After 3 years of going to the dermatologist in search of an answer, I have finally been prescribed accutane! Just like my mom, I have pretty bad acne.. I've tried everything. I've used all the right stuff with all the right ingrediants... and still no results. Out of all the things I've tried, Differin, Clindamycin, Duac, Eyrthominin, retina-a, doxycline, minocyline, and every form of over the counter acne treatments, the only thing that helped a little was retina and benz perioxide. The oral antibiotics stained my teeth and made my acne worse (i was on each form for 3+ months). In fact, Doxycline left me with cystic acne that I hadn't had before. Lovely, eh?
Finally, after all the iPledge crap, I've gotten my prescription! 20 mg 2x a day for 5 months. Although, I'm excited to start treatment I'm worried about developing joint pain. I'm on the varsity swim team at my high school and I already am having some shoulder problems. I hope the accutane doesn't make it worse. It would really suck if I had to stop swimming due to muscle/joint problems. haha que sad little violin!
It was really helpful to look through other people's blogs and see how accutane worked for them, so hopefully I can help some of you guys out by recording my side effect and improvements (hopefully?).
I'll try to post again in a few more days