I have become a hermit due to how bad my skin is - I know it's shallow but I cannot lead a normal life nor socialise whilst my confidence is so low. I have developed 7 major spots which have developed into scabs - tempted to give up the accutane but I know an initial breakout is normal. Did anyone else experience this? Have severe dandruff and very dry skin and lips - only on 20mg so god knows how I will handle it if my dermo instructs me to go on a higher dose. When I was first prescribed the accutane at the hospital I was told to go and get a blood test - when I went to the room where you wait I had an anxiety attack and just went home with the pills. I'm sure my blood tests would have come back fine anyway. I used to be the biggest party animal and now I'm out of university because of my skin and I find it hard to go out. All I dream for is clear skin to an extent Im now obsessed with skin. Will write soon to tell you the progress of my skin.
My acne still seems to be the exact same it was when I started this medication a week ago, but early days I guess. I was getting ready to go out earlier and realised I had eyebrow dandruff!!!!! Exfoliated and moisturised (with aveeno) and seems to be managed (for now). Skin flaking off on cheeks, chin and inbetween eyebrows. I still have some colour left on me from summer so now my arms are all blotchy where my tanned skin has peeled off and showing the paler colour of me. Looking at the end result which I'm hoping is acne free, clear skin which will stay like that forever, if accutane was less successful than it is then I wouldn't be going through this treatment. I'm extremely self conscious so sometimes I think I would prefer a few spots than my skin pale, sore and flakey. Will let you know how I'm going in the next few days.
Took my 6th 20mg this morning with a glass of milk. Woke up with skin that wasn't significantly dry but I have dandruff! Even though I was aware this pill dried your skin out completely for some reason I didn't really prepare for this. It is itchy, sore and worst of all noticeable and I hope after I wash my hair it won't be as bad. Mood is fine, came on my period today so expecting skin to start getting better soon as it usually does after I've come on my period. Having a house party on Saturday and worried I won't be confident enough for it, the side effects I'm experiencing aren't that bad yet but already are effecting me. Just looking at the long-term result which is keeping me on this pill. Will write again tomorrow!
I am a british 19 year old girl of who has been to hell and back in order to cure her acne. I get the occassional cystic spot but the majority of my spots are milia like. The week before my period I always break out badly around my mouth/chin/cheeks. I have tried every topical cream and every antibiotic known to man - but to no avail. I first went to go and see my GP and the age of 13 about my spots, although not that bad they really crush my confidence. I only started being really aware of my spots at age 17, I felt like I looked dirty and the more I stressed about them the worse they would get. My skin care routine is brilliant, even when I came home drunk I remembered to wash my face and apply a topical acne cream, but again this only worked minorly. My friends could fall asleep in their makeup, not wash their face and in general treat their skin like s**t but still have amazing skin! This really frustrated me. It got to the stage that at 18 and 19 (current age) my life was revolving around my skin. I used to be the most outgoing girl you could imagine but now I was finding myself making plans around the state of my skin and not agreeing to anything in advance as I didn't know if I was going to break out then or not, and I knew during a break out I had to stay in. Some people can still be confident and lead a normal life with acne, although mine isn't horrific it shatters me everyday, I hate looking in the mirror. My dermatologist prescribed me accutane last week - I am on 20mg a day ( I'm quite petite ) and I've been on it for 5 days now. I am still experiencing my 'initial breakout' as my skin personally has got far worse but as it's the week before my period I understand my hormones are all over the place, so I'm going to give accutane a proper chance. My skin has got noticeably dryer but so far not that bad. I just wondered that I understand my skins going to get very dry but if I were to moisturise and take care of it properly, can this situation be 100% managed? Because due to my lack of confidence these days, I can't see myself being able to go out if my skin looks like dry-paint. Shallow, I know, but I get really bad anxiety and panic attacks when my skin is bad (my dermo even tried to set me up with cognitive therapy as I broke down to him once because I just felt so ugly). I am really hoping the accutane will be the miracle I've always asked for but I too hope that I will be able the handle the side effects. I will keep you updated on my journey.