Alrighty. I finally decided to take the plunge and try Accutane. I'm 28 and have had pretty bad acne since I was 13/14. Although it has improved over the last few years, its still pretty noticeable and since I'm getting married next year I thought I would give it a shot.
As everyone knows you have to be on birth control for a couple of months before you actually start the Accutane. Since I was 16 birth control has done nothing but make me break out, so since I started back on Alesse my skin has been less stellar than usual.
So far I haven't noticed any unusual dryness, my lips have been slightly chapped but nothing too bad. My doctor recommended using a lotion called Cerave, which actually took care of the dry skin I had before I started Accutane and has continued to work for me so far.
I have about 4 pretty large horribly painful spots right now that don't seem to be diminishing at all. Im trying my hardest not to pick at anything, but its hard! I've also noticed the texture of the skin on my forehead is starting to get kind of lumpy? The skin on my nose and cheeks hurts and its red and SO itchy. I've read that this isn't anything to be concerned about, but I'll likely bring it up at my next doc appt.
I was hoping to have seen a little improvement by now, but as of now I think we're on the "it gets worse before it gets better" bandwagon. Hopefully things start to clear up soon!