First, kudos to Dan for setting this up & everyone in this community for making it great! Awesome place to get info.
I tend to write essays but will try to keep this as short as I can, and aimed to put a lot of info in the subject and an initial tl;dr.
Had some pimples and stuff when I was a teenager but nothing serious and nothing that stood out. Popping and cleaning pores worked and needed to medical help. After this I had good skin for many years. Always an oily tendency but overall good, every now and then a small pimple, tanned easy and good pigmentation (I'm caucasian).
In 2006 I got some minor problems with more activities. Early 2007 I got a thing like 2cm under my eye which was like an eternal sebum production factory. It swelled up and became weird a few times and I went to a doc that "burned" it. It got ok but is a scar and is active sometimes, still produces sebum but outposts are in a weird shape. This probably makes no sense in text, haha!
2009, another major one it the middle (slightly left actually) of my eyebrows. Red, angry one. Didn't go away for months and is still hardened but not really visible.
Then in 2010 it got progressively worse with more activities, and in 2011 hell started breaking loose. First one ear where the lobe got totally swollen, and no remedey in popping or getting sebum out as that skin's too think. Then a while after the other ear gets one where the lobe meets the head which looked really funny because it made the ear stand out. I went to a derm because of this and started my journey with medication. For this one I ate an antibiotic that I can't remember the name of. It was mainly targeted at the infection and it wasn't Tetracycline. It got better but is still hardened and active sometimes.
Skin continued getting worse and I was in touch with the derm going through the regular stuff, first the thing that discolores clothes (benozyl peroxide?), azelaic, metronidazole (this was due to one derm suspecting Rosacea) and lastly 4 months of Tetracyclines. Nothing provided any noticable results apart from the normal break outs and calmer periods.
On my own behalf, I've tried: Vitamin B5, no dairy (I don't eat much diary anyway, don't like much of it), no alcohol, less showers etc etc.
This year's spring wasn't good, but not überbad. After the summer though it got to the worst point yet. I also got a nasty flu that seemed to make it a lot worse but even before that I started the journey to getting a derm appointment (as last one's written me off as "there's not much more we can do").
Got many problems, small and big. Cystic around the ears, cheeks (got an "island" on one where it's even difficult to make a count), back and all over the head. Smaller ones pretty much everywhere including chest. Got like 15+ immediately noticable "wounds" right now. When meeting the derm there was no question about trying Isotretinoin. I brought it up as the last resort and I've been reading a lot (of course) and was petrified of it. According to derm, no patients at that clinic had any really bad side effects that got stuck but it's hard to believe (skin clinic). Anyway, it's a risk & I hope it's worth it.
I'm on 40mg/day (2x20mg) for the first month, then double that provided my liver is ok. I'm on day 3 and really hope I'm experiencing that infamous IB because it was worse than ever when i started and after the first pill it just accelerated.
What do you think? Anyone with a similar experience this late (I've seen a few logs from more senior people . Also would love to get input and stats on the IB because it's awfully early if this is it and if this is not it (god forbid) I'm gonna go mad once it really strikes!
Edited by taned, 27 December 2012 - 05:54 AM.