Hey everybody. Another isotretinoin log here. I just started a low-dose isotretinoin regimen (10mg every other day) about a week ago. Honestly, I have a pretty mild case of acne, especially compared to what some of the other people on this board are experiencing. I've suffered from pustules and sebaceous filaments on my nose for several years, but the main reason I'm taking isotretinoin is the oil. The oil production on my nose is completely out of hand. I can wash my face and see beads of oil filling up in my pores 30 minutes later, and after 2 or 3 hours my entire nose is an oil slick. The oiliness combined with the pustules makes for a pretty gross sight.
I've always been afraid to take isotretinoin because of the side-effects. It was always a "last resort" in my mind. I told myself that the only way I would ever try isotretinoin was if I exhausted all my other options. Well, that time has come. I have spent an absurd amount of money on every possible remedy I could find and wasted several years of my life feeling too embarrassed to go outside and lead a normal social life. I look back now on all the products I tried over the years and wish I had taken the plunge sooner with isotretinoin.
I'm starting this log to help pass the time while I wait for results. I'm extremely eager to start seeing results even though I know it typically takes at least a couple of weeks. The wait is killing me. My hope is that writing about my progress will make the time go by faster. I'm also hoping this thread can be of use to someone in the future who might be considering isotretinoin for the same reasons as me.
I started on August 6, so I'm on Day 11 at the time of this post. I've taken 5 pills for a running total of 50mg. I was going to try easing into the regimen by taking one pill every three days, but I'm so eager for results that I decided to make it one pill every two days. I'm using a generic brand of isotretinoin instead of the well-known Accutane.
I haven't noticed anything significant so far, positive or negative. My oil production might be decreasing slightly, but that may just be my mind playing tricks on me. The most common side-effect, chapped lips, is a problem I already deal with anyway (for reasons I don't understand), so I can't say anything for sure on that front. I'll come back with an update in a few days.
For reference, I weigh 150 pounds and I'm 5'11'' tall.
Edited by Jofo, 27 January 2013 - 03:18 AM.