Oh my goodness and what a tour it was. Worth every dry eye, dry lip, and backache. I have been off accutane since August and I would do it again in a heart beat. My hair is almost back to normal, some of the skin oiliness is coming back, but my eyes and lips were normal in about a week. I don't wear makeup anymore. It's amazing. I did have a teeny tiny breakout around my cycle (5 micro mini pimples on my forehead). So worth it. so so so worth it. If it gets any where near what it was, I'm going back to my doc and I'll do a second course. I have a follow up appt with my derm in december, so we'll see what he says for maintenance. I hope hope hope hope above all hopes that it doesn't come back. If it does, oh well, here goes another few more months of uncomfortable-ness for clear skin. We shall see.
To anyone out there wondering, Accutane is a very serious drug. It messes with your system and you better take care of yourself while you're on it. But it worked wonders for me and I'm so glad I did it. If your skin affects your self esteem, do it. That is, if you've tried everything else. Because you never know, you may not be serious enough for it and something less invasive will take it out.