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:wave:Well, our journey began on Friday, Sept 4th. Our health insurance accepted the preauth for Accutane (Amnesteem) 40mg to start and we are now on our journey. 4 days in and we don't expect much as of now. I did a ton of research and found that the first 1-2 months are hard, months 3-5 (possibly 6) get better. My biggest concerns were that I try to make the side effects tolerable for him and remind him that this is temporay. Our research revealed the following: Dr. Dan's Cortibalm for his lips, Aquaphor healing ointment for lips and skin when it gets really bad. It's very thick like Vasoline so it's not comfortable to use as this point. . . I am still looking for a light moisterizer to use on his face right now, in hope of prolonging the severely dry patches I hear about. :confused:
His back and chest are just the worst! They seem to have gotten really bad the 2 weeks prior to our Dermatology appointment. I swear they look like leisions. His Dermatologist says that body acne is usually the last to heal.
We've tried so many things, Pro-Active (which made it worse) OTC cleansers and facials. . . scrubs, masks, prescription pills and creams. Accutane was the next step. I was very worried but when my son and I did the research, it seems to make the best sense. He's actually only 12 for the next 20 days, and I was concerned because most of the cases I read about Accutane users where people 16-25. I am fortunate enough that he is a male and I don't have to worry about the birth defects factor. . . although, to lighten the mood, I will randomly ask him if he's sure he's not pregnant. :jester: He finds it funny since he's just barely starting to notice girls. I think this will change once his face clears up. He has beautiful dark hair and brillant blue eyes. . . he'll be a heart breaker.
I hope to keep this log and I hope that others will benefit from it too. I welcome any helpful suggestions and words of encouragement.
Thanks for listening/reading. :)

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