I apologize for not updating this blog for a few weeks, I've been extremely busy with school that I just haven't had the time do so, luckily, I've found a few spare minutes at 4 AM on a Sunday morning to do so.
So, from last time a couple things have changed...first, I got a blood test that came back completely normal allowing me to continue my Accutane procedure. Second, my dermatologist upped my daily dosage from 40mg to 60mg -- I take 30 mg twice a day. Initially, I thought this would make my dry lips worse, it hasn't, they have remained the same, which was definitely a pleasant surprise. As a side note, when the weather gets colder I normally get dry skin on my legs and upper arms, and like every other year, I am starting to get dry skin in those places. This year, however, because of my hyper-awareness of dry skin from Accutane, I've started to moisturize my legs and arms, which has more or less gotten rid of the dryness (unassociated with Accutane though). Another thing I've noticed, and I'm not sure if this has anything to do with Accutane or not, but my nailbeds, which have previously been a disaster (dead skin, lots of hangnails), are completely normal and free of any issues for the first time in years.
Over the past 3 weeks, I've gotten 3 pimples, all of them I've been able to pop within a day or so and all of them leave no blatant scarring. It is important to note, though, that Accutane slows the production of skin cells down on your face, so when I get a pimple and pop it, while the pimple goes away quickly and the redness goes away quickly, the "pimple scar" (not really a scar since it goes away after a week normally) takes longer to fade. These marks are really only visible under scrutiny in a mirror, so nothing major at all.
I forget if I've mentioned this in earlier blog posts, but my skin prior to Accutane was always very oily (like uncomfortably oily, I'd rub my forehead with my sleeve several times a day because it looks like a mirror otherwise) is no longer oily, which definitely adds to my happiness with this drug.
Before signing off, my daily routine consists of showering in the morning (using Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser), using aczone topical (my dermatologist said it's okay to use as long as it isn't irritating my face, which it hasn't and I'm paranoid so I'm doing it), moisturizing my face and putting aquaphor on my lips. At night, washing my face again with the same Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, using tazorac, and the same moisturizer on my face and aquaphor on my lips combo.
All in all, I look forward to taking my two pills every day, the results I've seen are (knock on wood) remarkable and I am so much more confident going out in public knowing that my face looks good.