It’s almost been two weeks since I started the isotretinoin treatment and I can already see the difference. My skin is less oily now, though my pores are still enlarged. Most of the inflammation has gone down too but I think that’s mostly because of the steroid jabs that the dermatologist gave me at the first session. I think that the topical antibiotics as well as the ones that I take orally, are also helping in reducing the number of acne too.
Other than the improvement to my skin, I’m also noticing the side effects of the treatment. My lips are now very dry and chapped. It is extremely uncomfortable but at least I’ve been rather vigilant with the lip balm so I hope that my lips won’t split because that would not only be annoying but very painful too.
I had been using Blistex Daily Lip conditioning but while it relieves the dryness, the little tub is a little too big to slip into my pocket (especially since I have already have so much junk in the pocket). So I switched to Sebamed Lip Defence. It’s small enough to slip into my pocket and with liberal application, my lips don’t hurt as much.
So overall, the meds seem to be working. I have an appointment with the dermatologist again at the end of the month for the next round of meds and also another round of blood work to check my cholesterol level as well as my liver function. Hopefully, everything is alright.