I am now over 3 months post accutane and am so in love with the results that I made a video to try and help others who are thinking about getting on accutane. If you are still deciding or about to start or even struggling while taking the medication, watch my vid to know what to expect. As always, ask any and all questions!!!! It's rather quick, no sappy story included: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7xOYCZBQnc
Just wanted to let anyone know (who is curious about accutane and what happens afterwards) that my skin is still clear, and I finished my last dose a little over a month ago. I have continued to use cetaphil moisturizing cream tub for sensitive, dry skin, and a gentle face wash by cetaphil or cerave, too. I have gotten one pimple every now and then but just a drop of epiduo does the trick! (epiduo is also prescribed by dermatologist). I wasn't sure if my skin was going to go back to being super oily so I wasn't sure if I should switch back to oily-skin products, but continuing with the gentle, sensitive dry-skin stuff has been just fine. I did stop liquid makeup tho, and went back to my powder, just cause it goes on not as thick. The dry lips and dry skin went away about 2-3 weeks after my last dose, I can kiss now!! lol. I can lick my lips, and they're not ridiculously dry! Granted, my skin is still a little drier than it was previously, in that I'm not nearly as oily as I used to be. I went swimming for the first time in a LONG time, because I used to have to wear makeup all the time, and it felt so freeing. Like a curse was lifted.
Like all satisfied accutane users, my only biggest regret is not taking it sooner. My life has seriously changed, I have the most confidence than I have ever had in about a decade. And I hope the results continue for the rest of my life, haha. No other long-lasting side effects, that I can tell (joint pain went away, never had noticeable hair loss, not as irritable/tired, etc).
Its been a long time coming! Yesterday I started my first dose of my last month of accutane. To fill you in, I'm 21 and female, have had moderately severe acne since 13, started accutane in August (started on 30 mg pills once day for two months, then 40mg pills once a day for two months, then taking 30 mg pills twice a day [60 mg total] for three months).
and. it. WORKS! I highly recommend it if you are eligible. I basically have zero pimples now. The only thing left on my face is some scarring, redness, and discoloration. I have attached a photo of at least the first three months to prove it to you! While I still would not go out in public without makeup on, I feel so much better about myself and people don't stare (as much). I hardly have to retouch photos now!!
So, accutane has some side effects. By some I mean a lot. Just a list of things I've experienced:
Dry skin: Must wash with gentle cleanser and cake on gentle thick moisturizer every morning and night. Had to switch to liquid foundation. (I look greasy most of the time and I don't even care, I have almost clear skin!!!)
Dry lips: To the point that you can't make out with someone. I have to rinse off my lips in the bathroom to get rid of any dryness and reapply clear aquaphor healing ointment multiple times a day like lipgloss. No lipsticks.
Joint pain: Mostly just when I laid down at night or got up in the morning, you just feel pretty achey, and it gets a little worse on higher doses. Just drink a lot of water and push through (:
Elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels: I stopped taking accutane for a few days because my triglyceride levels were getting so high and I got paranoid that my liver or heart was going to fail. I've significantly lowered this side effect simply by eating less fats (no dairy/less sweets) and meats. Fish is cool though.
Dry eyes and nose: (may have to do with cold weather, too) Wearing contacts has become very annoying now that I'm on a higher dose, and my nose is very dry and get crusty inside ): so I end up putting aquaphor in there too.
BRING A POCKET MIRROR WITH YOU EVERYWHERE. I stopped giving a flying duck what people think. I pull out that mirror once an hour to make sure my eyes and nose aren't crusty or that my lips aren't peeling or chin flaking. You need it too after meals to make sure food isn't on your lips, because you can't lick your lips or they will dry out.
Question for any accutane users reading this... I'm sort of afraid to stop treatment next month, I'm afraid it will all suddenly come back??? Can anyone tell me what to use or do afterwards (go back to using epiduo which semi helped me before?), and when do side effects tend to stop? I haven't made out with someone in almost 8 months lol it'd be nice to get out there again.
Lips still very dry. A few times a day I actually go in the bathroom and have to rub my lips with water to get the old/ drying aquaphor and skin off and apply new aquaphor. (it doesn't look that bad tho, I've been keeping up with it. Its bareable.) I bring a pocket mirror with me everywhere, i don't care what people think about that - not about to walk around with nasty ash lips lol I still have good thoughts about this drug, i think I'm getting clearer little by little each day. Still see some under-the skin pimples around my chin, don't know when those will finally surface. My fingertip sort of peeled off the other day - don't know if its unrelated, no other fingers had this. It's healing now. I mentioned to a friend i was on a drug for my skin and she said oh i think it working so that made me happy (: maybe other people are noticing too? and just not saying anything bc well thats weird. Its nice to tell people what you're going thru or explain why you're putting aquaphor on every hour tho, and that you're not crazy. just tryna get clear, na mean??? GTG bye!
1 month in, four or 5 more to go. The biggest hassle of all this bullship is making the monthly appointment, getting bloodwork, waiting for lab results, having to answer questions on pledge to make sure i know how not to get pregnant, and get approved to pick up the meds from the pharmacy. I guess guys don't have to do all that, so lucking fugging you. Anyway picked up my prescription today, doc has advised me to take two 30mg pills a day, meaning 60mg a day. I wonder how the side effects will change. I meant to buy eye drops the other day, I will get them tomorrow just in case it becomes a problem in the future. I like wearing my contacts more than my glasses. I apply some aquaphor in my nose at night bc its been feeling sorta dry - I REALLY don't want nose bleeds! Prevention > Treatment! I'm still breaking out a bit, accidentally peeled a pimple I thought had heeled. My skin really isn't too dry - in fact it looks very oily all the time with all the moisturizer i use, plus i always sweat profusely under my makeup which I'm sure is terrible for me. No flakes, just some pimples that sorta heal dryer than normal, which may be due to the fact that i put a tiny drop of BP on them to make them go away, i think it helps. dry lips. back pain. my finger tips started peeling the other day, gonna start putting more lotion on. for anybody reading this, thank you! I hope i'm helping someone else out.
These days are going by slow bruh Remember those lip blisters I was dealing with? They're gone now. I bought some blistex medicated lip ointment for lip blisters and applied it every night for two nights (not during the day bc its visibly white colored). I also stopped popping the blisters with my fingers bc that made the problem 8000x worse. I popped a few with a pointy paperclip instead. And also rested a lot and stayed in that day, thank you based god for the weekend. I still apply the blistex every night for fear that they will come back :0 I still have to apply aquaphor every 30 minutes or so to my lips or else they start feeling really tight. I believe I started my "initial breakout" on day 22/23. I've developed a few more pimples than before but nothing unbearable. Just wearing makeup and looking forward to the next day, bc ill be one day closer to finishing accutane and having clear skin. The pimples come, I use some benzoyl peroxide (epiduo) as spot treatment (I'm talking tiny little dots on the tops of pimples), on my face for maybe 2-3 days and then they start going away. I'm also using cetaphil cream at night for my skin, it felt a little tighter than usual. I started having back pain maybe a week into the pills, but when I drink a LOT of water, its not nearly as bad. so DRINK MORE WATER!!! No hair falling out (even if it did happen, I wouldn't notice bc I shed so much hair everyday anyway). I'm afraid of the random nosebleeds, don't want them to happen while I'm in class. That would be embarrassing. No sign of those yet -hopefully never! That's all I have for you all. In case I never mentioned this I'm on 30mg. Questions for users or post-users - Are you able to kiss on accutane? my lips are so dry i feel like it would be impossible/painful. not that i have a partner, anyway. I feel like sex might be sorta painful with the back pain too. I wonder if accutane effects lubrication of the vagina, since it seems to effect lubrication of the joints n stuff. haha Im so weird. I'm too ugly to have a partner anyway! toodles!
No. Seriously. WHAT IS THIS ISH ON MY LIPS it won't show up in pictures very clearly, but its there. they start out like tiny little clearish/lip colored bubbles/bumps on my lips... theres more. WTF is this. when i stretch and examine my lips i can see little specks underneath the skin or something. i think this is almost worse than acne. Im not stopping the regimen but please somebody, if you have had this and know how to get rid of it please tell me? I honestly can't leave my room. I know that it is not cold sores, I've been tested. Ive been using aquaphor and moisturizing almost from the start, somebody please help!!! are you even able to kiss anybody during the 6 months of accutane? not with THESE LIPS does anyone have trouble eating? it hurts to open my mouth all the way sometimes. I have to moisturize half through a sandwich. Im sticking with the story that its an allergic reaction but I need to know if this goes away? how? I can't live with this for the next 6 months. PLEASE. I need to go to class on monday, I have group work throughout the semester. I give presentations throughout the semester. SOMEBODY HELPPPP!!! IM USING AQUAPHOR 24/7
holy lips. so I developed a little red spot/sore on the side of my lip the other day. it wasn't that noticeable so wasn't worried. I also am not sexually active and test negative for herpes. I'm pretty sure it's from the accutane. HOWEVER, today I notice more red spots. the first side one has gone mostly. But midday I look in the mirror and it looks like theres a clear blister right in the middle of my lip. what the actual fcuk. I ran home and sorta squeezed it, clear liquid. it's a blister. covered my lips in aquaphor for the 19th time today. but I can't hide this one. how many more will there be? can you have pimples/clogged pores on your lip? bc my lips have been feeling very bumpy lately. and when I stretch my lips and examine them it looks like there's tons of clogged pores. will these have to be purged in the next few weeks too? I can handle zits on my face but I my lips? COME ON!!!! As for my face? Not even that bad. I've definitely had worst. I have maybe 11 active pimples. 2 are dying down, on their way out. what scares me is that when I stretch the skin on my face I can see a lot of closed pores, like tiny invisible comedones under my skin. I'm afraid that when my dosage increases these will fudging explode all at once so badly that I won't even want to go to class. and that's not okay. I also have to work, with people. who have to look at my face. and lips. sigh. at least there's no sign of depression. there's still hope! PS I also had some extreme back pain past two days. don't know if it's accutane related - I also have to carry a book bag everyday. maybe I'm sleeping weird. IM JUST TRYNA PUSH THROUGH, LAWD GIVE ME STRENGTH
Still a few more pimples while old ones start to calm down, but this is pretty much normal to me so I can't really call this my "initial breakout". Im hoping I don't have one, especially since I'm meeting a lot of people in the next few weeks. talk about bad timing. It actually looks like a few of these tiny little invisible white heads that are always hidden on my chin and around my mouth might rise to the surface in the next few days... maybe it'll be a subtle overnight thing? idk. I like to be optimistic. random thought. somebody new asked me what I like to do today. and I told them the usual. I like to go out, watch movies. but there's so many other activities id love to try if my acne and self consciousness didn't hold me back. I've never experimented with swimming or any water activities, bc that would call for washing my makeup off. I hardly or simply don't workout around others out of fear for sweating my makeup off. if my makeup ever came off during the day I seriously would run away and cry and never show my face again. I know, sounds childish. let's hope it never happens. that's why I bring makeup with me everywhere. I've definitely noticed the dry lips. using cvs brand aquaphor now. it's amazeballs.
A few pimples came to the surface, but this seems pretty normal since I pretty much always have pimples coming and going 24/7. I'm just hoping this is my skin purging the bad stuff and then it'll start to clear up! I'm still not that dry - I MAY be producing a little less oil? I just don't feel the need to blot my face with a tissue in the bathroom nearly as often and I feel like I don't look as shiny as I used to. I think my lips might be a little dry? Still not a huge difference, I'm just trying to be proactive by always keeping them moisturized to prevent any potential peeling. By the way, I'm using Neutrogena (or generic brand) oil free moisturizer with spf morning and night I have cetaphil moisturizing cream for if I ever get super dry in the future I use regular cheap chapstick during the day and vaseline at night for lips I have aquaphor if I need it in the future for my lips I wash with sensitive skin cetaphil morning and night I like to go out on the weekends but I'm really turning down since the whole thing about alcohol and accutane being processed in your liver is bad for you. Plan on keeping that to a minimum for the next 6 months. Anybody drink while on accutane? Have any side effects or horror stories?
obviously there's no change. but I'm the type of person to read up on all the side effects of a medication and get super paranoid and hyper aware of how my body's feeling n ish. so all day I'm thinking oh am I developing a headache? are my joints hurting? do I hear ringing in my ears? is my liver failing? literally just psyching myself into thinking I have symptoms. I don't tho, as of rn. still paranoid my liver might be failing without me knowing it lol I'm eager to take the next pill every morning bc it brings me 1 day closer to the 6 month ending point and possible results. I'm wondering when this dry skin thing will start? day 10 maybe? I've been moisturizing like crazy just to prepare for it so maybe it won't be that bad.
Isn't it wonderful that I last made a post on here five years ago and still haven't solved my acne problems -___- So, brief overview so as not to bore you (I'm sure no ones reading this anyway), I am 20 years old. In college. Had acne since I was 13. I've tried benzoyl peroxide, (works awesome as a spot treatment, not for prevention), salicylic acid, epiduo (great spot treatment too), some antibiotics that made me feel like vomiting 24/7, and I've finally made the decision to try accutane. I could go on for days about how acne makes me feel... having to wear makeup every day.. literally not leaving my room/house without makeup... constantly checking mirrors... reapplying makeup... not being able to sleepover anyones house... etc, etc. ITS SH*TTY. After a few weeks of miscommunication about ipledge requirements, pregnancy tests, and blood tests, I finally picked up my first month's dose of generic accutane. I'm starting on 30mg once a day. I'm honestly just keeping this blog so that I don't lose my mind and pretend I have someone to talk to about my issues. I hope my first breakout isn't too bad, especially bc I'm usually public speaking at school when I don't look like a monster. But with my luck... we'll see. Thanks for being here on my journey, hope its a good one!