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Week 1 Of Accutane



Well, here I am...writing about my first week of accutane. To be honest, I never thought I would start the journey of accutane -- I was used to hearing such negative things about it, but once my dermatologist asked if I wanted to keep wasting money on creams, cleansers and antibiotics, I knew it was time for a major change.

I tried my best not to google about accutane since the negative stuff tends to be more pertinent. I stumbled across acne.org however, and loved that I could read the progress of others on accutane and compare my side effects/ changes with everyone else -- it is nice not being alone! : )

I thought I would track my progress weekly and start posting any side effects or really, skin changes that I notice throughout the course. I am taking 40mg of accutane (Claravis -- Isotretinoin capsules or whatever) once daily. Every time I take it, I always wonder how this tiny pill is going to change my skin. I couldn't be more excited.

I did not notice my skin changing until day 5. How about everyone else?

Here is what I am currently experiencing:

Day 5: The start of itchy skin, mainly on my hairline and nose

Day 6: More itchy skin, definitely my face -- sensitive skin* for sure, dry lips

Day 7: Dry lips, itchy skin around neck, nose, corner of mouth & hair line

*-- I have pretty sensitive skin, grew up with eczema and whenever I scratch, I tend to get really red so thats what I mean by sensitive skin

For the most part, everything tends to be tolerable...I am hoping that the itchiness goes away, or that I just get used to it? I heard that the drying of the lips gets worse, but I'm ready for it.

Here are the products I am currently using:


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

MAC Charged Water Lotion


Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick (recommended!)

Blistex Medicated Chapstick

Carmex Chapstick

Chapstick Moisturizer


I usually just carry the Palmer's Swivel Stick around with me because it lasts the longest for me, but I use the others sparingly and whenever I tend to have them around me. I definitely stocked up ... : )

My only question I have and hoping that someone can answer for me ... do you use the Cetaphil Advance Daily Ultra Hydrating lotion on your face?? I usually stick to only things that say for the face & that are light weight...in fear of clogging pores. I know it says it shouldn't clog pores but it still feels pretty heavy to me.

Here's to an easy (hopefully) journey of getting the skin I have always wanted!


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