Hi, I just signed up for this site to ask a question and to ask for anyone's advice because I can't find anyone else that is in my situation, and my appointment with my dermatologist is not for another month.
I am an 18 year old female with moderate acne on my face, chest and back. I have had problems with my acne since I was around 13 and have probably tried most of the prescribed medications available, and after none of those worked, I was sent to a dermatologist who prescribed me the accutane medication.
My dosage is 40mg, and I am only on my third week of treatment. I read on another website that it takes around 4 weeks for the side effects to kick in, however I started getting dry skin and lips about 4 days after I started the treatment, and now I have started to develop an extremely irritating rash on my armpits, on my chest and belly, on my back, inside of my thighs and my groin area. Every day my rash seems to have gotten worse, is very very itchy, and I cannot resist the urge to itch it, and after I have itched it starts to have a burning sensation.
If I was say, two months in to my treatment, I would not be asking because I know that it is a quite common side effect, but I am only 3 weeks in and would just like to know for people who are further ahead in the accutane treatment, is this normal? for it to happen this early in treatment? and does it get worse than this?
Also, is there any over the counter creams or medication you would recommend to help soothe my rash??
Please help because it is getting really irritating and I am considering coming off accutane if it gets any worse