This is day eight of accutane. I've had moderate to severe acne for four years now, ad have been on all the brand name AND generic topicals and antibiotics. I used everything from the expensive skincare line PCA, costcos proactiv genric and the drugstore clearasil gels. Then I waited a year.
The result of waiting? A terrible, huge 5 month break out on both my cheeks following the cheekbone. Dark red, deep and painful nodules that are starting to clear a little bit on accutane. I still have lots of hyper pigmentation on both cheeks and lots of whiteheads on my chin in the groove between my lips and chin, they're small though. Accutane has managed to miraculously get rid of all the persistant whitehead from my nose to my cheek! That makes me feel so much more positive about this treatment.
I believe my initial breakout is in it's beginning stages - small and medium pimples that were not there prior to starting my medication (60mgs once a day) have come to head. My nodules seem to have gotten a tiny bit smaller.
One thing though, I'm TERRIFIED of scarring. I have a couple ice pick type scars on my right cheek, but I SO want to prevent anymore. I've struggled with poor skin all thoughout high school and some university, and the idea of finally clearing up but being left with lots of scarring breaks my heart. I know it sounds melodramatic, but I just want to be pretty for once. To regain my confidence and not worry that people see the acne before they see me. I'm going home from university in 51 days. I want to lose 15 pounds and have clearer skin when I step off the plane. I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see my little transformation.
Do any more experience bloggers have any advice for me? I'm curious to know how people prevented/treated early scars. I'm moisturizing and using a gentle face wash, but is there anything else I can do? What about those scar patches/creams they sell at the supermarket. The scars are new- has anyone had any success with those?
Also, I usually wax both my eyebrows and my upper lip (curse of the dark hair) but I won't be able to for another year! Ladies - what did you do? I will probably pluck my eyebrows a bit, but I am afraid of misshaping them! What about the upper lip?
I'm living abroad without health insurance right now, so the monthly blood tests and doctors appointments are expensive; I want to gather as much information a possible before I book an extraneous appointment.