A little preview..
I remember getting acne when I was in 6th grade. I was the only one in my class with it at the time, I stole my mother's make up and tried to cover it. It was awful. Fast forward 15 years later, I'm now a college graduate with a career and still suffering. Still the only one I know with moderate acne. I guess I never "grew out of it" like everyone said I would when I was younger. I think being an adult with acne (which is now all on my jawline & cystic, painful acne) is worse than being younger. It makes me even more self conscious & I feel like, how can people take me serious as a professional when I still have acne!
What have I tried? Everything. I've been on Clindamycin (topical & pill version), I used the benzoyl peroxide that I had to keep in the fridge & mix up every night before bed (that was awful, bleached everything!), Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Proactiv, Acne Free, DDF Acne Scrub, Dermadoctor products, Minocycline, Epiduo.. those are just the few I can remember. It's been 15 years, I've used a lot! I don't remember not having acne. Things have improved it, but I've never been clear. Most recently, I've been taking Doxycycline (causing monthly yeast infections.. how fun.) twice a day, Aczone topical in the AM & Veltin topical in the PM. I think my acne is currently the best it's ever been, but really,... after 15 years I just can't do it anymore.
Today I went to my dermatologist and started the process for Accutane. I had my 1st set of blood drawn, returning in a month for another pregnancy test and then I can start. I'm sort of scared. I don't take drugs well & everything makes me nauseous. But, I'm ready to give it a whirl. I also would prefer that people I know don't know that I'm taking it so I guess this is why I've turned to this site. I'm sort of embarrassed that I'm in my mid twenties and have to take it.