No change in my skin from the other day. The active spot is still active and the drying spots are still drying.
I was thinking about how long I would be on this medicine if I stayed at 20mg/day and Iâ€™m thinking about asking my dermatologist to up my dosage to 30 mg/day for next month and possibly for the rest of my course. If I feel comfortable enough, I might up it to 40 mg/day. I think Iâ€™m pretty much in control (considering my blood work is fine) because she wanted to start me at 40 mg/day for a few months and then move me up to 60 mg/day.
When I did some calculations on how long it would take to reach a cumulative dose of 125mg per kg of weight, I realized Iâ€™d be on this for 11 months. If I switch to 30 mg next month Iâ€™ll only have to be on it for 7 more months to reach my cumulative dose. Itâ€™s still a long timeâ€¦but itâ€™s a low dose with (hopefully) fewer side effects.
Current State of Side Effects
My dry, flaking, itchy scalp is gone! I had all kinds of dead skin last week that I constantly itched and picked at; I couldnâ€™t take it! It was reminiscent of what happens to me after I get sunburn on my scalp/part. I honestly had a hard time sleeping because it itched so much.
My hair is noticeably less oily (which is a positive for me). Iâ€™m hoping I donâ€™t have to go through another round of dry scalp when I up my dose to 30mg/day.
No problems with the hemorrhoids anymore, either. That was just the first 14 days; I guess my body had to adjust.
My lips are dry and peeling. If I donâ€™t use something on them they look a little gross but, as long as I keep them moisturized, theyâ€™re fine.
My facial skin is starting to flake a little bit and itâ€™s NOT OILY! I have no shine whatsoever. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I used to be a grease ball. This change is extremely exciting to me. My pores appear a bit smaller, too.
Thatâ€™s it. I havenâ€™t experienced anything too negative yet. Iâ€™ve still been running and exercising as usual. The high school where I work lets out for summer vacation in 6 days and I canâ€™t wait to direct all of my energy to my health and well-being.
Taking the Pill + Supplements
If youâ€™re curious, I take my pill in the evening after dinner or with a high-fat snack. I make sure I eat it with at least one of the following: walnuts, flax oil, olive oil, or avocado.
I supplement with Zinc, Vitamin C, and nutritional yeast (for B-Vitamins).
Occasionally I take biotin, MSM, or a multi-vitamin.