Pre-Accutane & Spironolactone - Day 1
I am a 19 y/o female from Australia. I am suffering with hormonal acne mainly on my cheeks & jawline and also scarring. I also have a problem with Hirsutism (excessive hair). I had severe acne on my face and back when I was 14 years old which the pill Brenda and topical Clindamycin combated up until now it has returned only on my face again. 5 months ago I was prescribed Doxycycline for 3 months, which actually flared up my acne and made it worse, leaving me with permanent scarring. I was recently referred to a Dermatologist and have been prescribed Oratane 10 mg (Accutane/Isotretinoin) and Aldactone 100 mg (Spirinolactone) to take daily. I will also be continuing Brenda for birth control/hirsutism purposes.
My acne is concentrated around my cheeks, jaw line and chin. I would classify it as moderate and my skin type is oily.
Here is a list of what I have tried and isn't working now for me which is what has led me to start Accutane/Isotretinoin & Spironolactone:
Benzoyl Peroxide (Proactiv) - Which I am allergic/sensitive to so I can't use this ingredient.
Salicylic Acid (a variety of brands, mainly Clean & Clear) - Helps to dry out the pimple but doesn't stop acne from forming.
Oral Antibiotic Doxycycline - Made my acne worse, resulted in severe cystic acne and left me with scarring.
Prescription Topical Clindamycin - Worked well throughout high school but discontinued use at 17 y/o as it stopped working.
Diet - I have cut down on milk/dairy and only have milk rarely. This I believe has somewhat helped.
Birth Control Brenda/Diane - Worked throughout highschool but now isn't enough.
So now that I have introduced myself, today is Day 1 of my journey and I took my first Oratane tablet at 12PM with food and will take my Aldactone tonight before bed. I really hope that I'll be on my way to clear skin by the end of this.