Today I found that people write blogs about their accutane (and other) experiences. I think it'd be good to look back on later. So many people seem to be so pleased once their "adventure" with accutane ends.
I've been wanting to start on Accutane for MONTHS! I wasn't living in the same city for more than 2 months at a time so no doctor wanted to get me started. I finally had an appointment in September and was registered. Of course as a female, you have to wait 31 days. So! I began on November 1st. I am taking 40mg per day. Today was my 10th pill.
Right from the second day I could tell a difference... not in a good way, I suppose. A lot of things were surfacing and they were PAINFUL! The only difference between then and now is that things are clearing up around my cheeks, nose and chin. Things are getting worse on my forehead. This is good though. Everything is surfacing because the sebaceous glands are beginning to shrink (hopefully).
My lips are starting to become dry. Dry in a strange way, where lip balm seems to just sit on top of the dried lips without actually affecting them. Ouch!
My face is dry and flaking, but Estee Lauder's SPF 15 Moisturizer has been helpful.
Today I was perusing all sorts of accutane information. I'm getting nervous with the things that I read that other people experienced and warn about! Fertility problems later on, eyes becoming dry and staying that way, even post-tane, TYPE 1 DIABETES?!? Jeez! This stuff is intense. However, I know many many people who have successfully taken this pill and have had wonderful results and never looked back. I should be on it for 5 months. I think it's when you're on it longer that you develop bigger issues... which makes sense.
I have had mild-moderate acne for the past 9-10 years. While living in Los Angeles this past summer, the climate and the dust in my housing situation broke my skin out like never before. This was a great time to begin Accutane. I had done the regimen on this website for about a year. It worked like magic for months (after the initial terrible 5 weeks of course!), but suddenly i was developing tiny white bumps all over the sides of my face and my forehead, also my chin.
I'm excited for accutane to run its course. I want to get this over with so I can finally have clear skin. In the past 10 years I think there was ONE day that I went without a single blemish. I think the nickname my friend came up with for me (Road Map) is pretty funny. She says you can connect the cities on my forehead. I look forward to no longer being called that though. It will feel so good!
WISH ME LUCK! I'll keep you all posted!