Cumulative dose: 12.8 mg/kg
Changed side effects since last post: General redness, peeling/flaking skin all over face
Persistent side effects: Dry lips, obvious blackheads
The side effects are getting gross and discouraging. My skin is increasingly raw and blotchy looking; there's a growing mismatch between my foundation and overall skin tone. I also have these flaky patches, especially around my mouth and chin, that don't seem to go away. My skin is really sensitive too--almost everything stings. A couple of questions for readers:
- Does the redness ever get better during the treatment? That is, does it ever get better before you actually stop the isotretinoin?
- Same as above, but for peeling.
- I'm really worried about how much everything hurts (and contributes to my overall blotchy, red look). This morning, for the first time, I waited a good 20 min after showering before applying a bit of Cerave to the worst areas and then suncreen (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 45), and it didn't sting so much. I'm hoping that introducing this lag will be enough. Currently, I'm using Cetaphil wash twice a day (using a soft washcloth or my hands). I then use Cerave in the evening or Neutrogena sunscreen in the morning, but I think I'll pre-apply some Cerave in future mornings too. Did anyone else have this kind of irritation, and did it go away? Were other products less irritating?
I reeeeeeeeeaally want my blackheads to go away and to get the flakeface under control. Yesterday, I went into work happy that I didn't have any meetings and didn't have to worry about people staring at my face. I then got some good news, and my boss and I went out to celebrate. He stared a bit. It was crummy. And now I'm gearing myself up for the next phase of my career, which is a bit intimidating, and I would really prefer to avoid all forms of dermatological drama. So... any advice on what I can expect? I'm guessing I'll go up to 60 mg/day next month and probably stay there for a while.