Hello All! So I'm on day 30 of Accutane. Should be on day 32 but I forgot take a couple of pills while we were on vacation. Speaking of vacation..... I learned my lesson about being in the sun while on this medication!! We went to the Gulf Coast and wow did I get burnt. Spent Sunday on the beach, applied and reapplied sunblock several times throughout the day and still got burnt. Woke up Monday with a burn and woke up Tuesday with blisters covering my upper back and shoulders. Luckily, I bought really great Neutrogena facial sunblock so nothing happened to my face!!
Other than that horrible burn, things have been going wonderfully. Side effects would be dry lips still. Have been able to maintain with the Blistex Moisture Melt, it's still working wonders! I was able to get rid of the dandruff/dry scalp by using Head and Shoulders, and I also leave my conditioner on for about 5 minutes before I rinse it off. I also did a couple of deep conditioning treatments I purchased and a local beauty supply store. I also use this product called Ice, it has aloe and vitamin e, it works really well at keeping my hair moisturized, no so dry. I have been following docs orders and moisturizing my whole body at least once a day, if not twice. Oh, and I also bought Aveeno's oatmeal bath stuff. Just trying to stay proactive to avoid super dry skin.
I had my dermatology appointment last week and the doctor was very impressed at the progress I have made already. My face is clearing up nicely! I posted some pictures. They aren't very clear, the lighting was pretty bad. But I can tell you I only have like 3 new pimples, a couple scratches on my nose (?) and quite a bit of scarring on my cheeks. I'm happy with the results so far! I have been bumped up on dosage from 40mg to 60mg. She offered to bump up to 80mg but I requested 60 instead. I don't want to do too much too fast.
Oh, I forgot. One other side effect I have been experiencing is joint pain. Mostly in my hips and low back. Also, more than usual pain in my neck. I just recently started back at the gym so I'm hoping that will help. I also started taking my fish oil 3 times a day rather than just once a day, hoping that will help the joints as well.
Well, that's all for now. Will update in 30 days unless something changes significantly.
Thanks for reading