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Exercise/sweating And Showering While On Accutane

kaigrrr

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Okay, I'm the creator of this blog, I'm new to this, so I have no idea what I'm doing or if anyone's going to see this, hopefully a lot of people will..

I'm on day 13 (my first -and hopefully only- cycle) of taking Accutane. I feel like I've had minimal side-effects so far, just dryness, and lately I've felt extremely tired, even though I've been getting a normal amount of sleep (7-ish hours per day/week on average). I wanted to let my body adjust to the medication before I started working out again, but have reached an impasse, realizing that I'm not able to wash my hair as often while on this pill as I used to, before I was on it.

(These next "paragraphs are going to be in bullet form, just so that each of my points are more easily identifiable.)

  • Before Accutane I was a regular exerciser, exercising for about 1 hour and 15 min every other day doing minor leg weights (20min), ab workouts (15min), and running (30min) - I know that doesn't add up to 1hr 15min.
  • Anyway, after all that, I'm relatively sweaty. I never had a problem with that because I could just come home from the gym and take a shower. That's obviously different now that I'm on accutane, and you can over-dry your skin and hair if it's washed too frequently. Because the dryness side-effects are starting to take more of a noticeable toll on my body, the past two times I've showered have been spread out in intervals of 4 days (in other words, I've recently been showering every 4 days).
  • I've been feeling a bit crummy these past two weeks from not exercising at all (because of the effects I've read/heard that can be caused by it), meanwhile increasing my fat/protein intake at the same time (which is probably why I feel so crummy).
  • I really want to get back into the swing of things (exercise-wise). I'm probably going to have to modify my workout routine though, because I've heard accutane can cause your joints to weaken, and I'm already relatively tiny for my age and height (111lbs 5'5").
    My question is, what can I do so that I'm exercising every day (if it's a relatively light workout) or every other day (more moderate workout), but keeping the sweating to a minimum or eliminating it as much as possible after my workouts? I'm a girl, so sweat is not a scent I want to give off during the days that I don't shower, and there are a good bit of days in between my showering days (as I mentioned earlier).
  • I've thought about just washing my body (not my hair) on the days I workout, but that wouldn't get rid of the sweat on my scalp, and that's where I tend to sweat the most (I have moderately think and medium-length hair, so that explains it).
  • I'm thinking of doing an elliptical machine (because it's easier on the joints, and Accutane is known for weakening joints) every other day for maybe only 20min because, with me, I tend to sweat at least twice as much on that machine than I do if I run; but I don't want to run, because it's harder on the joints.
  • For those on/have been on accutane, who workout and sweat, what were/are your solutions? Did you notice if you sweat more/less during your time on accutane (I'm asking this, because you would think sweat would be reduced if your skin was drier than usual)?

I'm sorry if these thoughts are long or scattered, but I guess I felt I had to give more of a background story first before I could just dive in to my problem..



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I work out 6 days a week. Most days I sweat like hell too but I just rinse myself with water. Maybe it's different because I have short hair? I have a buzz cut.

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I've been on accutane a month and a half and have been working out just as consistently and hard as before. I have noticed some, but not debilitating joint pain. In terms of dealing with sweating, I just shower afterwards and use deoderant beforehand...I don't understand the issue here...? I use a mild body wash on my face and body, and condition my hair every day, but I only shampoo like once a week. I sweat a lot when I work out; it's probably genetic (probably the cause of my acne in the first place) but I'd rather think it's because I work hard. But basically Accutane has had no noticeable effect on the volume of sweat I produce when exercising. If it does you, I'd suggest drinking lots of cold water and carrying a towel with you while working out. Good luck.

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I just shower afterwards and use deoderant beforehand...I don't understand the issue here...?

The main concern is I don't want to have to wash my hair.

My sister was on accutane a few years ago and it totally damaged her hair, Idk what her washing routine was, but I just don't want that happening to me. I'm fine with washing my body after a workout, but I don't want to wash my hair every other day, because it's started getting very dry and itchy and flaky because of the dryness Accutane causes. I use very hydrating moisturizing shampoo/conditioner on the days I DO wash my hair, and even apply a moisturizing leave-in conditioner afterwards. It subsides the itchiness a bit, but I've been wearing my hair up a lot so that I'm tempted as little as possible to scratch my head and gross people out with my dry scalp problems. It's like a kid with a bug bite. You put a bandaid over the itch to help the kid resist itching it. If I already have to do the current moisturizing routine when I shower every four days, I can't even imagine what I'd have to do if I showered every 2 days...

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True, it does make my hair really dry too; but being a guy, I don't notice much. You could wear a shower cap, or take wipe baths after workouts.

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I'm just wondering if there's a way to keep my hair/scalp clean after sweating and working out without having to wash my hair. Would it get dry if I just rinsed it with lukewarm water?

I've heard water alone can dry your skin out...?

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wash your hair and once a week do a hot oil treatment on your hair and scalp...shower after all workouts or you will BE FUNKY!!! lmao

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If you can handle it, try cold showers. I mean honestly, just use anti-dandruff shampoo; stationary hair isn't unattractive.

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My hair is very thick and long (down to my lower back) I workout every other day, am on day 37 of 40mg of roaccutane. I shower and wash my hair after working out...

I too was worried about the drying effect but I made the decision to do things I did before accutane and see what happens to me. I could then really see how my body reacted to roaccutane and then I could adjust my routine. Instead of reading negative experiences and scaring the shit out of myself. :)

If your worried about dry hair do an oil hair mask. I do this once every week, I use a hair dye brush to put coconut oil into my scalp (it gets itchy) and then use my hands to work more oil down my hair leave that in over night and wash it out in the morning and my hair is super soft and very healthy.

I <3 my hair, I think its my best asset. lol

Good luck

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