I never wanted to see the day come, but here it is. I am starting my course of accutane tomorrow. I am 24 years old, have mocha skin, weigh 155lb, and have mild/moderate acne that leaves scars regardless of how i treat the zits. I get cysts sometimes, a lot of nodular acne, whiteheads and blackheads, and not to mention my skin get super oily always. My back has some serious scarring on it as well as a constant amount of cysts. My doctor wants me to start with 80mg a day, but I am gonna just start with 40mg and see how I respond. My last derm told me I should only need 40mg a day for my course, so I figure I will just shoot for the 120-150mg per kg cumulative dose.
I have been treating my acne since i turned 20. I first started with the usual otc stuff, proactive, masks, ect. Then i saw a derm and he mentioned accutane, but I was living in Santa Barbara at the time, and for anyone who knows about Isla Vista you know that being there but not drinking heavily is not really an option. So he put me on a few different creams and anti-biotics till we got to minocyclene and epiduo. I had never had clearer skin! The oil was still there but oil absorbing sheets worked wonders. So for the next 2 years i took the pills and rubbed the cream all over my face. I stopped taking the mino because my derm told me that the extended consumption of the same anti-biotic could lead to side effects, so i quit. The acne started to come back, so i decided to try intense light therapy, pdt with ala to be exact. I had a horrible reaction, and it didnt really do anything but make my skin super sensitive to epiduo. So I now had oily skin with mild acne and no real options to treat it other than accutane.
A few months after the pdt I took a trip to Germany and Iran and developed a lung infection. They gave me antibiotics there, and put me on three different ones here with no avail. I felt like because of my extended anti-biotic consumption my body was now non-responsive to them. I had read months before about doing a full body cleanse both on here and a few other sites, but never really given it much serious thought. Then one night I wasn'td out with my friends, probably because of a zit, I came across an ebook called "your last acne solution". It was 30$ and I figured why not see what its all about. So i bought it and the book talked about a full body cleanse and enemas to get the liver working at full capacity because acne is just caused by toxins stored in our body. So I did it, partially to cure the lung infection, which it did, but mostly to help my skin.
I started to only eat organic food, went vegan, then raw, and did a juice cleanse. All while taking enzymes and clay to get rid of the toxins my body was realeasing. I also started to do oil pulling in the morning(dont waste your time). Over 3 weeks I lost 25 pounds, and turned into an angry, angry man. I definitely noticed many changes in my bodily functions, but my skin didn't improve at all. I began to introduce cooked food back into my diet, but i cut out alcohol, ALL sugar and fruit other than berries, gluten(except for sprouted grains), soy(except for sprouted soy), dairy, vinegar, and other random shit that supposedly fed "bad bacteria". So i continued with the Dr. Hula parasite cleanse, and then did a liver/gallbladder flush complete with coffee enemas, consumptions of an insane amount of magnesium, and drinking lemon juice mixed with olive oil. I did the actual intense flushing process twice, 5 days apart. After the second one i started taking herbs to rebuild my liver, and to be honest, two weeks after the flushes my skin was perfect. It was glowing, clear, and i never had felt better in my life. But it did not last.
The oil was the first thing to come back, then the zits followed. But my skin was manageable, so I maintained the cleanse diet and experimented with way to control my acne. The best things for my skin were definitely using the oil cleansing method which i still do now, different supplements had different effect, calcium-D-glucarinate was the best, and the diet i felt really kept my acne to a minimum. I would break out at times, but it wasn't a big deal. After a year of the acne progressively coming and scaring and then leaving, I was sick of eating like a hippie, not being able to put on weight, and not being able to live life like a normal person. So after a year, which was February of this year, i got off the cleanse diet. I have to say my skin did get somewhat worse, but not so much that i would ever waste my time on that crazy of a diet.
SO here I am today, thinking about how my first pill will make me feel tomorrow. I know I have tried everything else, and I just wanna be free of acne. Accutane has worked for many of my cousins, and even my aunt when she was 24, and is now a dermatologist at Stanford hospital! I am going to try and post at least once a week, and of course whenever any big changes occur. Feel free to message me with any questions about my cleanse or whatever.
Btw, I am a trained chef and now am working toward a nutrition degree and eventually a masters in molecular toxicology. Mainly so I can really understand my body and what supplements and cleanses actually do to our bodies. I kinda treated myself like a gunea pig, but Im sure Ill live a few years longer for it.
Edited by chefjasons, 23 May 2013 - 03:17 PM.