Ok guys, about 1.5 months in. I'm basically completely clear. HOORAY. I had a chat with my derm. She says that what happened to me was pretty common for someone who has moderate-severe acne. She is impressed by how quickly I clear; she says it takes most people 2-3 months to see big improvement. She also suggested going high on the last month. I think this is probably a good idea.
When I'm on accutane, I can do almost anything and not break out. My skin isn't actually too dry right now due to how humid it's been in the Northeast.
Things I'm doing differently on the second course:
1. I'm being extra careful in taking accutane w/ food. I think I was a little lax last go around (though not too bad).
2. I was taking accutane before meals on my first course. I'm doing it after meals on this course. Not sure if this makes a huge difference.
3. I was taking metamucil right after my meals. Not sure if this affects absorption of accutane. Now I'm taking metamucil before bed.