Starting an Accutane treatment was a big decision for me. I have been on Accutane 4 years ago but I had to cut the treatment short due to my blood work results. My dose was 20mg, 30mg, 20mg respectively for the 3 months. Main disadvantage is dryness. I had very dry lips, scalp, hands, eyes and how could I forget skin. I had muscle pain about once a month and I felt bit dizzy. I had blood when blowing my nose. I knew this was going to happen so I was not upset with any of those disadvantages. At the beginning, I loved how my skin and hair are dry and no longer oily (as I have oily acne prone skin) and the hair looked good for a week. I no longer had to wash my hair every other day. After my first Accutane Journey, I had clear skin for 1 year. Then it all came back.
How much Accutane treatment cost in US?
Fast forward 4 years later I now live in the US and I decided to give it another try. I have first done some analysis of the cost and coverage and I will share with you what I take and how much Accutane actually cost in the US. I have Oxford Health United Healthcare insurance which charges $50 per specialist visit. You are going to visit your dermatologist every month so be prepared that this is part of your monthly expense. Every month and a month prior to starting Accutane you need to do blood work tests to ensure you are not pregnant. LabCorp bloodwork is done for free with my current insuarance so I save $150 monthly 🙂 I also get free birth control pills. This is very important that you do not get pregnant when on Accutane and there is no way you forget. Every visit your doctor will (should) ask you what birth control methods are you using and before taking your prescription from the Pharmacy you need to do a test in iPledge. And yet again 15 mins you will only think of not getting pregnant on Accutane. Have I mentioned the packaging of the drug has like 1000 mentions of not getting pregnant, so with every pill you take you see the sign “DO NOT GET PREGNANT”. On my first visit I have also received an iPledge book abut taking Accutane.
What drug on Accutane and how much it cost?
My doctor has prescribed me the most expensive drug out there – Absorica which is presumably better than generics. The monthly cost of Absorica is $1200. Luckily I only pay $5 for the time being. My insurance covers a huge part living me with a $60 co-pay, but my doctor has given me some coupon from Absorica which makes the drug cost as low as $5 for the first 6 uses.
ABSORICA : $5/month
DOC VISIT : $50/month
BLOOD WORK: $0
This is how much I am paying now, after month 6 it would be $110 monthly ($60 drug + $50 doc visit)
Skincare Routine on Accutane
The additional cost would be good lip balm and moisturizer. I got a big goodie bag from my doctor with CereVe products and I really like the cleansers. I have 2 types and will link them below. No irritation and this is the only criteria I care about at this point. I was very disappointed with the moisturizers from CeraVe. I could have sworn my face was burning once I applied it (yes it does have alcohol in it, I have no clue why someone would do that). I have been using grapeseed oil some time back and was really happy with how my skin felt so I ordered again and I also got Maracuja Oil to try something new. I must say this was my best decision as Maracuja Oil not only smells insane but gives me the exact moisture I need. My face is dry, not sticky at all and feels and smells really good. I have used almost half bottle in the past 2 months so it is a really good purchase for me. I am linking Maracuja Oil below as well. For the dry lips I use Fresh Sugar Rose- link below. I had so far 2 of those and Rose is my definite go to. I do not like the texture of Fresh Sugar Nude at all it just looks awful on my damaged lips. I have also asked for something on my dry scalp and got prescription for Ketoconazole 2% Shampoo and it is fine.
Sun Protection on Accutane
So that is all I currently do for my Skincare routine. From time to time but very rarely I use sunscreen. I know it is a must but when I leave to work it is dark and when I get back is dark as well so I do not get any chance to be exposed to the sun. A couple of weeks ago I went to Miami for a week and I was using sunscreens but I also stopped using Accutane for that time. Here is my post about sunscreens I have tested on my oily acne prone skin.
Are you curious which one was my fave in Miami? Let me know in the comments below.
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