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Week 1 Of Accutane

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Well, here I am...writing about my first week of accutane. To be honest, I never thought I would start the journey of accutane -- I was used to hearing such negative things about it, but once my dermatologist asked if I wanted to keep wasting money on creams, cleansers and antibiotics, I knew it was time for a major change.

I tried my best not to google about accutane since the negative stuff tends to be more pertinent. I stumbled across acne.org however, and loved that I could read the progress of others on accutane and compare my side effects/ changes with everyone else -- it is nice not being alone! : )

I thought I would track my progress weekly and start posting any side effects or really, skin changes that I notice throughout the course. I am taking 40mg of accutane (Claravis -- Isotretinoin capsules or whatever) once daily. Every time I take it, I always wonder how this tiny pill is going to change my skin. I couldn't be more excited.

I did not notice my skin changing until day 5. How about everyone else?

Here is what I am currently experiencing:

Day 5: The start of itchy skin, mainly on my hairline and nose

Day 6: More itchy skin, definitely my face -- sensitive skin* for sure, dry lips

Day 7: Dry lips, itchy skin around neck, nose, corner of mouth & hair line

*-- I have pretty sensitive skin, grew up with eczema and whenever I scratch, I tend to get really red so thats what I mean by sensitive skin

For the most part, everything tends to be tolerable...I am hoping that the itchiness goes away, or that I just get used to it? I heard that the drying of the lips gets worse, but I'm ready for it.

Here are the products I am currently using:

Face:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

MAC Charged Water Lotion

Lips:

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick (recommended!)

Blistex Medicated Chapstick

Carmex Chapstick

Chapstick Moisturizer

Vaseline

I usually just carry the Palmer's Swivel Stick around with me because it lasts the longest for me, but I use the others sparingly and whenever I tend to have them around me. I definitely stocked up ... : )

My only question I have and hoping that someone can answer for me ... do you use the Cetaphil Advance Daily Ultra Hydrating lotion on your face?? I usually stick to only things that say for the face & that are light weight...in fear of clogging pores. I know it says it shouldn't clog pores but it still feels pretty heavy to me.

Here's to an easy (hopefully) journey of getting the skin I have always wanted!


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