I have officially finished my 4 month trial on Accutane! My skin has never been this good. WHAT A LONG HAUL. I'm not going to say it was easy but it's worth it. It's been 3 days since I've stopped my medication and it's so weird not having to pop pills after a meal! I was on 40 mg first month, and then 80 mg the next 3 months.
So short story, last year, I was on antibiotics, Benzefoam, and some other gel I can't remember the name of. 5 months later and my skin was clear but I was so sick of using 3 products everyday and asked my dermatologist about it. He said that everything I was taking were preventives and that only time will naturally clear my acne. Seriously...? I left that dermatologist because they kept heckling me for money basically, telling me every time I go in for a facial to get laser scar removal when I told them countless times I didn't want it. Another 5 months passes, and my skin is worse than it's ever been. Went to a different dermatologist and was told my acne has reached severity and I should've came in sooner. I was prescribed Accutane. I was hesitant but my acne at the time honestly made me cry and I never cared that much so I went for it.
Here's a before picture (it definitely doesn't show the severity of my acne because I packed on the makeup and I couldn't stand getting my picture taken at the time. I have personal before photos but too embarrassed!)
Dry lips was the WORST for me. Here's a quick recap that I typed up during my trial.
Dry nose after a week
Dry lips, raw lips after a week
Dry face after 7 days
Bloody nose on day 11, itchy scalp
Joint pain, extremely itchy skin, sunburnt feeling on day 12
Dry patches on arms on day 21
Started noticing that my finger cuticles are gone around day 23
Forgot when but maybe around 2 and a half months, arms started to bleed and scab maybe due to dryness.
Around month 3 and a little over, my lips are swollen like clown lips! Peeling all the time. Such a nightmare.
But overall, skin very clear besides 1 blemish!
Dry, flaky patches on forehead around month 3-4
End of month 4 and clear as day
Any questions, feel free to message me!