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The Introduction;

LyDe

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Hey everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read this. This entire blog is going to be dedicated to my struggle with acne. Well.. more so just to document my experiences with "Claravis". Geeze, I have the worst time trying to spell that. I keep having to look back at the box to make sure I'm spelling it right. :( I apologize now if anything I say sounds weird or disgusting; I'm not exactly used to opening myself up like this.

Anyway, a quick oversight of my skin, I guess. I'm currently twenty one and have been struggling with acne since I was a Freshman in High School. I've played soccer since I was four, so I've always had a high exposure to sunlight. My skin reacts to hormonal changes; so I break out badly about a week before my period, but then have no red blemishes for about a week after. The two weeks in between are just.. normal, I guess. I have a mix of black heads with small bumps underneath the skin. They're impossible to get rid of.

I ignored my skin problems as a teenager. My older brother had problems with his skin, but grew out of it by the time he was nineteen. I figured I would be the same. Here I am at twenty-one with the same issue, still. I felt like I had tried everything: the drug-store brands that claim to clear up acne, the skin ID, the Proactive; you name it, I probably tried it. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with some different kind of topical creams that didn't work, either. I was even handed some fatty, pink-pills that worked for about a week before things went south again. After the last three prescriptions, my dermatologist said he would put me on Accutane.

We had a bit of a lengthy discussion about the drug. He told me all of the warnings and what I would need to do in order to be on it. I would have to sign up for this program called iPLEDGE and would have to take the medication for five months, 40mg twice a day. The side affects didn't seem to worry me much; I'm a healthy, active, and (over all) happy person. The most common side effect I heard of was chapped lips. I think I can invest five dollars for three tubes of carmex a month! Luckily, thanks to how insecure I am about my skin, I don't have to worry about getting pregnant.

I guess what sold me out the most about taking Claravis was the idea that my skin could be 'healed'. I'm sure if you're on this site, you know how it feels to struggle and worry about your skin. After so many years, you just kind of feel like Acne is something you're going to have to deal with forever. The idea that I could have clear skin, like.. REALLY clear skin gave me tingles. Thinking about it now is making me so giddy that my eyes are starting to tear up. Anywho. Everything was in order, so in December, the dermo took my blood and signed me up for the iPLEDGE program.

After the month-long waiting period, I now have my prescription in hand. I'm already onto my sixth day of taking the medicine. I would have started this blog earlier, but I hadn't thought about documenting the changes until about thirty minutes ago.

So.. there you go. :( That's all there really is to say about my right now. I didn't even expect it to be that long. My next post will go over my six days on Claravis. From where on out, I'll do daily posts. Make-up-less skin, here I come! <3


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