Background - i am 22, female, live in Aus, sri lankan heritage. I had mild-moderate acne since i was 14, but it was manageable. Maybe 2-3 big ones a month plus small minor ones all the time, very oily skin. Then between 19 and 21, it disappearaed whilst i was on birth control. I dont know what happened but BC doesnt work anymore, and my skin has gotten crap. So at 22, and working full time i really struggle. Every day i wake up with new whiteheads, i have black pigmentation scars on my medium brown skins and it just looks horrible and infected all over. It hurts, and i cant say i go more than 2 minutes without thinking about my acne. I have to wear makeup most days but it doesnt hide the 3D ness of my zits.
Anyway, finally i had enough. I went to the doctor, got antibiotics. It cleared after a week. no more whiteheads just scars. I had a few small bumps which went away quickly. Knowing i cant live on antiobiotics forever, 2 weeks later I got differin 0.1%. 0.3% is not available here in Aus i think. I tried it for a month, and during that time, ,y face got about 10% better. I was feeling good! I was even able to go out one weekend with makeup on and see friends etc..loving life!.
Then accutane started. Im on 20mg as im tiny. Within a week, it cleared. THIS WAS FANTASTIC. I was so happy and my family were saying its working. THen week 2 started. I suppose i got happy too fast because MY FACE IS A MESS! Just as my holiday to finland starts too sigh..i really wnated to take nice holiday pics for once.
I have a big cyst in the middle of my eyebrows, 3 on each cheek, one of which is a whitehead and i popped. More are coming up from below the skin as i can feel them. These pimples and coming up pimples are really red and large, unlike anything i have had before. I cant pop them which is frustrating! Plus now i have the dark scars, red pimples, whiteheads, and brown skin..my face is a fucking rainbow!
I might bump up my dosage on accutane to 40mg when i get to week 3. Get this bitch over with.