Acne Update – V
Major developments as our son moves into the fifth month on isotretinoin: the acne on his face is, for all intents and purposes, GONE. This is for a teen whose face and back did not respond to any of the over-the-counter acne remedies.
Like many others, we noticed a vast improvement during Month Four. There was a slight blip on the radar screen preceding a major tennis tournament, but that was it.
The side effects continue. He still appears to be quite tired, which is unlike him, and granted, he has a very active and grueling schedule. No matter how much medicated, prescription lip balm he uses, the dry, peeling area around the lips is a concern. The doctor told him to use Sensodyne toothpaste with no whitening agents and no tartar control. Sure enough, it immediately helped to diminish the peeling. He also is keeping up with the moisturizer on the dry face.
Next month at the doctor, we will learn if our son is to stay on the medication for another month, making six months total, or whether we will stop after five. You will remember that the med was slightly reduced after the first month due to his personality slightly changing, so he is not entirely at the upper limit for his weight. That might make it worthwhile to continue for slightly longer.
Either way, besides the extreme cost involved (thousands of dollars) and blood tests (one to two vials each time at a separate lab in the same medical building) and a visit to the doctor each month, the stuff is doing its job.
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