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Day 1



I'm not sure how this works really, but I figure I'll give it a shot.

My name is Eliza and I'm 17 years old. I've had acne for...wow, going on 6 years now. It's never been too severe, but no matter what treatment I try, nothing has helped to make it clear up.

I've tried everything. Pro Activ, anti-biotics, topical creams; countless different medications and facial treatments.

Though it helped in the short term, as soon as I stopped, the acne came right back.

Recently I went to visit my dermatologist, who basically told me that Accutane (or in my case Oratane, same thing) would probably be the best option.

A 6 month treatment, 20mg, twice a day. I'm a little apprehensive about the side effects after reading through a few of the posts, but I'm excited to finally have clear, beautiful skin.

My entire teenage life has been foundation and cover-up. I very rarely had the courage to go out without it, even to the shops.

Looking through many of the posts and photos that have been put up, I feel extremely guilty, knowing my acne is nowhere near as severe.

I don't have any pitting of the skin, or severe scarring. Mostly just redness and break-outs along my chin, forehead, sometimes my cheeks and my nose. The worst of it is on my chin.

After losing my script for the Oratane, I went back today and managed to get another one from my dermatologist. My mum and I went straight to the pharmacy and picked up the Oratane.

I've already taken my dosage for the day (2 pills) and it's now...1:01am, which technically means it's tomorrow but really.

I'm not sure if it's common to feel any side effects so soon, but my lips are beginning to tingle. My face feels "tighter" and it's red and blotchy. I haven't washed it yet, I've only taken the medication.

I'm nervous for the IB to start, but it's sort of comforting knowing there are people going through the same thing.

Updates to come!


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