So last night I finally started Accutane! I have been started off on 30mg. I was so so so scared and sat there staring at the pills for hours before I actually took them. After encouragement (and a little abuse) from my sister and fiance I finally took them (after dinner btw). I woke up today feeling completely fine apart from pain in my joints and lower back. This pain remained constant all day and at this point I am not sure whether this is because of accutane or not. Apart from that I was completely fine apart from being a little on edge waiting for any side effects to kick in.
Today I woke up with my aches and pains pretty much gone. My skin was pretty much the same with no dryness etc and I had prepared myself pretty well with lots of lip balms and e45 moisturiser ready to use. So far I haven't encountered any side effects but am just waiting for the lips to start drying up like everyone said...
Nothing major to report today apart from the fact that I could feel a slight difference in my skin in the sense that it was less red. Normally after having a shower or washing my face my pores would feel open and red however they seem to be less apparent and my skin generally feels smoother. I did however notice a few spots on my forehead - not sure if these are the start of the initial break out..
Today I woke up with really bad lower back pain which again lasted all day. It was constant however felt better if I walked around. Really not sure if this is a side effect of the drug or just poor posture? Apart from this I have found that instead of drying - my skin feels a lot oilier! Complete opposite of what I was expecting. I guess my body is still adjusting to the accutane and it will take a few days before the drying out occurs.
Thankfully today there were no aches or pains - generally felt okay today. No dryness of the skin or lips and no other symptoms. As a side note - I have been drinking around 2 litres of water a day and keeping my lips well moisturised with shea butter.
Today I woke up and could feel a few new spots developing - again if this is the initial breakout then so be it - I am expecting this and in all honesty it would mean something is working! Apart from that my skin doesn't feel so red and inflamed around the spots which is a positive. Lips have started to feel a little sore so have been applying my shea butter frequently. Apart from that no extra dryness or side effects.
One week down!
Lips felt the accutane today. Not dry and flaky as expected (yet!) but felt very sore. I kept them well moisturised with shea butter and so far so good. I felt incredibly thirsty today despite drinking almost 2 litres of water daily - am thinking of trying to up this to 3 litres. My eyes have started to feel quite dry but again I am not sure if this is down to lack of sleep or the accutane! I don't think I have felt the full impact of the side effects just yet - but in any case I am ready to expect the worse.