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Almost one month down



Just about done with my first month.  I saw the Dr. today, labs are good and the dose will remain at 40mg/day at least for the next month. I am getting some cystic outbreaks in random places of my face that I did not have acne prior to accutane.  NOTHING horrible.  If these outbreaks continue then my dose will be increased at my next monthly check up.  
Since my last post I have experienced these symptoms: 
migraine on one occasion
dryness increasing on skin, decreasing on scalp
dry eyes, some mornings needing eye drops
dry lips needing aquaphor application at least once an hour, usually more frequent
skin is heat sensitive, when in the heat (shade) I feel like I am getting really sunburnt.  This feeling goes away once in a cool place and I have yet to get sunburned. 
only needing to wash my hair every 5 days (it is not as gross as I thought, it shockingly remains perfectly clean and fresh)

I have started using lotion on my entire body after each shower, otherwise I will be very itchy all over.  I use Cetaphil cleanser on my body and acne.org face wash on my face.  I have started to use Cera Ve lotion on my face along with jojoba oil in some extra dry areas.  I was using the acne.org moisturizer on my face but the past two weeks it has started to burn when I put it on, so I will save it for when my accutane journey is complete.  
The most important thing I would suggest to anyone is to drink plenty of water.  I keep track everyday and was averaging 90 ounces.  I upped it to as close to a gallon as I could get, some days getting the full gallon in (122oz).  It helps!!!! And surprisingly it is not as hard as I would expect.  I read that advice on other accutane blogs prior to beginning my own and was in disbelief that I could ever drink that much water in one day.  It helps my lips, skin, headaches, and probably more.  

Leaving in a few days for the beach, preparing my self with some very high SPF and plenty of moisturizers. 


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