Hello I have been to this website countless times, I've read through a few accutane diaries and now I have finally worked up the courage to start up my own. Everyone on here seems so positive and really supportive so I'm thinking it will be good for me-we'll see.
Anywho a little background on yours truly; I am 19 years old and in my second semester of college and I've had really bad acne for the past year. Now I know there are some people on here who have struggled with it for years and years and maybe my measly one year may seem laughable, but when it comes right down to it even a year is too long when your face is a game of 3-d connect the dots.
Hmm so down to the nitty gritty I have always gotten the occasional pimple here or there starting from the age of about 13 but they have always been cystic, huge creatures that last for months and never actually develop a head. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I saw a steep decline in the appearance of my skin-instead of one pimple I'd get three, and even then I was still okay until three turned into 10, and those ten wouldn't go away for months while new ones were emerging all the time. And even though I've always had naturally oily skin for whatever reason my oil producers went into to over drive- it wasn't uncommon for me to use three or four oil sheets at a time FOUR times a day!! I couldn't keep it under control, nothing worked.
After a few horrid months I finally convinced my mom to take me to the dermatologist- I went on all the standard antibiotics and retin-a cream and what-not and just when I could finally see the- for lack of better phrasing- "light of accutane," my dermatologist brought me the news that my liver enzymes were too high.
3 different doctors, 8 months, 10 blood tests, countless doctors appointments and two ultrasounds later I got the okay to finally start accutane.
Iâ€™ve been on 40mg Amnesteem (a generic for accutane) for 15 days now, supposed to be 16, but Iâ€™m only human- everyoneâ€™s entitled to one mess up right? Anyway I figured Iâ€™d write this little background section before I got into specific days and how itâ€™s going just so if people wished to skip it they could. I plan to write a combination day 16-and day whenever-I-get-permission in a separate post later on. Hopefully Iâ€™ll be talking to you all very soon!
**Condensed version for the attention span impaired**
Type of acne- cystic, nodular mostly facial although my back likes to join in the fun
How long Iâ€™ve had it- one year
What Iâ€™m taking- 40mg Amnesteem (generic) once a day