Well, today's the day! I just started Accutane today. I was a little nervous, given the fact that the side effects are overwhelming, but I have a very positive outlook on this. My dermatologist told me to take 1 pill/day for 2 weeks, and then starting week 3, bump the dosage up to 2 pills/day. I like the gradual approach, as she said she doesn't want to jump right in, she wants to take this slow and steady. I currently have 20 mg, and next month when I see her she'll determine whether I should bump it to 40 mg.
Now here's what she told me to get (which I got) to help ease side effects:
For face wash: Cetaphil
Body wash: Dove Extra Sensitive (due to the inevitable dry skin)
Moisturizer/Sunscreen: Elta M.D 30 SPF
Body lotion: Amlactin Ultra
Night cream: Cerave PM
Chapstick: Aquaphora, Eos (using both at the moment)
Now my dermatologist said I can continue using Neutrogena Acne Body wash, for my back and what not, but I'm worried that my skin will get too irritated if I do so. I just don't want my acne to get worse, but then again I'm using Accutane right? Anyway should I stop using it?
Also, I take 2 showers a day. Obviously I wouldn't take hot showers on Accutane because of the dryness of skin, but is 2 lukewarm showers a day okay? I get a little OCD and I don't feel clean, nor do I feel my best if I don't take 2 showers a day (weird I know lol). So if I can't use Neutrogena can I use the Dove? She said I could but I just wanted to make sure. And can I use the Cetaphil on my neck still, like I do now?
It'd be great if I got some feedback, as I want to make sure I'm doing everything right. I'm just nervous in general using Accutane.
JustMe29Member Since 08 Oct 2013
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