Hey I'm a sixteen year old boy. I feel your pain. I know acne isn't the same for boys and girls, but I had SEVERE acne. I wa afraid to look at myself. I wanted to shut myself in my room and never come out. Then I started accutane. Do I encourage it? Well, I'd have to judge that by the severity of the acne. I know that different people have different ideas of 'severe'. Accutane was my last resort. I had tried everything and nothing had worked for me. I Feel that acne is in my genetic makeup actually. But back to the point. Minocycline did suppress the acne a bit, but accutane took my face from exploding to merely a few white heads in a matter of five months. Granted, those five months weren't all dandy and great. Hardest months of my life. The effects of accutane never go away. Dry skin everyday. Dry lips everyday. But better than having acne? YES! Now, i felt the same way as you. Almost exactly. I felt that if my acne went away, id have the entire world in my hands and my life would be absolutely perfect. And you know, it kinda was after accutane. Then I had a relapse but that's beside the point again. I'm currently back on accutane. And it's going okay. Just as for advice, don't examine and judge yourself too harshly. There is more to a person than acne. It does not define you. Just let you inner beauty shine and eventually your acne will go away. When you need to see a dermatologist, do so immediately. Do not hesitate. As soon as possible, seek a dermatologists opinion on your skin, and maybe if you're lucky, you can get accutane. Now again, I don't know just how bad your skin is, but either way I know it can make you miserable. Just stick with your greatest friends and live your life. I look t it like this. If people don't like you because you have acne, they don't deserve you. Find the friends that admire you for who you really are. Then when your acne goes away, you can have a great life. Be happy. Get better. That's all there is to it. I've accepted acne as part of my life but I do no let it control me. And my life is still pretty great. I have a beautiful girlfriend and the greatest and most supportive friends. They don't care that I have acne because they see past that. They care about me. So just...I hope this helped. If you ever need any advice or questions, just ask.
Thank you so much! Wow, I don't have words for all that, it made me feel so much better..! I'm thinking of starting accutane, I had a huge discussion with my mother about it, and i'm willing to deal with the side effects if it means this goes away!