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Accutane week 1

Here goes nothing

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I am 28 years old and have had acne since I was 13. Sounds like an intro to AA. I used to break out all over. All kinds of pimples. Now that I am older I only get acne on my chin. The cystic type. The kind that makes you want to crawl in a hole with a bag over your head. The painful, if I bend over my face throbs type. I've tried antibiotics, topicals, expensive face creams, you name it... My doctor and I decided that I should try Accutane. I kind of obsessed over researching it. I'm still not clear of the affects of alcohol while taking the drug. My doctor says its ok and there’s nothing in the drug pamphlet saying not to.

I started the drug last week Tuesday. The first couple days were a breeze. I was terrified to take the drug but I feel a little better now... My chin is usually the only thing to break out and I recently got two cysts. I'm not sure if it is from the meds or not. My skin is dry and flaky- mostly around my nose and on my forehead. Cetaphil seems to do the trick. I haven't gotten chapped lips yet but I don't let my Aquaphor leave my side. I am using Eucerin intense healing lotion on my body and that seems to work. My head itches like crazy. No flaking or anything there- yet... No nose bleeds. My dosage gets upped next month so I'm a little worried. I have to keep reminding myself that I will thank myself for this later. I'm going to Mexico in August so I hope I don't burn too badly.

Any tips for shampoo to make this itching go away? People probably think I have lice or something! Blah...



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