So I should have started this blog when I first began Accutane,(I am on day 21 today) but I was too nervous to and didn't know whether or not I should. But I think this will be a good way for me to keep track of my progress and hopefully it might be encouraging for others if they decide they want to start Accutane.
So if you don't know, "Accutane" is a medication used to treat severe cases of acne that don't respond to other treatments.
The real name is Isotretinoin, and the generic brand that I was prescribed is Amnesteem.
In order to start isotretinoin, I first needed to make an appointment with my dermatologist, and after deciding that it was right for me I got blood work done and did a pregnancy test because, YOU CANNOT BE PREGNANT on isotretinoin. Then I had to register for iPledge, it's a pledge that is required for all women who can become pregnant. You have to then select your two forms of birth control, such as the pill for the primary form, and a condom as the secondary form.
For men you obviously don't have to do this and you can be prescribed isotretinoin the day of your derm. visit.
So after I did all of that and filled out paperwork for ipledge, I then had to take birth control for a whole month before I could come back for my second visit at the Derm. and take my second pregnancy test.
After it was confirmed that I wasn't with child, I was then given the prescription to be filled and I could start right away!
Oh and my derm. started me on 40mg once daily with food.
After starting isotretinoin....
First week- No side effects, no dryness, no change in acne.
Second week- Lips became very dry. They began to split open, and peel off, even when applying blistex constantly.
Third week- My lips are still very dry, and new acne is coming to the surface, and it's very upsetting
Fourth week-IB is getting worse, and skin is flaky
I am obviously wearing makeup in attempt to cover my hideous skin in these pictures but I didn't feel comfortable posting pictures without makeup