Because I began taking Accutane these past few weeks, I thought I would do a blog post documenting my skin for everyone. This will help show progress through the coming months!
My prescription is very low for the time being. The dosage is estimated from a patients total weight, and is adjusted based on how your body reacts. My doctor said of course it’s important that we start low, and we will increase after we process blood work each month. Drawing blood each month is very important while on Accutane, so you can ensure triglyceride levels, and liver functioning are all within an appropriate range.
I take one pill each day, usually with food that has fat in it, as that is the best way for your body to process the pill. I usually take it in the morning with a piece of avocado toast or a handful of cashews, since both of those foods are fat dense.
Everyone’s skin reacts different to the medicine itself. Some skin actually becomes worse before it gets better. This happens because any underlying cystic acne comes to the surface, before it then disappears. The goal of Accutane is to actually make oil glands smaller, and help prevent any build up of dirt that may cause Acne.
Personally, my skin has been pretty consistent since the initial point I took it. This may be because I’m taking a relatively low dose. However, I have noticed my skin has become particularly dry. Especially on my chin and my lips. Dry skin is very common for those on Accutane. It’s extremely important to keep your skin hydrated, and also use sunscreen! Sun exposure is dangerous, so I am wearing SPF at all times! I also have cut out alcohol, to prevent any adverse effects to my liver, because that is a common side effect.
Below I’m going to share some photos of my skin. I’m a little self conscious about my face without makeup, so this is a big step for me. I’m hoping that I can make everyone feel comfortable themselves, and not feel embarrassed or ashamed. My skin on a scale of 1-10, 1 being mild acne, and 10 being the most severe I’ve ever had, my skin is at about a 4 in these photos. As you can see, I have some cystic acne around my cheeks, on my chin, and it goes down my neck as well. I have tried to manage it for years, so hopefully Accutane will take care of it for good!
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below. I am by no means an expert, but I can share any information I have about Accutane so far. I can also ask my doctor if there is a particular question I cannot answer! Be sure to consult your own doctor if you are considering going on Accutane. They are your best reference point! Thank you so much for reading. Be sure to follow my blog for more updates on my Accutane journey, and of course follow for more beauty insight!