To start, my face is definitely not clear but it is not severe acne with cysts.
My forehead, upperlip and cheeks are filled with small tiny bumps coupled with approximately 15% cysts. My entire right cheek and nose is filled with blackheads that are obvious. I have no clear spots on my face and my chin has a few bumps too.
I did the acne.org regimen but it did not help as soon as I went under stress. (national exams in 2 weeks)
Basically, I had acne since I was 11 till now, 16. My skin became clear from retin a from beginning of the year till about march. After march, everything about my skin went downhill. My acne relapsed 5x worse. Previously, I only had acne on my forehead. However since I was under serious stress, my entire face broke out and it didn't stop. A normal person would have immediately gone back to their dermatologist but I was afraid that my dermatologist would scold me since I did not keep up with my retin a.
I went back to my dermatologist on 19 September 2013 because of something someone had said to me. It was my teacher of all people. He embarrassed me in front of the entire class by saying ''If you are that afraid of dried blood, you wouldn't be able to face yourself in the mirror because your acne is that terrible'' He said that because he told us that he had a dried blood scab on his arm and I told him that was disgusting. That was basically it, and he had to humiliate me in front of 30 people of whom 90% are judgemental pricks who made fun of my acne. I had it with my acne and decided to book an appointment with the derma.
On 19 September 2013, I visited the dermatologist and she welcomed me with a big smile. She had no intention of putting me on accutane yet because my acne is not very severe. She told me she wanted me to try antibiotics and retin a first but I told her I want to get all of this acne off my face as quickly as possible and the result has to give me clear smooth skin. I continued on saying I will not care of any side effects as long as my acne is gone. My acne has brought me to tears for the past 5 years and sometimes in the night, I would cry to myself just because of how I looked. She looked at me understandingly and told me that she would try her best and asked how quickly do I want my skin to be. I told her asap and revealed to her that I have skipped school for the past month because of all the stares I got and the teacher who commented on me.
You could tell by her face, that she was horrified and at this point, I was holding back my tears trying to think of something happy. She told me to tell the people and my teacher to get a life and grow up and she asked me ''How would you like to try accutane like your brother?'' My brother had been under this derma and his acne was VERY SEVERE. Several cysts all over his face and he is completely cured now. His face is as smooth as a baby's butt but that's beside the point.
I told her I don't mind trying it since I know it has a near 100% chance in curing acne. But she brought up that I needed to have a blood test and I a little hesitant on accutane now because I have a terrifying fear of needles. She comforted me that with accutane, my skin would revert to its way before puberty and be completely unclogged but with antibiotics, I may be immune to it. She called accutane a second chance at puberty and this time, she would ensure that my skin remains clear with retin a after my accutane course is over. Of course, with that assurance, i immediately said my ok to it. She called my mother to get her approval (usually needs a letter but she trusts us so next month when I visit her, she'll pass it to me). After the call with my mother, she asked me when did I last eat and when I said approximately 16 hours ago (I visited her at 9.30am, I last ate at 6pm last night for dinner) she said great and sent me to wait at the other room while the blood taker (I have no idea what they are called) came to take my blood.
I think I thought I was going to die when the blood taker pierced my vein haha. It was a pinch but I started breathing so harshly and I think the taker was laughing at my reaction. Anyways, so my derma prescribed me 10mg of accutane because I am extremely small sized and my weight is not too heavy. (150cm or 4"11 and 40kg or 88 pounds) She told me that she could prescribe me a higher dosage for a faster result but she didn't want me to be afraid of the initial result so she prescribed me 10mg.
I was prescribed a oil free moisturiser called therapeutic dermatologic formula ultra light hydrator and a pimple gel for my red cyst since 10mg of accutane will work too slowly on the cyst. The pimple gel is clindagel. I will be on this course of accutane for 8 months, and I honestly, can't wait to have clear skin.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have to cleanse my skin with cetaphil and only splash it with water 3 times to remove. Leaving the rest of the cleanser on my face. I was not prescribed any type of birth control because I do not have sex. I think in my country, we are more conservative but usually people dont have sex at 16. My doctor did tell me that birth defects are a 100% chance of happening while on this pill but I told her I am not that kind of girl. Not related, but I believe that sex before marriage for me is a no go. If you are having intercourse while you are not married, I am NOT judging you. I am just saying for my case in my relationships (no boyfriends so far, forever alone probably) I would not want to have intercourse before marrying.
But still, I can't imagine all the other girls who go on 2 types of birth control. Isn't that harsh on your body? (I know hypocritical of me, when I am taking accutane which is a harsh drug haha) I feel sorry for the girls who take birth control, wow. Oh and my blood tests are not monthly like people in the usa. My derma will only take blood tests every 3 months or so. At least, according to my brother but she did mention in my next visit which is 4 weeks from now, I will not have to take another blood test yet. But i remember her saying something about a urine sample, even though she did not ask for it yesterday.
I took the first pill last night and holy crap. Accutane 10mg sure works fast even though it is only 10mg. My face oil is reduced by 50%! My red pimples have gone down a little with clindagel.
I thought since it was only 10mg, I wouldn't experience dryness on the lips. Boy am I wrong! My lips have been peeling and so I have to use lip balm.
Will update at the end of week 1 or week 2 (since I have exams on week 2). I hope that the initial break out will not be too bad!
No side affects other than lips peeling.
I am not sure if this is a side effect but I am having a dry throat right now, probably cause I may be getting sick.
Just realised this but I have been very thirsty all day. Like abnormally thirsty. But I guess its a good thing, keeping me hydrated.
Edited by FlyHigh, 20 September 2013 - 10:42 AM.