Isotretinoin – Week 4

This post is a bit late and I see that I skipped last week’s post as well.  However, better late than never.

My treatment with Isotretinoin is progressing.  In the last few weeks I’ve gotten old-people hands as I’ve affectionately referred to them.  Effectively this means that my hands are quite dry and get cut pretty easily.  In the last few days the easy-cutting has lessened somewhat, but the dryness is just as bad.  Tonight when I applied hand cream my hands actually burned for about 10-20 minutes until that feeling finally diminished some.

My face was very  flakey but thankfully that isn’t as bad in the past week.  I do apply moisturizer though when needed.  I can tell that my back is getting better but that it will definitely be the last thing to truly have real results shown.

I feel that I’m more tired than I used to so in my last round of blood work I had a few more tests ran and I’ll be finding out the results tomorrow when I go back to see my dermatologist.

I am taking the opportunity though to try something that I’d normally not be able to try.  Typically my oily skin makes me want to have my hair cut short (a number 3 trimmer guard if that means anything to you).  However, since I really am not producing oil anymore, I’m taking the opportunity to try to grow my hair out longer.  I most likely won’t like it and will want to get rid of it ASAP, but I’d like to see what’s possible.  Now, how do I manage my hair while it’s on that journey?  I have no clue whatsoever!  🙂

Isotretinoin – Week 2

Today starts week two of my treatment with Isotretinoin.  So, what’s changed so far?

Well, I’ve only gone through one week of treatment but some changes are starting to take place.  While I’ve not noticed any difference in the acne distribution and strength on my back, I have started to notice one of the most common side-effects – dry lips.  I haven’t really used Chapstick in a long time but have in the last few days applied it several times as my lips are tending to get dry at times.  I know that this will increase massively over the entire course of my treatment.

Although the strength of the acne on my back has not changed, I think that my back is starting to get a bit dryer although it very well could have just been from the relatively low humidity lately with the winter weather.

We’ll see what the next week brings and if the effects become more noticeable.

Isotretinoin – Week 1

I have dealt with acne for a long time now.  I know that my acne isn’t as severe as my brother’s, but it’s still been with me for a time and hasn’t gotten any better.  It’s finally to the point however where something different has to happen to try to get rid of it as everything that I’ve before tried has yielded no real results.

After carefully discussing it with my doctor and Justin, we all decided that Isotretinoin (previously marketed under the brand-name Accutane) was something that would help.  As such, today during dinner I’ll be having my first dosage of Isotretinoin.  I should be on it for about five months, which is the standard treatment time.  After which, I should have a considerably different skin condition – one which is much clearer.  I am not expecting it to completely clear up the acne, but instead to make a considerable improvement of it.

Throughout the treatment course, I’ll be taking pictures of the progress for documentation and tracking and posting updates on any changes that I see.