So, after much thought and weighing up of risks I have finally decided to start Roaccutane! It wasn't an easy decision to make and I went to the dermatologist still undecided. After discussing it with the derm I decided to go for it - my plan originally was to wait it out and see if I could grow out of it but with skin as bad as mine it seems extremely unlikely and I can't be on antibiotics to keep it at a certain level forever.
The thing that swung it for me was when the derm said 'Don't you think enough is enough? You could have been prescribed this years ago, why are you still trying to struggle through like this?' I didn't really have an answer. I've tried countless things all to no avail, I'm sick to death of struggling through it, enough truly is enough this time.
About me: I have had acne for 6 years now. I started getting acne when I was 13 (19 now) and at first it was your usual teenage acne - not too bad but difficult to deal with at that age - especially all for your friends have clear skin still. When I turned 15 the acne began to become more severe, I would get cysts and massively inflamed acne all over my face, neck and top of back. I can remember there was only one other guy in my school with skin nearly as bad as mine but mine was still the worst, I got all the usual crap off other kids - 'spotty', 'zit face', 'pizza face', etc. It knocked my confidence and got me down a lot. This is when I first got medical treatments to help.
Fast forward to 17 and things got worse. The acne was even worse and seriously getting to me, I was depressed and it led me to some pretty dark places in my mind. Now I am 19 and the acne is still severe (if left untreated without meds, antibiotics keep it moderate, at best sometimes mild). My skin just seems to be getting worse and worse - painful, inflamed like you wouldn't believe and disfiguring - its quite frightening. I'm starting to get some noticeable scarring now also.
Acne is perceived as a teenage condition and I'd like it to be just that for me - nothing in the world would make me happier than having clear skin on my 20th birthday, which is why I have to take the risk and go through with this.
Things I've tried: Erythromycin, Benzoyl Peroxide, Tetralysal & Zineryt (worked the best), different diets, different supplements, natural remedies, masks, light treatments... the list could go on, nothing worked.
Course info: I was prescribed 60mg/day for 4/5 months (depending how it goes). I weigh 57kg so 60mg is as high as I will go. I was given some wash to help with the dryness also.
Day 2: I'm starting off with 40mg/day for 2 weeks since I thought starting with 60mg/day was a bit much to start off with and the derm said this was fine to break into it with. Popped my first pills yesterday, my skin is currently in a strangely good state (mild/moderate) thanks to Tetralysal, no changes to note just yet! Would add a photo but only have crappy camera and skin is not as bad as it normally is so there doesn't seem much point.