I started Accutane 16 days ago and i started to notice some obvious side effects today, and i decided to write this down since i know from day 1 that i was so curious about the side effects that different people experience and have been reading up on all the journals there are on the internet. Hopefully someone will read mine when they feel lost and not knowing what to expect and actually feel safe and better about the journey.
I think that side effects from accutane is expected because this is a drug that changes people’s DNA. It is a mutagen- meaning that this drug changes the genetic information in our body and increases the number of mutations above the natural background level. A question that i still need to ask my derm is that whether or not some of these side effects will be permanent. Since this drug can alter our skin condition for a long period of time, i believe it is also capable of changing other elements of the body for a long period of time as well.
In any case, i believe people are aware of this, and people like me are just so fed up with our situation and are willing to try anything. So here we go with my diary:)
For me, nothing much happened during the first two weeks. I used to have very oily skin, but by the end of week 2, my skin has dried up a bit. I still so have oil on my face by the end of the day, but it was much much better than before. My acne didnt stop to grow, actually it got a bit worse. No surprises, i already have acne, so it didnt upset me or anything. No depression, i actually felt pretty excited and happy about this drug. No nose bleed, no sleeping problem, no anxiety, nothing. The only thing i experienced that was a bit odd, was that one night, i was sitting in the living room talking with my mom, and all of a sudden my vision became blurred. I have had perfect vision throughout the past, so not being able to see my mother clearly all of a sudden was something that shocked me. However, my vision came back to normal after an hour and it only happened once. However, i know this may recur throughout my accutane treatment- no night driving for me.
Mid week 3 (16th day)
My skin continues to dry up, as well as my lips of course. My nose bleed once yesterday, but it wasnt major. I personally like the dry skin and lips. I like the taste and smell of fruity lip blam, so constantly reapplying it dosent bother me at all.
I woke up this morning feeling particularly tire and exhausted. I am a 26 years old office lady. I am and have been full of energy and motivation when it comes work. I have been waking up every morning ready to go out there and do my best. However, yesterday afternoon, i started to feel very very tire, i even asked to leave office around 2 pm. THIS IS JUST NOT ME!! When i got home, i felt so tire that i didnt even want to shower. I normally love to shower, but not yesterday, i was so dead exhausted. Again this morning i woke up without much energy, and i was late for work.
I also have tire eyes, not dry, but heavy and tire.
My ance situation is horriable….i have never had this much acne on my face in my entire life….its really scary and it hurts so much!! it hurts when i touch my face- it dosent feel like MY face, it wasnt like this before.
Whiteheads come out everyday, one after another, all over my face…very discouraging, but it is expected. i also have two big cystic ance on both sides of my jawline….and they are very red and painful.
I’ll be back with more when i have more developments.