The first four days…

So here I am on day five of my accutane treatment. Day 1 was nothing, of course. No immediate side effects. So let’s start with day 2.

Day 2 (Thursday): It was hard to remember not to take the accutane in the morning with the rest of my medicine! I almost forgot it has to be taken with a fatty meal. But I caught myself and waited for lunch since my breakfast is usually just coffee. All day Thursday I was complaining that my hands were dry, not realizing that it was already the effects of just two pills taken, drying my skin.

Day 3 (Friday): I again took my pill at lunch. Hands were totally dry, but luckily my coworker had a hand cream that I borrowed/stole from her throughout the day. A little later in the afternoon, I had an itch right in my smile line on my cheek/near my nose. I scratched it. As I lowered my hand from my cheek, I noticed blood on my finger. This simple scratch had made my face bleed. I mentioned this to a friend of mine later that night, since she had taken accutane before. She reminded me that I needed to moisturize like crazy. This is when I connected the dots – my chapped lips, bleeding face, and dry hands were the dryness already taking place. I had no idea it would happen so fast.

Day 4 (Saturday): I woke up from three really crazy dreams.

Dream #1: I dreamt that my friends 2 year old daughter wandered off from the house. We looked everywhere for her and we just weren’t finding her. I was desperate in the dream, but was frustrated that my friend (the 2 year old’s mom) was so calm. Why wasn’t she upset that her daughter was missing? She kept saying, “Oh, she’s done this before. She’ll show up on the porch in a little bit.” I kept looking and wouldn’t give up, even if my friend was so calm. Eventually, the baby showed up on the porch. My friend had a satisfied smirk on her face. “I told you she’s done this before.”

Dream #2: There is a sushi bar in my hometown that is on the 2nd floor of an old building, so the stairs are pretty steep and uneven. In my dream, I was going to go get sushi. But in place of the normal staircase was a ropes course. I couldn’t get up to the sushi bar no matter how hard I tried. I kept falling over and over again, and everyone else was completing the course with ease.

Dream #3: I was invited to a Lularoe party (insert eyeroll here). I hate these things, but for some reason in the dream I wanted to go because food was provided. I went, I ate my food, and then snuck out without being pressured into buying a billion dollar pair of leggings that will rip in 3 wears anyways. As soon as I snuck out, I remembered that I left my golden crochet hook at the party. I had to figure out a way to sneak back in, then out again, without buying any leggings! By the way, I don’t crochet. Well, to sneak back in, guess what I had to do!? The ropes course from dream #2!! Needless to say, I woke up before I ever got my hands back on that golden crochet hook again.

Pretty weird. I’ll post tomorrow about the weird dreams I had last night..this was a side effect I didn’t know in advance, but from my google searches, crazy vivid dreams are somehow connected to accutane.

I did make a point to go out and buy a TON of products to moisturize my skin. I’ll post about them in a couple days 🙂




Author: accutanechronicles

I'm a 32-year-old full-time working single mom. I'm starting accutane for the first time and am documenting my way through it. If anyone else is just starting, I'd love to hear from you and read your journey as well!

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