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First doctor's visit



Hello, I am 26 years old and I have acne.

I have had acne since I was 16 and started fighting it since I was 19 years old. I first started with over-the-counter medications... Itried it all Clean& CLear, Neutrogena, Proactive, Murad, Bezoil Peroxide... finally I became allergic to Benzoil Peroxide and my options became limited. When I was 23 years old I finally had a job that provided me with insurance. So I visited a dermatologist for the first time.

First treatment

  • Birth control
  • Bactrin for about 6 months
  • Evoclin
  • Tazorac
  • Cold gas-like on my face
  • A light on my back and chest (although my back had no more pimples only scars and I rarely got pimples on my chest.

    It was all going well until it wasn't... I started breaking out again!

    Second treatmentt-- I changed derms and this other one would pop my pimples at the office and do a treatment that would burn and smelled like acetone... ( i don't remember what it was). The ointments were the same and I continued my birth control

    Third treatment- different derm

    • Solodyn for months
    • Ziana
    • Aczone

    It worked until a year later when it stopped working and started to break out again....

    FINALLY I made up my mind and decided to go for Accutane... I am scared of the side effects but I am really hoping it works for good and a long long time.

    Today I felt like crying at the doctor's office telling him I was done trying and that I gave in to Isotretinoin. IT has been a struggle... I have the scars and I think up to today that is something I can live with... but I want no more pimples! This is my last hope.... I also have very oily skin and scalp so I am looking forward to getting rid of that.... we will see... only time would tell...

    I am excited and scared.... I want to log all my feelings and days about accutane so I keep track of any changes and side effects...

    TODAY... I had my first pregnancy test done (negative of course). I have to go back in a month, had a liver function test, another negative pregnancy test, read the ipledge manual.... I am going to need support especially if I the side effects. My boyfriend is great but he doesn't understand the importance and severity of this decision...

    Wish me luck and you'll hear from me soon!


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Don't be scared :- I'm on my 7th day nothing scary yet but I'll let you know if something scary happens!I wish ya luck!

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