You have finally started Accutane, but now what? During your Clear Clinic visit, you likely received plenty of information on iPledge, potential side effects, and when to return to the office. However, now that you’re home, its all just confusing.
Here are some Accutane tips to help you remember what to do while taking Accutane:
- Keep Aquaphor handy in your purse or bookbag: this moisturizing emollient will keep your lips protected, without causing any unnecessary irritation to surrounding sensitive skin. It can also be used to smooth out dry, scaly patches on the skin.
- Daily SPF: Your skin is more sensitive to the sun while taking Accutane. Be mindful of this and apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning. If you will be outdoors for long periods of time, avoid direct sunlight and consider adding sun protective clothing and a hat to your outfit.
- Log into iPledge prior to going to the pharmacy: Women must answer a set of questions online, prior to picking up their medication. Don’t forget to do this, or you won’t be able to receive your pills.
- Visit the Clear Clinic every 28 days: You will need to visit with a Clear Clinic acne specialist every 28 days to receive your new Accutane prescription. During this visit, we will discuss any side effects that have come up or any questions that you have. Don’t be afraid to call us between visits if you have an urgent question or concern.
- Avoid alcohol consumption: Additionally, don’t donate blood, continue using contraception, and follow all of the rules that you agreed to when you enrolled in iPledge. Keep your iPledge booklet nearby to refer to with questions.
- Be patient! It can often take 3 months or longer for Accutane to start working.