My name is Charlotte and I've had acne since i was 12 years old. Like most people acne has become my biggest enemy. I wake up every morning and the first thing i do is feel my face in fear of new spots appearing! Over the years i've tried countless treatments consisting of topical creams and antibiotics. Everything seems to work for a while and then after a few months, BAM, i'm back to square one. I'm 19 (20 in April) and in my second year of university. My acne has started to effect my life so much that i've started to miss my lectures and it has stopped me going out with my friends. I hate people looking at my skin. Although i've always had acne it wasn't until last september (2012) that it became noticeably bad and i think that's what frustrates me the most! I've had my fair share of acne so now its time for it to disappear once and for all! After seeing my GP and becoming an emotional mess she referred me to the dermatologist where i was prescribed accuntane. After having the initial blood test (another enemy of mine, i am the biggest wimp ever and manage to faint every time i have a blood test... the next 4 months is going to be extra fun) and pregnancy test I finally started my treatment yesterday. After reading numerous blogs it is safe to say that i could not be more scared. The thought of an initial break out terrifies me but i can't wait to have good skin Part of the reason i started this blog is to document my progress and to compare my journey with others. I have read some terrifying stories but others have been truly amazing. I can't wait to reach to point in my journey when i am happy with the results and can begin to build my confidence levels up again.
So here we go...
I am 5"4 and approx 120pounds. My derm has started me on 60mg for 4 months. Slightly worried about this because the pharmacist told me she expected me to be started on 30mg but hey ho! My acne is mainly focused around my chin area. I am also really bad for picking my spots, i tend to go by the notion that if i can't feel them, then they don't exist (or its easier to pretend anyway).
Day 1: Took the pill with dinner
Day 2: No side effects yet although i did have stingy eyes and a headache... although i'm guessing this is due to the fact i worked 9-7.
I am using Blistex intensive moisturiser on my lips, i thought i would start applying it early in the treatment to try and avoid dry lips. For my face i am using Simple light moisturiser although i expect i will have to change this soon as my skin becomes drier.