I am a 19 year old male in college. I visited my dermatologist a week ago about my acne, and she decided it would be best I start Accutane (Amnesteem) treatment. I picked it up on Friday, February 24th and am currently on day 2. I am taking the 40mg pill once a day.
My acne really started up when I was around 16-17, and last year I visited the same dermatologist and was prescribed a treatment of Benzoyl peroxide, Tretinoin cream, and some sulphur face wash. The treatment lasted for about half a year, but then my Benzaclin expired, I stopped using it (but still used the other stuff), and the acne returned in full force.
So about 5 months after the acne returned, I decided to do something about it. I'm tired of feeling embarrassed and that I'm one of the few at my college who still have acne. So I hope Amnesteem will help get rid of it once and for all.
Status at start of treatment:
I have pimples on my forehead and cheeks. I usually have at least one cyst somewhere on my face every day. The acne on the forehead is annoying because it can be quite itchy (and scratching it would only make it worse of course). My skin has had dryness problems for the past couple years, but has been kept under control by moisturizer. The weird thing is that my forehead gets quite oily, but the rest of my face is dry and sometimes flaky. I've also battled dandruff over the years, but haven't had any major dandruff problems as long as I don't scratch my scalp.
Took the pill at night after dinner and thus there wasn't much time to notice a difference.
Woke up, noticed a couple more whiteheads around my mouth. Otherwise, no change in the acne. Face dry and a bit flaky, but hard to say if it was different than before. Throughout the day, my lips started feeling a bit dryer than usual. Went to the grocery store and picked up some Aquaphor and Nivea lip moisturizers as suggested here on the forums. My scalp is starting to feel itchier than normal. Thinking that I should pick up a dandruff shampoo in case it starts getting much worse.
Thanks for reading!
Edited by White Stang, 05 April 2012 - 10:03 PM.