Hello, world! My name's Rachel. I'll cut to the chase-I have had moderate acne since I was a wee little thing, beginning in 6th grade with a pimple here and there. As I went through middle and high school, my acne got worse but really was never anything too bad, maybe 2-3 active(but not huge) pimples at any given time. Well, in the latter half of 2012 my face erupted with acne. I was 20 years old at the time. I attributed it to my high stress levels and poor diet, but the acne remained even when these things were long gone. Since that happened I have tried several different things. I've tried Proactiv, Maxclarity, many salicylic washes on the shelves, and I've slathered all kinds of random things on my face. Really..most everything in my kitchen I have tried putting on my face at one time or another(thanks Pinterest).
Anywho, after some serious stubbornness I finally gave in and went to the dermatologist. She took one look at me and asked me how I felt about Accutane. I was shocked and apprehensive because I didn't think mine was that bad and I had done research on how serious some Accutane effects can be. I expected some topical to clear me right up. But I have a persistent, cystic acne that loves to get in real deep and scar. I consider my acne mild/moderate but it is definitely persistent. So after a few minutes of feeling totally disgruntled I decided to hear my dermatologist out and I went for it.
During the one month waiting period, I was on Monodox, an antibiotic prescribed by the dermatologist to prepare my skin for Accutane. I began my Isotretinoin treatment on May 30th, Day 1 of taking pillz. I plan to update at least once a week and provide pictures of progress with the potential of venting, ranting, and digressing.
Dose: 40 mg/day
Age: 21 years
Height: 5 foot 1 inch
Weight: 105 lbs
These pictures are from before Isotretinoin treatment. As you can see, my acne resides on my cheeks and jawline for the most part.