After struggling with moderate acne for nearly 11 years and severe acne for the last 5 months it was time to start Accutane. It got to the point where I walked into my dermatologist's office, she took one quick look at me from across the room and said, "Yep, let's get you started on Accutane." I knew at that point it was my only option, as like the rest of you I have been on tons of different antibiotics and topical ointments to help with my acne and it has either harmed, done nothing, or helped slightly and for a limited time. So I really wanted to start this log for anyone out there who is really struggling with acne and the decision to start Accutane because it is a big one.
First off, if your acne is severe and it is causing serious depression (not eating, sleeping, or doing anything at all that you once enjoyed) it's worth thinking about. I was so depressed that I didn't eat anything really (like 0-100 calories a day) for about a month and lost 15 pounds in two weeks, and I LOVE food so it was very uncharacteristic. I was so miserable I barely left my house and would cry multiple times a day. The bathroom was my worst nightmare and I would have have rather ripped my own hair out than get ready each day for work. I cried every single time I saw a glimpse of myself in any mirror. I avoided grocery shopping for 4 months, my poor husband had to run all of my errands for me because I couldn't bare to leave the house. Once I started taking YAZ and Bactrim (after about a month of both) I started to see a real improvement. But I know that I will eventually need to stop the YAZ when I am ready to start a family and I can't be on Bactrim for very long. Accutane was my only option and even though it was a long process to get started I know in the end it will be worth it. Tonight I took my very first Accutane pill and hope to do updates as often as possible, but I really just want to provide some comfort to anyone who is in the same spot as me and can hopefully show improvement overtime. Please stay strong and know that it will pass. Also if anyone has any questions at all please feel free to comment or ask away! I found other Accutane logs very helpful when I was thinking about trying it and also when I was waiting my 30 day pregnancy test wait. I loved reading about the success others have had on it and hoping I can have the same results. I also really appreciated learning about the side effects to expect and help with products to use. I was using the Proactiv system but am switching to the CeraVa Foaming Cleanser and moisturizer this week per my Derm, and am also quitting the Bactrim today.
Thanks to anyone who reads this, I hope I can be helpful to someone out there Hopefully things get better, but I am prepared for an initial breakout and I know I am going to have to just be patient, so here goes!
Edited by emmygirl, 23 December 2013 - 11:58 PM.