I'm fifteen years old and have suffered from moderate-to-severe acne for the past two years. It's definitely genetic, seeing as my mom went through the same thing in her teenage years, but I'm hoping I can still speed up the process. I started seeing a dermatologist about a year and a half ago, and since then I've tried everything--literally everything. Almost every acne-fighting product available-both oral and topical- from Proactive to Persa-Gel to Clearisil to Solodyn to Minocycline to Doryx to Differen to Retin-A to Epiduo to every single Nuetrogena and Clean & Clear product ever made. You name it, I've tried it. With several of the medications I did see temporary improvement, but nothing significant or worth the never-ending effort and stress. I have extremely sensitive skin and I have to constantly worry about what I'm putting on my face/letting touch my face/eating/etc,.
My dermatologist put me on Loestrin (birth control pills) about 4 months ago, while also continuing my solodyn (80 mg per day) and topical Epiduo. But I didn't see much improvement, so about a month ago she recommended Accutane. I went through the process (blood work, forms, pregnancy tests, you know the drill) and finally began taking Absorbica (isotretinoin, a brand of Accutane) two days ago. I've heard a lot of rumors about the extreme side effects of Accutane, and stocked up on chapstick, Blistex, and 30 years worth of Cetaphil moisturizer. I also read a lot of peoples' experiences that included a painful, awful, absolutely hellish initial breakout and that kind of scared me. However, my derm told me that since I've already been on Retin-A, which I believe is a form of isotretinion, I have already experienced that initial purging for the most part. Can anyone confirm that?
Also, I know Accutane can cause hair loss/thinning and I already have thin hair, so I'd like to take a supplement for that, possibly Biotin or some form of Vitamin B. But I've read that Biotin can cause severe breakouts/acne even in people who generally have good skin. Is that the case, or should taking Biotin while on Accutane be fine? If not, are there any other supplements/special hair care treatments that anyone recommends? All suggestions welcome, thanks so much for reading!