I'm a 19 year old female who started 10mg of roaccutane a day on the 4th of March. I'm only 5'0 and weigh 41kgs (90lbs) so I didn't ask for a higher dosage just yet. I started getting pimples when I was around 12 and I've never had cystic acne but it was persistent, ranging from mild to not so mild for years. I tried everything blah blah blah and the only thing I found worked was benzoyl peroxide but I used it on my skin for over a year and even when I upped the percentage, my skin showed no signs of improvement. So, in an attempt to get rid of my pimples and excessively (disgustingly) oily skin for once and for all (fingers crossed!), I started a course of roaccutane.
For the first two weeks, I literally had no side effects. My skin was still oily as ever and pimples and whiteheads were ever present. I already experienced some of the side effects roaccutane's supposed to give you before starting the course like dry lips (it's because I love lipsticks, I wore lip balm 24/7 when I wasn't wearing lipstick though), fatigue, and back pain but I have not noticed an increase in these since starting roaccutane. I never wear lipstick anymore, just lip balm but my lips are never chapped or anything - I guess 10mg is a pretty low dosage so side effects would be minimal anyway.
The only thing to note so far, day 16, is that the skin around my nose is peeling just a little bit - but it's still oily throughout the day so I don't know what's up with that. I've had a pretty bad break out along my jaw line and hard pimples popping up on parts of my cheeks (like below the delicate eye area) that used to be relatively clear. There's a cluster of pimples on my chin and generally a lot more breakouts than usual (even if it's that time of the month) along my forehead/hairline/eyebrows but I'm keeping my hopes up. This is the worst my skin has looked ever.
Anyway, I thought I'd start a log for when the changes really started happening. Hopefully, it'll be soon! I've been taking weekly pictures but I don't feel comfortable posting anything just yet.
Edited by lastcenturion, 02 April 2014 - 02:39 AM.