Hello and welcome to my blog! I am writing this with the hope that it will help someone who is considering Accutane AND who may be older, like I am. I am a 46 year old female who is experiencing the worst skin of her life at this late stage of the game, I am sick of it!
A bit of background...I had normal teenage breakouts and pimples, but never anything that could be termed horrible acne. I have alwAys had oily skin on my face, but have no problem with oily hair or breakouts anywhere else on my body. As I entered my twenties, I would occasionally get a large cystic type of pimple, but again nothing major. My skin has just gotten bad in the last few years, with consistent breakouts, blackheads and large nodular acne cysts occurring with greater frequency, causing scarring.
I have tried Retin A, ProActiv, Tazorac, Acctone, Doxycycline, Minocycline, every kind of topical antibiotic available...you name it, I have used it.
I have a high profile job in Marketing and appear regularly in public and on TV. It is very embarrassing to have a huge zit that you cannot hide with makeup, sweeping hair or whatever. the last time I went to my Dermatologist, she recommended Accutane. I was willing to try, so we started the process.
The I-Pledge system is a pain in the ass and insulting to anyone with a modicum of intelligence. That is what you get with a system that doesn't trust you to properly handle your own affairs, they have to manage you so that you don't sue them if something goes wrong.
The blood tests are also a pain, but understandAble.
Today, I started on 40 mg. Of Claravis. Of course, I am freaked out by the other blog entries I have read and horror stories folks are reporting. I wonder if I will be able to go to work with a horrible, disfiguring break-out, peeling or cracked and bleeding lips. I also am very concerned about joint pain and hair loss. All I can do is pray and hope for the best.
I am taking a lot of vitamins, eating a healthy diet and have been moisturizing heavily, in order to somewhat prepare for what is to come. I am drinking a lot of water.
Interestingly enough, my 40 year old husband starts his regimen of Accutane tomorrow. It will be great for us to be able to support one another as we go on this journey. I have encouraged him to blog about his experience, but if he chooses not to do so, I will update you on his progress as the days go by.