I am just about half way through my accutane treatment. I'm at 2 1/2 months and my derm estimates that I'll be on accutane a total of 5.
For anyone who hasn't been following my blog (or doesn't want to trek through all the hairy details!), I wanted to give a summary of my experience on accutane so far.
I started out at 40mg/day (at 125lbs) for the first two months and just bumped up to 30mg/twice a day for month three. I would say days 5 to 15 were the worst for me. I experienced horrible redness, itching, IB, you name it. I didn't want to leave the house for two weeks. As I moved through the first month, the side effects gradually began to subside. Looking back, I think a lot of my grief was caused by an allergic reaction to medicated lip balm in week 2 or 3. It was a miserable experience where most of the skin on my lips peeled off, I had an awful rash all over them, and they swelled to about 3xs their size. I blamed my misery on accutane, even though it was only indirectly involved
By month 2, things were much better. My skin really started to change for the better.
When my dosage was upped, all my side effects came back and I even had a bad breakout. I was afraid this would all last another month, but it was much less eventful than the first few weeks of accutane.
I've yet to be completely clear throughout these first two and half months, but things are getting a lot better-and not just because my skin is more clear, but it just looks so much better! The pores are much smaller, I have zero black heads anywhere on my face (even my nose) and none of those tiny little bumps that I used have all over my face. My skin has this glow to it that I've never had - even when I was young (or younger considering I'm only 26).
So far, I'm frustrated that I'm still breaking out, but I'm still loving accutane! Sometimes I forget what it was like to have extrememly oily, splotchy, horrible-looking skin. I know I still have a long way to go, but I think the end result is going to change my life!
For those in the beginning, stick with it. Tough it out. You'll be where I am in no time!