Hey guys, welcome to my accutane log!
As you can read in the title, this is my first time using accutane. I'm 31 and have suffered with mild to moderate, persistent acne for nearly half of my life - since I was 16. As is the norm when people try accutane for the first time, I've tried everything...antibiotics, OTC and prescription topicals, Proactiv, Clinique, Murad, the OCM, supplements, different masks, crap I've found on Pinterest...honestly, the list goes on and on and on and on and on and I'm sick of trying everything and it working for a couple of weeks and then just failing.
I have actually been lurking on this site on and off since the spring of 2011, reading different user's accutane logs, and researching about accutane in general, but ultimately being scared off by its side effects. But, my most recent breakout was the straw that broke the camel's back (I'll include pictures below - please excuse the no makeup/freshly washed face look). In mid-September after having major allergies and then flying for work, my ears *refused* to pop, and like an idiot, I tried to force them to pop and ended up with an ear infection in *both* ears. Yuck! My GP prescribed me Ceftin, and within like 3 days, my skin was 100% clear. I was FLOORED. Of course, I only took the meds for 10 days and about a week after I stopped taking them, I ended up with one of the worst breakouts I've had in a long time.
I was so frustrated...how did I go from having the most beautiful skin I've had in years, to having the *worst* skin I've had in years, in a matter of a week?
I called and made an appointment with my dermatologist and was going to ask him to prescribe me more ceftin, but after thinking about it I decided it was probably not a good idea to be put on antibiotics long-term, especially when cold/flu season is right around the corner, and particularly when as soon as I got off of it, my breakouts came back with a vengeance.
I figured I'd just mention accutane to him and see what he said...but I figured my case of acne, while persistent, wasn't severe enough to be prescribed accutane.
Neither my dermatologist nor the PA there batted an eyelash when I mentioned it. The PA actually said, "you should've gone on it a long time ago", and my dermatologist actually (jokingly I should add) POKED at one of the cysts on my face while saying, "in order to be a candidate you have to have some cystic acne...AND YOU DO!!!" Talk about mortifying.
So...I signed the iPledge preliminary paperwork and went straight to get the first blood/pregnancy test. In a month, I'll take another one, and I'll take 60mgs/day for 5 months.
I was initially super nervous about the side effects, particularly the increased IBD/Ulcerative Colitis risk that I've read about here on Acne.org, but after digging more into that topic, I found out that the fact I've had an appendectomy actually *decreases* my risk of ever developing UC, so I'm gonna just tell myself that they cancel each other out!!
I'm REEAALLYYY ready to have clear skin and not feel like I have to hide my face from my coworkers/bosses...I'm getting way too freaking old for acne, let me tell you.
I'll be following along with y'all on your journeys, so stop in periodically and say hey! And when I actually start accutane, I'll be updating pretty frequently to keep you all posted on my progress.
Until next time, enjoy the below (horrible) pre-tane selfies!!