myself, so check her out.
My clarisonic has also been so helpful throughout this entire process. And no, I don't use it everyday. I use it about once a week or maybe even once every two weeks. I just need to see what my skin needs. There are times throughout the month where I feel like my skin just needs help getting rid of the dry/peeling skin especially around my nostrils and in between my eyebrows. One quick cleanse with a clarisonic and it helps stop the flaking/peeling for about another week or so. Followed up with my daily routine of Fresh Seaberrry Face Oil (this stuff is amazing, so hydrating!) and some Cetaphil moisturizer and all is well again.
Issues that I have been suffering with so far:
-the Accutane rash on my hands. It comes and goes. Some days it is perfectly clear while other times it simple comes back so red and sore. I know there are prescription creams and stuff, but honestly, if I can go without it then I'll will. My dermatologist says that it should completely go away after I stop my Accutane treatment, so for now... it will just be my amazing Eucerin cream.
-Working out has become sort of an issue. I love working out and really pushing myself... but I find that it has become really difficult while on Accutane. Two reasons for this.. the first one being that I get so red in the face after a workout and it stays like that for a while afterwards. Secondly, i get really sore after a run or workouts that I have never really had an issue with in the past. Specifically my back and my knees. Doing my research about the medication, I knew about the joint pain and stuff were common issues ... but i seriously did not think it would impact me so much.
So now, I feel like I need to shift my focus. I no longer need to address active breakouts but evening out my skin tone. I'm pretty lucky that my scarring is really not that bad but now improving the condition of my skin is the next goal.