My name is Rachel, I am 18 and I just started using Accutane today (40 mg/day).
My acne story:
It all started in middle school. It was never really bad (just regular pimples all over my forehead) and it stayed for a couple of years...however I managed to clear up quite a bit and kept it under control up until my first year of university (this year).
My skin was extremely good until the stress of midterms, my poor nutrition, sleep deprivation hit around this past November. I started breaking out along my jawline, temples and some on my cheeks (was not cystic though). It annoyed me a lot which made me commit one of the worst mistakes of my life...Proactive.
My sister used proactive and cleared up dramatically, however, this was not the case for me. After a couple of weeks on Proactive, i broke out horribly (with cystic acne) in places I never got pimples, and this scared me A LOT. I knew about the potential initial breakout of Proactive but this just did not seem right. I had to quit using it.
Since then, my skin has been pretty awful. it covers the sides of my face and the cystic pimples on my jawline really hurt. I was prescribed Accutane by my doctor and although I am really scared for this process, I am also excited and ready.
Products I will be using along side Accutane is cetaphil gentle face wash, cetaphil ultra face moisturizer, and aquaphor (for lips and face). I will add more products when I need to so if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate your feedback!
I will be updating weekly, on my journey! Feel free to update on your acne journey too!! I would love to share our experiences! Good luck to anyone who is also going through Accutane I just cannot wait to have clear skin again! God Bless~