Soo.. its been almost 2 months since I've started accutane. Since I am at school and it requires me to drive home in order to have my derm appt and get my new prescription, my accutane treatment hasn't been necessarily continuous. Between my first and second month dosages, there was about 8 days when I didn't take accutane, and then my doctor increased my dosage from 20 mg/day to 40 mg twice a day MWF and 40 mg once a day for the rest of the days in the week - they told me it would average out to about 60 mg/day. So my skin generally I guess has been doing alright - I kind of expected more results by now because I don't have cystic acne, but I guess it doesn't really matter. The acne that was predominantly on my cheeks had started to clear up but its kinda weird bc my left cheek was originally worse than my right cheek, and those all went away and then i broke out on my right cheek - these are now starting to go away too. Recently, like maybe a week ago, I broke out on my forehead - these are not small pimples either, they're the deep ones that you can feel forming and they hurt. Also, QUESTION - did any one break out a lot on the sides of their face like almost on their neck next to your ears (its almost right on my jaw bone) on both sides?? I've never had acne there but when i started accutane, those came up and have been there since I started and I'm about 6.5 weeks in. I'm staying positive and optimistic though bc I am doing the accutane for the full 6 month period, which, I'm just going to say ends in about march or april and my best friend is getting married in may!!! and I'm in the bridal party - REALLY excited to have clear skin (cross your fingers) for the wedding!!!
As for side effects - there are only two things that really bother me.
1. My lips are REALLY dry but i'm using aquaphor at night and during the day, I use rosebud. ALL GIRLS - if you want a really good lip balm or chapstick, I would highly consider using rosebud - they make it in rose smelling, mint smelling, or strawberry, and they are just really, really good moisturizers for your lips. AND the rosebud mint lip moisturizer has a redish tint which makes it perfect to use if you're going out or even to work instead of wearing lipstick or lip gloss. You can get it from Sephora or just google rosebud lip moisturizer - i'm sure it will come up and where you can find it. Its not that expensive either... the strawberry kind is $6 and the mint and rose ones are $8 but they are well worth it. And you don't need to use a lot either - they all last a really long time. Note also .. don't leave them in hot temperatures.. because they WILL melt into the cap and its not fun trying to open it when you can't because it is stuck and all you want is for lips to stop being chapped. (as you can probably tell... this has happened to me multiple times!!!)
2. And twooo, my scalp is really really dry!! And I can't wash my hair that often because it makes it more dry. I feel like i've developed excema from the accutane on my scalp - any suggestions of what I can use to ease this problem? I like that i don't have to wash my hair often especially because ITS NEVER greasy anymore - i could probably go for a week before it got greasy ... don't worry, i don't do that - that would be really gross. but any suggestions for this problem would be spectacular. Thanks.
Oh, and I know I said I was going to take weekly pictures... yeah, that hasn't worked - I'm just really busy with school and soccer, but soccer is over now, so hopefully I'll ahve more time and be able to get some pictures up!!
thanks to all that read this, and if you're able to answer any of the questions - please help me out!!
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