I've only posted on here a few times in regards to my adult acne - I am a 28yo female who started suffering from adult acne about 3 years - which started after vitamin b12 shots given by my doctor - they say there is no relation but I really disagree with them!
Anyhow, I have been all all treatments possible, all antibiotics and nothign worked. So, my dermatologist put me on accutane (Isotretinoin) capsules a month ago - on a 20mg a day dosage. I've suffered some of the usual side affects - very dry lips (I have a pot of vaseline chained to me) and terribly dry skin on my face, esp round the nose and chin - after I shower I can feel how tight my face feels from dryness so carry a pot of Simple Cream around with me and moisturise my face around 5/6 times a day to stop it drying out! My body I haven't noticed any dryness but I use thoroughly moisureise with Palmers Cocoa Body Butter every night and did so 3 weeks prior to the start of my treatment which helped.
I've noticed other side affects though which I wonder if nayone else suffered from. I am suffering from a really dry mouth (even though I am drinking more as aware accutane can dehydrate you). I also am suffering from spells of dizziness - I dont know if this is related to the medication or from a virus I caught a couple of weeks ago as the dizziness was constant back then - has anyone else experienced this?
i've suffered from really bad breakouts - my face is covered in large painful spots, esp around the chin and cheeks - my forehead also is suffering and my whole is littered with even more blackheads than before. I am also suffering badly only my neck and before where I had minimal spot breakout on my back and chest, I am getting awful breakouts and loads of blackheads everywhere on my body. Assuming this is normal?!?
I have another appointment with my derm tomorrow and hoping he will increase the dosage! I was wondering from those who start low, this is the usual pattern after 4 weeks of being on accutane? Is there anything I can do to help/reduce the breakout? I know I need to bear with it as its very early days but if there is a way I can reduce it as getting many scars from the spots that would be great.