I decided to begin this blog for 2 reasons: 1. because I need an outlet - this process is killing me and I don't want to burden my friends and family; and 2. because I hope that this will help those of you also going through this process or thinking of starting. I've been reading these blogs obsessively, trying to determine if my side effects are normal and what to expect next, and it is such a relief to feel like I am not alone!
Who am I? I'm a 26yrold female. I've had acne since I was about 16, and I'm tired of fighting it. There are times when I don't leave the house because I don't want to put on make-up and I won't go anywhere without it. Needless to say it leaves me feeling self-conscious and depressed. Over the years, I've had acne all over my face: it began just on my forehead and t-zone. Now, that area is clear/controllable but I can't get rid of nasty cystic acne on my cheeks and jawline. My skin is also always greasy and shiny and I hate it!!! I've tried almost everything, so it was about time for accutane. I've avoided it until now because I thought you HAD to be on birth control to take it and I wasn't comfortable with that (I'd taken birth control before for my acne and it gave me crazy hormonal mood swings). So abstinence it is, not that anyone will want to even kiss me with my ugly skin and newly perpetually dry lips.
So, where am I in the process? I'm on 40mgs, once a day and I am going to be taking pill number 13 tonight at dinner. It appears that I am in the initial breakout phase of things because my skin is going wild. I am about to start my period this weekend though which may account for some of it. But its like all the pimples I've ever had in my life are coming out for a reunion all at once!!! I've avoided picking at them but it's so tempting. I hope things turn around soon.
In terms of side effects, my lips started drying out in the first days and I started having serious body aches particularly after working out. I have been using vaseline on my lips and have switched my Murad Acne Cleanser system to just Cetaphil gentle cleanser every morning and evening and a lot of Neutrogena moisturizer (which keeps my skin moist, but very greasy so I'm not a huge fan), and I'm not having too much trouble with dry skin though I had a bloody nose this morning, so maybe I haven't seen the worst of it. I have also been avoiding the sun like the plague which hasn't been too difficult since I work in an office.
I'll try to be good about updating you on progress through this blog. Would love your comments and good luck to everyone out there on Accutane!