This site has been extremely helpful to me over the past few weeks. I've read multiple blogs from people who are taking Accutane and I've found everyone's logs to be a great source of support/encouragement.
I suppose I should start with a little bit of back-ground. I'm 25 years old and I've had mild/moderate acne for over ten years now. During my teenage years it was what one might expect going through puberty. When I moved into my twenties though, it started to get worse. The past few years it has left scarring and like everyone here I'm totally fed up.
I feel as though I have tried everything. I've seen so many dermatologists/doctors etc. Noone has had a lasting solution. Solodyn helped for a while but as soon as I stopped my acne began reappearing within the month.
Accutane was always my last resort. I try to avoid medication in general if I can and Accutane certainly isn't your basic kind of drug! In an ideal world I would have found a 'natural' solution to my problem buuut even vitamin A, zinc, a completely changed diet or organic washes/creams etc did not provide results.
SO, about five years later (the length of time I've been trying to find a solution in earnest) - here I am. One month into my Accutane treatment. I think the best way to describe how I feel right now is: cautiously optimistic.
In terms of negative side effects I have not noticed a major IB yet - which might be because I'm distracted by the fact that my skin is SO dry. It is literally falling off in huge flakey chunks. My lips, eyes, ears, legs, nose - EVERYTHING. My hands are so dry that I've developed an eczema like rash that is scabbing and flaking (I only bought moisturiser yesterday so this is all entirely my fault - I should have been better prepared). My nose is cracking and bleeding and no matter how much Aquaphor I put on my lips, they too, are a cracking peely mess.
But yes, despite the fact that probably a pound of dry skin has shed off my body this past month I am positive and excited to get to the end of month six! I have quite a lot of large pores on my nose and those already seem to be shrinking??
The only other side-effect of note is the joint/back pain. I move around like a 120 year old woman. I'm going to start going to this yoga stretching class at my gym to see if that helps to sort of loosen me up a bit.
Right now the products I'm using are:
Facewash: Alba Acnedote Face&Body Scrub
Moisturiser: Eminence Organics Sugar Plum Oil Free Revitaliser
Cover-up: Clinique Redness Solutions foundation
Hands/Body Cream: Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy
Does anyone have any good suggestions for a foundation? I find the Clinique doesn't go on as well anymore. Does anyone know of a moisturising foundation that won't aggravate things??
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Here's to positive end results!!