My name's Brittney, but you can just call me Britt. Having had acne for 9 long years, I have finally decided to end the struggle and go on accutane. After waiting a month and finally finished the multiple blood tests, I got the go-ahead from my derm yesterday afternoon -- then I immediately went and filled my prescription.
I took my first pill yesterday evening with dinner, and just popped my second one about five minutes ago. The only effect I've noticed so far, was a dull pounding headache last night -- which is odd for me, I never get headaches-- but who knows, it could have been from my homework.
By the way, does anyone know whether it matters if you take your pills at the same time every day or not?
Anyways, I guess I'll write a little about my skin...
I went through puberty at 10 (yes, I know -- super early) and have struggled with acne ever since. I basically have blackheads in just about every pore (it's disgusting) as well as some whiteheads and a lot of redness. I'll generally have a couple pimples on and off, usually more whenever my cycle comes around. I have extremely oily skin... so oily that my makeup disappears after about two hours.
Whenever my stress levels get higher - like when I started college - my face and upper neck break out pretty bad. I have tried Proactive, Clean and Clear, PCA skin, St. Ives products, Clinique, and then of course everything my dermatologist has prescribed: Monodox, Penicillin (some form of it, can't remember the name), Tretinoin cream, Clindamycin gel and Tazaroc cream... seems like there's more, but none come to mind right now.
My acne is pretty mild at the moment; I have been on a gluten free diet, which has really seemed to clear up all the inflamed red spots, but again, I still have huges pores and blackheads everywhere as well as some redness. Makeup covers it up pretty well, but I can't wait 'til I don't feel like I have to have on makeup every time I leave the house.
Only close friends know what I look like without makeup, so this is a stretch for me, but here goes: