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First Two Days

Here begins the journey! Well, it really started yesterday, when I took my first isotretinoin dose. Or perhaps I should say it began a week ago when my dermatologist prescribed accutane for my acne. Or even better, maybe this journey began when I was in college and all sorts of antibiotics weren't working for my skin. Come to think of it, this journey started in high school when I was sure my acne was due to my football helmet. Well, now if I'm going back this far, I might as well say this journey's first day was one day in the 4th grade when I became aware of my very first pimple. I am now 24 and now, 15 years into the battle with acne, finally pulling out the big guns.

I am 24, 6'1, 195, male, and taking 40 mg doses of Claravis. My doctor plans to titrate me up, though, so next month the dosage will likely be stronger. I have had nodular, papular acne for years and have some mild scarring. It wasn't until my face began to bleed more than usual that I decided to talk to my doctor about stronger medication. Right now I have several large nodular pimples on my face as well as a lot of general redness and a few tiny scabs. If accutane works for me, it will be very apparent!

In these first couple days, my face has become much more oily than normal. I figure it is mostly due to not taking any other acne medication anymore, more than anything else.

Also, I bought an electric razor today in hopes that it will be gentler on my skin than my usual Proglide.

Looking forward to the results and very hopeful for the best!


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