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hi, thanks for posting your reply! after a week on accutane, i am having much more initial breakout on my face and neck, but it seems like as soon as the pimples pop up, they start drying out. in the past week, i've probably had as many pimples pop up on my face as i would have had in an entire month, but i already see a big improvement on my chest and back! those pimples are really drying out quickly! my major dryness seems mostly confined to my face at this point, although i definitely feel more dry all over, and i have to use lotion on my hands as soon as i wash them or my skin will be very dry. carmex and cetaphil soap and face lotion are my good friends now! oh, and moisturizing eye drops! i'm also noticing that if i'm outside in the sun for more than about 10 minutes, my skin feels like it is burning...i live in florida, and i know from my experience with my first round of accutane that i have to be careful about the sun. i made the mistake of going to a waterpark for an entire day while i was on accutane as a teenager, and i don't even have words to describe the pain of that sunburn, even though i slathered myself in sunscreen! just stay inside as much as possible until you're off the stuff, trust me!! :)

i do remember getting to about the half-way point of my first round of accutane, about where you're at now, and constantly feeling like i had the worst possible sunburn + windburn on my face. the peeling lips were terrible, and i remember the raw flaking skin all around my mouth, plus bleeding cracks in the corners of my mouth...i know that's coming for me! i'm willing to tough it out through that stage, though, because i really want to be able to wear a tank top or spaghetti strap dress without feeling horribly embarrassed! i was able to also give up wearing foundation after my first round of accutane because my skin tone was so even and beautiful! that would be nice this time around, too! :)

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