I'd like to share my experiences with isotretinion, mostly to see if other people's results/effects are similar or not to my own. I'm a 19 year old male and I've been on 20mg for nearly 2 months out of a total 8.
After these 2 months my acne has reduced dramatically, I was used to new acne every day for years and now I hardly ever get any new acne, on my face at least.
The main effect I've felt from the isotretinion is a sense of drying out - my skin often flakes off similar to sunburn and I have to rinse my face around every 6 hours I find. I've been using a cream on my lips because otherwise they get very dry, irritating and sore. I also seem to have to be careful not to over-scrub in the shower, after I showered today my face was very red and started stinging very painfully until I put some cetaphil on which reduced the stinging to a managable level. The inside of my nose also gets dry and bleeds a little, just enough to form irritating scabs which can be painful. Not sure what I can do about that.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from when I started the treatment, here is me now. My face has hardly any acne compared to what it had 2 months ago, except for blackheads which I still have a lot of, especially around my nose.
My back also has hardly any fresh acne on it these days, however is very scarred from years of putting off going to see the dermatologist.
I find myself greatly looking forward to the 8 month mark in hope that at least my face will look better, seeing as I have lots of self esteem issues etc etc as I'm sure is fairly standard for this forum.
Anyone care to post their experiences of isotretinion to compare and contrast to my own?
Edited by resignedregular, 27 March 2013 - 06:27 PM.