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Day 1--Fingers Crossed

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britszits

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Today I took my first-ever dosage of Accutane. Well, technically it's the generic Isotretinoin. I took 5mg this morning and I will take another 5mg tonight, for a total of 10mg/day. I will maintain this 10mg/day for at least 2 weeks, and possibly as long as a month, depending upon how my body reacts.

Admittedly, my acne is not as bad as it has been in the past. I have always secretly sort of hoped that my acne would eventually go away on its own. But, I'm going to be 23 soon and, honestly, I'm too old for this crap.

My acne first surfaced when I began college (Fall 2008). I was almost 18. The first year was horrible. In high school I very rarely had any acne at all, and never had any reason to wear makeup, etc, so this whole acne treatment thing was new to me. I tried every kind of facial soap on the market that my college student budget could manage, I washed my face 5 times a day. Of course, all of this only made my acne WORSE. So, it took the first year or so before I learned that washing more than twice a day was doing more harm than good.

In the meantime, I've tried a few topical prescriptions that I don't remember the name of. None of them worked. I've tried Doxycycline, which actually worked enough for me to forget to wear makeup a few times. I've tried probably 3 types of birth control. Birth control did not work for me, and I did not appreciate the side effects (mood swings and weight gain of nearly 15lbs).

My doctor has never offered me Accutane. She loves beating around the bush and making me suffer. So, after having a really nasty breakout over the past few weeks, I began doing research on how to obtain Accutane (Isotretinoin) without a prescription. Because I'm technically self-treating, I am taking a low dosage. There has been much research that suggests a lower dosage of 20mg/day is equally as effective as 40mg/day. Plus, my acne these days is more on the moderate side as opposed to how severe it was a few years ago.

It came in the mail yesterday and I waited until this morning to begin. I've got my fingers crossed for something good to come of it. Here goes nothing.


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Obtaining accutane without a prescription - what are you, a drug dealer? lol.. just kidding :) Best of luck. If it works then you should be "clear" in the literal sense.

Imo, your skin doesn't look that bad at all! Do you only have it on the cheek region?

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Your situation sounds (and looks) a lot like mine.

I too just started Accutane. Although I have to question how safe it is for you to be buying this stuff on your own, without a prescription. . .

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I personally would not do this on your own but I wish you luck and hope everything goes ok..

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I really do appreciate everyone's concern. You all should know though that this is something I've thought long and hard about.

The pictures I've posted of myself don't accurately depict the severity of my acne since I am wearing makeup.

There have been many days when I wouldn't leave my house because I felt so ugly. I've allowed my acne to control my life for so long. It has cost me friends. Some people just don't understand why I don't like going out because they've never had acne. So much of the time I just want to kill myself so I don't have to see myself in the mirror anymore. I'm hardly worried about the side effects of a little Accutane when I'd rather be dead anyhow.

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Wow your situation is almost identical to mine. My acne didn't really get bad till i was 18 and starting college. Now i am almost 23 too and just got fed up. I read most of your recent posts and i hope after your IB every goes smoothly. I just took my first dose of 40mg generic today.

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So far, so good! I'm only doing 20mg/day and will most likely continue through mid-March. As far as the IB, I know some people claim it was the "worst breakout of their life". But, for me, it was nothing worse than what I had been used to. I am still far from clear/perfect, but I think I am well on my way--the worst seems to be behind me and I've seen nothing in the way of side effects!

Good luck to you!!

Wow your situation is almost identical to mine. My acne didn't really get bad till i was 18 and starting college. Now i am almost 23 too and just got fed up. I read most of your recent posts and i hope after your IB every goes smoothly. I just took my first dose of 40mg generic today.

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