I have been on Isotretinoin for 6 months. I have officially been off of it for a little over a week. Before I started Isotretinoin I was on hormones, antibiotics, and a topical cream for 3 months. It helped but my face scarred and my acne came back a month later full force. My dermatologist and I decided I should go on Isotretinoin as a more permanent solution. She said there is a higher chance I will have to do another round when I am older because I am on the younger side, however, the chances are still low.Let me tell you about my experience with Isotretinoin.

First of all, you are constantly dry. Dry lips, dry skin, and dry hair. Some days are worse than others. The most important thing is to drink a lot of water. Water was my best friend during this time. Another thing is getting a good moisturizer or an oil. I got both, I had carrot seed oil along with that I switched between CeraVe itch relief moisturizing cream and the moisturizer the pharmacy sent with the Isotretinoin.

Next thing about it is the headaches. They are not horrible but they are like a little pulse going through your head. Headaches are a very common side effect and they go away after taking an ibuprofen.

Another thing was in Texas it is a law to keep up with the ipledge program, which was a hassle. The program is basically where you have to get a blood test to make sure you are not pregnant, check your levels, and overall to make sure you are ok with taking medication. You have to see your dermatologist every month for a checkup and answer the questions every month on their website. Now, all that said I believe that it was really worth it because it did work and cleared my skin all up with the exception of a few spots of hyperpigmentation.

My skin routine during taking the medication was long. First I used a makeup wipe to clean off my makeup, then cleansed my face with Cetaphil gentle cleanser. Next, I used rose water with witch hazel as a toner. Then I used my carrot seed oil, then sealed it all together with my moisturizer.

I do recommend that you talk with your dermatologist and come up with a plan. This article was just to help those who are thinking of going on Isotretinoin.