Hi all! Thank you so much for posting all your Accutane logs. Reading about your personal experiences with the drug has been wonderfully helpful to me and ultimately was the deciding factor in my choosing to take Accutane.
A little about me: I am 41 years old and have been dealing with acne since I was 12. I have pretty much the same story as all of you when it comes to treatments: benzoyl peroxide, BHA treatments, BCPs, acne washes, doxycycline, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Tazorac, Bezaclin and Differin have all been pretty helpful in treating my moderate acne--but nothing has totally taken it away.
My main problem is oiliness. Everything is oily--my skin, my hair, my chest and my back. I need to blot my skin literally every two hours. Daily hair shampooing is a must, not an option. Every time I have skipped a day washing my hair has resulted in a blocked oil gland that grows over the years until it has to be removed surgically (yes, really--my derm has excised five of them). My sister (who has the same skin as I) and I both joke that we always stand out in group photos: we are the two "shiny" faces in the group.
So as if the terrible feeling of greasiness isn't bad enough, my job is a spokesperson for the organization I work for. I never thought my skin looked shiny/bad until HD video cameras came on the scene. Seeing my face on my large TV screen in HD was a horrible wake-up call.
I was offered Accutane 15 years ago but declined because I was planning to get pregnant at some point. My husband and I have a wonderful 10-year-old daughter now, and I have no plans to have any more. So I decided to start Accutane because I'd had enough of my oily skin and pimples (which leave marks when they go away).
First of all: the iPledge system--this is an insult to my intelligence. In America it is easier to buy a firearm than it is to receive Accutane because of iPledge. So of course I want to start Accutane ASAP but I have to wait a more than a month to take two pregnancy tests. For the record, my husband has had a vasectomy and I take birth control pills to control heavy periods (sorry guys). Having kids in that circumstance is slim to none. I know how to use birth control. I've been pregnant once in my life because I wanted to be pregnant. Sheesh.
Anyway, I had my first pregnancy test last Thursday and I can't get my other one until April 7! I am SO eager to start this medication therapy as soon as possible. The waiting is the WORST.
Sorry this is so long--I used to be a writer, plus my skin condition has been a burden on me for almost 30 years. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to starting this journey with you all!