I'll start by telling you my history with fighting acne:
I first started to get some pimples when I was about 12 years old. It was the typical teenage acne, just a few blackheads and white heads here and there and mainly on my forehead and chin. No big problem, and it didn't bother me that much. When I was 15 my acne had spread to my cheeks. I went to the dermatologist for the first time, and I went on birth control. My acne was still very mild and I'd have periods of clear skin between break outs, except for some hyper-pigmentation that was still left over.
My acne first really started to bother me when I was going to college at age 18. I felt like I was the only one that still suffered from acne at this age, and I felt like I shouldn't have acne since I wasn't a teenager anymore. My acne had become more severe and there wouldn't be a day that I didn't have any active breakouts. I started to wear a full face of foundation every day to cover my acne up, and I started to feel really self conscious about my skin and some days it caused me to feel really depressed and stay inside all day to 'hide' from the world. I tried several topical treatments and also antibiotics, but nothing seemed to really work for my acne.
I am 20 now, and turning 21 in a few months. My acne has progressively gotten worser and I am so done fighting it. I don't want my life to be influenced by my skin so much, I want to be able to wake up in the morning, wash my face and go to classes and feel pretty without having to cover everything up. I went to the dermatologist again a few weeks ago and he prescribed me Accutane (Isotretinoine Actavis as it's called in the Netherlands). Afer my bloodwork was approved I started taking it for the first time on Monday (2 days ago). So today is my third day, and so far I've been taking 30 mg in the form of a 10 mg capsule and a 20 mg capsule every day. So far I haven't really noticed any side effects, maybe my lips are a little bit dryer than usual but that's it.
I've been reading Accutane logs for a few weeks now and that's why I've decided to also document my own Accutane journey. I feel like my acne is really something I can't share with the people around me because I't something I try to hide so hard from the outside world. Very few people (only really close friends and family) have seen me without makeup and know the severity of my acne. I hope that I can find some support on this forum from you guys that are going through the same thing (or have already gone through it).
I've also attached some pictures of how my skin looked like on the day before I first took Accutane. It is pretty hard for me to expose my skin like this on the internet, but I assume that you guys are pretty much used to seeing acne.
Edited by birdsxfeathers, 25 September 2013 - 04:06 AM.