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Accutane/Isotretinoin Day 1-Day 10 -- First Pack of Accutane Complete

Good evening everyone,

It is now the end of Day 10, and being that I started this blog a little bit later than when I started I would like to update you guys on what has happened between day 1 and day 10 (today).

Day 2 (morning after taking first Accutane pill): I took my first Accutane pill (30mg) on October 17th. When I woke up the next morning, I already woke up with less oily skin and mildly dry lips. I started using Aquaphor on my lips from Day 1. 

Day 4: My skin was slightly drier, but not much, and my lips were dry. I started going heavier on moisturizing and used CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I also continued to use Aquaphor on my lips. I also noticed that my acne had calmed down A LOT, most of my breakouts were dry and flat and I woke up with nothing new on my face. I began drinking a lot of water from here on out as well.

Day 7: My skin was SEVERELY dry and red, to the point where it felt weird to move my face in any way. I tried putting the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on over and over and within 15 minutes my skin absorbs it all, leaving my skin dry again. It would also make my skin burn more? At the end of the day, I picked up Vitamin E Oil and put that on my face which really relieved the burning/dryness. This worked great, but as you may suspect, using this oil would make my face extremely shiny which doesn't seem appropriate for the daytime. I noticed a few new breakouts as well, but nothing more than what I would normally get. My lips were also severely dry, but as long as I kept Aquaphor on them they felt okay. I started to feel some joint pain and back pain in my lower back, to the point where if I stood for too long it would be pretty painful but nothing intolerable.

Day 10: Although I discovered some relief for my dry skin with the Vitamin E Oil, I knew that it was not realistic for me to use during the day time. Yesterday night, I asked a friend who went on Accutane what cream they recommend and they suggested Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I bought this cream in "rich" for very dry, sensitive skin and it has worked wonders!!! Putting it on instantly cooled the burning and relieved my skin. It is pretty thick but if your skin is super dry it is exactly what you need. I put it on last night and woke up to a much calmer, and less red face. The redness is almost entirely gone. I have been avoiding standing for long periods of time (especially if I'm carrying a heavy bag) and my lower-back pain has stopped. However, I noticed that my knees are hurting, so I am still feeling joint pain.

Although I have finally found a cream that helps with the dryness, it is way too thick for me to use under foundation or any makeup. Does anyone have any recommendations for very moisturizing lotions that work well under makeup? 

Thank you guys,


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