About to embark on a second round of accutane at ultra low dose so thought I'd keep a log since it might help others with what to expect. My history;
- Acne and a bit of dermatitis, super oily skin, since 13, cleared at 21 with accutane
- coming off accutane had a hideous dermatitis reaction to the oil returning, so went onto three 40mg tabs (I think) every 3 months, kept everything in check for a couple years
- since then, using the regimen has worked well
- now am 31 and have had a few cysts in the past few weeks, which is new. Think the oil has come back at a level to cause cysts, I don't know. It is far, far better than it was back in the day before my first course though.
I knew it was time to do something medical again when I found myself cancelling business meetings and social events, even taking time off work, because of my skin. Had forgotten about how that felt since it was teenage years the last time I felt like that.
So I figured sod it, I want to live my life properly and stop messing about. Went to see the derm and he prescribed some ultra low dose accutane.
Here's my Rx: 20MG daily for two weeks, then twice weekly for 6 months. I'm going to keep on using BP, because in my previous experience of low dose accutane, you can use other stuff along with it, it just saps the oil out of the equation a bit more. See how I go.
The main thing I'm afraid of is initial breakout. It was absolutely horrible last time, but I did it whilst on holidays from Univeristy. This time, no such luck. I'm in a job where I occasionally have to be on TV and I'm dealing with people a lot, often social events I'm required to be at. I'm hoping since my acne is wayyyyy better than it was back on my first course, and this is a low dose, that the oil will just clear up.
About to pop the first pill and feeling optimistic. I know first hand what life is like in the latter stages and after accutane and it's FANTASTIC. I used to party all night, forget to wash my face, work out all the time, eat whatever I wanted, not a single blackhead or zit even in sight. That's what I want back again.
Current situation: blackheads all over nose, one huge zit on side of nose, been there about a week, 4-5 smaller zits on upper lip, two painful cysts on back of neck. Wish me luck!!!!!!!