I'm glad you started this topic; there are probably far more people out there with this type of acne than you think! Acne significantly impacts your life regardless the type. It’s perfectly okay to be honest with yourself and say “this really sucks and I have a right to complain!!”. I've suffered with acne my entire adult life and I've tried every conceivable treatment - Accutane is the only thing that works. My acne is pesky, persistent, scaring and takes up residence on my face, back and sometimes chest in mild to moderate flare ups. I'm in the 4th month of my second round of Accutane (Absorica actually, a 'new' version that is milder on your system). The side effects are minimal and less irritating than the first time.
After my first course of Accutane, which lasted 7.5 long months, my skin was still breaking out a little bit as persistence would have it, but we stopped the course because it’d gone on long enough. My skin cleared up fully within 2 months after the course ended, and was beautiful for nearly 4 years; my doc did say that only 10% of people have to take it twice, which is very encouraging for most people! (I had a baby, a hormonal nightmare, so I think that's why I'm stuck on round two). Both times, it took my skin about 3-4 months after starting the medicine before the blackheads ceased and my breakouts were reduced to just a zit or two every now and again. There is hope and hang in there! You will likely love the results.
Thank you! I'm glad you're seeing results and have taken action! I have however noticed I'm still getting a few zits, but hoping they will leave as soon as possible as I can't really use my medicated gels/creams to get rid of them at the moment!
It's too bad you can't do anything topically on Accutane. It makes your skin sensitive to everything!