Idk if anyone is going to be reading this, but I thought it would be good for me to document my accutane experience either way. I am a 17 year old girl and I've had acne since the beginning of middle school very mildly, but it has gotten much worse in the past few months. It is still only categorized as moderate acne at most, but I have many black heads and any spot I get will scar on my very pale skin. Since I've known my dermatologist for years now, she recommended that I go on accutane (I had already tried clindamycin, topical retinoids, and antibiotics). When she suggested this, I was extremely apprehensive, as I had heard many horror stories. After further research and speaking to my regular doctor whom I trust very much, I decided that it was the right choice for me. Because I am a girl, I had to deal with the whole iPledge thing, so I have one more blood test to take before my appointment on Monday to get the actual prescription. Because I already have eczema, that I've been able to keep under control under normal circumstances, I'm taking the dryness warning and trying to get myself prepared. I went to target and sephora to stock up on products that will hopefully minimize my side effects. In case anyone was wondering, I'm currently stocked with:
Cetaphil moisturizing cream (already use every night due to relatively dehydrated skin)
Cetaphil cleanser (again, I already use this)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (I like to use this in the morning)
Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen (meant for face)
Protopic (prescription cream for eczema that my derm gave the ok for during accutane - awesome for dry spots/flakes on face)
Hopefully these, along with the other lip balms I have in excessive amounts, will keep my dryness under control. I'll post again once I have my appointment on Monday with any updates.