I'm also 14 and I'm in the early stages of being put on Accutane.
First off, I don't think that anyone is judging you on your decision. People really just want to help you make the right decision as this could have a massive impact on your life in the long term and they don't want you to regret making this decision.
Just stop and think. I don't think it's good that you've made the decision to go on Accutane even though you "don't know too much about accutane".
I know you probably won't listen, but I think it's really important that you truly know as much as you can about this drug. There are hundreds of pages on this site with people talking about their experiences and how they managed life on Accutane so I suggest you read them. I have learnt so much about this drug from this website, so much more than from the booklet my Derm. gave me.
Don't get me wrong, I am not against your decision to take Accutane at such a young age because I am doing the same, I just want you to really know what you are getting yourself into so you don't find out before it's too late
I've actually learned a lot from this website and I know, I got a little flustered when people were questioning my age and why I was choosing Accutane, but I've had my friend do go through Accutane last year and her skin is beautiful. I like what you're trying to suggest to me, but I've already started Accutane 3 days ago and I'll see where it takes me. I mean, now I've gotten a lot more info on the drug rather than what was in that booklet my derm gave me. But thanks for your opinions. It makes me think about my decision of actually going through with Accutane... I just want to see where it takes me. If any of the side effects become a major problem, I'll most likely stop using Accutane. Thanks for your info!
I'm 18 & just recently started on Accutane - 20mg a day, also. Like afore mentioned, Accutane is *harsh*, but I would put faith in that your dermatologist knows what she / he is doing. I would encourage you to try and stay at a low dose for as long as possible & be very aware of side effects you may be experiencing. It's week 3 for me and my skin is not overly dry, but I do get dry LIPS. It's absolutely essential to use a lip balm before you go to sleep and a chapstick with spf during the day. I normally put a layer of chapstick and sometimes a lipstain - I like the Revlon Just Kissable balms. You may find lipstick to be too flaky and lipglosses to be irritating. See what works.
As far as actual foundation, I haven't come across many problems. My skin has not dried out so much that I can't wear makeup. I make sure to wear a SPF sunscreen and moisturizer DAILY, though. I'm fair skinned and burn easily, but Accutane makes you even more sun sensitive. I've found that mineral makeup isn't as great as it sounds for dry skin. It will sort of settle into dry patches and look freaky after a few hours. Instead, apply a minimal amount of liquid foundation and set (if required) with translucent powder. I normally just set under my eyes.
If you're lounging around at home, don't apply makeup. Remove it once you come in the door and never, ever, ever go to sleep wearing it. Make a habit of removing it and giving your skin as much time as possible to breathe. Make sure, if you use make up brushes that you are cleaning them regularly, and if you are using sponges to replace them often. Perhaps using just your hands is most sanitary as you can ensure they are clean before you touch your face.
I hope some of this babble was helpful! All the best on Accutane, we're in this together
Thanks for the info!! It was actually really helpful