Hi. I basically use this as my diary bc I don't know anyone on accutane right now and I need to get my thoughts out so I don't go crazy. Maybe someone can relate and this could help somebody. I finished round 1 of accutane in 2016, had amazing beautiful skin until 2.5 years later in 2018. I have no idea why, but I do know I was under a lot of stress at that time. I started round 2 January 2019 because of all the stupid ass hoops female patients have to go through. I'm on Day 27. I know the side effects to expect but doesnt make them any less annoying. The most annoying right now is the dry nose. (maybe its worse because im in cold climate too). but the inside of my nose will crack and flake and make boogers and I have to pretty much clean it 2-3 times a day. I put vaseline inside at night, I think it helps but not sure. I am easily putting up w dry skin, lips, joint pain. Never noticed this last round but I had a crazy breakout of blackheads around day 22? I used an exfoliating scrub from CVS about twice a week that cleared it up pretty damn well within a week. Going to maintain weekly gentle exfoliation.
Okay now for the juicy stuff. Last wound of accutane I was celibate. This round, I'm in a heterosexual relationship with a man and I was very nervous how it would affect my sex life. My biggest concerns were -- how am I going to kiss him if my mouth is covered in vaseline/aquaphor? How will dry lips affect oral sex on him? How will the overall dryness affect the ability for vaginas to get wet? And, its okay! I'm on 40mg and symptoms may be worse or intolerable on higher doses, but. So far, before I kiss him, I pretty much kiss the back of my hand to get most (but not all) of the aquaphor off. Or do this before I see him. When you make out your lips will feel tight at some point but as long as its not for over an hour, its bareable. His saliva and your own tongue will sort of moisturize your own for the time being lol. Oral sex on him is also okay (for maybe 20 minutes) if you focus on using your tongue and throat to create as much saliva as possible. I know this is TMI but this might help somebody out, I wish somebody told me! Also, does not seem like accutane affects vaginal wetness at all, at least for me.
As always, use two forms of birth control!