Hi everybody! This is my first post and I'm hoping I can get some advice before I start my Accutane journey.
First, some backstory:
I started getting acne when I was about 12 (I'm 19 now) and for many years I just "coped" and wore makeup. The volume of my pimples was never that bad, but I would always have one or two really painful cysts on my chin, bad blackheads on my nose and the occasional smaller pimples around my face. It is really only the cysts that concern me, since they are painful and take a long time to heal. I would classify my acne as in between mild and moderate. At the end of junior year I finally decided to see a dermatologist. She prescribed a topical and an antibiotic (she started me on Tazorac, which is one of the strongest topicals because it had been effective for my sister). By fall of senior year, my skin was looking amazing! I thought antibiotics were my savior. Then, predictably, when I went off them, my skin went back to how it was (perhaps even worse, or maybe it just felt worse because I had had so many good months of flawless skin!). I went back to the derm and she prescribed minocycline (which I am still on) and it worked well again, until I tried going off it :/ By this point, my derm proposed I try accutane and after I did a lot of research we set up a treatment plan: I would stay on the mino for fall trimester of college and start accutane when I came home for thanksgiving (my college has trimesters so our winter break runs from Thanksgiving thru January). I was *supposed* to start a week or so ago, but my derm screwed up and forgot to submit the paperwork so I'm going to start January 2nd (only a few days before I go back to college!)
Phew. Thanks to anyone who read all of that So now, my questions
1) How bad do you think my initial breakout will be? My acne has been pretty under control with the antibiotics/topicals and I'm continuing with my 150mg/day of mino and the Tazorac until I start the accutane. I'm really stressed about having to go back to college right as the IB will start, especially since I haven't seen everyone for six weeks!
2) Does anyone who has been on accutane while away from home (whether college, boarding school, etc.) have any special advice for me? I'm also worried about the possibility of depression since I haven't known people at college all that long and they may not realize what is/isn't normal for me, mood wise.
I'd really appreciate *any* advice anyone has! I'm really nervous but also excited. Hopefully this summer will be the start of my acne free life.