I've had acne since the age of 19. I am now 28. Mostly mild over the years but in recent years it has become more cystic and painful. Nothing worked long-term; various topicals (antibiotics, BP creams), oral antibiotics and one type of retinoid. I was allergic to Lymecycline so the other antibiotics were a no-go. Finally referred to dermatology in January this year and now starting Isotretinoin.
Overview: Month one has been fairly easy so far. Skin has remained largely the same as it was pre-accutane but I feel that it's healing faster (albeit very dry). It's weird having dry skin when it's normally so oily.
Symptoms: The main symptom is the dryness of my lips and skin all over. The area around my nose is very dry and sore. My lips peel and crack constantly. Lip balm is an essential at the moment but I'm not finding I need to strictly use a certain type - anything helps really (see recommendations below for further information). My head is also very dry and itchy.
Skin/spots: My skin appeared to improve with only a few cysts in my eyebrow area and forehead, all of which dried up very quickly and disappeared. About half way through this week (week 3) I developed a very painful cyst on my inner eyebrow area (which in turn caused my already enlarged gland to become tender and more swollen; I have enlarged glands due to my acne) which wasn't good. I used a tiny bit of Sudocrem to help dry it up and it's starting to heal. This morning I gained another two white head type spots on my eyebrows and a cyst on my chin which feels painful but isn't as bad as normal.
Products I'm using/recommend: My regime is much simpler. Starting with cleanser I am using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream to wash my face, it's really gentle and my skin feels very clean after using it. This stuff is specially designed for people to use in conjunction with over-drying treatments. I'm using La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser. This is a godsend as it's really gentle. A little seems to go a long way. I'm using more around my nose area as it's drier there. For makeup I am using the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. This is really light but coupled with concealer it gives a decent coverage of spots whilst not looking like you're wearing much make up at all.
I'm using Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion for my body and Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my hair.
For my lips - the classic Carmex (the Strawberry one is good too as it has SPF 25 in), BabyLips by Maybelline is good too (the non-coloured ones).