I’m a bit late updating as not much has really happened. Just over a week ago my doctor upped me to 40mg, he warned me that because I had such a good first month my skin would likely get worse for a while when increasing my dosage. My skin has actually stayed the same, I haven’t had any breakouts, the only think I’ve noticed is that other parts of my body are starting to get really dry now too like my arms and knees.
One thing that did surprise me is the price of the Isotretinoin. 20mg only cost me about £24 but 40mg cost me £58 which doesn’t really make sense..
After this month ill I’ll have two more months left at 60 mg then I’m all done!
My third week of Accutane is over! My face had gotten a little worse if anything, my chin has broken out in about 5 spots but luckily they have all been small and don’t last very long. My nose seems to be covered in blackheads which I never really noticed before but I guess everything is being pushed out and it just means it’s working. I know I shouldn’t but I’ve been using epiduo on my chin and nose to try and help.
In terms of side effects I’ve recently started getting bad headaches as well as feeling more tired than usual, but I’m not sure that accutane is the reason or it’s just because I’ve been busy at work recently. I’ve also noticed that my skin is super sensitive, My ring has caused my skin to flake on my finger and My boyfriends stubble caused a rash on my face. I have my next dermatology appointment on the 23rd so I’ll update with how that goes
I finished my second week of accutane a few days ago and my skin is blemish free! It’s been years since I’ve had not one spot on my face!
My skin hasn’t broken out in over a week now but I’ve noticed that in certain lights my skin does look more uneven and my pores look larger. I’ve read from other people’s blogs that their pores became less visible after a few months so I’m hoping this happens with me too.
My lips and skin aren’t as dry anymore so I haven’t felt the need to use moisturiser this week or apply as much lip balm. I feel like when one symptom goes away another appears, as my eyes are starting to hurt and feel quite dry now. So far I feel quite lucky with my experience, I’m only on a low dose at the moment so I hope things continue to stay this way when my dosage increases.
So I’ve just finished my first week on Accutane! It’s annoying how slow it’s going I’m on 20mg a day and will eventually be upped to 60mg during a 4 month course. I haven’t suffered really with any side effects other than my lips being a little dry but Carmex seems to help. I was really worried about potential hair thinning too so I’ve bought some Nioxin shampoo to try and prevent that from happening. My skin is already looking better than when I first started but I can feel some spots coming around my nose. My chin is completely clear which is unusual for me as It’s normally my worse area for spots. I’m hoping to be one of the lucky few that doesn’t have an initial breakout but it’s still very early on.
It really worries me that I won’t hit my cumulative dose and my acne will return after treatment. A four month course seems a little short compared to others..
A Bit About My Acne: I started getting mild acne at the age of 13; as I got older I started getting under the skin cysts and my acne became more moderate. I’m 20 now and my acne severity has lessened with the help of the pill and creams, although my skin is still not where I would like it to be.
My First Dermatology Appointment: After a bad break out last month I begged my Doctor to refer me to a dermatologist. The waiting list in my area to see a dermatologist is 8 months, so I ended up going private, as I couldn’t wait that long.
My dermatolist was very nice and surprisingly didn’t ask me many questions before prescribing me accutane. He told me the cost of my prescriptions and consultations for a 5 month course is estimated to be around £700-£800 which seemed a small price to pay for clear skin.
I had to take a free pregnancy test while at the hospital but I was able to start accutane straight away without waiting for the results or having any initial blood tests. I’m 54kg and my Doctor has prescribed me 20 mg for my first month, which cost £24 from my local pharmacy.