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Hi everyone!

Crayolamarkers

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I don't quite understand writing on here, so if I'm doing something wrong let me know! :pray:

I'm on my third day of Accutane (actually Claravis but whatev), and I decided to write a log on here. I'm mostly doing this to track my progress and kind of monitor myself. All positive comments are more than welcome though! Negative...not so much. Haha

So like I said, today is my third day of accutane. I've had acne for as long as I can remember. It started out just bumps, but now I've got full blown cystic acne. My dad had bad skin too, so I'm thinking genetics are helping with my demise. :cry: Anyway, I don't just get the occasional cyst. I have at least 3 painful ones at all times. And that's not even including the dime-sized lumps in my cheeks under the skin from cysts past. It looks and feels like every single pore in my face is clogged or has a bump. I also have bumps on my chest, shoulders, and back.

I've been seeing a dermatologist since 9th grade. We've tried everything (doxycycline, minocycline, and about every form of topical medication), and my skin just gets used to it and quits responding. Most of the stories I've read on here the person has really wanted to go on accutane. I'm the exact opposite! I tried everything, even natural remedies, before I would let myself take the plunge. My face has just erupted the past couple of months, and I really had no choice but to give in.

My normal dermatologist (a guy) was only concerned about me getting pregnant and getting on birth control. It didn't seem like he actually cared about my skin. It felt like he was just ready to put me on accutane so he could wash his hands of me, and could say "well I've tried everything." So I got an appointment with an amazing woman derm a week ago! As soon as she walked in the door, she took such an aggressive attitude towards killing my acne. I was ecstatic (and still am)! I told her I was already in the Ipledge program and she was floored so she gave me bcp and I did all my necessary tests the next day. Everything happened so fast, but it was wonderful to feel like someone actually cared about my acne. I wish I'd gone to her from the start so I wouldn't be dealing with already scarring skin.

So here I am on day 3. Actually it's about to be day 4. I have an appointment with my dermatologist tomorrow where I think the main objective is to remove or drain or do something with the huge under-the-skin cysts that I have. As far as any side effects that I've had...my face actually seems MORE oily! Haha. It's a bummer, but I'm sure it'll pass. My face is more broken out than it was a few days ago, but no new cysts! The cysts seem to be going away, but I'm breaking out in smaller pimples. Which honestly doesn't bother me.

I'm also getting married in like 3 weeks (I know you're probably cringing because that's not enough time to fix my acne), so let's all hope and pray my face is manageable. I know it won't be clear, but I just hope no huge cysts decide to pop up! That was my main concern going on accutane because I fear the initial breakout!

I'm sorry this is so long! I tend to write novels. :surprised:

Until next time!

Mary



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