Hello acne sufferers/curious individuals! Today I start Absorica, a generic version of Accutane. SO I've decided to keep this log for my own sake as well as anyone who wants to see how well it can work,
Before I start I'd like to give a little background info so that if you want to relate you know whats up. First of all, Im a 16 year old guy. I first started getting acne in about 7th or 8th grade (10th now) so I've been dealing with acne for 3 or 4 years....a relatively shorter time than I've seen around here. When I first started getting it, I didnt even notice. It just kind of crept up on me and soon I had billions of little red spots...like the beginning of a nightmare. By the time 8th grade graduation came, I was a mess of huge whiteheads, multiple small cysts, and new breakouts every morning. The places I got them most were my cheeks, my chin, my temples, and my jawline. It was HORRIBLE.
By the time high school started, I had seen a dermatologist and been prescribed antibiotics, sulfur wash, and retin a gel. After using that for the entire winter, I was clear (except for scars) by spring. I actually loved getting my picture taken by then because I was confident I had no huge things protruding from my face. BUT of course when summer comes with its late nights and staying at other people's houses and you end up not being able to always wash with the sulfur wash and apply retin a, so the acne slowly crept back up on me and was back full force.
I took another two trips to the derm, going on new antibiotics both times and always the retin a gel, but whenever I wasnt falling asleep before applying it i would end up having extremely oily skin during the day and the inflammation stayed the same. However I don;t really get acne anywhere else except my cheeks, temple, and nose now. Not so much my chin anymore. So finally, after researching this drug COUNTLESS times, i went back to the derm and he decided I should try this. So here I am! IM going to post some pictures of my face right now, Im not gonna post anymore until it improves, but I will keep day to day updates with whats going on in terms of oil production, acne, side effects, etc. Currently my face is CONSTANTLY oily (if i slide my hand across my forehead or in the crease of my nose i can get oil everytime) so im not moisturizing right now but probably will be if i get too dry.
RIGHT NOW these are the stats:
Im 52kg and on about 1mg/kg a day
20mg twice a day (40mg per day)
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser in morning shower and at night
PLENTY of water to prepare for the dryness as well as Blistex
Cetaphil Non-comodegenic Moisturizer (not currently using but on hand for when the dryness starts)