Month five of taking Accutane has probably been the absolute easiest month of them all. Some days I even wonder if the drug is actually working for me because I’m not (touch wood) experiencing some of the horrible side effects I’d read so much about before I too started to the medication. I went to the hospital for my regular check up last month (this update is a little late!) and even the nurses seemed surprised at the fact that I was coping so well with minimal side effects. They also told me how amazing my skin was looking and how radiant I looked which really made me so happy to hear.
As I’ve been coping so well on 60mg of Isotretinoin daily, the nurses and dermatologist didn’t see any reason to up my dose for the time being. My blood test results were back to a healthy level and I wasn’t having backache anymore so I too was more than happy to stick to the same dose.
My skin has been an absolute dream. I haven’t had any further breakouts what so ever and my pores are completely clear (or at least to the naked eye). I haven’t suffered with any excess dryness at all and my skin has felt completely comfortable the majority of the time. The only side effects that have remained for me are dryness inside my nose, and dry lips, but honestly, these don’t tend to bother me at all as I make sure to use lip balms regularly to combat the effects. I think the fact that I’m a complete beauty junkie that takes moisturising and drinking water so very seriously has really helped me out on the Accutane front. I’ve been fortunate enough not to suffer with cracked lips, terrible joint pain, horrible headaches and peeling skin.
The first new thing I’ve noticed this month which I’m not sure I can even attribute to Accutane is that my face tends to burn up a lot almost as if I have a high temperature. Now, I say it might not be down to the Accutane as this month I’ve actually been quite poorly with a viral infection that badly affected my chest, so the temperature may well be down to that. The second new thing is that my skin is more sensitive than usual which is to be expected but still comes as a bit of a shock. One day I was sweeping some crumbs away from the worktop whilst tidying up and felt a sharp pain on my hand, I was really shocked to see that the crumbs that I’d swept away had actually caused tiny little cuts along my hand, just like tiny paper cuts! The second incident happened when I went to scratch my nose after a relentless itch and was horrified to realise that my skin had broken from the scratching and scabbed over the next morning. It’s very easy to forget just how powerful this little drug is when you’ve been on the good side of the side effects.
Aside from those two little incidents, nothing at all has changed for me and it’s been a very easy month on the drug which I’m very happy about. I’m really pleased that my body has coped so well so far and I’m looking forward to my next appointment to see what’s coming ahead.
Shop my current favourite skincare to use whilst on Accutane
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
E45 Intense Recovery moisturiser
Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel Cream
DHC Quick Film Smoother
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
Blistex Relief Cream
Dr Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex
© Rachael Divers 2017.