Day 117 (almost 4 months)
First off, thanks a bunch for the message and the support kim! It has been a long and difficult almost 4 months on the tane and I have often struggled going through this - it's heartening to know I am not alone.
My skin is still refusing to get totally clear - I am stuck in a cycle of 3 - 5 actives which take a week or two to heal by which point they will have been replaced by a new 3-5 actives. I'm also getting too many big inflamed pustules (that take 2 weeks or so to shrink) for my liking lately
Right now I have one healing big pustule near my right ear. The big angry bump on my right cheek has healed up a lot but is still there and will leave hyperpigmentation for a while (and prob a small scar).
Still got two of the largish inflamed papules on my left jawline healing up/pigmentation marks. In the last couple of days I've had 2 smallish inflamed papules spring up on my left cheek. I'm hoping and they should go away without too much of a problem. I have a large inflamed pustule with another beautiful big yellowy head near the left side of my chin and as of yesterday a new medium sized papule near my left sideburn.
I know that this stuff will all heal up in a week or so (red marks longer) but I am getting pretty frustrated as the breakouts just keep coming. I have now almost completed four months of Accutane and I had hoped I would have reached the stage of not breaking out by now. If it doesn't come in the next month I am starting to wonder if it will. I realise I am on a low dose, but having said that I have been on the drug for a fair while now.
Got my next derm appointment in just over 4 weeks at which point I will have been on Accutane for almost 5 months. If I am not clear at this point I guess I'll have to look at my options - hopefully it's just a matter of waiting it out a bit longer as I'm not that keen on increasing the dose. Be interested in what my derm has to say.