I haven't written in a while! I've been super busy! It's day 47 and at my 2nd derm appt she up'd my dose to 50mg, getting dryer as the days go by, lips are crazy dry, but other than that no real side affects. Face is clear EXCEPT the annoying RED MARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGHHH I have tried everything known to man to make them fade, but nothing works, so I guess I just have to let them slowly heal on their own, thank god for bare minerals!!!
Still have a while to go so will keep updating. Wish I had more to report!! But all is well!!
Well today I took Pill #15!! Not too much to report. My lips are as dry as a desert, I love not having to wash my hair everyday, and face is still pretty clear, however I am due for my period next week so I'm sure my IB is just around the corner!! My face hasn't gotten too dry yet or my body but moisturizing a lot anyway. 2 scabs left that are slowly fading!
I don't want to blame Accutane, but last weekend I was training for a fitness show I'm doing, and I am still so sore (5 days ago and can barely walk!), and I think I pulled a hamstring (going to doctor today) I've never had issues like this before while working out, and like I said I don't even think I've been on Accutane long enough for it to have been caused by that, or I shouldn't say "caused" but made it worse! At least I hope not...we'll see...
Well today is day 6 on Accutane, not much to report, I have been using Duac once or twice a day in addition to the tane, my derm said it was fine, so I'm starting to get dry now so I'll stop the duac today and just use to spot treat! Lips are def. getting drier. No active stuff right now and the 8 or so scabs I had from previous breakout are FINALLY starting to go away after MONTHS of being there! SO knock on wood~ so far so good.....Just keep happy thoughts and visualizing my skin being CLEAR.....
SO here's a little background. I'm 31 (almost 32) I took Accutane in 2001, I never had servere acne, but it was scarring and my sister had used accutane and it worked WONDERS, so my derm put me on it after trying everything. It was a lot different back then, no ipledge stuff, not as strict and def. not as expensive!! It worked great for me-I think I did 16 weeks, I had no IB and just average side affects, dry lips, dry skin and dry eyes...it worked for at least 5 years. I then moved from Boston to Florida and my skin just went crazy, so for 5 years I have done EVERYTHING possible to not go back on Accutane, but nothing has worked. So after more scars, my derm has put me back on.
Today will be my first day/pill. I'm 5'2" weigh 104 and I am starting at 40 mg a day for month one. Damn this stuff got expensive, I have insurance but have a deductable so for generic Claravis 40mg, 30 pills is $259 at Target, cheapest I could find it, CVS was $417!!! And costco was $255 (not worth it as I don't have a memebership there).
I didn't want to go back on it for a few reasons...Now I live in the "sunshine state" haha, so that kind of sucks, and basically having to revolve my life around these pills and SPF and chapstick for another 6 months! BUT I am hoping it will be worth it!!
I'm scared and excited to see what side affects I get NOW compared to 10 years ago!! I'll post pics soon!!