Hello! This Friday marks the end of my first week on accutane. My starting dose is 60mg per day ( 1 30mg pill twice a day) which is about 1mg/ kg for me. I have to say, this week has been pretty rough but towards the end, things got better and I am feeling good now!
The first day of accutane was fine but the second day I woke up with a mild headache, which is unusual for me. The headache lasted about 3 days on and off and I just felt off. I began to worry so I called the derm and he said that I was probably dehydrated. I drank a ton of water and it went away! So I would recommend drinking extra water on Accutane! Around day 3, everything started to dry out. My lips have been mildly chapped and the skin on my face has been peeling around my breakouts. I have been using Cera Ve cream moisturizer on my body and Cetaphil moisturizer with spf on my face and I have been washing my face with Cetaphil for normal/ oily skin. The only thing that helps my lips is Aquaphor.
As for the initial breakout, I have noticed some larger than usually marks coming up but they dry up really quickly. Another side effect I have been experiencing is sun sensitivity. I cannot tolerate being in direct sunlight for more than 5-10 minutes at a time no matter how much sunscreen I have on. My skin gets so red and irritated. The final thing I notice during my first week is joint pain. My job requires me to stand for extended periods and do heavy lifting and I have been coming home with some soreness. Nothing extreme or terrible, but noticeable.
My week started out kind of bad with my side effects but I feel that my body is adjusting and I am feeling better now! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day
Hello, My name is Carly and I am a 21 year old female and I am about to begin my first course of Accutane. I will begin by giving a brief description of my acne journey up until this point. I have struggled with cystic acne since the age of 12. From the ages of 12-15 I tried EVERY over the counter acne medication that I could get my hands on but nothing seemed to help. In fact my acne progressively became worse as I approached my later teen years. At the age of 15, my acne ( It was only on my face at this point) became so severe that my mom decided to make me an appointment with a dermatologist. I was prescribed Tazorac, Aczone, and doxy. That combination cleared my face up beautifully and I eventually went off of the Aczone and doxy but stayed on the Tazorac.
At the age of 18, my skin was pretty clear until one day when my back and chest broke out like crazy. It had never done this before so I made an appointment to go back the the dermatologist to have it looked at. I was offered Accutane at that time, but I declined because I wanted to try alternative treatments before I jumped right in. I was prescribed more antibiotics and creams and nothing has worked to clear up my back. My face also began to get more breakouts even though I continued using my Tazorac.
Last month, I had a follow up appointment at my dermatologist and he suggested Accutane for my case. Since I have exhausted almost every option, I decided to just go for it and that is when I started "the process." I got my educational materials and was instructed to have contraception counseling before I could have my first pregnancy test and be registered into Ipledge. I went to contraception counseling and selected my two forms of birth control then I went back to the dermatologist for my pregnancy test and to sign all of the paperwork to be registered into the Ipledge system. After that, I waited the 30 day wait period required for Ipledge and then got my blood work done and had my second appointment. Right now, I am just waiting for my blood results to be reviewed so they can send the prescription in (which should be tomorrow)! I am excited and a little nervous to start! If you have any questions or suggestions leave them in the comments!