This log describes my experience using isotretinoin to combat OILY SKIN. Yes, I'm using accutane for oily skin. It has come to this unfortunately
If you are doing the same, please share your experiences and don't hesitate to ask questions. I'm finding very few logs and few publications on accutane for oily skin therapy, but pooling our separate experiences and knowledge may help us understand the mechanisms by which we can successfully reduce sebum production long-term.
I'm female (so hormones probably have a lot to contribute to this misery). I'm currently 22. I did have mild acne from age 16-19ish. After then, the acne stopped, the oil increased. The oil is SEVERE, especially on face, neck, chest, and back. I'm prone to getting few but problematic blemishes on my upper arms and chest. Also, wherever my skin is oily, it tends to get shiny and flaky too, like the skin sheds fast. Accutane has dramatically reduced that.
Other drugs I've tried:
There's not much you can do to combat oily skin. I went on birth control (Diane-35). It improved the overall quality of my skin but i started getting random crippling migraines, so I had to abandon that. I tried Vitamin B5 therapy, but it didn't reduce it by much and I'm hesitant about taking large dosages of B5 long-term. Also, the mechanics of B5 don't work to give you long term results, neither does birth control. Hence, I'm on accutane. The go ahead for me was finding out 4 people I knew went on the drug and were thankful. When I mentioned accutane to people around me, chances were they knew someone who went on the drug. Isn't that promising? The nurse that does my blood tests also went on it:P It's surprising how many people go on Accutane, and never look back.
I'm taking CLARUS, 40mg per day for 6 months. I weigh 120lbs.
Also, I have no idea if the following is contributing to my clear skin (I was breaking out badly in month 2-3 of accutane) but I'm also:
- drinking a glass of water 15 mins before breakfast every morning
- refraining from eating 3-4 hours before bedtime
Edited by droidone, 31 July 2012 - 02:52 PM.