I am fed up with acne and having to use so many products to keep my skin decent. I feel like I am a slave to my very intense skincare, supplement, and diet regimen. I'm moving internationally and plan on doing a lot of traveling and really don't want to spend an hour or more a day on my skin. As you know, acne is shattering when you're trying to just live your life and have fun. My acne is pretty well controlled by my insane regimen of prescription topicals (AM: cerave, prescription sulfer, aczone, bb cream pm: cerave with clarisonic, sulfer wash, wait half-hour, atralin, supplements, wash all my makeup brushes, using a clean washcloth to dry and pillowcase every night) but i still get some pretty bad cysts, about one-two a month recently, and they just make me miserable. If i weren't doing all that stuff i'd be a cystic wreck, as years of Yaz have completely, and i believe permanently, thrown my hormones out of whack. I dont eat dairy, minimize sugar, and have determined that gluten is not an aggravating factor. I dream of a life when i'm not constantly worrying about my skin--and I'm willing to take the risk of accutane to be free from that worry. kind of.
Has anyone tried a low dose of accutane for 4-12 months with success? I'm scared of the side effects given how much yaz affected my health. I'm not looking to take it indefinitely like some people on here do, just 10-20mg for 4-12 months. I have heard this is more popular outside the US and can result in permanent clearance based on some studies I found, but I'm looking for real life experiences on here. What side effects did you encounter? did you achieve long-term remission? Thanks so much in advance!
For reference, I am 25 and weigh 112.