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1st month

My first month of accutane started March of 2016. I was taking one 40mg pill a day. I have moisturized really well the past years and especially the month leading up to my accutane journey so to speak. I didn't experience as much dryness and cracking as others have mentioned except my lips cracked really bad in the corners and it was painful to open my mouth because it would cause more splitting. I would recommend sleeping with your lips covered in vaseline prior to starting accutane and during your entire course, mine being a 6 month ordeal. I used Eucerin redness relief night cream morning and night on my face because I had heard horror stories of peoples faces turning bright red. My face never got really red but I had one of the worst breakouts of my life (the derm warned me about this). The acne was awful and in some parts had gone cystic. I was using a full coverage concealer and foundation but I would have to re-apply several times a day to try and keep it covered. My best advice for the first month is to just suffer through. I have found a new foundation and concealer that works really well for covering acne and I will write about that in a separate post. I also used Ecerin body lotion but have switched to cetaphil body lotion because it was making me feel greasy. I like getting my eyebrows waxed and so I went against the dermatologists wishes and got mine waxed during my first month. The lady was very careful and it turned my face a little red but it was bearable. I wouldn't recommend it to others without talking to your doctor first though. I'm really big into makeup so if you have any questions feel free to ask! I'm positive that I have tried EVERYTHING to cover acne :) 
Side effects of the first month:

  • Really bad breakout
  • Lower back pain
  • Tiredness
  • Lips cracking
  • Slight dryness
  • Not much of a change in acne

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