Hi everyone, happy new year! This is the first time that I am writing on a diary, or something like that. As you might have noticed, this log is about my accutane journey and I will be posting regular updates about my acne condition. (I'm so scared of what is about to happen! )
I started taking accutane yesterday on the 1st January (new year new face i guess hehe!). My doctor told me that the course might take 6-8 months so hopefully I will be acne free by the 6th month! Just to give some more information I am taking 1 pill of 40mg every day. I guess depending on my condition, my doctor will change the dosage each month.
And now, here's my story! (sorry if it's too long )
I am 23 years old from Greece (if you notice any spelling mistakes please forgive me ), I have never had any acne problems on my face, not even when I was a teenager. My face was glowing! I only had one or two zits every month when my period was due but that was normal. However, I had back acne when I was a teenager, again, not that much, I guess I was having 5 or 6 large pimples only on the upper back.
In 2011 I went to the UK for my master's degree and I remember getting very stressed about my studies and my cheeks got full of whiteheads. I could not stop picking them! That was new to me so I would just try to vanish them on my own! That was a mistake. For every whitehead I picked, I got two pimples! Huge pimples, cystic ones! And until I got back to my country for the holidays, I bought the heaviest foundations I could find, just to hide my horrible face as much as possible. I knew that heavy foundation would clog my pores and give me more zits but I could not walk around in the university with all that acne!
As soon as I went back to Greece I went to a dermatologist who told me that I should start a course with cremes and gels. I never trusted creams to be honest. I always said that creams are doing good only to the exterior. They do not fight the problem from its root. But anyway I did what he suggested and was using a day cream with benzoyl peroxide, a benzoyl peroxide face gel, and a gel for spots at night. I should mention that I was having facials with chemical peeling every month (yeap, I was spending a lot of money). The combination of the cream, gels and facial did me good. In a three month period my face was as good as it was before acne. My treatment was over but I continued having facials every 2 months. And then, After about 4-5 months, it all came back, the large pimples, the cysts. It was as like I never had a treatment before! So as you might have guessed I went back to the doctor, had the same treatment for the second time, again after three months I had a clear face and again for about 4-5 months I didn't have any problems.
And here I am now, three months ago the pimples came back but this time even worse! I have cysts all over my jaw line and my cheeks (that's the only places I have acne on my face), and now my back is full too. Not only the upper back, but all the surface of my back!
I feel disgusted and it is very painful. I do not even want to go out anymore. I feel bad that my boyfriend cannot touch my face and that I never go out of the house with him or my friends. He suggested that I should not stick to the opinion of just one doctor and so he suggested someone he knows. I took his advice and went to his dermatologist and to be honest I am happy I did! The doctor told me that this is hormonal acne and that my cysts cover a large surface of my body (face, neck and back), and If I continued to use cremes, I would need gallons of them each month, hence tons of money and that my acne would probably never stop coming back. So my last treatment would be accutane!
I am on my second day now and so far I can't say that I noticed any side effects except of some crying spells but I don't really know if that came from accutane or because my period its due (i'm very sensitive ). Other that that I can say that nothing changed.
I hope I gave you a clear view of how it all started and what my condition is now! I will probably post some pictures later and give you updates on my side effects. I will be happy if you share your experience or any tips!
Talk to you soon,
Edited by MISSanta, 21 January 2014 - 08:19 AM.