This will be my first time posting here. I'm 37 years old, living in Arizona.
Let's start at the beginning. I have had ongoing acne since I was 12 or 13, I was an early bloomer, so I got it pretty young. I have always had very oily skin. My acne got worse through Jr. High and High School and calmed a bit as I grew older, but it has still always been there, some days worse than others. When it was pretty bad in Jr. High, I remember trying a topical, that just burned my face, it was awful. I just dealt with it since then.
A few years ago I went to a Derm and she put me on bactrim and two topicals. The bactrim worked great, except it made my skin even more oily then it was, but it cleared up my acne, that is, until I stopped taking it. Once my refills ended I decided to stop taking it to see if it would come back. A few weeks later the acne was back. As an adult, i've never had it really bad, but I still get embarrassing breakouts and feel as a 37 year old male I should not be this bad.
I changed my diet and exercise regime over the last few months for the better. I am eating clean 90% of the time and i'm living quite a health lifestyle. I thought this would make a change, well, it hasn't.
Last year, my friend who I didn't think had very bad skin to begin with went on Accutane and she told me what a "miracle drug" it was. Another acquaintance told me the same thing. I read horror stories about it so I was always apprehensive. Finally a few weeks ago, after much contemplation I decided to make an appointment with a new Derm. I told her my history and she stated Accutane would probably be the best fit since I've been resistant to most other things and i've had acne so long. I was again a little scared, but I said I would try it and if there were any crazy side effects I would stop. I got my blood drawn the same morning and by the next day I had my prescription in hand. 40mg of Amnasteem 2 x's daily.
I went on a hike the day after I started the medication in the pretty warm AZ sun, not the smartest thing because I did not cover myself up. I have a bad tan line on my face which i'm hoping will go away. The tan on my arms I can live with. Anyhow, I have been on the medication a week tomorrow. The only effects i've felt thus far is minor lip dryness, nose is a little try inside, and i'm peeling on my face, but whether that is from the sunburn or the medication is anybody's call. I also have been a little itchy, especially on my scalp. I have had some minor breakouts, but they seem to dry up almost over night. Other than that, i'm feeling great.
I am mainly on here to get support from other people that are going through/have gone through what i'm going through. I'm getting major support and tips from my friend who was previously on it and i'm so thankful for that. Anyhow, I will be doing a weekly "check in" unless something major happens, then i'll post more. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.