Ok so this is my second time going on Accutane. I am 25 soon to be 26 years old and have had acne issues since I was 14 years old. I started off with adolescent acne like most kids but it never went away. I tried so many topical and oral antibiotics prescribed by my Derm. It worked for a short period of time and my acne always came back. My Dr told me about accutane when I was about 18 years old and I kick myself everyday for not doing it then. I now have "pick" scars on my cheeks from later year of acne and probably could have avoided them. If I only knew that after you turn 20 your skin doesn't replicate as fast as it use to.
So I started my first cycle of Accutane last year FEB 2010-AUG 2010. I didn't have any bad side effects for the most part. I did not get an initial breakout like some people explained. The worst part was having constant chapped lips. The Dr recommended Aquaphor but Chapstick Brand Medicated works great for me and stays on your lips a long time. I also used a mild cleanser Cetaphil as well as the cream every morning and night. My oily skin disappeared after the first month. I was never able to go two or three days without washing my hair before as well as constantly blotting oil on my face throughout the day. Its magical !! !
I started on 20mg 1xday for the first month, 40mg 1xday the second and third month and then finished the rest of my 6-month cycle on 60mg 1xday. I am 5'4" and 118lbs. I went in the sun very mildly nothing crazy, but you def can go outside ! lol. and I drank alcohol every once in a while.
After the 6-month treatment my skin was soo clear. No more bumps inside my skin.. it was smooth and nice! BUT it only lasted about a year to the month I started taking it. I noticed that about MAY 2011 I started getting acne again. I was sooooo upset and disappointed. I went back to my Dr. and he was amazed to how my skin was breaking out again. He explained to me that 25% of accutane patients have to go on a second cycle. So here I am back on it.
I am almost done with my second month. I started at the end of June 2011 with 20mg 1xday, and then in July it was bumped back up to 40mg 1xday and Im sure when I go back to my Dr in about a week he will start me on 60mg 1xday for the duration.
Again, no major break out yet and my skin is not oily at all! Very chapped lips and I noticed I feel really PMS-Y all the time !!! I have so much going on in my life compared to the first time I took this medicine so the added stress is not helping but overall I feel good. My face doesn't look any worse or better. I can say as well, my appetite is very curbed on Accutane, but that just may be the way my body reacts to it. I have lost about 6 pounds since starting.
Keep you posted !!