How long after accutane does it take for dryness to go away?
Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:11 PM
I am in the middle of my 5th month on accutane, and my skin is extremely dry/flaky after I shower in the morning. I will be finished with my course of treatment on December 13th, but I would like to travel with some friends to NYC over winter break.
I am writing to ask how long it takes for the dryness from accutane to go away? I mean, how long will it take for me to be able to simply shower and rush out the door without having to worry about moisturizer and making sure my skin isn't flaky. I don't mind a little dryness, as long as it isn't flaking. I know this is a random question, but it's rather difficult to travel with others when you need the bathroom for a long time and when your skin gets quite flaky overnight!
Thanks for your help!
PS - how long after accutane can I drink alcohol in normal amounts? my college friends want to celebrate my birthday on the 16th of december? can I drink by then, if I finish on the 13th?
Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:12 PM
as far as drinking, u should ask ur doc.
Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:15 PM
Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:09 PM
As for drinking, one night won't kill you, especially if you've finished the course. Just stay hydrated and try not to get loserpissed.
Posted 24 October 2008 - 04:01 AM
Coat your face in moisturiser the night before if you are too paranoid and half-lazy to dab a bit of moisturiser on your face in the morning! It's only a little dry skin, well worth it for clear skin right??
Posted 24 October 2008 - 04:35 AM
Posted 25 October 2008 - 02:36 PM
I'm on day 131 of treatment ... usually, I wash my face at night when I shower (and my skin peels a ton in the shower) and then lather on moisturizer at night before bed. I like this system because my skin looks great, and not greasy, when I wake up in the morning. It just sucks because accutane has been taking so much out of me ... my skin peels so much and I am always worried that it'll start peeling when I go out.
But yay! for clear skin! I just really want to go visit friends at college and be able to sleep over their dorms without having to worry about the condition of my skin!
Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:11 AM
Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:25 AM
What is cumulative dosage?
Many people will tell you it’s the cumulative dose that counts for treatment, and 120-150mg/kg overall has been found to be the most successful. Here’s how to figure it out! (mg per day) X (days on med) / (weight in kg) = CD.
So lets assume you're a bigger dude, if you took 40mg per day for 1 month, plus 60mg for 6 months, and you weigh 85kg (185 lbs): (40 X 30) + (60 X 180) / 85 = 141mg/kg. Which is just fine!
The dryness & drug are out of your system in 2-3 weeks so you should notice a difference after this. If your face is TOO dry, get a lower dosage! There's no reason to suffer while on this drug.
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