I'm a 19 y/o female college student ready to be DONE with acne.
I have had bad acne since I was about 13 and have since tried everything. OTC creams, washes, Tetracycline, minocycline, retin-a micro, regular retin-a cream, differen, duac, birth control, clarasonic, Zeno laser treatment... you name it.
At 15, I was finally prescribed Accutane. I continued my dose of 40mg/day for 5 months. My painful cysts, tiny blackheads and oily skin were GONE! I was happy with my skin and felt pretty. No longer had to spend 30 minutes in the morning painting my face with various primers, foundations and concealers, trying to cover as much as possible. It was so freeing. About a year later, my oily skin slowly returned. I got little pimples.. like a normal person. Those, I could deal with. But over the years, my bad acne has slowly returned, though not as bad as it once was, I still do not want to deal with it. It was amazing having clear skin for once in my life.
This is why I need to get accutane again:
I wear a shit-ton of make-up. Why? To cover up my blotchy, red spotted, lumpy complexion. I don't want to wear the thickest foundation on the market and worry about it melting off. I want to get up in the morning, brush on a tiny bit of powder and go.. not paint a camoflage masterpiece. Even then, all foundation covers is the color, my lumpy skin still shines through.
Oil. My face is an oil slick. Blotter sheets consume my life. (They get expensive with how many I use!) I use -10 per day.. and I fill them up. It is horrible. I want to be free of this oily skin holding me back.
I am BUSY. I am a busy pre-medical student. Ideally, I'd like to spend free time studying. I honestly have to spend at least an hour in the morning getting ready, covering my face.. I can't leave my room before I do so.
It is painful and GROSS. Acne is disgusting. No one wants to look at it. I hate the fact that people have to look at my skin.
I have an appt with a new derm this Friday... How can I convince him to put me on Accutane? My old derm wouldn't put me back on it.. I tried two years ago.. but I believe my acne has worsened since. Is my acne bad enough?? I usually only have 2-3 cysts at a time.
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