Hello! I am a 20 year old female college athlete, and I am sick of my severe acne, just like everyone else! To be perfectly honest, I should have started Accutane back in high school when my dermatologist highly reccommended it because I truly had the worst cystic acne back then, but I was just too scared. It has left so many scars now, and my pores are freakin huge! My acne now is a lot better as far as the cystic and really painful stuff goes, but it is by no means good. There are sooo many bumps and irregularities of my skin, the pictures really dont do it justice, especially with my pore size and scarring. In these pictures, note that although some of the red marks are scarring, most of it is active lesions and bumps, so this is why I have finally decided to start Accutane. Even my small bumps are quite painful (sometimes itchy) and leave terrible scars that dont go away. I have yet to truly live my life, and I am in the prime of it! I want to enjoy the rest of my college experience. The reason I have decided to start this log is because I have been creeping on acne.org since 7th grade when my severe acne took its toll. As a college cross country and track runner, I also want to post my journey for those afraid of the side effects involving joint pain and muscle pain because that was my main concern and reason for not starting it back in high school as I was an avid runner and wanted to get a scholarship in college. I do not have insurance, so my mom is paying for this treatment out of pocket! She said she would do anything to make me feel happy and confident about myself because I have NEVER felt this way because of my severe acne. I am really hoping that this journey will be successful because I would hate to throw this money down the drain and continue to suffer with my face. I have put both myself and my mom through too much trouble over the years, and its time for it to end! I will try and update as much as possible as things change. As of now I am on Day 4 of Amnesteem 40mg. Of course, nothing has changed yet, as it is too early to really see any difference or feel any side effects, but at first sign of side effects/dryness/clearing/initial breakout I will make another post! I posted some before pictures. Once again, thank goodness my really severe cystic stuff from high school is gone, but as you can see there are many red bumps, and my face is sooo greasy. I feel gross about one or two hours after washing my face because my sebum production is out of control. Good luck to all of you considering/on Accutane, and please keep me in your prayers as well. Its a tough journey but I hope that all of us can one day see acne as a thing of the past and focus on living the wonderful life we were blessed with!