Update- Yesterday, I confirmed an appointment with my cosmetic dermatologist for October 4th concerning my acne. While my breakouts are not as intense as what I experienced around the ages of 21-24, my acne seemed to take another bad turn around Fall, 2012. After an unsuccessful treatment of spironolactone, (as documented in my thread; http://www.acne.org/...o-heres-my-log/), I then decided to allow my system to take a break from the medication, as the spiro seemed to cause more unwanted side-effects than anything else. Some of these side effects included weight gain, larger, more painful isolated cysts on my face (around the jawline and chin), and extremely uncomfortable menstrual cramps.
I've noticed that even though I have been of of spiro since March, 2013, I am still continuing to get cysts (although none as large as I had during my spiro regimen). Some of those have even left new scars that will need to be treated later on down the line.
My plan is to request that my doctor write me a prescription for Accutane in October, 2013. I've been putting off taking this medication since I first heard about it 5 years ago, but I believe that it's time for me to give it a try. Accutane has always been a last resort for me. The final option when no other medications or treatments would work. I believe that it's come to that point.
Obviously, I'm planning on beginning a log about my experiences with the medication once I begin taking it. I have researched Accutane pretty thoroughly, and am well aware of it's advantages and disadvantages, which is one of the reasons I've put off taking it for such a long time.
I mostly likely won't be updating this thread with any new news about scarring procedures, or questions for those who have undergone procedures that I haven't experienced yet (but would like to). At least not for awhile.
It's a little frustrating, because I believed 2 years ago that my skin had come so far. I thought at that point that I'd never have to consider taking anything like Accutane again, because the bad breakout phase of my life was over. Clearly, I did not know what I had coming to me. Nonetheless, I am grateful (in a small way), to have come to this realization now while I'm relatively young. It's a bit of a blessing to know all this while still in my 20's instead of having to combat acne near to the age of 40, as some of my closest friends are continuing to do. I feel so determined to do whatever it takes in order to finally rid my body of acne. With a 90% chance of permanent success, I think Accutane is the key to helping me achieve it.
I'd like to extend a big "thank you" to those of y'all in the Acne.org community to those who've taken the time to contribute to my thread, help me out, and answer my endless list of questions. You guys are awesome.
To those of you who have questions for me about my past procedures for acne scarring, please feel free to ask on the thread. I love questions, but don't have a ton of time for private messages (unless they are truly something you wouldn't want others on the forum to see).
Thanks again. Hopefully one day I'll be back on this thread discussing my success with treatments I'll have in the future. Fingers crossed.
Edited by CherrySoda08, 29 November 2013 - 08:39 PM.