I've been a long-time lurker on this site and wanted to share my own personal struggle with acne and Accutane with this community by keeping a daily log on my progress and journey with acne and treatment.
Here's a little background: I'm a 19-year-old college student who has struggled with acne since I was about 15 years old. I grew up my whole life in Southern California, and though my face was not perfect, my acne was not severe enough for me to even consider taking Accutane. Last year, I took minocycline and used tretinoin. and the two did a great job of clearing me up. Everything seemed perfect as the medication was working before I left for college in the fall of 2013. Well, I moved to college on the East Coast, and my skin immediately started having issues with the climate change. With the cold weather, my skin started freaking out, and I was left with much scarring. I decided that I was sick and tired of dealing with acne, so I set up a dermatologist appointment. My doctor saw my face and called it moderate-to-severe acne, and set me up with Absorica (off-brand Accutane), which I have been taking since February 5th.
Tomorrow is my 65th day on Accutane. My course thus far has been a bit of a roller coaster. Good days are followed by horrible days, and I'm definitely not finished with my IB. I have pretty intense scarring, and I hope this goes away eventually. Most people (from what I've read) have experienced a pretty big change in the 3rd and 4th months on Accutane, so I try to keep my head up and stay content with myself and my face... I don't look in mirrors anymore, and for the first time in my life, I find myself trying to avoid being out in public. I go to the gym everyday, and it's where I'm able to let go and keep myself sane.
I'm going to post pictures of my weeks 1-9 of treatment so far so you all can see how my face has changed each week. I don't talk to many people about my struggles with my complexion, so I wanted to share them here. Attached are the views frontal views of my face these last 9 weeks. In my next two posts below, I'll attach pictures of each cheek (the places where I struggle the most).