So I started taking accutane two weeks ago for mild but persistent, scarring acne. I started on 20mg, with the purpose of the low dose being to avoid / minimize the initial breakout. Around a week ago I noticed the acne around my mouth getting worse, and tonight it's not just bad... it's hideous. I guess I wouldn't mind if it was just cysts... thing is, EVERY single pimple comes to ahead sooo fast, dries up pretty fast as well, and ends up becoming surrounded by what looks like yellow crust. However, more often than not, after the pimple is dry and comes off, usually within a day it comes to a pus-filled head again. Everything just comes and goes so fast that I can't keep up. My face looks waaay different in the evening than it does in the morning of the same day.
That would be fine I guess, but tonight I got something which kind of scared me. An area to the left of my jaw swelled up significantly. I've never had anything like this before. It doesn't hurt, it's just big, raised, feels kinda numb but I guess that's because there's either pus or fluid inside that creates a "cushion". When I open my mouth I can feel it... it's a kind of lump.
My self-confidence was slowly sapping away this past week and tonight it was completely shattered. I look like a diseased mess right now. But more importantly, I need suggestions... is this indicative of an allergy? Should I stop the accutane? Should I press on? I would confer with my derm, but that will take time... the office phone line is impossible to navigate and an appointment is even more impossible to get.