I've been a lurker on this website for years and finally, like most of you on here, I got fed up with my acne and gave in and got a prescription to accutane. I'm starting tomorrow...
My acne story has been a long one. I had clear-ish skin all throughout high school, an occassional zit here or there but never really anything outside of the realm of normal teenage skin. Then...it happened. I got to college and all hell broke loose. I was literally a pizza face. After 8 months of constant pimples (20-25 at a time), my only saving grace was finding a full bottle of Proactiv in the shared bathrooms in my dorm. I stole it and used it as my o
wn and miraculously...it did clear my skin a bit. I ordered my own kit and used it for almost a year. I was never fully clear, but 4-5 pimples/day was much better than waking up to a pizza face every morning.
Proactiv was only a short term solution for me. It eventually stopped working and I product hopped from Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean and Clear, Clinique...the list is endless. Over the next 7 years, I went through stages of a few weeks of breakouts and then a few weeks of clear-ish skin...long enough for my active lesions to heal but always left me with pigmented skin that may as well have been breakouts. Just when the bumps would subside, I'd wake up with a new set up of zits and the cycle would start over again.
I tried everything. I've been on over a dozen types of birth control...the only one that actually helped my skin was Yaz but I couldn't stomach the side effects, literally. Topicals, antibiotics, diet changes, natural household remedies (apple cider vinegar didn't help with my skin but since I started drinking it, I've felt better than I have in ages), nothing work. So, now it's time for accutane.
I would classify my acne as moderate persistant acne. I get mostly cysts, rarely do I ever get a "normal" pimple that subsides after a day or two. My skin is extremely oily, I get that from my dad...
Right now, I've been on tetracycline for the last 5 weeks and I start accutane tomorrow. My skin is probably the clearest its been in a while, I just returned from a trip to Mexico so between my tan and antibiotics, I actually have only about 4 actives right now and they are small cysts on my chin.
I'm 5'10, 148 pounds and my derm recommended an agressive start of 80mg/day...40mg in the am and 40mg in the pm. I'm a little nervous of this dosage, having read that people usually start low...especially considering that I don't have a face full of acne like I once did. However, he was insistant that he has seen the best results when people "get right to it" and don't dilly dally with the lower doses and subsequently avoid additional cycles.
I'm going to try and update my log as often as possible, maybe even include some pictures. I know how helpful they are to me reading other logs.
Wish me luck!
Edited by PMalaska, 24 January 2012 - 12:34 AM.