Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I'm 20 years old. I've decided to start an Accutane log because I'm really in need of support right now and everyone on this forum seems very friendly!
I might as well share my whole story with you, just in case anyone is interested.
In my early to mid teens, I did not have any problems with acne. I had a small pimple maybe once a month that last 2-3 days. I never had any self-esteem issues, in fact I was very very happy with my appearance. When I was 18, I noticed I had at least one big pimple on my forehead all of the time. Since then, it's progressively gotten worse and worse. My forehead is the biggest problem, however to some people it wouldn't be deemed "severe" acne I suppose. It's hard for me because I feel so unbelievably unattractive and that's something I've never dealt with before. I've become severely depressed, had to quit my job, avoid hanging out with my friends, and my 5 year relationship is under a lot of stress due to my acne. I currently have 4 active pimples on my forehead that have stuck around the past few days.
Other treatments I've tried - with no success:
-Birth control pills (Yaz, Yasmin, Diane 35. I believe taking these made my acne worse in the long run.)
-Dozens of drugstore acne products
-Tea tree oil
-Complete diet change (no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods, ect.)
Over the past few months I've been on Minocycline. It seemed to help a little, but when I would breakout it would be just as bad if not worse than before. The past week my skin has been terrible so it clearly stopped working altogether.
Doctor recommended I go on 30mg but I expressed my anxiety about side effects and IB, so I pretty much asked if I could start on 10mg and see how it goes. He agreed. I weigh 110 lbs.
I took my first pill last night at dinner, so I guess today is day 2?
4 active pimples, no sign of them healing any time soon. My mood is terrible, I'm so desperate for this medication to start working so I can get my life back on track. Today I have to go to the drugstore to pick up moisturizer, lip balm, and eye drops. I am also dreading a phone call I have to make to my boss to tell him I'm not coming in to work ever again
Any words of encouragement, advice, or comments would be very deeply appreciated. This medication scares me to pieces and I'm praying that I'll at least feel somewhat better by the time college starts up again on September 4th.
Nice to meet you all.
Edited by sarahlous, 03 September 2013 - 06:35 PM.