I'm a 27 yearold female with what I would consider to be mile/moderate unpredictable acne. I never know when I'm going to break out, where I'm going to break out or with what type of pimples. It's rather frustrating and I'm sick of it, I shouldn't have to deal with acne at 27!
When I was a teenager I had horrible acne, mostly on my forehead, and went on Accutane. I was about 15 at the time and believe I was on 60mg a day (around 5'7 and about 110lbs). From what I remember I had really dry lips, dry skin and sun sensitivity. I remember some depressed/moody episodes but I blame that on just being a teenager. I can't remember an initial breakout but my skin was so bad I may not have noticed. My skin took a while to clear but did eventually and I enjoyed beautiful skin.
Fast forward a few years and the acne began to come back, but never even close to what it was before. Over the years I've tried everything, BC, proactive, B5, various gels etc. Worked to varying degrees or not at all, but nothing lasted or cleared me 100%
I toyed with going on accutane three years ago but I was training for my first marathon and was worried about the effects of accutane on my joints so I decided not to.
Fast forward again and I bring you to the present day. After 6 months of increasingly unpredictable skin I've decided to begin a second course. I popped my first pill at lunch. My derm has prescribed me 80mg Claravis/day (5'9 and 140lbs). A higher dosage than I anticipated. I was given minocycline for 6 weeks before I started (and to allow me to get my blood work done), it helped somewhat but not great.
I'm really worried about the initial breakout and may start with just 40mg for the first week then up it to 80mg.
I'm also taking a few supplements:
-6g fish oil (was tahttp://www.acne.org/messageboard/style_images/acne_2_0/folder_editor_images/rte-bold.pngking pre accutane)
-greens plus Daily detox
-ZMA at night (was taking pre accutane)
I still haven't chosen a good lip balm, but have a few good moisturizers for my skin: eucerin cream, jojoba oil.... I'll see what works best!