This is my first serious attempt to blog about a topic important to me. If anybody decides to follow my blog, please please encourage me to continue updating on here. I will do my best to update as regularly as possible when I'm not working or doing school work.
Anyway, just a little bit about me for starters...
I'm a 24-year-old female living in Southwestern Ontario, I'm 5'7 ft tall (170cm) and I currently weigh 160lbs. My story with acne begins in the Fall of 2008 when I was about to turn 18. Prior to this time I had always had skin free of acne. I always considered myself one of the lucky ones in high school, because my complexion was always clear, smooth, and pimple-free. Then, when I started my first year of university, I broke out like crazy! It was almost as though my body was trying to make up for all the acne-free years I'd been blessed with during high school. In any case, I was pretty concerned about it, but I figured that it would clear up in no time if I just waited it out. Well, considering I'm 24 now and I've tried a whack load of treatments, this certainly didn't turn out to be the case.
Since then, I've done whatever I could to try and clear the acne, but to no avail. I've taken Clindasol, Stievamycin, Tetracycline, etc. A lot of the times I think my acne isn't that bad, but what makes my skin look worse is the redness and blemishes I get left over from the breakouts. In any case, I went to see my family doctor about a year ago and I was started on the birth control pill Yazmin. Taking it has helped my skin be less oily, but I still break out. Since that wasn't doing the trick, I decided to see my doctor again about being referred to a dermatologist. I saw my doctor back in June of 2010 and was given an appointment with my dermatologist for today's date. Yep, it was about a 9-10 month wait just to see a specialist!
First thing the dermatologist said when I walked into the room was
Mmhmm. I kinda figured that much Doc. lol.
I'm not going to beat around the bush. You have severe acne and need to get started on Accutane. It's the only thing that will actually help, since nothing else you've tried has worked.
I have done lots of research on Accutane, reading up on other people's blogs. I'm pretty use to the initial breakouts (IB) that I've had from other treatments, so I'm already expecting to look kinda hideous for the beginning. Patience and a lot of cover up is what will get me through, I'm guessing.
I went to the pharmacy and had to fork over 150ish bucks just for the one month's treatment. And I sadly don't have insurance to cover it, so it's all coming out of my pocket. I'm still a student, too, so you can imagine just how much it hurts to hand over all that money. I just keep telling myself that the benefits of having nice skin again will all be worth it.
I like to think that even though I've been living with acne for 6 years, that I still am pretty. There are times when I don't feel too confident, but I haven't suffered from much depression. I've seen a lot of people mention how depressed they get on this medication, so I'm hoping I can keep upbeat when I'm not looking my best. Pretty much all my friends have clear skin and I surpisingly don't feel too down around them like I used to when I first got acne. Plus, I also have a sorta-boyfriend who has seen me when I've looked like utter crap and he still loves me and is attracted to me, so that really does help. (He saw me when I got sick with mono and got food poisoning at the same time, with my acne to boot... lol.)
I was instructed to take two 40mg capsules. I think 40mg is the highest dosage strength on the market, so the doc said to take 2 pills a day and then 1 pill the next. He told me to do this if I feel it's necessary, while my body adjusts to the medication.
I just hope that by the end of my 4 months on this medication, I will see the clear skin I've been longing to have back again for so many years.