Just discovered this website today as I was doing some Accutane research, and I decided to start a journal to track my experience. My acne began shortly after I hit puberty at age 13 and from what I remember it was mostly papules and some nodules on my face, chest, and back. I first tried Minocycline and some topicals which worked for some time and then stopped. At age 19, I began taking Solodyn, which worked wonders for my skin for a good 3 years. I know I probably shouldn't have taken an antibiotic continuously for an extended period of time like that but I just couldn't imagine myself willingly stopping a drug that was actually working great! Then all of a sudden, my skin stopped responding to it altogether. I don't know if it was due to my beginning a graduate program or if it was due to my body simply getting so used to the drug.
My skin is probably considered combination because it is oily but also dries out pretty badly on occasion (probably due to topical use). The main area of concern for the past decade has been my forehead with some randomly showing up on my chin, cheeks, and recently my neck and behind my ears. Dermatologists have told me I'm one of the lucky ones because the acne on my face doesn't leave scars (even though I pick at them a lot! ). However, my upper back has lots of small white scars from acne over the years.
No one else in my family is cursed with the acne gene, and I can still hear my mom comforting me with, "Next year your acne should clear up! You just need to get past these years of crazy hormonal changes." Long story short I am 23 years old, newly engaged, and absolutely desperate for relief from this horrible demon. I sought help from a new dermatologist in my area who recommended accutane (finally) and I've just been counting the minutes until I can start in 10 days!
I tell my family and friends all the time that I feel like I am the only one in the world at my age who is STILL SUFFERING with acne! Does anyone else feel this way?! In two and a half years, I will graduate and become a doctor and I want my patients to be able to take me seriously and not look at me like I'm the one with the problem!
SO please please please Accutane I beg you as my last hope...PLEASE WORK FOREVER!
I will try to update on my journey as often as possible! And here are my baseline photos before treatment begins. Wish me luck!