My name is Kelly and I am 19 years old. A little bit of my history with acne is actually quite brief. Since puberty I was fortunate enough to avoid any severe acne and now, as I think back currently, how much I would love to have those few whiteheads that used to be my worst pimples. This past summer- June I started a generic birth control for the first time in my life. Within a few days I was feeling very sick to my stomach and I stopped after one month. The next month I got a very inflamed pimple on my cheek. Very unusual for me but it went away within a week. It was hell trying not to pick it because I usually do and my skin had started scarring a bit. So in the next three weeks I got 6-7 of those pimples and they just kept forming. Painful and huge pustules. I went straight to my derm.
My derm told me it was an bacteria infection and put me on Doxy and Duac topical gel. Doxy really hurt my stomach and after three weeks I had to stop. There was no little improvement on my skin either, in fact it was getting worse. I did notice a trend that usually at the start of the week I would get the more severe pimples and by the end it would finally clear up to only break back out. This happens every week. So I was switched to Zpack and stuck with Duac. This lasted 6 weeks and still my face has gotten worse. I had signed the I pledge during the middle of the treatment as a back up. I was very hesitant to think of accutane, I had really only known the bad labels associated with it. My derm told me I am starting to scar and should do the course right now and get rid of it once and for all.
Six days later I am on 40mg of Claravis for the first month. I will probably be bumped up to 60 mg the second through the fifth. I am still so nervous and I have no reason why. Every day these past 9 weeks I have been at war with my skin and it has been winning. I do not want an initial breakout and then I think I have been breaking out for 9 weeks. I am just still dreading all of this. But then I know the end results will be worth it and so I am trying to stay positive. The good ol' psychology trick of positive thinking.
I am starting this blog for myself and others, chronicling my own experience with this random severe onset of acne. I will maybe update every week or so. I want to post pics but the webcam hardly provides a decent picture and my camera charger is currently MIA. I am in college and struggling with this acne. Currently I would say I have 7 active infected pimples. Three lovely monsters right dab on the apples of my cheeks. My skin is very marked from the all the spots and the pimples just keep forming.
-I woke up the next day with a headache, 4 days later it comes and goes. I take advil
-Again my skin has had the pimples forming like usual, so I would not say initial breakout just yet
-Random whiteheads definitely
Feel free to message me or anything, I will be happy to answer