Ok, so basically to keep a long story short, I started breaking out in high school around the age of 14, I would only get the occasional pimple on my face like every other teenager, however, after turning 16, things quickly turned ugly, my acne started getting worse, a lot worse, I was now prone to breakouts all over my neck and face, and it wasn't just any type of acne, it was that deep under-the-skin type of acne that never forms a head, just big red lumps... Anyway, I figured that with topical creams I could keep it moderately controlled enough to live a half-happy life, I was wrong. 2 years later and I was breaking out like crazy all over my chest and neck area, big painful under the skin bumps, the funny thing is, ever since then I've never had acne on my face, not one spot, my shoulders and back are also perfectly clear, the only place I break out is my neck and my chest... So anyway, after years of bad breakouts and trying every product under the sun, including oral antibiotics, I finally plucked up the courage to take the "tane", and by "plucked up the courage", I don't mean the courage to take a drug that could potentially leave me with undesired side effects, no, they don't bother me at all, what bothered me was the fact that I had to take blood tests, as I have a phobia of needles, this was a big obstacle for me to overcome, but ultimately I decided it was worth it if it meant having a life again.
Anywho, I'm kind of starting this thing a bit late as I'm already close to finishing my 3rd month , and while I have noticed some good improvement, I am still getting pimples (as recently as today I had one form on my neck), I am confident that this treatment will put an end to my acne, I just wish that the results would speed along a bit faster.... I'd been researching and discovered that most people have that "ah-ha!" moment (when their skin starts rapidly clearing) around month 2-4, so I am hoping that within the next 2 weeks I will have reached that stage (in time for my 21st birthday, which is on the 8th of February).
...So currently my chest is clear, and on my neck I have two under-the-skin pimples, which may not sound bad, and may sound like progress, but I have good days and bad days it seems, and at this stage in the treatment I really didn't expect any more acne to form...
For anyone who's interested, here is some information about my course.
Generic Isotreinoin Brand Name: Oratane (New Zealand brand)
Started Course: Tuesday, November 6
Current Date: Monday, January 28 (83 days)
Weight: Between 63 ~ 66 KG
Dosage: 2 weeks on 10mg, 1 week 20mg, Current dosage 30mg. (hoping to increase dosage to 40mg or 50mg come next week)
Skin Type: Not oily, but I do tend to sweat a bit, and shower a lot, I'd consider my skin quite dry.
I'll upload a before photo (from day 1), but I wont be uploading another photo until I finish my course, as I'm quite camera shy (hence why it's only a blurry picture of my chest )
Edited by paulxdragon, 27 April 2013 - 09:57 PM.