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Rock Climbing On Accutane?

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Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone has experience with rock climbing while being on Accutane? Is it just more painful or is it impossible to climb?

I was on Accutane a few years ago but I wasn't climbing at that time. I'm starting another course soon and I'm a little concerned because I know Accutane makes your skin really fragile, and anyone that has climbed knows how tough climbing is on your hands. I'm worried about my skin just tearing off onto a crimp...

I climb regularly 3 or 4 times per week and it is my passion, so if an acne medication were to keep me from being able to do this, I think I'd just take the acne hehe. Please let me know if you have any advice or experience! Thanks

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Sorry, I don't rock climb, but I think it would be very uncomfortable for you to rock climb while on Accutane. Not impossible, but very uncomfortable, and for three reasons. 1) Your joints may feel sore and ache while on Accutane. 2) Like you said, the skin is much more fragile and you will get scraped up and irritated easier. Any cuts or scrapes you get while climbing will also take much longer to heal. 3) I don't really know much about rock climbing but I'm guessing you mean climbing real rocks, not the fake rock walls that are indoors. If that's the case, you will be exposing yourself to sun for long periods. Remember that Accutane makes you more sensitive to the sun and you will likely burn or develop a rash.

If you do choose to do it, I would take a fish oil supplement to help with the joints.


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Oh bloody hell just do it and enjoy yourself!!

Just be sensible and if you feel your skin is doing funny things then stop!! Life is for living.

x x

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