I have finally decided to give accutane a try. It was offered to me when I was a teen and my family wouldn't let me take it. Too many really scary side effects. Now, at 36, know that my two kiddos are all I will be having, I have decided to go for it. In my mid 20's my acne really cleared up and I was able to manage it with OTC's and makeup. In January my mother died. It was a very unexpected and stressful event. I think I experienced a type of stress my body has never experienced before. My skin freaked! I was so exhausted that I couldn't put much effort into worrying about it for a month or two. When I did, my doc put me on minocycline - minor help. She put me on rentin-a, high dose benzoil peroxide, and azalex. My face literally SWELLED. My eyes, my lips, my cheeks. It was a DISASTER! I was reluctant to take accutane due to the crazy side effects. Finally, after 4 months of trying other meds I gave in.
I am on day 21 of 60mgs per day. The biggest issues I am having are super uncomfortable lips - I don't think they are dry...just weird and uncomfortable. My scalp feels like it is going to itch off and my nose is full of crusty boogers. I am obsessed with lip treatments of all kinds and have yet to find the PERFECT one that works for more than 3 days. Any suggestions would be great! My acne however, is doing MUCH better! A little broken out but the pustules heal within a day or two instead of a week.
My question to you - Do the side effects go away? Amy I going to quit itching all over? Will my lips ever feel ok?
Overall, I am happy that I chose to take it. I am excited at the thought that I might be acne free for the rest of my life! Please pass on any helpful hints and information.