Let me start by saying my Before and After pictures really show you how far I have come.
Accutane also known as Isotretinoin is a capsule that is taken by mouth for abour 5-6 months. It is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
The side effects that I experienced while on the medicine were: joint and muscle aches, Severely dry lips and skin, skin peeling, sensitive skin, extreme fatigue and headaches just to name a few. But if you google Accutane there are other side effects that could effect you because everyone is different.
The most annoying side effects for me were the dry lips, fatigue and muscle aches. You absolutely have to keep chapstick on your lips at all times or run the risk of your lips cracking and peeling. Even if I go to sleep at 9 pm I will still wake up tired, pretty sad when you want to be productive after hours for your business. There are times I had to depend on energy drinks in order to stay up. For the most part I work out about 2-3 times a week, so the muscle aches were one of those things that bothered me the most. Muscles and joints I didn’t know I had were sore and hurting. All you can really do is rest and stretch.
As you can tell Accutane is a very serious medicine. So serious that I had to go to the dermatologist every month to take a pregnancy test to make sure I wasn’t pregnant and I also had to go online and answer a series of questions in order to be able to get my medicine each month. For women, you have to be on birth control. If you were to get pregnant while on the accutane your baby can have birth defects. VERY SERIOUS business.
Price: With my insurance the medicine only came to $10 each month for a 30 day supply. Not bad but without it my pharmacist said it was around $1,000. Yikes!
Dr. Slaughter was very knowledgeable and he wanted to achieve clear skin just as much a I did. He and his nurses were always there when I had questions or concerns and it was a very smooth process.
Check out my Before and After pictures below:
Before The Dermatologist:
Beginning of Dermatologist Visits:
If you have any questions feel free to comment or ask me on IG.