Starting to see some more side effects lately. Again, nothing too bad, just more dryness and skin sensitivity. I had to switch from my usual Cetaphil Cleanser (the one for all skin types) to a gentler face wash. I've tried a few since then, and have found a couple that don't make my skin sting at all when I use them:
Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk
Simple Moisturizing Cleanser
Since, I had a sample of the Caudalie Cleanser, I tried that out and loved it, but as it's almost $30 a package, I stopped by the local CVS and picked up the Simple Cleanser, which feels the same at around $5 a tube.
As I've had eczema for years (including on my face), and already had dry/combination skiing before starting Accutane, I have some experience dealing with dry, flaky skin, so when I saw some flaky patches, I was annoyed, but not too upset about it. I just make sure to put on a really thick moisturizer, like the Cetaphil or CeraVe Cream (which I had already been using at night before starting this medicine) in the morning and at night. If I'm at home for the day, though, I just put it on whenever I feel dry.
The corner of my mouth did become a bit dry, so to prevent it from actually cracking I just put some Aquaphor on/around my mouth and it worked like a charm. Since I have been using a bunch of chapsticks lately, my lips are actually very smooth and soft, despite how dry the rest of my skin has become, so hopefully that doesn't change.
As for breakouts, I've had maybe 2 new spots, but they've been relatively small and have gone away/healed very quickly. Since my dermatologist told me I might not have to have an initial breakout (since I'd been using acne treatments for a while), I'm hoping that this is the case.
I'm planning on looking into a moisturizing mask that I can use a couple times a week, so I'll keep you guys posted on how that works out.